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New Modern British and USMC
Even more new releases in the shape of some new British and USMC support packs and accessories.
We have added a new L16A2 mortar team to our Modern British range, along with a really useful set of support figures which includes a female medic, a bomb-sniffer dog (with his handler), a Valon mine detector operator and an M6 mortar operator.
We also have some really useful new head-sets to go with the British range, including helmets with additional camouflage, Paras in berets and Fusiliers in berets with hackles.
The USMC get a support-upgrade with the addition of a tripod mounted .50cal Machine Gun. This set includes crew with both 'boonie' hats or helmets.
All of these are, as always, available in our store now!
Beat the autumnal blues with new Mutton Chop and Modern releases!
It's that wonderful time of year again, and by that we mean Paul Hicks has updated his amazing World War One Mutton Chop Range! Four new packs have been released with two British BEF and two new German sets. Detail and character on these is up to Paul's usual stellar standard and we are pretty sure that a lot of you will be very happy to see more releases in this range. There are plenty more mouthwatering goodies to come from Mutton Chop in this range too ...
We have also added some seriously heavy support to our Modern Combat Insurgents range. Two huge recoilless rifles which can be used either 'stand-alone' or in conjunction with our 'Technicals' and other vehicles. These figures come with separate heads for variety.
We have also added an Insurgent .50cal on pedestal mount, ideal for use in the back of our 'Technical' pick-up trucks.
All of these new releases are available in our Modern and Mutton Chop store areas now!
New 28mm Rolls Royce Armoured Car
A 'Concord' moment for us - our most detailed kit ever.
There are few military vehicles more famous or iconic than the Rolls Royce armoured car. This has always been a firm favourite here at Empress and we always intended to produce a kit of it at some point. What started out as a 'standard' vehicle project became something far more involved as we researched this vehicle further and explored the many options that we could incorporate into the model.
The result is our most detailed and comprehensive kit yet!
Our first Rolls Royce kit represents an early vehicle with the second pattern turret (higher sides), ideal for operations from late World War One and on into the inter-war period. This kit is extremely comprehensive and includes posable bonnet covers (complete with detailed engine), removable turret roof for operations in hot climates, a fully detailed and removable Vickers machine gun complete with tripod and water bottle, some box-stowage options and even the option to leave off the entire engine compartment for hot work in the back of beyond!
Comprising around 50 parts (a 'quick build version will follow later) this kit will appeal to both war gamers of a certain persuasion and model makers. The kit is 1/50th scale, which we feel works best with our miniatures and resolves the issue of crew-hatches etc. feeling too small for the figures themselves (especially based figures).
Other details of note include the fully open wire wheels (we believe this is a first in a war-games scale model of the vehicle) and beautifully presented rivet and panel detailing throughout. We don't boast too often, but we firmly believe that this is the best Rolls Royce available in a war-games scale.
This kit is available in our 'Jazz-Age Imperialism store now at a Special Introductory Offer Price! Crews to follow.
20mm World War Two Artillery
Our World War Two range receieves it's re-boot with the first of the artillery pieces added to our store today.
We have started with some of the most common artillery pieces for the British, German and American armies. Each kit is exquisitely detailed and where neccesary the guns often come with limbers and other detailes. These will be followed very soon with more releases of artillery, vehicles, equipment and figures.
This is the start of a range of 20mm (1/72 and 1/76 compatible) figures and vehicles which will initially focus on the latter part of the war and will include well researched infantry, vehicle crews and everything else that's needed to cover the period in detail.
North West Frontier Carden Loyd Carriers
We have just added three new variants of our Carden Loyd carriers to the Jazz Age Imperialism store!
These brilliant little runabouts were trailed on the North West Frontier in the 1930s and make a really fun addition to your armies in remote places. They come complete with british crews in tropical helmets and the range includes the standard carrier, the MMG carrier and the mortar variant.
A predecessor to the later world war two british Universal and Scout carriers, the Carden Loyd was a common sight in the 1930's british army. Don't forget that we also stock the standard British Army version (available in out Mutton Chop shop).
New Modern Insurgent Packs
Our insurgent range has just been given additional fire-power in the form of two brand new packs which were added to our store today.
These new packs include some great characters, making this one of the most varied forces in our Modern Range. Perfectly detailed, these packs are avalable now.
Don't forget that we also produce and extensive range of modern vehicles designed to compliment our figures.
New Spanish Civil War Flags
We have just added nine brand new sets of flags to our Spanish Civil War range.
These high-quality colours cover a useful core of both Republican and Nationalist arms, and provide a great level of 'dash' to your tabletop forces!
We just had to share these pictures. A stunning example of our OshKosh M-ATV assembles and painted by Tim Rich.
We are sure you'll agree Tim has done a fantastic job on this beauty, with a perfect choice of colours and really effective weathering. One for the inspiration folder?
You can see more of Tim's work at http://imperialarmour.blogspot.com
New Mutton Chop World War One Command!
We are certain that many of you have been eagerly waiting for these!
The Early War British and German command packs are now available from Mutton Chop, and absolutely brilliant they are too! Just in time for the anniversary of the start of the conflict, these are, in our opinion, the finest World War One figures available.
New For July: Radio Dish Dash Figures and Vehicles for Spain
We are very pleased to let you know that we now have full stock of the rather excellent Radio Dish Dash modern military figures. So far the range consists of New Zealand Infantry and a first pack of Taliban, with more to come. These great figures can be found in our Radio Dish Dash/Skirmish Sangin 'room' now.
We also have two very useful new vehicles for the Spanish Civil War. The German Phenom Granit Ambulance/Truck was a common vehicle in the region. Our comes with a driver figure and a detachable roof so you can add detail inside should you wish.
Second up is another brilliant example of improvised armour so common to the conflict, in the form of a 'Militia Truck'. This mean thing gives your militia forces a fire-power and mobility boost ... for as long as the engine remains reliable!
These new vehicle releases are available in our Spanish Civil War 'Tanks and Vehicles' section now, along with a fantastic array or weird and wonderful period vehicles.
Update: Change of Address Please note that we now have a new address, which can be found on the Orders and Contact page. Many customers still use our postal address for placing orders so please note that the old address will no longer be working from the end of June!
Mutton Chop Carden Lloyd Carriers Now In Stock! After a delay getting these back into production, we are pleased to announce that the full range of Mutton Chop Carden Lloyd Carriers are available again, and at a new price! This classic inter-war runabout is available in our store now.
Radio Dishdash Figures and Rules
Radio Dishdash now have their own section on our site!
Not only do we have a new Skirmish Sangin section on the site, but we will be stocking their rather excellent range of Taliban figures.
Now Stocking Skirmish Sangin
We are very pleased to announce that we are now stocking Radio Dish-Dash's excellent Skirmish Sangin modern skirmish rules and supplements.
SKIRMISH SANGIN is a new set of skirmish rules designed specifically for the Afghan conflict. Playing at an individual figure level, players get to feel the intensity of adrenaline fueled modern warfare, while still dealing with the responsibility of command.
The rules are simple to learn, with games playable with a single squad aside, up to platoon level games. For a great example check out:
Also check out our blog, this has After Action Reports (AAR), rules articles as well background articles:
Skirmish Sangin is the perfect compliment to our modern figures and, as a bonus, each printed copy comes complete with a digital version too.
This is just the beginning of what we hope to be an exciting collaboration between the two companies. We have in the works many ideas and plans to bring out new products in the new too distant future.
Colin Phillips (RDDP) - "We have been looking to find the right partner in the UK for along time. Our recent trip to attend Salute gave us the opportunity to discuss ideas with Empress and we found a lot of common ground"
Paul Eaglestone (Empress) - "We knew the Sangin Guys from the forums for a number of years. Then they asked to use our miniatures for the photography of Skirmish Sangin and they look absolutely fantastic. They are as passionate about modern wargaming as we are, so then it was just a matter of finding the right project for us all to work on."
Watch out for more news in the near future.
New Mutton Chop World War OneWe know that a lot of you will be excited the know that Paul Hicks has released another four packs of his World War One range.
We have just added the four latest Mutton Chop packs to our store. These continue Paul's tradition of exquisite figures for this range and allow you to start adding bulk to your World War One armies and collections.
We'll let the pictures do the talking from here!
Spanish Town HouseThere is a new addition to our 'Builders Yard' in the form of a Spanish Terraced Town House.
Made of high quality resin, his detailed kit features removable roof sections, a separate base and metal detail parts. It makes a great piece on any wargames table and, as with many of our 'Spanish' buildings, it has uses for many other periods and locations.
New Red Star Dien Bien PhuThe Vietnamese have been given extra support in the form of heavy Machine Gun and Mortar Teams.
We have just added these two new packs to our Red Star store. Yet more additions to this exciting range providing much needed reinforcement to the Viet-minh.
New Tsuba Russo-Japanese PacksWe have just added the latest packs for this range to the shop.
We'll pretty much let the pictures do the talking for these - exquisite figures as you would expect from Tsuba, and useful for wargamers too. What more could you need?
Melanoma Action and Support Scotland Charity Figure"As some of you will know, my younger sister died in May this year of a misdiagnosed melanoma. It started under her big toe and ended up in her brain, and killed her very quickly indeed. She left behind a wonderful husband and three lovely young teenage girls. The cancer spread so fast that I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to her properly, and so in her memory, and to raise awareness of the dangers of melanomas, I - and two equally unhinged friends, Rodger Williams and Peter Martin - have decided to raise £100,000 for MASScot by taking part in the 2014 Mongol Rally.The Mongol Rally takes place annually between the UK and Ulan Bataar, the capital of Mongolia. It's a three week, eight thousand mile drive, across inhospitable terrain, along some of the worst roads in the world….and all in a car which has an engine no bigger than 1L. And they don't like you to take a 4WD car either (not that that would make much of a difference in a 1L car…). Our route will take us through Europe, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, across the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and then - finally - Mongolia. We expect to complete it in three weeks. And while it will be 'epic' in the true sense of the word, it will also be bloody hard work.The charity we are raising money for is a small Scottish cancer charity, based in Glasgow, called 'Melanoma Action and Support Scotland' a.k.a. 'MASScot' (Charity Registration No. SC040286). They were, and continue to be, hugely supportive of my sisters family through these very difficult times. All money raised through donations and sponsorship will go directly to the charity. All costs will be covered by the three of us.Can I ask you therefore to dig deep and support something that is very close to my heart and in a very good cause.You can read more about The Mongol Rally here: http://www.theadventurists.com/the-adventures/mongol-rallyThank you all for reading this.best regardsSteve"As both Keith and I are members of this drinking, sorry wargaming, club and I have known Steve for a few years in our other life Empress wondered how we could help. In the end we thought that we would do what we do best. We designed and created a figure especially for this appeal. We also persuaded, although it was far from hard to convince them. In fact we could not stop the little loves, both Paul Hicks and Stewart of Griffin Moulds to donate their services free of charge, as we did ours.We wanted something funny, in period and that lots of gamers could use for the interwar and WW2 period. The solution came in the creation of the Grandson of Flashman VC. Boy Flashman, as he is known to the other officers in the mess. Slightly effete and with the good looks and charm of a young David Niven.
The charity figure is now available in our 'Jazz Age Imperialism' store!
More New Releases: Spain and New ZealandWe have added some of the new items that were available at Salute! last weekend.
Some new and particularly iconic vehicles have been added to our Spanish Civil War range. We now have the Bilbao armoured car, the compact Trubia tank, a slightly nutty improvised carrier/mortar carrier and the classic Panzer 1 Ausf A with the adapted Breda 20mm turret.
We have also added a particularly nice new pack of New Zealand War militia, which we are discovering are useful for almost any conflict during this period, from the Indian Mutiny to the American Civil War and beyond!
Quick Update: New Xan 15mm NapoleonicsNew British Highlander and Light Infantry packs have been added to our Xan store.
We've only just received these in time for Salute! so pictures are still to come, but these little masterpieces have just turned up so are available right now.
NB20- Highlanders center company marching With Kilt.
NB21- Highlanders flank company marching With Kilt.
NB22- Highlanders flank company marching with trousers.
NB23- Highlanders flank company firing/loading with trousers.
NB24- Highlanders command (Officer, drummer, ensign and piper)
NB26- Highlanders center company sergeant.
NB27- Highlander center company without bonnet.
NB30- Light infantryman marching.
NB31- Light infantryman SK.
NB32- Light infantry command
NB33- Light infantry Ensign
New Tsuba Miniatures German MarinesWe have just taken delivery of Tsuba's exquisite new German Marines.
Although designed for the turbulent period in Germany after the first world war, these marines are suitable for a number of theatres and scenarios around this time, not to mention a range of 'what-ifs' and pulp opportunities. Once more Paul Hicks has provided sculpting duties and the results a predictably detailed and characterful!
Available in our store and we will be carrying stock of these to Salute! too.
New Red Star Vietminh CommandWe have just added the latest Red Star Miniatures Dien Bien Phu pack to our store - the Vietminh regulars command. Beautifully detailed this pack fills a necessary spot in your Vietminh forces and is available in our store now.
We have also added two additional packs of interwar North West Frontier Highlanders, full of character and style.
Finally we have the intimidating German Leopard 2A6. This example of state-of-the-art tank design is a truly awesome model. It is a truly menacing piece of hardware and joins our other modern MBTs in our vehicle range.
We have plenty more due for release in the next few weeks, so keep checking back!
New FT17sWe have just released two variations of one of the most popular early tanks. The FT17 was developed by the French during the First World War and continued to see service right up until (and during) the Second.
It was used by many nations and fought on many fronts in the inter-war years and is a great addition to any collection that touches on these periods. Our two variations (conical or hex turret) comes with the option of machine gun or SA37/18 gun armament. This 28mm model is highly detailed and easy to assemble.
These are also available in threes for a great discount!
These are available in our online store now! You can find it in our Spanish Civil War and Jazz Age areas.
New 'Jazz Age' BritishWe are very proud to announce our latest releases in our 1920's-30's 'Jazz Age' range - RAF pilots and Highlanders.
These exquisite figures are crammed full of character and suggest any number of gaming possibilities for this period. Designed to compliment our Afghan/Tribesman figures, these are ready for high adventure in far-away places!
These are all available in our 'Jazz Age Imperialism' store now!
New Modern Figures and Spanish Civil War Vehicles
Three new packs of modern figures have been added to our store this morning. There are two new USMC 'specials' and a PLA Special Forces set. The USMC include an awesome Seal Team, complete with the option of the futuristic 'Quadeye' night optics, and an amazingly detailed set of USMC 'frogmen' divers who have huge gaming potential and would work equally well in a 'pulp' scenario as a modern real-world situation.
Once again our sculptor has gone beyond the call of duty when it comes to authenticity and detail on these new figures and we are proud to show them here!
On a different front entirely, you will also find two new vehicles in our Spanish Civil War range. The Chevrolet M37 armoured car. This was locally manufactured, based on the Chevrolet truck chassis, inspired by the BA-6 Soviet armoured car.
This will be initially offered with the original Spanish turret, with a short 47mm gun. Additionally, a variant with the T26B turret instead will be available soon. Both these versions saw significant action from 1937 onwards and, although Republican built, the Nationalist forces were quick to repair and press into service captured vehicles.
Next up is a Militia Amoured Truck - yet another variation on a theme as was so common during the conflict. This truck is a typical Spanish local-made variant, but would also work nicely in VBCW and other pulp 1930's scenarios.
These new items are all available in our store now!
New Red Star Vietnamese
We have just added two brand new packs of the rather wonderful Red Star Miniatures Dien Bien Phu regular Vietminh to our shop. These characterful figures finally give your French paratroopers someone to fight!
New Moderns Are AvailableOur new modern USMC, Chinese and Australians are now available in our store, along with both versions of the OSHKOSH M-ATV!
We are shipping the last of our Kickstarter pledges over the next week, and will begin shipping other orders as soon as they are gone. In the meantime we are making the majority of the new figures available to order now.
These stunning new figures will allow you to field US Marine, Chinese PLA and Australian Army forces on your tabletop - in some cases for the first time. We have pulled out all the stops on these figures to produce some of the best releases we've ever done.
The giant M-ATV is the first addition to our modern vehicle range for some time and is a beauty. Bristling with detail, both version are an imposing presence on the wargames table.
The new forces are complete with support weapons, all modeled in exquisite detail and based on extensive research.
Over 60 new figures are available right now in our Modern Combat store.
Full Australian Preview in Store and New Landsknechts
We have added the entire line of new Modern Australian Army figures to our online store. These will be available as soon as we have completed shipping of our Kickstarter order (January).
We have also added a new pack of Renaissance hand-gunners just released by Pro-Gloria miniatures which are available now.
More Modern Figures Previewed - Diggers and the M-ATV
We are pleased to preview more of our forthcoming moderns - this time the Australians and the awesome Oshkosh M-ATV.
The Australians will all come with a selection of heads (plain helmets and ball-caps under the helmet as seen in modern conflict zones) and are dressed in the very latest 'Auscam' version of Crye Precision unifoms.
As you can see from the images, we have been uncompromising with the detailing on these figures and believe them to be some of the best in our modern range so far.
The giant M-ATV is the Marine replacement for the HUMVEE and brings our range of vehicles bang up to date. Full of great details but straightforward to put together, the M-ATV is available with either the .50cal turret or the Mk19 Grenade Launcher.
All of these will be available in January - just as soon as we have shipped our Kickstarter pledges.
New Modern Figures Previewed In Store
We have added store pages for our forthcoming modern United States Marines and Chinese PLA (People's Liberation Army) ranges.
The result of our successful Kickstarter campaign, these figures will be available to buy very soon in the New Year. We are finishing off the last of the Australians which will join these and manufacturing enough of everything in order to ship to our backers, but we thought that our customers might like a preview of what is to come. These will soon be joined not only by the Australians (a brief preview upcoming in a few days) but a selection of special forces figures and the mighty OSHKOSH M-ATV (the replacement for the venerable HUMVEE).
These are currently set to 'No Stock' but will be live soon!
New English Civil War Flags
We now have our well researched range of 28mm English Civil War flags available in our online store.
These are a perfect compliment to our English Civil War range and provide a wide selection of flags, standards and banners for the period, covering both sides of the conflict.
These are avilable in our English Civil War section now.
Now Stocking Bac Ninh Miniatures
We are very pleased to add Bac Ninh Miniatures to the growing roster of companies represented in our shop. We will also be carrying this excellent range at shows.
Bac Ninh specialise in19th century Japan and the last years of Tokuwaga Shogunate, also known as Bakumatsu, and particularly the Boshin War (1867-68).
These figures are 28mm and sculped by the ever talented Paul Hicks.
You can find these in our Mutton Chop shop now!
Bumper Crop of New ReleasesJust in time for spring we have added some great new items across a number of our ranges! Celebrate the coming warm weather with tanks, artillery and the crackle of small arms fire across the frontier!
We have added both the Panzer 1 AusfBand a Schneider Mountain Gun to our Spanish Civil War range. The Panzer 1 comes in both standard and the Spanish improvised Breda 20mm versions (n.b. we will be releasing an Ausf A version of this modification very soon).
Mutton Chop World War One!We are extremely proud to announce that the first packs of Paul Hicks' exquisite new World War One range are in our shop and ready for ordering.
Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One Paul has pulled out all the stops to produce these fantastic figures, which are exclusively available form Empress and our worldwide distributors.
Initially focusing on the early years of the war these figures are packed with character and an excellent attention to detail. With more packs due very soon, this is going to be a range to watch. We have stock arriving in the next few days but we are expecting high demand. With this in mind we have made these available to order now so that customers have a chance to get these as they are released.These can also be pre-ordered for a pickup at Salute! 2014.
We love these figures and they are yet another great example of the great diversity available to wargamers these days, and a great addition to the (sometimes) exotic selection of ranges offered by us.
These are available in their own part of the online store now.
Black Powder Zulu War Supplement Pre-Order
Zulu! is the latest Black Powder supplement and covers the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
This lavish 92 page supplement chronicles such legendary battles as Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift and Ulundi. Zulu! brings you not only the background for these momentous battles but other, less well known conflicts as well as rules and force listings - all wrapped up with the usual photographs of beautifully painted miniature and armies, including lots of Empress Miniatures figures!
This book comes with an exclusive to Empress free miniature of 'Harry Lightman' ... a distinguished British officer of some repute!
You've seen the silver screen version of events in Zulu and Zulu Dawn - now you can re-fight these classic engagements on the tabletop...
Please note this is a pre-order product that will be released at the beginning of December 2013. Available in our 'Wargames Rules' Area now!
New CavalryWe have added new cavalry to both our English Civil War and Spanish Civil War ranges.
Our outstanding English Civil War range now includes six new packs of un-armoured cavalry troopers, including command. These beautiful figures are fine additions to what is becoming one of the most comprehensive 28mm Civil War ranges available.
We have also revamped our Spanish Civil War cavalry with new far superior horses to our original offering, and more flexible buying options. These now have their own section in the Spanish Civil War section of the website in preparation for additional releases.
We have a lot of exciting things coming for Spain in the next few months, including a selection of new vehicles and artillery!
Empress Now Stocking Kingscarbine Miniatures We are now the UK stockist for Kingscarbine Miniatures, a new company who have begun a range of miniatures for the Paraguayan War.
These excellent figures sculpted by Steve May are full of character and will cover a woefully under-represented conflict. If you fancy something a bit different but fascinating and absorbing then this could well be the range for you!
These are available in our shop now!
Empress Buys Red Star Modern Russian and Chechen Range
We are very pleased to announce that we are now the owners of the excellent Chechnya range, formally developed by Red Star Miniatures.
You can now find these (currently) in a Chechnya section of our Modern Combat area. We will, in time, split these out into Russian and Chechen sections, but for now they will live together as they did before.
The Chechens make excellent partners to our existing 'Insurgents' and the Russians work brilliantly as 'second-line' modern Russian troops (as well as their intended early '90s use of course). These open up great possibilities for scenarios involving Eastern Europe and other locations, both full scale 'land war' and some sneaky Special Forces action!
These packs have benefited from a price reduction because we now manufacture these ourselves and they are no longer 'imported' ranges, giving you a better opportunity to add some to your modern collection.
New 'Jazz Age' Afghans and New Zealand Wars
Our latest releases for the 'Jazz Age Imperialism' era Afghans and New Zealand Wars are available in our store now.
We have added three new packs of mounted Afghan warriors including a warlord with his banner-bearer. These dynamic figures continue the mounted contingent for this range and include some more 'modern' firearms'.
Our New Zealand range now includes a Maori carronade gun and a set of desperate farmers defending their homestead!
These are available right now!
New WestphaliaWe have just taken delivery of the latest superb releases from Westphalia. These beautiful additions to this fascinating 28mm range include additional pieces for the Napoleonic French baggage train, artillery cranes and an outstanding Russian Cossack Sledge gun.
These are available in our online store now!
Empress Miniatures Acquires Imprint Models We are incredibly proud and excited to announce that we are now the owners of the Imprint Models range of 28mm Modern Vehicles.
We've always considered the Imprint range of vehicles and tanks to be the perfect partner to our Modern Miniatures, and it is great that we can take this range and pair it more closely to the figures. We would like to thank Bob Winward for all of his efforts in growing Imprint over the years and in allowing us to carry the torch for his fantastic range going forward.
We will be adding the entire range to our store over the next few days and discussing ways to support it with new releases and crew figures etc.
Needless to say, you can expect a Kickstarter-related announcement within the next few days too!
Kickstarter: First Stretch Goal Reached!
New Xan Miniatures 15mm Napoleonic British Army Wow! We've had an amazing response to our Kickstarter Project so far, with our target being reached in the first five days! We are now well into our first stretch goals, with lots of new things announced in the run-up to the full Australian Army addition.
Many thanks for everyone's unbelievable support so far. We are humbled by the many hundreds of positive emails and messages that we've been sent since this started.
On a completely different note we have new additions to the excellent Xan Miniatures 15mm Napoleonic ranges.
We have added the first of the British Army, along with unit deals for both the British and the French.
These are all available right now in our store.
Kickstarter is Live!Our 28mm Modern Miniatures Kickstarter project has gone live!
This is a great opportunity to get some really good deals on some great figures (not to mention a free exclusive figure or two).
For full details click on the image below.
Combat Models PT 76We are now stocking items from Combat Models. This Spanish company is focusing on Vietnam (spot a theme there?) and their first release is a rather excellent PT 76. They aim to follow this with further vehicles for the period and even a set of wargames rules.
Combat Models are currently available within our 'Modern Combat' section, but are likely to be given their own section as further releases arrive. The example here was painted by the ridiculously talented Ruben Torregrosa (HeresyBrush).
This is available in our web-store now!
New RedStar 'Shop' and Dien Bien Phu Range in Stock.
We are very pleased to announce that RedStar Miniatures now have their own section on our website. This is to celebrate the launch of their excellent Dien Bien Phu range, covering the French in Vietnam. The first releases are beautifully characterful French paratroopers, with the promise of more figures for this range to come.
'On May 7th 1954, the garrison of the fortified camp of Dien Bien Phu ceased the fight against General Giap North Vietnamese army after heroic resistance. So ended an epic struggle which began 170 days earlier when French paratroopers landed in the area. Although not marking the end of the war in French Indochina, this cataclysmic defeat affected French morale deeply. Soon they will be engaged in another bitter conflict in Algeria.'
These are available in our online shop now!
Empress Does Kickstarter! Well, now that another Salute! is behind us, it's time to reveal our next big project. We are aiming to run a Kickstarter project (www.kickstarter.com) within a few weeks in order to make a significant addition to our Modern Combat range of figures. As a 'young' company our resources are limited and, with the cost of development, we are prevented from adding to some of our ranges in a big way.
USMC with 'boonie' hat option
Our aim with the Modern figures is to add an entire 'theater' or theme to the range in one go. We could only dream of doing this normally, but with the help of Kickstarter we reckon that we are in with a good chance of making a really meaningful addition to this range.
USMC with helmet option
So whats the plan? We are focusing on the Asia-Pacific region for our new theme. As a result the Kickstarter will initially focus on the United States Marines (USMC) with both tropical and 'desert' equipment options (suitable for all theaters), with some rather nice extras such as New Zealand SAS. Should we be lucky enough to reach our modest target then we will focus on the PLA - the Chinese Army and the Australian Army. Sprinkled along the way will be lots of interesting extras and some figures exclusive to the Kickstarter.
Chinese PLA infantryman
We are going 'all-out' to produce the highest quality figures that we possible can for this, with extensive research and attention to detail to produce 'hi-res' figures worthy of your collection. Backers will find that this is a really excellent value Kickstarter, allowing you to obtain figures at greatly reduced prices - as well as being safe in the knowledge that you will be able to get an entire force complete with all of the expected support weapons etc. at once rather than waiting.
New Zealand SAS
We will be revealing more figures and information in the run-up to launch, with a new dedicated page soon to be added to the Empress Miniatures site. In the meantime we would value your opinions and feedback at this stage. It is important to tailor our Kickstarter campaign to suit the wishes of our customers, as well as helping ourselves expand this range, so your opinions are very welcome.
-The Empress Team
Even More New Releases!
Wow - things are getting busier and busier at Empress, and the result is even more new releases across our ranges. This weekends round-up continues below.
We've mentioned it a lot already, but if you are attending Salute! this year then it might be worth considering a pre-order for collection on the day. We have had a lot already and stock is starting to run low on popular items before we even arrive at the show! We are arranging more deliveries before next weekend, but a pre-order is the best way to avoid missing out on the day.
Anyway, enough of that nonsense and on to the new toys!
Firstly we have even more additions to our inter-war Afghans. Suitable for the Third Afghan War, Waziristan and the entire inter-war period, these fierce tribesmen now come with extra support, command and cavalry.
Next we have additions to our Spanish Civil War range with a Condor Legion 88mm gun. Initially used as an anti-aircraft weapon, these were used successfully as long-range artillery and, famously, in the anti-tank role during World War 2. Our gun comes with a fully detailed trailer and optional gun-shield, and the figures would be entirely suitable as an early World War 2 Luftwaffe crew too.
On a more speculative note, we have also added a 'civilian'/militia/Volksturm crew and gun set in our 'Nationalist' shop area. These are perfect for 'what if' scenarios, late World War 2 options and ideal should you want to escalate the arms race to new heights in 'A Very British Civil War' scenarios!
And finally we have new additions to the superlative Xan Miniatures 15mm Napoleonic range, with the first of the French artillery. Now both Line and Horse artillery crews are available along with cannon and howitzers. These beautiful figures can be picked up in our Xan shop now.
Here is a round-up of our latest releases, all fresh into the shop and ready in time for Salute! 2013. We highly recommend that customers pre-order any items for collection at the show. New and popular items are likely to sell-out quickly on the day!
Firstly, for the Anglo Zulu War, we have added Major Redvers Buller in a double-pack that includes both mounted and dismounted versions of this famous personality.
This Cape Frontier War Veteran commanded the mounted infantry of the northern British column under Sir Evelyn Wood and went on to win a Victoria Cross at Hlobane.
Next we have additions to our 'Jazz Age Imperialism' range - three more packs of afghans for Waziristan, Third Afghan War and the inter-war period. These add further riflemen and some support in the form of a mortar (with crew). There are more of these (including cavalry) to come very soon!
Thirdly, we have an addition to our Modern Combat range in the form of a pair of 'downed' British Apache Helicopter pilots. These are armed with pistols and a carbine (carried in the cockpit of the helicopter) and are great for 'Behind Enemy Lines' -type search and rescue scenarios in your games.
Finally we have added some extremely useful gabions to our 'Builders Yard'. Compatible with 28mm figures, these represent over 500 years of military defenses and can be combined with our wicker fences to create some very realistic barricades and fortified positions. They are available as single items or in larger packs at a discount.
All of these new releases are available now in our store!
Introducing Westphalia Miniatures
We are delighted to announce that we are now stocking the fantastic Westphalia Miniatures range from Germany.
A wonderfully eclectic range of very useful Napoleonic subjects, using the combined talents of some of the most respected master-modellers and miniature sculptors in the industry. The detail on the wagons and cassions etc. make them amongst the very best available in the world, and now Westphalia are embarking on producing the Saxon army with the ever-talented Paul Hicks.
In their own words:
We are a non-profit organisation made up of Hobbyists, Sculptors and Researchers with the aim to provide ourselves and certain fellows with rather obscure 28mm miniatures from the Napoleonic era.
Kawe Weissi-Zadeh, 21/04/2012"
We will have the full stock of Westphalia figures available at Salute! this year (Stand TA30) and Triples and we would highly recommend Pre-Ordering anything in advance for collection at these shows as we expect these to be popular items.. In the meantime they are all available in our online shop now.
New Releases for Zulu War, English Civil War and Terrain.
We are continuing our busy release schedule with the addition of General Marshal to our Anglo Zulu War range. Famously wearing his 'afghan' coat, he comes complete with an ADC.
We are also very pleased to announce our charity figures produced in conjunction with the Naseby Project (http://www.naseby.com ). Both Oliver Cromwell and Prince Rupert are available from our English Civil War Personalities shop and £1 from the sale of each of these exquisite figures goes directly to the project. These 28mm figures are available now.
Finally we have added some very useful wicker fencing to our 'Builders Yard'. These are available in packs of 6 and 15 and is a very cost-effective way to reproduce this style of barrier. They are detailed, accurate and suitable for a huge number of historical periods.
Now Stocking Tsuba Miniatures!
Empress Miniatures is very proud to announce that we are now stocking the excellent Tsuba Miniatures from Germany. Tsuba have ranges of 28mm miniatures for the Russo-Japanese war, the Freikorps Werdenfels and some fun character models such as Manchurian Bandits ideal for shooting it out in the back of beyond! With their ranges expanding quickly, this is a line to keep an eye on.
We have the full range available in our store right now.
New Modern British And Zulu War Dragoon Guards We are pleased to announce the latest release for our modern British Infantry which includes some useful 'fillers' and additional fire-support. This latest pack includes two infantry armed with the Minimi and two riflemen with L86 rifles, one of whom is carrying an optional stowed Vallon mine detector.
The sculpting and casting is up to the standards that you would expect from Empress, and these figures provide more life-like additions to your modern British forces.
We have also just added our latest additions to the Anglo Zulu War range with the release of three packs representing the British Dragoon Guards. Shown below, in the now obligatory charging photo, these dynamic figures add a touch of 'dash' to your Zulu War British armies.
All of these new releases are available in our online shop right now!
Frontier Light Horse
The new additions to our Anglo-Zulu War range start with the Frontier Light HorseWe have added three new packs of Frontier Light Horse, both mounted and dismounted, to our Zulu War range. These figures come with separate heads and can be mix-and-matched on their mounts to provide additional variety.
These are available in our web-store right now, and will be followed closely by more releases for the Zulu War!
Pro Gloria Miniatures
We are now stocking the wonderful 'Pro Gloria Miniatures' 15th Century Renaissance range.
This excellent range is sculpted by the ever-talented Paul Hicks, and contains evocative 15th and 16th Century vignettes of both town and country life, as well as a growing range of Landsknecht troop types and command. Exquisite figures, and available in our online store now.
Mutton Chop Comes to Empress
We are very proud to announce that Paul Hick's superb Mutton Chop Miniatures has found a new home at Empress Miniatures.
Paul has been a major factor in the continued success of Empress Miniatures over the last five years and we are thrilled to bits that he has decided to let us handle this very quirky and very cool range on his behalf. Still owned by Paul, this range will continue to expand as he digs into his imagination to fill out his imaginary 1930's world.
Already well know to 'A Very British Civil War' buffs, this range contains some remarkably characterful figures which would fit in to many 'Pulp' and real-life scenarios. It includes figures, vehicles and even a bit of street furniture.
We are awaiting stock of some of the vehicles and posters while new production is set up for these, but the majority of the range is available in our online store right now!
Empress Miniatures is proud to announce that we are now the main stockist for Xan Miniatures from Spain in Europe and the US.
Xan currently produce 15mm Napoleonic figures and 20mm WW2 figures, guns and vehicles. They are an ambitious company and have great plans to expand all of these ranges (and more) in the near future.
The figures are compatible with other leading brands and offer a great value alternative for your armies. The castings are clean and just about 'paint-ready' from the bag and we highly recommend them!
These are available in our online store now, so we invite you to browse the new Xan Miniatures pages here to see whats available!
New ECW Cavalry
We are continuing our run of new releases with these wonderfully dramatic new cavalry figures. They are fully armoured and armed with pistols and, as usual, this complete release contains command as well as a great variety of troopers and horses. The range of poses for both riders and mounts will give your units a uniquely authentic look.
These great figures are available in our online shop now!
New Zealand Wars - British Navy Added
We are delighted to introduce the next releases in our 'Maori Wars' range, with the arrival of the British Naval Shore Parties! These wonderfully characterful figures capture the spirit of the Victorian sailor brilliantly, and are dressed in the earliest 'official' uniform of the British Navy. For this reason they are not only useful for New Zealand, but would be equally at home in the Crimea or Indian sub-continent.
This release includes command, personalities, ratings and a colossal 32-pounder naval artillery piece with full crew. This huge gun was brought ashore and used in sieges against Maori Pas and makes a unique addition to any mid-nineteenth century army!
These new releases are available in our online shop right now.
New English Civil War Saker
We have just released our latest ECW code - a large Saker artillery piece. This is a special gun in that the barrel is a copy of one made by John Brown in 1632 and presented to Charles when still a Prince. As a result it has a special engraving on the barrel which has been beautifully reproduced on our model.
This new piece is available in our online shop right now!
We are very pleased to announce our latest Modern Combat releases, in the form of two new packs of insurgent/irregular fighters. These represent the irregular soldiers, insurgents and freedom fighters seen around the world, and are armed with a wide selection of different weapons and kit. Clothing consists of everything from military garb to civilian nylon tracksuits and anything inbetween!
These are available in our store now, along with the original set of insurgents, making these a viable fighting force now.
If we are not attending a particular show then our figures are available from Caliver Books who carry all of our ranges.
Empress Miniatures is pleased to be working with The Naseby Project.
For more information please visit http://www.naseby.com/