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Mountain and River

Posted on January 30th, 2015 under , . Posted by

We have two new releases for you today in the spaceships range. The first is a re-mastered CDSU Shanzi (Mountain) class super-carrier. This replaces the old (very old, almost 20-years-old) master which was due an honourable retirement. The new model has a resin main hull with metal deck and other fittings. Compare the photo above […]

Back Again

Posted on January 28th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

We seem to have had a bit of a glitch overnight – this blog, the forums and the website front page, which are all PHP-driven, were throwing an ‘Internal Server Error’. The rest of the website was unaffected, but without the main page it probably looked like the whole thing was fried. However, everything seems […]

Just 5 signed – More Wargame Terrain books left

Posted on January 27th, 2015 under . Posted by

Following the most recent order (one book to Sweden), there are now just 4 signed and numbered Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 – More Wargame Terrain books left. Should you be interested in buying a copy please go to this link.

Remember, the books are reduced to just £16.00 for the whole month of January. They will revert back to their normal price in just 5 days time.

It has surprised me that Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 More Wargame Terrain has sold less copies that Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.1 Building Wargame Terrain, when I believe that the content and tutorials in book two are so much more detailed, more in-depth! Never-the-less I am very glad that I had the reprint of Building Wargame Terrain.

Once again thank you to all that have supported this pet project.


The Sulawesi National Army

Posted on January 26th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

The latest of our 15mm models to be co-opted into the Hammer’s Slammers background by John Treadaway are the South African wheeled vehicles. They represent the National Army of Sulawesi, a Malaysian mining colony riven by civil war. John has paired the SAC tanks and APCs, our new EuroFed 4×4 and 6×6 utility vehicles and […]

Terrain Books are awarded The Battlegames Award for Excellence

Posted on January 26th, 2015 under , . Posted by

In the latest issue of Miniature Wargames with Battlegames, Building Wargames Terrain and More Wargames Terrain were reviewed and awarded The Battlegames Award for Excellence. For full details see this link or pages 56 and 57 of issue 382 of …

The January Sale Continues

Posted on January 25th, 2015 under , . Posted by

The January Sale Continues. You have less than one week to purchase either or both Wargame Terrain books for the reduced price of £16.00 each. At the end of the month they will revert back to their normal price of £18.00 (plus Postage and Packing). For full details of how to order please see this link.

I cannot allow today’s landmark to go unmentioned. Earlier today Dampf’s Modelling Page had it’s 500,000 page view – that’s half a million page views!

Thank you.


Miniature Wargames with Battlegames 382 – A very special review

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 under , . Posted by

Earlier today I picked up the latest edition of Miniature Wargames with Battlegames – issue 382 (February 2015). On page 56 and 57 Henry has reviewed both Building Wargame Terrain and More Wargame Terrain books.

It is rare for me to be so embarrassed, but the review actually made me blush – Thank you for the very kind words and the awarding of The Battlegames Award for Excellence.

For full details of how you can order a copy or copies, please go to this link where you will find that both books are available for the discounted price of just £16.00 (plus P&P) each. This special offer will run until the end of the month, when both books will revert back to their normal list price.

Should you wish to read other reviews please go to this link or this link. Be aware that signed and numbered copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No 2 – More Wargame Terrain are selling out fast.

Once again thank you to Henry for the review.


Light Tanks

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 under , . Posted by

We have four new 15mm vehicles available today, all tanks and on the lighter side. Firstly, there are the last two of Kirk and Zac’s Mercenary Brigade vehicles, the Legion Missile System and Warlock Support Tank. The Legion is equipped with a heavy, 18-round support missile pod for heavy indirect firepower, while the Warlock has […]

Painting Stonework – a simple tutorial

Posted on January 21st, 2015 under . Posted by

How I paint stonework.In this Blog and in my modelling books (see links to top right of this page), I regularly comment on the importance of painting natural looking stonework. I am currently working on a project that should be featured in print someti…

Tales of the Future

Posted on January 20th, 2015 under . Posted by

I wanted to write this piece and publish it for the New Year, but that just didn’t happen … It’s part review of last year, part preview of the year to come with a bit of waffle in between. 2014 – the Year of Mass Production Last year you will doubtless have noticed a quantum […]

The Sale Continues

Posted on January 20th, 2015 under . Posted by

For the whole Month of January both Building Wargame Terrain and More Wargame Terrain books have been reduced to just £16.00 each. Postage and packaging remains unchanged.

For full details go to this link.


T- Force by Sean Longden

Posted on January 18th, 2015 under . Posted by

This is what I’m reading at the moment; T – Force The forgotten Heroes of 1945 by Sean Longden. I am about 1/3rd through, just after the British reach the Baltic coast and days before the Germans surrender.

I first saw the book for sale in a book store in Solihull and after browsing the cover, thought that it sounded like a good read. However I didn’t buy it and continued window shopping. When Sue said that she needed to pop into the post office, I returned to the shop and had another look at both the cover and notes. But still I didn’t buy it!

Back home I couldn’t get the book out of my mind and after a quick internet search, I ordered a copy from E-bay. The book arrived a couple of days later and within minutes, I had started reading it and was fully engrossed in the story.

The book follows the formation of a special force of strategic looters, who during the closing days of WW2 search out strategic targets in France, Germany and the Baltic’s to secure intelligence and new technology. I have found the various adventures quite enthralling and with just one criticism have enjoyed the book immensely. My criticism is the style of writing which tends to follow a tedious format of “we moved, we captured, this is what someone said and then we moved we captured and this is what we found etc etc”. I’m not sure that there is a better way of writing the history of this particular chapter of WW2, but just 1/3rd through and the repetition is grating. I will add that not so grating that I haven’t been able to put the book down!

Maybe I should have waited until I had finished the book before writing this review. It would have made more sense. But for what it is worth, this is a great book, that details the unenviable achievements of a group of thoroughly dedicated soldiers who risked everything to secure both the Nazi secrets and a future for Post-War Germany.

A fuller review can be found here.

T – Force (The Forgotten Heroes of 1945) by Sean longden
Published by Constable in 2010
ISBN; 978 1 84901 297 3
List price £8.99


A New Sense of Scale

Posted on January 16th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Towards the end of last year, someone e-mailed asking us which of our building ranges, 6mm or 15mm, would be most suitable for 10mm figures. My answer was that, to be honest, neither were ideal, being too small and too large respectively. Then someone else asked pretty much the same question, and another, and another, […]

The French Aeronef La Fee Verte

Posted on January 15th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

The Aeronef La Fee Verte. A scratch built 1/300th scale model of the Aeronef Balaclava, which was later re-named Le Fee Verte (The Green Fairy).This model featured in issue 04 of The Ancible magazine, which can still be purchased as a PDF from War…


Posted on January 12th, 2015 under . Posted by

Why? Yes Why? Why do I call myself a Wargamer?In the past year, actually 18 months I have not taken part in a wargame. I have played many games, board games, card games even a couple of computer games, so why do I call myself a Wargamer?I have bought f…

Miniature Wargames 381

Posted on January 10th, 2015 under Posted by

Sue bought this magazine for me while we were out shopping yesterday as my 40mm Flash Gordon display was mentioned in an article about Blast-Tastic written by Ashley Pollard. For full details of the event and display see this link.Thank you Ashley…

The January Sale Continues

Posted on January 9th, 2015 under , . Posted by

For the whole month of January, both Building Wargame Terrain and More Wargame Terrain are available for the reduced price of £16.00 instead of the normal price of £18.00. Postage & Packaging remain the same.

For full details go to this link.

or this link.

Thank you.


Tactical News

Posted on January 9th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Something new to get us rolling in the New Year is the Strike Legion Tactical Rules Compendium. This is an amalgamation and update of the existing Strike Legion rulebook plus the first three supplements, The Genome Gambit, Clockwork Armies and Skunk Works. It includes new features and updated rules mechanics, all in one softback volume. […]

More Dwarves – The Von Rotte Command Set has arrived!

Posted on January 7th, 2015 under . Posted by

Image taken from the Alternative Armies BlogAs if I haven’t got enough Flintloque Dwarves already – those sneaky blighter’s at Alternative Armies have once again tempted me to part with my hard-earned money and fork-out for these little beauties. The V…

Back to Normality

Posted on January 6th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

A belated Happy New Year to everyone ! After an extended Xmas and New Year break, we’re back to what passes for normal service here at Brigade Towers. The sale ended with a flood of orders with lots of people taking advantage of the discount, so at the moment our main focus is getting these […]

Scale Modelling F-4 Phantom

Posted on January 5th, 2015 under . Posted by

I spotted this magazine/guide in W H Smiths, Cheltenham earlier today and thought it was worth sharing. I didn’t pick it up, but now that I am home I wish I had.A brief ‘flick-through’ proving what a good publication it is. The F-4 Phantom possibly one…

USS Tigerfish (SSN-509) from Ice Station Zebra

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Wargames Soldiers & Strategy issue 76 features this scratch built model of USS Tigerfish (SSN-509) from the film Ice Station Zebra which was built by me to illustrate a planned game.

The magazine was released on 1st January and is another themed issue – the theme being Steampunk.

The two page article describes how I built this iconic piece of cinemascope from plastic card wrapped balsawood. And just to prove the point I have included this single work-in-progress shot.

The project was an unusual model for me, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed building – 2015 starts with yet another terrain building post! I hope that you can get hold of a copy of the magazine and read how I built it.

In addition to this model; pages 26 – 28 have an article called The Road to Ucles by Guy Bowers which features a range of mud-brick built Adobe houses that were built by me and available from Grand Manner – see this link.

Finally, the January Sale continues – with both Wargame Terrain Books available at the reduced price of just £16.00 each (P&P remains the same). For details of how to order see this post. There are now only 10 signed and numbered copies of More Wargame Terrain left.


Wargame Terrain Books reduced in January sale

Posted on January 1st, 2015 under , . Posted by

For the whole month of January – both Building Wargame Terrain and More Wargame Terrain books with be reduced.

You can now buy either book for £16.00 instead of the list price of £18.00. Post and packaging remains the same see this this link

and this link for full details of how to order.

Get them while you can, the numbered and signed More Wargame Terrain book is selling out fast.

Happy New Year.


2014 – a short review

Posted on December 31st, 2014 under . Posted by

With this year very nearly over, I thought that a short review was in order.In general, I am pleased with the gaming successes of 2014, actually that should read modelling and painting success as there has been very little gaming. Maybe this should be …

Brigade Models 2014-12-31 00:01:09

Posted on December 31st, 2014 under . Posted by

It’s the last day of our sale. 24 hours to bag a bargain, the sale comes off the website at midnight GMT today. This is your last chance to get 15% off our spaceships, 6mm or 15mm SF vehicles, Aeronef, Land Ironclads, 2mm Buildings, Celtos, WW1 Belgians, Magpie miniatures or Squadron Commander. On Thursday things […]