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Friday, 24 March 2017

Veni Vidi Vici (part 2)

Well it's that time of year again when the wargaming world begins to turn it's gaze towards the Excel Centre in keen anticipation of the biggest event on our calendar. I am of course talking about Salute. We'll have our customary limited edition casualty marker which is a little bit special this year. This is free for anyone spending £10 or more at the stall. If you spend £25 or more, you'll also get a free Rasputin figure, which we designed to be complimentary to our Eastern Europe range of buildings, but it also fits in nicely with the Salute 2017 theme, the Russian Revolution.

In 2017 we have several new releases which will be only be available on the day, and in some cases in very limited numbers. We will not be making these items eligible for reservation and therefore they will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that all prices quoted below are inclusive of UK VAT at the standard 20%.

The majority of our building releases are for the Veni Vidi Vici range of Roman buildings. We have a brief glimpse of these below.

Our first release is the late Roman Church, which features many of the aisles and apses that you would immediately associate with a building of this stature. This kit is priced at £21.

Next is the Waterthorne Villa. This is along the same lines as our current Hurlingstone Villa, but utilising our Medium Stores and a Villa Gate to create a walled courtyard. Price for this is £40.

Next is the Oakdene Villa, which is similar to the Waterthorne, however we have used the Large Stores and added a Villa Pool to this bundle. Priced at £45 for the set. 

 Above is the Barrack Block - version A. This has the rooms at the end for the Centurion and one room for a Contubernium. Price is £18 for this kit.

 The Barrack Block - Version B as above has three rooms, each for one Contubernium. Price is £15 for the Barrack Block B kit.

 When you place block A and B side by side, you get quite an impressive range.

 The Stable Block is a necessity for those auxiliary cavalry units and this modest design features an internal floor to create a hay loft, as well as separate rooms for horses and equipment. Priced at £15.

 The Stone Granary above features a raised floor and large buttresses while retaining a compact footprint. Retail price for this handsome kit is £18.

We also have a more rustic wooden version of the granary. Based loosely on a reconstruction at Lunt, near Coventry, this granary sits on high stilts to deter rodents. £15 for this one.

 Moving out of the fort and into the Vicus and surrounding area, our Mansio has an internal floor for added effect and also has a store and stabling to the sides. £30 purchases you this elegant kit.

 The Vicus House above has additional features such as the timber framing and stone foundations. This kit is £15.

 The Vicus Shop has a canopy and multiple working doors for excellent access. Priced at £15.

 The final building to be released at Salute is our Vicus Workshop. This is a long narrow building in the style of the strip houses found outside Roman forts - this kit was inspired by watching a Time Team dig at Papcastle in my native Cumbria. This kit will be available for £18.

As mentioned above, we'll only have 10 of each of these kits available at Salute, and as we're not able to take reservations for these, you might have to be quick in order to get one on the day. We will add these to the web store soon after our return from London, for those of you not able to get to Salute this year.

As usual, thanks for taking the time to read our blog and until next time,


Monday, 16 January 2017


Roman Buildings Live.

Our eagerly anticipated range of Roman buildings have just gone live onto our website. Here's a brief view of some of the items we've listed, along with prices. Please note that all quoted prices are inclusive of UK VAT.

Here's the basic Villa. We've designed this with a cleverly hinged door so you can open and close it at your whim. Priced at £15.00 

There are two types of corner tower available, Small and Large. These are priced at £6.00 and £9.00 respectively.

There are also 3 sizes of Stores available for the wings of your Villa. These are Small at 100mm length for £6.00, Medium at 150mm at £8.00 and Large at 200mm for £9.00. We've pictured the Medium below. This one kit can be made up in either a left-hand or right-hand version for the opposing wings of the villa.

There are other details such as this wall section with a gate - again we've designed this with working hinges which are unobtrusive in their design to give you a working example without bulky appendages. This is priced at £6.00

Also available are individual wall sections to allow you to create enclosures or compounds - using towers at junctions for your villa complex. Lengths are 100mm, 150mm and 200mm and they are priced at £2.40, £3.00 and £3.60 respectively.

We've added a simple villa bundle for those wishing to make a starter purchase and included a small discount on the individual price. Hurlingstone Villa is available for £35.00

This is a selection of the initial release of this range of buildings, you can find the rest here. We hope you enjoy this new range and we hope to add to it in the near future.

Friday, 6 January 2017

New Year, Our Shows

Well folks, I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Here at Warbases we are well in to the swing of things again so it is about time we told you where you may be able to find us.

Vapnartak - York; Sunday 5th February
ROBIN - Nottingham; Sunday 12th February

Hammerhead - Newark; Saturday 4th March
Overlord - Abingdon; Sunday 5th March
Albanich - Dumfries; Saturday 11th March

Salute - London ExCel; Saturday 22nd April

Carronade - Falkirk; Saturday 13th May
Partizan I - Newark; Sunday 21st May

Phalanx - St Helens; Saturday 17th June

Claymore - Edinburgh; Saturday 5th August
Partizan II - Newark; Sunday 20th August

Border Reiver - Newcastle; Saturday 2nd September
Colours - Newbury; Saturday 16th September

Derby Worlds - Derby; Saturday 7th / Sunday 8th October
Skelp - Forfar; Saturday 14th October
Fiasco - Leeds; Sunday 29th October

Crisis - Antwerp; Saturday 4th November
Targe - Kirriemuir; Saturday 11th November
Warfare - Reading; Saturday 18th / Sunday 19th Sunday November
Battleground - Middlesbrough; Saturday 25th November

I have split the shows into months so that it is easier to view.

Some shows are still to be confirmed and dates liable to be moved. There may also be a few additions to this list in the coming months.

Anyway, we hope that 2017 is a good year for you all and we hope to see you at some of these shows.

Warbases Jr.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sharp Practice Assets

You might already be aware that over the years, we have developed close links with several other wargame companies, one of which is the very popular Too Fat Lardies.
The updated version of Sharp Practice is currently invigorating a period which is one of the most prolific in wargaming terms. Be it ACW, Napoleonics or Indian Mutiny, many of us will have figures in our collections from at least one of the above conflicts.

With the popularity of Sharp Practice, we expect a new campaign handbook to be released imminently. There are new asset lists and among them you'll find the following items;

The small Signal Brazier is simple to assemble and available now at the bargain price of £1.80 (VAT inclusive).

 The Pigeon Loft includes a pigeon on a pole which simply slips into the hole conveniently placed at the end of the loft - he's not pictured here as the mould maker had him when Lord Lichfield was here doing the photographs. Available now for £3.00, again this price includes VAT.

Finally, we have the Semaphore Arms, which can be placed on any convenient building or hill to convey your messages quickly around the countryside. Included with this kit is the code sheet for the Chappe system so you can create your own cunning messages to taunt your opponent. This kit is also £3.00 VAT inclusive.

All the above kits are based on 30mm diameter bases, so you can judge the size of the finished items from that measurement. For those of you wanting all 3 of these kits, we also do a bundle, which is catchily titled Sharp Practice Asset Pack for the slightly reduced price of £7.00. Again this is inclusive of VAT at the usual rate of 20%.

You'll find them all at the end of this handily supplied link, should you be inclined to make a purchase. Sharp Practice Assets

Thanks for reading, until next time.
Mr. Warbases

Friday, 21 October 2016

Roman Villas

Recently, I discovered that Channel 4 have got one of my favourite TV shows, Time Team, on their online player, so I've been watching all the series en masse. They seem to have a heavy bias to Roman Britain, in an increasingly desperate search for tessellated pavement, but this has given me a bit of inspiration to commence a project that a certain Mr B has been requesting for around 3 or 4 years or so now...

I wanted to create a Roman Villa in a system that will allow you to add, append and alter the design of your villa, much in the same way that they evolved some 2000 years ago. The beauty of the original Roman design means that the vast majority of the Empire is covered in this system.

We start with the main villa itself, which includes a portico on the front. The back walls are blank, so you can have a bit of security from the local ruffians.
 When you add the large towers (bath house and temple?) to each end you can see how the villa has changed in appearance.
 In the next picture, I've removed the large towers and replaced them with smaller ones, then added the two small store sections to give us a U shaped villa, not unlike the original villa at Lullingstone in Kent.
 We can remove any of the components and totally change the appearance of the complex. This is an L shaped villa utilising a medium store.
 And below, the same with a large store instead.
 I've designed a wall with a gateway to enable you to enclose areas, making courtyards and increasing security and privacy. I've thrown a lick of paint at this one to see how it looks, I'm quite pleased with the results.
 I've also made a separate portico, shown here with the roof removed so you can see the internal detail inside the walkway. All the doors are removable so you can gain free access to the building. The arch window surrounds are supplied with all kits, but are optional for individuality.
We've added the portico onto the back of the villa section, which means that we can create an enclosed courtyard on this side of the villa too.
You can just keep adding sections, creating a rambling giant of a villa if you wish.
Also on the design table is a free standing Roman Temple for your pious Romano Brits to worship in. The covered walkway goes all round the building in the contemporary style.
Please bear in mind that all these buildings are still prototypes and therefore, finalised versions may differ from those seen here. There will be more parts to follow, including walls, a bigger gate, roadside tombs and maybe even a fish pond.

I hope you like these, we hope to have a small selection on display at Fiasco Leeds and Warfare Reading. Comments and feedback is invited...

Mr Warbases.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Eastern Europe is a GO!

So, without further-ado, our Eastern European buildings are now live!

The prices are as per the previous blog post and they can be purchased via the website or pre-ordered for pick up at any of our shows between now and the end of the year.

So here are a couple of photos to whet your appetite.

Here we have a painted Animal Pen and a painted version of our House 3.

I hope you like our latest range of buildings and thank you for the support as ever.

Warbases Jr.

Monday, 12 September 2016

New Buildings Part 3

So guys, I have a release date for the eagerly anticipated Eastern European buildings and we have prices too!

So here goes;

House 1 - £10.00

House 2 - £14.00

House 3 - £12.00

House 4 - £14.00

School - £16.00

Barn 1 (with Dovecot) - £10.00

Barn 2 - £10.00

Church - £60.00

Chapel - £20.00

Livestock Pen - £5.00

Animal Shelter (set of 2) - £5.00

Hay Barn (Hay Cart Included) - £12.00

Granary - £12.00

Toilet - £4.00

Well - £3.00

Pews and Alter - £4.00

So there you have it. Our range of Eastern European buildings is complete and will go live on the website this Friday!!

This means that they are available for order to pick up at the Derby Worlds show on the 1st and 2nd of October and remember if you order up to a week prior to any show and fill in the relevant show discount code you will receive 10% off your order.

I hope you enjoy and remember, check back Friday!!

Warbases Jr.