AB Figures: 15mm Napoleonic Mamelukes and Chasseurs of the Guard

AB Figures’ latest releases in its 15mm Napoleonics range have arrived at Fighting 15s. The releases include the following additions to the French Imperial Guard:

AB-IG79 Mameluke of the guard
AB-IG80 Mameluke officer (one-piece casting)
AB-IG81 Mameluke trumpeter
AB-IG82 Mameluke standard bearer
AB-IG83 Chasseur a cheval of the guard, later uniform
AB-IG84 Chasseur a cheval officer, later uniform
AB-IG85 Chasseur a cheval trumpeter, later uniform
AB-IG86 Chasseur a cheval eagle bearer, later uniform

Tony Barton has also sculpted a new French line lancer officer (IFC09A), now available as an option in the lancer command pack (IFC09-10). For the Peninsula British he has added flank company skirmishing (AB-B11A).

Link: https://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp

Fighting 15s acquires Gladiator Miniatures from Black Hat

Fighting 15s is taking over the 15mm and 18mm ranges from Black Hat Miniatures, and ownership officially transfers this weekend at Colours.

All the 15mm ranges will be sold as Gladiator Miniatures – as they were before Black Hat produced them. The 18mm Martian Empires range will be sold under the Martian Empires name in the Fighting 15s shop.

All the codes have been uploaded to the Fighting 15s shop and will go live within the next week. I have been working hard to make descriptions consistent, and remove quirks of spelling. There will still be errors that I will kick myself over each time they become apparent…

Until the moulds and stock arrive, the pictures will be the same as used by Gladiator and Black Hat – some of these go back to 2002 and the era of modems and tiny image files, and are not satisfactory for today’s website. Some codes were never photographed. I will be updating and adding photos as soon as possible, but there are more than 800 codes to ink, photograph and edit, so please bear with me.

I have all the masters and production masters, and I should take delivery of the moulds within the next week.

Looking ahead, I aim to use Fighting 15s’ shows rep, Stuart Armstrong at Colonel Bill’s, to offer army packs of the Gladiator Miniatures ranges at UK wargames shows, but this will take some months to organise. Stuart already takes some AB, Eureka and Fighting 15s figures to shows.

Mark Severin at Scale Creep Miniatures will continue to carry the figures in the USA so there should be no disruption in service to US customers.

In future, all Gladiator Miniatures will be cast in lead-free pewter. This affects the costs of figures, originally priced for a much cheaper lead-tin mix, and because adding VAT will also affect the price to customers in the EU I have taken the opportunity to reorganise the contents of many of the packs to reduce the impact on final price of tax.

Standard packs of Gladiator Miniatures 15mm infantry and cavalry therefore now contain 8 infantry or 4 cavalry to fit in with the rest of Fighting 15s’ ranges – and most of the rest of the wargaming hobby. A standard pack is now £3.40 inc tax. Chariot packs and elephant packs are £3.60 inc VAT. Command packs typically contain 5 foot or 3 mounted, and cost £2.55 inc VAT – the number in a command pack varies from range to range and descriptions of command as being “1 set” will be changed as soon as possible. Standard Martian Empires packs will be £3.60 inc VAT and continue to include 8 infantry or 4 cavalry.

Note that Mike at Black Hat Miniatures will continue to produce and distribute Coat d’arms paints, as well as focus on his 54mm toy soldier business, Imperial Miniatures. Fighting 15s will continue to represent AB Figures and Eureka Miniatures in the EU.

Ian
Fighting 15s and Gladiator Miniatures

Links

Fighting 15s: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk

Gladiator Minatures: www.gladiatorminiatures.co.uk

Black Hat Miniatures: www.blackhat.co.uk

Fighting 15s, Colonel Bill’s and the future of wargames shows

From August, it will be all change on how Fighting 15s deals with wargames shows in the UK as we expand our relationship with Colonel Bill’s.

Since Salute in April this year, Ian of Fighting 15s has been helping out on the Colonel Bill’s stand, which means that 15mm AB Figures have been available to buy at selected shows. Our agreement with Eureka/AB, however, has meant that AB Figures can only be on the Colonel Bill’s stand while Ian is physically present, with the result that the figures have not been available at other shows.

This situation will change in August. As a result of discussions with Tony Barton and Nic Robson, Colonel Bill’s will be able to carry 15mm AB Figures in prepackaged units to shows even if Fighting 15s is not helping out, meaning that AB’s fine 15mm Napoleonics will be available to buy at the 40 or so shows a year that Colonel Bill’s attends. Britcon in Manchester will be the first show to work this way.

All the 15mm AB Figures sold this way will be licensed castings made by Ian at Fighting 15s, cast in lead-free pewter. Units will be sold in packs comprising 24 foot or 12 mounted figures. AB Figures, however, will not be available by mail order through Colonel Bill’s; Fighting 15s remains the EU mail order outlet.

Ian, however, will still be attending shows and working on the Colonel Bill’s stand, according to Fighting 15s’ shows schedule. Ian is able to take advance orders for those shows only. The remaining shows that we plan to attend with Colonel Bill’s in 2017 include Claymore, Colours, Derby Worlds, SELWG, Crisis and Warfare.

Fighting 15s’ ability to provide figures for Colonel Bill’s to take to shows relies on them being licensed castings made in the UK. Therefore items cast in Australia, including the whole of the 20mm WWII range of AB Figures, will not be available at shows except to advance order through Fighting 15s.

Colonel Bill’s remains Fighting 15s’ sole authorised outlet at shows for our own 15mm medievals, Eureka’s 18mm Seven Years War range, and Bartek’s pin-up playing cards, all of which can be ordered in advance for shows through Colonel Bill’s.

AB Figures: 2nd Nassau-Usingen regiment

AB-NASS08 fusilier marching

AB-NASS08 fusilier marching

Fighting 15s now has in stock the 2nd Nassau-Usingen regiment codes from AB Figures and the figures are available to buy in the online shop.

These codes are expected to be popular. Unfortunately, if Fighting 15s goes out of stock, it may take eight or so weeks to obtain new stock from AB/Eureka in Australia.

Fighting 15s regrets that it does not yet have pictures of the grenadiers for this regiment.

AB has switched to identifying its figures as 18mm since the separation of its site from the Eureka Miniatures site, but Fighting 15s continues to label them as 15mm because “large 15mm” is normal for sculpts nowadays and because it would take a major restructuring of the shop to enact the change.

Link: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/infantry-961-c.asp

15mm flags for Army of Italy and Egyptian campaign

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Fighting 15s has expanded its Army of Italy and Egyptian campaign ranges of 15mm paper flags. The new flags replace the sheets originally listed in the Revolutionary Wars section of the Flags for AB range.

The flags suit both 15mm AB Figures and Fighting 15s’ own 18mm Napoleon in Egypt range of figures. The flags are available in a new category of the shop – Fighting 15s Flags – which will include new releases and revised codes to which new pictures have been added.

Link: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk

Oddzial Osmy’s releases for May 2016

US-6104 F-14A Tomcat

US-6104 F-14A Tomcat

Oddzial Osmy’s releases for May have arrived in the UK and are now available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop.

The releases are:

1:600 (3mm) Moderns
FR-630 ERC-90 Sagaie, wheeled armoured vehicle armed with 90mm cannon
IS-624 Namer, heavy APC
US-6104 F-14A Tomcat, two-seat navy fighter

1:600 (3mm WWII)

WJA-619 Ki-45 Toryu (Nick), Japanese two-seat, twin-engine fighter
WUS-660 LVT-4, Amtrak with added rear ramp door
WUS-661 DUKW, amphibious transport vehicle
WUS-662 A-20G Havoc light bomber

15mm Modern
CW-1505 Polish Cold War infantry with AT-3 Sagger

Packs are £3.00 each including VAT, with contents as described on the Fighting 15s website.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp

WJA-619 Ki-45 Toryu

WJA-619 Ki-45 Toryu

18mm French camp and limber sets from Eureka Miniatures

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Eureka Miniatures has released two sets in 18mm for the French army of the Napoleonic Wars. Both sets are available to buy now in the Fighting 15s shop.

The sets are:

300NFR13 Standing French limber and team 1812-15
300NFR14 French camp 1812-15

The limber set uses a limber from AB Figures (provided), and the figures are compatible in height with AB Figures. Pack contents and prices are as described in the Fighting 15s shop. Plese note that our initial stocks are limited.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp

Oddzial Osmy’s November releases arrive at Fighting 15s

JH-7A Chinese fighter-bomber

JH-7A Chinese fighter-bomber

The latest releases from Oddzial Osmy of Poland have arrived in stock at Fighting 15s. The releases include:

1:600 (3mm) Moderns
BW-639 Biber AVLB assault bridge
BW-640 Pionierpanzer Dachs and Bergepanzer 2
BW-641 Marder Roland
BW-642 Marder 1A3
CH-626 JH-7A, Chinese fighter-bomber
FR-627 Tigre HAP, French support helicopter
US-6100 F-106 Delta Dart jet interceptor aircraft

15mm Moderns
CW-1502 Polish Cold War infantry set II  – squad leader, RPG-7 section, PKM MG section and rifleman with underslung grenade launcher

Packs are all £3.00 including VAT with contents as described on the website.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp

Oddzial Osmy’s October releases arrive at Fighting 15s

WUS-654 B-17G Flying Fortress

WUS-654 B-17G Flying Fortress

The latest releases from Oddzial Osmy of Poland have arrived in stock at Fighting 15s. The releases include:

1:600 (3mm) Moderns
BMN-638 Rooivalk, South African attack helicopter
UK-637 Conqueror, British heavy tank
BW-638 Spz 11-2 Kurz, German tracked reconnaissance vehicle
FR-625 VAB Mephisto, French APC armed with HOT missiles
FR-626 Super Mystere B.2, French supersonic fighter
CH-625 EQ2080, Chinese military truck

1:600 (3mm) WWII
WWH-6112 Fw 190 D-9, German fighter
WUS-654 B-17G Flying Fortress, US  heavy bomber

1:600 (3mm) Scenery
TR-624 Coniferous trees III, pines

15mm Moderns
CW-1501 Cold War Polish infantry I with AK rifles

Packs are all £3.00 including VAT with contents as described on the website. All codes are listed in the New Arrivals section of the website for a short time.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp

AB’s 15mm Duke of Brunswick arrives at Fighting 15s

AB-BK11 Duke of Brunswick

AB-BK11 Duke of Brunswick

Fighting 15s has received the following new figures from AB Figures in its 15mm Napoleonic range:

AB-BK11 Duke of Brunswick, mounted
AB-ER76 Early Russian artillery crew in shako and greatcoat, loading
AB-ER77 Early Russian artillery crew in shako and greatcoat, firing
AB-KK82 Austrian mounted NCO
AB-RKK29 Austrian grenzer artillery crew 1792-98

BK11 and KK82 are one-piece castings  and cost £1.20 each including VAT. ER76, ER77 and RKK29 cost £2.40 including VAT for a set of four figures. Fighting 15s tries to provide four different variants in each artillery crew set, but the variant mix supplied as stock may sometimes make this impossible.

All AB figures are sculpted by Tony Barton.

The figures are available to buy now in the Fighting 15s shop and for a short time are available in the New Arrivals section.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp