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 shop updates: 18mm Seven Years War

Eureka Miniatures: 18mm SYW French

Eureka Miniatures: 18mm SYW French

Fighting 15s has begun the spring-cleaning process brought about by the redesign of the online shop by overhauling the Seven Years’ War section of 18mm Eureka Miniatures.

The redesign has revealed a number of small pictures and design or editing inconsistencies within the shop, which has been hosted by EKM since 2005. The main issue is that although computer screen resolutions were typically 640 x 480 pixels or 800 x 600 pixels back then, on which, say, a 150 x 300 pixel picture looked massive, on today’s screen resolutions the pictures look tiny. Also, because elements of ranges are sometimes added years apart, human error can lead to inconsistencies as to how these are presented.

With the help of Fighting 15s’ picture editor, parts of the site are slowly being overhauled. We won’t be announcing every reworked section, but Eureka’s Seven Years War range is one of our top-selling ranges and so this received special attention over the weekend to bring it into 2017. Almost all of the pictures have been re-edited, most items have been reworked to eliminate drop-down options where possible and to make the contents of command packs in particular much clearer, and all the unit packs now have unique pictures. Descriptions have been tightened up, though undoubtedly there are still bits of wooliness with which we may just have to live.

Eureka’s 18mm Seven Years War range is cast here in the UK under licence. All new UK castings are all in lead-free pewter (our stocks cast in high-tin alloy are being run down). Fighting 15s also supplies the range to Colonel Bill’s, which takes it on the UK shows circuit, and to Atlantica Juegos in Madrid – Atlantica Juegos covers all Spanish sales of the range.

UK prices for castings remain at £4.00 per pack of 8 infantry or 4 cavalry, working out at 50p each for foot and £1.00 each for mounted (all prices include VAT). It therefore remains less expensive than imported ranges from Eureka.

Link: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/seven-years-war-191-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

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

Fighting 15s re-releases 18mm Napoleon in Egypt range

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Earlier this year, Fighting 15s acquired the Napoleon in Egypt range of 18mm wargames figures from Black Hat Miniatures. Reorganization and re-photographing of the range is now complete and Fighting 15s is delighted to announce that these figures are now available to buy in the online shop.

The range is as follows:

NE001 French Infantry in casquet, advancing
NE002 French Infantry in casquet, marching
NE003 French Infantry in casquet, firing and loading
NE004 French Infantry command
NE005 French Infantry elites in bicorne, advancing
NE006 French Infantry elites in bicorne, marching
NE007 French Infantry elites in bicorne, firing and loading
NE008 French Infantry elites in casquet, advancing
NE009 French Infantry elites in casquet, marching
NE010 French Infantry elites in casquet, firing and loading
NE050 French Dromedary Corps troopers (4 figures)
NE051 French Dromedary Corps command (4 figures)
NE052 French dismounted dragoons
NE053 French dismounted dragoon command
NE075 French artillery in bicorne
NE100 Egyptian Fellahin with spears
NE101 Egyptian Fellahin with swords
NE102 Egyptian Fellahin with muskets
NE103 Nizam Provincial Militia advancing
NE104 Nizam Provincial Militia firing and loading
NE105 Ottoman foot command
NE109 Cairo Janissaries
NE110 Cairo Janissaries command
NE150 Mameluks firing
NE151 Mameluks charging
NE152 Mameluk command
NE175 Ottoman heavy artillery

Packs contain eight foot, or four mounted figures, or four crew and one gun (there are options for crew only or guns only). Prices for all codes except NE050 and NE051 are £3.20 including VAT per pack: NE050 and NE051 are £6.40 including VAT. Variants are provided at random.

Fighting 15s intends to expand on the original range in future.

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