Fighting 15s at Salute 2018

Fighting 15s will be on the Colonel Bill’s stand (TD19) at Salute, Excel London, on 14 April 2018.

Please note that the closing date for advance orders for the show is 1 April. I am unavailable in the week or so running up to Salute and have to cut-off advance orders early this year.

Advance orders may be made by phone, email (please don’t send attachments) or by sending a message via the Fighting 15s Facebook page. Fighting 15s can no longer offer a collect at Salute option in the shopping cart because of a change in how the shop’s delivery system works. Payment must be in advance by card or PayPal: at Salute, Ian will be in Colonel Bill’s livery and operating Colonel Bill’s till. Fighting 15s cannot, therefore, take cash payments on the day.

Colonel Bill’s is Fighting 15s’ official stockist of Eureka 18mm SYW figures and Fighting 15s’ medievals. In addition to our lines that Colonel Bill’s usually carries, there will be a selection of Napoleonic unit packs of 15mm AB Figures at the show. Packs on the stand are based on our best-sellers, and by its nature the selection will therefore be limited. Orders for 20mm WWII AB Figures must be made in advance.

Advance orders for collection at Salute may also be made for our clearance lines of Oddzial Osmy, Shadowforge and Laughing Monk figures. These ranges, however, will be removed from the Fighting 15s shop on 1 April.

Eureka Miniatures has its own, separate stand at Salute. Please do not confuse the two when placing advance orders.

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Bartek’s Wild Wild Fields 17th Century Playing Cards


Fighting 15s now has in stock the latest deck of playing cards from Bartek Drejewicz – pin-up girls in 17th century uniforms. Like his successful Napoleonic pin-up girls deck, this pack of cards is published by Polish lingerie store Intimo.

The illustrations in this deck, entitled Wild Wild Fields (Bardzo Dzikie Pola), are inspired by the history of central Europe in the 17th century. Many countries of central Europe – Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine plus a few smaller nations – were united in the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, which was arrayed against the Kingdom of Sweden, the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. There were a lot of wars in western Europe in this period, such as the English Civil War, so the deck includes a few illustrations from the Kingdom of England. Scottish mercenaries also fought on both sides during the wars between Poland and Sweden. The deck also contains pictures of soldiers from Spain, Germany, France and smaller countries, because these troops were either mercenaries or allies of Central European empires and also brave soldiers and highly effective units. The illustrations are highly respectable: this is a pin-up not a glamour deck.

The playing cards are a bridge-sized deck and printed on opaque casino card. Each of the 52 cards is uniquely illustrated; the deck also contains four unique jokers. The cards use a continental notation so the Queen is represented by a D (Dame). Decks are available with either a silver and blue back or a red and gold back; the illustrations on either deck are the same. Fighting 15s has been able to get a better deal on the cards than for the Napoleonics with the result that decks are just £8.50 each including VAT; card-players who need two different-back decks can buy the pair for £16.00 including VAT.  The decks are available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop.

The illustrations on the cards are as follows:

Clubs depicts Western European armies, mostly Sweden and England:

Ace – Kingdom of Sweden, Veteran Infantry in winter uniform (hongreline)
King – Kingdom of Sweden, Cuirassier
Dame (Queen) – Kingdom of England, Royalist infantry officer
Jack – Kingdom of Sweden, Arquebusier
10 – Kingdom of England, Parliamentarian infantry officer
9 – Kingdom of England, Cannoneer
8 – Kingdom of Sweden, Yellow Regiment Corporal
7 – Holy Roman Empire, Musketeer
6 – Kingdom of Sweden, Musketeer, King’s Lifeguard Company
5 – Kingdom of Sweden, Musketeer
4 – Kingdom of Sweden, Pikeman
3 – Kingdom of Sweden, Reiter
2 – Kingdom of England, Highlander
Joker – Kingdom of Sweden, Infantry drummer

Diamonds depicts the Eastern empires – Russia, Turkey, Tartars, and eastern parts of Ukraine.

Ace – Russian Empire, Zhylec, Nobleman cavalry
King – Ottoman Empire, Sipahi, Heavy cavalry
Dame (Queen) – Russian Empire, Cannoneer
Jack – North-East Ukraine, Cossack
10 – Ottoman Empire, Emperor’s standard bearer
9 – Russian Empire, Guardsman Musketeer, Streltsy of Moscow
8 – Ottoman Empire, Janissary
7 – South East Ukraine, Cossack
6 – Russian Empire, Pikeman
5 – Ottoman Empire, Bashi-Bazouk irregular infantry
4 – Crimean Khanate, Tatar archer
3 – Russian Empire, Boyarin, Nobleman heavy cavalry
2 – Ottoman Empire, Sultan’s guardsman
Joker – Ottoman Empire, Janissary musician

Hearts depicts troops of the eastern forces of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Ace – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Winged Hussar, mid XVIIth century
King – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Winged Hussar officer, late XVIIth century
Dame (Queen) – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish infantry officer
Jack – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish medium cavalry officer
10 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Low-rank Winged Hussar, early XVIIth century
9 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish Hajduk, royal line infantry
8 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Lisowczyk/Elear, irregular light cavalry
7 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish Hajduk, early XVIIth century
6 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish Tatar, mid XVIIth century
5 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Medium cavalry soldier
4 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Winged Hussar in funeral colours, early XVIIth century
3 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish Hajduk pikeman
2 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Light cavalry
Joker – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish Hajduk bagpipe player

Spades depicts the western forces of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, its mercenaries and allies.

Ace – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, King’s Guard Musketeer
King – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Royal Janissary
Dame (Queen) – Kingdom of France, Dragoon
Jack – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Ukrainian Cossack
10 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Cannoneer
9 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Mercenary infantry officer
8 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Reiter
7 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Dragoon
6 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Musketeer
5 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish dragoon
4 – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Pikeman
3 – Kingdom of Spain, Tercio
2 – Transylvania, Hajduk, Mercenary infantryman
Joker – Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Infantry musician

Bartek’s Napoleonic deck remains out of print, but Fighting 15s is given to understand that he is at work on another one.