Contrary to all expectations on my part, Fighting 15s will be at Salute 2017 on 22 April. I will be helping out Colonel Bill’s on stand TD21, and you’re welcome to pop along for a chat and to take a look at the ranges that Colonel Bill’s takes to UK shows on my behalf.
Please contact Stuart at Colonel Bill’s to order Bartek’s playing cards, Eureka’s 18mm SYW and Fighting 15s’ 15mm medievals in advance.
Stuart has kindly allowed me to take advance orders for Fighting 15s’ other ranges: please place an order with Fighting 15s by email – unlike before, there is no option in the online shop: payment for all show orders with Fighting 15s must be in advance by card or PayPal as I cannot take card or cash payments on the day. This is to avoid any issue with cash or other payments going through the wrong till.
Back in about 2010, Mystic Spirals sculpted some 28mm science fiction catgirls with a space pirate theme for Fighting 15s. Unfortunately, that project was put on a shelf, even though samples had been painted and the mould made. Spring cleaning for the online shop this month led to the discovery of the pictures for the range on an old hard disc and the unearthing of the mould. Despite the age of the sculpts, the range has now been uploaded to the shop.
Mystic Spirals designed the kits as Fighting 15s requested so that they are elegant 28mm figures, not chunky, and accordingly they are fiddlier than usual to assemble and experience of putting together white metal kits is therefore an advantage. Swords have been designed to be exaggerated, but are intended to be painted as “force blades”. The figures were intended for a personal HOTT project.
The Furred Dimension range includes:
Figures are priced at £3.00 each including VAT.
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.
Count Brass, Hawkmoon, Oladahn
Eureka Miniatures’ initial releases in its 28mm Hawkmoon range, authorised by Michael Moorcock, have arrived in stock at Fighting 15s.
The initial releases include infantry for the Kamarg, plus personalities and foot command. Figures are priced at £2.85 inc VAT each, which at the time of writing makes the ex-tax price (£2.38) roughly equivalent to the current ex-tax price in Australian dollars (AUD 4.00, or £2.44 based on the average exchange rate).
Fighting 15s holds limited stocks of these figures. Stocks of these figures will be built up in time, but the poor exchange rate with the Australian dollar means that it is not currently a favourable time to build stocks and Fighting 15s has therefore reverted to its recession-period strategy of buying in 28mm figures for customers as required. Accordingly, an order for the range may take eight or more weeks to fulfil, although as always Fighting 15s will try to obtain figures as soon as possible.
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.
Fighting 15s is closed from 22 December to 28 December inclusive, although the online shop will remain open during this period. The last day that orders can be posted is 21 December 2016, which is the last posting date for UK 1st class mail. Fighting 15s will process as many orders as possible for dispatch by that date; any orders not processed before then will be posted from 29 December onwards.
The natural Christmas holiday break is four days long this year (a weekend plus two bank holidays), and Fighting 15s is therefore closed for only a few days longer than usual. The closure period is longer than usual this year so Ian can make airport transfers for visiting members of the family.
Items that are out of stock or obtained to special order cannot now be obtained from our suppliers in Poland and Australia until well into the new year.
Items that require casting cannot be supplied at the last minute. Fighting 15s has a large casting list for existing orders and is now at the point where it may not be possible to cast all figures required for an order and have that order ready for dispatch in time for Christmas.
Fighting 15s will then be closed from 31 December 2016 to 2 January 2017 inclusive for the standard new year break.
Eureka Miniatures’ 28mm figures for the Aden Emergency 1967 have arrived in stock at Fighting 15s. Please note that our initial stocks are limited and Fighting 15s is unlikely to be able to get new stock before Christmas in the event that any codes sell out.
The figures are available at http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/aden-1967-1109-c.asp and listed for a short time in our New Arrivals section.
Fighting 15s has received its initial stocks of Eureka Miniatures’ 28mm Pre-contact Maoris. Codes and descriptions are as follows:
100MAU01 Maui, Maori hero
100MAU02 Maori Chief
100MAU03 Maori musician with bullroarer or conch
100MAU04 Maori with Pouwhenua
100MAU05 Maori with Patu club
100MAU06 Maori with Taiaha
100MAU07 Maori with Tewhatewha
Figures are currently priced at £2.10 inc VAT each.
Initial stocks of these figures are very limited. Figures may therefore take eight or more weeks to obtain from Eureka.
Little Olaf and Derek
The latest releases in Eureka Miniatures’ 28mm Chaos Army have arrived at Fighting 15s. The codes and descriptions are as follows:
100KAS18 Chick Louis, child 1
100KAS19 The Flapper twins, child 2
100KAS20 Ugly Betty, child 3
100KAS21 Brood Hilda
100KAS22 Leper Luella
100KAS23 Pope Simius
100KAS24 Unstoppable Sal
100KAS25 Little Olaf the Unsteady and his ‘steadier’ Derek the Disgruntled
100KASC05 Knight of the Leash
100KASC06 Herald of the Leash
100KASC07 Belcher the Unleashed
100KASC08 Cyril the Cod-piercer
Prices are as given on the Fighting 15s website. Please note that our initial stocks of these figures are limited.
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.