Last updated 30 August 2017
How do I contact Fighting 15s?
Phone: Fighting 15s is best reached by phone on our mobile number +44 (0) 7790 984949. Our landline number (02380 970915) is a Skype number – see below.
If Fighting 15s cannot be reached by phone then we may be out at the post office, casting figures, or dealing with a family emergency. Sometimes we take holiday or a bathroom break. Sometimes, by chance, that coincides with each and every time that someone calls over a period of days or weeks.
Please leave a message, making sure to leave a contact number: Fighting 15s receives a number of messages from customers who do not leave a contact number, or who leave an incomplete or indistinct number, and unfortunately we are unable to return such calls.
Please note that in the event of a return phone call being answered by a customer's spouse who is hostile to the idea of their partner buying toy soldiers, Fighting 15s will no longer return calls to that number.
VoIP (Skype): ianiow. This is linked to our landline number +44 (0) 2380 970715 and therefore tied to our work computer. We used to use handsets that allowed Skype and this landline number to be picked up in the workshop, the office and the casting room. However, these sets are no longer supported and we can now only answer the landline when in the office. We were blissfully unaware during June and July 2017 that our landline number was not working properly as a result.
Fax: We do not have a fax number.
Email: Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paid-for orders receive priority over anything else, and emails take second place to them. None the less, emails are dealt with as quickly as possible, though a reply may be a few days in coming if Fighting 15s is busy with orders. Please note that answers to emails about stock levels may be out of date within minutes because of other customers' orders.
In person: Our address is Green Butts, Colwell Road, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9SL, United Kingdom. We can receive visitors only by arrangement and at the visitors' own risk.
Does Fighting 15s accept cheques or postal orders?
No. The local branch of our bank has closed, meaning that the most accessible route for paying in cheques and postal orders has gone.
Which payment methods does Fighting 15s accept?
Fighting 15s accepts payment by PayPal and by Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards. The site offers three payment gateways: PayPal, for payment by PayPal and by credit or debit card; Barclaycard, for payment by Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards; and telephone payment, for payment by card without using an online payment gateway.
The PayPal and Barclaycard payment gateways are third-party gateways, which means that Fighting 15s never sees customers' card details for payments taken through them. Payment is taken automatically at the time of ordering. Fighting 15s cannot, therefore, add items to an order paid for using a third-party gateway because we do not have the necessary payment details.
Parts of the site may refer to Worldpay, which Fighting 15s no longer uses. The site was first launched in 2005 and a lot has changed since then: we remove out of date references as we find them.
How do I pay if I do not have a PayPal account?
You can use the PayPal payment gateway to pay by credit or debit card. Fighting 15s has had to move to PayPal's express checkout system following a change in the company's terms and conditions. The express checkout, however, does not make obvious the ability to pay by card without a PayPal account. Customers need to create a "guest" PayPal account to pay by card by clicking on the "create an account" button: this will bring up the necessary page to enter payment card details – use this page to submit payment.
Alternatively, use the Barclaycard epdq gateway to pay by card.
We regret that because of the closure of local banking facilities we no longer accept cheques or postal orders.
Is the Fighting 15s site secure?
Only the checkout process itself is secured by SSL, and therefore routine browsing of the site in the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome will indicate that the site is "not secure". This new feature of these browsers may cause unnecessary alarm. Once a customer enters the checkout procedure proper, however, a padlock symbol should show in the browser bar: this means that the process of taking financial details on the site is secure and encrypted. Fighting 15s uses third-party payment systems (PayPal and Barclaycard epdq) and therefore no one at Fighting 15s sees a customer's financial information. Fighting 15s understands that its shopping cart provider is looking at using SSL across the whole of a site, but because no sensitive information is collected while browsing or when adding items to the shopping cart this is not a priority.
Can I vary pack contents?
No. Fighting 15s uses standard packs in the online shop to speed packing and administration in order to keep on top of what has become a substantial full-time workload. In short, standard packs save time.
Can I specify particular variants?
No. Fighting 15s will not supply specific variants under any circumstances whatsoever. We will no longer enter into discussion about this subject.
What is Fighting 15s' priority for dealing with orders?
Fighting 15s' prioritizes orders as follows:
First, any order placed in the online shop for which payment is taken at the time of ordering by the payment processing gateway (PayPal or card payments). Oldest orders are dealt with first. Orders for which figures must be cast are picked to the extent that it is possible, and put to one side until our casting list is big enough to warrant a casting session. Fighting 15s will in such instances skip such orders and move onto orders that can be picked and packed immediately.
Second, any order placed in the online shop for which a customer provides card payment details by telephone. Payment is taken only at the time of dispatch; and
Third, orders placed by any other means, such as by phone, post or email. Such orders require Fighting 15s manually to create an itemized invoice and manually to take payment, significantly increasing the time required to deal with an order. During busy periods, we simply do not have time to deal with such orders.
While orders of a higher priority exist, orders with a lower priority are put on hold.
Where does Fighting 15s hang out on the internet?
Fighting 15s does not always have time to look at wargames forums on the internet, but nowadays we mainly visit Lead Adventure Forum (www.lead-adventure.de). Lead Adventure Forum is particularly good if you want to see what other gamers are doing as projects.
Are there any countries that Fighting 15s does not supply?
Continuing issues with the piracy of AB Figures and Eureka Miniatures by painting services in the Far East mean that Fighting 15s will not supply under any circumstances customers in Hong Kong and China, or their near neighbours.
How accurate are the foreign exchange rates?
All of Fighting 15s' prices are set using pounds Sterling and all financial transactions are performed using pounds Sterling. For the convenience of customers in the EU and in the USA prices can also be displayed in euros and US dollars: those prices are based on the average exchange rate at the time. By definition the average exchange rate, based on the average of buying and selling rates, will always differ from the actual exchange rate for either buying or selling.
Can you explain VAT on invoices?
Fighting 15s is registered for VAT as of 1 October 2007. Our VAT number is GB 917 3277 15.
Shop prices include VAT at 20%. On invoices for orders delivered within the EU, itemized product prices and product totals include VAT. Note that the sub-total in the shopping cart is the ex-VAT sub-total, which can be verified by totalling the ex-VAT prices of individual items, and the VAT on an order is shown separately.
Please note that although postage is VAT-exempt in the UK, postage is not the same as a delivery charge. Delivery is regarded as a service and therefore attracts VAT.
In the picture below, the cart shows the breakdown of a shopping cart: the sub-total, which is equal to the total ex-VAT price of the item or items; the delivery charge ex and inc VAT; the VAT total for the items and delivery; and then the total VAT inclusive price of the items and delivery.
VAT is deducted in the shopping cart for customers who live outside the European Union provided that the correct country is chosen for delivery and that the delivery address is outside the EU.
How does Fighting 15s calculate postage?
First off, please note that Fighting 15s has a delivery charge, not a postage charge. In the eyes of the UK tax authority, offering delivery is a service and therefore VAT must be added. The whole therefore becomes not just postage but a delivery charge.
Fighting 15s calculates delivery charges based on the weight of an order and in the UK uses Royal Mail rates for 1st class signed for mail. In addition, Fighting 15s allows for the following costs: packaging materials (box, bubble wrap, Ziplok bags, packing tape) and the cost of taking orders to the Post Office (fuel and running costs of the Fighting 15s vehicle). Fighting 15s makes no allowance for the time involved in packing an order. As of August 2016, the running costs of the Fighting 15s vehicle alone were £10 per working day, and as a typical Post Office run is for 10 to 12 parcels, customers can work out that this contributes 83p to £1 to each order. Apart from postage the cost of getting orders to a Post Office is the biggest factor in determining the delivery charge. The cost of packing materials per order is from 40p to 50p and is mainly affected by the price of the box.
In general, however, Fighting 15s allows £1 towards packing materials and the cost of getting parcels to a Post Office. The delivery charge therefore is worked out of the basis of the Royal Mail rate for the weight plus £1, plus VAT.
Fighting 15s' policy is that it should on average neither make a profit from nor lose money on delivery over the course of the accounting year.
Fighting 15s' delivery charges are non-negotiable.
Why do some orders take eight or more weeks to fulfil?
Fighting 15s ships in bulk from its overseas suppliers to get the best deal on shipping costs or item prices, and the time taken to build up an economically viable shipment affects delivery of new stock from a supplier. In addition, stock sourced from abroad may be delayed in UK customs, taking two to three weeks to clear and be delivered.
The time that elapses from placing an order with a supplier to receiving a bulk shipment is usually from four to eight weeks, with six to eight weeks being normal. At some times of year, shipments may take even longer to arrive in the UK – typically after Christmas, and after Salute. The knock-on effect of Eureka being absent for Salute may last for months.
In 2017, Fighting 15s switched to ordering from Oddzial Osmy of Poland every two to three months to get better prices by bulk buying, allowing prices to be held. Therefore items from that supplier may take eight or more weeks to obtain.
Fighting 15s typically orders each week from Eureka Miniatures/AB Figures. Our orders build up to create a consignment that is viable to ship. Consignments from Eureka typically arrive once per month.
Please note that orders placed with suppliers are aimed at maintaining stock levels in general: Fighting 15s does not combine individual orders from customers to create a shipment.
Why does Fighting 15s have a minimum order value?
Fighting 15s has a minimum order value of £10 including delivery because there are certain base costs to any order that must be covered to make it profitable. One of these costs is a minimum card processing or PayPal charge that makes very small orders unviable. Fighting 15s works on the basis that it must make a minimum profit on each order, and the minimum order value is set according to Fighting 15s net profit as determined each year in the business's accounts.
Supermodel Linda Evangelista famously wouldn't get out of bed for less than £10,000 a day; Fighting 15s is pretty cheap at £10.
Fighting 15s' minimum order value is non-negotiable.
What is Fighting 15s' valued customer discount and how do I qualify for it?
Note: Fighting 15s' discounts are currently suspended because of the weakness of sterling against other currencies. Fighting 15s has instead held its prices.
When available, our valued customer discount is Fighting 15s' reward for repeat customers who have ordered more than a qualifying number of orders over a particular period, usually the previous year. The discount is not necessarily awarded each year. The discount is usually 5% and is additional to any other discounts applied by the online shop. The discount applies only to online orders, not to orders placed by phone or email.
The discount requires a discount code unique to each customer who qualifies, is traceable to that customer, and is not transferable. Codes are emailed manually to each customer who qualifies.
Does Fighting 15s hold sales?
Fighting 15s does not hold sales for the reason that regular, predictable sales (for example, Black Friday, Boxing Day, January sales, sales on the weekends of particular shows) devalue the business.
Is Fighting 15s part of Eureka Miniatures?
Fighting 15s is the European agent for Eureka Miniatures of Australia. The two companies are separate, independent businesses: Fighting 15s is not, therefore, a subsidiary of Eureka Miniatures. Fighting 15s imports figures that are made by Eureka Miniatures or casts them under licence. Eureka Miniatures USA is Eureka Miniatures' agent in the USA; neither Eureka USA nor Fighting 15s are linked by anything other than the fact that we import Eureka Miniatures and AB Figures into our respective territories.
The master websites for product codes are the Australian websites: www.eurekamin.com.au and abfigures.com. Fighting 15s can only order AB Figures, Eureka Miniatures, Laughing Monk and Shadowforge Miniatures that are listed on those two sites: the US site sometimes lists advance releases, and should not be taken as a guide as to what is officially released and actually available to buy.