Christmas may still seem far away for some customers, but it is already having an effect at Fighting 15s. We are at the point where we expect to get one more shipment from Oddzial Osmy and one more shipment from Eureka before Christmas, with an arrival date for these shipments somewhere in late November or early December. After those shipments arrive, in general we do not start to receive new stock until well into the new year, and can, therefore, go out of stock of some items with no realistic prospect of obtaining them until late February.
Customers who are planning to receive or give special gifts for Christmas need to plan ahead: ideally we need to know about anything that is required to special order as soon as possible so we can get the items on our last shipments of the year.
Fighting 15s holds good stocks of many items but a surge in demand can quickly deplete these stocks. After mid-November, Fighting 15s cannot guarantee to obtain items in time for Christmas. Bear in mind that some of our suppliers close for two weeks over the festive period, and spend the first few weeks of the new year catching up with orders before even dealing with our requests.
In the run-up to Christmas, although we will try to answer emails as fast as possible about whether items are in stock (packing paid-for orders always takes priority over emails), such information can go quickly out of date.
Shipping times can be a lottery, particularly overseas. Experience tells us that standard airmail to Europe can take from two to four weeks for delivery. Our tracked European delivery options use the Royal Mail’s priority mailing services and can cut this time to 5 or so days. The Royal Mail’s last recommended posting date for items to Western Europe is 13 December. Because Fighting 15s will be very busy at this time, clearly an order to Europe needs to be placed a few days before this cut-off date.
In the UK, the last posting date for 1st class signed for mail – the service that we use – is Saturday 20 December, which because we are closed at weekends means 19 December. That is also our recommended cut-off date for orders, even sent by special delivery, because Fighting 15s will begin sorting out its own Christmas from 20 December.
That said, Fighting 15s is open over most of the festive period. We are, however, definitely shut on 25 and 26 December, and may be shut on random days up to 6 January to visit family and friends. The online shop is open all the time.
Fighting 15s’ valued customer discounts for 2014 end on 31 December.
Fighting 15s has received the latest releases from Oddzial Osmy of Poland, including vampire heroes for its 15mm modern horror range and additions to its 1:600 (3mm) vehicles and aircraft.
The releases are:
MN-630 Otokar Cobra, Turkish-made armoured car (15 models)
BW-629 Iltis (Polecat), German 4×4 vehicle (15 models)
CH-604 Type 89, Chinese tracked APC (15 models)
CH-605 Type 62, Chinese light tank (15 models)
1:600 World War II
WBR-661 Westland Whirlwind, British twin-engined fighter (8 models)
WBR-662 Ram Kangaroo, turretless Canadian Ram tank (15 models)
1:600 World War I
GW-612 Mk IV Female tank (15 models)
1:600 Science Fiction
PSF-623 Halier armoured car (15 models)
15mm Modern Horror
SF-1533 Ahayaa and Tarhsis, vampire heroes (2 models with scenic bases)
Packs are £3.00 each including VAT and include the stated number of models per pack. All the releases are conveniently listed in the New Arrivals section of the Fighting 15s website.
The re-release of the fantastically detailed 20mm World War II range from AB Figures continues with the first codes for the tank crews. The release comprises the following codes:
AB-TCA01 US tank crew Set 1, summer uniform (8 figures)
AB-TCA02 US tank crew Set 2, winter uniform (8 figures)
AB- TCB01 British Dingo crew, Europe (2 figures)
AB- TCB02 British Dingo crew, North Africa (2 figures)
AB-TCB03 British FOO and RAF liaison officer (2 figures)
AB-TCB04 British universal carrier crew (12 figures)
AB-TCF01 French tank crew 1940 (8 figures)
AB-TCG01 Panzertruppen 1939-40 (6 figures)
AB-TCG02 Panzertruppen 1940-43 side cap (6 half-figures)
AB-TCG03 Panzertruppen 1940-43 (6 figures)
AB-TCI01 Italian tank crew (6 figures)
AB-TCI02 Italian tank crew (6 half-figures)
AB-TCS01 Soviet tank crew, hatch variants (10 figures)
AB- TCS02 Soviet tank crew, 1941/43 (6 figures)
AB-TCS03 Soviet tank crew, winter dress (6 figures)
AB-TCS04 Soviet tank crew, seated variants (6 figures)
AB-TCS05 Soviet SU76 crew (6 figures)
AB-TCS06 Soviet GAZ jeep crew (3 figures)
AB-INR20 Soviet infantry tank riders (10 figures)
The codes are now in stock at Fighting 15s in the UK, although initial supplies are limited. All the codes are listed in our special New Arrivals section of the website.
Fighting 15s is the EU agent for Eureka Miniatures and AB Figures.
Fighting 15s now has in stock the 28mm French Revolution guillotine set from Eureka Miniatures – an ideal prop for a “Black Fingernail” scenario. There are several elements to the set (prices include VAT):
100WFR901 Guillotine with crew, soldiers and victims (GBP 34.24)
100WFR902 Civilian mob (GBP 17.12)
100WFR903 Corpse wagon and victims (GBR17.12)
Plus for a diorama, there’s also a two-piece resin backdrop of a town square (100WAL012, GBP 30.13).
Fighting 15s has limited stocks of these items, and if we go out of stock delivery can take eight or more weeks.
All the codes are listed in the new arrivals section of our website: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk
Oddzial Osmy of Poland has added more figures across its 1:600 (3mm) ranges in August as well as releasing the first packs in a line of modern Chinese. The releases have arrived in stock at Fighting 15s, and include:
CH-601 Chinese Type 69 MBT
CH-602 Chinese Type 63 APC
CH-603 Chinese Type 83 self-propelled howitzer
WUS-646 F-6F Hellcat
WUS-647 TBF Avenger
WUS-648 M1A1 Pack Howitzer
GW-610 Late-war French infantry set I, in greatcoats with rifles
GW-611 Late-war French infantry set II, machine guns and command
1:600 Science Fiction
PSF-620 Centaurus GEV armed hovercraft
PSF-621 Xenos creatures, set I
PSF-622 Xenos creatures, set II
Packs are £3.00 each including VAT. Packs typically contain 8 model aircraft, 15 model vehicles, or 15 infantry bases.
Oddzial Osmy of Poland has released its second set of 15mm moderns, reinforcing its existing mysterious green men from the Crimea with snipers, RPGs and command figures. The pack costs £3.00 including VAT and is available now in the Fighting 15s shop.
Fighting 15s’ long hot summer of reorganization and rationalization has seen a new section arrive in the online shop: Fighting 15s Figures.
Fighting 15s Figures is home to the ranges that we ourselves own and produce: Huzzah! Miniatures, Flashing Blade, and the 15mm medievals and Napoleonics formerly made by Oddzial Osmy. These have all been lurking in different sections of the website, and we have now united them all under one banner.
The change has been promoted by new mould making, primarily for the 15mm medievals and Napoleonics, but also for the 40mm Flashing Blade range. This means some of these old codes are now available from fresh new moulds. Our priority has been bringing back to life Oddzial Osmy’s 15mm Tannenberg line for 1410, and redoing the Flashing Blade hoplites where mould wear in the arm sockets has made assembly a challenge best accomplished with a drill.
We have further rebranded the figures as follows: the 15mm Oddzial Osmy medievals and Napoleonics are now Fighting 15s, the traditional 30mm SYW from Huzzah! Miniatures are now Fighting 30s, and the 40mm Flashing Blade Greek hoplites, skeletons, Dark Ages Saxons and Romano-British are now Fighting 40s.
Some codes still have to be remoulded and migrated to the new section of the website. News of relaunched figures will be posted as they become available.
The latest re-release in the 20mm World War II range from AB Figures is the British infantry, the first wave of which is now available from Fighting 15s.
The release comprises 17 packs and more additions to the range are expected soon. Like the re-released packs in the US and German forces, the British benefit from new production moulds, restoring the quality of this highly detailed range.
The releases are:
AB-INB01 Infantry Squad, walking (10 figures)
AB-INB02 Infantry Squad, advancing (10 figures)
AB-INB03 Infantry Squad, kneeling and prone (11 figures)
AB-INB04 Infantry Squad, street fighting (10 figures)
AB-INB05 Infantry Squad, defending poses (10 figures)
AB-INB06 Infantry Squad, attacking poses (10 figures)
AB-INB07 Infantry Squad, in slit trenches (10 half figures, 5 trenches)
AB-INB09 Infantry, on patrol (6 figures)
AB-INB10 Officers and radios (10 figures)
AB-INB11 Platoon HQ, in slit trenches (6 half figures, 4 trenches)
AB-INB12 Vickers MG teams, (6 figures, 2 MGs, 1 MG for vehicle)
AB-INB13 PIAT teams, moving and firing (6 figures)
AB-INB14 2” mortar teams, moving and firing (6 figures)
AB-INB15 3” mortar team (2 tubes, 6 figures)
AB-INB16 4.2” mortar team (1 tube, 4 figures)
AB-INB17 Observation post (2 figures)
AB-INB20 Infantry Squad, walking (12 figures)
Figures are only available in packs, with prices in the EU as advised on the Fighting 15s website. Stock is imported from Eureka Miniatures of Australia. Fighting 15s is the EU agent for Eureka Miniatures and AB Figures.
Fighting 15s has received the latest re-releases in the 20mm World War II range from AB Figures – the Wehrmacht.
The first release for the Wehrmacht comprises 13 infantry packs and one artillery pack – and there’s more to come later. The Wehrmacht join the existing re-releases of the US Paratroopers, SS and Fallschirmjager. The online shop has been updated and the codes are available to buy now.
Eureka Miniatures of Australia, the licence-holder for the AB range, is making new production moulds for the range to restore the quality of these fabulously sculpted figures by Tony Barton. Tony is also adding new figures to the make-up of the sets.
The latest releases are:
ING01 Infantry Section, marching (10 figures)
ING02 Infantry Section, advancing and skirmishing (10 figures)
ING03 Infantry Section, prone (10 figures)
ING04 Infantry Section, advancing cautiously (10 figures)
ING05 Infantry Section, advancing in zeltbahn (10 figures)
ING06 Infantry Section, in Fox Holes (11 half figures, 7 fox holes)
ING07 Senior NCO’s and Officers (6 figures)
ING08 Radio Operators (6 figures)
ING09 Panzerschreck/Panzerfausts (8 figures)
ING10 HMG Section, firing (6 figs, 2 MG34, 2 MG42)
ING11 HMG Section, marching (6 figures, MG34 & MG42)
ING12 8cm Mortars and crew (2 tubes, 7 figures)
ING13 Dead Germans (6 figures)
RTG01 German PAK 40 crew (4 figs plus accessories)
Figures are only available in packs, with VAT-inclusive prices in the EU as advised on the Fighting 15s website. VAT is deducted for customers outside the EU. Stock is imported from Eureka Miniatures of Australia and we may sometimes run out. Fighting 15s is the EU agent for Eureka Miniatures and AB Figures.
Fighting 15s has re-released the range of 15mm Teutonic Order and Polish forces for Tannenberg 1410 that were originally produced by Oddzial Osmy of Poland, and to which Fighting 15s now holds the rights.
The figures are being produced from new production moulds. The distinctive two-part horses of the range are a thing of the past, because the horses have been remastered as one-piece mounts. The range is also now cast in a traditional tin-lead alloy, rather than the strong and hard zinc-aluminium alloy favoured by Oddzial Osmy.
The initial releases are as follows:
MP01 Polish camp followers and peasant infantry
MP02 Polish and European knights (MP02 can be used to provide European knights for the Teutonic Order)
MP03 King Jagiello and retinue
MP04 Polish Czeladz (Polish cavalry)
MT01 Teutonic Order spearmen
MT02 Teutonic Order crossbowmen
MT03 Teutonic Order knights
MT04 Teutonic Order Grand Master and retinue
MT05 Teutonic Order Knechte
Packs contain 8 foot figure or 4 mounted, except the retinue packs which in basic form comprise three mounted and one foot. Packs cost £3.20 each including VAT.
Fighting 15s is currently remastering the Lithuanian forces necessary to complete the Polish army for Tannenberg. Unfortunately, the Lithuanian horse was left out of the original remastering, which has put back plans to release the Lithuanians at the same time as the Polish and the Teutonic Order. The Lithuanians are expected to be re-released in August 2014.