Fighting 15s at Carronade 2015

Fighting 15s is at Carronade in Falkirk on 9 May. Packing has started and Ian will be off shortly on the 1,000-mile round trip. Ian cannot take any more advance orders for this show. He will have only Coat d’arms paints and Fighting 15s flags to buy on the day at Carronade.

Fighting 15s is now closed until 14 May. Ian is taking holiday in Scotland and Yorkshire as well as attending Carronade. The online shop will remain open during Ian’s absence, and any orders placed online will be dealt with on his return. His wife and daughter will not be able to help with phone queries, should they by chance answer calls to the business line.

 

Napoleonic painting guides from Fighting 15s

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Once upon a time, Fighting 15s was just a figure painting service specialising in 15mm Napoleonics. It’s where the name comes from – an allusion to British regimental nicknames such as the “Fighting 15th”, the King’s Hussars, and to magnificent pieces of technology such as the F-15 Eagle.

Way back then, Fighting 15s had two painting articles published by the now defunct Wargames Journal in its Painter’s Shed series.

Fighting 15s has long since stopped being a painting service, and those articles have long since disappeared in a complete form from the web (they partly exist on the Wayback Machine). But now, thanks to a request for a copy of the articles, they have been republished and can be found in their new home on Fighting 15s’ Oozlum Games website.

The guides show how I paint 15mm AB French infantry and 15mm AB French chasseurs a cheval to a decent wargames standard, rather than showcase standard, using a two-tone system I adopted before I’d even heard of Kevin Dallimore and his layering technique. I suspect a number of painters at much the same time decided that painting, washing and over-painting was too much work, and the same effect could be obtained simply by layering different shades of each colour.

The articles are quite old, and the technology used to take and edit the images quite primitive, but I hope that the articles stand the test of time, given that their ilk are 10 a penny nowadays, and I trust that they still prove useful.

Link: http://oozlumgames.com/painting/

Mustang sallies forth from Oddzial Osmy

WUS-649 P-51D Mustang

WUS-649 P-51D Mustang

The latest releases from Oddzial Osmy of Poland have arrived in stock at Fighting 15s. The releases are all in 1:600 scale (3mm) and include:

Moderns
CH-615 PTL-02 TD wheeled tank destroyer and PLL-05 SPM self-propelled mortar
FR-623 AMX VTT armoured personnel carrier on AMX-13 tank chassis
MN-636 M41-DK1 Danish modified Walker Bulldog tank
SA-6115 MT-LBM 6MB, MT-LB with 30mm gun
SA-6116 SA-15 Gauntlet (9K330 Tor) short-range SAM system
UK-636 Land Rover 101FC 4×4 truck
US-693 M60 AVLB assault bridge on M60 tank chassis
US-694 AV-8B Harrier II VTOL ground attack aircraft

World War II
WUS-649 P-51D Mustang fighter
WWH-6110 Panzer II Ausf L Luchs German light recon tank

Packs are all £3.00 including VAT with contents as described on the website (typically 15 vehicles or 8 aircraft).

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

US-694 AV-8B Harrier II

US-694 AV-8B Harrier II

Eureka Miniatures: 18mm WSS Catalonians

300WSS150 Catalonian line infantry marching

300WSS150 Catalonian line infantry marching

Eureka Miniatures’ new 18mm Catalonians for the War of Spanish Succession are available to buy now in the Fighting 15s shop.

The figures are cast to order in the UK by Fighting 15s using licensed moulds provided by Eureka Miniatures of Australia.

Packs of 8 infantry and 4 cavalry are available at £4.00 each including VAT. A pack of four artillery crew costs £2.00 including VAT. Cavalry command figures are available singly at £1.00 each including VAT.

For a while, the figures are also listed in Fighting 15s’ new arrivals section at www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp

300WSS160 Catalonian Migueletes

300WSS160 Catalonian Migueletes

Oddzial Osmy’s latest releases arrive at Fighting 15s

WJA-616 A5M Claude

WJA-616 A5M Claude

The latest releases from Oddzial Osmy of Poland have arrived in stock at Fighting 15s. The releases are all in 1:600 scale (3mm) and include:

Science Fiction
PSF-629 Kontos ACV assault hovercraft

Modern
CH-612 ZBD-04 Chinese infantry fighting vehicle
CH-613 PLZ-89 Chinese 122mm self-propelled howitzer
CH-614 Type 63 Chinese amphibious light tank
MN-634 T-64BM Bulat, Ukrainian modernized T-64
MN-635 Arjun Mk I, Indian main battle tank
SA-6114 MT-LBM 6MA
US-692 M548 tracked cargo carrier

World War II
WJA-616 A5M Claude, carrier-based fighter
WWH-6109 Grille Ausf M, 15cm infantry gun on Marder Ausf M chassis

Packs are all £3.00 including VAT with contents as described on the website (typically 15 vehicles or 8 aircraft). Oddzial Osmy recently increased its prices, but given the strength of Sterling against the Zloty, Fighting 15s has decided not to pass on that increase.

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

Oddzial Osmy adds to 3mm SF and modern ranges

FR-622 Ouragan

FR-622 Ouragan

Fighting 15s has in stock the latest releases in 1:600 scale (3mm) from Oddzial Osmy of Poland:

1:600 Moderns
SA-6111 PRP-3 & SNAR-10 artillery reconnaissance vehicle and ground surveillance radar
SA-6112 UR-67 & UR-77 mine-clearing vehicles
SA-6113 GMZ & PMZ-3/4 self-propelled and towed mine layers
MN-633 Bionix II Singaporean IFV
WP-610 PL-01 concept tank
FR-622 M.D.450 Ouragan jet-fighter
CH-611 ZSL-92 6×6 wheeled IFV armed with 25mm cannon

1:600 Science Fiction
PSF-627 Cyclops MBT, heavy hovercraft tank
PSF-628 Venators, heavy power-armoured infantry

All packs are £3.00 including VAT. All new releases are available in the New Arrivals section of the shop.

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

SA-6113 GMZ & PMZ-3/4 self-propelled and towed mine layers

SA-6113 GMZ & PMZ-3/4 self-propelled and towed mine layers

Price rise due from Oddzial Osmy

Fighting 15s has been advised by Oddzial Osmy of Poland of an impending price rise of 3 to 4%. This will affect our orders from the company from next month.

Because of the current strength of sterling against the Polish zloty, however, Fighting 15s does not currently intend to pass this increase on to customers. Exchange rates govern our prices far more than minor increases from suppliers. Our message is, quite simply, don’t panic. :-)

For customers in the Eurozone there is also a special automatic discount in the online shopping cart that will run until the end of February or until the euro recovers, whichever occurs first, to reduce the effect of the beleaguered euro on Fighting 15s’ prices. Customers need to be in one of the 19 Eurozone countries (not tax-free areas) to benefit: the discount applies after choosing both an appropriate delivery option and tax country.

Eureka launches AB Figures website

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Eureka Miniatures of Australia’s dedicated website for AB Figures is now live. The AB Figures website is separate from www.eurekamin.com.au, which now contains only Eureka’s own and other licensed ranges, although AB Figures will still be made and supplied by Eureka.

This has no effect on the Fighting 15s website, which continues to have both AB and Eureka Miniatures available from a single website. Fighting 15s continues to provide AB and Eureka figures imported from Australia, plus AB and Eureka figures cast under licence here in the UK.

The launch, however, has seen an increase in the price of AB 15mm figures, from 0.91 cents to 0.95 cents for foot figures, from AUD 1.82 to AUD 1.91 for mounted figures, and from AUD 3.64 to AUD 3.82 for cannon. This is the first price rise for 15mm AB Figures in Australia since late 2007.

Prices in the UK, of course, fluctuate according to the exchange rate. Fighting 15s prices’ have been going down as the exchange rate improves, with two reductions in the past year or so. Accordingly, given recent improvements in the exchange rate, Fighting 15s has decided to hold prices at their current level, so there is no increase in the price of 15mm AB Figures for Fighting 15s’ customers.

In addition, Fighting 15s has reinstated its offer of free standard delivery for UK online orders of more than £100 ex-tax ex-delivery in the shopping cart. This applies to all the ranges that Fighting 15s supplies.

Link: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk

Fighting 15s at Salute and Carronade 2015

Fighting 15s is attending only two shows in 2015 as a trader: Salute (25 April 2015, London) and Carronade (9 May 2015, Falkirk). If you want to buy figures at either show you must order in advance – Fighting 15s will have only paints and flags at these shows.

Delivery options are available now in the Fighting 15s shop  for customers who want to order online and collect at either show. Please note that it can take up to eight weeks to obtain stock from some suppliers, depending on workload, which is why the options are available now. These options will disappear one week before each show.

Fighting 15s will be attending Salute in conjunction with Nic Robson of Eureka Miniatures, and with luck our stands will be adjacent this year because we have asked the organiser very nicely. Provided that goes OK, that should end the pilgrimage across the vast hall from Eureka to Fighting 15s.

Our usual partner at shows, Mike of Black Hat Miniatures, will not be present. Unfortunately, his chronic fatigue syndrome means that he feels unable to continue doing shows. Fighting 15s, however, will be taking his range of Coat d’arms paints to both shows. The paints will be our main offering at both shows.

Our trip to Falkirk for Carronade is also being taken as annual holiday, which is why Fighting 15s is travelling light to this show. The car protested a lot last time on Ian’s excursions to distilleries and castles. Ian will be on his own, and a special discount will be available for anyone prepared to be his coffee and bun monkey for a day.

Shipping rules on paint change for the better

Royal Mail lifted a restriction on shipping water-based paint on 12 January 2015, and it is now possible to ship more than four pots of 18ml paint per parcel.

Fighting 15s has therefore removed the shipping premium on Coat d’arms paints, so prices are back at £2.00 inc VAT for an 18ml pot and £5.00 inc VAT for a 60ml pot.

The change has also allowed Fighting 15s to restore Coat d’arms 10-pot paint sets to the shop. These items had been removed because under the old rules it would have been necessary to send them in three parcels.

The change was brought about by a campaign on change.org by Leon Pengilley of Pendraken Miniatures (www.pendraken.co.uk), and his announcement about the change can be seen at www.change.org. Royal Mail’s new conditions for restricted items in the UK can be found at www.royalmail.com (the change also applies for overseas items, see www.royalmail.com).

It is still, of course, illegal to send solvent-based paints or aerosols by post in the UK or internationally, which is why Fighting 15s does not sell them online.

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