Summer hours at Fighting 15s

The British summer has at last arrived, and that means here on the sunny Isle of Wight, working hours at Fighting 15s change depending on the weather.

When it is hot here – and it may well not be hot and sunny where you are in the frozen north of the UK – Fighting 15s works early morning to about 1pm, and then shuts down until the cooler evening air arrives, at which point we again start work. The beach is five minutes’ walk away and the sea provides welcome relief in the afternoon.

The sounds reasons for this are that after 1pm or so, our workshop is unbearably hot. Casting is pretty much impossible after as early as 10am.

If it’s a wet, cool day, then we pretty much work as normal.

So, if you suspect that on a hot afternoon that we are slacking off, down on the beach with an ice cream with our feet in the water, you’re probably right. Your order will be dealt with once temperatures become bearable.

 

Fighting 15s releases 15mm Ancien Régime flags

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Fighting 15s  has released 30 sheets of 15mm paper flags for Ancien Régime infantry. The flags are suitable for French infantry from the Seven Years War right up to the Revolutionary Wars.

Each sheet costs £4.00 including VAT and sheets typically contain 12 flags – six white Colonel’s flags and six coloured Ordonnance flags. Flags are in Fighting 15s’ new shaded style, introduced for the Austrian Seven Years War infantry flags, and the stitching has been emphasised on the Colonels’ flags so they look more than just a white flag.

The flags have been designed in particular to suit Eureka’s Seven Years War French to give a good fit around the flag staff.

Fighting 15s is in the process of reorganising the flags section of the online shop, and this is the first range of Fighting 15s’ flags to be fully illustrated on the site.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/france-996-c.asp

Oddzial Osmy releases 3mm Napoleonic British

NAP-638 British infantry command 1815

NAP-638 British infantry command 1815

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
SA-6118 2S7 Pion 203mm heavy self-propelled gun
SA-6202 PMP floating bridge set
US-696 F-4B Phantom II
US-697 X-47B UCAS-D 

Napoleonics
NAP-637 British line infantry 1815
NAP-638 British line infantry 1815 command
NAP-639 British skirmishers 1815 

Terrain and Scenery
TR-621 Deciduous trees IV
TR-622 Coniferous trees II

Packs are all £3.00 including VAT with contents as described on the website (typically 15 vehicles, 15 strips of infantry, 8 aircraft or 8 trees). SA-6202 is a special “triple set” and costs £9.00 inc VAT.

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

US-696 Phantom II

US-696 Phantom II

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.

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