Fighting 15s and Oozlum Games

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Oozlum Games is the news blog for Fighting 15s, as well as the publisher of wargames rules Huzzah! The Fighting 15s shop is at http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/

Christmas 2017 orders and shipments at Fighting 15s

It’s time to mention the C-word…

The last day that Fighting 15s will post orders before Christmas is 20 December 2017*. Family commitments and airport runs mean that although we will be around from 21 December, not much will happen in the workshop. We will be working at times during the holiday period to avoid having a massive backlog at the end of the festive season. Normality returns from Wednesday 3 January 2018.

It is already too late to guarantee that items will be available in time for Christmas in the UK. Our main suppliers are based abroad and it is not possible to obtain anything that isn’t on one of our scheduled shipments. Our main suppliers also tend to shut completely for two weeks over the festive season. This impacts on shipments, and experience tells us that shipments from them will not resume until mid-February 2018 at the earliest.

Items that we cast or make here in the UK ideally need to be ordered before 13 December for UK delivery before Christmas.

As of 30 November, Fighting 15s cannot guarantee that orders from customers outside the UK will be fulfilled in time for Christmas. Standard airmail is slow enough at the best of times.

*And yes, I appreciate that the Royal Mail’s recommended last posting date in the UK is 21 December, but I have family to pick up from an airport at a daft time of the day.

October arrivals from Oddzial Osmy

WUS-679 B-24J Liberator

Fighting 15s has received the following new releases of 1:600 scale (3mm) figures from Oddzial Osmy:

Science Fiction

PSF-639 Draah’z jetpack infantry
PSF-640 Draah’z Longstrike missile-armed anti-grav vehicle
PSF-641 Hermannus battle tank – an ‘old-school’ tank with turret and sponsons
PSF-642 Albertus close support tank

Modern

SA-6133 BM-30 Smerch heavy MLRS
US-6119 O-1 Bird Dog and O-2 Skymaster observation aircraft
US-6120 M1114 HMMWV – up-armoured Humvees
US-6121 M978 HEMTT – tanker version of HEMTT truck

WWII

WBR-675 Spitfire LF XVIe – version with shortened wings and teardrop canopy
WUS-669 B-24D Liberator heavy bomber
WUS-670 B-24J Liberator – later version with nose turret
WUS-672 B-26 Marauder medium bomber
WWH-6132 Bf-109K fighter – last production variant of Bf-109
WWH-6133 Ju-188 medium bomber, development of Ju-88

WWI
GW-621 K-Wagen, German superheavy tank
GW-622 7.7cm FK 16 field gun
GW-623 Berliet CBA truck
GW-624 Canon de 75mm Mle 1897 field gun

All items are available to buy now in the Fighting 15s online shop at £2.95 per pack inc VAT. Contents as described on the website. For a while all codes are also listed in the New Arrivals section.

Please note that because of market conditions in the UK, Fighting 15s currently orders in new releases and replacement stock of Oddzial Osmy figures every two to three months. This allows Fighting 15s to keep prices as they are. A change in how Oddzial Osmy approaches production of its figures means that Fighting 15s can no longer guarantee to get particular codes on a shipment, and therefore Fighting 15s will not back-order codes that either go or are out of stock in order to avoid substantial delays in obtaining figures for customers.

Oddzial Osmy had scheduled WUS-671 B-25J Mitchell for release, but production difficulties mean that Fighting 15s has been unable to obtain this code.

WWH-6133 Ju-188

Fighting 15s: last call for orders for Claymore

Fighting 15s is at Claymore in Edinburgh on Saturday 5 August, helping out Stuart Armstrong on Colonel Bill’s stand. Although Ian will be Stuart’s till monkey for the day, advance orders are possible.

As Colonel Bill’s carries our own medievals, Bartek’s playing cards, and Eureka’s Seven Years War ranges, Fighting 15s cannot take advance orders for those (which should be placed through Colonel Bill’s), but can take advance orders for other Eureka ranges,  plus, of course, AB Figures’ 15mm Napoleonic and 20mm WWII ranges.

A selection of ready-made 15mm Napoleonic unit packs from AB Figures will be available on the stand. Colonel Bill’s will continue to carry these packs at other UK shows, starting with Britcon.

Time is running out for advance orders. Fighting 15s will shut from 2 to 9 August for holiday and to travel to and from Scotland, and therefore the last date for advance orders is Tuesday 1 August. Please note that orders that require extensive casting are now not likely to be ready in time – Ian has been casting for four days solid in preparation for the show as it is.

The Fighting 15s online shop will, as usual, be open while Ian is away, but orders will not be processed until his return. Please do not expect his wife or daughter to answer questions about toy soldiers while he is away.

Advance orders for Fighting 15s should be placed via email or, if you feel you absolutely must talk to a slightly deaf man, phone. Contact details are on the website. All advance orders must be paid for in advance by card or PayPal – Ian cannot take payments on the day.

Link (Claymore): https://seswc.co.uk/2017/02/09/claymore-2017/

Oddzial Osmy: new releases for June and July 2017

WWH-6130 Komet

Oddzial Osmy’s new releases for June and July have arrived in the UK and are now available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop.

The releases are all in 3mm (1:600 scale) and are as follows:

Moderns
FR-633 AMX-30R Roland
SA-6132 BMP-1KSh and BREM-2
US-6117 M88 and M578
US-6118 F-8 Crusader

World War II
WHU-609 Hungarian infantry weapons and officers
WIT-631 Autocannone da 90/53
WJA-625 N1K2 Shiden-Kai (George)
WUS-668 3-inch gun M5
WWH-6130 Me 163 Komet
WWH-6131 Me 262 Schwalbe

Science Fiction
PSF-633 Draah’z Infantry I
PSF-634 Draah’z Infantry II – commanders, battle armours/dreadnoughts, special weapons
PSF-635 Draah’z Swiftblade grav tank
PSF-636 Draah’z Fastwing troop carrier
PSF-637 Draah’z Deathwhisper heavily armed tank/destroyer
PSF-638 Draah’z Jetbikes

Packs are priced at £2.95 each including VAT, with contents as described on the website. For a short period all the items are available in the New Arrivals section.

Please note that Fighting 15s no longer back-orders out-of-stock items for items in Oddzial Osmy’s ranges. This is because we have experienced long delays – over three months – for some codes, and because we have switched to shipping in greater bulk (and therefore less frequently) to keep prices stable.

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

US-6118 F-8 Crusader

Fighting 15s, Colonel Bill’s and the future of wargames shows

From August, it will be all change on how Fighting 15s deals with wargames shows in the UK as we expand our relationship with Colonel Bill’s.

Since Salute in April this year, Ian of Fighting 15s has been helping out on the Colonel Bill’s stand, which means that 15mm AB Figures have been available to buy at selected shows. Our agreement with Eureka/AB, however, has meant that AB Figures can only be on the Colonel Bill’s stand while Ian is physically present, with the result that the figures have not been available at other shows.

This situation will change in August. As a result of discussions with Tony Barton and Nic Robson, Colonel Bill’s will be able to carry 15mm AB Figures in prepackaged units to shows even if Fighting 15s is not helping out, meaning that AB’s fine 15mm Napoleonics will be available to buy at the 40 or so shows a year that Colonel Bill’s attends. Britcon in Manchester will be the first show to work this way.

All the 15mm AB Figures sold this way will be licensed castings made by Ian at Fighting 15s, cast in lead-free pewter. Units will be sold in packs comprising 24 foot or 12 mounted figures. AB Figures, however, will not be available by mail order through Colonel Bill’s; Fighting 15s remains the EU mail order outlet.

Ian, however, will still be attending shows and working on the Colonel Bill’s stand, according to Fighting 15s’ shows schedule. Ian is able to take advance orders for those shows only. The remaining shows that we plan to attend with Colonel Bill’s in 2017 include Claymore, Colours, Derby Worlds, SELWG, Crisis and Warfare.

Fighting 15s’ ability to provide figures for Colonel Bill’s to take to shows relies on them being licensed castings made in the UK. Therefore items cast in Australia, including the whole of the 20mm WWII range of AB Figures, will not be available at shows except to advance order through Fighting 15s.

Colonel Bill’s remains Fighting 15s’ sole authorised outlet at shows for our own 15mm medievals, Eureka’s 18mm Seven Years War range, and Bartek’s pin-up playing cards, all of which can be ordered in advance for shows through Colonel Bill’s.

Saunders spin casting machines

Saunders Mark V spin casting machine

I’ve starting running a series on my personal blog on the Saunders bob-weight spin casting machines I use at Fighting 15s. I’ve never been able to find out much about the machines, made by the now defunct N Saunders Metal Products Ltd. This is my personal experience of using them to get the best results, and the articles have been prompted by the acquisition of a second machine that needs repairing and refurbishing. Other users’ mileage may well vary.

Part 1, introducing the machine, is at: http://wp.me/p9K3f-5Q

Part 2, dealing with a personal mod to get casting pressure right, is at: http://wp.me/p9K3f-a2

Part 3 looks at repairs and refurbishment. It’s a work in progress and is at http://wp.me/p9K3f-d4

Part 4 will cover casting tips.

Oddzial Osmy: new releases for May 2017

WWH-6126 Hs 129B

Oddzial Osmy’s latest releases are now in stock at Fighting 15s.

The releases are all in 3mm(1:600 scale) and the codes are:

Moderns

SA-6129 MiG-25 Foxbat interceptor
SA-6130 BMD-3 airborne IFV
SA-6131 T-72B3 MBT
US-6116 V-22 Osprey V/STOL military transport aircraft

World War II

WWH-6126 Hs 129B ground-attack aircraft
WWH-6127 Panzer VI Tiger E tank
WWH-6128 8.8cm Flak 36 with protective shield
WWH-6129 3.7cm Flak 37 towed AA gun

Prices remain at £2.95 per pack including VAT. Contents are as detailed on the website.

Fighting 15s also has re-stocks of a number of codes and we will be updating the site shortly to account for them. We also now have the new releases from Oddzial Osmy for March and April, apart from the Apache Longbow, which somehow got left off the order. 😦

All new codes are listed for convenience in New Arrivals for a few weeks: https://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp

AB Figures: 20mm WWII Russians

It’s May Day and AB Figures has released 22 packs of 20mm WWII Russians, which are available to buy now in the Fighting 15s shop. The range includes infantry in caps and helmets, plus support weapons, as well as crews for guns and vehicles.

Please note that the codes for this range have changed since their initial publication by Eureka and AB in the Eureka newsletter. Be careful in the Fighting 15s shop not to confuse AB codes (for example, AB-INSxx) with codes for the recently released 28mm Russians from Eureka (codes 100WWTxxx).

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/russian-1116-c.asp

Eureka Miniatures: 28mm Soviet WWII support weapons and partisans

Eureka Miniatures’ 28mm WWII Soviet support weapons and partisans have now arrived in the UK and are available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop.

Codes and details are as follows:

100WWT011 Soviet 50mm mortar team
100WWT012 Soviet Maxim HMG team
100WWT013 Soviet anti-tank rifle team
100WWT014 Soviet partisan with rifle
100WWT015 Soviet partisan with SMG
100WWT016 Soviet partisan with LMG
100WWT017 Soviet factory militia with rifle

Prices and set contents, where applicable, are as given on the site.

Link: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/wwii-soviets-1038-c.asp

Oddzial Osmy update, April 2017

Regular customers of Fighting 15s will no doubt have noticed that the last few months of new releases from Oddzial Osmy have not been added to the website. Fear not, we have them on order, but we will not have a new delivery from the company until May.

Unfortunately, buying patterns, availability of stock from the manufacturer, and the selling network in the UK have all changed over the past year, and in order to keep supplying Oddzial Osmy’s figures Fighting 15s has had to change how it buys them in. Fighting 15s is now importing the figures in fewer but bigger orders to take advantage of price breaks, which means that in future we will be receiving several months of new releases at once. Doing so allows us to keep the price at the current level, and therefore competitive.

As a number of our customers save up orders to obtain several months of new releases at once, this may well put us in step with customers’ buying patterns anyway.

Thanks for your understanding.

Ian
Fighting 15s