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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/

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

Fighting 15s, AB and Eureka at Salute and Carronade 2017

 

Fighting 15s will be at Salute 2017 on 22 April on Colonel Bill’s stand (TD21) along with a selection of 15mm AB Napoleonics. AB Figures available on the day will include infantry unit packs for the major nations.

This is an experiment for Fighting 15s. Salute used to be possible only with the help of Mike of Black Hat Miniatures, but now he has stopped attending events,  shows  – particularly Salute – have proved unmanageable.  For the past year Colonel Bill’s has been taking a number of our products on the UK shows circuit – Eureka Miniatures’ 18mm Seven Years War figures, our own 15mm medievals for Tannenberg 1410, and playing cards by Bartek – and this year we have decided to help out by signing on with Colonel Bill’s crew for the day. Attending in person allows Fighting 15s to bring AB Figures to a show.

Fighting 15s intends to repeat this at Carronade in Falkirk on 13 May – we will again be present on the Colonel Bill’s stand – after which we will take a view on the experiment’s success and consider repeating it for the late summer and autumn show schedule and expanding the available range of packs. After a year of no events it is taking time to build up to having stock suitably packaged for shows. Bear with us.

Advance orders for collection at Salute or Carronade can be made via Fighting 15s by phone or email. Time is running out for advance orders for Salute – Wednesday 19 April is about as late as is possible. Fighting 15s can take advance orders for all the ranges it supplies – but please support Colonel Bill’s by buying the SYW basics from them.

As usual, Nic Robson of Eureka Miniatures is present at Salute on his own, heavily manned stand (TH20), with the new releases from both Eureka Miniatures and AB Figures. Don’t forget to say hello to him as well.

Notes

Because of licensing agreements, Fighting 15s may have AB Figures only at shows at which it is physically present. Colonel Bill’s is not able to have AB Figures at shows at which Ian of Fighting 15s is not present – we are dealing with this by aiming to attend a few more shows in person this year. All figures from Fighting 15s are packaged in blisters in the distinctive colours of Fighting 15s (gold badge on a blue background) and clearly labelled as to the manufacturer and contents. All figures supplied by Fighting 15s on the Colonel Bill’s stand are cast in lead-free pewter.

Fighting 15s at Salute 2017

Fighting 15s will be at Salute on Colonel Bill's stand TD21

Fighting 15s will be at Salute on Colonel Bill’s, stand TD21

Contrary to all expectations on my part, Fighting 15s will be at Salute 2017 on 22 April. I will be helping out Colonel Bill’s on stand TD21, and you’re welcome to pop along for a chat and to take a look at the ranges that Colonel Bill’s takes to UK shows on my behalf.

Please contact Stuart at Colonel Bill’s to order Bartek’s playing cards, Eureka’s 18mm SYW and Fighting 15s’ 15mm medievals in advance.

Fighting 15s will not have its own stock at Salute, however, Stuart has kindly allowed me to take advance orders for ranges other than those stocked by Colonel Bill’s: please place an order with Fighting 15s by email or by phone. Payment for all show orders with Fighting 15s must be in advance by card or PayPal as I cannot take card or cash payments on the day. This is to avoid any issue with cash or other payments going through the wrong till.

There is no option in the online shop to collect at Salute. To place an advance order in the Fighting 15s shop, please choose the telephone payment option when checking out and phone to give payment details and to say that the order is for collection at Salute.

Fighting 15s’ forgotten projects: 28mm SF Catgirls

SFC06 Roberta

SFC06 Roberta

Back in about 2010, Mystic Spirals sculpted some 28mm science fiction catgirls with a space pirate theme for Fighting 15s. Unfortunately, that project was put on a shelf, even though samples had been painted and the mould made. Spring cleaning for the online shop this month led to the discovery of the pictures for the range on an old hard disc and the unearthing of the mould. Despite the age of the sculpts, the range has now been uploaded to the shop.

Mystic Spirals designed the kits as Fighting 15s requested so that they are elegant 28mm figures, not chunky, and accordingly they are fiddlier than usual to assemble and experience of putting together white metal kits is therefore an advantage. Swords have been designed to be exaggerated, but are intended to be painted as “force blades”.  The figures were intended for a personal HOTT project.

The Furred Dimension range includes:

SFC01 Claudia
SFC02 Ginger
SFC03 Nadia
SFC04 Natasha
SFC05 Pushkin
SFC06 Roberta
SFC07 Sonja

Figures are priced at £3.00 each including VAT.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/the-furred-dimension-1114-c.asp

SFC01 Claudia

SFC01 Claudia