15mm Napoleonic AB Figures now available singly at Fighting 15s

Some 15mm Napoleonic AB Figures can now be ordered as single figures using the new single figure codes in the Fighting 15s online shop.

Our shop’s weight-based system for calculating delivery charges has a severe limitation for 15mm figures because it works in steps of 10 grammes – substantially more than the weight of a single 15mm figure. As a result Fighting 15s has combined figures into packs so the shopping cart can calculate postage fairly and accurately – and will continue to do so.

The single figure codes overcome this limitation by including delivery in the price and by zero-weighting the figures. Zero-weighting the figures means they won’t increase the weight of items in the shopping cart. The cart will still have a base delivery charge that depends on a customer’s delivery options, but the single figure codes themselves won’t increase this base charge. The delivery factored into the price of the single figure codes is simply based on the average delivery charge across all orders placed at Fighting 15s, weighted depending on whether the figure is a foot figure or a mounted figure.

Single figure codes are restricted to items that are cast under licence in the UK using authorised moulds produced in Australia by Eureka Miniatures. Single figures are cast to order. If a figure does not appear in the single figure codes, Fighting 15s does not yet cast it under licence. The number of licensed moulds for AB Figures is increasing, and as more are received from Eureka, so we will increase the number of single figure codes that are available. Fighting 15s is restricting single figure codes to those figures it produces under licence because figures can be cast to order as necessary without waiting for them to come into stock. It naturally follows that if a figure is available as a single figure code, then a pack of figures comprising only items from the single figure codes will always be available – and that means no wait for the figures to come into stock.

We stress that the ability to buy figures singly does not imply the ability to specify the variant. All variants are supplied at random and under no circumstances can Fighting 15s guarantee to supply a particular variant.

Single 15mm AB foot figures cost GBP0.50 including VAT and factored delivery; single 15mm AB mounted figures cost GBP1.20 including VAT and factored delivery. The prices in packs work out at GBP0.45 and GBP1.00 respectively (including VAT but excluding delivery).

Some figures attract a premium, typically an additional GBP0.50. These figures are either standard bearers or figures that don’t reliably come out of the moulds. This means we typically have to spin a mould more than once to produce a single usable figure, and the premium reflects this.

Single figure codes aren’t there to be used to build up an army: we must emphasise that they’re there to allow more flexibility in the composition of units. You’ll get better value out of packs, unit packs and the bargain packs. We appreciate that single figure codes currently offer a fraction of the entire line of 15mm AB Figures: we are mainly trying to get moulds to cover the most commonly requested figures from AB, such as marching infantry, and the new releases. The most significant gaps should be filled over the next 12 months.

The single figure codes replace our paper lists of codes, which ceased to be valid in December 2008, and which we have not found time to update because of a long-term illness in the family. Fighting 15s will ultimately be adding single figure codes for imported 15mm figures from Eureka Miniatures in due course so that the online codes offer the same flexibility as our old paper lists.

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