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Lasalle, Sam Mustafa’s latest set of Napoleonic wargames rules, is now in stock in the Fighting 15s shop. This 136-page hardback book is GBP29.50.
Eureka Miniatures has announced specific unit packs for Lasalle, the latest set of Napoleonic wargames rules from Sam Mustafa. Customers should note that we will not be offering these specific packs.
Fighting 15s already offers bargain packs for generic 1:20 ratio infantry battalions that suit General de Brigade and Lasalle, among other rules, and 12-man cavalry units suitable for Lasalle and many other rules. These units are listed under the Bargain Packs and Unit Packs headings for each nation in the 15mm AB Napoleonic range and the 18mm Eureka Miniatures Napoleonic range. They have been popular with customers since Fighting 15s introduced them in 2006, both for online sales and at wargames shows, and in fact account for the bulk of our show sales of AB Figures.
Fighting 15s will in due course be stocking the Lasalle rules, obtained through official UK distributor Black Hat Miniatures.
Fighting 15s is at Warfare in Reading on 21 and 22 November. Advance orders can still be placed today and tomorrow (Thursday). Friday is too late.
As many customers I hope are aware, my wife Janet has been seriously ill over the past 13 months, having undergone six months of chemotherapy to treat leukaemia, and then requiring the rest of the time to recuperate. During that time I have found it a struggle to look after the family, run the home, and manage Fighting 15s without ruining my reputation for customer service or letting down the companies that I represent. I have worked some pretty crazy hours to keep on top.
Janet has now been able to resume work part-time, and does not have to see her consultant for another three months. Her bone marrow is still not entirely normal, but test results show she is none the less healthier than some perfectly well people, and so apart from the occasional visit to hospital and the need to take life a bit more carefully, we are as back to normal as we’ll ever be.
Fighting 15s is beginning to get back to the point it had reached 13 months ago: i.e. on top of orders, back doing wargames shows, and looking at expanding its line-up of manufacturers. Emails are dealt with when possible, sometimes even promptly. Unfortunately, it has been necessary to drop the traditional mail-order lists and switch to being an almost entirely internet-based business: doing so has ensured the orders system remains organised and fully recoverable in the event of human error. As Fighting 15s can keep going on internet-based orders and sales at shows, a return to using traditional paper-based mail order lists is not on the cards: too few orders arrive by post to warrant the time and effort spent on maintaining the lists.
Thank you to all my customers who have stuck with me and understood my problems during this horrendous time. Your support and patience is most appreciated. I have undoubtedly offended some customers during this time, or seemed distant, offhand, irrational, or inconsistent to others. Extreme stress makes a person do strange things, and I can only apologise: you have been dealing with someone who at times has had the reasoning powers and memory of Pooh Bear, which must be most frustrating.
The local post office in Freshwater is shut for refurbishment until Thursday 19 November, which will affect when I am able to get to the post office to send out orders to customers.
Fortunately, the post office in Totland Bay has been revived after a period of closure, and is now based in The Broadway Inn – a pub run by the former postmaster. The hours are somewhat quaint for a post office, from 11am till 3pm, but conveniently correspond to the pub’s lunchtime opening hours (look, it’s a pub in a quiet part of West Wight, and it doesn’t keep town hours).
In the interests of customer service I will therefore be using The Broadway Inn while my usual post office is shut. I will, of course, not be driving there, and my return after taking customers’ parcels may be delayed.
I am delighted to report that the first trial drop at the pub has worked wonders. 🙂
Fighting 15s has just taken delivery of Impetus, the ancients and medieval wargames rules by Lorenzo Sartori, along with supplements Extra Impetus 1 and the brand-new Extra Impetus 2, from Dadi & Piombo in Italy.
Impetus requires only a small number of bases of troops to play, typically 7 to 10 bases, placing it at the DBA end of the wargames spectrum. The rules have a strong following on the continent, thanks partly to the free and simplified version, Basic Impetus, which is available from the Dadi & Piombo website.
The English editions of the rules and supplements are available to buy now in the Fighting 15s online shop. Impetus is priced at GBP25.00, and the supplements at GBP14.50 each. The rules are zero-rated for VAT.
Fighting 15s will have stocks of Impetus and its supplements at Warfare in Reading on 21-22 November, along with 15mm Ancients and Medieval figures from Camelot Miniatures of Italy – the ideal figures to partner the rules.
With the exception of the recently released Tyroleans, which we categorise as Napoleonics, the 28mm Wars of the French Revolution range from Eureka Miniatures is now available from Fighting 15s only to special order. Figures for the range can be ordered using the codes as given on Eureka’s own website and by submitting an order to Fighting 15s by phone or email, when we can advise of the current prices and give an estimated delivery date. As with all special orders, the figures will typically take eight or more weeks to arrive.
Fighting 15s will no longer carry the range at shows, but is happy to supply the figures at shows provided that customers place advance orders for them in sufficient time.
Fighting 15s regrets that demand within the EU has not been sufficient to make it economic for us to hold stocks of this growing and potentially huge line, and this accounts for our reluctant decision to withdraw this excellent range of figures from our online shop and to supply them only to special order.