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Wargames show dates for Fighting 15s

Fighting 15s’ intended wargames show schedule for the rest of 2010 includes Phalanx (St Helens, Merseyside, 19 June), Valhalla (Farnborough, 20 June), Attack (Devizes, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July), Claymore (Edinburgh, Saturday 7 August), Colours (Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September, Newbury), SELWG (Sunday 17 October, Crystal Palace, London), and Warfare (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November, Reading).

Fighting 15s attends most shows in conjunction with Black Hat Miniatures, its partner in Oozlum Games. However, Fighting 15s attends Attack, Claymore and Phalanx on its own and with reduced stock levels. Fighting 15s will also have limited stock at Valhalla.

Fighting 15s will be at no other shows this year.

40mm Children of the Hydra – sorted!

Flashing Blade, 40mm: Children of the Hydra

Fighting 15s is making sense of the moulds and inherited stock from Flashing Blade, and is pleased to announce we have sorted out what’s what in the 40mm Children of the Hydra, aka Skeletons. We have photographed the display model, identified its components, re-described the figures in the shop because they didn’t match the list, and finally uploaded the appropriate pictures. All this for just six figures!

The skeletons are usually £2.50 each including VAT. A special Children of the Hydra multi-pack allows customers to buy all six different figures for £14 including VAT, a saving of £1. We will have these figures at Salute on Saturday 24 April.

Fighting 15s will shortly be turning its attention to the skeletons’ natural gaming partners in the range, the Greeks, and photographing the available models.

Fighting 15s gets set to walk the Wight

On 16 May, Ian of Fighting 15s will be taking a gentle stroll across the Isle of Wight, from one end to the other. The 26.5-mile walk  starts in Bembridge in the east, and finishes at the Needles in the west, allowing Ian to collapse gracefully at least fairly near to home.

Ian is doing the walk mainly because he was talked into doing it and, because he is 50 this year, it seemed worth marking this landmark by doing something special. He has spent the last couple of months going for very long walks in preparation.

Walk the Wight is one of the main fundraising events for the Isle of Wight’s Earl Mountbatten Hospice. The hospice – the only one on the Island – cares for over 800 terminally ill patients each year free of charge, and is maintained by charitable donations.

Ian has set up a Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/ianiow, with the aim of achieving the modest target of £200. Fighting 15s will match this target, if it is hit, with a £200 donation.

Ian’s walker number for the event is 3275.

Flashing Blade 40mm ranges in production at Fighting 15s

Fighting 15s is now producing Flashing Blade’s range of 40mm figures under licence. Mark Rowsell of Flashing Blade has had to wind down the business to deal with his illness and its domestic ramifications, and while he gets himself sorted out over the next year or so, Fighting 15s will produce his figures. The old Flashing Blade website and contact details are no longer valid.

Flashing Blade’s 40mm ranges include Skeletons (Children of the Hydra), Ancient Greeks, Romano-British, Dark Ages Saxons, and Napoleonic Portuguese cacadores. There is also a range of shield transfers and banners produced by Little Big Men Studios for Flashing Blade. The figures are now available on the Fighting 15s website; the transfers will be added after stock levels have been assessed. Pictures will follow when we can get hold of them or take them ourselves.

Prices have had to be adjusted to account for the fact that Fighting 15s is VAT registered. The price of a single 40mm Flashing Blade foot figure is £2.50 (£5.00 for two, when packaged as such) including VAT, and a single mounted figure is £7.00 including VAT.

Flashing Blade 40mm figures can be ordered in advance for Salute, and Fighting 15s will have stocks at the show.

Latest arrivals in 1:600 scale from Oddzial Osmy

Oddzial Osmy 1:600 scale MiG29 Fulcrum

It has been a bit hectic here at Fighting 15s. Ian has at last unpacked and sorted the last two deliveries from Oddzial Osmy of Poland, bringing the following items from the 1:600 range of World War II and Modern aircraft and vehicles both into stock and into the online shop:

1:600 World War II

WBR-637 Hurricane IID, tank-busting version with two 40mm under-wing guns
WBR-638 Martin Maryland, American-built medium bomber, used by British and French
WBR-639 Bolton Paul Defiant, turreted British night fighter (and daytime sitting duck…)

WFR-627 Bloch MB.152 French light fighter
WFR-628 105 mle 1913 Schneider, popular French artillery piece

WIT-616 SM79 Sparviero, Italian three-engined bomber and torpedo-bomber
WIT-617 Lancia 3RO heavy truck

WSU-632 BM13N Katyusha on Studebaker chassis
WSU-633 SB-2 Soviet fast bomber

WWH-668 15cm sIG33, German heavy infantry gun, towed version

1:600 Moderns

IS-616 M3 120 mm Makmat
IS-617 Israeli Infantry II – LMGs, HMGs, bazookas and dragons
IS-618 M3 90mm/20mm TCM/SS 11, Israeli M3 half-tracks armed with 90mm AT gun, 20mm TCM AA guns and SS-11 ATGM

MN-606 Dana, Czechoslovakian-made wheeled 152 mm SP gun
MN-607 Technicals, Toyota 4×4 pick-ups armed with HMG and RR
MN-608 Strv 103, Swedish turretless tank
MN-609 Pbv 302, Swedish APC
MN-610 Bv 206, Swedish tracked all-terrain carrier
MN-611 Ikv 91, Swedish tank destroyer with 90mm gun

SA-668 MiG-29 Soviet tactical fighter

US-664 OH-13 Sioux utility helicopter
US-665 LVTP-5 amphibious APC, used by USMC

WP-604 KTO Rosomak, Polish modern APC
WP-605 TOPAS 2AP, Czech-made version of BTR-50, standard Polish naval infantry APC

Packs contain 15 vehicles or infantry bases, or 8 aircraft or helicopters.

A price rise of about 11% from Oddzial Osmy on Series 1 items from 10 January 2010, plus the need to adjust prices to reflect the changing exchange rate means that packs now cost GBP3.50 each including VAT.

If an item is missing from the online shop, it means I’m tired and have overlooked it. Just give me a prompt by email. 🙂

Oddzial Osmy 1:600 scale Boulton-Paul Defiant

Kleve-Berg and minor German states added to Flags for AB line

Fighting 15s has filled in a few more niches in the Flags for AB line of 15mm paper flags with the addition of three more sheets for the Napoleonic Wars: two for Kleve-Berg and one for the minor German states that provided contingents for the 4th, 5th and 6th regiments of the Confederation of the Rhine (Rheinbund).

The additions are:

CRK-F01 1807 Duchy of Kleve-Berg infantry and cavalry flags

CRK-F02 1809 and 1811 Duchy of Kleve-Berg infantry flags

CRR-F01 1807-1815 4th, 5th and 6th Rheinbund reigments (contingents from Mecklenberg, Anhalt, Lippe, Reuss, Hesse-Kassel, Waldeck-Lippe & Schaumberg-Lippe)

Sheets cost £3.25 inc VAT each and contain at least 8 flags.