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Oddzial Osmy’s latest releases, including the 3mm (1:600) Napoleonics, have now arrived at Fighting 15s, and all advance orders for them have now been dispatched.
Fighting 15s still has stocks of all the codes, so it’s not too late to take the plunge into this exciting new range.
They say the best things come in small packages, and never has it been more true than for the forthcoming range of 1:600 (3mm) Napoleonics from Polish manufacturer Oddzial Osmy. Marcin of Oddzial Osmy has emailed to say that Fighting 15s’ initial order for the range is now ready, and Fighting 15s therefore expects to have the figures in stock within the next week.
Marcin has also provided pictures, so we have decided to upload the range in advance to the shop. Fighting 15s gets excited about new releases from any of its suppliers, but these tiny marvels of scultping have so much potential for grand tactical battles because they will help give an even better sense of formations and mass than comparatively giant 6mm figures. It will provide a further spur for Ian to get moving with the print version of his grand tactical rules, Huzzah! GT.
The new releases from Oddzial Omsy are as follows:
1:600 (3mm) Napoleonics
NAP-601 Infantry in shako
NAP-602 Infantry in shako with plume
NAP-603 Infantry in helmet
NAP-604 Infantry in shako command
NAP-605 Grenadiers in bearskin cap
NAP-606 Skirmishers – shako
NAP-607 6-pdr gun
NAP-608 Artillery crew in shako
NAP-609 Heavy cavalry troopers in French helmet
NAP-610 Heavy cavalry command and troopers in French helmet
WWH-695 Sdkfz 234/1
WWH-696 Sdkfz 234/2 Puma
WWH-697 Sdkfz 234/3 & 234/4
SF-1521 New Vistula Legion long range reconnaissance patrol
All packs are £3.00 including VAT. Contents as described in the online shop.
Fighting 15s has never before ordered quite so many packs of a new release from Oddzial Osmy in the six or so years of our relationship, but despite this precaution we fully expect to go out of stock on some codes, and it may therefore take four to eight weeks to obtain fresh stock.
Nic Robson of Eureka Miniatures has just posted details of the new postage rates from Australia Post that take effect on 22 October (see http://eurekamin.com.au).
The new rates see the elimination of the 250g break on parcel weights, with the lowest postage band now 0 to 500g. Eureka’s minimum delivery charge to the EU and Europe is now AUD 20.20 plus AUD 3.00 handling, making the minimum delivery charge AUD 23.30, which equates to GPB 14.82 or Euro 18.39 on today’s exchange rates. And that’s for unregistered mail.
Fighting 15s’ equivalent delivery charges for a package weighing up to 500g are GBP 3.60 (UK recorded) and GBP 4.82 (Europe unregistered). We also still have a Royal Mail price break at 250g for Europe. Even with 20% VAT, within Europe Fighting 15s will still work out as a better deal on small packages of Eureka Miniatures, Shadowforge Miniatures and Laughing Monk figures than you will get by ordering direct. Sometimes, however, you will just have to be patient while we get hold of the figures.
Fighting 15s now has a new permanent phone number: +44 (0) 2380 970715.
The change has been made because the old number is likely to perish shortly when my BT router finally gives up the ghost. Unfortunately, the new BT homehubs don’t support BT softphone handsets and the current handsets that I use will therefore become useless. In anticipation of this happening, I have switched Fighting 15s over to its Skype account and the landline number associated with it. The landline number works like any conventional phone number.
There are several advantages to the change. First, Skype allows me to indicate my availability to take calls on the contact page of the website using an icon, such as the one below:
I should be available to take calls if the icon shows “I’m online”, and I am probably near a phone if it shows “I’m away”. An “unavailable” or “offline” icon means that I cannot be reached by phone. There is an answering service if I am unavailable. Clearly it will take a few weeks to get used to the idea of switching availability statuses, so bear with me.
Second, the ability to show availability means that I have removed any opening hours constraints on phone calls. Either I am available to take calls and have Skype flagged as such, or I’m not and the icon shows I am unavailable.
Third, Skype users can contact Fighting 15s free of charge, and send instant messages. I cannot, however, guarantee instant replies. 🙂
Fourth, Skype allows me to be accessible while out and about and within range of wifi because I can use the Skype app on a mobile phone. So I may well be able to take calls while away for wargames shows or on other business.
Fighting 15s’ old number of +44 (0) 1983 557852 will remain valid as an alternative until the router itself keels over. I do, after all, expect teething problems.