Archive for March, 2013|Monthly archive page
Our webshop provider ekmpowershop has introduced a new mcommerce interface for its hosted websites. This will affect how Fighting 15s’ shop looks on mobile devices, such as smartphones, making it a lot simpler to shop.
The system is now live on the Fighting 15s’ site. We will be working out how to tweak its appearance over the coming weeks. Mobile users can switch between mobile and desktop sites in their browsers.
Fighting 15s will not be alone among wargames businesses experiencing this change, as to our knowledge at least two other wargames businesses use ekmpowershop for their shopping carts, including East Riding Miniatures. So it’s not anything we’re doing, it’s just part of the continuing improvements ekmpowershop has made to its product: one reason why Fighting 15s has stuck with ekmpowershop since January 2005 is the fact that it continues to implement new and desirable ecommerce features, and get rid of some of its less desirable or quirky ones.
Next up in the 15mm re-releases of former Oddzial Osmy ranges from Fighting 15s will be the Teutonic crossbowmen and spearmen. We now have the production masters made for the moulds, using the original master figures as a starting point, and hope to get the production moulds made in the next few weeks.
The figures were originally part of a small range that Polish company Oddzial Osmy made for the battle of Tannenberg. Fighting 15s now owns these figures. They are on the tall side for 15mm.
At long last Ian at Fighting 15s has got his act together and started re-releasing the 15mm figures originally produced by Oddzial Osmy of Poland. The company produced a small range of 15mm Napoleonics and Medievals, to which Fighting 15s now has the rights. Fighting 15s is in the process of making new moulds from the masters.
The first re-release is the 15mm Napoleonic Krakus cavalry for 1813, one of the most popular sets in the range. Three units of Polish cossacks (Krakus) were raised in 1812, but combined into one regiment. Headgear varied, and the Oddzial Osmy set represented two variants: a tall czapka, and a lower, more traditional Polish cap, but not the melon-shaped cap shown in some pictures. The Krakus fought loyally for Napoleon, serving into 1814.
The original set was released as a box of 15 figures, but Fighting 15s has re-released the troopers and command separately. The troopers are available in a pack of four for £3.30 inc VAT (£2.75 ex VAT) and the command is available in a pack of two for £1.70 inc VAT (£1.42 ex VAT). The troopers now have cast lances – the originals were open-handed.
The figures are best suited in size to smaller 15mm figures from other manufacturers, but as the Krakus were mounted on small horses they may work with larger 15mm figures.
Oddzial Osmy, of course, still produces its own 1:600 ranges and 15mm SF range, which are stocked by Fighting 15s.
Product Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/polish-180-c.asp
Our first shipment of 2013 from Eureka Miniatures is expected to leave Australia shortly, alleviating the shortage of some codes.
After Eureka’s two-week closure over Christmas, and because of its preparations for CanCon, there is inevitably a hiccup in shipments in the new year, and a resultant delay in being able to fulfil some orders here at Fighting 15s. This year, however, we seem to have done something right, with fewer than 10 orders still awaiting fulfilment, instead of the traditional sheaf. Fighting 15s aims to be able to fulfil the outstanding orders shortly and thanks those customers affected for their continued patience.
Update (7 March). Eureka is still waiting for more set-price shipping boxes to arrive from DHL before it can send our consignment, which we now do not expect to be sent until after Nic Robson of Eureka returns from the Adelaide show this weekend.
Here are two taster pictures of formations in Huzzah! Glorious Empires, the grand tactical Napoleonic rules based on Huzzah! Work on the rules is progressing with the aim of publishing them later this year.
The Yahoo! group for the rules, formerly known as Huzzah! GT, is at: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/Huzzah_GT/
The latest version of the rules for playtesting will shortly be uploaded to the group, along with more beta-version army lists.