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Fighting 15s is at Carronade in Falkirk on Saturday 7 May. Carronade is Fighting 15s’ only show as a trader in 2016, and Ian uses the trip to Scotland to take a short holiday to visit castles, museums, steam railways and whisky distilleries, to enjoy Scotland in the springtime, and to keep in touch with his customers in Scotland.
As a result, Fighting 15s does not intend to take stocks of figures to Carronade. He will definitely carry Coat d’arms paints and Fighting 15s’ 15mm flags for the Napoleonic and the Seven Years wars at the show. Advance orders for figures are therefore essential. If, at the last moment, Ian feels stocks of 20mm AB WWII and Eureka 28mm moderns are up to surviving the show, he will take them. The pin-up playing cards by Bartek are available at the show through Colonel Bill’s, Fighting 15s’ representative at UK shows for the cards.
Update: Ian has packed the 20mm AB WWII range for the show.
Ian will have packed the car by the evening of Wednesday 4 May, is travelling from 5 May, and any advance orders should therefore be with him by noon on Wednesday.
Fighting 15s also has planned a trip to see AB sculptor Tony Barton to find out what’s coming next from AB Figures.
Fighting 15s itself will be closed from 5 May to 12 May. Orders placed in the online shop will be dealt with on Ian’s return as his two elderly cats and his wife, Janet, will not be able to cope with orders while he is away. Do not expect miracles of wargamerly understanding from the cats or, in particular, Janet.
Anyone who cares to skip across to my personal blog (The Strange Worlds of Orun hi Kharsan) will find my personal thoughts on Brexit and its effect on small UK wargames businesses such as Fighting 15s.
In an area of debate where politicians of both sides appear to be able to get away with audacious lies about the effects of remaining in the EU or leaving, I have tried to keep simply to the economic facts regarding how VAT and tax collection works across borders where a tax frontier exists. Facts that anyone can check online using official tariff and import guides, rather than relying on a statement by a politician.
I am, of course, pro-Europe and the EU for two main reasons: first, because Fighting 15s trades extensively within the EU to the extent that 45% of Fighting 15s’ business comes from Europe (it’s about 50% from the UK and 5% from outside the EU). Second, my daughter is technically an immigrant in Sweden, and has the ability to live and work there, and pursue her sporting dreams (she ice skates at a very high level for Sweden’s Team Surprise www.teamsurprise.se) because as an EU citizen she has the right to do so.
Yet I remain proudly British, proud to be a British business actively trading with Europe and making contacts and friends across the continent, and as a result I feel that I and Fighting 15s have a strong British identity within Europe and the EU.
My own view is that Brexit would be economic suicide for the small UK wargames business that trades with Europe, based on the simple effects of VAT and import tax collection outlined at orun.wordpress.com. You may well disagree. 😀
Thanks to Salute, Fighting 15s is running a bit behind on announcing the new releases from Oddzial Osmy of Poland. Marcin very kindly sent the pictures on Friday, just as I was out of contact with the world, on my way for what turned out to be a lonely evening in a hotel in London Docklands…
The new releases are all in 1:600 scale (3mm) and are as follows:
MN-639 RM-70 – Czechoslovakian version of BM-21 Grad MLRS on Tatra 8×8 truck
IS-623 Merkava IV – last incarnation of Merkava tank
World War II
WBR-666 AEC Matador – heavy, wheeled artillery tractor
WBR-667 BL 5.5 inch gun – British artillery gun
WBR-668 Centaur IV – support tank with 95mm howitzer
WUS-659 A-20C Havoc – American light bomber
WJA-618 Ki-44 Shoki (Tojo) – Japanese Army fighter
PSF-632 Pilum GEV MLRS – hovercraft MLRS (or missile tank hunter) vehicle
Pack contents are as described in the online shop. Oddzial Osmy has slightly increased the cost of its figures, but because of the reasonable exchange rate Fighting 15s has decided to keep its price unchanged at £3.00 including VAT for the above packs.
Eureka Miniatures has released two sets in 18mm for the French army of the Napoleonic Wars. Both sets are available to buy now in the Fighting 15s shop.
The sets are:
300NFR13 Standing French limber and team 1812-15
300NFR14 French camp 1812-15
The limber set uses a limber from AB Figures (provided), and the figures are compatible in height with AB Figures. Pack contents and prices are as described in the Fighting 15s shop. Plese note that our initial stocks are limited.
Eureka’s Rocket Girls from its 28mm Pulpitations range are now in stock and available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop. The figures were on show at Salute last year, and have now been officially released.
The codes are:
100PLP100 Rocket girls in helmets
100PLP101 Rocket girls in caps
100PLP102 Rocket girl .30 cal team
100PLP103 Rocket girl bazooka team in helmets
100PLP104 Rocket girl bazooka team in caps
100PLP105 Rocket girl in helmet with LMG
100PLP106 Bareheaded rocket girl with LMG
Eureka has also released some more gas-mask Germans to pit against them:
100PLP042 German stormtrooper in gas mask with rifle
100PLP043 German stormtrooper Panzerschreck team in gas masks
100PLP044 German stormtrooper in gas mask with Flammenwerfer
100PLP046 German Feldgendarme in gask mask, with raptors
Fighting 15s has also taken the opportunity to bring some missing items from the Jurassic Reich range into stock, including PLP031 V1 Stukasaurus.
Prices and pack contents are as detailed in the Fighting 15s shop. Our initial stocks of these figures are limited.
Fighting 15s has received new licensed moulds for AB Figure’s 15mm 1810-14 Saxons and Eureka Miniatures’ 18mm Seven Years War Austrian Cuirassiers. These replace moulds that have worn out. The codes are now restored in the online shop and customers are able to order them again.
The figures affected are SAX02 Saxon Grenadier, SAX03 Saxon light infantry skirmishing and SYW234 Austrian Cuirassier. Our moulds for SAX01 Saxon Fusilier and the Saxon command figures (SAX04 to SAX07) were replaced earlier.