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Oddzial Osmy’s releases for October 2016

MN-643 MB-339A

MN-643 MB-339A

Oddzial Osmy’s releases for October have arrived in stock and are now available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop.

The releases are all in 3mm (1:600 scale) and comprise the following:

Moderns
BW-643 BeobPz M113 and M113 ABRA, German artillery versions of M113
MN-643 MB-339A, Italian trainer/light attack aircraft
SA-6123 T-80U, improved variant of T-80
SA-6124 T-14, latest Russian tank

WWII
WBR-673 Stuart Recce, turretless scout version of M3A3
WIT-629 Semovente 90/53, Italian self-propelled 90mm gun
WJA-623 Type 89 Chi-Ro, Japanese medium tank
WWH-6117 SdKfz 6, German half-tracked vehicle and artillery tractor

Packs are currently priced at £2.95 including VAT, with details as described on the Fighting 15s website.

As usual, the releases are listed for a short time in the New Arrivals section of the site.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp

Fighting 15s’ redesign goes live

As Fighting 15s’  Facebook followers will be aware, I have been playing with a redesign of the Fighting 15s website to bring it kicking and screaming out of the early 2000s and into the 20-teens. That redesign is now live.

There is no maintenance mode for the site, so this change was enacted live on Saturday afternoon. I had warned in advanced on Facebook that some odd pictures might appear, but those should now all be gone. Not that anyone would pay heed to the fact that I’d adapted a fashion website, nor that pictures of people in underwear would be unusual on some wargames websites…

I emphasise that the navigation of the website has not changed – it just looks different. It still works the same way, using a hierarchical system to categorise figures. I am still working on streamlining this, as evidenced by the new AB Figures Quick Codes section, which will eventually roll out to other product ranges. I still need to add images to most of the navigational aspects of the new site, which should help customers find their way around by providing more visual clues.

New features that I had been trying out on the old website, such as the ability to sort products by various criteria, as well as a login system to check on order progress, are obviously still available on the new site. The new site provided the motivation to add these in the first place.

Products now have even more information available about them. The short product listing now contains details of pack contents to stop customers asking what every code contains – this simply shows that customers treated the website as a code list without going that extra step to click on a product to see the full description. The new product description pages are clearer and the ability to email product details to friends or print them off is now available.

The site now has a privacy policy. The old site needed one but the limited allocation of webpages simply didn’t allow it. The Fighting 15s policy is very different from most others because I regard email marketing as the scourge of the internet. Therefore, quite simply, Fighting 15s will not use customers’ details to send out newsletters, conduct marketing, or send out information to third parties. I believe customers will simply come back to the Fighting 15s site because the products we sell are good and do not need aggressive marketing to sell them, and because Fighting 15s will not pelt customers with sales literature just because all they wanted was a few packs of unique figures.

This is, however, stage one. I am evaluating other ecommerce providers that offer better search options for a shop, with the ability to filter products. However, any change will not happen for a long time.

Ian
Fighting 15s

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20mm arrivals from AB for October

AB-SPG09 German pioneers

AB-SPG09 German pioneers

The following new releases from AB Figures have arrived in stock at Fighting 15s:

20mm WWII

MIS04 30 cal HMG, with pintle mount for jeeps
MIS05 50 cal HMG, with pintle mount for jeeps
SPA05 US Engineers
SPB15 British Flamethrowers
SPG09 German Pioneers
SPG10 German Feldgendarmerie
TCA05 US M16 crew
TCA06 US M10 crew

Contents of packs and prices are as detailed on the Fighting 15s site.

Fighting 15s has added a sort option on its web site’s product pages, which will, for example, help bring the latest of our new arrivals to the top of the page.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/new-arrivals-808-c.asp