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Fighting 15s, Colonel Bill’s and the future of wargames shows

From August, it will be all change on how Fighting 15s deals with wargames shows in the UK as we expand our relationship with Colonel Bill’s.

Since Salute in April this year, Ian of Fighting 15s has been helping out on the Colonel Bill’s stand, which means that 15mm AB Figures have been available to buy at selected shows. Our agreement with Eureka/AB, however, has meant that AB Figures can only be on the Colonel Bill’s stand while Ian is physically present, with the result that the figures have not been available at other shows.

This situation will change in August. As a result of discussions with Tony Barton and Nic Robson, Colonel Bill’s will be able to carry 15mm AB Figures in prepackaged units to shows even if Fighting 15s is not helping out, meaning that AB’s fine 15mm Napoleonics will be available to buy at the 40 or so shows a year that Colonel Bill’s attends. Britcon in Manchester will be the first show to work this way.

All the 15mm AB Figures sold this way will be licensed castings made by Ian at Fighting 15s, cast in lead-free pewter. Units will be sold in packs comprising 24 foot or 12 mounted figures. AB Figures, however, will not be available by mail order through Colonel Bill’s; Fighting 15s remains the EU mail order outlet.

Ian, however, will still be attending shows and working on the Colonel Bill’s stand, according to Fighting 15s’ shows schedule. Ian is able to take advance orders for those shows only. The remaining shows that we plan to attend with Colonel Bill’s in 2017 include Claymore, Colours, Derby Worlds, SELWG, Crisis and Warfare.

Fighting 15s’ ability to provide figures for Colonel Bill’s to take to shows relies on them being licensed castings made in the UK. Therefore items cast in Australia, including the whole of the 20mm WWII range of AB Figures, will not be available at shows except to advance order through Fighting 15s.

Colonel Bill’s remains Fighting 15s’ sole authorised outlet at shows for our own 15mm medievals, Eureka’s 18mm Seven Years War range, and Bartek’s pin-up playing cards, all of which can be ordered in advance for shows through Colonel Bill’s.

AB Figures: 20mm WWII Russians

It’s May Day and AB Figures has released 22 packs of 20mm WWII Russians, which are available to buy now in the Fighting 15s shop. The range includes infantry in caps and helmets, plus support weapons, as well as crews for guns and vehicles.

Please note that the codes for this range have changed since their initial publication by Eureka and AB in the Eureka newsletter. Be careful in the Fighting 15s shop not to confuse AB codes (for example, AB-INSxx) with codes for the recently released 28mm Russians from Eureka (codes 100WWTxxx).

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/russian-1116-c.asp

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

AB Figures 15mm French 1815

AB-WF01 French fusilier 1815

AB-WF01 French fusilier 1815

Fighting 15s now has all the licensed moulds necessary to produce the first release of AB Figures’ 15mm 1815 French infantry. We have spent the past week running the moulds to check them and to build up some initial stock, and the figures are now available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop.

In  addition to the small packs for the various codes, Fighting 15s has also created a battalion pack of 36 pieces (WF01BP) and a unit pack of 24 pieces (WF01P) to cater for common unit sizes.

Like all our licensed figures, these are cast to order. All the foot figures are cast in lead-free pewter.

AB has since released more British generals, Young Guard artillery, and an eagle-bearer and porte-aigle in bearskin. These items are currently on order and will be added to the shop once they are in stock.

Link: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/infantry-979-c.asp

 

AB 1815 French infantry and moulds updates

Fighting 15s has at last received the moulds necessary to cast AB’s 15mm 1815 French infantry under licence.  These cover the codes initially released and not the latest port-aigle and eagle bearer in bearskin..

All the moulds are currently being tested to ensure they run OK (Fighting 15s uses lead-free pewter, which behaves differently from Eureka’s choice of metal) and to build up some initial stock. Codes will be added to the shop soon. Orders for these codes will not be accepted until they are live in the shop.

A defect reported on one variant of AB-SAX01 Saxon infantry marching means that Nic at Eureka is, alas, again remaking the mould for this code. The remade mould should also have on it a variant that was missed off Fighting 15s’ original new mould, which in turn replaced a damaged, 20-year-old veteran of a mould. This one has been a bit of a saga…

As for the new releases for 1815, such as the Young Guard artillery crews, they are all currently on order. Fighting 15s will provide updates once they are in stock.

New moulds arrive from AB and Eureka

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.

December’s 20mm WWII arrivals from AB Figures

AB-SPA04

AB-SPA04

Fighting 15s has received the following sets of 20mm World War II figures from AB Figures:

INB18 British infantry eating
INB25 British MP and guard, with prisoners
ING20 German seated infantry in greatcoat
ING21 German infantry in greatcoat
ING22 German officers in greatcoat
ING23 German staff
ING24 German vehicle passengers
ING25 German officers set II

MIS01 Dead cows
MIS02 German stowage
MIS03 American stowage

RTG04 German flak crew in winter suits

SPA04 American senior command
SPB05 British MP set
SPB06 British Regimental Aid post
SPB14 British ambulance jeep crew and casualty
SPG03 German staff car occupants in overcoats
SPG08 German drivers

TCA04 American M7 crew
TCB14 British Sexton crew
TCB15 British tank crew bailing
TCB16 British tank re-arming
TCG14 German Panzer crew in winter gear
TCG15 German Panzer crew bailing out
TCG16 Afrika Korps Panzertruppen relaxing
TCG17 German Panzertruppen in caps, relaxing

Pack contents and prices (inc VAT) are as described on the Fighting 15s website. The arrival of these sets by and large completes the game of catch-up that Fighting 15s has been playing to get the 20mm WWII range from AB into stock.

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

AB Figures: 15mm French 1815 infantry

Customers who subscribe to Eureka’s newsletter will no doubt already have seen the news that the first release of AB Figures’ 15mm 1815 French infantry is available. This close to Christmas, coupled with the seasonal closure of AB Figures/Eureka Miniatures, it is impossible for Fighting 15s to obtain stock until the new year.

However, Fighting 15s will not be ordering in stock. Instead, Fighting 15s will be supplied with licensed moulds by AB/Eureka to cast these figures in the UK. Update (19 May 2016): We regret that we currently have no news about when licensed moulds will be made available to Fighting 15s. All our worst estimates as to an arrival date for the moulds have slipped, and therefore we have stopped trying to predict when they will actually arrive in the UK. Production of moulds is entirely dependent on Eureka Miniatures’ mould-making schedule, over which Fighting 15s has no influence whatsoever.

The new British generals from AB are not yet released and Fighting 15s can therefore neither order them in nor obtain them.

All enquiries regarding the availability of these latest sculpts from Tony Barton will be directed to this post. Fighting 15s will post a news item to announce the availability of the figures once the moulds have arrived and have been tested.

More new arrivals for 20mm AB WWII range

AB-SPB04 British motorcyclists and dispatch riders

AB-SPB04 British motorcyclists and dispatch riders

Fighting 15s has been busy sifting through the new delivery from AB Figures/Eureka and can report that the following codes in AB Figures’ 20mm World War II range have arrived in stock:

AB-SPB03 British Tommies loading ammo crates
AB-SPB04 British motorcyclists/dispatch riders
AB-SPB07 British RAMC loading ambulance with casualties
AB-SPB09 British company stretcher bearers in a hurry
AB-SPB12 British infantry for jeeps

Details and prices of packs are as given in the online shop.

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

New arrivals for 20mm AB WWII range

AB-RTG02

AB-RTB02

Fighting 15s has now received its first stocks of following codes in AB Figures’ 20mm World War II range:

AB-RTB01 British 6pdr crew
AB-RTB02 British 17pdr crew
AB-TCB05 British crew in pixie suits
AB-TCB06 British crew in battledress and helmets

AB-TCB11 German Afrika Korps crew
AB-TCB12 German Afrika Korps crew, hatch variants
AB-TCB13 German seated figures for softskins and halftracks

Details and prices of packs are as given in the online shop.

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