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Nottingham move on the cards for Fighting 15s

The delights of running an internet-based business is that you can set up shop anywhere, and since 1999, Ian at Fighting 15s has been located on the Isle of Wight, the sunshine island just off the south coast of England.

Fighting 15s has been unable to resist the sweet siren call of the UK’s “lead belt”, and will shortly be moving to the city of Nottingham to join the host of other toy soldier businesses in the area.

It’s hard to identify what exactly attracted us to Nottingham, crime capital of the UK, which can trace its felonious heritage back to the time of Robin Hood (that is to say, at about quarter past seven on Saturday evenings).

Was it the turbid yellow water of the River Trent? The Trent takes on the colour of local clays when swollen by rain, or by meltwater from the seasonal glaciers of Sherwood Forest Country Park. The rain at least is indicative of a pleasingly temperate climate; the glaciers a guarantee of an icy reception by some of the city’s denizens.

Was it to re-cement our friendship with wargames mogul Bryan Ansell, forever commemorated in the valedictory messages of a certain issue of White Dwarf?

No, it was none of these. In fact it was the warming glow of the lights and friendly local workforce of the Arboretum area of the city, and their understandings of the complexes that we wargamers have about our “little men” that made the decision to relocate to that exact part of the city a snap. Their negotiability on a point of income and their willingness to work nights is a boon in the current economic climate.

The move brings with it larger premises, and the prospects of employing an Igorina to help out with the running of Fighting 15s. Our choice candidate, the charming Miss Fifi Porfallio, is just 22 but displays an enormous knowledge of military history. We were particularly impressed by her answer to our question of whether she favoured Ney’s or Jomini’s works on Napoleonic tactics: she replied that in all honesty she much preferred Johnson’s.

More news about our exciting move tomorrow.

Footnote, 2 April: Of course very little of the above is true. A trussed cat in a lead-weighted sack at the bottom of a canal has more chance of survival than Fighting 15s does of moving to Nottingham.

This item originally posted 1 April 2009.

Pricing changes for 15mm AB Figures update

Our story dated 1 April about AB Figures was, of course, an April Fool, as a glance at the categories on the Oozlum Games website would have confirmed. Of course, such a pricing model isn’t beyond the realms of possibility… for an evil empire.

Note: This item has been moved back two centuries to keep it out of our day-to-day news. It was originally published on 2 April 2008, referring to an item on 1 April 2008.

Pricing changes for 15mm AB Figures

The way that 15mm AB Napoleonic figures are priced will shortly be changing so that they are priced in proportion to the points cost of units in wargames rules. The points system used for this will be the ingenious points system used for Oozlum Games own highly rated Huzzah! set of rules.

Pricing figures in proportion to their points cost is aimed to encourage gamers to buy units appropriately for their armies. The cost of figures representing elite units will therefore rise; the cost of figures for militia formations will therefore fall.

For example, a militia formation typically costs 25 points in the Huzzah! system, and a line formation costs 65 points. This values will simply translate into a cost of 25 pence per militia infantry figure and 65 pence per line infantry figure. In comparison Old Guard infantry will cost £1.40 each, guns and crews upwards of £1.70 per gun or crew set, and cavalry upwards of 80 pence.

Pricing in proportion has natural benefits for wargamers running campaigns, with gamers feeling the real costs of fielding the French Guard, and leading to better balanced battles. Pricing in proportion has benefits for manufacturers too, with comparatively high production costs for slower selling figures covered by the proportionate price.

Further details will be available soon.

Note: This item was originally published on 1 April 2008, and has been moved backwards two centuries in time to keep it out of our day-to-day news. There’s no fool like an old fool, you might say.