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And now a word from our sponsor…

Hej alle!

🇸🇪 I interrupt my usual news for a slight commercial aimed at my customers in Swede️n. 🇸🇪

Some of you may be aware that my daughter, Gemma, skates for Sweden’s no 1 synchronised ice skating team, Team Surprise, based in Landvetter, near Göteborg. She is currently in her fourth year with the team.

The team helps raise some money for its skating through sportswear sales and, this year, also sales of herbs and spices. Each skater in the team has a unique sales page at the Spicy Dream website, the proceeds from which will help reduce their training costs. Gemma is at a disadvantage compared with her team-mates because, of course, she has no family connections in Sweden.

So, if you happen to cook as well as wargame, or know someone in Sweden who would like some interesting cooking spices, I’d be grateful if you could take at look at Gemma’s page on Spicy Dream via the link below.

Of course, continuing to buy soldiers from me will also support Gemma.😄 But buying extra support will make her look like she is doing more for the team.

https://www.spicydream.se/…/landvetter-kk-team…/shopinshop/…

Tack!

Ian (Gemma’s pappa)

(Spicy Dream is not a lingerie shop as I first thought. 😂 )

Fighting 15s: last call for orders for Claymore

Fighting 15s is at Claymore in Edinburgh on Saturday 5 August, helping out Stuart Armstrong on Colonel Bill’s stand. Although Ian will be Stuart’s till monkey for the day, advance orders are possible.

As Colonel Bill’s carries our own medievals, Bartek’s playing cards, and Eureka’s Seven Years War ranges, Fighting 15s cannot take advance orders for those (which should be placed through Colonel Bill’s), but can take advance orders for other Eureka ranges,  plus, of course, AB Figures’ 15mm Napoleonic and 20mm WWII ranges.

A selection of ready-made 15mm Napoleonic unit packs from AB Figures will be available on the stand. Colonel Bill’s will continue to carry these packs at other UK shows, starting with Britcon.

Time is running out for advance orders. Fighting 15s will shut from 2 to 9 August for holiday and to travel to and from Scotland, and therefore the last date for advance orders is Tuesday 1 August. Please note that orders that require extensive casting are now not likely to be ready in time – Ian has been casting for four days solid in preparation for the show as it is.

The Fighting 15s online shop will, as usual, be open while Ian is away, but orders will not be processed until his return. Please do not expect his wife or daughter to answer questions about toy soldiers while he is away.

Advance orders for Fighting 15s should be placed via email or, if you feel you absolutely must talk to a slightly deaf man, phone. Contact details are on the website. All advance orders must be paid for in advance by card or PayPal – Ian cannot take payments on the day.

Link (Claymore): https://seswc.co.uk/2017/02/09/claymore-2017/

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.

Saunders spin casting machines

Saunders Mark V spin casting machine

I’ve starting running a series on my personal blog on the Saunders bob-weight spin casting machines I use at Fighting 15s. I’ve never been able to find out much about the machines, made by the now defunct N Saunders Metal Products Ltd. This is my personal experience of using them to get the best results, and the articles have been prompted by the acquisition of a second machine that needs repairing and refurbishing. Other users’ mileage may well vary.

Part 1, introducing the machine, is at: http://wp.me/p9K3f-5Q

Part 2, dealing with a personal mod to get casting pressure right, is at: http://wp.me/p9K3f-a2

Part 3 looks at repairs and refurbishment. It’s a work in progress and is at http://wp.me/p9K3f-d4

Part 4 will cover casting tips.

Oddzial Osmy update, April 2017

Regular customers of Fighting 15s will no doubt have noticed that the last few months of new releases from Oddzial Osmy have not been added to the website. Fear not, we have them on order, but we will not have a new delivery from the company until May.

Unfortunately, buying patterns, availability of stock from the manufacturer, and the selling network in the UK have all changed over the past year, and in order to keep supplying Oddzial Osmy’s figures Fighting 15s has had to change how it buys them in. Fighting 15s is now importing the figures in fewer but bigger orders to take advantage of price breaks, which means that in future we will be receiving several months of new releases at once. Doing so allows us to keep the price at the current level, and therefore competitive.

As a number of our customers save up orders to obtain several months of new releases at once, this may well put us in step with customers’ buying patterns anyway.

Thanks for your understanding.

Ian
Fighting 15s

Fighting 15s at Salute 2017

Fighting 15s will be at Salute on Colonel Bill's stand TD21

Fighting 15s will be at Salute on Colonel Bill’s, stand TD21

Contrary to all expectations on my part, Fighting 15s will be at Salute 2017 on 22 April. I will be helping out Colonel Bill’s on stand TD21, and you’re welcome to pop along for a chat and to take a look at the ranges that Colonel Bill’s takes to UK shows on my behalf.

Please contact Stuart at Colonel Bill’s to order Bartek’s playing cards, Eureka’s 18mm SYW and Fighting 15s’ 15mm medievals in advance.

Fighting 15s will not have its own stock at Salute, however, Stuart has kindly allowed me to take advance orders for ranges other than those stocked by Colonel Bill’s: please place an order with Fighting 15s by email or by phone. Payment for all show orders with Fighting 15s must be in advance by card or PayPal as I cannot take card or cash payments on the day. This is to avoid any issue with cash or other payments going through the wrong till.

There is no option in the online shop to collect at Salute. To place an advance order in the Fighting 15s shop, please choose the telephone payment option when checking out and phone to give payment details and to say that the order is for collection at Salute.

Fighting 15s’ forgotten projects: 28mm SF Catgirls

SFC06 Roberta

SFC06 Roberta

Back in about 2010, Mystic Spirals sculpted some 28mm science fiction catgirls with a space pirate theme for Fighting 15s. Unfortunately, that project was put on a shelf, even though samples had been painted and the mould made. Spring cleaning for the online shop this month led to the discovery of the pictures for the range on an old hard disc and the unearthing of the mould. Despite the age of the sculpts, the range has now been uploaded to the shop.

Mystic Spirals designed the kits as Fighting 15s requested so that they are elegant 28mm figures, not chunky, and accordingly they are fiddlier than usual to assemble and experience of putting together white metal kits is therefore an advantage. Swords have been designed to be exaggerated, but are intended to be painted as “force blades”.  The figures were intended for a personal HOTT project.

The Furred Dimension range includes:

SFC01 Claudia
SFC02 Ginger
SFC03 Nadia
SFC04 Natasha
SFC05 Pushkin
SFC06 Roberta
SFC07 Sonja

Figures are priced at £3.00 each including VAT.

Link: http://www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/the-furred-dimension-1114-c.asp

SFC01 Claudia

SFC01 Claudia

Fighting 15s shop updates: 18mm Seven Years War

Eureka Miniatures' 18mm Seven Years War French

Eureka Miniatures’ 18mm Seven Years War French

Fighting 15s has begun the spring-cleaning process brought about by the redesign of the online shop by overhauling the Seven Years’ War section of 18mm Eureka Miniatures.

The redesign has revealed a number of small pictures and design or editing inconsistencies within the shop, which has been hosted by EKM since 2005. The main issue is that although computer screen resolutions were typically 640 x 480 pixels or 800 x 600 pixels back then, on which, say, a 150 x 300 pixel picture looked massive, on today’s screen resolutions the pictures look tiny. Also, because elements of ranges are sometimes added years apart, human error can lead to inconsistencies as to how these are presented.

With the help of Fighting 15s’ picture editor, parts of the site are slowly being overhauled. We won’t be announcing every reworked section, but Eureka’s Seven Years War range is one of our top-selling ranges and so this received special attention over the weekend to bring it into 2017. Almost all of the pictures have been re-edited, most items have been reworked to eliminate drop-down options where possible and to make the contents of command packs in particular much clearer, and all the unit packs now have unique pictures. Descriptions have been tightened up, though undoubtedly there are still bits of wooliness with which we may just have to live.

Eureka’s 18mm Seven Years War range is cast here in the UK under licence. All new UK castings are all in lead-free pewter (our stocks cast in high tin alloy are being run down). Fighting 15s also supplies the range to Colonel Bill’s, which takes it on the UK shows circuit, and to Atlantica Juegos in Madrid – Atlantica Juegos covers all Spanish sales of the range.

UK prices for castings remain at £4.00 per pack of 8 infantry or 4 cavalry, working out at 50p each for foot and £1.00 each for mounted (all prices include VAT). It therefore remains less expensive than imported ranges from Eureka.

Link: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/seven-years-war-191-c.asp

 

15mm AB Figures: 2nd Nassau-Usingen regiment

AB-NASS08 2nd Nassau-Usingen regiment fusilier marching

AB-NASS08 2nd Nassau-Usingen regiment fusilier marching

Fighting 15s now has in stock the 2nd Nassau-Usingen regiment codes from AB Figures and the figures are available to buy in the online shop.

These codes are expected to be popular. Unfortunately, if Fighting 15s goes out of stock, it may take eight or so weeks to obtain new stock from AB/Eureka in Australia.

Fighting 15s regrets that it does not yet have pictures of the grenadiers for this regiment.

AB has switched to identifying its figures as 18mm since the separation of its site from the Eureka Miniatures site, but Fighting 15s continues to label them as 15mm because “large 15mm” is normal for sculpts nowadays and because it would take a major restructuring of the shop to enact the change.

Link: www.fighting15sshop.co.uk/infantry-961-c.asp

Christmas closure dates for Fighting 15s

Fighting 15s is closed from 22 December to 28 December inclusive, although the online shop will remain open during that period. The last day that orders can be posted is 21 December 2016, which is the last posting date for UK 1st class mail. Fighting 15s will process as many orders as possible for dispatch by that date; any orders not processed before then will be posted from 29 December onwards.

The natural Christmas holiday break is four days long this year (a weekend plus two bank holidays), and Fighting 15s is therefore closed for only a few days longer than usual. The closure period is longer than usual this year so Ian can make airport transfers for visiting members of the family.

Items that are out of stock or obtained to special order cannot now be obtained from our suppliers in Poland and Australia until well into the new year.

Items that require casting cannot be supplied at the last minute. Fighting 15s has a large casting list for existing orders and is now at the point where it may not be possible to cast all figures required for an order and have that order ready for dispatch in time for Christmas.

Fighting 15s will then be closed from 31 December 2016 to 2 January 2017 inclusive for the standard new year break.