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Fighting 15s will be at Salute 2017 on 22 April on Colonel Bill’s stand (TD21) along with a selection of 15mm AB Napoleonics. AB Figures available on the day will include infantry unit packs for the major nations.
This is an experiment for Fighting 15s. Salute used to be possible only with the help of Mike of Black Hat Miniatures, but now he has stopped attending events, shows – particularly Salute – have proved unmanageable. For the past year Colonel Bill’s has been taking a number of our products on the UK shows circuit – Eureka Miniatures’ 18mm Seven Years War figures, our own 15mm medievals for Tannenberg 1410, and playing cards by Bartek – and this year we have decided to help out by signing on with Colonel Bill’s crew for the day. Attending in person allows Fighting 15s to bring AB Figures to a show.
Fighting 15s intends to repeat this at Carronade in Falkirk on 13 May – we will again be present on the Colonel Bill’s stand – after which we will take a view on the experiment’s success and consider repeating it for the late summer and autumn show schedule and expanding the available range of packs. After a year of no events it is taking time to build up to having stock suitably packaged for shows. Bear with us.
Advance orders for collection at Salute or Carronade can be made via Fighting 15s by phone or email. Time is running out for advance orders for Salute – Wednesday 19 April is about as late as is possible. Fighting 15s can take advance orders for all the ranges it supplies – but please support Colonel Bill’s by buying the SYW basics from them.
As usual, Nic Robson of Eureka Miniatures is present at Salute on his own, heavily manned stand (TH20), with the new releases from both Eureka Miniatures and AB Figures. Don’t forget to say hello to him as well.
Because of licensing agreements, Fighting 15s may have AB Figures only at shows at which it is physically present. Colonel Bill’s is not able to have AB Figures at shows at which Ian of Fighting 15s is not present – we are dealing with this by aiming to attend a few more shows in person this year. All figures from Fighting 15s are packaged in blisters in the distinctive colours of Fighting 15s (gold badge on a blue background) and clearly labelled as to the manufacturer and contents. All figures supplied by Fighting 15s on the Colonel Bill’s stand are cast in lead-free pewter.
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 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.
Fighting 15s is at Carronade in Falkirk on 9 May. Packing has started and Ian will be off shortly on the 1,000-mile round trip. Ian cannot take any more advance orders for this show. He will have only Coat d’arms paints and Fighting 15s flags to buy on the day at Carronade.
Fighting 15s is now closed until 14 May. Ian is taking holiday in Scotland and Yorkshire as well as attending Carronade. The online shop will remain open during Ian’s absence, and any orders placed online will be dealt with on his return. His wife and daughter will not be able to help with phone queries, should they by chance answer calls to the business line.
Fighting 15s is attending only two shows in 2015 as a trader: Salute (25 April 2015, London) and Carronade (9 May 2015, Falkirk). If you want to buy figures at either show you must order in advance – Fighting 15s will have only paints and flags at these shows.
Delivery options are available now in the Fighting 15s shop for customers who want to order online and collect at either show. Please note that it can take up to eight weeks to obtain stock from some suppliers, depending on workload, which is why the options are available now. These options will disappear one week before each show.
Fighting 15s will be attending Salute in conjunction with Nic Robson of Eureka Miniatures, and with luck our stands will be adjacent this year because we have asked the organiser very nicely. Provided that goes OK, that should end the pilgrimage across the vast hall from Eureka to Fighting 15s.
Our usual partner at shows, Mike of Black Hat Miniatures, will not be present. Unfortunately, his chronic fatigue syndrome means that he feels unable to continue doing shows. Fighting 15s, however, will be taking his range of Coat d’arms paints to both shows. The paints will be our main offering at both shows.
Our trip to Falkirk for Carronade is also being taken as annual holiday, which is why Fighting 15s is travelling light to this show. The car protested a lot last time on Ian’s excursions to distilleries and castles. Ian will be on his own, and a special discount will be available for anyone prepared to be his coffee and bun monkey for a day.
Fighting 15s would ordinarily be attending Carronade in Falkirk this coming weekend, followed by a short holiday on the mainland and then an appearance at Sheffield Triples the weekend after. This year, however, Fighting 15s’ owner Ian is taking part in Walk the Wight, which falls on the same weekend as Carronade, and which therefore makes attending Carronade impossible.
Walk the Wight is the annual charity walk in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, the only hospice on the Isle of Wight, and it is the major fund-raising activity of the hospice. The hospice is self-funded and does invaluable work on the island.
The walk, which this year is on 11 May, takes participants from Bembridge in the east to the Needles in the west and covers roughly 27 miles. Ian has done the walk just twice before, making him a considerable lightweight among veteran walkers, and it takes him just under 10 hours.
Ian’s walker number is 2929 and he has a Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Ian-Marsh3 – any contributions are welcome.
Fighting 15s’ attendance at Sheffield Triples is affected because Carronade and Triples are only economically viable when done together in one trip, and to justify a short holiday as part of that trip. We will not, therefore, be at Triples this year. Revenues at wargames shows are, alas, falling year on year, and Fighting 15s has decided to limit the number of shows it attends each year, with the main purpose being to meet and talk to old and new customers. Attending fewer shows brings the benefit of allowing the burgeoning internet side of the business to be better served.
On Monday 12 May Ian will largely be unable to move and Fighting 15s will be closed for the day.
An incident has left Fighting 15s without the use of its usual vehicle for shows, and although we have an alternative, it does not allow as much stock or display material to be carried.
Therefore, although Fighting 15s will still be at Salute on stand TN18, we will have a greatly reduced selection of stock, and may not have our display cases.
Our usual vehicle should be repaired by Monday afternoon, the earliest time for which even an urgent appointment could be arranged.
Salute 2014 is upon us and Fighting 15s will be setting off early on Friday 11 April to head for the show. The last day for advance orders for Salute is therefore Thursday 10 April, ideally before 12 noon, when we will devote our time to last-minute orders and packing the car. Our last casting session for advance orders for Salute will be Wednesday 9 April.
Fighting 15s is on stand TN18 along with our usual companion and partner in Oozlum Games, Black Hat Miniatures. Nic Robson of Eureka Miniatures is on stand TL01, so as usual there will be a short trek between the two stands of the Eureka empire. Next year we hope to be together!
Fighting 15s will have only a selection of 28mm figures from Eureka Miniatures and the 15mm Science Fiction range from Oddzial Osmy with us at the show. This is a last-minute change based on another trader’s announcement and the presence of other traders, which means taking one of our popular lines no longer makes sense.
Fighting 15s will not have 20mm or 15mm AB Figures, any of the other sizes from Eureka Miniatures, the 1:600 ranges from Oddzial Osmy, nor Shadowforge Miniatures at the show. These figures will be available only to advance order. We have made this decision based on available space in the car and the sales performance at shows, not online, over the past year. Online sales patterns are very different from what customers have been buying at shows.
This year Fighting 15s will attend only Salute (12 April 2014, ExCel London) as a trader, in conjunction with Black Hat Miniatures.
Fighting 15s will have only 28mm figures from Eureka Miniatures and Shadowforge Miniatures at Salute: we will not have any 20mm or smaller figures. Advance orders for Salute are therefore essential, particularly for 15mm AB Figures, and there is an option in the shopping cart to collect orders placed online at the show.
Fighting 15s’ show season for 2014 has been severely scaled back because of the increasingly poor economics of attending many wargames shows. Internet sales continue to be buoyant, and a reduced show schedule will have the benefit of enabling Fighting 15s to better serve its online customers.