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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.

Fighting 15s, AB and Eureka at Salute and Carronade 2017

 

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.

Notes

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.

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 at Carronade – last call for advance orders

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.

Carronade: http://www.falkirkwargamesclub.org.uk/

Fighting 15s and Bartek’s playing cards at Salute 2016

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Bartek’s decks of fully illustrated 17th century pin-up girl playing cards, Wild Wild Fields, will be available at Salute through Colonel Bill’s, Fighting 15s’ authorized reseller for the cards at UK wargames shows. Colonel Bill’s has been taking the decks around the UK for us since their release, and Fighting 15s is pleased that Stuart (yes, he’s called Stuart, not Bill) has decided to restock for the UK’s biggest wargames show. Colonel Bill’s is on stand TD19.

Salute is on 16 April at ExCel London in the Royal Docks.

Please note that Fighting 15s is not trading at Salute. With Eureka Miniatures bringing the ranges that Fighting 15s would ordinarily take to Salute, it is no longer commercially worth Fighting 15s trading at Salute by taking a separate stand.

Ian will be present as a paying member of the public, although he will from time to time be on the Eureka Miniatures’ stand as Nic Robson’s EU representative. Eureka Miniatures is on stand TM07.

Ian is also likely to be found near Loughton Strike Force’s game at table GL06 – LSF being one of Fighting 15s’ biggest customers. He may be holding dice and looking distant…

Because Fighting 15s is not trading at Salute, Ian cannot take orders for collection by members of the public, no matter how big or small, and no matter where the transaction takes place. Traders pay a lot for the privilege of attending Salute and it is not fair to undermine them by diverting sales to someone who is not trading. Please do not ask Ian to bring orders up for Salute – he will simply refuse.

Please note that Eureka’s deadline for advance orders for Salute for Eureka and AB Figures has passed – it was 16 March.

Salute: www.salute.co.uk

Fighting 15s at Carronade 2015

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 at Salute and Carronade 2015

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 and Carronade, Triples and Walk the Wight 2014

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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.

Link: www.justgiving.com/Ian-Marsh3

Fighting 15s at Salute: urgent news

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.

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Fighting 15s