Fighting 15s has been watching the exchange rates carefully over the past few months, and once again we have had to adjust the prices on all our imports from Australia. This affects well over 4,000 codes in the online shop, for miniatures from AB Figures, Eureka Miniatures, Shadowforge Miniatures and Laughing Monk, and the decision to make the adjustment is, therefore, not one that we’ve taken lightly.
Changes to prices were made over seven days ago, and we ran a challenge on our Facebook page to see whether anyone had noticed. It was such a big change that it took time for one person to correctly identify the price-based “elephant in the room”. Well done to Mark Corbett, who earned himself a 5% valued customer discount for a year for noticing the drop.
The good news is that the prices were again adjusted downwards, making the second price cut that Fighting 15s has been able to make this year. Prices are still well off the lows of 2004 to 2006, when the exchange rate was around AUD2.40 to the pound (it’s currently around AUD1.78 to the pound), but you can’t have everything.
Anyway, a happy Christmas to our customers. Enjoy the new, lower prices and make merry.
The latest releases in Oddzial Osmy’s range of 1:600 (3mm) modern vehicles have arrived in stock at Fighting 15s. The releases are:
SA-6101 BTR-80A with 30mm cannon
MN-623 M113AS4 Australian version of M113
UK-633 Challenger 2, desert version of British MBT for Operation Telic
US-689 M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer
FR-613 AML-90 French light armoured car with 90mm gun
FR-614 AML-60 with 60 mm mortar
FR-615 AMX-30B2, modernized AMX-30 used in Desert Storm
Packs contain 15 vehicles and cost £3.00 each including VAT.
Eureka Miniatures continues to expand its 28mm Wars of the French Revolution line with the release of even more Austrian cavalry for 1792-98. The latest additions are Austrian cuirassiers at rest and charging, and the figures are now available to buy in the Fighting 15s online shop, priced £4.10 inc VAT a figure.
They join the existing Austrian chevaulegers, dragoons and hussars. And with lower prices introduced in the Fighting 15s shop last week thanks to a further dramatic improvement in the exchange rate with the Australian dollar, the Wars of the French Revolution range is beginning to get closer to domestic UK prices.
Fighting 15s does not hold stocks of these figures, which are currently obtained to special order from Eureka Miniatures in Australia.
Oddzial Osmy of Poland has steered its highly detailed 1:600 (3mm) ranges into the realms of science fiction with this month’s new releases. The first releases include two main battle tanks, an armoured personnel carrier and an infantry fighting vehicle.
The first codes are:
PSF-601 T-225 Boris MBT, neo-Soviet tank
PSF-602 Caesarion heavy MBT
PSF-603 Alligator 10-wheeled APC
PSF-604 Matabele tracked heavy IFV
Packs contain 15 vehicles and are priced at £3.00 each including VAT.
In a similar vein in 15mm, Oddzial Osmy has released a set of scientists (SF-1527) to go with its SF and Zombies lines. The pack contains six figures and costs £3.00, including VAT.
All these new releases are available now in the Fighting 15s shop.
Christmas isn’t really Christmas without some additions to Eureka Miniatures 28mm traditional Toytown peg soldiers, and Fighting 15s now has in stock the recently released firing poses for the infantry in shako (100TTS01A), bearskin (100TTS09A) and helmet (100TTS30A).
The figures are £2.05 each including VAT.
Like all of Eureka Miniatures’ ranges, these figures contain lead, are not toys, and are not suitable for children aged under 14 years.
Eureka Miniatures’ latest addition to its 28mm Teddy Bear Romans is 100TBR19 Ben Fur and four-horse chariot. Fighting 15s now has a limited number of this fine fuzzy charioteer and his wheeled steeds in stock, and the set is available in the online shop, priced £11.75 inc VAT.
The latest arrivals from AB Figures in 15mm in the Fighting 15s shop are the newly sculpted Scots Greys and British Household Cavalry from Tony Barton. They join the recently released British light dragoons and heavy dragoons in helmet, further expanding the AB line-up for the 1815 campaign in particular.
Packs of four troopers cost £5.20 inc VAT, and packs of two command cost £2.60 inc VAT.
The Fighting 15s shop now allows at rest or charging horses to be chosen as appropriate for AB cavalry command packs if a choice of at rest or charging troopers is also available.
Last night’s server migration appears to have gone OK, and we have now updated PayPal’s settings to give the correct redirect to the Fighting 15s website once payment is complete.
Based on past experience, it may be that a few products have been hidden during the change, so if you can’t find a particular item in the shop, please let us know. The system may have marked it as hidden, which means it can only be seen on the admin side and, apparently, by Google. The server change sometimes affects a few pictures, which end up blank and which take us ages to track down.
Between 12 midnight and 4am tomorrow the server that hosts the Fighting 15s shop will be changing. Hopefully this will move us to a faster server and resolve some of the internal server errors that customers have occasionally reported to us.
The move is entirely in the hands of the tech team at ekmpowershop except for a PayPal link, which we will need to change manually in the morning.
Fighting 15s strongly recommends that all European insomniacs and early risers don’t order after midnight tonight until we’ve put up notification that the change has happened and PayPal is fully in place again. That should be by about 8am GMT on 27 November.
And yes, it’s not that long ago we moved to a newer, faster server.
Fighting 15s has been reworking the Coat d’arms paints section of the online shop so that we can continue to sell these water-based acrylic paints and comply with Royal Mail’s conditions for sending them by post, both within the UK and internationally.
All pots, whether 18ml or 60ml, now attract a premium of 50p plus VAT (60p inc VAT) per pot to account for the extra delivery charges required to split consignments into groups of four or fewer pots. The Royal Mail now limits water-based paint to no more than four containers of up to 150ml per parcel for UK and international deliveries.
Most of the paint categories have been restored. However, it will take time to alter the groups of paint that are sorted by hue, so only the quick pick option is currently available for the Fantasy, Military and World War II ranges, with the result that colour swatches are temporarily unavailable. Fighting 15s will restore these as soon as possible.
Fighting 15s regrets that the starter paint sets of 10 pots have been removed from sale because they require three parcels to ship them legally, and we feel that the cost of these sets is therefore unattractive.
The price premium is a blunt instrument. Fighting 15s is examining how the shop settings can be adjusted to refine it. Until then, orders that contain four or fewer pots of paint will have the delivery premium refunded manually. Customers who limit their orders to four or fewer paints will therefore not be unduly penalized.
Our prices of Coat d’arms paints at wargames shows remain £2.00 inc VAT for 18ml pots and £5.00 inc VAT for 60ml pots.