The Christmas sale is merrily sailing along (excuse the pun), and I’m going up to the local post office almost daily with piles of orders to be dispatched. It has ten days to run, so you still have plenty of time to make a saving (although be mindful of the last posting dates if you’re hoping to receive anything before Christmas). As things stand we’re pretty much up to date with orders – I have managed to clear the backlog so orders are being turned round pretty swiftly. We have a couple held up by a failed resin building mould that Phil is rapidly remaking, and we had run out of Imperial Skies turn rulers (again). However, new supplies of those were delivered today so they’ll be out the door in the next day or two, and are also back on the website.
We’ve had a cold spell here in the UK, so the workshop is, to say the least, a little nippy – this was the temperature inside the workshop when I switched on the machines the other day. I have a fan heater that keeps the casting room warm (if I don’t then the oil inside the air compressor motor is too viscous and it won’t run), but the main body of the workshop tends to resemble a walk-in freezer !
We’ve managed to stay on plan this year, so I’ve spent the majority of the last couple of weeks casting, packing and posting orders. I’ve also managed to find time to do some design work on new releases for next year and we have some interesting new bits lined up – there are new releases planned in the spaceships, Aeronef, Small Scale Scenery, 6mm and 15mm SF ranges for the first three months of next year. For now, here’s a preview of the hull of a new 15mm tank I’ve been working on…
We don’t generally do anything special for Black Friday – usually we already have our sale running, or about to run, so we’re covered. However, this year we thought we’d join in the fun and do a one-day special just on three specific ranges.
So for today, from midnight to midnight UK time we’ll be increasing the discount on our three 28mm ranges, Celtos, Magpie Miniatures and the Great War Belgians, to a stonking 30%. At the end of the day it’ll revert to the normal 15% for the remainder of the sale (which runs, in case you’d forgotten, until December 17th).
2016 has flown by, and it’s the time of year again when the Brigade Elves dust off their little hats with the bells on, while Phil’s looking dapper in his red and green tights again. And the Brigadier puts on his red Santa hat and launches…
So for the next four weeks, until December 16th, we’re running our usual festive offer. Sticking to our simple tried-and-trusted formula, all of our models are 15% off for the duration (see below for full details).
We’re running the sale slightly earlier this year – the first reason for this is to allow overseas customers to place orders and hopefully get them in time for Christmas (we’ll publish the recommended last posting dates in the next few days). The second reason is that, hopefully (and nasty flu bugs notwithstanding) I should be able to clear most, if not all of the sale orders before the Christmas holiday starts. In previous years I’ve had a break between Christmas and the New Year, and a huge mass of orders piles up so that when I return to work I’m faced with a week or two just clearing the backlog.
There are just a few exceptions and conditions, as you might expect … shipping will still be charged at the full rate, since we were unable to persuade the post office to match our offer. The discount covers all of our metal and resin models – but it doesn’t apply to rulebooks, dice, bases, Shapeways items or anything else that we don’t manufacture ourselves, simply because the margins on those items are much tighter. However, starter packs with rules, dice or bases in are covered by the offer.
Shapeways are offering free shipping on all orders over US$25 until the end of Sunday – so why not head over and take advantage ? Our Shapeways shop has all manner of interesting little bits and pieces…
Shapeways are having a 20% off sale on all Strong and Flexible plastics, which many of the models in our Shapeways store are designed to be printed in. Just enter the code Enter code SFONSALE at the checkout to save 20% on our (or any other designer’s) products. The code is valid until Sunday 19th. Clink on the image below to go straight to Shapeways.
The latest in a recent succession of big boxes o’ stuff to arrive at Brigade Towers contained a number of copies of Osprey’s new Horizon Wars rulebook. This is a fast-paced set of combined arms rules aimed at 6mm or 10mm models. The Mech is the king of the battlefield, although if big stompy walkers aren’t your thing then they work perfectly well with conventional forces too. I can attest from personal experience that they are a lot of fun, having tried them out recently at my club.
They use some novel mechanics that are quite quick to pick up – after just a turn or so we rarely needed to refer to the rulebook. They require each player to have a number of 12-sided dice, and we handily now have those in stock. As an opening special offer, every order for Horizon Wars placed before the end of June will receive a free set of ten D12s to help get you started.
HW-001 – Horizon Wars – £19.50
Exactly as says in the title, this is the last day of our Christmas sale. It’ll be ending at midnight GMT tonight, December 23rd.
On a positive note, I went back to work yesterday and started ploughing through the order backlog. I started on the UK orders and have done quite a few, which will all go in the post as soon as I’ve finished writing this. Although it’s very late, hopefully one or two might be delivered tomorrow. Today I’ll be working my way through the rest of them, and Phil will be joining me tomorrow morning for a Christmas Eve final blitz to clear as much as we can. However, looking at the blizzard of orders that came through last night there’s clearly no chance of us getting to end of the pile.
Finally, Robin’s Imperial Skies Kickstarter ended yesterday with a number of pledges in the final couple of days to take it over £7k. This means that we’re committing to producing four new capital ships models, one each for the Britain, France, USA and Germany. We’ll keep you up to date with how the design of those is going over the next 3-4 months before our target ship date of April 2016.
It’s Black Friday today – welcome to scuffles in the aisles over cheap TVs and grannies bashing each other over the head with handbags to get at the bargains in M&S !
We don’t do Black Friday sales, we never have. But what we do have is the Brigade Christmas Sale ! This year we’ve changed the timing a bit, so that the sale starts today (so it sort of is a Black Friday sale, it just goes on a bit longer …) and will run until the end of Wednesday 23rd December. It will not run over the Xmas-New Year week this year, so that we can hopefully clear all of the orders by the time the holiday period starts. It also means that you have more chance to get the orders delivered in time for presents.
It’s the usual format – a blanket 15% off everything that we make (tanks, spaceships, figures, buildings etc). It doesn’t cover anything that we don’t make ourselves (dice, bases, rulebooks, Shapeways 3D printed items). Full details are here.
We’ll post plenty of reminders as the end of the sale approaches so that you don’t forget and miss out. We won’t be releasing anything new during the sale, but we will be posting previews of some new releases for the start of next year on the blog.
And of course, don’t forget the Imperial Skies Kickstarter – if you haven’t pledged yet, get over to Robin’s KS page and treat yourself.
It rained today … boy, did it rain !? The Brigade workshop was in danger of turning into the Brigade Ark at one point, as I started leading 15mm tanks in two-by-two 🙂 However, despite the hammering on the roof I managed to clear the decks of orders and make a start on a restock for Scale Creep Miniatures.
One light in the gloom was an email from Shapeways announcing free worldwide shipping until the 30th of this month (Sunday*) for orders over US$35 (very roughly around £20). So it’s another good chance to pick up a Pegasus Bridge, some moisture collectors or even a few little planes on the Brigade Shapeways shop.
*UPDATE – the offer has now been extended to Monday with no minimum order.