Four Days To Go…

The sale now has under 100 hours to run. If you wanted to pick up some of our remarkably popular British spaceships, or anything else, you need to get in there pretty quickly.

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Five Days and Counting…

A gentle reminder that our New Year sale has but five days left to run, so time is running out to grab a bargain. There’s 15% off all Celtos, and all the other ranges, until midnight Friday GMT.

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Happy New Year !

We hope you all had a splendid Christmas and are recovering well from the excesses of New Year’s Eve.

2014

A few hours later than expected (I was a bit under the weather yesterday which kept me away from the keyboard), we’re happy to announce our New Year Sale. As in previous years, it’s a straightforward 15% discount off everything that we make – no minimum order, just 15% off everything. There are one or things it doesn’t apply to – essentially anything that we don’t make ourselves (so dice and bases, any rulebooks, the Shapeways range) on which our margins are much narrower.

The sale will run until the end of the month – midnight GMT on January 31st – so there’s no rush, you have a month to get your orders in.

*UPDATE* – if you’re a regular visitor to our site, you might want to refresh your browser (hit the F5 key or -> reload/refresh on most Windows machines) just before you add the first item to your shopping basket. The shopping cart code is carried in a Java file which can be cached (ie an old version retained) by your browser and in this case the discounts won’t be applied correctly – hopefully refreshing the page will force this file to be updated. We are checking every order that comes in and if this does happen to you then don’t worry, we will manually refund the correct discount to you as soon as we can. I’m on the hunt for a better technical solution to fix this problem since it’s happened before.

Have a great 2014 !

Christmas is a-Coming

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So that’s it for Christmas orders – the last posting date for first class mail has gone, and we won’t be shipping out any more orders until the New Year now. The website will remain open, but we won’t process any orders for a few days. However, if you’re stuck for a gaming present, there’s still time to get one of our Gift Vouchers which are backed by PayPal and can be used at any time against orders from our website.

Onto another topic, seasoned Brigade watchers will have noticed something missing this year … normally we have a Christmas sale running throughout December (give or take, we like to vary it a bit to keep you on your toes) but this year you may be wondering where it is.

Fear not, we haven’t cancelled it, merely delayed. For various reasons, mostly to do with our work schedules, we’ve held it back – we didn’t want to launch a sale then not be in a position to be able to fulfil the orders (and it does get busy). So this time we’re going to run a more traditional New Year Sale, running throughout January, when you can spend the money that Great Aunt Flo gave you as a Christmas present (or the money that you got from returning that horrid jumper that Great Aunt Flo thought you’d really like …).

Full details will follow in due course (December 31st probably), but the format of the sale is likely to follow previous years. And, of course, the aforementioned Gift Vouchers will be valid during the sale too, so if you buy one for someone they’ll get even more for their money. In the meantime, have a great Christmas and work out your want lists ready for January !

Shapeways Weekend Offers

Shapeways are at it again – this weekend they’re offering some substantial discounts on larger orders:
Spend US$75 – get $10 off
Spend US$125 – get $25 off
Spend US$200 – get $50 off

Time to stock up on Power Pylons, Comms Towers, planes

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Shapeways Sale

Shapeways are having a 20% sale on several different materials, including White, Strong & Flexible (normal and polished) from which many of the models in our Shapeways shop are made. It runs until September 20th, so get in quick.

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Shapeways Special Offer

News just in – Shapeways are having a sale on their White, Strong and Flexible material (a rough-finish white nylon). From now until August 6th, you can get 10% off using the code rah1v.

Chain Home

So if you fancy our recent Chain Home WW2 radar set, some 15mm Moisture Collectors or 6mm Power Pylons, or any of our plethora of WW2 Normandy houses, now’s the time to buy.

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Are you sitting comfortably ? …

… then I’ll begin.

Many, many years ago, one fresh-faced spotty youth, at that time deeply immersed in the world of 6mm Moderns (WRG Modern Rules 1950-85) had a go at scratch-building a church from plasticard and DAS modelling clay. A second, equally fresh-faced and spotty friend saw the model and said ‘I can make a mould of that’ – so he did. Impressed by the results, FFSY#1 made some more buildings, FFSY#2 made more moulds and they sold the castings on the bring-and-buy table at the local wargames show (Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society open day – now known as Cavalier).

25th Anniversary

That’s the point at which Phil and I consider Brigade Models to have originated, all those years ago. It took a while to get the company started properly, initially selling our buildings through the Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers, then making spaceships for the Society of Fantasy and Science-Fiction Wargamers (there’s a year scribed into the bottom of one of our early spaceships – 1996). Since then we’ve added to and then sold off the buildings range, added 6mm and 15mm vehicles, moved into Victorian science-fiction with Aeronef and then Land Ironclads, collaborated with other companies on a variety of games and scaled the heights of being able to purchase an entire established 28mm Fantasy range. We’ve gone from two members up to three and then back to two again. We started casting models over a gas stove on the kitchen worktop, moved up to a Tiranti benchtop centrifuge and nowadays proper industrial casting kit, each step funded from the proceeds of the previous stage.

And much to our amazement, looking back we find that it all started exactly 25 years ago. Cavalier is always held at the end of February, and using the Maidstone Wargames’ Society show game calendar and knowing what demo’ game we put on that year, we worked out that it must have been in 1988 that we put a bunch of our home-made 6mm buildings on the bring-and-buy stall and split the proceeds – around £25 in total !

So that must deserve a proper celebration. So here it is. For this weekend only, our Silver Anniversary weekend, we’re offering 25% off for 25 years. Everything* in the online shop is 25% from now until the end of Sunday (GMT – remember this if you live outside the UK !). You’ll only see this here – we aren’t posting it to any news sites or anywhere else (although feel free to spread the word via your own blogs if you wish). 25 years – 48 hours – 25%.

* – there are one or two exceptions, as in all of our sales – the 25% offer applies to everything we make, metal or resin models. Accessories, bases, dice, rulebooks and any models that we sell but don’t make ourselves are not covered. And postage is charged based on the pre-discount price, ‘cos the mean old Royal Mail refused to offer 25% off postage prices for us 🙁

Just three days to go …

A gentle reminder that our Christmas sale has just three days left to run – it ends at midnight (GMT) on December 31st. And it’s a good excuse to put up our picture of Little Miss Santa again …

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The response to the sale has, as always, been excellent, so we’re snowed under with orders. We’re working as fast as we can to clear the backlog, so please bear with us.

After that, we’ll be pushing ahead with our rather ambitious release schedule, with new releases across almost every range in the coming year.

Christmas is a-Coming

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is around the corner (it’s rather crept up on us at Brigade Towers). In order to keep Tiny Tim in new crutches, cakes and lead-free pewter, it’s time for the Brigade Christmas sale once again. In the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” tradition, we’re keeping the same format as in previous years. Basically, that’s 15% off all of our models, except for Celtos (‘cos you can get 25% off those :-)).

There are a few exceptions, the best bet is to visit our website to see the full details.

The sale will run from December 1st (ie as soon as this post is published) until midnight GMT on December 31st.