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Zephyr40k11 Oct 2016 8:20 a.m. PST


With everything melting down merrily all over I figured we might as well take advantage of what we can. Here in the US we're seeing the British Pound slide lower and lower, and I started thinking this might be a good time to pick up some miniatures I've always been curious about but have always shied away from because of the exchange rate. But once I put my mind to it, I came up with startlingly few British miniature manufacturers – certainly a failure of my memory, as I know I've seen many.

So that's why I'm coming to you fine folks for help and inspiration. What excellent miniature manufacturers are there in lovely Avalon that are on the 'I would buy if the darn Pound wasn't so expensive… oh wait!' list? All genres are fair game.

Here is a quick list that I can think of off the top of my head:

GW / Forgeworld (boo hiss)
Wargames Foundry
Black Tree Design


nvdoyle11 Oct 2016 8:35 a.m. PST

Ground Zero Games!

Griefbringer11 Oct 2016 8:36 a.m. PST

Gripping Beast
Warlord Games
Copplestone Castings
Conquest Games
North Star

wrgmr111 Oct 2016 8:41 a.m. PST

Front Rank
My two favourites.
Also Little Big Man Studios for shield transfers and flags.

Hafen von Schlockenberg11 Oct 2016 8:44 a.m. PST

Ebor. Their brigade deals lower the price considerably, although they may have "adjusted" their pricing--I thought the foot came out at 88p,but right now they're 94p. Still good value.

jeffreyw311 Oct 2016 8:51 a.m. PST

I think the shipping is actually more of an issue than the exchange rate, but to each his own. grin

Yeah, on my February order to Gripping Beast, Paypal hit me up for $1.47 USD GBPs, last week's order was $1.33 USD and today, I'm seeing $1.22 USD online.

I'm assuming people will come to their senses about this sooner than later?

Tin hat11 Oct 2016 8:52 a.m. PST

Off the top of my head-

Heroics and Ros
Peter pig
QRF models
First corps

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 9:03 a.m. PST

I'm assuming people will come to their senses about this sooner than later?

I can't see any reason why the rate will suddenly improve.

Please send us your money. We're going to need it frown

And now is a great time to book and pay for a UK holiday. A £100.00 GBP / night hotel room would have been ~ $150 USD + a few months ago, now you can have it for ~ $120 USD !

Stay for a week save $210 USD! Two weeks $420. USD Think of the figures you could buy with that!!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 9:06 a.m. PST

Spencer Smith

leobarron200011 Oct 2016 9:33 a.m. PST

I've been going crazy buying Warlord and Artizan for Bolt Action and Perry for ACW.

foxweasel11 Oct 2016 9:39 a.m. PST

1st Corps and Front Rank, for buildings Total Battle Miniatures.

Garand11 Oct 2016 9:42 a.m. PST

Too bad I'm broke until the end of the month. Hoping it holds till then because I'm getting a bonus from work…


Captain Gamma Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 10:11 a.m. PST

Killer B Games

dick garrison11 Oct 2016 10:16 a.m. PST

Wargames Supply Dump

Cheers Roger.

Viper91111 Oct 2016 10:21 a.m. PST

Zephyr40 I sell foundry figs for

$1. USD Inf.
$2.50 USD cavalry
$5. USD Art.
$10 USD-15 chariot's

If your interested let me know.

Dicymick11 Oct 2016 10:36 a.m. PST


Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 11:14 a.m. PST

Mad Mecha Guy

Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 11:51 a.m. PST

I've been eyeing Kallistra, but don't think it is going to happen. I like both big boards and height, and that would be a lot.


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 11:52 a.m. PST

A lot of this is available as is from their US dealers – save on shipping. My prices reflect the lower exchange rate.

I sell Black Hat, 1st Corps and QRF/Freikorps from the UK along with Magister Militum (3mm, 10mm and 15mm) and Brigade Models.

Oh Bugger11 Oct 2016 12:01 p.m. PST

Good for you Extra Crispy.

I'd also suggest the discerning non British shopper takes a look at Outpost Wargames Service.

jefritrout11 Oct 2016 12:03 p.m. PST

Yes, Mark has actually dropped his prices on English products that he stocks. While I have not been able to take advantage personally, many of my friends have. Mark is a stand up guy to do business with.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 12:06 p.m. PST

Black Tree Design has a US (Texas) address as well a British one.

Warlord sets its own exchange rate and the last time I looked it was still $1.60 USD per Pound. However, they are offering discount coupons.

bobspruster11 Oct 2016 1:27 p.m. PST

I have to raid the savings account….

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Oct 2016 3:22 p.m. PST


45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 4:30 p.m. PST

I'll second doing business with Mark. He is great to buy from.

Zephyr40k11 Oct 2016 5:35 p.m. PST

Mark = ExtraCrispy? What's his website? I don't see any details on his profile.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 7:24 p.m. PST

I'm considering an order of Dark Fable's lovely Ancient Egyptians.


Winston Smith11 Oct 2016 7:38 p.m. PST

Do some keep their prices at a dollar price?
And donithers post in pounds and swing with the current exchange rate?

dragon611 Oct 2016 9:41 p.m. PST

Crooked Dice

Extra Crispy is

willlucv11 Oct 2016 10:51 p.m. PST

Your best bet is a company with a UK only shop, your dollar is simply better value. Some larger companies have US and other overseas market options.
Hasslefree seem to be doing a special promotion to appeal to US and EU customers, the figures aren't cheap but they're arguably the best anywhere.

Empress Miniatures Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2016 11:09 p.m. PST

Well I suppose you had best add Empress Miniatures to the list then ; )

Never been a better time to get top quality at lower prices.


45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2016 6:18 a.m. PST

What about Hovel terrain?

Zargon12 Oct 2016 11:52 a.m. PST

Didn't know the Americans had all that extra cash to spend in this burnt out world economy, I've been saving up to buy overseas too but seems the government I live under is determined to commit economic suicide and create a banana republic, admittedly they have tried very hard to put the cherry on to of the banana split republic for 22 years but I see them achieving it very soon. Mean time I could save for a month of Sundays for the slight blip in the UK currency. But I'm blowing smoke me thinks. Enjoy and buy Gents, I may need the UK to be able to repatriate us soon hah.for me I'd be some Emperess stuff for VBCW and a bunch of perry stuff for Sharp practice 2

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2016 4:33 p.m. PST


Black Tree Design has a US (Texas) address as well a British one.

If you're in the US, keep watch on BTD-US's sales. What you're after will go on sale at some point, and you won't find a better deal anywhere else.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2016 6:05 p.m. PST

Amarillo, Texas

Early morning writer12 Oct 2016 9:00 p.m. PST

Mick Yarrow still trading over the distaff side of the pond? That'd be Blighty.

Oh Bugger13 Oct 2016 1:58 a.m. PST

Yes he is.

Jefthing14 Oct 2016 10:37 a.m. PST

The 20mm western desert stuff I have on eBay at the moment. ;-)

Not mentioned yet but if you have spare $$$ and want to spend them over here then I thoroughly recommend:

Lancashire Games

All nice people, too.

There, I've done my bit for GB Plc.

Karl von Hessen23 Oct 2016 8:16 p.m. PST

Just don't let Donald Trump what we're up to!

Karl von Hessen23 Oct 2016 8:22 p.m. PST

VIPER911, Interested in the Foundry. How do a get a list?

p.m. me at…


thomalley24 Oct 2016 5:25 a.m. PST

Bend Sinister, if they ever get their web site back up.

ced110625 Oct 2016 10:13 p.m. PST

Stupid question, but does this mean it's a good idea, or a bad idea to fund a UK-based KS?

mashrewba26 Oct 2016 6:56 a.m. PST

Hang in there guys -soon you'll be able to buy the whole companies never mind just the miniatures lol

4th Cuirassier29 Oct 2016 3:38 a.m. PST


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