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Timmo uk21 Jun 2017 1:45 a.m. PST

A new and potentially very exciting announcement from Eureka via their newsletter to officially launch the potential 18mm AWI range. Having wanted a range of this quality in 18mm for longer than I care to remember I'm very excited by this announcement. I have some sample castings in front of me and have painted one – they are absolute gems to work with. They are the best 15/18mm AWI figures I've seen.

Having spoken with Nic at Eureka about this project as long as it can be self-funding then the range will be expanded to be very comprehensive.

If you've not seen the newsletter, here are the details.

The next 300 Club project is 18mm American War of Independence. As you can see from the photo, Alan Marsh has reproduced one of his 28mm figures in 18mm as a sample of what the range will look like. Anyone who would like to see the sample ‘in the metal', should send us an e-mail with their physical address to nicr@eurekamin.com.au and we will send one out for free.

The suggested first release would be:
300AWI001 Continental Infantry, ragged clothing, marching x 4 variants
300AWI002 Sergeant, foot, ragged clothing x 2 variants
300AWI003 Officer, foot, ragged clothing x 2 variants
300AWI004 Drummer, foot, ragged clothing x 2 variants
300AWI005 Standard Bearer, ragged clothing x 2 variants

Price per figure will be AUD$0.80

If we can raise AUD$600.00 with pre-orders, we will get them made. If this is successful future releases, made in the same way would include British Foot Guards, Hessians, Continentals in hunting shirts, British light infantry in campaign dress and British light dragoons. With an expectation that we would complete a full range in 18mm as long as the minimum requirements for paying the sculptors can be met each time.

If you want to subscribe to these figures, please e-mail and tell us how many of each code number you would like to purchase. If we reach AUD$600.00 of pre-orders we will then contact you for 50% of the purchase price and start the sculpting. We would hope to deliver within six weeks of sculpting starting. All orders of over AUD$100.00, will be delivered post free world wide.

I've initially put myself down for AUD$100, so if you're interested place an order and let's get this range into production. To do this email:

nicr@eurekamin.com.au

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 2:13 a.m. PST

Good luck, Tim.
Nic and Alan Marsh are both top shelf. I doubt that you can find two more competent people to do this.

If I didn't already have AWI collections in 28, 40, 54 and 60 mm's, I would jump on this.

Best of luck to all involved.

GiloUK21 Jun 2017 3:58 a.m. PST

As Bill said, best of luck on this and I hope it generates a lot of interest. I'd have thought that making standard British line infantry rather than Guards would make more sense for the next release, although maybe in 15mm the uniform distinctions aren't that obvious. Anyway, I wish this range all success.

Durban Gamer21 Jun 2017 4:04 a.m. PST

Wish it was in 15mm not 18mm! I'm not moving up.

PVT64121 Jun 2017 5:05 a.m. PST

I cannot seem to locate this on their website.

Wargamorium21 Jun 2017 5:16 a.m. PST

I will be keeping an eye on this range hoping that some day they will produce the French Army of the period – although hopefully not in tattered uniforms. I love Eureka figures.

Timmo uk21 Jun 2017 5:42 a.m. PST

@ Giles, I agree and my suggestion to Eureka will be that the British Line are the next release.

PVT641 – you're right – the June newsletter doesn't seem to have been posted yet on the home page. I'm sure it soon will be. You can email Nic to express interest, if you wish.

@Wargamorium, my understanding is that eventually the French and Spanish would be covered. From the outset the intention is that this range would grow to become the definitive high quality non 28mm AWI range. However, that can only happen if sufficient sales are guaranteed to cover the sculpting for each release.

Inevitably it's most likely that the early releases will almost certainly be the best potential sellers. I will however, gather up requests and feedback and pass them onto Nic as one single document to save him going through the forum posts. I'll add your expression of interest to see French.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 5:51 a.m. PST

The OFM is so proud of this. We were the ones to get the Ragged Continentals started in the 100 Club many years ago for the 28mm figures. We haunted tmp and several Yahoo groups to hound people to support this range.

Timmo uk21 Jun 2017 6:47 a.m. PST

Your suggestions are attempting to live on in reduced stature!

May I ask which Yahoo groups you were posting to. Like you in the past I'm trying to drum up support for these.

Wargamorium21 Jun 2017 8:01 a.m. PST

Thanks Timmo uk. I will look forward to that although I appreciate there will be a greater demand for British and American armies first.

Of interest is the fact that Totentanz Miniatures are set to release the start of their 18mm AWI range later this year. Totentanz are excellent figures and hopefully Eureka will blend well with them.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

I don't know why you would call it 15/18mm. I bought a few to sample and they were way bigger than my 15mm. In fact they could fit in with my 20mm figures. For AWI I do 28mm the best scale for AWI, IMO. So I have no horse in this race.

Timmo uk21 Jun 2017 12:42 p.m. PST

@ Rallynow,

Sorry, it's my bad syntax. I should have written that they are the best figures within the 15mm up to 18mm size bracket that I've seen, rather than being lazy and using the confusing '15/18mm'. Apologies.

Rightly or wrongly I consider them 18mm as does Eureka. I'm not sure which 20mm figures you are comparing them with but I'd like to know, as that's of genuine interest to me.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 1:00 p.m. PST

Very good. Need more irregulars, lights , INDIAns incl chiefs…

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 3:08 p.m. PST

Timmo, none of those groups seem to be active any more.

Timmo uk22 Jun 2017 1:02 a.m. PST

Thanks for letting me know.

Early morning writer22 Jun 2017 5:36 a.m. PST

And if the pace of release gets a bit slow, you can tap into the 62 existing packs of 18 mm AWI from Blue Moon – most with multiple poses. Hopefully, they'll cover ground missed by Blue Moon then.

Nbonaparte22 Jun 2017 7:58 a.m. PST

Count me in for at least $200 USD worth. I figure 32 figures a battalion which would be 1:10 scale. Please correct me if I am off on this as I dont have any OBs with me.

Say 10 battalions/regiments to start which would be 320 figures at .80 is $256 USD Australian dollars. Since I am in the US my cost at today's exchange rate would be less. Anyway, thanks Timmo U.K.for making this happen.

I'll email Nic directly with my order. By the way, I thought the 300 club was dead because of kickstarter.

Timmo uk22 Jun 2017 8:49 a.m. PST

Nbonaparte,

Thanks for your post and especially for a very significant commitment. That puts us over half way there, with orders that I know have been made from others.

I'm not sure if I can claim any real responsibility for making this happen but thanks for your acknowledgement. It was more a case of a few of us asking Nic if he'd thought about the AWI 18mm and the answer being along the lines of 'yes, let's get going with it'.

A first class published AWI historian is providing the uniform information and has mapped out the range.

I have dived in to publicise the figures as I know not everybody who would be interested gets the Eureka newsletter and it's a potential range that I'm very keen to see come to fruition.

I can't be certain on the 300 Club status but my last understanding was that in the past Nic would take all sorts of requests for figures to fill gaps in other ranges or specials. I'm not sure how many ever got into production. Then Kickstarter came along and the 100/300 clubs were stopped. However, I think Eureka now use the 100/300 Clubs for projects that they want to test the water with, so rather than it being a third party request a 300 Club project, is by definition, one of their own generation.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

When I started the 100 Club request, I supplied CMH and Osprey plates. All I asked was that they be "Perry compatible."
I expected maybe 5 figures. grin. I was pleasantly surprised.

Nbonaparte22 Jun 2017 4:39 p.m. PST

Timmo UK

I haven't been active in miniatures for the last 5 years or so since my painter closed shop, health issues and children. Nic can correct me but I believe the AB Napoleonic 1807 Russians in greatcoat were made at my request. Of course I bought over thousand figures since I had this crazy idea to recreate the Russians at Eylau at 1:20 scale. Came close but there are a lot of guns!!

I look forward to the AWI range.

Nic Robson Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jun 2017 7:57 p.m. PST

Nbonaparte, nice to see you back in action and how is the action on the back?
The 1807 Russians 9in greatcoats were made for you, I managed to get Tony Barton to accede to that one.
As o the 300/100 Club projects, if it something I have been asked about, have been given good research on and think will sell,then I will try it via our web site, Newsletter and social media outlets.
I realise there are many other ranges out there, like Blue Moon (didn't know abouit Totenatz)but as Timmo has been asking me for five years now, I thought I would so something about it.
As so many people are now aware via Kickstarter of the concept behind the 100/300 Clubs, I thought re-starting, in a small way, would be viable.
Cheers
Nic EUREKA MINIATURES
PS Rob Walter will have samples to tempt potential customers with at HISTORICON and if anyone wants a sample now, e-mail me at nicr@eurekamin.com.au

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