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Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 3:06 p.m. PST

Full disclosure: I am in no way connected to Wargames Foundry, other than as a customer back-in-the-day who for some years found myself pining away for the "good old days" when their historical ranges -- for me personally, particularly their various 19th Century colonial ranges -- were easily available over the web.

After a less online user-friendly period that lasted for a number of years, the company made some changes for the better, but it was hit-and-miss for a few years, with some historical ranges being rotated in and out of availability on the website, however it seems that recently they have taken a major step forward by placing many if not all of their many historical ranges available, many in their ORIGINAL PACK GROUPINGS, some of which had been changed in inexplicable ways during the less user-friendly period.

The only downside compared to the "good old days" is that the figures are not available for purchase one-by-one, like they used to be years ago. There is also the issue of cost, which is not cheap, but not insanely expensive either, with packs costing 12 GBP -- or about $16 USD at current exchange rates -- which works out to about $2 USD to $3 USD per figure depending on whether it has 8 inf or 6 command or artillery crew, etc.

Of course, in the intervening years, the state-of-the-art in 28mm figures has changed, and many new competitors have appeared, not least the Perry twins who used to work at Foundry once upon a time, but even so, I'm happy to see these great older figures made more easily available to those who might be interested in them.

Since I haven't seen anything about this new development mentioned here on TMP, I'm taking it upon myself to post this on the "Figure Finder", "Wargaming in General", and "Consumer Affairs" boards. But if I'm mistaken and just missed where this news has already been posted, my apologies! I may also make a specific post to one of my own favorite 19th Century boards, highlighting the newfound availability of various 19th Century ranges, and would encourage others to do the same to period specific boards they frequent, if so inclined.

Here's a LINK to the new and improved Wargames Foundry website:

https://www.wargamesfoundry.com

EDIT: Well, for some reason I was not allowed to cross-post to "Wargaming in General" -- maybe because first posting to a different board disqualifies a post from being "General" or maybe just because of the "Bug", but such is life.

45thdiv16 Jul 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

That's good news. I just purchased some Empire figures, the Zulu rang, and paid 4 dollar each. Pulp Figures ranges have been in the 3.50 dollar range for years as have the copplestone ranges. I don't think we will see the lower costs ever again. I think Foundry figures hold up very well, even today. I saw folks playing Congo at Historicon this weeked and a lot of figures were from the Foundry darkest Africa range. They still looked great.

Matthew

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 8:04 p.m. PST

That's great..now I finish some of my armies.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 8:42 p.m. PST

So 12gbp for 8 figures, just a tad under $2 USD each. Nice.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 9:34 p.m. PST

The Ancient Germans are still not up to eight foot to a pack.

But I see they dropped that whole "collections" nonsense. No more looking up figure lines by thematically-named, arbitrary groupings.

Yes, things are definitely starting to look better.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 9:51 p.m. PST

@The Beast Rampant: You're absoutely right, though most of my own favorite Victorian Colonial ranges have infantry available in packs of 8, some other historical ranges have them in packs of 6.

Also, for those of us who aren't UK residents, there is the added cost of Foundry's international postage, which is probably rather steep.

Still, even with all that, I do think it's a major change for the better, and I'm glad you and the other posters (so far at least) agree.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2017 5:25 a.m. PST

Much more user friendly. Shipping is actually pretty reasonable, and free shipping kicks in when you buy something like 8 packs of figures.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2017 6:08 a.m. PST

I need to get back to Foundry and add to my ACW. Thanks for the post. I did buy some 2 years ago from them. It took 6 weeks to receive in ST. Louis, MO, USA but other than that everything was good. I have always had good experiences except when they took the ACW line out to retool. But sooner or later that has to be done. Not a bad thing.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2017 10:50 p.m. PST

I have never received an order I placed May 25, nor has anyone from Foundry responded to my inquiries, save one time only, in late June, and even that was very uninformative. I am currently engaged in a dispute over the charge with PayPal. This is described in brief on another thread on this board. So from my experience with "the new Foundry", I can only caution, Buyer Beware.

DanWW225 Jul 2017 11:41 a.m. PST

Their Roman command packs are still sold in ratios that never balance out though.

What's difficult about having one (or multiples thereof) each of Centurion, Optio, musician and standard?

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