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EJNashIII10 Feb 2018 6:00 p.m. PST

So, for health reasons, I dropped out of painting figures for a number of months. I had a stroke in October. Anyway, I finally am back together enough to do this again and went to the local game store to pick up some packs of flames of war figures. I discovered they have changed out their inventory to these new box sets, I guess for the new rules. Are they the same as the old packages? The old ones were in blister packs so you can see what you were getting in most packages, yet it looks like all the new ones are in boxes. I really don't give a care about the rules, I use the figures to play IABSM or another set that crosses my desk. If they have changed, were the old blister packs removed or are they still available?

EJNashIII10 Feb 2018 6:04 p.m. PST

Well, this looks interesting. Bill, feel free to remove the computer stutter. It seems my computer just had a stroke, too.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Feb 2018 6:08 p.m. PST

Not your fault, it's a server stutter on our end. grin

Fatman10 Feb 2018 6:09 p.m. PST

LOL Gladyour feeling better. Sorry I don't know. the last sets I bought were in blisters. For CDS

EJNashIII10 Feb 2018 6:12 p.m. PST

Lol, Bill! It just seemed so perfectly fitting to happen to me.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 7:01 p.m. PST

The old blisters were custom fitted to make a unit in the V3 books, giving the exact number of riflemen, command etc.
How that fits in with IABSM, I don't know.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

Yes, glad you are feeling better.

roving bandit10 Feb 2018 7:09 p.m. PST

The Desert Rats and Afrika Korps infantry I bought last month came in blisters. Those came out new with the 4th edition launch.

Neal Smith10 Feb 2018 9:14 p.m. PST

On the FOW online store it looks like they still have a lot of the old packaging for many things. They add (plastic) if the box now contains the newer plastic stuff.

I suspect stores are only buying the newer items because they take up less space and might move more quickly.

EJNashIII10 Feb 2018 9:57 p.m. PST

I think you are right Neal. I bet I'm seeing all plastic at the store. Apparently, they sent back the blisters or sold them in bulk to another retailer. That would suck, I would rather have resin/metal than the plastics. The new boxes felt a bit light to be metal. I'm not too happy to have to spend the kind of money they are asking to buy stuff completely sight unseen. Winston, while not an absolutely perfect fit, IABSM was written with those packages in mind. I.e, using FOW bases as is. So, I guess the question to ask for the future, who is making figures and vehicles that are comparable to V3 FOW? I liked the idea of supporting the local shop, but if they are not going to support me anymore, I guess the deal is sadly over. Also, thanks all for the kind words. It has been a struggle, but overall, I guess I'm a lucky one.

Lion in the Stars11 Feb 2018 7:56 a.m. PST

The Warstore still has most of the blisters available online, but Battlefront is slowly transitioning everything to plastic. And usually larger formations.

So a plastic box will contain a full TO&E company, instead of having to buy 3 platoons, weapons platoon, and company HQ blisters separately.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Feb 2018 8:26 a.m. PST

That said, there are LOADS of 15mm makers, but most do not pre-package for Flames of War. So, QRF, for example, sell their infantry in packs of 8. But you have to figure out the right pack combination yourself.

Old Glory sell in big bags of 30 (?). Again, they are very cheap, but do you need that many LMG teams?

I hate plastic so have moved away from Battlefront miniatures. That said I have decent sized armies as it is…

Neal Smith11 Feb 2018 11:16 a.m. PST

EJNashlll (and others) I am in charge of distributing a miniatures collection of a friend who passed away recently. I have a large cardboard box of FOW and even some of the version 1 minis (when they were for the Battlefront game). Also Old Glory and others.

After Wednesday, I'll know what I have still available for sale. Send an email to nealsmith1763<at>gmail<dot?com and I'll let you know what's still there and the price. :)

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2018 12:04 p.m. PST

Old Glory are in bags of 50. Cheap and good quality.
Their only problem is that after building your "perfect army", you may have a lot of stuff left over.
That's never been a problem with me. grin

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2018 4:49 p.m. PST

Skytrex do the Old Glory range in packs of 10 at no extra cost.

Neal Smith14 Feb 2018 12:20 p.m. PST

Here is a link to what's left: link

We are looking for about 40% of retail since we are trying to raise money for his family. Shipping is via USPS flat rate boxes (generally). Volume discounts are offered.

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