Monday, 21 March 2016

Hasslefree Miniatures Newsletter

The latest release and event news from Hasslefree Miniatures...

All Steam Ahead for Salute!
So, as mentioned last week, everything here is like 40% regular work, 60% Salute prep, and that percentage will swing slowly worse as we get closer to the date!

On the positive side, this is the time of year we we buy in more products to try out and get new moulds done etc. So for all of you who aren't making it to the show then there's still a lot of good happening that you get to benefit from :)
You can keep up with events on a more regular basis via our FB pageas usual, but there'll be weekly newsletters for the next month, just to keep track of happenings.
Salute Pre-Order Code
As always there's a nice freebie on offer for those of you who order your Salute goodies in advance. You can pick from an extensive list of items (over 40 different codes from across our entire range!)

The code this year is the highly original 'SALUTE2016', and please remember you enter it on the 'confirmation' page, which is the last one before payment details. There's a box at the top of the page.
(Every code we get people writing it in the comments box, other than making me smile, that does absolutely nothing! :) )

Also if your order is over £60 then the chosen freebie will be dropped into a lil Steampunk-themed goodie bag, if you order over £120 it'll be a double sized bag and so on!

The code wil be active until Tuesday the 12th of April!
We aren't packing any pre-orders after that date, you'll just have to bring your lil scrappy piece of paper with you and we can both struggle to read your writing ;)

This is 'not' a free delivery code, this is a 'collection' code. If you use it to try and get free delivery it won't work as we do 'not' see your address. Collection codes blank that for us so we couldn't even accidentally send it to you :)

Any orders coming through this way will sit in a box until we get back from Salute and then we'll email you to invoice for postage, it's really not a good idea :D
Why Pre-Order?
Well, it's a good idea in general, you get a freebie and your particular goodies won't slel out but there are two specific groups of items that you really should consider pre-ordering if going to Salute.
1. Resin Masters. We do 'not' take Resin Masters to the show* unless they are in a pre-order bag.
Don't turn up looking for an Apprentice Raisa or an Eamond, they won't be there!

2. Red Box (or other non-HF items). Our retail stock is far more limited than our HF stock. If you don't pre-order and you aren't one of the first to reach us then you could easily find yourself out of luck for that special Njorn Ravager or Aenglish Thug!

*See the one exception in the 'And Finally...' section at the bottom of this newsletter.
Where are We?
If you've been to Salute at the Excel before, then you know where we are :)
Once again we are in 'Hasslefree Corner', with the new queueing and entrance system in the next hall (represented by the two arrows on the right) then we are at the back left corner after entering the hall.

Our stand number is TM03 and we are also running a game, ably manned by Matt 'McFonz' Canning, on GM04.

If you click on the map, it'll pop-up larger, in case you can't see the red circle at the bottom left :)

As with previous years, you may want to make a beeline for us early as...
Salute Pre-Release Metals
I'm afraid we are at the mercy of our, most excellent, casters as to how many of our April, May and June releases show up in time to be pre-release metals for Salute.

What I can tell you is..

a) You can't buy them through the site or pre-order them, you have to come see us and pick them up in person,

b) they will be limited in stock, so first come, first served and...

c) we will be 'trying' to have the following available...

Haleth & Ulfred
Dynamic Lenore
Iona Starkiller
Elite Gaia
The Elite Penn State Five
The Nola Five

.. and maybe even more! Whatever we can get moulded we will have with us at the show and some of them will not be available through the site until June.
Resin Master - Dynamic Boudi Skyclad
Queen Boudi of the Iceni, seen here naked as the day she was born, but chagring into battle with her trusted spear anyway.
A variant of the original Boudi, based on artwork by Matt Dixon for the Diceni trade show.
This version will be Resin Master only, she will have to be cut up slightly for metal, in which case she will need some additional bangles or strips of cloth to cover the joins. This version is 2 pieces, main body and spear/hands.
Barbaric Kayden, Resin-Only Slayer
Kayden, slayer-sister of Hayden. Caught in the middle of an overhead chop with her two-handed runesword.

This is a resin-only version, she's a little too... dynamic for metal without cutting her up too much. Variants fit for metal will be coming but this one will only ever be in our production blue/grey resin!
Resin Master - Eamond Skyclad
Eamond the Badgered, a Celtic Shaman, here practising his magical craft as nature intended!

Another of Kev's finished dollies, it may or may not be modelled on me. And when I say 'modelled', I shall leave the details of that up to you.
Resin Master - Grond
Grond is a half-Ogre, lost in the HF world after being caught in a rift in the Veil.  Arriving through the Veil completely naked he is seen here a couple of years later having 'acquired' pretty much everything an adventurer needs. Armed with an old beat-up sword taken from an Orc and a similarly battered buckler taken from a follower of the Dark Gods.
Already released, we just have a beautiful new paintjob so thought we'd remind you of him :D
Resin Masters - Individual Nola Five
The Nola Five are now available for individual ordering as Resin Masters. You can find them below the Multi-Pack Listing.

(If they aren't there, try again shiortly, we are literally adding them as this newsletter goes out :)
Resin Masters - Individual Post-Apoc Gang
The Post-Apoc Gang are now available for individual ordering as Resin Masters. You can find them below the Multi-Pack Listing.
(If they aren't there, try again shiortly, we are literally adding them as this newsletter goes out :)
Metal Re-Release - Sana
Sana is a queen of the barbarians of the 'edge', the strip of land bordering the Darklands. Seen here in a full-length bear-skin cloak but sparse armour, as befitting the perpetually changing weather of the Edgelands.
(Rumour has it, the necessary re-mastering of the green may also lead to a variant Sana or two in the near future. Shhh!)
And Finally...
More metal restocks have arrived, mostly of our older minis but a lot of those are still popular (As I can tell by the constant badgering of when they are coming back! ;) ). So if you were waiting for something then best to have another check, it might be back in.

Only a couple of the minis currently out of stock are just 'out of stock', Alicia and Ceril come to mind, anything else out of stock is 'in the mould queue', which means it needs remoulding and we are working on it.
In the run up to Salute, Resin Masters will be the most last-minute releases. If you want to keep up to date with any of those last minute creations, then keep an eye on Kev's artist page on FB. Anything he gets finished before the show stands a chance of showing up, and in fact these last minute minis will be the 'only' Resin Masters we bring!

We are changing our emails next week, we won't do it before the newsletter informing you of the change so don't worry about that. Our existing ones have been going for so long now that the spam is untenable. 50+ a day, every day, minimum. We are even missing emails from people who use caps or have images as signatures or even if you just looked at it wrong before sending it!

Daredevil season 2 was great, not quite as good as season 1, but still some of the best tv available. Not relevant to minis but we had a day;)
I hope that's it, that was a long ass day!

'til next time,


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