Monday, 17 April 2017

Hasslefree Miniatures Newsletter

The last lot of Salute news from Hasslefree Miniatures before the event itself on Saturday...

Salute, Salute, Salute!
So this is the last 'Salute' newsletter, for those of you who can't go (Which is most of you let's face it) then you do at least get a sneak peek at what's coming up from us after the show and also there's a new release down below for regular purchase :)

As usual this time of year we are all over the shop, Salute prep is basically a full time job, and we already have one of those! Back to normal around middle of next week I'd guess.

We close on Tuesday 18th for mail, the website will still be open for orders etc but we won't be posting until we get back. If you want your stuff in a hurry, order now, if you don't mind the wait then wait until we close ;)

I'm very tired, I have hurt my neck and Jenn has been sick so if there's more mistakes than usual in the newsletter then I apologise for nothing, NOTHING!
Right, on with the show...
Salute Pre-Order Final Countdown!
Last Chance to Pre-Order! Don't be one of those people every year who rock up thinking this was some kind of dog and pony show only to find out we don't have half their list with us or we sold out while they meandered around the bring and buy looking for cheap space marines.

Smart people pre-order!

As always there's a nice freebie on offer for those of you who do order your Salute goodies in advance. You can pick from an extensive list of items (35 different codes from across our entire range!)

The code this year is the highly original 'SALUTE2017', 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 HF 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 18th 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

There is a secondary code 'SALUTE2017B', you'll have to select the collection gift and say in the 'comments' box' the order number of your existing Salute pre-order, so we can make sure they are together.

(It only has 1 gift to select, so don't think you can split your order ya cheeky monkeys!)
Why Pre-Order?
Well, it's a good idea in general, you get a freebie and your particular goodies won't sell 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 a Langley or a Francis, they won't be there!

2. Red Box (or other non-HF items, like Gamezone or Accessories). 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 TM02 and we are also running two participation games (1 Sci-Fi, and 1 Fantasy), in concert with the Random Platypus community, ably manned by Matt 'McFonz' Canning and 'Wait, What', on GM01.

We'll take a closer look at those in the next two sections. Come have a game? :)
(If you click on the map, it'll pop-up larger, in case you can't see the red circle at the bottom left ;) )
Random Platypus - Sci-Fi Game
All they wanted was what they were owed, but when Jarek von Drumpf betrayed them, the crew of the Unfulfilled Pledge must fight through the forces of the evil Prodosian empire, and the hell their experiments have unleashed, to escape the UFKS Ayveepee before it disintegrates.

You'll just have to rock up and see what that's all about ;)
(Plus ask him why there aren't more anthropomorphs on board!)
You can follow the progress on that gaming board HERE.
Random Platypus - Fantasy Game
Dwarves clash with the Evil Sorceress Taxxis and her band of Greenskins and Hogmen over a spilled wagon of their magical ale!
You can follow the progress on the gaming board HERE and as you can see there's a dwarf hold under that mountain! :D
Salute Pre-Release Metals
Ok, it's close enough that most of these are in and checked. So here are the relevant facts...

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, some in 'very' limited stock, so first come, first served and...

c) At the start of the show we should have the following available...

Apprentice Raisa
Archmage Raisa
Seren a Delyth
Lord Karghoul
Larran Jax
Immortan Drumpf
Archbaron Drumpf
Some of them will not be available through the site until June, the Drumpfs may not see metal again for quite some time!.
Resin Master - Steve
'Steve' is another escapee from the hybrid experimentation factory that spawned H4, Smudgester and Chipster. Attempting Hybrids to operate on hostile swamp planets they used an extinct Earth mammals DNA.
Since their escape, Steve has banded with Chipster and is outfitted in similar custom-designed amour, with an IR-Win cyber-eye, and is armed with a railgun of unknown origin.
(~32mm minimum, this is a human/animal hybrid, not a modified Platypus :) )

Available now on the site, and for Salute Pre-Order.
Metal - New Releases
Of course we'll also have our newest metal releases with us at Salute, and available now through the site...
Modern - The Alpha Team of the international mercenary outfit G.I.D. consisting of Ekaterina Rowen, Ryan, Danica and Alex H.
Fantasy - Jakevim's Brood, consisiting of Jakevim, Yllsa, Ynjen, Arkein, Angme and Kule. Their direhound Chip is also available in regular and armoured form, but currently only as a resin master.

Sci-Fi - Chipster, in both armoured and spaceclad form.
CDA - Paint Restock
Another Big Paint Restock has arrived and fills us up again!
You can also find some empty pots for mixing your own colours in there now :)
Red Box - Restock & New Releases!
Ok, the restock is in, everything has an updated image and a thumbnail!
With the restock has come a number of new Red Box releases 'and' there's some pre-orders in there that will arrive by Salute (I am tracking them inbound, due on Tuesday :) ).
Kickstarter News
We will have all the finished sculpts (as resin masters) and painted studio copies of the Kickstarter Minis at Salute.

The pledge manager will run from the end of April (We had a final skype meeting with Backerkit last week) so if you'd like a look in person before late pledging then feel free :)

Fulfillment is expected around late July but any last minute issues with the final remaining sculpts or moulds will of course affect that. We'll keep everyone updated via the KS page.
And Finally...
Even 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.

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!

The musical episode of Flash wasn't as good as I'd hoped, Buffy is still the gold standard for a muscial episode :) I think I'll catch up wth Agents of SHIELD after Salute. I'l need something to watch while I have a very long lie down :)
'til next time,

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