Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Missive from Uwe

I guess you know me through my blog at or through my old shop at that I paid sculptors to make me special figures for our annual diorama projects or simply exotic figures for my collection of which I thought nobody else would do them.  I started selling the figures with the hope to be able to pay for more masters from the profit.  The new project for example is the German Schutztruppe in German South-West Africa as you can see on the blog.
This idea of producing your own figures several friends liked and some already started to produce their own stuff too but don't sell them at the moment. Together with my friend Andy Brune (former chief of Finescale factory and Imperial modellbau) and Roland Umhey we decided to open a new shop. The idea behind this shop is to give all these small "own-producers" a way to sell their stuff and earn some money - and for us to get figures we wouldn't have had the chance to buy otherwise.
We have a lot of ideas like for example an exclusive series of figures painted by Kristztian, a joint production of future subjects if we can be sure that the number of selling would cover the cost, or for example a magazine for 1/72 figures and much more.
We are open to everything and would await your suggestions and critics. And maybe you have something you want to put into the shop?
And here you have the official text we publish on the forums at the moment:
Hello all,
I just wanted to let you know the news. Our shop is very close to opening now!
We are planning to open the shop on the 1st February with a wide range of figures, models and equipment in the scales 1:100 to 1:16.
Our idea is to offer mostly items which are not of mainstream interest and which you can't - or just with great difficulty - get elsewhere.
As a special service we will offer private collectors, casters or sculptors a shop for selling their figures and models.
We would do all the production, storing, selling and sending the figures and models around the world. Also we will be at most hobby-fairs in Germany and some in other countries as well to offer the models and figures to the public
As you know a lot of hobbyists have made great conversions or models in the past and it is a pity that these little gems are not for sale! Many people would like to sell their figures and models to earn some money from the hobby, but fear the work and the problems with having their own shop.
We would take the job over and ask a fee which would depend on the amount of work we would have to do (between 20 and 40% of the selling price). For more details of this see our new homepage
In our shop we will have special "chapters" for each manufacturer. So you will have your own little shop within the main one.
The shop is sorted into scales, the main focus will be 1/72. But other scales will be catered for too!
Some manufacturers, for example Imperial-Modellbau, offer several scales - others just focus on one or two scales.
We are working fast to fill the new shop with life and we hope the collectors will like it.
If you have any comments or criticisms, please contact us. We will always LISTEN!!
The Team from
All the best for you


abdul666 said...

An interesting initiative! As compared to other scales -15-18mm on the one hand, 23-32mm on the other- 1/72 suffers of *huge* loopholes.
May I draw your attention to a peculiar niche: the 18th C.? What mostly is missing there is a range of *civilian* figures. In other scales 'pirates' and 'highwaymen & smugglers' ranges offer many such types, but not in 1/72: "Paul" of Bodstonia has to use many Napoleonic types; the only impoter of Chinese 3D Models, who offered the '3 French beauties', closed his shop. *Riding* civilians (as proposed in 30mm e.g. by Minden) are missing.

Since Young and Grant 18th C. is the period par excellence for Imagi-Nations. Then many 'imaginative' 18th C. gamers sho in interest in *female troops*: 3D Models offered a limited range of 1/72 equivalent to the Eureka 28mm 'Sandras', but this production is now out of reach...

Best wishes.

Crazy Joe said...

Bookmarked! I'll watch for figures as they come along - sounds very interesting.