Footsore Cavalry now available as a 4 pack!

So last night we did a thing...

Since we released the Irish Cavalry as packs of 4 we have been inundated with people asking us to also make all our cavalry available as packs 4 figures.

So all cavalry packs, not including heroes and command packs, are now available as a choice of a pack of 3 figures or a pack of 4 figures - on both web stores.  Any product where it says 'From £10.00' offers you this choice...

Click on the product you are interested in and you will now see a drop-down options box with the choice of a three figure pack or a four figure pack.

Select your pack size...

And the price will change to reflect your selection...

As you can see below we have amended the product description to reflect this change...

Now if you come across a cavalry pack in either of our web stores which doesn't offer you a choice of 3 or 4 in a pack, email us at order@footsoreminiatures.co.uk and we will make it available.

A final note please keep sharing with us ways we can improve and make things better for you - we aren't easily offended and will make changes like this to improve our offer.  Can we ask you to tell your friends that Footsore Miniatures cracking cavalry packs are now available in packs of 4 figures, it would help spread the word and we would really appreciate it!

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FREE Reinforcements - July 2017

For the entire month of July 2017 we are giving away a pack of miniatures with all orders over £30/$35. How does this work, I hear you cry?

Choose what you want on either the US or UK web store and when it is time for you to check out, enter the code FREEPACK17 and your cart will have the price of the pack of infantry deducted - £6 in the UK or $10 in the US.

So what is the catch? There isn’t one! The limited time deal is to add extra troops to your collection. The discount code will only work when one or more PACKS of miniatures is in your cart. It's easy: 1 PACK of miniatures in your cart = 1 FREE PACK of miniatures.

Exclusions: Warbands, buildings, terrain, accessories, etc.

The code can be used on any order in the month of July and can be used as many times as you like. Limit of 1 FREE pack per order.

Please send Questions to: orders@footsoreminiatures.co.uk

The Footsore Team

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FREE Inter-War Banker with every order - June 2017

For the whole of June 2017, which is the 1st to the 30th, EVERY order placed with Footsore Miniatures will receive our brand new Inter-War Banker for FREE, that is right a FREE miniature for everyone.  You will find him perfect for games of A Very British Civil War as well as the new Bolt Action: Campaign Sea Lion.

All you have to do is place an order in either our US store (https://footsoreminiatures.com/) or our UK store (https://footsoreminiatures.co.uk/) as both stores are participating in this giveaway.

Please note The Banker will be supplied without a base but more importantly, make sure you hide all your money when he arrives as he will try and persuade you with his shotgun that he should be protecting it…

We have plans to add to our Inter-War range over the coming months which is sculpted by the talent that is Paul Hicks. If you want to keep up with said plans please sign up for our newsletter in the footer below or like our Facebook page.

Any questions at all regarding this please contact us at orders@footsoreminiatures.co.uk.

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Vacancy: Despatch Operative UK

The Role
Footsore Miniatures UK are looking to recruit a full time despatch operative to work 5 days a week at our site in Nottingham, UK .  We are looking for someone with experience of picking, packing and despatching direct orders in a timely fashion with the ability to work under their own initiative.  You will need to be able to work well as part of a small team, be able to work on your own and have a willingness to develop the role and get stuck in - as Footsore in the UK develops so will you!

Responsibilities
• Picking, packing and helping with customer order despatch.
• Working some weekends and covering holidays.
• Stock replenishment and basic warehousing.

Working at Footsore Miniatures UK
At Footsore we are looking for people who love a challenge and are looking to develop and grow with this young company. 
A good attitude and willingness to go that extra mile are far more important than qualifications and experience.

How to Apply
Drop us an E-mail to enquiries@footsoreminiatures.co.uk – with your CV and a covering letter giving us a snapshot of who you are, your experiences and interests and we’ll take it from there!

Closing date is 24th May 2017

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FREE Early Saxon Noble in all March 2017 orders

According to tradition, the Saxons first entered Britain en masse as part of an agreement to protect the Britons from the incursions of the Picts (among others) so in response to us unleashing Picts over the last couple of months and in an act of responsibility (as we are responsible chaps here at Footsore Miniatures) inside every order placed during March 2017 we will be including an Early Saxon Noble* to protect you from our recent Pict incursion.

To receive your free Early Saxon Noble just place an order in either our US webstore (https://footsoreminiatures.com) or our UK webstore (https://footsoreminiatures.co.uk) and we will include a randomly selected noble from 03ESX100 Early Saxon Nobles.  If you have already placed an order with us over the last few days - during March 2017, we will be sending you a Early Saxon Noble shortly. 

*Please note you will be RANDOMLY sent one of the Early Saxon Nobles as shown in the image along with a complimentary base and spear so you can get him fighting Picts as quickly as possible.

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Byzantines for Saga

Welcome reader to this my first article on Saga for the lovely people here at Footsore miniatures. I probably should introduce myself I'm James, 30 something geek who enjoys a game of Saga as often as I'm able to. 

I'm going to talk about the army I took to the UK Grand melee last year, I chose Byzantines and picked the cracking range from Footsore. Why Byzantines? Well I was going to take my Vikings but after a long time playing them fancied a change and after reading the scenarios I decided that my other faction of Steppe tribes should be left at home. I wanted a mixed arms force with a little of everything and narrowed it down to the Byzantines or the Moors. In the end I couldn't decide so got my other half to pick for me and she chose the 'Roman looking ones' so I was set. 

I knew very little about the Byzantine empire when I began other than watching a few programmes on Constantinople but what I did know is I wanted Cataphracts, to me that that symbol of near eastern cavalry (even if historically speaking saga is set a little to early for what most people think of when it comes to cataphracts but there is lots of debate so figured I'd get away with it!). 

I took a look at the army options the Byzantines and they are quite flexible the warlord must be mounted and the you get mounted Hearthguard either normal or with bows ( both types known as Kavallaroi) Warriors with spears and shields  known as Kontaratoi) or bows (known as Toxatoi) and then levy armed with javelins (know as Psiloi).

I thought cataphracts are best represented by Hearthguard so I began with two units of four as I knew I had to have them (I should mention of course strictly speaking cataphracts can only be taken when you use the Basileus however I thought as there is only one type of mounted melee cavalry in the list I'd get away with it)

Next I took a look at the battle board, the Byzantine board is very different compared to others I have played with. It benefits units supporting each other with abilities like Friendly shields to transfer hits from one unit to another in a manner similar to Warlords resilience and Strategikon that gives extra attacks to a unit that has a friendly unit close by. However the main ability that caught my eye was Basileus which allows you to load up fatigue on your warlord for one big push activating one unit per fatigue your warlord takes importantly your units don't gain fatigue for this activation.

With this in mind I went about picking my list, a warlord to join the Hearthguard followed by two foot warrior units with spears and shields, a unit of Levy with javelins and third a unit of Hearthguard on horse with bows, the historical names were hard to remember so I discarded them quickly! 

The plan in my head was the cataphracts would deploy behind the wall of spearman and could break left or right to strike where needed. The levy would be broken down into a unit of 5 and a unit of 7 this maximises the number of shots (as you always round up so it gives 7 shots vs 6 for one unit of 12) and with Scouting letting you to activate up to 3 units of levy without fatigue allowing them to shoot twice and not end up with fatigue. The Horse archers would then move to support where needed the idea was the movement of 12" would let me get into position to use the situational abilities.

I placed an ordered with Footsore and got cracking with the practice games and painting, I used the the late Roman range of models to construct my army, with some minor conversions. I was impressed by the foot warrior sculpts the most with a black spray and simple dry brush with silver and a light silver to finish the armour came up great. For colours I did a lot of googling and found a ton of inspiration the Byzantine army could be super colour full! I opted for neutral colour tunics and robes with simple red and blue trims that let me pick the units apart. Unlike most armies in Saga it was nice to have a uniformed look to the army. The cataphracts where done in a similar way but finished with gold to befit their status. I'm not the best painter but I was really happy how they came out in.

You will notice in the photos there are no painted horse archers and a unit of regular warrior with bows takes their place. In the next article I will discuss how the practice games went and why I made this change before the event.

 

 

Author: James Blair
James Blair is a 30 something wargamer from Coventry UK. He has played miniatures games for over 20 years, is a passionate hobbyist and enjoys a wide range of games from Saga to X Wing. He also writes for the Konflikting Opinions blog. Having played Saga got 3 years it has become his favourite game with the Steppe tribes being his preferred faction. 

 

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FREE Viking Warrior with every order - February 2017

For the whole of February 2017, which is the 1st to the 28th, EVERY order placed with Footsore Miniatures will receive The Old Warrior for FREE, that is right a FREE Viking for everyone.

All you have to do get your hands on him is place an order in either our US store (https://footsoreminiatures.com/) or our UK store (https://footsoreminiatures.co.uk/) as both stores are participating in this giveaway.

Please note The Old Warrior will be supplied without a base but more importantly, be aware you will have to buy your own beer when you reach Valhalla.

Any questions at all regarding this please contact us at orders@footsoreminiatures.co.uk.

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The Footsore Wishlist

If you are anything like us and like to spend your time browsing miniature websites dreaming up new armies and then forgotten where you saw the perfect miniatures to buy on pay day a few days later help is at hand.

We have included a wishlist function for both our US and UK websites where when you are logged in to your account you can save the miniatures to your wishlist, save this selection for later and then come back to it at a later date.

So what does it look like and where can I find this amazing piece of techno-magic?

Well on the desktop version of our website it looks like this..



The red circle and attractive arrows I have created with my professional Photoshop skills are pointing out where the wishlist is located - it is the number with the heart icon after it. By clicking on this icon you will be taken to your wishlist page which looks like this.



On the mobile version of our website you do not get the heart icon next to the cart instead the wishlist is added to the bottom of the menu, which looks like this…



To add a product to your wishlist browse the product as if you are going to buy it and below the buy now button is the option to add the product to your wishlist instead…



There is lots of other functionality available you can delete the products from your wishlist, add them to your cart and best of all you can share your wishlist with friends and family - great for birthdays and Christmas.


If you have any questions at all about using the wishlist please contact us at enquiries@footsoreminiatures.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Remember though you must be signed into an account on the store for the wishlist to be saved.

Go and try it out now at either the US website or the UK website.

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US & UK websites

We have updated our UK website with a new design to match our newly launched US website for our new US business - made and shipped in the USA. As part of this new design we have included two flags in the top right corner next to the cart to indicate which store you are currently in. The larger flag denotes which store - in the case shown below we would be in the UK site and shopping in GBP. To swap stores all you have to do is click on the smaller flag.


The new US Website can be found at https://footsoreminiatures.com/ and the UK Website remains at https://footsoreminiatures.co.uk/.

We have also enabled onsite payment via credit & debit cards during checkout for our UK web store. You can still pay via PayPal too however this change should make checking out a lot easier for card payments. We just wanted to make you aware of this improvement and that we have a lot more planned for both websites.

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Footsore Miniatures YouTube Channel

We now have a YouTube channel, with our first three videos launched with lots more videos planned so come and subscribe so you don't miss any of them. More importantly please share the videos with your gaming chums.

An example video from the first series focusing on the work bench and getting your Footsore Miniatures ready for painting and eventually for battle. In it Bill Thornhill takes us through how to make a spear from florist wire in readiness to arm one of his Dark Age Footsore Miniatures.

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Writers for the Footsore Miniatures Blog

Footsore Miniatures are looking for four Saga players (maybe more), who play regularly to get involved with us by agreeing to write articles on playing Saga, collecting warbands and especially on the tactics they like to use. We would also be keen to be involved with tournament players too.

We are planning on setting up a blog on our site all about gaming and painting for gamers and painters primarily around our miniatures. We would be looking for one article a month it doesn't have to be 1000s of words it can be lots of pictures and a few words or just a short sharp article that hits the spot. You will be fully credited for all your work.

At this stage all we ask is for you to write an example article of around 500 - 1000 words including images about your interest in Saga. The idea of this is so we can have an example of your work and for you to have a taste of your style.

Rewards for writing for us are a generous discount to consistent contributors plus we are looking for people to become friends of Footsore and you always look after your friends.

If you send an email to enquiries@footsoreminiatures.co.uk expressing an interest we can take it from there.

Our first article by an independent writer is live and its a cracking read by Monty Luhmann presenting his SAGA Do’s and Don'ts.

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Price Rise - 1st February 2017


Firstly as Musketeer Miniatures and now as Footsore Miniatures we have been able to keep our prices the same, however with the recent changes in the economy we are going to have to put in place a price rise our first in well over six years.

We have tried to manage this the best we can, which means infantry packs are staying at £6 as these are the bulk of what you need however cavalry will be going from £9 to £10 and command packs will be increasing from £6 to £9 as this is an area we feel has been underpriced.

The price rise will go in to effect on the 1st February 2017 please take the opportunity over the coming days to purchase your miniatures at the current price.

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