Saturday, 3 October 2009

A new day, and a surprising amount of support and a few orders to help out. I am very grateful for this. It is not my intention to "cry wolf" and see if I can generate interest through negative postings, such as BEF is closing down. I am now in the awkward postion of realising that there are people out there who want the stuff. It is very much the chicken and the egg situation with something like this. There will never be sales of big battalions, because the figures are for smaller scale skirmish games, requiring fewer to be purchased than say Napoleonics or SYW.
I want the Belgians. I probably want them more than Carl or Rudi. I do not expect them to sell in great numbers, but they add a completeness to the initial releases. I will take stock of where I am at. One option that has been suggested is to produce a few trucks and simpler vehicles, which can be cast in resin. As early war vehicles were generally open cabbed, there is no need to make resin blocks. I will try this first, and see if things like the Einheits LKW, Morris CF 6 wheeler and the Belgian GMC truck can be made cheaply but maintain the quality I require.. This in itself will take some time. I'll see what I can sort out. In the meantime orders will be fulfilled, and I'll work on trying to get BEF on a more even keel,with a view to continuing.

7 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing them, and a few of the CS9 and Vicker VI too

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  2. Yes yes, restock on the existing stuff abit so I can chip in! :D

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  3. I hope you takea lot of stuff with you to Crisis and sell a lot as well!

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  4. I hope you don't close the site. The minis look nice (ok so I haven't bought any), but I'm waiting for your vehicles to come back in stock.

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  5. Ian, I sincerely hope BEF miniatures will be a viable concern.When you announced your plans for the new miniatures I felt that it was a brave and exciting move. I have to hold my hand up and say I was one of the (probabley) many who waited in the wings to see what would actually appear as Early War WW2 minis are distinctly thin on the ground. Since then, some of us on the RoE forum have taken a keen interest in the EW period, lists have been produced and games played. The forthcoming Belgians had my credit card on standby!. The decision to look at simpler vehicles ie softskins could be a good move as it would tie in nicely with A Very British Civil War.
    Is it still possible to place orders for existing models in the range or is BEF Miniatures suspended for the forseeable future?
    What ever you decide, good luck for the future Ian.

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