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1/20/16

NEW! Native Army Hidden/Dummy Unit Markers for TSATF/800FE Colonial Rules. Now, hidden movement and deployment of whole Units is easier and more accurate than ever without need of maps or written records!

1/4/16

First photos of the 15mm "Perdicaris Alive, Or Raisuli Dead!" figures posted on their page--go look and see why we're sick about the loss of our shop space...for now, at least.

12/22/15

The Northwest Frontier Event Deck added to Game Decks for TSATF & 800FE


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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS!
PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING!

POSTAGE RATE INCREASE FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS BEGAN 1/17/2016!

As we have feared for sometime, the USPS has raised the rate for International Priority Mail such that TVAG must now charge $35.00 for all Overseas orders (possibly a bit less for Canada) weighing up to four (4) pounds.

Obviously, individual products costing only $10.00, for example, are now punitively overcharged for the postage rate that most reliably and quickly delivers goods to our Overseas customers. Customers may wish to consider ordering at least $35.00 to $50.00 worth of products as the same postage price will apply to that much, and frequently much more.

Consequently, TVAG will continue to offer these customers the choice of Priority Mail and the less expensive--but slower and less reliable--First Class Mail. As it is TVAG's policy not to profit from postage at any price, the choice is fairly that of the customer.

When placing orders through our Shopping Cart, you will not see shipping costs added to the purchase price, but you should know in advance the charge for Priority Mail of $35.00 will be added unless you indicate you are willing to accept the risks of the lower priced First Class Mail. You will be notified of this amount and asked either to pay it via PayPal, or allow TVAG to Invoice you for it prior to shipment of your order.

Again, you will be notified of exact First Class Postage costs when your order is acknowledged by E-mail.

Still trying to keep your business, and make your hobby coins go as far as possible, I remain


Faithfully Yours,
Patrick Wilson,
TVAG



The Old Boy's Current Featured Product:


The Northwest Frontier
Event Deck

The first of a new line of dedicated Event Decks, one for each Campaign/Native Theater for the late Larry Brom's classic Colonial rules The Sword And The Flame , and its Battalion level variant, 800 Fighting Englishmen.

Some 76 Cards, the largest Deck to date, provide the widest range of events specifically devised to represent the Northwest Frontier of India and Afghanistan in the period of the 2nd Afghan War, the perfect period for both rules sets.

A new set of "Sergeant Brom Reporting, Sir!" Cards adds a new dimension of Intelligence on Imperial and Afghan/Pathan Reinforcement and its Arrival/Entry Points.

For full details follow the link!


For Your Information

FYI

Where The General Tells You More Than He Knows About What's Going On In The Background Here

December, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, much in the manner of Mr. Samuel Clemens, I would like to affirm that the reports of my death have been exaggerated!

At least twice to my personal knowledge, observations made by no doubt well meaning citizens on Mr. Bill Armintrout's The Miniatures Page that TVAG had not been updated in "over a year" must have given the impression it was derelict, a dead hand on the wheel, and otherwise that the laws of maritime salvage might be in effect. Not relishing the idea of actually repelling borders intent on stripping me of cargo or brass for salvage, it seemed best if I came up from below and looked alive.

"SO, I'M ALIVE, YOU BLOODY WRECKERS! SO STAND OFF OR HAVE A TASTE OF 'SOUR GRAPE'!"

Right, now that's taken care of, let's get to the heart of some of what's been keeping me away from updating this Home Page for so long in the first place.

We Thought The Party Was For Us...
The Good Reasons include work on new product such as the "Northwest Frontier Event Deck" for The Sword And The Flame and 800 Fighting Englishmen, and a full line of other theater specific Event Decks to follow, Rum Runners!, a new range of 54mm/1:32 card model buildings for war games in that scale, of which the first line is Tudor/ECW buildings, "Round Head Real Estate," soon to be formally released, as well as several new additions to "Mean Sets", and "Mean Streets" (though many are still awaiting final test assembly and photography before formal release).

A great deal of time has gone to getting us that close [GESTURING] to completing the last bits for "Gone To See The Elephant," so long promised and perfected. There's even a limited, but completely unique line of 15mm figures, mostly for the Mexican Army, underway which we mean to have ready by Spring, 2016, though the rules themselves should only be a month or less away from publication from the day I make the last heave against the remaining obstacles.

Other projects have also kept us busy, but the main concern comes under the "other" heading....

...Then Somebody Stepped On The Cake...
The Bad Reasons have been especially frustrating since July of 2015 when a particularly dirty bomb dropped on our little parade--and at the most soul-shredding possible moment! After several years of planning, sculpting, correcting, mold making, remaking, and perfecting, the full 15mm "Perdicaris Alive, Or Raisuli Dead! " (PAORD) range of miniatures, was completed, and ready to be formally released the following Monday when--we learned our shop space for TVAG's Casting Suite was lost, more or less immediately and for keeps.

Since then we have been filling all our other orders from our ever dwindling stocks while looking to the chance of moving into new digs by Spring of 2016. Unfortunately, now even this hope is beginning to look rocky, and we are once again having to consider some even less attractive alternatives to what were not very solid to start with.

TVAG holds the Casting Suite itself, though much is still owned by Richard Houston, as surely as his original figures ranges and their molds are still his, and in keeping with our arrangement, I am loathe to put them into a third party's hands and outside our immediate control. For insurmountable reasons, I cannot personally assume casting duties. And even if it's possible to raise funds to bring the Casting Suite, all molds, supplies, etc, back from Colorado to OKC, there is no existing space here and only a nebulous prospect of finding a competent someone willing to accept an insultingly low wage as Casting Master--a job that is best done out of love for the work as much or more for the returns.

I can continue to sell off my personal war games collections, and even try my hand at GoFundMe (the irony is I need less than 4 or 5K--not a KickStarter Space Program), so, I'm sure you can guess where the last of my functioning follicles have gone of late.

It's the PAORD line where the chancre really g-naws, as they say.

So CLOSE to actual release!!

They're neat figures, all the troops and characters from a certain movie, and even some extra types that can be used across all manner of Colonial War Games of the early 20th C! Arrrgghh! I've been able to post some photos of each of the bag types painted up on their page, though I don't know who I'm teasing, some possible customers or just ourselves.  The sooner we can go back into production, the sooner we can release this new range, as well the expansions to several older ones with their new sculpts, etc, that Chris is still working on.

In the meantime, we're totally sold out of the 25mm Abyssinians, but can still fill at least bits of most other lines. Lots of individual items from the always hot selling Houston 25mm Naval Guns and Fittings line are gone until we can spin them again, while other popular guns are oddly still ankle deep. So please, go ahead and order, or drop us a line with your wants, and we'll let you know what we can do for you, but no one has lost a dime on an order yet, and no one will.

Naturally, this is a major concern and taking no little time and energy, but one which must be resolved--finally and straightaway.

So, Anybody Got A Spare Cake?
Perspectives from outside our box that might help are welcome, but we'll let you know as soon as we can what we're going to do. Film at eleven!

TVAG

And now, we return you to the dance portion of our broadcast....


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