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"Rough Riders!" 15mm War Game Figures for the Spanish-American War Available Again NOW from "Splendid Little Warriors"

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NEW POSTAGE CHOICES FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS

As the United States Postal Service tightens up its death spiral, their only strategy for survival seems to be, "Provide reduced services, but charge higher prices." Thus, the cost of Global Flat Rate Priority Mail has increased from $16.95 for up to 4 pounds shipping weight during 2012, to $23.95 --until the next price increase. As the majority of TVAG's products sell for less than that, absorbing such costs is out of the question, so we will try something new in the hope of better serving our Overseas Customers.

Specifically, when Our Friends all over the world make a purchase, no postage at all will be added to by the Shopping Cart price. Instead, upon receipt of the order, TVAG will E-mail customers and offer them the choice of Flat Rate Global Priority Mail, OR First Class International Mail. The latter will normally be far less expensive, though has a much more capricious record of delivery speeds--as little as 3 days (in one memorable case), or as much as 7 weeks, and everything in between (including not at all). We feel this is the fairest approach currently available, and hope our Overseas clientele will understand.

The increases in Domestic postage are, for the moment, small enough to be absorbed, and so should not affect customers on this side of The Pond.

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 Night Club

The latest re-design of an old "Mean Sets" favorite. More Art Deco style, increased space on the Main Floor, and more backstage as well for more dramatic moments in your Pulp Fiction/Gangster/PI Scenarios.

And still only a ten-spot for the free E-mail delivered PDF File.

Come on in. You know you want to....




Mean Streets!

The largest, most comprehensive set of 28mm card buildings for an American city ever made for Pulp Fiction, Gangster, Film Noir , and Lovecraftian Horror, has been reborn.

After years of distraction, TVAG finally returned to this original line, redesigning every item for greater authenticity, easier assembly, and superior visual appeal, and adding the most anticipated neighborhood of all--

CHINATOWN!

Four new Block Sections--some 60 linear inches--of Chinese shops and businesses are now available.

There's so much to tell, but click on the Logos to visit the newly reworked Mean Streets page. I promise, you'll be glad you did!


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Where The General Tells You More Than He Knows

About What's Going On In The Background Here

August, 2013

Item: The Return of "TRUE" 25mm and 15mm War Game Figures via "Splendid Little Warriors."

With the acquisition of Richard's Houston's molds and casting suite for his classic Colonial (et al) miniatures lines, including most of the artillery, all of his Naval Guns and Ship Fittings, and more in October, 2012, TVAG has finally been able remarkably to position ourselves as we have always dreamed since opening ten years ago, but never really expected.

In July of this year, TVAG acquired our own full sized, 800+-lb vulcanizer, and by the current schedule, we should be able to produce our own molds of altogether new lines of figures and accessories starting in October, if not a bit sooner.

With longtime sculptor Chris Ferree as our Casting Master (already filling orders with Richard's former Spin Caster and melting pot), we are now ideally set-up to produce all of his latest sculpts, in all scales, and for a fraction of our earlier expenses. This, plus the near ton of metal we already have, will help to keep our prices to remain low in an age of less disposable income for many in the hobby.

Under the umbrella imprimatur of "Splendid Little Warriors," TVAG has already begun to return lines of miniatures sculpted and cast back in the days when a 25mm figure was, by and large, 1" high, before the era of "scale creep" So many of we Grognards of the Hobby started out with what was available in the 80's (and before), building large collections, but with the inevitable holes to be filled.

But with the advent of "scale creep," and the passing of some companies, it gradually become difficult to impossible to continue as we started, often leaving us with the bitter choice between doing without, or dumping them and starting over wih newer, more expensive--and admittedly mostly superior--sculpts in "28mm" and larger.

Well, TVAG can now provide at least a broadening and deepening selection of "TRUE 25's," at least in support of Colonial Era War Gaming. The first three lines include the Abyssinians, Asante's, and Maori's originally produced over 30 years ago by then neophyte sculptor Chris Ferree.  Lines soon to follow in re-release will be the 25mm Sikh Wars line (the first such line, and still the widest in its scale), Manchu/Qing Chinese, Tibetans, and more. Since those days, Chris works in effectively all scales, and with ever greater precision.

Better still, the first three lines, at least, will soon have altogether new poses and figure types added to complete them for wider use, and to match specific rules variants to use with The Sword And The Flame.  These variants, along with organizational, tactical, uniform and other data, will be free or inexpensively on each line's page in order to help gamers know what to buy and how to use them.  The new figures will be far better looking than some of the older, weaker entries, but all will still be "TRUE 25's," matching the others in the same and related lines.

Watch for these new releases here and through the usual promotional sites!

Item: "Good Night, Nurse! Now He's Sellin' T-Shirts!"

Well, the new First Link on the new Navigation Bar is for real, and ready to rock 'n roll! Not only will you find some one-of-a-kind T-shirts that may appeal to eclectic tastes, but there are a number of other items I think will be practical additions to any war gamer's field kit for game night, at home or on the convention trail. Please give 'em a look, and know that more original designs are going to be added whenever my medication wears off and the ideas just... come....

Item: A New Navigation Bar!

And you don't even need any photo ID! Just take a leftward look and you'll see that most everything currently offered by TVAG is now specifically listed with direct links to those pages.

Previously, the "Flags" Link took guests to the page which listed all the different lines available, and directed them to those they wanted to see. Now, all the currently available lines (more are coming!) are now directly visible from the Home Page.  At last, guests may see what there is without having to go exploring.

Similarly, the growing ranges of figures, card buildings, and additional ship sources are now in plain sight. Please take a look if you've never done so before.

Item: Work Continues on Cordite And Steel II

Now that "Houston's Naval Guns & Ship Fittings" are back, the exhaustive and accurate Naval Gun Data of The World for the period of roughly 1890-1945 will start being offered here at TVAG with gun collections being offered by national navy. There will be more background info on that new page when I can finish building it, but my colleague, Chris Ferree, has been able to make more up-to-date computer runs of gun data from all Navies from programs originally developed by the late Eric Just as part designing the miniatures naval game Cordite And Steel (C&S) published back in the 70's by TSR.

Newly improved computer programs now provide all the gun data any game player or naval history buff would want. Using muzzle velocity, angle of fire, shell weight and shape (from ogival radii), and height of platform above the water, the program provides danger spaces against all targets in 5' increments up to 50' above the waterline, penetration values of Krupp Cemented Armor in 100' increments all the way out to maximum range, and the percentile chances to hit with the first shot, with extra chances of subsequent hits in the same solution.

Only very limited amounts of this data were provided with the original printing of Cordite And Steel , but now we have decided to release it all as a service to any and all anywhere who can appreciate the data.

Not surprisingly, C&S is slated to return with some rules changes, the most significant of which being the means of determining hits without requiring the use of the traditional 4-Umpire Team. The game can still be played in any scale (with appropriate adjustments to ranges), but now even lends itself to the table top for the larger scales (1:2400 up to 1:6000).

Last remaining bottleneck involved with C&S returning lies in the transcription of the several hundred Ship Record Cards. These provided the personalized Hit Tables (percentage chances of hitting any one part of the ship), and the Armor equivalents for use with the Penetration Table for any AP shot that might strike. These cannot be calculated by a single formula by players alone, so the original Cards must be brought back in a new graphic format befitting the 21st Century.

We have a cunning plan to address this, and that, too, will come along in due course!

Item: "Little Warriors" Latest Developments

The Japanese Army is finished, and all of the 54mm original sculpts are in the capable hands of the "Rodmen," Jeff and Ben, of Fortress Figures. The metal Master molds for Infantry and Artillery have been made, and all but one or two of the special resin Production molds have been made.  Only the first sample spins have to be made and sent to sculptor Chris Ferree and myself for photography and painting.  A set of figures will be going out to Mr. Len Cooksey of Ivanhoe Figures in the UK as soon as possible as he expressed interest in being our retail source Over There.

With the shipment to Fortress Figures of these "last" basic arm-pairs and other bits, the Japanese Army--and all subsequent 54mm Armies--will include figures with Semaphore, Carrier Pigeons, Engineers with tools and petards, Stretcher Bearers, Litter Cases, a variety of Staff Officer poses, wagon and automobile drivers and passengers, and more.

The hope is to launch a new Subscription--supported by photos of all figures and accessories--early next year now, so please watch for details here and among the usual suspects.

And a major head start on Balkanoids is already underway with a dozen or more Foot and Cavalry figures for the Serbians, Montenegrins, Rumanians, Bulgarians, Greeks and Turks already in hand!  Most recent sculpts include Alpini and Bersaglieri for the Italians, as well as a spectacular figure of a mounted "Hohenzollern Hottie" that must be seen to be believed!

Work is also moving towards finalizing the three basic artillery models, plus Machine Guns. The Spandau and Hotchkiss MG's are ready, with a Vickers/Maxim type in the offing.  US Army figures in Montana Peaks have been started, and there may even be a line of Spanish Army figures for post-War of 1898 in the works.

Indeed, we ought to be able to triple, if not quadruple, our total line of these figures almost literally overnight, or certainly as soon as the already completed figures can go into their molds.

As I'm pressed for time as I compose this page, please forgive me for quoting this background data from back last December.

This has been a project that has taken up a great deal of my time and energy over the last couple of years, but if it plays out as it looks now that it will, TVAG will be a real Toy Soldier Maker/Seller.

Specifically, the 54mm original sculpts by my old friend and colleague, Chris Ferree, have really become The Big Thing, and we hope to have them in full production by the end of the year. It will be possible to price these excellent resin casts so that they can be bought in whole units and made available through as many of the traditional Toy Soldier shops and sellers we can get them into.

Watch not only for the 54mm (1:32) Japanese Army for the period of 1900--1914, complete with Infantry, Cavalry (mounted and dismounted), Artillery Crews, Command Figures, on foot and horseback, Naval Landing Troops and Officers, and an odd-or-end, too, but for a large range of "Balkanoids" for the era of 1912. These will also join the first round of European Civilians, more military personality/character figures, and so much more.

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


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