The floods which caused chaos in
Thailand between September and December had a major impact on
production and especially on shipments both into and out of
Thailand. The problems in Chiang Mai were nothing compared with the
flooding in the Bangkok area.
This included the inundation of the
main commercial airport which caused massive delays in transit of
goods. It also led to the apparent loss of some shipments. We have
engaged an agent who has been successful in working with the
shippers in identifying and recovering missing parcels. Some of
these have been returned to the UK, others to the Thai workshop.
We are now working on sorting these
orders, replacing, repairing and rebasing where necessary and
repacking for shipment. We are very sorry for the inevitable delays
that have occurred but we hope that you understand that the
circumstances have been beyond our control. All orders will be
completed as undertaken.
New prices in operation from 1st
We have recently
suffered from a number of customers defaulting on payment for
orders, and this has created a number of problems for us.
Regretfully this means that we have been forced to change our
standard working practice regarding painting orders. Regular
customers will be aware that although our terms require a deposit
for orders that in fact this was rarely collected as we prefer to
trust our customers. However because of the defaulters recently
experienced we will now require payment for the purchase of figures
prior to the commencement of the painting. I am very sorry that we
are forced to introduce this change.
It will not have
escaped the attention of our customers that their have been a number
of problems in the World economy over the last couple of months, and
that some pundits claim this will get worse before it gets better.
As a company that
operates overseas the impact if the fluctuating Pound and Dollar has
been keenly felt. In fact our production costs have risen by almost
25% thanks mainly to the falling £. Remember that our 15mm figures
are charged in the Aus$, transported to Thailand, painted then
charged to us in US$.
We have decided to
cut back on stock production. We hold supplies of figures in
Thailand, and a wide range of 15mm units in the UK, but we will not
be purchasing any more 15mm for stock until the economy improves. We
will still produce units to order, and will have the figures posted
direct from Oz to the factory which will improve the turn around of
As our 28mm, 10mm and
6mm stock are produced in the UK the problems are not as intense,
but the painting and shipping costs have effectively risen by 20% so we will be
limiting the amount of stock held in these ranges once the models
currently being prepared have been received.
I hope you will bear
with us in these changes and understand the reasons for them.
Getting Bigger, and smaller, all
Wargamers are a funny bunch, just as we get
settled into producing high quality 28mm and 15mm units,
consistently to the standards that you demand, a number of you
decide to drop down to 10mm scale, and drive our painters up the
wall learning a new set of skills.
40mm Front Rank
A small range of fully rigged ships are now
available from £75 each. Full painting and rigging service available
Front Rank Highlanders
Magister Militum 10mm
The Wild West painted in the East!
We also received
reinforcements for our Really Big Battalion project. We are
producing an early C18th British Battalion on a 1:1 scale, using the
brilliant models from Lancashire Games.
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Redoubt Gunboat Set
Please note that
due to changes beyond our control, we are no longer able to accept
payment via American Express card
Hand painted flags to your specifications are available
from £10 each.
We are updating
details of in stock in the meantime e mail
with your requirements.
is the trading name of Siam Painting Services (Thailand)
They have been
requested for some time and are now available in limited quantities.
You may obtain a 28mm sample figure for £5 (£6 Europe), and a 15mm
figure for £2.50 (Europe £3) including postage and packing. This
cost can be recovered on a subsequent order of £100 or more.
Who are We?
We have no connection with a wargaming Group
called Big Battalions who have presented some excellent display
games at shows throughout the country.
Some of our customers have made us
aware of comments made by certain people regarding our company, and
accusing us of of exploiting Third World poverty.
Well we are not sure if these
comments are made from malice or ignorance, but either way this is
simply not true. Thailand is one of the Pacific Rim "Tiger Economies" and
far from the traditional view of a Third World nation.
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Yes our staff do not earn the same
salary figures as most workers in the UK, but then again their costs
of living are substantially lower, such are the aspects of a Global
To be clear, our staff are able to
earn a monthly salary equivalent to that of teaching or bank staff.
Their working conditions and premises are amongst the best in the
city, and we are continually being approached by potential recruits.
Not really a portrait of classic exploitation!!!
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