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Title: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: Hythos on 16 February 2018, 17:02:23
While we've been told about the 'grab-bag' price (purchasing mini's by the pound), what would be available through this option?
I'd expect the standard production mini's, but what about anything that is now "Archive", web-exclusives of BT- or otherwise, Shadowrun 28mm's, or hex-bases?
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: CranstonSnord on 16 February 2018, 19:13:59
Typically, anything that's on the shelves in the factory. That includes all the things you mentioned, and more. For anything not yet in distribution, or if they're fulfilling a big order for someone, they might ask that you refrain from those specific items.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: GRUD on 16 February 2018, 19:18:15
While we've been told about the 'grab-bag' price (purchasing mini's by the pound), what would be available through this option?
I'd expect the standard production mini's, but what about anything that is now "Archive", web-exclusives of BT- or otherwise, Shadowrun 28mm's, or hex-bases?

Yes.  Basically, "All of the Above".  Things they've got on the shelves are something like $40.00 per pound, but if they have to get out the molds and cast things for YOU Specifically, then it's $42.00 per pound.  And No, I don't think they distinguish between BT and SR minis.  Granted, I Could be wrong about that also!   :-\


In case you were wondering, DON'T get your Hopes up and think you'll be able to get any OOP/Unseen minis "Direct From the Source" either.  The old "Unseen" molds are LONG since destroyed, though until a certain HG lawsuit gets settled, I'm sure they've still got the molds for the newest Classic Wasp somewhere.  Again though, they still can't Produce any more at the moment.   :'(
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: Hythos on 19 February 2018, 12:11:48
Thanks guys!
Over the past three years, I've picked up IWM & CGL mini's for 3039-3055 and the Great Succession War campaigns - though still - some where around 75%+ of my collection is lead, so I'm now needing to build up on 3060+ mini's. Running games as a demo-agent means not being able to field most of my collection, so I figure a 'factory run' might be the best option to get back up to speed. (Plus, I'm 30 years behind on making a visit! LOL)
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: GRUD on 19 February 2018, 17:22:17
If nothing else, maybe email "The Office Wench", and let her know when you plan to visit, and maybe what you'll be looking for?  She might be able to "Just So Happen" to have things waiting for you when you arrive.   ^-^  I'm NOT saying that she will, but she Might, depending on how busy she is.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: faithless on 19 February 2018, 18:54:19
She is awesome.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: speck on 20 February 2018, 11:12:50
There is not really a store front, just what is back in the factory. As other people have said the pricing is broken down by a percent off packaged product, different per pound price for metal product from stock bins or if something needs to be casted. Pretty much anything found on IWM online store is available. I would suggest making your list ahead of time sorted by SKU code and Name. Show up between 9am and 5pm during the week.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: JadeHellbringer on 20 February 2018, 20:32:37
Further advice... I'm not saying bribing them with beer is guaranteed effective, but it can't hurt the cause.  #P

(Da Wench is just the best person ever, if you haven't met her at a convention you really need to at some point.)
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: GRUD on 21 February 2018, 17:49:30
(Da Wench is just the best person ever, if you haven't met her at a convention you really need to at some point.)

"Like + Infinity"   O0


It CAN'T be said Often enough how AWESOME she is!   [notworthy]


(Why Yes, I DO think she walks on water!  :D )
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: Carlson793 on 21 February 2018, 19:45:34
Hmm... and just a few miles down I-75 from my CincyCon hotel. Course, I'll need to leave Louisville a little earlier than planned to run by Friday morning... Oh darn  ;)
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: Sartris on 21 February 2018, 20:46:11
I may or may not have considered flying to Cincinnati to do this

The cost only slightly in favor of paying retail prices
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: speck on 22 February 2018, 12:50:27
Hmm... and just a few miles down I-75 from my CincyCon hotel. Course, I'll need to leave Louisville a little earlier than planned to run by Friday morning... Oh darn  ;)

I usually stop in IWM on Thursday when I get to town before Cincycon.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: Carlson793 on 22 February 2018, 13:50:56
I usually stop in IWM on Thursday when I get to town before Cincycon.
Unfortunately, can't leave till Friday morning - got the local BT campaign Thursday evening  :D
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: Tyrant on 22 February 2018, 14:05:38
Until I saw this thread I didn't realize their was an IWM store. If anyone can answer a few questions it would be appreciated. Is the store the location on the IWM Facebook page? Are they only open during the week? Can you just walk in and buy stuff? Hypothetically, if it were to take me 3-4 hours to drive there, how much would I need to buy to make the discount close to worthwhile*?


*Ignoring the time spent to get there. And by close to worthwhile I understand that unless it's a massive discount it will likely not actually be worthwhile barring me buying hundreds of dollars worth of minis in one go. Just wondering how much would make it close to being worth it.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: speck on 22 February 2018, 16:57:52
Until I saw this thread I didn't realize their was an IWM store. If anyone can answer a few questions it would be appreciated. Is the store the location on the IWM Facebook page? Are they only open during the week? Can you just walk in and buy stuff? Hypothetically, if it were to take me 3-4 hours to drive there, how much would I need to buy to make the discount close to worthwhile*?


*Ignoring the time spent to get there. And by close to worthwhile I understand that unless it's a massive discount it will likely not actually be worthwhile barring me buying hundreds of dollars worth of minis in one go. Just wondering how much would make it close to being worth it.

As I said in a earlier response, there is no true physical store just the factory. You can visit during the week between 9 to 5. The pricing breakdown is mentioned earlier in this thread. You can purchased packaged product, loose product from stock bins or something casted (if they are free too) if not in stock bin.

IWM also operates a Online store.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: sadlerbw on 22 February 2018, 18:37:35
If you want to see what it looks like inside, there are some decent pictures on this blog:

http://www.stuartthamanbooks.com/blog/2017/1/7/seeing-my-name-in-print-but-not-on-the-cover-of-a-novel

Like Speck said. It isn't really a store. It's the factory where they make everything, but they will sell you stuff if you stop by. I don't know what location it says on their Facebook page, but if it is the address on Chester Rd. that is probably correct. Their place is marked on Google Maps so you can look them up there to confirm.

How much would you have to buy to make a 3-4hr trip worth it? Kind of up to you how much your time is worth and how much shipping would be vs. the cost of gas, but I'd say you would probably have to buy quite a lot. In my opinion, it is a big help if you need or want lots of random pieces and parts of mechs, but not the whole mech. So, for getting parts for bashing stuff, it's fantastic. For just saving money or buying whole mechs? Kind of a lot of time to invest in my opinion.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: Tyrant on 24 February 2018, 00:57:47
As I said in a earlier response, there is no true physical store just the factory. You can visit during the week between 9 to 5. The pricing breakdown is mentioned earlier in this thread. You can purchased packaged product, loose product from stock bins or something casted (if they are free too) if not in stock bin.

IWM also operates a Online store.
Thanks. I guess I should have been clear when I said I didn't know there was a store that I meant a physical store and not just a store of any kind. I knew about the web store and I've stopped by the IWM booth at GenCon the last couple years to make purchases. I probably phrased my question all wrong emphasizing the pricing. Based on the article sadlerbw linked to it might be interesting enough on its own just to see everything. The discount would be a bonus.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: I am Belch II on 24 February 2018, 11:15:12
I would love to get down to see IWM and see how the work gets done.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: RoundTop on 26 February 2018, 15:09:04
My flight out from Indy for Gencon isn't until 5pm on the Monday. Anyone want to drive me over to the IWM office to do this and then back? :) (Though they are probably closed for the day to move everything back in from Gencon)
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: Heavyguard on 28 February 2018, 12:33:13
I would love to get down to see IWM and see how the work gets done.

You can see a bit here of it;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYopUa34hL4&t=365s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYopUa34hL4&t=365s)
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: Greatclub on 01 April 2018, 18:59:45
Probably the wrong place to ask, but is IWM losing the shadowrun license or somehting? All the fasa-era stuff is on sale.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: pensiveswetness on 01 April 2018, 21:44:00
Typically, anything that's on the shelves in the factory. That includes all the things you mentioned, and more. For anything not yet in distribution, or if they're fulfilling a big order for someone, they might ask that you refrain from those specific items.
this topic... it's about actually going to the store in CVG, quiaff?
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: CranstonSnord on 01 April 2018, 22:25:31
The warehouse, aff.
Title: Re: What's available from IWM Brick-n-Mortar / in-store
Post by: pensiveswetness on 01 April 2018, 23:33:00
If my family makes a trek south of CVG, I'll definitely make plans for a pit stop...