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Buying minis in UK/EU
« on: 07 September 2012, 15:29:22 »
Hey guys!  I just bought the starter box and now am thinking of buying metal minis to supplement/replace the ones in the box.  I am currently in the UK and I was wondering if anyone can point me to a source of BattleTech minis.  I know there is Ral Partha Europe, but is this the same as IWM that I see on these forums?

I will be buying the "iconic" mechs of 3025 and a few clan mechs as well.  I think I prefer my games on the 3050-ish time as I'm not so sure I like the Jihad, or those weird mechs they have.

Thanks!

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Re: Buying minis in UK/EU
« Reply #1 on: 07 September 2012, 16:08:46 »
Hey guys!  I just bought the starter box and now am thinking of buying metal minis to supplement/replace the ones in the box.  I am currently in the UK and I was wondering if anyone can point me to a source of BattleTech minis.  I know there is Ral Partha Europe, but is this the same as IWM that I see on these forums?

I will be buying the "iconic" mechs of 3025 and a few clan mechs as well.  I think I prefer my games on the 3050-ish time as I'm not so sure I like the Jihad, or those weird mechs they have.

Thanks!

Ral Partha Europe is not the same as IWM... but it has a licence, so is it almost the same, just that the newer items won't be available at the same time, you must wait about a year. But for what you are looking there's no problem.
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Re: Buying minis in UK/EU
« Reply #2 on: 07 September 2012, 16:45:06 »
RPE don't quite have the same range, but the minis they have are identical to the IWM ones. Their prices and service are extremely good. Don't forget to check out their cheap plastic hex bases ;)
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Re: Buying minis in UK/EU
« Reply #3 on: 07 September 2012, 17:13:57 »
Yes I confirm what's mentioned above. Don't forget that RPE  it doesn't archive his product like IWM does and some sculpts imported are more expensive.









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Re: Buying minis in UK/EU
« Reply #4 on: 08 September 2012, 04:37:25 »
Try over on LOTB, I'm sure either myself or some of my fellow Brits can come up with suggestions
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Re: Buying minis in UK/EU
« Reply #5 on: 08 September 2012, 06:30:19 »
What/where is LOTB?

As for RPE vs IWM, which one has the most quality minis then?  I don't want to buy from one only to find out that the other has a much higher-quality/higher-detail version of that mini, especially at £6-8 per mini.  Also, where/how can I get IWM minis here, or do I have to order from the US?

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Re: Buying minis in UK/EU
« Reply #6 on: 08 September 2012, 09:33:34 »
LOTB is Lords of the battlefield it's a site where is allowed to trade and sell:
http://www.lordsofthebattlefield.com/forum/index.php?sid=0b2ac5fb20ba7be317cdc324c930bd26
there's a dedicated section just for that.
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I do not see why you have to pay more 'money shipping if you can get the same items from the RPE.

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Re: Buying minis in UK/EU
« Reply #7 on: 08 September 2012, 10:42:54 »
What I will say is that if you want any of the new releases that have come out in the last 4 to 5 years and the online exclusives, you will have to order from IWM.  Since RPE does not have them.

Below are the shipping costs, yes they may seem high but I will say close to 80 percent of the international orders spend more then 250 to get the free shipping. Many of theses customers to one to two big orders a year.

Like its been mentioned there are many other placing to find the minis at, it's just up to you how you want to go about who you want to order from.