Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Yllanes, one of the forum denizens over at WWPD.net, just received an email saying that the paint quality on the first building in the new round of Battlefront's building subscription system for Flames of War, the Bastogne Church, was painted so poorly they're actually sending them all back to get repainted. It'll take 2 months to get them done and out the door.
I wish I was communicating to you today to share with you good news but unfortunately I have to be the bearer of bad tidings. After working so hard with our manufacturing partners in China this past year to improve the quantity and maintain quality at the same time on our Battlefield in a Box range I was angry and disappointed to discover today that the delivery of our first premium house, the Bastogne Church, that has literally just arrived around the world in all our offices is well below the expected quality level.
The castings of the model are fine but the paint jobs are so bad I cannot fathom how this has happened. After thinking it might be just a few we checked the deliveries in each office and have unfortunately found nothing to suggest this terrible lapse in quality is across the board. I have a few images below to show you just what we are talking about and given you are probably an owner of some our range already you will quickly see just how bad these are. They are not even close to the master sample we approved and even the dry brushing shade is the wrong colour so something has seriously gone wrong with our run.
Working in China certainly has its issues but we have had relationships with two companies these past five years that
we use for the larger scale items that we cannot make ourselves and everything from Gothic buildings to woods have come out as expected. Given the long timelines and payment up front you must make to do anything in China there is always a risk that what you paid for is not what you get but having spoken to the owner of the plant who did this job even he was stunned looking at the images at what has happened. We have already agreed that the run is to be returned for re-painting which will delay the release of this model now for almost two months. We also agreed that I will now be sending one of my senior managers from our own factory in Malaysia to inspect the future shipments before they leave. This will not impact future planned releases in this range as they will be now be checked thoroughly before they leave so I see no reason why number two onwards will not arrive as scheduled.
You have made a serious commitment to us for a subscription and we are not happy with the idea that you wait for another eight weeks so we will instead be making a new small run of buildings immediately and having them air-freighted out to us for shipment to you. This is the fastest way I have at my disposal to get you the model you have paid for in good faith assuming we would deliver to you as agreed.
Based on the information I have right now this will take another three to four weeks to get made, painted and shipped so right now to be safe I will say that we will get you your Bastogne Church in the first week of September at the latest and if it looks like it will be sooner we will let you know straight away.
We will be making this public tomorrow as we communicate with our stores and the world at large but I felt it only right for you to find out directly from me before the news breaks.
I know this is frustrating and I can only end by saying on behalf of myself and the company we are very sorry and regret that this failure diminishes your trust in us and our reputation that we have worked so hard to earn.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
|Stole this from the interwebs. I didn't even|
Get WWPD's permission to use it. Cause
|He looks nothing like that any more. |
Way less hipster now.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
But, I put my carcass into drive and cut 1200 pics from the weekend down to the top 30 or so. We've got Steve's last News From the Front podcast, army pics galore and all sorts of other bits.
|I kill 1 and bail 2.|
|Next turn he kills 2 of those plucky little light tanks then I take out another of his IS-2's.|
|I take out a 3rd and he does the same. He's down to 1 tank and I'm down to just one and a bailed. His fearless dudes fail their morale check and run off the board. VICTORY!|
More after the break
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Ok I lost 5-2 in free for all against Romanians. I didn't really feel like sitting back and drawing the tie like you can easily do. And me and my partner were both middle of the board so wet agreed on just having some fun.
I just happened to be on the short end of the fun. :)
I had a great time at the tournament. And blogging for the 5 of you that read this. I'll be posting a bit more tomorrow and then it's vacation time.
Bruce and the Battlefront crew run a great tourney and kudos to them for hosting an excellent shindig.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Matt varnish and Jesse from Showcase put together a couple of just amazing boards.
Matt brings us an awesome 21st Pz Div and Jesse the D-Day weiderstandnest
Thursday, July 18, 2013
OP Sherman makes the winning kill against a jadgtiger on turn 6! That was epic. (check the last picture)
Well we did it. We went 3 and 0, last round was fighting withdrawal work is on the attack and captured the 2 outside objectives both on turn 6.
We won 4-3 as Ben couldn't seem to keep his poor little Stuarts alive vs. a jadgtiger and 4 Pak 50's.
They were running a jadgtiger and 2 sturmtigers and a mix of fearless and reluctant infantry.
Attackers must be aggressive in this scenario so we charged right up and the game went our way.
Best part is we played two really great guys Jessie and the dude who makes all the terrain for the store we love up in Philly. Well and gentlemanly played good sirs.
I don't think 14.9 will put us at the top of the table but it was a fun tourney and I'll let you all know how we did.
5-2 versus Rota and extremely heavy Tankovy. In part our dice rolled extremely hot and we got to defend, but that was one of the worst possible match ups we could have faced.
That was a tense game from start to finish with some epic sweeping movements and clutch saves.
Ben played well and I followed his lead, to victory!
Woot! We picked up our first game 5-2 with 9 domination points against walkurie PDF and volksgrens.
The mission was the I-95 home brew blind domination, you can find the rules for it in the downloads section of wwpd.net
For the record jadgpanthers are terrifying against light tanks. But we ended up killing all 3!
Here be pics!