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Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: April 28, 2010, 04:27:36 PM »
They are called fingers, but have you ever seen one fing?

nope.

You've sent us things like blackjacks and jelly beans, but what's your favorite type of sweets?

they used to be called 'texan bars' but you cant buy them anymore.  when i was a kid my favourite sweet was called a 'Spangle'

How come when I move my foot like this it hurts?

no idea, but the mother in me says "if it hurts, dont move it and then it wont hurt anymore!"

527
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: February 19, 2010, 08:03:23 PM »
Spill the beans, those who play with Kev on Left for dead know he doesnt use a mic so....does he shout at the screen :wink:

nope

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And...has he woken in a cold sweat yet after dreaming about zombies :lol:

nope, but about 6 weeks ago i got up in the night to get a drink and as i got back into bed he sat bolt upright and shouted "duck, theres one in the lift behind you" or words to that effect.

528
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:04:37 PM »
Tom and Jerry all the way

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Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: February 17, 2010, 04:59:06 PM »
When it comes the etched brass bits (http://www.hasslefreeminiatures.co.uk/range.php?range_id=48&subcat_id=24) the notes in the pics say/imply that you cut up larger frets into smaller "single serving" sections for individual sale. If I wanted a full, intact fret, is there a way to order one?

yes, just order a multiple.  everything except assorted covers is cut into 4 so if you want one of those just order 4 of it or 6 of the covers.  Usuallyif someone wants half a sheet i dont give them 2 individual pieces but just half.

530
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:13:32 AM »
When watching War movies; modern and Vietnam films are in colour, Second World War films are in colour and black and white, First World War movies are in black and white, then why are Roman and dinosaur films in colour. What's that all about?

blood looks better in glorious technicolour. 

the first three films types are colour or B/W due to the date line and when colour film-making came into being starting the 1930's

however i would have thought that films about Romans or dinosaurs would have appealed to the pre 2nd world war era as they wouldnt have thought them worthy of making a film about.  there was a lot of classical films then so there were early b/w roman and dinosaur films but they probably ended up on the cutting room floor compared to the popular topics of the time like comedy and films from books .  obviously some got through like King Kong and the early Harry Hausen stuff but modern remakes are probably more historically accurate so their presense would have overwritten any older films.  doesnt mean to say they werent made, just we dont know about them so much.

does that make any kind of sense or am i babbling?

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Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:07:00 AM »
Sally why are women's feet always cold?

"cold feet, warm heart"

532
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:06:24 AM »
Have you thought about putting some greens and (painted?)masters in a cabinet for Salute this year and perhaps having pre-order forms so folks can get an email/invoice when they are ready?
yes, every year so far but we always run out of time or something happens!

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Was also thinking about the lists you had going last year, as I remember they had a column for prices, why not have offers that increase the average sale, so if the average spend at the stand is £8, just have an offer to spend £10 to get a free accessory pack?

already done

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Also do you know of any good builders in the St Albans area?
nope

533
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: February 12, 2010, 03:36:42 PM »
When you say the guns in the armoury measure 12mm or 15mm, etc, from top to bottom, is that from muzzle to butt of stock, or to the lower edge of the sprue they're cast on?  Cheers.

i never take into accountthe actual sprues when i measure components or figures, i take what will be the finished measurement once they have been removed from any casting tags

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Information / Re: What is a typical HF customer.
« on: February 02, 2010, 02:43:51 PM »
Donít know. Do you add sweets to your deliveries like my retailer does?   :wink:

Yup, it was our idea and they copied us!

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Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:57:10 AM »
Is the share of your profit that you lose when I buy from a retailer and not directly from you:

a) insignificant small
b) bearable
c) painful
d) obscene
e) astronomic
f) even higher?! (Eek, I am out of words!)

?

It is just an accepted business loss.  The standard retailer discount is 40%, that means a retailer can buy in a figure that we sell RRP for £3.50 for £2.10.  They then sell it for £3.50 making £1.40 profit on it.  Of course anyone can tell you that this isnt pure profit as general business overhead running costs will swallow a proportion of that.  The £2.10 that we get for the figure has to cover casting costs, general production costs, admin, packing, bagging/basing etc.  So technically we make less potential profit on it that the retailer.

Selling to a retailer shouldnt always be seen as a negative though, its 'swings and roundabouts'.  A retailer will have a larger and more diverse customer base than ours and by getting our figures in their shop they will expose them to lots of people who maybe hadnt heard of us before therefore raising our profile.  A percentage of those customers will then seek us out to buy direct to go back to their retailer to get another HF fix and buy other stuff as well, thereby providing the retailer with an income.

Technically though we get a better cut of the profit if you buy direct from us, this then enables us to produce more figures the following month or invest in new sculptors.

536
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 24, 2010, 12:06:29 PM »
which type of green and blacks chocky is best presented at the HF stand as offerings?

the darker the better please!!

537
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 24, 2010, 12:05:54 PM »
I feel embarassed now. I do of course mean Sallysama, not sallysan or even worse sallykun... Forgive the impoliteness...

impoliteness forgiven, now i expect you to take your punishment like a man.  Go stand outside the nearest GW shop with just your underpants on wearing a HF badge pinned to them.  I require a dated photo as proof.

538
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 24, 2010, 12:04:19 PM »
1. *courteous bow* Sallysan what is the way to perfect enlightenment? And can Hasslefree figures help?

The way to perfect enlightenment and harmony with everything around you is indeed through the purchase and subsequent nurturing of little metal figures, in particular HF figures as they are the highest value and quality.  you could define HF Enlightenment as a philosophical movement of the 21st century, characterized by belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in manufacturing, sculpting, and customer service doctrine.


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. Did you get my PM concerning that translation thingy?

yes, sorry behind with admin.  it was perfect, thanks lots

And did you get my pm about the thing I sent you?
ditto above, sorry.  will call you later as there are some things i need to ask you

Has Kev ever done Historical miniatures (excluding Ghengis Khan) if so what were they?
he made some for Xyston just as I-Kore were going under, i will let him answer what they are though as my memory is getting bad in my old age.

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Has Kev made a time machine yet?
no but we are working on it.  Luke is currently learning about exploring the space/time continuum and i am sure byt the time he is 5 years old we will have the final prototype ready

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If so does he plan on another version of Deth and Taxis? Soon?
he did some other versions alread

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How do you stop your wife from hitting you when she sees you have taken your 18 month old to the barbers for his first proper number 4?
be grateful she didnt decide to bikini wax you whilst you were asleep

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How do you keep socks on small children without being arrested?
tell them not to put them on.  and if that doesnt work take them out without socks on, as soon as their feet beging to get cold they will soon want them on.  Kieran refused to get dressed for nursery one morning so i took him in his pyjamas.

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Does Kev need a hair cut?
nope, no hair to cut

539
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 23, 2010, 01:17:00 PM »
Here's a question: Does Kev ever take commission work from individuals?  I would ask about how much it would cost someone to have Kev do a 28mm scale mini, but that would just be crass.  (^_^)

actual cost depends on the complexity involved, whether it is single or multi-part, whether it has rivets/intricate details that would require many layers.  For example a semi-naked chick with a HF gun would cost less than a robotic zombie.  Minimum cost to start off would be £300 GBP

540
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 23, 2010, 01:15:21 PM »
Can Sally explain to me where the last 23 hours went to
nope

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who ate my bag of fresh prawns out of the fridge
the prawn-munching goblin that lives under your fridge...in fact he probably doped you especially for you to sleep for 23 hours just so he could eat all of your prawns.

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and is that amount of sleep bad for you ?  :shrug:
nope, but i am insanely jealous that you had the opportunity

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Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 22, 2010, 08:30:02 PM »
How drunk can Kate and I get the night before Salute? 

don't keep me awake with your drunken staggerings down the corridor like you did last year or i shall fill a vessel with cold water and drench you both!  Hangovers + the busiest show of the year dont go together!

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Suggestions (HF) / Which of the older ranges to work on first?
« on: January 22, 2010, 07:47:39 PM »
As it says above, vote for the one you want him to tackle first and then (if possible)  give us a reason in the reply box............have you got a spot in a game that needs filling?  A space in a diorama?  Or do you just like a particular range

543
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 22, 2010, 07:43:34 PM »
not cheeky but entirely confidential, sorry!
Nosy then! :roll:

Do you forsee the 40mm Kalee making an appearance this year? She's one of my favourite 28s...

The short ginger man in the big chair he say "yeeeeeesssssssss"

544
Suggestions (HF) / Which to zombiefy first?
« on: January 22, 2010, 07:41:48 PM »
basically as Kev puts it......."Who dies first?"

545
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 22, 2010, 02:41:00 PM »
Does Kev have any particular backstory that goes with the Zombie Hunters?  Such as, who knows who, how they met and how most of them ended up zombiefied etc..?

Nope, his creative little brain just makes them up as he goes along.  The current conversions are for a specific game for Salute 2010 but apart from that i would say he just watches too much TV and looks at too many chicks all day

546
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 22, 2010, 12:57:39 PM »
Did/has the recession/financial meltdown affected HF sales?

Just curious.   :whistle: 

Yes, over the last two years the customer dynamics have changed greatly.  There is only about 10% less volume order than this time last year but the average order value is about 20% lower....so the same amount of work for less profit.  Also we have seen shifts in customer bases as the GBP and USD fluctuate.

Everything is less stable than it was 2 years ago, more uncertainties.

547
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 22, 2010, 12:54:36 PM »
What ambitions does Hasslefree have

world domination.

no seriously all i personally would like to see is us to carry on doing what we are doing now but better, more organised, maybe with some external investment so Kev could have a proper wage, proper premises away from the home, staff designated for particular roles instead of everyone having to know a bit about everything in case i get ill.  I like to think that i try to set standards for others to follow....okay sometimes i dont often get it right even up to my standards but at least i can say that i have tried.

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where would you ideally like to see the business in 2 years, in 5 years?
as above

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On a related note - do you see any particular range as a growth area that you would like to expand over the next 12 months?
zombies, fantasy football, 40mm pieces like Artemis

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Have you considered developing a game (board, skirmish or wargame) to act as a vehicle to help to promote the Grymn (and other ranges) to those gamers out there that like to have 'rules' specifically for their miniatures?

yes...however not enough hours in the day to do we we currently need to achieve to keep going

548
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 22, 2010, 10:53:29 AM »
If I knew what it was that I didn't know, would I still not know it?
:scratchhead:

you think too much, go get a beer and kill some zombies

what was your very first release?
HFX001 Gen on altar. HFH001 Liberty and HFM001 Mjolnir

Favorite place in the world (apart from "at home, with the family" :)), and place you'd most like to visit?

hmmmmm.........place i would most like to visit would be Japan without a doubt.  Most favourite place in the world that i have ever been was Switzerland camping when i was at school, we camped by Lake Lucerne and took trips over to some of the Italian Lakes (como, maggiore).  I remember the whole trip being 'sparkly', in complete contrast to winter UK!

549
Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 22, 2010, 10:49:17 AM »
If I beg will Kev make s'more Kindred?  :smile:

you can try, it cant hurt.  whilst you are there begging on bended knee can you remind him that he needs to do me some new FF figs.

I have a question that I was discussing just earlier today. Maybe you are wise enough to know the answer?

You know the playground rhyme when someone's being a wimp:
"Scaredy-cat, scaredy-cat,
Sitting on the doormat.
Eating a piece of cheese,
Without even saying please!"

nope, never even heard it before!  And anyone who has cats know they adore cheese, in fact i wouldnt be surprised if the fact that cats hate mice is because in ancient times the very first mouse took the very first piece of cheese whilst the very first cat was munching it.  the cat loved the cheese so much that eve since he has had one huge grudge against the mouse for depriving him of it.

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Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: January 22, 2010, 09:35:31 AM »
Why doesn't HF retire older/less successful ranges?

because then we wouldnt have the diversity that we have now.   Define 'less successful' ....  to me so long as there is a market for a particular figure then it is still doing what Kev made it to do.

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Why doesn't the website have a search facility?  :whistle:
cheeky bugger, it does

This may be cheeky... but I've been wondering how Twilight works between HF and Mike? In terms of casting bills and money made and all?

not cheeky but entirely confidential, sorry!

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