Usually, I do not tackle more than one BMU on the painting desk at once. This time, an exception. Mustering off from the painting desk today are two battalions of Austrians for the 1859 project. Both will take their place in the OB as 4th battalions in Benedek's 8th Corps, 4th Brigade. One marches off from the 18th Infantry Regiment; the other from the 19th Infantry Regiment. Notice that the rank and file are in greatcoat but the command are wearing white tunics of kittel. Really makes the command stand out.
Each battalion is 18 figures strong and composed of Lancashire Games miniatures. These are the first of the recently acquired Lancashire Games figures to undergo the paint brush. Nice figures with minimal flash but the mold lines on the shakos are a bit misaligned. The shakos are uncovered with shako plate showing. A detail the Old Glory and Mirliton figures do not display as the shakos on their figures are covered. These figures fit in well with the 15mm Old Glory and Mirliton figures present in the project.
I liked the look of these figures enough to place a follow up order with Lancashire Games. Luckily, a 15% Off Winter Sale is in force so I saved a few dollars as well.
Speaking of dollars spent and saved, shipping from the U.K is expensive. It is not uncommon for a U.K. vendor to charge 30% to 40% of order value to ship to the USA. Lancashire is no exception in that 40% is charged for shipping to USA. For my order, that shipping charge totaled BP20.74. Well, I did want the figures so I submitted the order.
When the package arrived, the postage cost was stamped as BP12.85! My charged postage is a 61% markup over actual postage costs. Do these companies use postage as an extra revenue center or does the 40% shipping cost on balance cover actual shipping? Perhaps, the price-to-weight ratio in my case was not typical.
As a figure purchaser, do you expect charges for postage to accurately reflect actual (or near actual) postage costs?