Hello, If you regularly follow my blog you will know that my wife's family lives in Tacloban City, Leyte and was caught up in the typhoon Haiyan (Yollanda) that hit the Philippines in November last year. Things, as you can image are still tough for our family and there is still a long road ahead. We have started to help our family to rebuild etc and have a few things on the go to help that I'll post as they come together.
I've been thinking for a while about painting some Naps to sell to help raise cash for the rebuild and a few nights back began some Fantasssin and Old Glory command bases to test the water with a look towards doing AB commands and possibly other stuff if there was an interest, I'm basically trying to balance out if it's worthwhile or am I better just doing extra overtime shifts at work as Im doing at the moment?
Anyways I'm havering, the real reason of my post . . .
Recently, I received a really nice email from Kurt over at Express Miniatures. As it turns out Kurt through past employment has had the chance to visit the Philippines on various occasions and was obviously concerned by the disaster that hit last year. Kurt has offered to purchase and paint up either a 36 man battalion (or 32 if you prefer Prussians/Russians/Saxons etc) or a 12 figure cavalry squadron of AB figures out of his own pocket and send them over to myself to either auction on ebay or sell here. The figures would be unbased so whoever buys them can base them in their own style or if you would like me to base them for you for a small additional fee I would be happy to. The proceeds would go to my family and their community in the Philippines to help out.
Just to let you know Kurt asked that this could be an anonymous donation but I feel it only right that he should get the credit for his work!!!
The problem we have is what nation and what unit to paint. To offer the unit in an auction on ebay (losing money to ebay) or would someone want to jump in and order the commission for themselves? also what would be a fair price for a newly painted AB battalion? We have thought a price of around £90 as a fair price as the AB figures will be purchased by Kurt (what do you guys think?) postage would be at cost and if you want basing done by myself we can work out a price. I am opening this up to you guys for your views and if anyone would like to make an offer feel free. You can either leave a message here or email myself through my profile. Again the money will be going straight to the Philippines, no profit by Kurt or myself.