No doubt some of you on here have had a similar e mail from Tommy's War and their flash 50% sale over this weekend. I read Darren's blog about Tommy's War and the problems that he is suffering. I am like Darren and dabbling in the military figure market and I can empathise with him. Darren has filled a niche admirably - his WWI figures are sublime and his artillery piece/diorama has to be one of the highlights of the competition circuit when completed and on show.There are some competent modellers who have done such a great job in presenting Tommy's War figures. The series includes some wonderful figures which I will not list - take a look at his website - http://tommyswar.co.uk/ - I have had the pleasure in reviewing many of these figures and I have to say the quality is excellent - Tommy's War figures hardly ever need any clean up, the details are crisp and deep, when primed and painted the figures will present great representations of each subject when on the shelf. One thing Darren has managed is animation - or I should say his sculpt artists - it is not easy making a figure in action look like it is in action. Darren's chosen field is almost a monopoly in 54mm - if you want a 54mm WWI subject it will be to Tommy's war you go. It is a shame that Darren has had to take this route. We all know that making and producing model figures will not make us rich. I have developed three figures - I expected a rush of sales as the subjects I chose are very popular - however it is a slow arduous task to sell - production is expensive - anyone on Planet Figure will know that you have to pay a sculpt artist, a casting company then there is packaging and the time - if Darren were to cahrge for all this (indeed if I were to do so) these figures would be a lot more than the asking price - indeed many of us often say on here "Too much for me" - cost for us all is a consideration - if you are not in a position to buy X, Y or Z then you will not buy no matter what the subject matter is. Like many on here, I suspect, I have a stash that is as long as your arm or longer! That includes a couple of Tommy's War as well. I buy these items when I see them - if they take my fancy - too many times have I said to myself "I'll get it at a later date" - then it becomes a collectable and no longer a retail product so the price tag is higher. Get em while you can is my motto I digress... I have made one small order - sorry Darren - not enough to make a difference and I am not taking advantage of Darren's situation - I just forgot to order it earlier. I would urge you all if you have even a half fancy to make a WWI subject figure go to Darren's site and buy - the artillery diorama is an absolute steal. But it is sad that it has come to this for Darren - read his blog on why he is doing this and read between the lines - he has put a lot of thought and love into this little niche business. He is allowing his heart to rule his head and making some decisions that are crucial to keeping Tommy's War going. I urge you to help him and buy up some of his stock - for I fear we not see much more of Tommy's War and this prospect I find very sad - unless we support Darren and add to our stash. I would add that you may argue that the X, Y or Z figures are not what you want - Darren of course chooses the subject - however like most things if one person likes it usually there are at least 10 more who would like it also. It cannot be denied that Darren's choices are very good. I would say that should he sell out of his stock over this weekend then I suspect he would be open to suggestions - again if you like it and will buy it then there is bound to be 10 more who like it - but on that ratio if 200 figures are made then 20 people have to make the suggestion - so if only one of you wants Captain Blackadder and Baldrick with a cunning plan - then it ain't gonna happen but should 20 of you say "I'd like T.E. Lawrence in his army uniform" Then it certainly will be considered. Finally I am writing this on my own accord - Darren is in a position that I fear many small cottage industry model figure suppliers find themselves. If we don't support these manufacturers then believe me there will not be these figures available anymore.