Category Archives: Ebay

Pirated 18mm Eureka SYW figures on eBay

The miniatures hobby is already a niche business, full of small businessmen that feel the effects of piracy in no uncertain terms. It be hooves all of us lead-pushing geeks to get the word out about pirates. Cheers to Fighting15s in the U.K. For spotting this.

[follows: reblog post from Oozlum Games blog]


A Hong Kong based eBay user is selling painted, pirated versions of Eureka’s 18mm Seven Years War range. Fighting 15s has been following this user’s activities for some time, and at last has obtained examples of the figures and been able to compare them directly with genuine Eureka figures. Examples of pirated and genuine work appear in the pictures accompanying this news item.

Ebay user imfadcom (painting service CHYT) has been selling painted pirated version of Eureka’s SYW range since at least 2011. Fighting 15s became aware of this after attending Central London Wargames Club, where examples were fielded by one of the players in a large game. Thanks to that player we now have copies of the eBay emails relating to those items, identifying and confirming imfadcom as the seller, and have been able to make a more detailed comparison of the figures and take photographs.

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Ebay sure is funny at times

If you follow this blog you know I keep a weather eye open for potential 15mm ships becoming available at a reasonable price.  So it’s safe to say that if something from Old Glory Shipyards (ex Merrimack Miniatures) shows up on ebay, I’ll probably be somewhat interested.  When I saw this pair of ships come available, I jumped at the opportunity to bid– especially at a starting bid of 8.50 each.



Monitor with single turret, 15mm, ACW era.



6 Gun Casemate, probably the CSS Virginia


I could use these– ACW is a little late for Big Danged Boats but I could kit bash them to look a little more primitive.

Now, I was all in when this was 8.50, and bid for both of them at that price. Then I got notice two days before the deadline that someone else was bidding. So I counter-bid, not very aggressively, just driving the price up a couple bucks. I wasn’t really interested in capturing the item definitively, just serving notice that I was interested and not going to quit. The real action would happen in the last 30 minutes of the auction. So I set an alarm on my phone and it beeped me in time to bid again before closing. Rapid counter-bid. I bid again. Rapid counter-bid. So I waited. Then bid again five minutes out. The counter-bid came again, this time in an amount that was much larger. At this point the asking price was getting up there, and I did a short look up on both ships. They could be purchased brand new for much cheaper than the auction price. At this point, I stopped bidding, but both ships went for more than ten dollars over the highest bid I was willing to pay.

Okay, fine, you keep those, says I. I didnt’ expect either of these to go for more than about 18 dollars, but people surprise me. That’s how ebay works, compulsion and the fear that you are missing out on something the next guy is getting. Once you start disciplining yourself, Ebay becomes a lot easier.

From the NOW I’VE SEEN EVERYTHING Department.. The Mongol Guinea Pig

Lori Knight-Whitehouse, spouse of Howard “Mexican Jack” Whitehouse, recently brought the mongol armored Guinea Pig Armor on Ebay to my attention.

Yes, there’s someone who made a complete scale mail suit for their guinea pig out there. That’s love, I guess. Apparently the subject guinea went the way of all flesh recently and now the owner is selling the armor for charity.


The armor appears to be modeled after Mongol Heavy infantry but I admit I’m not up on Pig Armor and I’m sure there’s an authority out there to contest my judgement.

Here’s a little from the listing itself:

his auction is a charity auction for hand-made guinea pig scale-mail. (You’ve read that correctly)

Is your pet guinea pig tired of wandering around the house unarmored and vulnerable? Do they get picked on by other guinea pigs? Has your guinea pig ever wanted to go with you to a Renaissance Faire but had nothing to wear?

Fear not! A solution is here!

This hand-made scale-mail and tiny steel helmet will keep you guinea pig protected and secure in all situations. The scale-mail is made from polished steel scales and steel rings. It was painstakingly “woven” by me over several weeks in an effort to better prepare my guinea pig Lucky for the dangers of the modern world. The helmet was purchased at a Renaissance Faire later as it was the perfect finishing touch.

Lucky mostly wore his armor to begrudgingly pose for photos – once on top of a remote-control jetski. Don’t worry – he never rode the thing in the water… I don’t think he would have had the balance.

Lucky passed away this weekend, and no longer requires his noble suit of armor. In his honor and memory, any money from this auction (after Ebay fees) will go to the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue in Virginia. Lucky was adopted from the organization, and they’re a fantastic group who do all they can to find, foster and adopt (to others) Guinea Pigs in the northern Virginia area. You’ll see them on this auction as a 100% donation – it’s not a hollow promise 🙂

Please bid high and bid often!



Again, if you’re safety conscious about your guinea pigs and can’t stand the thought of sending them into battle without proper protection, THIS IS THE AUCTION FOR YOU.

At a current bidding price of 1,050 USD, it’s getting too rich for my blood. I guess my guinea pig (if I had one) would be light infantry (perhaps a slinger). Good thing I can’t stand the benighted little things.. I don’t think I’ll ever find out.