Friday, 22 November 2013

Royal Mail Restrictions, Bases & News

As many of you will probably know by now Royal Mail have brought in restrictions on the sending of paint. Not just the solvent based stuff but all paints including water based.

This is what Royal Mail now say :


So bottom line is send more than 4 pots of paint and we’ll destroy the package. Clearly this is stupid and very unfair, especially when you can post 1litre of alcohol with no problem.

However what to do?

Contacting Royal Mail is difficult at best however we do have a couple of options.

A petition has been organised which you can sign. Just click on the picture below.


Royal Mail also has a twitter account @RoyalMail If everyone that can asks them politely to lift the restriction via repeated tweets, this might also help.

Personally I’ve just to experience a problem with a parcel, but I know others who have and its probably only a matter of time. The only other solution is for all paint orders over 4 bottles to be sent via courier, and that of course will increase the shipping costs.

Its a cruel kick for the hobby and artistic communities, on the back of recent price rises and package size restrictions. Lets see if this can go viral and win one for the small guy for a change. 

Learn to Paint Kits

Following on from a UK based problem to a US one now. I’m not quite sure why but Sable pelts are no longer being imported into the US. Sable is of course used in good quality paint brushes, and two sable brushes are included in every Reaper Learn to Paint Kit. Therefore no brushes, no kits. I know Reaper along with others are working on the problem, but it does mean if you want Learn to Paint Kits, supply is now a problem. Paint kit 2 is currently no longer available. Currently I can still get the others, but I don’t know for how much longer, or when the brush problem will be fixed.

Display Bases

The last ones I made went quite well so I’ve been busy on the lathe and made some more. All Oak and will come with green felt on the base.


If you have any thoughts or comments as to what you’d like to see re wooden bases, please drop me an email at the shop and I’ll see what I can do.

Slotta Bases

I’ve restocked on some of the more popular slotta bases this week too.

50mm Round Lipped

40mm Round Lipped

30mm Round Lipped

25mm Square Recessed

Finally don’t forget Figurepainter Magazine 7 is now out and available to download. Great value for just £ 1.00.


It just leaves me to underline my top topic once again. Please sign the petition or tweet Royal Mail and ask them to remove the restriction. They are currently attempting to answer my tweets on the subject, though worryingly don’t seem to know much about it.

I’m on twitter as @MiniatureHeroes



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