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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Closing Down Fenris


Posted on 13th Jan 2020



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During the Xmas/New Year period, while digging into the backlog of orders and Kickstarter Pledges, I've been doing some serious thinking about the future of Fenris Games.


For some time now - well over two years - the business hasn't been paying its way, with orders gradually dwindling in size and frequency (December 2019, as an example, grossed just £476 in new orders for the whole month) and with utilities and materials costs all increasing and the expense of our import ranges becoming steadily greater as the pound continues to hold little value internationally. Rent alone on the Fenris workshop is £1200 a month, and I last paid myself anything at all in 2016. Fenris has been kept afloat solely by the last couple of Kickstarters (Cauldron Warband, the most recent, is losing money by the day as I've had to subcontract out almost all of the casting) and by ever-more frequent teaching work. While this is financially enormously helpful, I've reached a stage where I'm away 5 weeks out of 6, and effectively paying 3-4x market rate just for storage.


So: long story short: I'm closing down this workshop permanently by the end of February, at the latest. Currently, I don't have a new location to move to, but do have more teaching work lined up. I also have a stall booked for Salute in April and aim to be bringing lots of new-to-shows goodies with me for sale on the day. For the short term, though, I'll not be producing any new stock, nor taking any new orders on beyond January 31st.


I will be clearing ALL outstanding orders and Kickstarter Pledges just as soon as physically possible. Part of the issue for delays, teaching aside, is that as a one-man producer things just take longer and longer to get done, especially given the increasing amount of time spent on unpaid necessities like advertising, social media presence, and all the minutiae of trying to generate new business to pay that albatross-like rent bill every month.


Meanwhile, if there's something from the catalogue you've been hankering after, if you need stock of your favourite bases, or if you want something made to order for collection at Salute in order to save you some postage fees, then NOW is the time to put that order in. Things are honestly looking pretty bleak beyond April, at the moment, and there's an outside chance I might not get to re-open at all. Certainly, I'll be downsizing things, maybe retiring whole ranges and import deals (the latter are very much dependent on whatever happens with the Brexit fiasco, and subject to what happens to the currency exchange rate) and cutting back on licenced ranges too in an effort to shave costs.

Lastly, my huge, huge thanks for your support over the last 12 years.



- Ian @ Fenris


Sad to see Fenris go, they've always made really nice stuff

 
   
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Keeper of the Adeptus Arbites Flame






Cairo, Egypt

Yeah a real shame.

Added link:
https://fenrisgames.com/

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2020/01/13 17:49:27


 
   
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Courageous Questing Knight





Central Cimmeria

Darn, I've wanted some of his Cthulhu stuff for years, but exchange rates and shipping stateside kept on pushing them down on my buy list.
   
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Plaguelord Titan Princeps of Nurgle





Portsmouth UK

noooooooooooooo!

Better get those SoTR Incursion bits & some Salaco bases now :(

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Also I've started taking photos to use as reference for weathering which can be found here. Please send me your photos so they can be found all in one place!! 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

I'm really going to miss all his fantastic terrain bits, especially the runestones (I've got a fair amount of) and all the mayan/Aztec stuff (I've wanted but never had a real reason to own yet


 
   
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Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

That is a real shame. The UK is home to an amazing number of indie miniature producers, I hope they can weather the current economically challenging times on the whole.

   
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MN

He has some great terrain.... I might need to pick up that Temple of Hercules.

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Dankhold Troggoth






Shadeglass Maze

Man... seems like lots of small companies are facing this atm =/

Best of luck to Ian, he does some amazing work!
   
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Legendary Master of the Chapter





 Da Boss wrote:
That is a real shame. The UK is home to an amazing number of indie miniature producers, I hope they can weather the current economically challenging times on the whole.


the the british pound goes down it might work in their favor. As Gallad says, a lot of people internationally sometimes take a pass on minis from the UK due to the high cost of the UK pound.

Opinions are not facts please don't confuse the two 
   
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Aspirant Tech-Adept




Australia

A shame to see them go. I wasn't fully aware of what they made, but I really do like a lot of their stuff. They got me for £90.49 plus shipping for a bunch of stuff though, so hopefully that eases the pain somewhat.
   
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Keeper of the Adeptus Arbites Flame






Cairo, Egypt

I wonder if 3D printing.isn't hitting the garage shops heavily.

 
   
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Courageous Questing Knight





Central Cimmeria

 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
I wonder if 3D printing.isn't hitting the garage shops heavily.

I think it is mostly KS plus GW apparently making things people want to buy again.
   
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That's too bad. I didn't even know about them. I may have to pick some stuff up.

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Regular Dakkanaut




Lincoln, UK

 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
I wonder if 3D printing.isn't hitting the garage shops heavily.


The companies that do succeed, like Anvil or Zealot, are riding heavily on GW's coat-tails, offering conversion parts and generic scenery pieces. Or historicals or super-cheap basics (TTCombat and Sarissa MDF)

It's a shame to see quality companies like Fenris going, and Antenociti struggling, and even more of a shame to see
such companies unable to find a place in the market for their own vision.

3D printing can't help though.

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One of the best around and also going for so long this is really bad... Gutted.

   
 
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