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Where do you get your bitz?

Where do you get your bitz?

This question occurs on a regular basis in all of my hobby-related groups on Facebook and while I was typing my usual answer for the third time this week, I already had several answers on the previous post asking for specific shop links.

Well, as I am a lazy person, I came up with the idea to just make a bitz source post on my blog and simply paste the link on future occasions.

So, without further ado – let’s get started. 😀

Keep them!

I often see posts in trading groups, where people offer all their bitz despite still playing and building the respective army. Some even trade away all leftovers from a kit as soon as they finish building the unit. Don’t do that! Yes, you can get rid of those three dozen similar Ork Boy axes, but keeping bitz is the base for a good bitz box. And with a well equipped one you won’t need to ask for bitz that often (you just need to find them, but organising your bitz collection is a different topic).

Building a large bitz box might seem as a big space commitment (especially if you organise your bitz properly) and ties up your money to some degree (e.g. with high value parts like grav cannons) – nonetheless you will be rewarded. Not only do you not need to get so many parts elsewhere, you can also draw inspiration from the parts you have lying around. Many of my own conversions use parts, which I have found in my bitz box and fit perfectly. Browsing the web for specific bitz rarely rewards the same serendipity effect for me.


Trade them!

Somewhat contradictory to the first advice, but still a viable source. Most (or at least many) of us are part of some gaming groups with lots of different armies and therefore bitz sources. If you don’t play Space Orks, you may still need one of those Ork Boy axes for an Inq28 mutant or a Mordheim dreg and the Ork player will certainly part with one of his dozen axes. Also it is possible to trade your needed parts for some less valued ones from your own bitz box, helping that Ork player in his own conversion work at the same time. 😉


Buy them!

Now we get to the bitz shops – of course all of them are based in Europe (like me). 😀

Bitsbay is my favourite bitz seller. Based in Italy you won’t get your bitz cheaper anywhere else (especially with their monthly 33% or even 50% sales). Unfortunately the low prices come with two drawbacks: 1. Out of stock: Cheap offers sell out fast, so you often have to wait for new stock before you can get your cheap bitz. 2. Long delivery times: Italian Post isn’t that fast – expect your goods up to three weeks after the shipment notification (based on my experience with shipping to Germany). If you’re on a budget or don’t care to wait, Bitsbay is definitely the place for you.

  • Range: 40k, AoS, Horus Heresy
  • Pros: Low prices, monthly sales
  • Cons: Long delivery times, low stock

Tabletopbitz sells only Warhammer Fantasy / AoS bitz, but has a huge range of parts. They also offer a lot of old stuff like Khemri bitz. Prices are higher than on Bitsbay.it, but still reasonable and shipping is usually fast and secure.

  • Range: AoS, WHFB
  • Pros: Huge WHFB assortment
  • Cons: No in-built English translation

Bitzbox has both a wide range of AoS and 40k bitz as well as an unique ‘patreon’ offer. For $5 a month, you can order as often as you like without paying any additional shipping costs. Additionally they process orders and deliver really fast even to continental Europe. If you need parts on short notice or want to get a bitz flat rate, you will be happy with this seller.

  • Range: 40k, AoS, Horus Heresy
  • Pros: Shipping flat rate, ‘in stock’ e-mail notifications

Bitzarium is a French shop with lots of kits from both 40k and AoS and even sells parts from some of the bigger kits like the CSM Maulerfiend or other vehicles. All of my orders were delivered within one week after payment and the packaging was always more than secure for your precious bitz.

  • Range: 40k, AoS, Horus Heresy
  • Pros: Some big kit bitz in stock

 

Another German shop for 40k and AoS bitz. My only order there was processed all well, but I always wonder how they come up with their prices. Some parts are seriously undercosted, but many small parts like heads or shoulder pads often cost easily five times the price I pay on Bitsbay.it.

  • Range: 40k, AoS, Horus Heresy, Mantic
  • Cons: Weird bitz pricing

Miscellaneous

There are still many bitz shops I haven’t tested yet, but I will still provide some links for you. Maybe you can test them for me, so I can add another review to this list. 😉


Not recommended!

Bitsandkits often lures people with regular 50% sales, thus making cheaper offers than even Bitsbay, but (at least for me) this comes with a price. Whereas many people have had good experiences with this shop, mine were mostly bad. Missing parts, broken parts, wrong parts and no intention to replace the parts. Contacting the owner was difficult and resulted only in an insolent answer from his side. He still owes me money / bitz and therefore I can not only not recommend this shop, but will also actively discourage people from buying there.


These are my thoughts about ‘Bitz and where to find them’. Let me know if you have questions or anything to add like additional reviews or even shops I haven’t heard of yet. 🙂

 
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Posted by on 17. April 2017 in Review, Tutorial

 

Clockworkers Teil 3 – Bases

Während das Milliput auf dem ersten Brustpanzer trocknet, hier ein kleines Review.

Da die Konstrukte selbst ein sehr messinglastiges Farbschema bekommen werden, entschied ich mich, über die Bases ein wenig für Kontrast zu sorgen. Nach einigem Stöbern im Angebot vorgefertigter Bases von Scibor, MicroArtStudio und anderen, stieß ich schließlich auf die Mosaik Bases von MicroArtStudio. Diese waren praktischerweise bei Microconstruct im Angebot und so bestellte ich je einen Pack 20mm, 25mm und 40mm Bases für gerade mal knappe 9,00 €.

Wie üblich war die Bestellung von Microconstruct nach 2 Tagen da und die Bases sogleich begutachtet. Das Mosaikmuster ist schön strukturiert und sehr detailliert. Die Detailschicht ist von der Höhe her auf einem normalen Warhammerbase angebracht und macht die Figuren somit um etwa 1mm größer. Insgesamt sind die Bases auf jeden Fall eine gute Investition, an sich auch für den normalen Preis von 4,20 – 4,90 € (je nach Anbieter). 🙂

Das einzige Manko stellt so gesehen die Optimierung der Bases für Regimenter dar. Das Mosaik soll bündig abschließen und hat somit die gleichen Maße wie der Fuß des Bases. Da die Fläche bei Warhammerbases aber nach oben hin kleiner wird, steht das Mosaik 1mm zu allen Seiten über. Für einzeln eingesetzte Modelle nun nicht ganz so passend, aber wahrlich kein Ausschlussgrund.

 
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Posted by on 29. July 2013 in Review

 

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