This time next week, the Scottish Masters will be over; and we will have hopefully achieved the purpose we set out at the start. The main aim, was to get a large Masters style tournament; on the Scottish and eventually the UK calender. Starting small, would allow us to iron out any issues (of which we had a few); but also allow us to plan more efficiently for 2014.
Talking of contributions, I received the Warbases items today and have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by them. The Feat Tokens look great and made of acrylic, not the MDF I was expecting. The Bullet Keyrings, have just to get the split rings attached, to complete the look; but they come made up of at least 6 different colours of acrylic (I might need to requisition a Cryx green one). With just the Chess Clocks and the resent items from Micro Art Studio, we are Good to Go!
I would like to first of all thank Andrew Galea, for getting back to me so promptly over the issues I raised with Rankings HQ. Through a couple of emails and communications in Rankings HQ; we have gotten the problems sorted and things are back on track.
The customer service since he contacted me, has been excellent and I feel this recent experience is a one off situation. Hopefully when the planning of the Scottish Master 2014 comes around, we’ll be turning to Rankings HQ to handle the hard part for us.
Yesterday I received the bags kindly donated to the Scottish Masters, by Battlefoam. All I can say, is that I am jealous of whoever gets one of these bags. They have provided us with two different colours, one in black and the other in the Battlefoam Green. This is the first time I’ve actually got a close look at the trays too, which are really nice. It’s got the softness to the foam that makes abrasion on models less likely; but it has the rigidity where it needs it – the base and sides. Overall I really like the quality and options that Battlefoam offer, there is a reason they are they best; and will be looking to invest in one in the future.
Let me preface this rant, by stating that I have tried everything possible to resolve this; with emails going back to the beginning of August at least.
Ranking HQ was recommended by other PG’s, as a good way to collect money for tournaments; that you didn’t want paid ‘on the door’. With the Scottish Masters, I hoped to use it to help fund it; either through invoicing or paying directly through Paypal. As it turns out, every single penny spent on this so far, has come out of my pocket; with still a couple more items to be purchased.
Now I’m ok with this, it comes with being a PG. However, that isn’t the point, Ranking HQ have failed both the players who have paid, as well as myself.
I have emailed them 3 times, asking for 2 simple pieces of information
How and when is the money transferred to the nominated Paypal account?
How does the ticket system of Ranking HQ deal with refunds for players who drop out?
There is not one thing on the site that states this, not one FAQ that would easily avoid this kind of situation. Sadly I can’t even get a single answer on their ‘Tavern’, it’s almost like its some secret society and I don’t know the silly walk and handshake; to be able to get the answers I need. I mean come on, this is your business, right now they are only missing the Stetsons and spurs; to complete the image of cowboys.
So would I recommend Ranking HQ? I wouldn’t trust them to organise a lunch break, let alone trust them with the players in Scotland.
I have to apologise to Ste, the owner of Bases4War; for the delay in posting up something about his contribution to the event. I recently suffered a mild TIA, which in simple terms is a form of stroke. Unfortunately it has had other effects on my health, which have put me behind on a lot of things.
Ste send us over 50 bases, in 40mm and 50mm sizes. They are perfect for wreck markers, so it is the plan to give some of these away to ever player who attends the Scottish Masters. I’ll be doing a review of them later, when I get some time to do some painting; but I can safely say that the quality is way beyond what the website shows. I’ll be looking into getting some of these myself, in the future. Just to tease you a little, here is one of each base size.