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GENERAL

>>  Who are Minibits?

Minibits was formed in 2010 by Leon Pengilley, supplying a variety of wargames accessories including MDF bases, paints, brushes and dice.  In 2018 we merged with Pendraken Miniatures and the current workforce consists of:

Leon - Day-to-day jobs, looking after the emails, website and Forum, keeping on top of the sculptors/releases and generally greasing the wheels of the Pendraken/Minibits machine!

Dave - Pendraken founder, taking care of moulding and also casting most of the 20th Century orders.

Adele - Leon's better half, running Minibits as well as packaging, show prep and other random jobs!

Ian - Our main caster, who joined us in 2014 and casts a variety of orders.  More recently, Ian has taken on moulding duties as well.

Stuart - Our first part-time caster, who joined us in 2010 and casts for the Pendraken side of the business.

Scott - Scotty joined us in December 2017 and also casts for the Pendraken side of the business.

Mike - Our latest addition to the casting team on the Pendraken side of the business.

Jess - Jess joined us in 2014 and takes care of checking and packaging all the orders, packaging stock for the shows, and a variety of other jobs.

Rachel – Rachel is our latest addition, working on the laser machine producing and packaging MDF bases and buildings.

 

MDF BASES

>>  Can you produce custom sizes of MDF bases?

Indeed we can, no problem at all.  Drop us an email to confirm the sizes you need and we'll get back to you with a quantity per pack.  Orders can then be placed using the custom 'BSX', 'BCX', 'BHX' and 'BOX' codes at the bottom of the base lists.

>>  What thickness of MDF do you use?

Our standard thickness is 2mm but we can also provide 3mm on request.

 

ORDERING / ORDERS

>>  How do I place an order?

You can order by several methods:
- Website - Simply browse the products, and add the items to your Basket.  Proceed to the checkout, fill out your details and a Postage region, and the website will transfer you to PayPal for your payment.  There is a Guest Checkout facility as well, so you do not need to register for an account.
- Email - Pop us your order using the 'Contact Us' section of our website, and we'll get back to you to confirm the price and your preferred payment method.
- Telephone - Give us a ring on 01642 460638, and we'll take your order and card details over the phone.
- Mail - Send us your order in the post, and we'll get it all sorted out for you.

>>  How can I pay for my order?

The website uses PayPal for all orders, but we can also take credit/debit card payments or cheques made payable to 'Pendraken'.  To do this, fill out your details as normal, choose a Postal region and then select the 'Pay In Person' option.  The order will come through to us here and you can then contact us to make your payment.

>>  Do I have to register on the website to place an order?

No, not at all, if you don't want to register on our website then you can either Checkout as a Guest or simply pop us an email with your order and we can arrange payment.

>>  Do my old account details work on this new website?

Unfortunately there were so many accounts on our old account that we were unable to transfer them all over to the new website, so you will need to register with a new account.  There is also a new Guest Checkout facility if you would rather not register.

>>  How long does it take to receive my goods?

We normally aim to get everything ready and sent out within around 2-3 days, but this can take longer when we are busy with shows, or due to illness, etc.  Almost all of our products are held in stock so we can usually get things sent straight out to you.

>>  Can I order by telephone?

Yes, no problem at all, just give us a ring on 01642 460638, and we'll take your order over the phone.  We don't keep traditional 9-5 hours though, so the best time to catch us is usually from midday through to around 10pm.

>>  Can I visit and pick up an order in person?

Yes, no bother at all!  Let us know when you intend to visit and also a list of what you'd like to collect.  Please give us a few days notice to give us chance to get it ready for you, as we do not hold stock of our miniatures ranges.  The unit address is:

Pendraken Miniatures/Minibits
Unit 2D
Vaughan Court
Bolckow Industrial Estate
Middlesbrough
TS6 7BJ


Give us a shout if you need any directions.

>>  Can I pick up an order at a show?

Yes, we can sort this for you, no problem, there are two options for this.  This new website has a Show Pickup option, so add your products to the Basket as normal and then choose the 'Collect at Show' option.  You will now have a list of shows to choose from.  Please note that you will only be able to order for collection up to 7 days in advance of the event and after this deadline the show will not be available for selection.  Alternatively you can email us a list of what you would like, at least 7 days before the show you're attending, and we'll get it all ready for the event.

>>  Can I buy your products elsewhere?

Some of our product lines are sourced from other companies, so you can always order direct from them.  This is usually best for customers outside of Europe, who will probably find it quicker and cheaper to order direct from the manufacturers on these items:

Crossover Miniatures

Superhero Miniatures and more! - http://crossoverminiatures.com/

I-94 Enterprises

A large range of decals - http://www.i-94enterprises.com/


>>  I ordered through the website and then added some items by email as well, but these are not shown on my Shipment Confirmation email?

We are unable to edit the orders already in our website, so the order shipment confirmation will only show the items on your original order.  Nothing to worry about though, if we confirmed receipt of your extra items, and you've paid for them, then they will be in the package as well.  Once it arrives, give it a check over and let us know if there's any problems.

 

PRODUCTS / WEBSITE

>>  I am outside the EU, do I pay VAT?

No you don't, the website shows both VAT and ex-VAT prices for you.  When you place the order through the website, the Basket will automatically deduct the VAT from your order when you get to the Checkout.  

>>  My order is showing as 'Unpaid', what does this mean?

This usually means that we haven't received payment for your order yet.  If you've not paid then we will send you a PayPal invoice within 48 hours of you placing the order.  If we haven't done that yet, please get in touch and we can sort out your payment.  On some occasions, the website might not have received the automated confirmation from PayPal, so drop us an email and we'll confirm that the payment was received safely.

>>  My order is showing as 'Paid', what does this mean?

This means that your order and payment were received and your order is in the queue to be cast up.  We normally get orders cast up and sent out within around 10 days, but this can take longer due to shows, illness, etc.  We will always aim to get your order sent within 21 days, but if your order is getting close to that deadline, pop us an email and we'll let you know how close it is to being sent.

 

SHIPPING

>>  What are your shipping rates?

UK/BFPO: 5% of the order value (min. £3.00 / max. £5.00)
Europe (Region 1): 15% of the order value (min. £4.20 / max. £15.00)
Rest of World: 25% of the order value (min. £5.00 / max. £25.00)

>>  How long does it take for my items to arrive?

UK packages are sent 2nd class and are usually delivered within 1-2 days normally.  There can be delays caused by Bank Holidays, Christmas, etc.
European packages are sent by Airmail, and are usually delivered within 3-7 days normally.  Occasionally there are delays depending on where you are.
Rest of the World packages are all sent by Airmail, and should be with you within 5-10 days usually.  We do get the odd package which is rerouted by Surface by the postal people, so these can take a lot longer, up to 6 weeks sometimes.  Luckily this doesn't happen very often.  There can also be delays caused by the various Customs people around the world.

For all orders, please allow a suitable length of time before contacting us, 7 days in the UK, 2 weeks in Europe, and 4 weeks for the Rest of the World if possible.  Unfortunately, once the package leaves our hands, there's not a lot we can do to speed up it's delivery.

>>  What shipping method do you use?

The majority of our packages are sent through Royal Mail, either 2nd class in the UK, or Airmail for international packages.  We will occasionally use courier services, but this is generally on larger orders over the 2kg threshold, where the costs through Royal Mail become quite high.