Kit Bash Corner – Where to buy your bits

Greetings weary internet traveller, it has been almost a month since the last ‘Kit Bash Corner’ and ahead of our next feature I am going to look at where you can get bits for your projects.

Gone are the days of yore when you could order the specific component from GW itself, days where I wouldn’t think twice about spending £30+ on parts to create a new Chaos Lord or marine captain. Alas, GW’s bits service is dead, and in it’s wake rose a number of independent providers.

As with all of our recommendations they’re UK focussed – as we’re based in the UK it doesn’t seem fair to review the foreign services.

In no particular order here are the places to go to sate your very specific plastic bits habits:

Bits and Kits

This is probably my current favourite of the stores, and the one I will check first. They include a good stock of bits and a fair number of Forge world Lines too. Good service, regular updates via email newsletters and frequent discount codes.

Sadly the website can be a bit of a pain to navigate, but nothing that is too bad.

Bitz Box

This is arguably the nicest site to use, stock is pretty good and they have a premium membership – which I’ve never tried, so can’t really comment on. They carry a range of 3rd party bits too. What I like most about this site is the clear indication of stock levels, so at a glance you can see if there is stock of an item.

Model Bits

A good solid site, with limited Forge World lines. They carry certain magnets which can be pretty useful!

Let the dice decide 

This site used to be my favourite and whole be my first look. Lately I’ve not used it so much, it seemed they stopped carrying as much stock and didn’t sell forge world lines.

Hoard O Bits (Ebay)

This supplier is based in the US, and is the only one I’ve included in the list for one reason; they have everything. With some of the other sites you’ll have to be patient and act fast to get some of the more popular bits, however this supplier never fails to have the bits I need whenever I need them – I just have to wait for them to cross the Atlantic.

So these are the suppliers I use, do you have any recommendations? Include them below in the comments!

Martin

By day a mild mannered Web Designer from Swindon, by night a horder and shaper of bits in his mad kit bash laboratory.

  • Noble Korhedron

    Much appreciated. I’ve always wondered about the reputability of some of these bits sites/stores. Also, what do you think of G.W’s new trade terms that claim to be able to stop this? Highly illegal if you ask me, almost monopolistic; particularly because t’s not like the bits beings old are counterfeit, they are the real thing!!

  • To be fair, they’re all reputable – even when I’ve had issues with bits being missing the customer service has been great.

    In terms of GW’s new policy, for me its a stupid move on their part. Yeah they can stop these retailers having a direct account with them, but whats to stop them setting up a deal with an independent retailer to buy in bulk? I don’t think it will stop this, it will just drive prices up a little.

    It’s a stupid move for two reasons, first these sites buy GW products – that’s money for GW and secondly, speaking personally I will drop £4-5 quid here and there for bits that otherwise wouldn’t go anywhere near a GW product. Like I say at the start of the article, I used to regularly order from GW’s bits service to the tune of £30 per month or so – this money doesn’t get spent on GW now.. I think this will lose GW that ‘small and often’ spend. Certainly nowadays when I buy, I tend to buy numerous things at once and from an independent store.

  • I’ve had some issues with Hoard O Bits, I’ve been a customer of theirs for a couple of years but a few months ago I made a rather large purchase from them on eBay. I needed bits for a Chaos Dwarf display I was working on, I received a package and realized that some pieces were missing. It amounted to a rather large chunk of things I’d purchased, so I contacted them with an itemized list of what I was missing and waited. After a couple of weeks and as many emails I had heard nothing, so I eventually decided to give them a negative rating with an explanation on the items that were missing. Granted, I had received some things, so I didn’t go negative on the entire order, just the things I hadn’t received. Lo and behold, a week later I had the missing parts with no message from the seller what so ever, so I sent a message thanking them and asking if they’d please kick the negative feedback at me and I’d be glad to revert them (something I’ve had to do on a handful of occasions with other sellers), then I found that I was blocked from making further purchases from them on eBay.

    I have since bought a couple of things from them through their website, but I’m looking for another reliable supplier. The complete lack of communication is unacceptable, I’ve been dealing with these guys for a long time and they screwed up an order. I’m not going to cry at the injustice of not being able to buy from them on eBay anymore, but I’m not going to keep throwing my cash at them if they don’t want it.

    As for GWs policy, it seems like a big lose for everybody honestly. GW, Hobbyists, and third party people. Though I think the third party groups end up in better shape than the rest as they will find a way, and we will still buy (probably at a higher price).

  • Without forgetting http://www.bitzstore.com which is a very good site and good prices.

    • PaintWaterDiaries

      Says the man from Bitz Store 😉

      • Exactly.
        When we want to offer to its customers the quality that is provides the means !

        • PaintWaterDiaries

          We’ll have to try you out next time we do a bits order and write a review!

          • With great pleasure!
            Do not hesitate to contact us if you need.