I’m pleased to say we’re introducing a new perk this week, Armourer’s Bench Patreon supporters will now be able to watch new videos early!
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been hard at work making videos which I’m looking forward to sharing with everyone. If you’d like to watch them early, ahead of their YouTube release, then head over to the TAB Patreon page and sign up for as little as $1. There are lots of other thank you perks too!
The first video, available now, is the conclusion to our weapons of the Rhineland Campaign series with a look at the use of the iconic Vickers Machine Gun!
A quick update, a Patreon supporter messaged us and explained that they’ve stopped supporting Armourer’s Bench because we haven’t been posting table top gun videos for a while. Which is fair enough. So just wanted to let you guys know why that is. I (Matt) will be getting back to those sorts of videos but I lost a hard drive with most of my research notes and raw video on about 3 months ago – recently confirmed dead by an IT engineer that was looking at it.
The drive had a lot of footage, photos and research material stored on it. So for the last few months I’ve been working with what I’ve got to hand. Sadly, I lost an almost complete mini documentary on the Blacker Bombard that I’d been working on for a couple of months including some animations I’d made. I also lost material for the Sten project and research notes for videos on a number of Winchester prototypes.
I just wanted to let you know why there haven’t been ‘table top’ vids. The loss of the drive has been a real blow to be honest, my auto-back up was not as thorough as I thought it was. My fault, I should have doubled checked.
But rest assured content continues and I’m currently piecing things back together, finding contemporary footage, going back through my SD cards for video and photos I’d taken, which was lost on the drive, and working out what research has been lost.
In the meantime I have some exciting videos coming up including a look at more Second World War and Cold War manuals, a mini doc on the Vickers Gun in the Rhineland and a look at some British Second World War body armour.
I also wanted to let you know I’m planning a bit of a Patreon revamp with some new perks – a sticker pack perhaps and some other things. I would love to hear your ideas on what you’d like. In the past I have mentioned a supporter credit screen at the end of videos with the names of supporters who help keep the project going but I would welcome your thoughts and ideas!
Anyway, just a quick update on some technical difficulties and what’s coming up!
My friend Martin and the guys at Lead, Thread & Bread Reenactment Supplies on Malta have very kindly put together a couple of 3D models of the PIAT bomb and shared them with us. They’re available for TAB Patreon supporters to download here – www.patreon.com/posts/51046435 This is just an extra thank you perk for your support!
Of course if you don’t have a 3D printer handy, then there are other ‘thank you’ perks available too including personal, handwritten thank you notes on custom illustrated postcards featuring an illustration of the internals of the HK G11 & stickers! Check those out here!
This week TAB hit 4,000 subscribers! Thanks for all your support over the last couple of years. I filmed this update on Tuesday during a recent research trip in the south of England. I visited Fort Nelson near Portsmouth and thought I’d film a quick update while I stopped for a break.
I’m very pleased to announce that we now have some ‘Thank You’ perks for everyone that supports TAB on Patreon!
All Patrons will continue to get access to our regular sneak peek and behind the scenes blogs about what we’re working on and what’s coming up and in addition: $1 Patrons will get a thank you postcard featuring some very cool, specially commissioned art – an illustration of the inner working of the Heckler & Koch G11!
$5 & up Patrons will receive the G11 postcard AND a 2×6″ (5cm x 15cm) The Armourer’s Bench logo sticker!
We’re really excited to be able to offer tangible perks to say thank you for your support. In order to cover postage costs we’ll send off the perks once you’ve been a supporter for a month – this is purely to cover the postage costs (for instance it’s just over £1.20/$1.60 to post a postcard to the US from the UK) to where ever you are around the world!
TAB is an entirely viewer supported project so we can’t tell you how excited we are to finally have a way to thank you for going that extra step and supporting our efforts with your own hard earned money. Thank you to all our existing Patrons (who will of course be able to get their hands on the new Perks right away) and thank you for reading this and considering becoming a TAB Patron.
Hi guys, this is just a quick update to let you know some of the other outlets you can find us on. In the past year TAB has grown a lot and we’ve expanded to a number of social media platforms. We know that people different platforms and may not know about us on others, so we thought we’d put together a quick post to let you know where else you can find us online. It also gives us a little redundancy if there are ever issues with any one platform.
Of course as we announced back in November, we now have a Patreon page as well. TAB is an entirely viewer supported, non-monetised channel, so Patreon support is very much appreciated.
Over there we post sneak peaks from upcoming videos and share behind the scenes stuff from research trips and video production. You can find that here.
We put the video above together to hit our main points but please read on for more information.
A few weeks ago we mentioned the TAB Patreon page for the first time at the end of a video, so we thought it was time we explain why we’ve launched it and our hopes for it. When we launched TAB just over a year ago, we set up a Patreon page for future use but we decided we would wait to launch it. As I said at the time we felt we wanted to show you what we wanted to accomplish and show you we were worth your time and money to support. But a few people spotted the links and signed up as patrons – to those early Patreon supporters – thank you!
We’re still a small channel but we recently passed a few important milestones. We now have approaching 40 videos live, an amazing 2,500 subscribers and we recently passed 100,000 total views! With that we hope we have shown that we are serious about producing detailed, thoroughly researched, well made videos and articles. We appreciate everyone that watches, likes and comments – it makes the work that goes into the project worth while. So we thought it was time to mention the Patreon page publicly.
It’s important to note that Vic and I are not in this for the money. We love history, we love firearms and we love researching and telling the story of incredible designs like the Ferguson Rifle, the HK G11, the AR-10 and the Curtis bullpup to name just a few. When we set up TAB we made the conscious choice not to monetise the channel through YouTube, which at the time had deleted and suspended several gun channels. We felt that the best thing to do was to avoid YouTube’s algorithms and stay under the radar, at least until we were established. Little seems to have changed since then, friends’ channels like Bloke on the Range and BritishMuzzleLoaders have since had strikes, demonetisations and even deletions! TAB is still ‘demonetised’ and probably will continue to be for the foreseeable future. We would prefer to be viewer supported by our community of viewers.
So if you would like to help towards the upkeep of the TAB website, help us buy equipment and research materials or help us travel to collections then we are sincerely grateful and we appreciate every dollar, pound, euro and penny that is donated to us!
What do we share on Patreon?
Over on the Patreon page we currently have two tiers of supporter, you can find out more about those here. At the moment we share behind the scenes photos and content showing you sneak peaks at upcoming videos and how they’re produced. The Patreon Lens feature (basically Patreon’s version of Instagram Stories or Snapchat) is great as it lets us share quick clips and photos easily. We’ll often post several of those a day when working on episodes, often showing you how we research, film and edit.
We also post blogs about upcoming research trips, the arrival of new research materials/books and share photos of guns sometimes weeks or months before the episode covering them is finished and ready to be posted. In the future we hope to do Q&A videos/streams and have some tangible perks (a TAB t shirt might be cool?) too. This is something we will be working on in the new year.
If you are one of the handful of people who have supported us through Patreon over the last few months, once again thank you. If you have just heard about it or have just found the page and this post then I hope you’ll consider putting in $1 a month to support our work, we have grand plans and many more interesting historic small arms stories to share – we really appreciate it, thanks for reading!