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!
Become a Patron today to get early access to future videos! You can find the Vickers Gun video here.
Thanks for your support!
Hi guys, I hope you’re all doing well!
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!
Thanks for your support – Matt
Last week we launched a prize draw to celebrate hitting 6,000 subscribers. In this quick video we draw some numbers (which correspond to the over 120 people who entered) at random and pick some prize winners.
2x Winners – TAB Colouring book, TAB logo sticker, 2x TAB G11 stickers & a TAB badge
3x Runners up – A TAB G11 sticker
Thanks to everyone who entered the draw, I’ll be contacting winners shortly, but also thank you to EVERYONE who has supported the TAB project. Please continue to share the channel and videos with friends – we massively appreciate our community and everyone who supports us. – Matt & Vic
If you enjoyed the video and this article please consider supporting our work here. We have some great perks available for Patreon Supporters. You can also support us via one-time donations here.
We recently hit 6,000 subscribers and we thought it’d be fun to give away some merch to celebrate.
All you have to do is be a subscriber over on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/c/TheArmourersBench) and add your contact email to the prize draw form below:
We’ll drawn winners at random to receive a package including: an ACR Colouring Book, a TAB badge, a couple of G11 stickers and a large TAB sticker!
And of course we’ll also pick a couple of runners up to send G11 stickers to!
Thanks for all your support! – Matt & Vic
Hi guys, Matt has put out a couple of videos updating on the ACR colouring book we launched earlier this month. Below is the first of these showing how Matt coloured in his Steyr ACR.
In the second video Matt tackles the Heckler & Koch G11 and gives an update on the colouring book and the channel:
Thanks for watching chaps & thanks so much for your support in 2019, we greatly appreciate it. It’s been a busy year and we hope that you’ve all enjoyed our videos!
You can still pick up a copy of the ACR colouring book and the G11 sticker at www.armourersbench.com/shop. we’re very much looking forward to seeing your artistic sides when you send us some photos of your colouring to – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be back soon with more videos!
Merry Christmas & happy holidays – Matt & Vic
For a while now we have been meaning to set up a merch shop to help support our research and travel costs.
We greatly appreciate your support via Patreon, but we recognise not everyone can become patrons or likes that platform. Some would prefer to pick up some cool merch now and then instead. So we’ve been hard at work, thinking about potential mech ideas.
Vic & I are very pleased to now announce the shop and the first items to be added. Firstly, a specially written and illustrated ‘informative colouring book’ looking at the ACR program rifles. We know its a bit different but we really hope it’s something will think is cool.
A full announcement about the ACR book will follow shortly!
Along with the ACR book we also have a unique original vinyl sticker based on the HK G11! Finally, we have also got a limited run of fetching TAB logo badges.
You can check out the TAB shop here!
We really hope you’ll like the merch we now have on offer, please feel free to let us know at email@example.com what you’d like to see in the future.
An update on what Matt has been up to, where the channel is at and how YouTube finally monetised the channel (spoilers) and how it isn’t really worth it – except for the ability to add links to videos!
Thank you for your support.
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.
If you enjoy our work please consider supporting us via Patreon, TAB is an entirely viewer supported, non-monetised channel and any help is very much appreciated!
We have some great new perks, check out our Patreon page here.
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 you all known, we’re over on YouTube – you can find the channel here.
We also have a thriving Facebook page where we post regularly, you can find the TAB page here.
We have an account over on imgur, initially just for occasional photo hosting but the response to posts over there has been great so we post regularly there – especially gifs and that sort of thing.
Most recently we have also set up a discord server for the growing TAB community to chat to each other in, we discuss all sorts there as well as upcoming content.
We also now have an Armourer’s Bench Instagram account, which is brand new, you can check that out here.
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.
Thanks guys! – Matt & Vic