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So, a couple of weeks ago my brother decided that he wanted to learn how to cast his own figures.  He’s been sculpting, you see, and if he gets anything he likes, he’ll need to be able to reproduce them.  He dug out a few Prince August fantasy molds I’d given him the last time we had this disucssion, but this time he ordered a melting pot and some lead-free pewter and actually cast some models.

 

To help him out, I was giving him tips remotely, and I also set up my gear and did some casting as well.  I haven’t been painting much during the pandemic for various reasons, but I decided that I would do a handful of test models from the casting sessions.  I’m not entirely sure why, but I also decided that I would paint them using my limited palette travel paint set (~15 colors).  That seemed to unstick the painting block I’ve had.  So, here they are, with a Sir Forescale looking rather like an ogre to show how small they are.  Left to right, figures are from the molds for Wizards, Female Adventurers, Heroes and Fighters, Men of the City, and Barbarians 2.  I didn’t time them, but they were running 45 minutes to 90 minutes each.

 

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This early series of Prince August molds consists of 21 molds making about 57 different figures, depending on how you count them and whether you can find older copies of some of them.  They’ve apparently lost or worn out tooling for some of them, so they currently sell a few molds with two figures that used to have three.  I’m now idly wondering what sort of game I would staff using them exclusively; clearly one not using anyt large non-humanoid monsters, since there are no molds for such.  

 

The next sample batch has some dwarves, a cavalryman, and enough spearmen to start looking like a unit.  If I get that done, I’ll set up some goblins, orcs and trolls to be able to deploy a skirmish game.

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These look great!  Casting your own metal miniatures, now that is pretty old school! It was a rare art before but in this day and age of 3D printers it is like you have unlocked some ancient lost skill!

 

I remember my Uncle casting his own lead soldiers when I was very young, I had a few that he gave to me, I don't remember them looking even half as good as yours!  I am really looking forward to your next batch. 

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40 minutes ago, Dan S said:

These look great!  Casting your own metal miniatures, now that is pretty old school! It was a rare art before but in this day and age of 3D printers it is like you have unlocked some ancient lost skill!

 

I remember my Uncle casting his own lead soldiers when I was very young, I had a few that he gave to me, I don't remember them looking even half as good as yours!  I am really looking forward to your next batch. 

 

Thanks!  Casting your own is not all that common these days, to be sure, but I’ve been doing in for a long time, so it’s second nature by now.  My first mold came from the Sears Catalog in the late ‘60’s some time (and yes, it’s still in a box in my mold library in the basement, though I haven’t cast it since the early ‘90s), but I got started on “modern” rubber molds with Prince August stuff about the time my older son was born in 1990.  I’ve got a lot of molds by now. ::P:

 

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2 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Prince August and Grenadier were the first Fantasy minis I started out with in my younger years.

I also had molds, orcs, undead, a catapult, elves etc.

 

 

They still make the catapult mold; I haven’t needed it, but one came in last year with a batch of used molds in an eBay purchase (along with the crew mold), so I should make one sometime...

 

Having molds allows one to “dream big”, which is probably how you got started with them. ::D:  I had more time than money at some point in the early ‘90s, and, while I mostly cast 40mm semi-flat 18th century figures (like this artillery crew I painted last year),

 

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I also bought fantasy molds for orcs, figuring that I mostly wanted an inexpensive opponent army for my humans and elves.  I sold a bunch of them later, during a slow period in fantasy gaming, and what’s left amounts to a wing of my orc/goblin army today,

 

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or about 117 figures (if I haven’t lost count).  These guys are mostly from their second batch of fantasy molds, supplemented by a few bought officers/specialists they used to sell, and would be pretty imposing next to the first batch humans.  

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