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Prince August Tabletop Test Team #3 — Trolls and Goblins


Rob Dean
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After a hiatus of several weeks, I cleared my desk of work-at-home gear and set up a painting station yesterday, since I had a day off.  

 

After pouring a libation to Muses, I found that Calliope had apparently drawn my assignment for the day.  (She and Clio seem to trade off...) I was inspired to work on my ongoing project to play a game with all-new panemic-era material.  I have posted two previous topics about this project, here and here.  The basic idea is that my brother and I obtained Osprey Games’ new mas batle rules Oathmark this summer, and he decided it would be a good time to learn how to use a small batch of Prince August molds I gave him before going into mold making and casting his own sculpts.  I decided to keep him company, and therefore went to my mold library and withdrew the first series of Prince August molds,  catalog numbers 651 through 671, which make old school “true 25mm” figures.  Over the course of a couple of weeks and several casting sessions, I added the necessary vents and tried all 21 of the molds using a lead-free “Britannia metal” alloy (basically 92% tin, with the balance antimony) obtained from the Nathan Trotter company ( purveyors of tin alloys since 1789 :blink:).  This worked pretty well, and has resulted in some of the best castings I’ve gotten from these molds.

 

In the two topics previosuly linked, I had painted 8 humans, which is probably enough to provide a basic war band for Song of Blades and Heroes, although still quite a way from being the epic mass battle force wanted for Oathmark.  A couple of weeks ago, I cleaned up and primed a dozen or so trolls, goblins, hobgoblins, and orcs from the casting sessions, so that I could get a game on the table sooner rather than later.  Yesterday, I finally sat down and started painting.  The first figures done turned out to be two copies each of the three figures produced by mold #656, “Troll and Goblins”.

 

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As you can see by the presence of Sir Forscale, the goblins are very petite by modern standards.  Most of my orcs etc. are green, but I decided to shake that up a bit.  My son has been painting his Reaper Bones orcs gray, but I decided to go with a yellow/brown, and did mine with a Reaper khaki triad.  The trolls are done with the Reaper olive drab triad, which is my usual orc green.

 

As is typical of the Prince August molds, there is not a lot of extra detail on these guys, so between that and the size, they didn’t take very long to do.

 

Five or six more to go, and then I hope to have a skirmish game (probably solo).

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