Monday, 29 January 2018

January 2018 Releases: Treebeard and Azog 32mm metal figures.

Mithril Miniatures has started the year 2018 off with two more exciting figures that won previous fellowship voting months. The first is Treebeard at Isengard. Treebeard is a well known Ent, tree like that are guardians of several Middle-earth forests. They are rare and Saruman's minions are destroying Fangorn Forest for his war production. Treebeard and other Ents finally attack and destroy those furances and war machinery in Isengard in retaliation for such despoiling and killing of trees (some were intelligent).
Treebeard at Isengard MZ643

The second release was Azog™ with the head of Thror™. Azog was an Orc commander and Thror was a Dwarvish king. Azog claimed the ancient Dwarvish home in Moria (Khazad-dûm) and his actions caused a long sequence of conflicts between Goblins and Dwarves.
Azog with the head of Thror figure. MZ649

Both figures are 32mm in scale and are not primed and will require a little assembly.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

2017 Christmas Release | Christmas Children Mould

Making your own decorations is a cherished tradition in many homes. The difference with Prince August is that you can make metal decorations which are long lasting heirlooms. Just cast the figures from our mould as many times as you wish, depending on how much metal you wish to use, and prime and paint them. Alternatively you can simply polish them or antique finish them with some black gloss paint and thinners.

Christmas Children - Decorations for your tree this Christmas.

In December 2017 Prince August has released another adorable Christmas Decoration mould called Christmas Children. It includes two different figures in a single mould, with one child dressed as an Angel holding a tiny Christmas tree and another child as a carol singer. Both have small hoops on their heads for attaching string to allow you to hang them from your Christmas tree. They also have flat bases so you can stand them on your mantlepiece or table if you so desire.

This means you have quite a selection of decorations to choose from in total, including Santa himself, reindeer, candles and holly, Santa's sleigh and even snowflakes as well as many more festive options.
Prince Imrahil comes from the principality of Gondor called Dol Amroth. He lead an army of seven hundred men of Belfalas to the aid of Minas Tirith, Gondor's capital city, to resist the invading armies of Mordor and their Corsair allies. His forces were the only Gondorian cavalry at that battle. Imrahil was known as a great warrior at both the battles at the Pelennor field and before the Black gate of Mordor.

Mithril Miniatures traditionally releases a Christmas figure, themed around a leader. This figure is 32mm scale and requires assembly. It is therefore not primed or antique finished. This is a change in the normal format due to the new design process (i.e. helmet is separate from body) which made it very difficult to offer the normal finish without charging more than normal for it due to labour involved. To compensate for this the price has been reduced from 22 Euro to 19.76 Euro (including V.A.T).

There were 100 of these made. It was released in the middle of December 2017.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Mithril December 2017 releases: Aragorn at the Black Gate & Galadriel of terrible aspect.

Mithril Miniatures has released two more 32mm scale metal miniatures at the start of December 2017. The first is a Gold Status Fellowship winning idea from June 2016 that has suffered delays for the last couple of months. It depicts Aragorn at the Black gate of Mordor. Aragorn lead an army to the gate to challenge Sauron directly in order to distract his gaze from Mount Doom so that Frodo and Sam could destroy the One Ring, the source of much of Sauron's power. Product code is MZ640.

It has been several years since Mithril has released a vignette so we are delighted to a display an important event in the travels of the two Hobbits charged with the destruction of the One Ring. While in Lothlorien, Frodo wanted to give the ring to Galadriel, as she was one of the few beings on Middle-earth that could hope to stand against Sauron, its original owner. However such power was extremely dangerous, even if intentions were pure and in a vision Frodo saw what might occur if Galadriel welded such power, and it was terrifying. She refused the ring and Frodo had to continue on in his adventure. Galadriel of terrible aspect is MZ648. 

Both of these releases are unprimed and require assembly. Glue is not included.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Spanish Armada 1588 Chess moulds | November 2017 Release.

Spanish Armada 1588 Chess moulds

Prince August has released in November 2017 chess moulds that allow you to cast the English and Spanish sides for the Spanish Armada 1588. 
The Spanish Armada was sent up the English channel by their King, Philip II, to bring his army from Flanders over to England to depose the current Queen, Elizabeth I.
The English had different ideas and knew that they had to prevent the landing of a Spanish army on English soil. While at sea they had the advantage and harrassed the Spanish Fleet all the way up the Channel and with the help of their Dutch allies drove the Spanish into retreat, via sailing around England via Scotland and returning to Spain eventually. The storms were so fierce that many of the armada's ships were wreaked off the coast of Scotland and Ireland, resulting ultimately in the loss of about 45 ships out of the initial 130 that had left Spain.

Spanish Armada 1588

Buy both sides of the Spanish Armada chess moulds here.

These moulds will allow you to cast 54mm scale metal chess pieces. Casting metal and equipment is sold separately. 
It is also an ideal opportunity to try out our new Solder Melting Pot, and also cast with Pewter metal rather than our Model Metal. Normally casting in Pewter is harder due to the technical issues in getting that metal hot enough on a normal stove or hotplate. Our Solder pot can heat the metal easily however so with a slight turn of the knob you can scoop out 5 Star pewter just as easily as Model Metal. Currently we even offer half price 10 ingot deal. Grab 8 more bars and you have enough for a chess set.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

November 2017 releases: Frodo and the mirror of Galadriel and Gildor Inglorion in robes.

Frodo and the mirror of Galadriel
Frodo and the mirror of Galadriel MZ641
This was January's winning idea and shows Frodo, during his visit to Lothlorien, looking into the mirror of Galadriel. Such a mirror has magically powers to show the past, present and future. He saw Aragorn battle the Corsairs and also saw Sauron's unceasing search for the One Ring.

Gildor Inglorion in robes
Gildor Inglorion in robes.
This was December 2016's winning idea and shows Gildor, a Noldo Elf, at the court of Cirdan where he shortly departed Middle-earth for the west. Gildor was a bit of a wanderer and visited many places including Rivendell and the Grey Havens.

Both of these figures are 32mm scale and are metal miniatures. None are primed and some assembly is required so some superglue is recommended.

Originally MZ640 Aragorn at the Black Gate had been planned for November but that has been pushed back to December now due to some minor issues with its design.

Aragorn and the Palantir remade for November 2017.

Mithril has remade the special Gold Status Fellowship figure that we originally released way back in 2005. The updated one has the exact same pose but is created using our new 3D processes in terms of design and creating the master. The figure is still 32mm scale. It does require assembly and is not primed, unlike the original.
The figure is Aragorn as he holds up the Palantir, a kind of seeing stone that is connected to other Palantirs and openly challenges Sauron, who is connected to it via another stone.

This figure can be bought separately or as part of the membership fee for the Fellowship club.

Friday, 22 September 2017

September Mithril Fellowship Releases: Isengard Waymark Pillar and Elven Cartographer.

Mithril Miniatures has released two more 32mm scale metal miniatures that were winning ideas in our Fellowship club. These won September and November 2016 final voting rounds.
The Isengard Waymark pillar is an unusual architectural piece but has precedent as Mithril has released other pieces like the 'Doorway - The Chamber of Mazarbul' before. This pillar has a hand pointing towards the tower of Orthanc, the home of Saruman the turncoat wizard. This piece does require a little assembly as the base comes separate from the pillar. There is no primer.
Isengard Waymark pillar MZ635
The Elven Cartographer is not a named character figure or part of an army, that also shares a tradition among Fellowship releases, where the figure is not always part of the standard story-line in the books but exists in the larger world of Middle-earth. Other examples are, for example, 'Erebor Dwarven Merchant', 'Female Sylvan Elf' and 'Old woman with chickens'. These beautiful pieces adds that extra richness to the loved stories that J.R.R. Tolkien crafted with his writings allowing creative collectors to build dioramas that showcase elements of Middle-earth that are personal to themselves. This figure comes in three pieces and has no primer.
Elven Cartographer MZ639

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

New Mithril Releases: 'Elfhelm mounted' and 'Deadman of Dunharrow'

Mithril is moving ahead to release a stream of new miniatures to catch up on the Fellowship club backlog of winning ideas over the last few years. The delay is largely due to the teething problems of converting over to a new production and design method. The learning curve was steeper than we realised. However that is in the past and we are now able to release two figures per month.

The first figure is Elfhelm mounted, a Rohirrim Marshal of the Mark, that fought during the War of the Ring against the Easterlings and Orcs of Mordor.

The second figure is a Deadman of Dunharrow, an oathbreaker that had been summoned by Aragorn to aid in defeating the Corsairs of Umbar. This feat would fulfill the Dunharrow dead's promise to serve the true king and they were released from their curse.

These figures are 32mm scale, made in metal. They are unprimed and do require a little assembly.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

NEW RELEASE: Seven Years War Artillery moulds in August 2017

New Prince August moulds | Seven Years War Artillery moulds.
Prince August Seven Years War Artillery moulds
Prince August has released three new products this August. Previously they released infantry moulds for nations Prussia, Russian, France and Austria (including Hungarian forces) and now for the first time they have supplemented those moulds with artillery moulds. These new moulds include a cannon (2 moulds) and four crewmen (two per mould). The cannon has four interchangeable barrels and the crewmen have interchangeable heads so they can represent different nations.

Seven Years War Artillery Cannon mould from Prince August
PA3117 Seven Years War Artillery Cannon / Howitzer label.
To those not familiar with the series, the Seven Years War range covers one of the first truly worldwide wars in human history.
The Seven Years' war took place in the mid-eighteenth century and involved most of the great European powers of the day. Prussia, allied with Britain faced a coalition of many other states, notably Austria and France but also Sweden, Saxony and later Spain. Two separate conflicts really stood at the root of the war.
Firstly the struggle between an emergent Prussia and Austria over the Holy Roman empire and other disputes and secondly a developing colonial rivalry between Britain and France.
The main focus of the war was Europe but it also spread to the New World and India. Russia also participated in the Seven Years War at first on the side of Austria but later switching to an alliance with Prussia.

Seven Years War Artillery mould - Officer and Crewman carrying round.
Seven Years War Artillery Crewmen mould PA3118 - Officer and Crewman carrying round.
The moulds are vulcanised rubber and can be reused hundreds of times. They are suitable for low temperature metal casting, like pewter or one of the Prince August alloys like Model Metal.
The scale is 40mm and the figures are semi-flat (excluding the cannon which is fully round). Some assembly of cast pieces is required so superglue or solder is required.

Seven Years War Artillery moulds - Aligner and Crewman with ram-rod.
Seven Years War Artillery mould - Aligner and Crewman with ram-rod.
There is a bundle offer for all three moulds which saves you 10%. Prince August also offered for a limited time a special half price metal deal which expires at noon on Friday August 4th 2017 GMT+1.