Wednesday 16 July 2014

The Crack of Doom - MX600 Designer Vignette by Mithril Miniatures

Mithril Miniatures occasionally produces custom projects for customers to allow them a chance to have their dreams realized. Tom Wrich has commissioned a superb mini-vignette and Mithril has 100 available for sale for 34.95 Euro (ex. VAT) or 42.99 (incl. VAT). It is a first come, first served policy.

http://www.mithril.ie/designer-mx-series-crackofdoom-mx600-vignette-c2x14425631


The Crack of Doom vignette includes Frodo, Samwise and Gollum, all key characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's books "The Lord of the Rings". This scene depicts the final moments before Gollum's demise in a pit of molten lava in Mount Doom in Mordor.

Frodo and Sam have gone through all sorts of hell to get there, even capturing (temporarily) Gollum along the way as a guide, to reach the 'birthplace' of the One Ring, which Frodo inherited from Bilbo Baggins at the start of the first book, so they can dispose of it. The One Ring, as all Tolkien fans know, contains most of the power of Sauron, the book's top nemesis to all that is good in Middle-earth.

The final moments of seeming victory turned sour when Frodo's will breaks at the last moment and he refuses to destroy the ring, and instead puts it on to escape. Gollum however has been tracking the couple and attacks Frodo at that very moment and bites off the finger with the One Ring. Gollum finally achieves his own personal goal since he lost the ring waaaaay back in The Hobbit book, and Bilbo discovered it on his adventures and kept it. Gollum is consumed with glee, and momentarily forgets where he is standing (on the edge of a cliff) and loses his balance and falls into the lava below, taking the One Ring with him. The lava is the only thing hot enough to destroy the One Ring and with it all the power Sauron needs to achieve total domination over the land.

This is such a pivotal piece that Mithril has assigned MX600 as the number for this vignette.

This vignette is 32mm scale and is primed and does require some assembly.

http://www.mithril.ie/designer-mx-series-crackofdoom-mx600-vignette-c2x14425631

Wednesday 9 July 2014

New Austrian and Prussian Seven Years War Moulds released in July 2014.

Prince August has released two new moulds in July 2014. These expand the new Seven Years' War range of moulds released a few months earlier. These moulds allow you to cast 40mm scale semi-flat soldiers and due to the new feature of having interchangeable parts, greatly extents the scope of the original release. PA3104 'Prussian Fusilier and Guard Regiment March Attack' and PA3105 'Austrian Fusiliers Advancing and March Attack' both allow you to cast two soldiers each.

The nature of Prince August vulcanised black rubber moulds is you can cast from them hundreds of times per hole so building an army often only requires patience and metal.
Prince August has also helpfully supplied the painting and assembly instructions as PDFs on the product pages too so you can preview everything before you buy.

Remember however that these are just moulds, so you must already have the basic casting equipment and a stock of suitable metal available or buy them with these moulds. It is all available online.
Model Metal is recommended for the best detail and the least wear on the moulds.

http://shop.princeaugust.ie/recent-releases/seven-years-war-40mm-scale-moulds/pa3104-seven-years-war-prussian-fusilier-and-guard-regiment-march-attack-40mm-mould/

http://shop.princeaugust.ie/recent-releases/seven-years-war-40mm-scale-moulds/pa3105-seven-years-war-austrian-fusiliers-advancing-and-march-attack-40mm-mould/

July 2014 LOTR Releases: Black Troll-man of Harad and Female Sylvan Elf metal miniatures.

Mithril Miniatures releases two brand new Lord of the Rings 32mm scale miniatures in July 2014. These were June and August 2013's winning ideas suggested by Fellowship members. The first one is the Black Troll-man of Harad, a hybrid creature that is far more intelligent than true Trolls and far stronger and tougher than regular humans. These are front line troops that serve to batter their way through a defensive line.
Far-Harad are allies to Mordor so Sauron can use them in his attacks against Gondor.

http://www.mithril.ie/black-trollman-of-harad-ms602-c2x14420412

The 2nd release depicts a female Sylvan Elf from Mirkwood. She is a herbalist and carries a small knife to further her profession. There was a special bonus for the winner this month (August 2013), and that was to have her face sculpted as part of her chosen Lord of the Rings race. 
Her name is Magali Caspary (forum member: luthien4tinuvielle).



http://www.mithril.ie/female-sylvan-elf-herbalist-ms603-c2x14420667


Wednesday 7 May 2014

New Mithril Lord of the Rings Fellowship releases in May 2014.

Mithril Miniatures has just released two brand new exciting 32mm scale metal figures in their ongoing Fellowship club range. These were the winning ideas for April and May 2013 submitted and voted on by members of that club.
MS598 'Tarannon Falastur, 12th king of Gondor' is the first miniature. This is already primed but does require a little assembly so some strong model glue is required (but not included).
Tarannon was referred to as the first ship-king, because of his efforts in building up the Gondorian navy. He was married, unhappily, to Beruthiel, but it ended with his exile of his wife (and cats) and his lineage ending with him.

MS598 Tarannon Falastur, 12th king of Gondor.
MS599 'The Razarac attacking' is an extremely rare choice for a miniature, and Mithril has only ever produced one previously, M78, way back in 1989. This revised figure is more dynamic and will require some assembly (wings and arms need attachment). Due to this, it is sold unprimed.
The Razarac seems to be related to the fearsome Balrogs, and bring terror and death to the Far-harad deserts they inhabit. This was a MERP creation.

MS599 The Razarac attacking
Finally if all these wonderful figures was not enough good news, Mithril is offering special bulk purchase discounts as well, for a limited time.

Thursday 17 April 2014

April's Seven Years' War Moulds Update


http://shop.princeaugust.ie/seven-years-war/ 

Last month Prince August launched the first three moulds for our new Seven years war range using a revolutionary  new casting system. Completely different from anything produced before these moulds use a modular system with separate bodies, heads and accessories, which enable you to produce many more troop types and variants with many fewer moulds.

As an example, from our first three moulds which represent Prussian infantry you can make units of Grenadiers, musketeers and fusiliers all complete with their respective complements of NCO’s officers and drummers. Each mould contains information about the different troops and clear line-drawings which show you  how to assemble them and what troop types you will need for each unit. Also our new system of attaching heads to bodies gives you almost invisible joints and by using our new Super-gel the end result is almost as strong as a one-piece casting.

Working closely with wargamers and experts on the period we  aim to  expand the range to cover all major armies and troop types of the period.
Our next release will comprise  two  moulds : the first together with the components from the first three moulds will allow you to make Austrian fusilier regiments, again with all their officers, NCO’s and drummers, in both advancing and “March attack” poses. The second mould, again with components from the first three Prussian moulds will allow you to make the Prussian guard regiment, and all the previous Prussian  units in the “March attack" pose.

This will be followed by three moulds of the “Hungarian” troops of the Austrian empire, which will allow you to make Hungarian fusiliers and Grenadiers, and also Austrian grenadier units. All moulds contains full instructions on how to create all the different troop types.

Future releases include:

PA3104 Prussian guards regt , March attack pose and fusilier drummer

PA3105 Austrian (German) fusiliers, advancing and March attck

PA3106  Hungarian infantry: officer and standard-bearer

PA3107  Hungarian drummer and NCO

PA3108  Hungarian inf advancing and march attack

PA3109  Russian infantry  in Summer uniform

PA3110 Russian infantry drummer and NCO

PA3111 Russian infantry – Observation corps, winter uniforms and guards regt.

Moulds 3112 to 3118, will cover cavalry ( cuirassiers and dragoons ) for the Prussian, Austrian and Russian armies, together with artillery.

Cute New Easter Decoration Moulds in April 2014

New Easter Decoration Moulds from Prince August

While Prince August does specialise in toy soldier moulds, it has in the last few years branched out to expand its' ranges to include seasonal decorations, first for Christmas and now for Easter. These decorations require no assembly or glue and are really fun to paint. These new moulds allow for one decoration to be cast hundreds of times and are very detailed on both sides. There are little hoops attached to allow you to hang them from trees during the Spring Equinox celebrations. They symbolise renewal, new life and fertility, and link to ancient customs and beliefs that stretch back thousands of years.

But what if you don't want to use them as tree decorations? Well they can stand by themselves so they make beautiful gifts to friends and family, and make a refreshing change from the traditional and sometimes unhealthy habbit of giving chocolate versions to people.

These figures can measure approximately 70mm in height when cast and are flat with the exception of the small stands on the bottom. Both sides are identical. The amount of metal required varies per mould but you can cast between 2 and 4 figures per Prince August Model Metal ingot.

If you have not cast before then check out the Prince August video page for all sorts of tips on the subject.

Wednesday 2 April 2014

New Mithril Miniatures in April 2014: Haradan Musician & Earendur, Last King of Arnor.

Mithril Miniatures has released two new 32mm scale metal miniatures (actually three as MS596 has two figures) in April 2014. These are due to ship on Monday April 7th.
There has been a gap of about 6 months since Mithril released the last MS figure. This delay was down to technical issues with the new master figures that had to be resolved before moving forward with the releases.
 
The first figure(s) was the November 2012 winning idea, 'Haradan Musician', inspired by an earlier release that included a Haradrim Bellydancer MS540.
 
The 2nd release was March 2013 winning idea from the Fellowship club and represents Earendur, last king of Arnor.
 
Both of these releases will be primed and will need a small amount of assembly.

Haradan Musician Mithril Miniatures MS596

Earandur, last king of Arnor Mithril Miniature

Wednesday 5 March 2014

New Release: Seven Years War Prussian Moulds

Prince August has just released its new Seven Years' war series of moulds. Working in close collaboration with wargamers and experts on the period, they have produced a range of moulds whose flexibility is such that many troop types and variants can now be produced.
This new system features much more detailed and accurate figures than ever before with heads, bodies and other accessories produced separately. The first three moulds feature the Prussian infantry of Frederick the Great and these three moulds alone can produce regular infantrymen, drummers, standard-bearers, NCO’s and officers of the three main troop types; musketeers, grenadiers and fusiliers.

 
 
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.

These moulds include assembly, history and painting guides to assist beginners and experienced hobby casters in getting the most out of these great moulds.

Example of a Seven Years' War Prussian mould.

Go to their Seven Years' War page to learn more.

Friday 22 November 2013

More fantastic Christmas Decoration moulds from Prince August.

Prince August has gone from strength to strength with their brand new Christmas decoration moulds this November. Last month they released a Santa Claus, Christmas tree, Angel with a Star and a Christmas stocking full of toys and candy that hobby casters can cast hundreds of times and hang from their Christmas tree this December or use in other inventive ways like card decorations or hanging on strings.


This month Prince August has released larger more detailed decorations, which include a beautiful Teddy Bear with an adorable Christmas hat and the iconic Nutcracker soldier by a Christmas tree.
Furthermore they have added a marvellous flat base that acts like a plaque that allows people to write names or dates or just decorate as they please, giving even more flexibility to personalisation of the ornaments than previous moulds allowed.
As usual they also have freely available painting guides downloadable from their product pages as well.

Wednesday 25 September 2013

New Christmas Ornaments Moulds include Santa, Christmas Trees, Stockings with toys and Angels with Stars.

Prince August released a rather unusual set of moulds a few years ago, which departed from their usual military line of toy soldiers that they are famous for. These were flat christmas decoration moulds. The first ones had angels, bells, candles, reindeer and robin redbreasts that could be cast and hung on your Christmas tree or used for other similar decorational purposes like on Christmas cards.
This September Prince August has expanded on this line, due to its popularity, especially with girls who enjoy the casting process but are not interested in toy soldiers. The two new moulds have two different decorations per mould. PA1904 has Santa Claus and a Christmas Stocking filled with candy and toys and PA1905 has an Angel holding a star and a stylised Christmas tree with presents at it's base. Both moulds are easy to use with Prince August's flagship Model Metal and Prince August has added photos of how to vent these moulds if you wish to cast with Pewter (5 star metal) or the cheaper Standard Casting Metal. Venting is very easy, just warm the mould, and cut small channels with a sharp scalpel or knife to allow any trapped air to escape. The photos show in red lines the places to cut.