Tuesday, 17 January 2017

New Year 2017 Sale on Prince August moulds.

Prince August has just started a large sale on many products today (Jan 17th), including reducing some moulds to just 1 Euro (exc. tax). However stock is very limited so first come first served. We have put the stock numbers up on the sale too, so you can see what is available per sale item.

Also Prince August has reintroduced our Lucky Dip Mould bags. Each bag contains five random moulds. There are no documentation with these moulds but they are all unused. There are less than 20 bags for sale and as I write this that number has already dropped almost in half.
This sale will end at noon on Jan 24th 2017, unless we sell out before the weekend, which is possible.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Mithril Miniature MZ630 Duinhir Painting Competition. Entries to be submitted by Feb 16th.

MZ630 Duinhir of Morthond.

Mithril Miniatures wants to invite you to paint our latest MZ figure, Duinhir of Morthond, and tell us how you did it, and as a reward the best entry gets five free releases (figures that are released after closing date).
The conditions are pretty simple:

  • No digital text of any kind including watermarks. 
  • No digital backgrounds, if you put a background in, make it a real one.
  • No other figures are to be in the photo.
  • Figure cannot be altered physically in any way, or obscured in some fashion.
  • Photo must be jpeg format, highest quality possible.  Over 1200 pixel size.
  • MZ630 must be photographed clearly and in focus.
  • Take at least six supportive photos to show progress in painting figure.
  • Write some supportive text (in English) for each photo or overall to explain your thought process in approaching this figure.
  • Video submission (via youtube link) is allowed but must supplement other requirements, not replace them.
  • Final entry date is midnight February 15th 2017 GMT.
  • Only one entry can win.
  • Entries submitted by email, info at mithril dot ie, with subject line "MZ630 Painting Competition Entry".

The winning entry will be used in advertisements for Mithril. Credit will be given to the artist on the website. The homepage of Mithril will link to an article all about the winning entry and this competition, giving the title "master painter" to the artist. They will win the next consecutive five MZ figures released by Mithril Miniatures for free, postage included.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

MZ630 Duinhir of Morthond - FIRST 3D designed Mithril Miniature released in 2017.


MZ630 Duinhir of Morthond - First 3D digitally designed Mithril figure.

This is stage two of a two part transition from traditionally clay sculpting figures to fully 3D digitally designing and printing master figures. Finally, after a year of frustrating delays, we are able to start producing the new type of miniature. The figures available for sale are still cast in metal, but their master figures have been completely produced using the new techniques for the first time.

Duinhir is therefore the first to bear the letters MZ instead of the MS in its product code. All future miniatures, from the Fellowship range, will have that code for the foreseeable future.

This figure was the winning idea from February 2016, and was suggested by Fellowship member 'barliman'.

Duinhir was a Gondorian lord that lead his two sons and five hundreds skilled archers to aid Minas Tirith, Gondor's capital, during the siege by Mordor. His archers were particularly useful against the huge Mumakil and their war towers. Unfortunately Duinhir lost his two sons during that battle.

This metal figure is 32mm scale, primed in grey undercoat and does require a little assembly (bow with partial arm and sword are separate and need to be glued on).

As a special introductory offer, Mithril Miniatures has cut the normal price by 50% to allow everyone to see just how amazing the new figure is. The detail is crisp and clear and the figure will look astounding when skillfully painted.

MZ630 Duinhir of Morthond - back and front views.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Bank of Ireland Enterprise Exhibition in Macroom Cork with Dr Eva Orsmond & Lars Edman

Lars Edman & Dr Eva Orsmond cast witches at the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Exhibit.
With a history of growing up in Scandinavia and sharing the nordic tradition of casting in white metal, Lars Edman helps Dr Eva Orsmond cast little witches from Prince August moulds (Halloween Decorations) at the recent Bank of Ireland Enterprise Exhibition in Macroom, County Cork.

There are also other Halloween decorations available too, including a Spooky Ghost, Scary Black Cat and a Jack O' Lantern Pumpkin. Each mould can be reused hundreds of times and the figures have little loops to hang them from ribbons or chains if desired.

The Toy Soldier Factory is now the oldest factory in the area, allowing customers to cast their own Halloween figures when they visit (via seasonal workshops).

Monday, 12 December 2016

Lord of the Rings December 2016 releases: Ohtar and Gollum miniatures.

Ohtar with the shards of Narsil
Ohtar with the shards of Narsil

Mithril Miniatures has released two more long awaited Fellowship miniatures this week. The first one was 'Ohtar with the shards of Narsil' (MS626), the winning idea from August / September 2015. Ohtar was Isildur's squire, who carried the shards of Narsil, the broken sword that cut the One Ring off Sauron's finger, to the house of Elrond. Eventually the shards were reforged and renamed as Anduril and given to Aragorn to aid him in the War of the Ring.
The second figure was Gollum (MS631), who needs no introduction to any fan of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit books. Here he is following the Fellowship as they leave Lorien by river, on small boats. He improvised and used an old log to float after them, forever keeping his huge eyes fixed on his ultimate goal, to reclaim the One Ring.
Both these figures are limited to only 100 and are primed with grey undercoat. These are 32mm scale metal figures sculpted by Chris Tubb. Originally they were to be made using the new 3D printing process but delays meant they were remade using the traditional methods instead.

Gollum - the log with eyes.
Gollum - the log with eyes

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Time to give fairies the home they deserve. Introducing our Fairies & Fairy Door craft kit

An affordable craft kit that includes paints and brushes as well as casting equipment to make fairies at home.

Prince August has a wonderful new craft kit that is perfect for a gift to children 6 or over. Cast, with your Mum or Dad, little fairies and then give them a home in your home. Inspire a child's compassion and imagination as well as their artistic creativity this season. This kit contains a surprising large amount of contents, including casting equipment, 11 acrylic paint tubs, a primer tub, 2 different paint brushes, a Fairy mould that casts two different fairies, a wooden engraved detail fairy door and a pack of self adhesive decorations. 
Adult supervision is required for casting with small children but that is part of the fun, getting some quality time with your kids. The metal used is pewter so it is safe to handle.
There are options to add more metal and fairy door packs too, to extend the fun to friends as well.

Cast up to 7 fairies with this family craft kit


Mithril Miniatures Christmas 2016 | Dunlending High-chief miniature - 2 versions available.

Christmas 2016 Mithril figure | Dunlending High-chief - antique finish version

Mithril Miniatures has restored the long cherished tradition of manufacturing a special Christmas figure annually. 2015 did not have one, but 2016 does. The tradition also calls that the figure be a leader or king and this year it is the Dunlendings High-chief we honour. 
Dunlendings were driven into the hills by the Rohirrim and this seeded deep animosity between the two peoples. During the War of the Ring, Saruman profited from that anger and used them to bolster his armies as well as have raiding parties harrass Rohan villages.
A high-chief to such hardy folk needs to be both strong in leadership and skill in battle. They would never tolerate a weak man in such a role.
Mithril Miniatures produced 100 of these 32mm scale metal figures. 25 are primed in Mithril's grey undercoat and 75 are antique finished, which involves dipping the metal figure into a mix of black gloss and thinner and allowing it to soak into all the details, then wipe off the surfaces, resulting in better contrast.

Christmas 2016 Mithril figure | Dunlending High-chief primed version

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

New Release | Seven Years War French Infantry Moulds in December 2016.

Seven Years War French Infantry moulds released Dec 2016.

Prince August has previously released Prussian, Austrian, Hungarian Regiments in the Austrian army and finally Russian army moulds. Overdue but finally released, the French army is a welcome addition to this expanding 40mm scale range that focuses on the mid-eighteenth century international war that swept the known world.
These French moulds can cast fusiliers and grenadiers with and without turnbacks on their coats, as well as drummers, NCOs, standard bearers and officers.
As expected these moulds have interchangeable parts so there is more flexibility than first meets the eye.
As a bonus Prince August is offering all four moulds in a bundle with 10% discount on R.R.P.

The previous release (Russians) are also now available as an 100+ Army Pack deal, which includes 20 bars of metal so you can cast up to 100 soldiers for as little as 1.21 Euro (ex. tax) per soldier.
Pretty amazing value.
Seven Years War Russian Army Pack deal.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Clearance Sale + Black Friday Sale 2016

Clearance Sale on Mithril Miniatures.
Clearance Sale on Mithril Miniatures.
Mithril Miniatures is planning to produce a lot more miniatures in 2017. We had run into technical snags with the changeover to 3D printing that slowed us down in 2016, but we are overcoming these challenges one by one.
However we need room, so we ran a poll on 100 miniatures we currently still manufacture and asked which we should keep and which should be retired. We selected from that list those most popular to retire from ongoing manufacture and have marked them down by up to 60% off.
Once they clear they will never be available on our website again so if you are a collector of LOTR miniatures you might wish to grab these excellent bargains before they are gone for good.

Also since Black Friday is fast approaching we have marked down all our miniatures in the following ranges or categories by 50%. All of these are limited and when sold out will not be produced anymore.
The categories are:

The Black Friday sale ends at midnight Cyber Monday (Nov 28th) 2016 GMT.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Mithril Miniatures releases three new figures in October '16.

UPDATE Jan 1st 2017: These three figures have been redone using traditional methods and thus will not have the 'MZ' prefix but default to the 'MS' only.
The first figure is a toy peddler from the town of Dale, before Smaug redecorated it with flame. We have named it MS625 Erebor Dwarven Merchant with toys.
Erebor Dwarven Merchant with toys.

The next figure, November 2015 winning idea, is the Easterling Champion MS627. Easterlings are allied to Mordor but fight in the old fashioned but honorable style of Champion vs Champion.

Easterling Champion

The final figure for September is King Dain Ironfoot MS628, a warrior without peer that aided Thorin Oakenshield during the Battle of the Five Armies. 

King Dain Ironfoot.

There are 100 of each of these in production at present. Each are primed and MS627 does require a little assembly (shield and arm). They are all 32mm scale metal miniatures.