|Newly arrived vintage molds|
The top one is a Buck Rogers in the 25th Century mold, one which is new to the club collection. I foresee a resurgence in the influence of the Tigermen of Mars in the near future…
My brother has been practicing his sculpting again recently. (He’s the artistic one in the family.) That led him to think about mold-making and casting, so that he’ll be ready when he sculpts something he likes. He has a small collection of Prince August molds that I gave him a few years ago, and decided that he would finally get them out and try casting. He ordered a melting pot, and ten pounds of lead-free pewter (“Britannia metal”, an alloy of ~92% Sn, ~8% Sb, balance Cu, to be specific) from Nathan Trotter. (You’ve got to love a company that’s been in the pewter business since 1789…). They were very polite about his inquiry and ten pound order and responded promptly, which is the sort of business style getting to be all too rare these days, so I wanted to give them a shout-out.
Prompted by his interest, I ended up deciding that it was finally time to convert over to lead-free material as well, so I ordered 25 pounds of the same material, and had it on my doorstep the next morning. The very same delivery also brought me my long-ago-preordered copy of Oathmark, a new set of fantasy mass battle rules from Osprey Games, written by Joe McCullough, the author of Frostgrave and Ghost Archipelago.
|Osprey’s latest, from the creator of Frostgrave|
I had agreed to watch over my brother’s shoulder (remotely, of course) as he tried casting, and then I set up my own casting equipment so that he could watch the way I did it. That’s how I ended up casting Prince August figures from rubber molds rather than trying out the new vintage mold collection.
|Setting up the melting pots outdoors|
|Results of a casting session|
|Prince August 605, Persian Cataphract|
|Prince August 653, Dwarves (old mold)|
|Sorceress from Prince August 657 (Wizards)|
|Spearman from Prince August 652 (Men of the City)|