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AGregory11 Nov 2019 5:31 p.m. PST


If you've ever wanted to try home-casting some Napoleonic figures, you can do it with Prince August, but only some of the molds/castings are big enough to mix with other modern "25mm" figures.

I put a guide to which ones you can use on my site:


If you do it right, they can be cheaper than plastics.


A. Gregory

Markconz11 Nov 2019 5:48 p.m. PST

Cheers, do you have a battlereport of your Raszyn refight somewhere?

AGregory11 Nov 2019 5:54 p.m. PST

Sadly, no. But that is a cool campaign if you like the Poles.

Markconz11 Nov 2019 6:37 p.m. PST

Ok thanks, and yes looking forward to it :)

Green Tiger12 Nov 2019 2:04 a.m. PST

I did Ratzyn a couple of years back:

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2019 6:32 a.m. PST

AGregory – I did a unit of Napoleonic Prussians when they came out in the 80's. burned my fingers, spilled metal over the work surface, dropped the mold onto the floor ended up with a couple of dozen awful looking figures… Put the bits and pieces back in a box, left it on a shelf.

If done right they're okay but the point here is the 'if down right'. It's a learning curve…

AGregory12 Nov 2019 8:50 a.m. PST


Yes, that is certainly true. I wrote an article for beginners a few years back about sculpting and casting (also on the same site).

But if you can paint and convert miniatures and build terrain, you are likely to have the needed skills. It just takes patience/persistence.

And, if you don't enjoy casting, then it probably isn't worth the money you save. But at least people know which PA molds are the right size now… ;-)


A. Gregory

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2019 2:03 p.m. PST

I loved home casting when I was a teen. Now, I'd buy an Old Glory army card and get all the figs I want at a reasonable price. Casting can almost be a hobby by itself. Time is money for me, and I'd rather not spend my time casting figures. I am glad you are enjoying it, but it is no longer for me.

John Leahy12 Nov 2019 4:50 p.m. PST

I started home casting when I was 15 by making my own molds. I have dozens of Prince August molds. Naps, ancients and fantasy. I cast up about 100 Naps. My fantasy I cast up hundreds. I use the Orcs for LOTR armies. they are actually quite nice. Nice seeing you post about it.

John a long time Republic and Empire fan!

AGregory12 Nov 2019 8:14 p.m. PST


It is funny that you mention Republic & Empire. I hadn't played it for a couple of years, but last Friday we ran a "what-if" scenario with it where the Brits had convinced the Russians to help them try to seize a port on the Pomeranian coast (instead of the Walcheren debacle), circa 1809.

And many of the figures were homecast PA!


A. Gregory

Frank the Arkie15 Nov 2019 10:34 p.m. PST

Mr. Gregory, excellent post – thanks!

John Leahy18 Nov 2019 4:51 p.m. PST

I like Prince Augusta molds. I started buying them in the early 80s. I cast up a few hundred Naps.

Republic and Empire is a great set of rules!



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