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mirrorbird20 May 2020 12:30 p.m. PST

Hello. I like casting my own miniatures, and I've used Prince August's moulds for more than 20 years. I'd like some more variety though, does anyone know of any other manufacturers?

JimDuncanUK20 May 2020 1:50 p.m. PST
Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2020 1:51 p.m. PST

I think that the stuff at the first link is Prince August too.

FusilierDan20 May 2020 3:45 p.m. PST

try this facebook group.
link

Glengarry520 May 2020 5:51 p.m. PST

These days there are far more print your own models for 3D printers.

Sgt Slag21 May 2020 11:18 a.m. PST

I do not consider 3D printed models to be better than casting my own, with PA molds. The quality, is different; they take much longer to print, compared to drop-casting with a ladle, in my garage.

I really enjoyed my PA molds, and castings, but they are just another facet of this multi-faceted hobby, as are 3D printed models.

For those of us who want to build armies of miniatures, drop-casting in molds, is much faster compared with 3D printed armies. The varieties may be severely limited for variant castings, but with armies, not every figure is unique.

The learning curve for 3D printing, is far steeper than learning how to successfully drop-cast mini's. I achieved decent results with my PA molds. I needed 60 Wolf figures for a "Battle of Five Armies" game, many years ago. I had the PA mold for Goblin Wolf Riders, so I cast up 60 Wolves, and we played the battle, with great enthusiasm, and fun! I hate to think how long it would have taken me to print out 60 Wolves…

The cost of casting the Wolves, even using expensive Model Metal, was very inexpensive, compared to buying professionally cast mini's. I have no regrets from it. I am re-using those Wolves, attaching Caesar plastic Goblins, as riders, as most of the Wolf castings never had riders! They will be a fantastic addition to my Goblin hoard army. Cheers!

AGregory21 May 2020 1:34 p.m. PST

I agree with both of the previous posts: my 3D printer is a source of joy, and when I need a few battalions of Napoleonic Russians I heat up some lead!

I have, at times, 3D printed objects, made molds from them, and cast them in metal. Maybe I am crazy, but to me, some things are OK in plastic (terrain, vehicles) and some things (soldiers!) are better if they are made of sterner stuff! ;-)

Cheers,

A. Gregory

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