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Offline Stormwatcher

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2013, 05:31:21 AM »
Only trouble is the standard bearer. It casts with the banner pole bend and it breaks every time I try to straighten it out.

I've tryed when warm and cool, but nothing seems to help. I might replace the pole with a brass rod or something. But first I'll try to weld it together with an old hobby welder (unsure of the correct English term. The ones used for Electronics).

I also found the flagpoles a problem when I did some of these figures. In the end, I replaced the flagpoles with a brass rod and made my own flags.
Great work by the way. One source of metal is of course all the unpainted 28mm figures that will never get done - the lead pile... I certainly reduced mine!!
Phil

Offline Dr. The Viking

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2013, 07:36:28 AM »
You and Aly Morrison! Or at least I think he's using a similar thing right? (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=52968.0)

Looks like a fun project.  :)
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Offline Jaeger

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2013, 07:56:19 AM »
I've tried the lead-pile, but I encounter the same problems as the lead/tin alloy. Casting succes rate is very poor and details are not quite as good compared to the Bismuth-added alloy. I will try to add Bismuth to the lead-pile, but the lead/tin alloy is quite cheap, so not much saved.

Ah. Morrisons project is really amazing. I don't think I'll be using gloss paint though. :)
« Last Edit: September 02, 2013, 08:29:27 AM by Jaeger »
Too many projects... not enough time...

Offline Jaeger

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2013, 08:19:44 AM »
The new casts:


Fixing the Standard Bearer:

Offline Jaeger

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2013, 10:53:03 AM »
I've tried lining up the models on 40x40mm (infantry) and 50x50mm (cavalry):


Offline Jaeger

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2013, 12:42:45 PM »
Another test with 6 man for each 50x50mm base:


Offline AlyMorrison

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2013, 01:50:00 PM »
Hi Jaeger...

My wargames butterfly landed on Prince August molds a few years ago and I have been casting when I have the time ever since ...
I find it very relaxing and it takes me back to when my father first showed me how to make my own molds ..
I have managed to paint a couple of sample bases but not much else...
I am hoping that by following your thread I shall be encouraged press on and finish enough for a game... :D

Have you seen the Ilkley Old School Blog?
Lots of inspiration
 
http://ilkleyoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

All the best  Aly
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Offline Jaeger

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2013, 09:51:49 PM »
I find it very relaxing and it takes me back to when my father first showed me how to make my own molds ..

My father had a host of the old Holger Eriksson moulds, and I fondly remember our time together when casting and playing. I've been involved i wargaming for many years now, but I think that my interest for miniatures hails from those days.

Amazing blog. Very inspirational. That's a lot of lead!  :o

I'm awaiting an order of Bismuth right now, so casting is off for a few days. I'll see if i can get a few hours of painting in instead. :)
« Last Edit: August 25, 2013, 07:21:30 AM by Jaeger »

Offline Stormwatcher

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2013, 04:43:02 PM »
This is great stuff Jaeger.
I recently added a gallery of my own Prinz August project to my Classic Wargaming blog. Although I painted mine matt. I also experimented with different basing styles... always an issue!
http://classicwargaming.blogspot.co.uk

Best rgds
Phil
« Last Edit: August 25, 2013, 04:45:31 PM by Stormwatcher »

Offline AlyMorrison

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2013, 08:46:44 PM »
Jaeger....
I blame you.... >:(

I had the day to myself yesterday ,so I decided to get the Prince August moulds out...

Over a hundred miniatures later........ lol

Now I have to find time to paint them...

Have you noticed that on the double moulds it is always the the model you dont want that works every time...

All the best.  Aly

Offline Jaeger

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2013, 09:10:06 PM »
He, he. Guilty as charged.  :D

Since using the Bismuth add-on I have a cast succes rate of 100% (bit it's expensive as h...). I never cast more than one of the doubles at a time btw. The heat opens up the mould and you get an awful lot of flash on the later.

I've settled on this regiment as my first:



Pretty standard Swedish regiment (several use these colours at the Battle of Gadebusch).

@Stormwatcher: That's a lovely blog. Lots of great inspiration. Thanks for sharing. I think I'll contemplate some more on the basing, but that won't stop me from casting and painting.  :)

Offline Jaeger

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2013, 09:51:12 PM »
Ahem. Painting status: 1 model primed...

But I got my shipment of Bismuth and my first Cavalry unit is beginning to grow:


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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2013, 07:35:10 AM »
I am strangely attracted to the idea of collecting my own battalion of these. I think I have a few moulds somewhere.  It must be an age think. I mean, at a certain point you leave these things behind because of the lack of definition and the boring conformity of casting the same soldier post over and over but ... here I am being attracted to the order, conformity and DIY of the thing. As we get older we regress....
« Last Edit: August 30, 2013, 07:37:27 AM by Hammers »

Offline Jaeger

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2013, 09:46:09 PM »
He. I know just what you mean. Normally we want a lot of different poses for our miniatures, but when fielded in BIG battalions, a uniform unit stands out.

Here's my forces for now (2 Battalions infantry and a Squadron of Cavalry - still missing some officers and stuff):



I've noted that I'll need another set of moulds to field the Danish infantry as they had different uniform types.

Offline Jaeger

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Re: GNW (Prince August)
« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2013, 09:22:49 PM »
Lucky day.

Went exploring in my fathers attic and found all the old tin soldiers:



This is just a Little sample. There's 2 kg worth of miniatures and lead/tin Sticks. Tried to cast with them. Failed horribly. Added a Little Bismuth and they were perfect. Bismuth is really a Wonder metal. :)

 

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