Friday, 15 June 2012

The Battle of the Boyne 54mm Scale Metal Figures

The Battle of the Boyne 54mm scale metal figures
Prince August has released four figures based on the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 A.D this month.
These require a little assembly and are available unpainted on or handpainted and assembled on the gift site The Edman Collection.

The Battle of the Boyne was fought in 1690 between two rival claimants of the English, Scottish, and Irish thrones – the Catholic King James and the Protestant King William (who had deposed James in 1688) – across the River Boyne near Drogheda on the east coast of Ireland.
The battle, won by William, was a turning point in James' unsuccessful attempt to regain the crown and ultimately helped ensure the continuation of Protestant supremacy in Ireland.
Ironically, some contemporary historians have speculated that William's campaign may have been funded, at least in part, by Pope Alexander VIII as part of a shared hostility with William to Louis XIV of France, who at the time was attempting to establish dominance in Europe and to whom James was an ally.
William's forces defeated James' army of mostly raw recruits. The symbolic importance of this battle has made it one of the best-known battles in British–Irish history and it is a key part of the folklore for the Orange Order.
The Williamite side comprised of 36,000 troops made up of 12 nationalities, among then, Dutch, Danes, Germans, French Huguenots, English, Scottish, Irish, Swiss, Italians, Norwegians and Poles. The Jacobites numbered 24,000 men of five nationalities, Irish, English, Scottish, French and German.
Its commemoration today is principally by the Orange Institution.

The Battle of the Boyne blister pack

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Video on Mithril LOTR painting competition: Beregond fighting Troll at the Black Gate

Mithril Miniatures released a new vignette called Beregond fighting Troll at the Black Gate in March 2012.
Our collectors often love to paint up their collectables and submit gallery photos, and we encourage this.
So we started a competition to see who could paint up this new vignette the 'best', at least from the viewpoint of our two judges, Lars Edman (Mithril founder) and Chris Tubb (Mithril's sculptor).

The rules were fairly standard, avoid digital painting, text and modifications that would change the appearance of the vignette. It was allowed to make a diorama, and some entries took full advantage of that option but it was in no way a requirement.

We should have a list of the winners next week.
I made a little video of the entries on my YT channel. Check it out and post a comment about the entries. They did great work,  considering they did not have a huge window of opportunity to paint the vignette (max of 2 months).

New Mithril LOTR release: MS578 The Passing of Elessar.

King Elessar was crowned in the momentous year 3019 T.A and ruled the united kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor until year 120 in the Fourth age. His queen, Arwen, although of Elven stock, had chosen the fate of men rather than of Elves and remained always in Middle-earth, never seeking passage to the West.
In this vignette both Arwen and her son Eldarion, stand before the tomb of Elessar, which is flanked by Minas Tirith guardsmen. At the foot of the tomb rests the winged crown of Gondor, which Eldarion will inherit. After this Arwen also bade farewell to her son and departed the city forever and passed out of all knowledge into the fading land of Lorien.
This new vignette will be shipped after June 18th. This is unprimed and not assembled.