Thursday, 21 April 2016

Mithril Miniatures moving its Lord of the Rings to a digital design in 2016.


Finally Mithril Miniatures™ has moved from the traditional clay sculpting style to using a 3D modelling package when developing their miniatures. Chris Tubb has worked very hard to learn how to use Zbrush and even harder to make sure that his style is consistent with his earlier work. The offical press release is below:

Mithril is pleased to announce an important new era in its Middle-earth range. Many months of development, combining our traditional sculpting techniques with the newest 3D technology has enabled us to produce a series of Mithril figures which retain the well-loved Mithril “look” while producing greatly enhanced detail and accuracy in each miniature. These digitally enhanced figures will come into production very shortly and will have the designation Mz; and of course they will still be in white metal and at the same price. We will also be announcing news of a new Mithril diorama series shortly.

Here are seven of the upcoming releases, all approved of by Middle-earth Enterprises for production since the 21st of April 2016. These are currently digital images, and will be released between May and July as 32mm scale metal miniatures.

MZ625 Dwarf Merchant with Toys miniature preview from Mithril Miniatures.
MZ625 Dwarf Merchant with toys,

MZ626 'Ohtar with the shards of Narsil' miniature preview by Mithril Miniatures
MZ626 Ohtar with the shards of Narsil,

MZ627 Easterling Champion miniature preview by Mithril Miniatures.
MZ627 Easterling Champion,

MZ628 Dain Ironfoot miniature preview by Mithril Miniatures
MZ628 Dain Ironfoot,

MZ629 Snow Troll Miniature preview by Mithril Miniatures
MZ629 Snow Troll,

MZ630 Duinhir miniature preview by Mithril Miniatures.
MZ630 Duinhir,

MZ631 'Gollum - The log with eyes' miniature preview by Mithril Miniatures.
MZ631 Gollum™ - the log with eyes.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

New Mithril Lord of the Rings releases | Rumil and Female Orc Archer metal miniatures.

Mithril Miniatures broke with their tradition a little today with their latest two releases of 32mm scale Lord of the Rings metal miniatures. These two great ideas were not winning ideas but were inspired by comments made during the voting process. Chris Tubb decided to make them and so left a space in the numbering of releases to allow them to have a place later on when he had time to sculpt them.

Rumil, brother of Haldir, was a guardian of the forest around Lothlorien and silently protected Galadriel's realm from all dangers during the war of the Ring. An Elven archer can kill you before you even know you are in danger. This figure was numbered Ms594.

Chris Tubb explains his reasons behind this unique sculpt of a Female Orc archer (Ms595):
The second piece was inspired by Luthien4tinuvielle’s entry Ishi-ul the female Orc shaman, which was the winner in February 2014. Her comment “not a single female Orc in the whole Mithril range” set me to thinking what else could be made to redress this lack. I have a penchant for bowmen (as you can see from Rumil above) so I decided on a female Orc archer. So now we have two female Orcs in the range!

Mithril has a bulk discount available for a limited time on both new releases.

Friday, 1 April 2016

New Super Metal Intro | Next Gen Tech to reinvigorate Hobby Casting in the 21st Century

Casting metal is always a tricky business, you need weight to get a gravity cast to work yet people don't like lead in their metal alloys for safety reasons. Pewter is too light by itself to easily cast, especially in some flatter moulds, so some people avoid it, despite the fact that it is lead free.

So after much research Prince August has found a perfect solution, a metal that flows wonderfully into the mould, produces strong shiny results easily, fills all the details effortlessly and is safe to handle, and yet is still very affordable.

We call it SUPER metal, because that is the only word that fits on the metal bar that describes how good it is.
So for a limited time you can try it out yourself. Get 10 ingots of this revolutionary alloy for just 22 Euro (excluding V.A.T.) and tell us how you feel about it.

Update: This was 2016's April Fool's prank.