Dol Amroth have charged in

MMP Mithril in Middle-Earth The Prancing Pony Dol Amroth have charged in

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  • #304
    ddaines
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    Well a box of goodies arrived today in the form of the Mounted Knights and at first glance mighty fine they look, but tap them together and you can tell that they are cast in a different metal (as Michael mentioned).

    As I said, I’ve not had a chance to have a proper look yet, my only main critisism is that horse and rider are all one piece castings which has slightly thrown my intentions out of the window, but to be honest is not a major problem I hope as I think that most of the lower bodies are fairly similar in pose.

    I suppose I shall now have a couple of hours of fun replacing the reins and see how many times I can cut the tips of my fingers :/

    Hopefully I will add the foot soldiers soon.

    #3168
    ddaines
    Participant

    Well a box of goodies arrived today in the form of the Mounted Knights and at first glance mighty fine they look, but tap them together and you can tell that they are cast in a different metal (as Michael mentioned).

    As I said, I’ve not had a chance to have a proper look yet, my only main critisism is that horse and rider are all one piece castings which has slightly thrown my intentions out of the window, but to be honest is not a major problem I hope as I think that most of the lower bodies are fairly similar in pose.

    I suppose I shall now have a couple of hours of fun replacing the reins and see how many times I can cut the tips of my fingers :/

    Hopefully I will add the foot soldiers soon.

    #3171
    Gavin
    Participant

    Oooh, excellent.

    They are all in one casts? Pity. I had plans for those boys.

    Oh well, back to Plan A. :D

    #3176
    Barliman
    Participant

    I wonder why they’ve been produced that way? Presumably it’s more economical.

    #3178
    ddaines
    Participant

    I guess so, virtually all the extras excepting the shields and sword scabbards are all cast as one piece.

    #3179
    Theobald
    Participant

    I dunno if that is more economical. And to be honest it doesn’t matter much to me. I’m just glad to have them in my hands after such a long time of waiting. I think it really is a very good set of regular M-figures.
    As for those butchers of Mithrils (sorry, I mean those of you who think of converting figures) I think it’s best to chop up those riders at their waists ;) .
    But that could imply a lot of skilled work, meseems.

    #3180
    ddaines
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    Theobald wrote:
    I dunno if that is more economical. And to be honest it doesn’t matter much to me. I’m just glad to have them in my hands after such a long time of waiting. I think it really is a very good set of regular M-figures.
    As for those butchers of Mithrils (sorry, I mean those of you who think of converting figures) I think it’s best to chop up those riders at their waists ;) .
    But that could imply a lot of skilled work, meseems.

    ‘Tis indeed but a technicality Master Theobald because there isn’t much difference to the detail below the waist in all honesty.

    I think, (and hope) that by changing the arms about that variations will be easily be achieved, and with the odd beheading and swappping of heads, many variants will be possible.

    The important thing is, as stated is that they [The Knights of Dol Amroth] are here at last, and this is one release that I have wished for above all others – the image that springs to mind is that from the film of Waterloo where the ill-fated charge of the Scot’s Greys is captured in slow motion (more like the non-existant scene from the film of Faramirs’ charge), albeit with a different outcome. The one piece casting while inconvenient is not by any means a major draw back. ;)

    #3186
    Theobald
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    Well, I just completed assembling Imrahil … the other four riders I assembled last night … and I still enjoy … the volume those tiny pieces take has changed because of their casting … it’s more open … I don’t know the right words for that in English … in German those are “raumgreifende Figuren” as I was told when I studied parts of arts.
    At the moment I’m assembling Imrahil … just to that my MX-version is not too far from him. Well, of course I knew about him before, as I knew about the standard-bearer.
    A lot of work still has to be done today … those footsoldiers and more
    Nevertheless a great charge that is ….

    #3202
    Barliman
    Participant

    Interesting – I’ve just had an email from The Man, who says that the Dol Amroth knights being moulded onto their horses came as a surprise to him…

    Still, I guess it’s too late for anything to be done about it now.

    #3203
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    I have not received mine yet but could you tell me already…

    Will it be harder to paint them this way? I mean… are there parts very very difficult to reach due to these “all-in-one-piece” knights ?

    #3204
    Barliman
    Participant

    I haven’t got mine yet either! Chris is chasing the factory for me… but I can’t believe that it will make them especially difficult to paint – there are many other one-piece Mithril horsemen. I’m more disappointed by the fact that one won’t be able to mix and match the horse and rider combinations. A great shame (Chris thinks so too…)

    #3205
    Theobald
    Participant

    I’m sure that there won’t be any major difficulties in painting the riders. Here Master Barliman is right (just think of the mounted Eowyn figure).
    But I completely agree that these one-piece castings are a shame as for the reasons our barkeep mentioned. Because of that I’m glad that first I just ordered one piece each and not that whole (reduced) batch.
    Though the figures are very nice, as I said before.

    #3211
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    I doubt they’ll be recast but that would be interesting to know why Dan Joe moulded them this way…. Seems like Chris will have to make a trip to Ireland soon to check what’s going on at the factory.

    #3213
    ddaines
    Participant

    I do not think that painting will be a problem as they are wearing their surcoat thingy (or whatever it is called) and there doesn’t appear to be too many hard to reach areas that would cause major problems.

    Even with arms attached you should still be ok – I’ll let you know as I’ve glued them on.

    The biggest pain for me was removing all of the cast on reins which I have never liked, but at least my dremmell tool has only scraped the skin off one thumb 😡

    Still that’s all done, now I’ve just got to sand the horses necks down and then I can crack on with the painting :D

    #3214
    ddaines
    Participant
    Gildor Inglorion wrote:
    I doubt they’ll be recast but that would be interesting to know why Dan Joe moulded them this way…. Seems like Chris will have to make a trip to Ireland soon to check what’s going on at the factory.

    I wonder if it has anything to do with keeping costs down? They seem to have compacted the castings regarding sprues etc.

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