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  • #47997
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    Hi there everybody, here are some pics of figurines Chris has sculpted and which should have been produced/released yet…

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    MZ706 Gandalf smoking a pipe

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    MZ692 Bilbo facing Mirkwood spider

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    MZ704 Black Numenorean Standard Bearer

    Currently Chris is sculpting Firiel, along with a messenger bringing news of Ondoher’s death which should make a very nice scene


    “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.” (Gildor Inglorion, LOTR1)

    #47999
    Theobald
    Participant

    Ahhhh, thank you very much dear Elf for providing these pictures. I’m glad that your contact with “The Man” seems to have been increased.
    Yes, Gildor, thank you so very much.
    And well, those sculptings by Chris are very much promising. To me that Gandalf is awfully well sculpted.

    #48000
    Fabrice JACOB
    Participant

    Thank you Master Gildor !

    Glad to see news references.

    Take care of yourself

    #48001
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    Here are the others, courtesy of Chris…. All of which are ready since August actually…..

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    Mz698 Variag draught beast driver

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    Mz699 Head of Grond

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    Mz700 Galadriel in the Swan boat

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    Mz701 Watch guard at the gates of Orthanc

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    Mz702 Gandalf and Pippin in Shadowfax

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    Mz703 Eowyn with the head of the Fell beast

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    Mz 704 Black Numenorean Standard bearer

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    2021 Christmas gift – Corsair admiral


    “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.” (Gildor Inglorion, LOTR1)

    #48002
    Mornedhel
    Participant

    I will start to save some money for January yikes


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    #48003
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    Not to mention I just received news that Phaeton could also release a lot of new things in parallel

    Definitly the show in Nantes in May 2022 could also be a great boost in martking/advertising, I think we should discuss that with Fabrice in more details !

    (Chris may attend the meeting in Nantes, FYI)


    “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.” (Gildor Inglorion, LOTR1)

    #48004
    imisel
    Participant

    wow! Phaeton is back? Awesome news.

    By the way… What do you thing about hybrid miniatures (resin / metal) in the future? It’s the end of an era – I don’t know is for better or worse.

    Dernière modification par imisel (Wed, Dec15 2021 9:41am)


    Ilsa:A franc for your thoughts.
    Rick: In America they’d bring only a penny, and, huh, I guess that’s about all they’re worth.

    CASABLANCA (1942)

    #48005
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    well there are pros and cons for resin , the way they are done by Chris  let me explain :

    the only resin figurine I have ever seen produced by Mithril before was the base of the MB279 Lord of the Nazgul, and it was GREAT in details and the resin was thick and heavy

    Since then the only other resin figurines I have ever seen are those produced by Chris himself on his own SLA 3D printer, namely :

    PM6  : Thor vignette released by Phaeton Design was the first hybrid :  “Thor” body and the base were good quality resin, and the arms, and dwarves were in metal

    a prototype of Palando the blue wizard (well I name it Palando but it could be Alatar, whatever, one of the blue wizards) which is , in this case totally in resin, both body and arm/staff and it is quite fine

    As I said elsewhere, it is a 25microns 3D print using professionnal SLA 3D printers (price of such printers range from 4000 to 15000€)

    We can see on the market many 3D prints which are very detailed, often more than metal, but they rarely are in the 32mm scale and are not “realistic” but “fantasy style” (Chris is unique in the fact he sculpts realistically in 32mm, which normally is used in 54mm,70mm or 90mm by other brands like Pegaso or Andrea)

    now the main problem for me is the unpainting, cleaning of already painted figurines… Until now , when I needed to unpaint I was using industrial V33 paint remover which is really agressive and also the results are great because it dissolves plastics and does not affect metal… if I use that on resin figurines, that will melt down the figurine itself…

    Hopefully I read yesterday there were other products that are not attacking resin figurines (provided they are RESIN, and not plastic… because it still dissolves plastic…)

    as for the detail, and fragility, I think resin is better but it is amazingly lighter than metal and when holding a figurine while painting it it feels very very odd for painters who are used to metal.


    “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.” (Gildor Inglorion, LOTR1)

    #48006
    Maenas
    Participant

    I think it is an interesting CHANGE, and depends on how the brand manages it, it can be very good or a complete disaster.
    And I really hope this has a direct impact on the price, and I do not mean the regular discounts they are now offering, I mean the regular price tag of the references, because I really think they are completely out of the market now.
    As a side note… the sculpts are looking better and better and I think Chirs is working hard on this.

    PS.:@Gildor… There is plenty of tutorials and products there on the web to strip plastic and/or resin miniatures.. I think some included some regular household cleaning product called greenwash or green power or something similar, can’t remember.



    Mae govannen mellon nín.

    #48007
    Milo
    Participant

    Great to see next releases at last.
    My purse is full, I need to buy some, let’s hope castings will start and keep the right pace


    Milo Gamgee-Took of Bywater
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