The server is still in the process of switching over so we will keep the shop offline until it is finalised. We will post once everything is back up and running.
We had been toying with getting the elephants cast in resin for years and finally late last year we did it. Adam re-modelled the 4 bodies and the 6 heads from the Hellenistic section(body 1+2 will go into the Sassanid range) and off they went to Rob at Hysterical Miniatures. We now have them in stock. Adam has adapted 3 howdahs to fit them and has started on new crew sets which will include astride sets(more on that as we progress). So what have we on offer, well it is a bit different in that we listed the bodies and heads separately, you pick a body then a head and then a howdah if that is the way you want to go, they are all priced a bit lower that the metal originals. The howdah tusks and tails will be cast in pewter. The assembly is easy, take the body super glue the head in place, drill the holes for tusks and tail and paint. The ones I have done needed no filler at all and very little in the way of clean up.
Now sporting more skin detail, thinner legs and an ability to use as astride mounts, we are very pleased with how this worked out and will be moving the Africans and the Sassanid King’s elephant to resin asap.
We will also add some unit deals with 2 elephants and crews once we have the figures completed. All this has taken time so the list of releases will be pushed back a bit, this needed to be done now so we had no choice. Byzantines will arrive.
Late last year we decided to move our elephants to resin and contacted Rob to tackle the project. Adam then decided to take the opportunity to update his original sculpts. We also added the option of using them all without howdahs, this will require new astride crew sets which will be added as soon as we receive the initial castings. We are posting this to allow customers the choice of getting the original metals now or putting off buying until the new ones are ready, only fair we think. It will be 6-8 weeks until they are all ready to list in the shop.
So what elephants are we working on this time, ELH001-ELH006 and all the heads that go with them. We intend to list the bodies(now in one piece) and the heads separately so you can build the elephants as you would like. No doubt Adam will refresh the crews as well.
What does this mean for our other projects, well to be fair to all waiting on the start of the Byzantines, it will add some time on to the start date. Rest assured that we want to start as soon as possible but we are committed to adding the seleucid infantry and cavalry listed on our to do list.
I will post the photos of the resin beasts asap( in other words as soon as I get my hands on them)
We have been moving to Pewter over the last few months but from now on all figures will be in pewter. We needed some time to adjust things here and to lower the stock in Lead/Tin alloy. Now we need to raise the prices to take the price of the more expensive alloy into account.
We hope that you all understand, it was a case must do not want to.
Keith and Adam
We finished the 4 packs on Friday but ran out of time to photograph them. Here are the photos.
They have been labelled Samnite Cavalry but in truth they are fairly generic Southern Italian cavalry from around the 3rd century BC and as such can be fielded as Campanian, Lucanian, Apullian etc.
Firstly I am away Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week the 5th July to 7th July, this will add a few days to the processing times of all orders. On the subject of orders, we have experienced an increase in the number being received, this is a good thing for us but will mean that the turnaround times will slip a bit, we hope to have all orders out within 4 days of their receipt.
We have been trying lead free pewter recently, some of you may have noticed some of the figures being a lighter colour and ringing when shaken, that would be the pewter. Why change, well we have been noticing an increase in the number of blow holes when using the old metal, we have managed to adjust things to prevent most but it is still an issue on the production side. The Pewter is more expensive but casts a lot cleaner. Once all the old stock figures and metal has been used we will be running 100% pewter, until then it will be a mix.
We have revisited the mounted officers for the Republican Romans, Adam has sculpted them to go with the newer set of Republican Cavalry, they have new heads and different poses etc. They are also supplied with new horses which will now go into the Republican cavalry with the existing RRH1+2 sets. All but the standard bearer in wolfskin come with separate heads, each pack will have 5 different heads which will allow the figures to have an earlier or later period styling. Many will suit mounted Romans well beyond the Republican period.