Archive for June, 2011

Death knell for metal miniatures?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Trollforge have announced that they are moving away from metal and onwards towards more affordable materials, namely plastic.

TrollForge Trollcast Miniature

Trollforge Trollcast miniature

Ed has put the finishing touches to ‘Trollcast’ a new spin castable plastic – a hard (80D) custom mix containing high impact polystyrene. It is much harder, and tougher, than resin. Heat resistant up to 200F, and can handle prolonged exposure at 150F (so our Australian friends should not have any problems during the summer). It can be super-glued together, and takes standard miniature paints.

They have also posted up some videos demonstrating the hardiness of their miniatures in the new material. From the look of the example presented, the detail level is very good indeed, let’s see if they achieve their objective of keeping costs down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rcB9TWl9qg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJC5wnABP9w

Pop over to the trollforge for the latest developments.

So with Games Workshop adopting their finecast technology and smaller manufacturer’s such as trollforge heading that way too, is someone pulling the rope on the death-knell for metal miniatures?