Join in the Sausage Making

Join in the Sausage Making

We often get asked how things work behind the scenes. And I usually reply with a variation of Bismarck's quote: 28mm plastic figures are like sausages, it's best not to see them in the making. Well let's throw back the curtain!

One day perhaps we can take folks through the journey step-by-step from the first sculpting brief through to the unloading at the warehouses, but for now let's look at the sculpting side.

Here we have the first round of parts sculpted for the upcoming Afghan Tribal Cavalry set (the horses are on a separate frame that is already finished).

We've printed the parts on a 3D printer to check for fit and sizing and now we want to make some changes. These are the initial notes for the sculptor which in some cases will include separate reference images. Before we send these along though, we'd love to have your input.

Are there any other things you would want to change on the existing parts? Anything you think needs to be included? Let us know in the comments below or where this is posted on our Facebook page.


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David - September 12, 2020

I agree with Axel that separate Muskets and Jezzails would be good to sling across their backs. Otherwise a great frame.

David Millward - September 12, 2020

The clothing should mirror that of the Tribesmen set, so that making mounted and dismounted figures for the same character is possible.

Y. Whateley - September 12, 2020

Would there have been any handguns in a similar style to the rifles? Just a thought… if so, maybe the entire arm won’t be necessary, just a hand or two, holding handguns, which would be easy enough for us to swap onto any appropriate arm. Whatever the case, these look fantastic! I can’t help thinking they’d make some fine pulp villains, fantasy gaming cavalry, eccentric fantasy RPG characters… the generic faux-Euro medieval fantasy thing is so tired, these guys are nice and different!

Stu - September 11, 2020

Yes, Lee Enfields to bring them into the Inter war period, maybe a Lewis gun? A modern weapons (AKs, M16s etc) would have to be a whole new set.

Mark Bevis - September 11, 2020

Check that the spears were actually bamboo as made here? Not sure that they were, I’d have thought they would have been plain ash or similar. Having just looked up Moghul Indian spears, they were tapering bamboo, so maybe the sculpt is correct.
I would like to see a spear per man. Agree with adding musket (Brown Bess) plus a Brunswick rifle. The latter I have found since I last messaged was a popular border rifle for decades, made in Nepal, 1840-1870, it being an improved Napoleonic Baker rifle with a percussion cap.

I’m assuming you’ve not been able to include the armoured cavalry I hoped for?

David Reay - September 11, 2020

Different sizes of shield? Beehive style hat? But the existing bits are really nice!

Falk Kalamorz - September 11, 2020

I still want a modern (20th century) weapon set for the Afghans with AKs, Lee-Enfields, PKMs etc. And of course a Stinger :)

Axel - September 11, 2020

Rifle without arms for wearing slung or in saddle holster

Wayne BOllands - September 11, 2020

Left arm hold for some weapons, a brace of pistols for a command type figure and some .303 SMLE’s to bring them into the 1920’s and 30’s

Jeff Sargent - September 11, 2020

Lawrence of Arabia

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