A couple of posting ago, I used some home cast Peter Laing goose-stepping Germans in a game. I forgot how much I liked these figures.On a whim I decided to try to cast some today. Usually I have had little success casting in the cold basement in winter, and expected little luck today. Today, however, was a very productive session. In an hours' time, out of 28 casting, I had 24 usable figures. But best of all, I found a more productive way of casting. Now I am sure more experienced casters already do this. If you do your own casting, you know that you have to wait for the metal to solidify, usually about a minute. Before I would stand around waiting. This time, after cutting off the pouring spout off the figure, I found that the figure was cool enough for me to handle without gloves. I got a file and filed the base while I waited for the metal to cool in the mold. I came up with a new system of casing. It involves 1: Pour the metal into the mold. 2: As the metal solidifies, cut the pouring spout off the cast figures and return the spout to the pot. 3: File the base of the newly cast figures. 4: Once the figure bases are done, open the mold and remove the casting; inspecting the figures as you remove them. If the casting is poor, put it aside for now. 5: Put the mold back together and pour a new casting. 6: Remove the pouring spout, and put the spout and any defective casting back into the pot. 6: Repeat. By doing it this way, I was busy the entire time I was casting. I also managed to clean the figures up and base them on plastic that night, so the figures are ready for priming tomorrow.
* I WOULD CAUTION PEOPLE TO BE VERY CAREFUL PICKING UP NEWLY CAST FIGURES WITHOUT GLOVES ON, SUCH AS I DID. I BELIEVE THE SMALL 15MM FIGURES COOL RAPIDLY. LARGER FIGURES WOULD PROBABLY TAKE LONGER TO COOL.
|Some of the newly cast figures.|
|Some figures waiting to have their bases filed.|
|A check list I wrote up so I would remember next time.|