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Speed Demons!

The first release of 2020 consists of four wheels with different styles of bike tyre, intended to fit on Games Workshop’s Space Marine bikes. These are great kits, but I’ve always wanted more bike-appropriate tyres. Choose from slicks, wet-weather, off-road, and spiked.

Also available in squad packs – three sets of two wheels.

There are a couple more sci-fi releases on their way, but the next release is all Bushido-themed – tokens and scenery.

Finally, thank you to everyone who took part in the Black Friday promotion in November. Thanks to you, the George’s Rockstars charity will be getting a £200 donation. You’re all rockstars.

Ben.

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George’s Rockstars

Master Crafted Miniatures doesn’t hold Black Friday sales. Instead, for the last few years, I have donated the proceeds from all sales of MCM products on that day (or the corresponding weekend) to charities which fight against blood cancer and work to improve the lives of those affected.

I started doing this because of a little boy, George, who had been fighting leukaemia for a couple of years. With the support of his family, blood donations and the wonderful staff of the NHS, he put up a heroic fight. This year, however, his family was given the terrible news that his leukaemia had returned and, later, that there was no course of action left to take.

With my own son only just over a year old, attending George’s funeral was a tough experience yet, as an event, it was incredibly positive. His short life affected so many, and I wish I had known him better myself. His parents have since begun the long process of setting up a charity to help those in George’s situation, allowing him to continue being a force for happiness through music, which he loved: George’s Rockstars.

Stories like these are too common, but there are many ways in which each of us can make a difference. Donation is the easiest way to contribute to research and support, but there are other things you can do which are just as important.
Give blood. This is crucial and very easy. Whilst you’re there, get them to test you for platelet donation, as few of us have high enough platelet counts to do this. Register as a stem cell donor. Register as a bone marrow donor. You may never be called upon but, if you are, you will be saving a life.

This year, if you buy through the MCM store from Friday 22nd to midnight on Friday 29th of November, you’ll get yourself some stuff for our funny little hobby, and the proceeds will be donated to George’s Rockstars. If I have nothing you want, please try to donate, but whatever else you do – and this will cost you nothing but your time – register:

Thank you,
Ben.

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October Releases!

Hello! Long time!

A couple of new Japanese terrain items will be following shortly but, for now, here’s the latest batch of commissioned pads now available on the store. Still building up stock on these, so please be patient.

I’ve also remastered chequered disc pads, and the scimitar weapons sprue, so these are now smoother and crisper.

Cheers,
Ben.

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New Things!

First up, I’ve just completed a small restock on Maow Miniatures, and added the following new additions:

Next is something a little new for me. For the first time, I’m selling files for 3D printing. I’ve taken the Star God sculpt and made a bust version. I had to make a few small changes so that he will print without supports on an FDM printer. There are a couple of version of both his… face? and the plinth on which he sits.

I may offer this guy in resin in the future, if there is demand.

Below are some of my test prints of him, at 75% scale. Filaments used are Polyalchemy Elixir Silver, Fillamentum Vertigo Starlight, and Fillamentum Vertigo Galaxy. Printed on my Original Prusa i3 MK3 using the Pretty PLA profile (found here). 0.2mm layers, 3 perimeters, 10% gyroid infill.

Last of all, I made a remix of the 3D Alien Worlds rice bundles to make a terrain piece on a 50mm base, for use in Bushido, with the Rice Bail Barricade special card, upcoming in Risen Sun. This is 3D printed on-demand in light grey PLA.

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Introducing Squad Packs

A selection of designs are now available as squad packs: packs of 4 regular pads and one of the same design with a veteran rim. If, like me, you like to have the veteran pads on your sergeants, these should be a great way to start customising a combat squad. When the time comes to add reinforcements, simply grab the corresponding design.

For now, these are available in 22 designs of standard pads. There’s no real sense in doing the same with large pads just yet – arc have no veteran style, grav styles aren’t usually mixed in a unit, and the art-scale range is too small right now.

I will roll out some more existing standard pad designs where the veteran pad will have to be picked at random (Cogs, Spiked Rows, etc.) soon, and all future designs should be available in this format in addition to regular and veteran sets.

A couple of designs have been renamed to prepare for a future release. Hopefully not too vexing.
If anyone can figure out the theme of that future release, there will be a reward.

Anyway, I hope these packs prove useful!

Ben.