Once again, Master Crafted Miniatures isn’t holding a Black Friday sale. Instead, the proceeds from all 1st-party sales this Friday 23rd will be donated to charity, such as Anthony Nolan or DKMS, fighting against blood cancer and working to improve the lives of those affected.
Give blood. 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. You may never be called upon but, if you are, you will be saving a life.
So, if you buy anything 1st-party (i.e. non-Eden, -Maow, -Golem) through the MCM store this Friday, you’ll get yourself some stuff for our funny little hobby, and help save lives at the same time. If I have nothing you want, try to donate. But, whatever else you do, register:
A small collection of new releases, at long last. Standard pads see the addition of a unicorn design in regular and veteran rims, plus a chains rim, and a wreath design only with a veteran rim. All of these are available individually, too. Just look for the individual pads product.
A new large pad style is now available, in limited designs. All current designs can be made in this style, just use the contact form on the site to enquire. These pads are also left-side only right now. Again, if you require a right-side version, just get in contact.
I’ve got a few other things planned for the immediate future, from print-on-demand scenery by 3D Alien Worlds, to something I am currently referring to only as The Purge. Stay tuned for more news!
This one isn’t for sale.
At 4:38 on Tuesday morning, my wife brought our first child into the world. He’s the best. He’s just done a massive poo in his sleep and, somehow, this is awesome to me. You can only imagine how much more awesome he is when he’s not wearing a bag of poo.
For the next two weeks, I’ll be prioritising spending time with him, supporting my wife, and ensuring we all get plenty of rest when its available. This means MCM orders will be slow to go out the door. I’ll still be able to find a few minutes to fulfill them, and I won’t be closing the store; just expect things to be a lot slower than usual. Bear with me. I know you won’t mind me spending hours staring at this tiny human instead of casting parts for toy soldiers, at least for a few days.
Salute was great again this year. I was feeling quite under-prepared, as I’ve had a lot of freelance work on and the start of this year was pretty testing personally. I also had very few new products and had failed utterly to promote them. Nonetheless, I roped in a good friend to help with the casting in the week prior to the event and we actually managed to get a decent amount of stock together, though he’ll be correct in reminding me (incessantly) that we didn’t have enough toads or tortoises!
This year was less of a rush to get set-up, thanks to me packing up most things on the Thursday. Despite being 23 weeks pregnant, my wife was an absolute legend. She helped me pack the van, get set up in the afternoon and, along with a couple more awesome friends, she helped me run the stand on Saturday.
It was great to see old friends and customers, and make a few new ones! Plenty of you had some great suggestions for new products, so I’ll be trying to get them made over the next few months. Speaking of new releases, there’s quite a few added to the store today:
- Flaming Skull pads now get a veteran variant.
- 4 new pad sets with the new Ornate rim.
- Hazard and Studded Arc pads.
- Damaged variants of Studded and Spiked Arc pads, plus a plain Damaged Arc set.
- An option for ordering individual standard pads. If this is popular, I will roll it out to the art-scale and arc pads.
- New Golem and Maow miniatures.
- New(ish) Fanplastic Little Men miniature.
All other stock levels have also been updated, so you’ll be able to order knowing that you won’t have to wait for stock to be cast!
I am not ready for this show! Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaargh!
It’s been a busy year, with freelance work almost burying me, and a really tough couple of months personally, but time marches on and Salute is just around the corner. I’ve not done much preparatory work, though I’m starting to ramp up production, and I’m not sure if I will have much in the way of new releases. Nonetheless, my first Salute as a trader was a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to doing it all again. Make sure you drop by on April 14th. South London Warlords have given me the same stall I had last year, so that keeps things simple!