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!
More magnet sizes are now in stock. The 5mm x 1mm are ideal for Games Workshop’s Adeptus Titanicus. They were thoughtful enough to include space for these magnets in the weapon mounts of their Warlord titan miniature. Space Marine was my first game, at the age of maybe 9, so I’m super-excited to find a couple of hours in which I can assemble my own!
The 5mm magnets are also available in .5mm thicknesses for tight spaces and 2mm, which are especially useful for securing heavier models on the magnetic movement trays. Make sure you glue the movement peg in if you’re sliding really heavy models around 🙂
For really big jobs, I’ve also added some 8mm x 2mm. A few of these should hold even 40K titan weapons in place!
The old N35 2mm x .5mm magnets have been replaced by some extra strong N52s, so that should be great for those of you who need to magnetise super-small miniatures. Especially useful for the weapon mounts on Dropfleet Commander’s ships.
The 2mm thick magnets are great for securing plastic miniatures to magnetic movement trays, too.
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.
It’s been a long while since I introduced any new products and, this time, there are no new resin pads or other parts.
Instead, I’ve put a lot of time into designing these plastic movement trays for use with 25, 32, and 40mm bases. They take up minimal space on the board, becoming almost invisible compared to the ugly, chunky, laser-cut MDF trays I see at events and online. Bases are held in place internally by 3 tabs, and are able to be further secured by magnets, thanks to the ferrous rubber discs included. Resin bases can be used by clipping the tabs off and relying on a stronger magnet to hold them in place. A clear acrylic rod can be attached to make moving the trays easier.
They take paint well, but are provided in black or grey, so already blend in well for most people. I’d recommend 2mm thick magnets. 2mm diameter should be fine for most plastic miniatures, and 3mm diameter for resin bases, and heavier models. The acrylic rod can be push-fitted in a majority of cases, but I would recommend gluing it in place with super glue. Unfortunately, polystyrene cement won’t work with the trays.
The standard trays are available in 5x25mm, 5x32mm, 5x40mm sizes. For units with leaders on larger bases, there are also 4x25mm+32mm, and 4x32mm+40mm.
Additionally, I’ve released a set of two widgets designed to make the implementation of placement mechanics, such as Bushido’s Bodyguard, much easier. Each widget has cut-outs for bases sized 30mm, 40mm and 50mm. The straight edges of the widget can also be used to measure 1″ and 2″. Check out the photos on the product page to see how they are used.
Lastly, I’ve been stocking metal balls for mixing paint for a while now, but hadn’t announced them. Simply drop one into a paint pot or bottle to assist mixing.