Hi, I have some doubts about the figures "Mithril Master", namely those of the M-series and unprimed and seems to have a limited edition to be numbered at the base. How many were made? Was it a special edition for collector? Are rarities?
Thanks in advance. Let's see if someone can help me.
I will attempt to shed some light on your question. Years ago Mithril sold some Masters, these were the master figure upon wich the mold was made, there were I recall about six for any miniature. I own one (M-93), it came with a signed certificate of authenticity, the miniature was highly detailed and the metal was a darker shade than usual.
I don't have any of these masters but I think they were all sold off in 2003 or 2004. Though no expert I would imagine they are of a different alloy (probably less lead content to hold the detail for the master mold). If you don't have a spectrometer handy, you could always weigh a master and regular figure to see if they are different. Masters may have been cast separate process, perhaps just simply using a different alloy, then combined for the spin mold used in mass production. How this actually works would be interesting because only one 'green' figure is used. The tiny numbers on the bottoms of regular figures likely do correspond with a number for the master each figure was cast from and probably reflect a position in the mold. The number of masters would be determined by the size of the figure itself hence the number of masters in any one mold (10 to 12 seems common). As far as I know they sold all of the masters they had but does anyone have a master from any figure M1 to M82? Also, when a figure goes to 'classic' are new masters created for new spin molds? These are questions I would like to know the answer to...
Well that is interesting erchamion! I wonder if anyone has a master of M16, M239, M329 or anything else from Tales of Turin and the Black Sword ranges? I think not, but I'd like to be given information to the contrary... I wonder if anyone here knows or tracked those sales way back when?
Thr Green is being used to make one mould for handcasting. With this mould you cast as many masters as you need for the spinncasting mould. You use a different metal to cast these masters to get all the fine details from the green, because of the handcasting you need a metal with a better flow and what produces a fine detail.