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Fangirl Feature – Northumbrian Tinsoldier

This week’s Fangirl Feature is from Northumbrian Tinsoldier

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Why do we make minis?

5 years ago we started making Miniatures, we were looking for something that was a little strange, odd perhaps and when we couldn’t find what we were looking for we decided we would make it. 

The best thing about making these is when it goes right taking a concept from green (sculpting) to a master cast then into production, it’s difficult to get life into a little chunk of metal but when it is there it really feels like we have achieved something like when you teach an unusually stubborn dog a trick. The reactions we get from our customers keeps us going. 

What do you find most frustrating about the hobby? 

Sometimes it doesn’t quite go right, we use somewhat old school production methods involving a hand sculptor who makes the greens, these are then sent to caster to make master moulds sometimes sculpts can get destroyed in the process we try to minimise these risks by working with (we think) the best caster in the industry Peter brown – the Mouldmaker. Apart from the logistical things that can go wrong sometimes a master cast or sculpt is produced and just doesn’t have it,  Character, life, a spark whatever you want to call it it fortunately doesn’t happen all too often but when it does we then do not go on to produce that particular miniature. 

How long does it take you to complete a project?

It sometimes takes several months to take a concept to production. It really depends on the size of the project.

What inspires you to keep going? Do you admire any other hobbyists?

We think a great miniature has to tell a story, spark your imagination and inspire. 

We take our inspiration from lots of literary sources, Tolkien, Howard, Lovecraft and the general world around us.

David started playing Dungeons and Dragons first edition in 1977 more of a roleplayer than a min-maxer. He  used articles from Gary Gygax in dragon magazine. 

Why metal over resin.

We are old school, we love the feel and weight of a metal miniature, Nostalgia. 

Do you have any future plans for your hobby?

We have some rather large exciting projects in the works at the moment, which I can’t talk about yet! We will however be releasing a new beardfolk dwarven miniature every week for the next few weeks and i think by then we may have some news to share on our big project for the end of the year.

A beardfolk dwarf is our take on fantasy dwarves, Tolkien wrote about female dwarves being bearded and no one seemed to make female dwarf miniatures with beards so we did. It’s how we have always imagined them!

Do you have any tips for any aspiring hobbyists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? 

Paint for yourself not for other people, make sure you are enjoying yourself first and foremost.


Many thanks to Northumbrian Tinsoldier for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.

You can find Northumbrian Tinsoldiers on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and their Website.

And if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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