A couple of figures that I saw on eBay caught my eye. They were retro-looking astronauts/cosmonauts that had no provenance. I could not tell that they were probably 54mm from the photo, but I did believe that they would be great for future sci-fi games. They also looked fun to cast!
After a little research on Lost Mini’s Wiki – http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Main_Page I found that these were Archive figures from a board game called Cosmic Encounter.
Originally these were Archive 2103, “Macron and the Mind”.
I do not have the brain figure, but I did have two Macrons. I decided to mold them, thinking they could be “Space Giants”.
They were both in good shape. I made a two-piece mold with Quick-Sil from Castaldo with one of the Macrons. I made this mold rather tall to accommodate a large plug that would give the figures better detail. I also experimented with using golf tees (that had “Merry Christmas Love Lynn” on them and an old pharma pen top for my mold opening. I also added toothpicks for venting.
The mold desighn worked fine, and I was able to cast 24 satisfactory examples with a mix of 67% tin and 33% lead at 565° F. The mold did not need much tapping at all which was great. They did use up a lot of metal though relative to smaller figures, as one would expect.
I sent off half to Buck Surdu, and I kept the rest. I am looking forward to getting them painted soon!
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