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News from the Lost Battalion

Discussion in 'Figure News' started by Scott777, Feb 24, 2024.

  1. Scott777 Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hello, lots of activity from TLB miniatures. I have finally rereleased the Worster line of 120mm busts of Civil War generals and personalities. This is in my opinion one of the finest series of busts available. Terry was a sculptor who was second to none and the likenesses are spot on.

    The busts retail for $16.95 and are available on the TLB Miniatures website. The complete line consists of 30 separate busts.

    BEAUREGARD, HOOD, BURNSIDE, JOHNSTON, CHAMBERLAIN, LEE, CUSHING, LINCOLN, DAVIS, LONGSTREET, EWELL, PICKETT, FORREST, SHERIDAN, GRANT, SHERMAN, HANCOCK, STUART, THOMAS, MEADE, SICKLES, WARREN, BUFORD, CUSTER, MEAGHER, ARMISTEAD, CLEBORNE, HILL, HAMPTON, JACKSON

    a couple examples of the line
    J.E.B. Stuart.jpg Lee.jpg
  2. Scotty A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Are these 120mm tall or 120mm scale? They look great, good luck with them.
    Scotty.
  3. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Good likenesses and potentially a great series but sorry, those casts look really rough.

    Am I the only one who sees this (or who's willing to say it)?

    Unless those are "work in progress" shots and not the finished article that customers will get?

    - Steve
  4. Redcap A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Agree with Steve.

    Whilst these two here are very good facial likenesses of the personalities represented, the pieces (as seen here) look very rough and 'pitted' with air holes and rough surface textures. Perhaps as Steve said, these are 'in progress' pieces and so some reworking of the moulds may pay dividends..?

    Ultimately, it's up to the individual to determine whether they pass muster or not - for the price they are cheap enough I guess - but for me individually, the days of buying anything and then working for hours with general 'clean-up' and whilst using 'Milliput' and multiple layers of 'Mr Surfacer' etc. to try and bring something up to scratch as a base before I even start to paint it are long over; that's what I pay the sculptor or 3D artist to do.

    These are not 'bad' and they are doubtless a quite unique and popular theme series of busts, it is just that expectations have moved on significantly since these were 'of their time'. Sorry if this appears harsh, but unless people give producers honest and constructive feedback, then how can they know or gauge what (sincerely held) general impressions are if everyone only gives them platitudes of "great piece", "fabulous work", "a must buy"etc.....and then no-one actually buys them once they are then invited to reach for their wallet and follow through on it?

    Gary
  5. fogie A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    What a list........and what a fine collection they would make. But I have to agree
    with Steve - the castings displayed here look rather poor I'm afraid. Shame !

    Mike
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  6. arj A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
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  7. Banjer A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Have to agree with everyone, these castings are appalling. Shame really because they would make a great display as a group.


    Bill
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  8. Martin64 A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    IMHO it is not a problem of the castings but a "style" of the sculptor - you can see toolmarks etc. on the surfaces of all busts. A proof how much the standards have risen the customers expect since then.
    Nevertheless a nice range of different former manufacturers and competitive prices.
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  9. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    True. And to be fair, TLB do have some nice figures in their range, a number of which would definitely tempt me were it not for crazy transatlantic shipping costs. And it's great to see them keeping alive classic lines like Roll Call, Fort Royal Review and Milimen.

    These busts however are not their finest hour. Which is a shame.

    - Steve
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  10. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    I only checked one on the website (Longstreet) and it was just as rough-considering these are 120mm heads the casting should be much better than this unless you are happy to put in a lot of work.

    Keith
  11. grasshopper A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    As stand along pieces of art- undoubted quality..if those were 1/2 scale bronzes..but as basis for miniature painting: no
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  12. Scott777 Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi guys, I agree with the comments on the pitting. These were some of the busts Terry used to display them at shows. They were spin cast and had pitting. I hand cast the busts now and they are vacuum and pressure cast to get rid of the pitting.
  13. Scott777 Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    And as always if you are not happy with the kit I will either replace or refund your money! Upon reflection I should have paid more attention to the pictures but getting 30 kits up on the site was a little more time consuming than I had anticipated.
  14. Von Bock Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Scott,

    Congrats on these release's they should do well for you. Good to see them. Regards, Brock
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  15. The Riveteer Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom

    "if ya likes it, ya buyz it and ya paints it":ROFLMAO:


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  16. Nap Moderator

    Country:
    England

    Hi Scott

    Thanks for the responses , perhaps update the website with pictures of the new castings

    I used to have the some of the original wish I still had them they were nice to say the least

    Nap
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  17. Martin64 A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    This brings up some memories,
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  18. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    ..... or ya doesn’t likes it so ya doesn’t buyz it (as the case may be).

    Fairly obvious really. Problem?! :confused:

    - Steve
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  19. The Riveteer Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    No problem at all Steve - obviously the irony was wasted on you.
  20. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Seems to be pretty “wasted” on just about everybody else as well David – your sense of “irony” is as feeble as a new-born baby deer. :D

    Tell you what I do find “ironic” though: It’s how you have a long history of coming on pF and nit-picking manufacturers’ releases (usually it’s Samurai and Napoleonics) to within an inch of their lives over tiny details and “historical accuracy”, yet never posting up any of your own work. Assuming that is you’ve ever actually painted anything? Which based on previous discussions, I strongly suspect that you haven’t (and don’t think I’m the only one who’s noticed ;) ). So in my personal opinion you have zero credibility as either a modeller or a modelling commentator. You're just a bloke who reads books.

    And as if that’s not enough, up you pop in this thread – an “armchair expert” and self-confessed stickler for accuracy & detail - with nary a critical word to say about what most people who’ve bothered commenting agree are very rough casts, and even the manufacturer clarifying that he’s had to take remedial measures to eliminate the pitting. Now THAT is irony, fella!

    I’m not even sure why you felt the need to open up this line of discussion in the first place. It just seems a bit odd to me. But I’m more than happy to go to the rodeo with you via PM if you want to continue it there, rather than derail this thread any more.

    - Steve
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