ICv2 caught up with Games Workshop’s Trade Manager Andre Kieran at the GAMA Trade Show and asked him about GW’s progress in converting its huge line of miniatures with the new Citadel Finecast Resin process, and the direction that the leading tabletop game publisher was going with its extensive line of miniatures.
Could you explain Finecast and how it fits into your program?
Andre Kieran: “It’s centrifically-cast resin—and what we are doing is for new launches going forward, like character models, special figures, those miniatures are now being made with this new resin. You can see the detail, it’s definitely a big step forward and we are very excited about it.”
So going forward this resin will replace white metal won’t it?
Yes that’s right. We do have a backlog of things like Battle Fleet Gothic and Blood Bowl with metal miniatures that we still manufacture, that we still make available, that are made in metal. A lot of times those things don’t come in packaging now. We still make them, because we think they are cool, but they might come in a baggie or a plain white box.
Well then, is it safe to say that you are phasing those metal minis out?
Yeah, I think that Citadel Finecast is definitely the future of what we are doing with those special figures.
Good question, what we had early on, we had some rumors about the melting temperature of the resin figures. But that’s not the case. It has a similar melting temperature to our plastic models. We have been working very hard on the quality. The Finecast product has been on the market for nine months. When you are casting resin, the process can involve air bubbles and things of that nature, so we launched a product this fall called “Liquid Green Stuff,” which is for filling small detail gaps, and that product along with a brush, a hobby brush that is like a toothbrush almost, can be used to cover any blemishes. You can definitely see what we are trying to achieve, a much more detailed miniature that is lighter in weight and much easier to do conversions with, similar to our plastic models.