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#1 Wed, Mar23 2016 3:43pm

Gerold
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Mystery case

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#2 Wed, Mar23 2016 4:26pm

Theobald
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From: the Osning in Germany
Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
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Re: Mystery case

That box is very strange indeed. I never saw that before. (Does the box contain the figures?)
Definitely they are not the Dwarves of the "Lost Dwarven army". The figures are all from the old regular M-series (Dain Ironfoot without a base is one part of a small vignette). This is confirmed on the back of the box. Interesting is the hint at an "upcoming" Half-orc army which is the topic of the other "lost army". That so-called "sergeant" is M365 Gloin in war gear. The figure which on the box is declared as "ranger" is the M127 Gimli-figure. BUT most surprising are all the bases which clearly are not original Mithril-bases and more remind of the bases used by a certain Gerold.
Anyway, my judgement is that this box, called "Mystery case" is a fake.

[My expression "lost army" refers to the two army-sets that were never released by Mithril but only sold in small batches by Chris Tubb some years ago. ]

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#3 Wed, Mar23 2016 4:46pm

Maenas
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From: Barcelona, Spain
Registered: Thu, Mar6 2008
Posts: 360

Re: Mystery case

Looks like a "personalized" design to me. I can see printed pages carefully attached to a "regular white" box ^^


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#4 Thu, Mar24 2016 2:20am

Turambar
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From: Germany
Registered: Sun, Apr27 2008
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Re: Mystery case

This is exactly very strange indeed.  Also Master Gerold didn´t left any word on it . . .

Regarding the photographs, those are defenetly not the Iron Hill dwarves- a Master Tree pointed out.
Unprofessional as the company is, that unprofessionality is not usual for them . . .
As far as I am informed, "Saruman´s army" is always mentioned first! Here it is the other way . . . strange that is . . .
Master Theobald is a good observer . . . I also would say- this is a fake- as far as the packaging is concerned- a professional one.
Although the "designer" used the wrong font!!!!

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#5 Thu, Mar24 2016 9:08am

Milo
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From: Toulouse, France
Registered: Tue, Mar30 2010
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Re: Mystery case

Well, I like the idea of this personnal cover very much.
Of course, it is regular dwarves shown, and every details do not match official Mw336, Mw337 box covers.
Looking at bases, it reminds me of Master gerold bases. Could it be your production?


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#6 Thu, Mar24 2016 9:21am

Thingol
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Re: Mystery case

It is not mystery case.... it is just one lonely collector who has one obsession to make boxes.... but looks interesting.....

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#7 Thu, Mar24 2016 12:01pm

Turambar
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From: Germany
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Re: Mystery case

Mmmmh, Master Sherlock (former known as Master Milo!),
I think, you have hit the top. The box art is from Master Gerold himself! Absolute clearly now!
The figure painting-style and the non-mentioned-anything is the proof.
Lets have a drink on that.


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The dragons are gone, the giants are dead and the children of the woods are forgotten.

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#8 Thu, Mar24 2016 3:14pm

Theobald
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From: the Osning in Germany
Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
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Re: Mystery case

Well, that's what I tried to point out in my first comment yesterday, Master Turambar. I think obviously those Gerold-bases in the pictures on the box are the best proof that it is a fake.

As for another matter I think it is a bit tricky to publish such a fake of a "Mithril box" that does not exist.

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#9 Thu, Mar24 2016 4:10pm

Gerold
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Registered: Mon, Jan6 2014
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Re: Mystery case

All right, all right, you all got me!

But please don't take it too serious, as I only wanted do create my own 'Dwarves warband', complete with box, just for my own pleasure (and for the pleasure to see how reactions would be when publishing the pictures).

Anyway, here is what you see when you open the box:

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#10 Thu, Mar24 2016 8:53pm

ddaines
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Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
Posts: 1657

Re: Mystery case

A few days too early Master Gerold, April isn't upon us yet wink

But, on a different modelling subject, for those familiar with the old Aurora plastic models that got many of us interested in Frankenstein, Dracula etc. some die-hard collectors have in fact made up 'spoof' boxes of subjects that were either planned but never released, or were figures that some fans thought should be released.

So Master Gerold is not the only 'guilty' one big_smile

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#11 Fri, Mar25 2016 9:11am

Milo
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From: Toulouse, France
Registered: Tue, Mar30 2010
Posts: 4075

Re: Mystery case

Very nice way to travel with your dwarves' set Master Gerold.
I like last picture with all these little fighters standing together.


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#12 Fri, Mar25 2016 9:44am

Maenas
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From: Barcelona, Spain
Registered: Thu, Mar6 2008
Posts: 360

Re: Mystery case

It's a fun way to present your own personalized warband, nice idea wink


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#13 Fri, Mar25 2016 4:07pm

Gerold
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Registered: Mon, Jan6 2014
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Re: Mystery case

Well, for those who can't get enough of it : here are some more pictures

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Happy Eastern weekend every one!

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#14 Sat, Jul23 2016 10:07am

Maxtarna
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From: Italy
Registered: Mon, Jun13 2016
Posts: 39

Re: Mystery case

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!


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#15 Mon, Jul25 2016 11:10am

Gerold
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Registered: Mon, Jan6 2014
Posts: 130

Re: Mystery case

Thanks for the compliment, Mr Maxtarna, look out for more dwarf action pictures in near future...

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