Purveyor of Historical Miniatures
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About Us

Glorious Empires

We are producers of miniatures commemorating or depicting famous events or civilizations in history.

I started as passionate hobbyist editing my first figure in 1984 while living near Windsor in England, now we are professional since 2005 and moved to the old city of Maastricht in the Netherlands in a part of the Old World steeped in history.

Our products are produced 100% by hand using techniques and materials dating back to the court of Louis XIV.

The figures or miniatures are called "flats", they are designed as 2 dimensional drawings that are hand-engraved into 2 small slabs of slate stone, 1 for each side, and together these form a mold. Using this mold the figures are hand-cast using an old drop-casting technique, the metals used are tin-alloys.

Our 2-dimensional flats are now made 3-dimensional (round) by using 2 different methods which also define our 2 different customer groups:

1. Figures for Collectors:

The  figures used are Vignettes (large single figures) and 54mm figures in sets. these are both cast in "Silver-tin" and "antiqued" to a shiny finish with dark patina in the engraving. These are ideal for an enthusiast/collector of a historical period, event or scene, they allow to show this scene in different setting i.e. mounted on a wooden base or in a picture frame, kept in wooden presentation boxes or in units under glass. 

From time to time we will offer painted sets in all sizes to interested collectors.

2. Figures for painters:

Cast in a tin-alloy these figures are for painting in oils or acrylics, there are 3 categories, Vignettes, 54mm and 30mm.

We plan to publish details on how to best paint our figures, not just for artists but also for the enthusiast to achieve an acceptable result.

Books on flats and high-quality prints will be offered soon in a special section.

 

We are proud to use the combined knowledge of our professional designers, engravers and casters to create these small "jewels" and off course 100% by hand.

 

Jacques G.H. Vullinghs