Flat Tin Figure 

Tin sol­diers, as we know them, saw the light of day in the mid-sev­en­teenth cen­tu­ry when the first mass-pro­duced fig­ures of the Pruss­ian king Fred­er­ick the Great and his guard came to mar­ket in Ger­many pro­duced by the Hilpert can­dle­stick fam­i­ly in Nuremberg.
The Napoleon­ic era, with its col­or­ful uni­forms and sol­dier’s joy, fur­ther enhanced the imag­i­na­tion and pro­duc­tion, with the result that tin sol­diers in the fol­low­ing years became ordi­nary toys for the bour­geois chil­dren. Before that, tin sol­diers were reserved for the nobil­i­ty, the more afflu­ent bour­geoisie and in the train­ing of officers.
In fact, they became so com­mon that H.C. Ander­sen, as you know, uses a tin sol­dier as the main char­ac­ter in one of his most famous and beloved adven­tures — the stead­fast tin soldier.
The Ger­man tin sol­diers were all of the already known flat type and it was then also a Ger­man, E. Hein­rich­sen from Nurem­berg, who set the now inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized scale for flat fig­ures — 30 mm for foot­men and 40 mm for rid­ers — the so-called Nurem­berg size.
The “real” flat fig­ures are almost all card­board thin and are engraved in a very low relief on both front and back. The fig­ure or fig­ure group is cast in one piece ie. that there are no parts to be assem­bled after the molding.
The paint­ing of flat shapes makes the same demands on the artist as if it were a flat can­vas he paint­ed on. The fig­ure’s “round­ness” is cre­at­ed with light and shadow.

The shape of the fig­ure is also made in a dif­fer­ent way than the shape of a round mass fig­ure. The shape of the flat fig­ure is usu­al­ly made in 1–2 pieces of slate depend­ing on whether the mold is mold­ed with a flat back (1 piece of slate) or as a semi-cir­cu­lar fig­ure where one engraves with the left and the right side of the fig­ure in the shale (2 pieces of slate) which are then col­lect­ed by casting.

The Soci­ety’s mem­bers each have a fan­tas­tic knowl­edge in many areas also with­in mod­el­ing and paint­ing and over time, sev­er­al mem­bers have cho­sen to share this knowl­edge with the Soci­ety’s oth­er mem­bers through arti­cles in the Soci­ety’s jour­nal. The fol­low­ing links con­tain exam­ples of this:

How to engrave a form to flat tin figures

How to cast a tin fig­ure — Video