Astana resident Yernar Nurmagambetov makes historical military miniatures. Ordinary tin soldiers turn into the Kazakh warriors of the 15th century when the Kazakh Khanate was formed. This hobby has recently turned into a business.

Yernar NURMAGAMBETOV, HEAD OF CREATIVITY WORKSHOP:

Earlier, children of kings and emperors used to play with tin soldiers. Thus, they have learnt how to control an army. At present, collecting tin soldiers’ miniatures is an entertaining hobby that is well developed abroad. This trend is just emerging in Kazakhstan.

Yernar’s kitchen used to be a creativity workshop. The first tin soldiers were casted, dried and painted there. Creation of one figurine used to take almost 2 months.

Yernar NURMAGAMBETOV, HEAD OF CREATIVITY WORKSHOP:

Creation of a figurine begins with a sketch and collecting historical material. Then, figurine is molded according to the sketch, it is not made by a 3D printer, it is handmade. The figurine is molded in a way that helps to make the master models. Later, tin alloy is filled in this form. It cools, the figurines are taken out and processed, then all the parts are soldered together.

Yernar Nurmagambetov has issued a "Kazakh Khanate" series that consists of 10 figurines. Each one has a limited edition – 1,000 copies. The craftsman has already started making the second collection. It will be called "Peacetime".

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