Having got my refilled gas bottle I braved the cold weather and did a bit of casting . In my experience you either have a very good session casting or a very bad one - the goddess of homecasting being very fickle ! (please excuse the mess ) today was a good day and she smiled on my endeavours .
No the white powder isn't cocane - it's talcum powder used to dust the molds before casting .The Lancers are from a large 40mm mold I got off EBay (think it might be a homemade one) only managed to get a couple of these done as once the mold gets hot it becomes very pliable and leaks metal all over the place .
I also did six of the Saxon Jaeger figures which will be a unit of sharpshooters for my Balkans Imaginations and a officer for the Prussian Freikorps I'm in the process of painting up . The rifle slings on the jaegers didn't cast being a bit fiddly but I will either cut them off or try to add ones using thread and a coating of superglue .