The moulds are easy to use, however they do have two major flaws: 1) The figures are set inside the moulds at an angle of about 30 degrees. As a result, most of the time the base would be only half-filled with metal. The only solution that works is to rotate the form before clamping it with the support boards, which obviously isn't ideal. 2) You could make only one pawn (out of 16) at a time which dramatically increases the casting time. Another thing is that the base diameters of pawns vs. other figures are different, and I'm afraid the felt bases sold on Prince August can't be used with them. Prince August Response: The angle of the pawn should not impact the result negatively. Any such placement is designed to allow for the flow of metal to work, provided the technique is done correctly. Any unfilled area is usually due to the metal not being heated sufficiently to allow the metal to flow fully through the mould. The casting quality is also good for this mould so the result should be satisfactory provided the casting procedures were followed properly. If there is a problem please contact us and we can advise. We don't recommend the felt bases for the Staunton. It is the oldest set we produce so it predates our normal scales used for newer sets.