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Remembering the Trail Blazers of Figure Painting No 1- Marion Ball

PRELUDE I think it is really important to remember and respect those master painters who were the trailblazers for our world of figure painting. It is something that has resonated with me even more since I dictated the interview with Alfonso Giraldes (to be published soon), where he spoke of the importance to know our history and that one of …

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March’s Work in Progress

We’re back with another work in progress update to show you what the FigureMentors team has been up to.  We’ve also got two new team members to introduce you to: Steve Bodycomb and Giovanni Di Lena (who you may remember from the recent Black Power Armour article).  Welcome to the site, guys! JASON ‘REDRUM’ MARTIN This month has been an emotional …

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Kit Review – A Long Road (RobotRocket Miniatures)

PRELUDE I have known Matty Pearce, the creative force behind RobotRocket Miniatures, (website currently under construction) for quite some time, often talking about figures, music, tattoos and whatever else friends talk about. I have been privileged enough to judge one of his Eavier Metal contests and regularly advised him on his painting, watching him grow as a figure painter in leaps …

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Painting Flesh Tones with Layered Glazes by David Soper

PRELUDE I recently undertook something of a personal painting challenge when I decided to paint the C- Girl Akito bust from Neko Galaxy. Although I’ve been painting minis, on and off, for 36 years I don’t have a great deal of experience painting busts. On top of that the subject of this bust is a youthful female and far more …

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Atonement – A MasterPiece and a Wonderful Gift

PRELUDE  Firstly I am not a religious man, my faith as it is and belief is based around the tenets of scientific fact, theories such as Evolution and the Big Bang, yet I can not really describe my feelings for this kit in such a manner, just looking at this figure invokes in me, emotions of the spirit. Atonement is …

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Weekend Masterclass with Banshee – A Summary by Paul “Bully” Bullock

PRELUDE We will actually begin with the thoughts of another student, owner of RobotRocket Miniatures, figure painter and Eavier Metal admin , Matty Pearce: “Well … what can I say that would describe this weekend with any justice.. I can’t really. All I can do is to say it was one of the most intense and enjoyable weekends I’ve had in …

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Kit Review – Abel (Kimera Models)

PRELUDE Abel is the second release from the Pulvis range of figures from Kimera Models. It follows the initial releases, being one that can be assembled and painted in a multitude of ways. Excluding the demon, scenic base, the kit consists of 23 polyurethane resin parts, digitally sculpted by Hector Moran, based on the concept art of Macs Gallo. My …

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Kit Review – Viking Axeman (DG Artwork)

PRELUDE The team continues it’s collaboration with our our little brother from Korea Dae-Hyeong Kim and DG Artwork. The latest batch of releases sees in a new era of higher quality packaging, a black wraparound box, with foam layers and sleek boxart photography to the lid and bottom showing multiple views of key elements of the figure. This particular release …

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THE FIVE CYCLONES COMING SOON!!!!!!!

PRELUDE I have known Mirko aka Mauganra through social media for quite a long time now and his works have inspired a lot of the projects that I myself have completed (in particular his version of King Maulg from Figone). The very first figure that led to this present project has in many ways become an iconic piece with some …

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Painting a Shiny Black (with Matte Paints)

PRELUDE Black is one of the colours that many people find difficult to paint with. If you’re not careful highlighting it, the colour can quickly turn from a black into a grey, and as it’s already so dark, how does one shade it? While I hope to write a more thorough article on different ways to deal with black, for …

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Painting Black Power Armour by Giovanni Di Lena

PRELUDE Hi all! About a couple of months ago Jason aka Redrum asked me if I was interested in showing how I paint the Black Armour for my Deathwatch Space Marines. Obviously I was! And I would like to thank Jay for his interest and for this fantastic opportunity. So here we are, and I’ve prepared for you this little step by …

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Kit Review – WWII British Commando (Life Miniatures)

PRELUDE There are few who would argue that Sang-Eon Lee is the pinnacle of our figure painting community, this latest release from Life Miniatures is once again sculpted, cast and painted by the Artist himself. The kit came in it’s stylish black box with the glossy sleeve depicting various angles of the boxart, along the face and front side. Inside …

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Kit Review – Harald Skull Breaker (SAGO)

PRELUDE It seems that new companies are springing up everywhere and one initially believes this to be a good idea right? Then when you scratch beneath the surface I am not so sure, our community is not growing in my humble opinion, the number of companies increases yet that doesn’t mean the number of possible customers is. So in effect …

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Step by Step Painting of a 54mm Saxon Warrior

PRELUDE I’m always excited to paint kits from Raúl García Latorre, one of my favourite sculptors.  This article will focus on one of his old kits, a 54mm Saxon Warrior, 5th Century.  The kit was originally released some time ago from his old company, but looks like it will be re-released through MProyec so you can still get a copy …

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Darkside Everywhere There Is! A study in OSL by Ant Con!

PRELUDE I have grown to be good friends with Anthony otherwise known as Ant Con over the last year or two, indeed my friendship with him and the Greek Crew continues to grow and I really look forward to spending time with them all at shows. Ant is now a valued member of Michael Kontraros Collectibles, a figure painter of …

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Kit Review – WWII U.S. Tanker (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE MJ Miniatures since 2013 has predominantly focused on busts, but this release sees something a little special, a large 1/16th scale, six part, polyurethane resin full figure depicting a U.S. Tanker from WWII. The resin in recent releases has began arriving with a pinkish hue to the material and the quality of it is very good indeed. This kit …

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Painting the Butcher by Macca Chung

PRELUDE Hello! Macca here and I am very happy to be contributing an article, I am a figure painter from Melbourne and I hope you enjoy this my first article for figurementors! The Butcher bust from Spawning Pool Studios was a lot of fun to paint. I thought of doing a step-by-step, but frankly, there is little to my technique. So I decided …

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Kit Review – Grogoth (Galapagos Miniatures)

PRELUDE I am so honoured that Ju-Won Jung and Galapagos Miniatures have decided to collaborate with our site and this is the first review in what I hope will be many. I was instantly impressed with the quality of the presentation. The kit which is a 1/24 (75mm), 13 part, polyurethane resin figure that arrived in a sturdy, mahogany coloured …

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Kit Review – Paganus (Aradia Miniatures)

PRELUDE So we continue our collaboration and support for Aradia Miniatures with this review of their latest fantastical beast Paganus (from Pagus pertaining to countryside, rustic and rural). The kit arrived safe and secure in their customary clampack, the lid adorned with the concept sketch, parts sealed in ziplock bags, the creature is sculpted by the talented Benoit Cauchies based on …

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Painting the Black Sun Barbarian (with emphasis on NMM) – by Andy Gillaspy

PRELUDE Hello Figurementor readers, a little while ago I spoke with David Powell one of my favourite painters and was very flattered to be asked to produce an article for Figurementors. We decided to concentrate on a figure with NMM (non-metallic metal), one of my favourite ways of painting. Fortunately, I had splurged and unbeknown to my darling wife I had bought …

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Kit Review – Aly (Black Veil Models)

PRELUDE Aly the last survivor is the debut release from Black Veil Models, it is a 75mm kit, digitally sculpted by Juan M. Puerta, a Spanish Character Artist at Goodgame Studio. I have been friends with Armando Martijn for maybe five years now on Facebook, he has followed my development as a figure painter and I his, so obviously I …

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Kit Review – Wizard of Agni (Ben Komets Miniatures)

PRELUDE I am a big fan of the painting of Ben Komets and when he started up his own range of figures I was right to be excited! This latest release sees a collaboration with two powerhouse creative talents, Felideus Bubastis as concept Artist and the ever popular and uber talented sculptor Lucas Penichet! We present the Wizard of Agni! …

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Kit Review – Online (Pedro Fernandez Works)

PRELUDE The sixth release from Pedro Fernandez Works is a 73mm high, 3 part, polyurethane resin bust called “Online” depicting the head and shoulders of a female cybernetic, android life-form. The kit arrived in the now typical blackbox with red lid, inside we find the parts nestled within, red, shredded thick paper. The boxart was done by May Aguilar, with the …

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January’s Work in Progress

We took a break in December to let everyone enjoy their holidays, but now we’re back and ready to share what we’ve been up to.  We’d also like to introduce our newest team member: Nils Holmbergh! JASON ‘REDRUM’ MARTIN This month I spent most of my time frantically finishing the Sail Away bust from Broken Toad. It is a rather …

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NextGen Artists – Interview with CraftWorld Studio

PRELUDE So the team consists of Aleksandra Tana Cvetanovski and Marko Miladinović and in a relatively short amount of time, their CraftWorld Studio has made quite an impression both personally and professionally on the figure painting community! So I thought it might be a great idea to interview artists other than just the accepted Masters of our Artform. Whilst I …

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Kit Review – Winter Child (Terrible Kids Stuff)

PRELUDE This is our second review of a figure from this range, if you want to read the first review by David Powell, click HERE. The Winter Child is the latest release from Terrible Kids Stuff for their Paolo Perente’s Dust range. This is the fourth figure in the expanding Dust range. Like the previous three figures, it’s a limited release, this …

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The Soviet Naval Infantry and their Battles

PRELUDE History has always been a big interest for me, since around the age of 10. While the subject of interest has changed over the years, it’s always been there in one form or the other, from the Swedish Carlean soldiers in an early age to my current interest in the World Wars and beyond. For this article, I chose …