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Dzhur-Ghul – An In-Depth Review (Aradia Miniatures)

Dzhur-Ghul – the PRELUDE Aradia Miniatures have been super busy of late, on the back of their successful Dante’s Inferno KickStarter, we have seen little of the original Aradia range, the most recent release being Dzhur-Ghul the robber. I fell in love with this the moment I saw it, although it clearly has similarities to Maxim Verehin’s “Shark Day” concept …

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Painting Marble Effect for your Scenic Bases by Leonardo Archini

Painting a Marble Effect – A Madness I Tell You! Hi, my name is Leonardo Archini and when Jay asked if I would like to contribute a tutorial regarding my marble process I naturally jumped at the chance! When I was painting a little diorama, set inside an old laboratory, I had to choose what kind of floor it could …

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Mongol Warrior – An In-Depth Review (Pegaso Models)

Mongol Warrior – the PRELUDE The Mongol Warrior is one of the latest releases from the giant that is Pegaso Models under their Samurai and Far East series. It arrived in its traditional dark blue box sealed with a gold sticker depicting the boxart by Matteo di Diomede. This is a 16 part, white metal figure captured in 75mm scale, …

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Painting Kimera’s Dumah – by Andy Gillaspy

Dumah -the PRELUDE WOW! Dumah, what a stunner! That’s what I thought when I saw this release, Dumah bust by Kimera, at their stand at Euro last year, then it was “I got to have it”! This was quickly followed by the dawning realisation that my wife was going to kill me for going over my budget yet again. But …

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Ufgar – An In-Depth Review (Hera Models)

UFGAR – the PRELUDE Ufgar the Collector is a six part, polyurethane resin bust depicting a demon, heavily based on the concept art by blocsanchez and the illustrations of Victor Varela. No other than Raul Garcia Latorre was trusted in bringing the demon to life with incredible results by the master sculptor. One of my biggest regrets was not getting …

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A few words on painting tattoos by Florian Tuffskull

PAINTING TATTOOS Tattoos can help to create additional interest upon your painted skin-tone, especially when you have a naked body or at least a large area of exposed skin, which could otherwise look a little boring. However, painting tattoos on your figures can be tricky, even more so in smaller scale, as it can look unrealistic quite easily. So here …

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Idan – An In-Depth Review (Siren Miniatures)

Siren Miniatures – the PRELUDE As many of you will no doubt know, Siren Miniatures and I go a way back, mutually supporting each other pretty much from the start. It is always a pleasure to develop such a relationship, today I want to show you another of their figures, Idan the Eagle Knight. This small, intricate figure came in …

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Succubus – An In-Depth Review (Nuts Planet)

Succubus – the PRELUDE This is a new bust in 1/10 scale from NutsPlanet titled “Succubus”, sculpted by Jun-Sik Ahn. It arrived in the customary, blue, sturdy box adorned with the box art by Myeong-Ha Hwang. It comprises of seven polyurethane resin parts, sealed in ziplock bags and nestled within layers of shape foam for extra protection during transit or …

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Banshee Workshop – a lesson in Colour by Steve Bodycomb

Banshee Workshop – the PRELUDE Did you hear the one about the politician, the gangster and the prostitute? No? Well I guess you haven’t been privileged to attend an Alfonso “Banshee” Gilraldes Colour Theory Masterclass, a Banshee Workshop.. The three characters above are how he described the relationships between colours. The blue of authority, conformation, the yellow the gangster or …

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Rotten Factory – an Insight!

Rotten Factory – the PRELUDE Rotten Factory is a newcomer to the market and a small, independent creator of figures entrenched within the genre of fantasy/horror with a nod towards all things Nurglesque! Rotten Factory hail out of Poland and the owner, Pawel Jakub Gorecki, designs and sculpts everything himself. The figures in general remind me of a more adult …

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ArtQuest 2017 – the Results are In!

ArtQuest 2017 – the PRELUDE It feels like an absolute age ago that we rather foolishly decided to create our very own competition, ArtQuest 2017 and little did we know or conceive of the amount of work involved or indeed the number of “life issues” that will slow everything down. Since announcing the competition there has been spinal operations, births, …

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Phlegethon – An in-depth review (Aradia)

Phlegethon – Prelude Phlegethon is the third miniature from Aradia’s Dante’s Inferno Kickstarter campaign that we have reviewed here on Figurementors. Unlike Kristian, who wrote the previous reviews, I went for the full pledge and was lucky enough to pick most of it up while at SMC last year. Just as the previous reviews, this is a product that’s currently …

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Painting Worn Leather by David Soper

C-Girl Akito – Painting worn leather – the PRELUDE It’s time to get Akito down off the shelf and back onto the painting table. So far I’ve painted Akito around other projects but from now I’ll stick with her until she’s done. This was always my plan although it’s a little later in the year than I’d anticipated; but I’ve …

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Barbarian – An In-Depth Review (NutsPlanet)

Barbarian – the PRELUDE Barbarian is one of the latest releases from NutsPlanet, it is a 1/12 scale, Polyurethane kit comprising just three parts. We have the main element comprising head and torso along with the axe head and the horn that needs attaching to the left shoulder. The kit arrived in the usual high quality metal tin, the lid …

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Great Unclean One – Kit Review (Games Workshop)

PRELUDE The Great Unclean One is one of those iconic monsters from the worlds of Games Workshop, that has been around, since time immemorial. There have been several metal versions over the years, the last of which is about 20 years old I think. So it has been with great anticipation in the gaming and collecting community, that they have …

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The Illustrated Historical Artist presents Narni Modellismo Show

Narni Modellismo Show – the PRELUDE Just recently the latest edition of this delightful show took place with some of the biggest historical figure painters competing for the ultimate prizes, Best of Show and Best of Historical. Our good friend Mauro Cozza was there to provide an insightful show report and background to the Narni Underground, a comprehensive set of …

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Mokrul – An In-Depth Review (Mirico)

Mokrul – the PRELUDE Mokrul, a nasty looking goblin archer, sculpted by Stavros Zouliatis is one of a string of new releases from Mirico. It is a 1/10 Bust based on the concept by Rico Chia and comprises 16 Polyurethane Resin parts plus a length of thread for the bow string. The kit arrived in its now recognisable packaging, packaging …

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WHAT THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM HAS BEEN DOING – DECEMBER

DECEMBER’S WORK IN PROGRESS: The Prelude We wanted to share with all of you the projects we’ve been working on to wrap up the year!  This will be the last Work in Progress post for 2017! Where has the time gone? THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM has been busy as always.  The Illustrated Historical Artist has released it’s 2nd and 3rd issue, a special …

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Creating Android Alas by Pascal Rooze

Android Alas – the PRELUDE Some of the best painters out there will tell you to plan ahead when doing a big piece. Make sure to do your homework on background. Get some images that inspire and support your idea. Maybe even do some rough sketching on paper, or with Photoshop even. Work out your idea even before you get …

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Black Cohort – An In-Depth Review (DG Artwork)

BLACK COHORT – the PRELUDE The two kits we will look at today are Black Cohort callsigns Rhonoceros and Canis Latrans. These are dynamic, 1/24 scale figures, highly detailed and expertly Cast in Polyurethane Resin. Each figure comes in a sturdy, compact box, the lid adorned with the boxart by Dae-Hyeong Kim. The parts are sealed in ziplock bags and …

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Zombie Queen – An In-Depth Review (Michael Kontraros Collectibles)

Zombie Queen – the PRELUDE I managed to grab a copy of Zombie Queen from Michael and his crew at Euro Miniature Expo in Folkestone back in September and it is a nice kit. Unlike other releases this one came in a sturdy, compact box and not the metal tin. The lid is adorned with the boxart by Kyriakos Simos, …

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The Illustrated Historical Artist does a Black Weekend Promo!

The Illustrated Historical Artist – the PRELUDE The Illustrated Historical Artist is now at Issue 3 and we also have a special souvenir issue of the World Expo held in Chicago. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we are so grateful for this. It gives us the motivation and desire to keep going, trying to produce a historical painting …

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The Masters Interview with Alfonso Giraldes (Banshee) Part 3

Alfonso Giraldes – the FINAL PART Hey everyone, well there has been a considerable delay in publishing the final part as we were busy with the ArtQuest painting competition and launching The Illustrated Historical Artist, all in all it has been hectic and quite stressful. However, I think you will really enjoy this last part and if you haven’t already …

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WWII Soviet Female Tanker – An In-Depth Review (Life Miniatures)

WWII Soviet Female Tanker – the PRELUDE The Soviet Female Tanker is the newest release to the BEGINNERS SERIES of 1/10 scale busts from Life Miniatures. The kit comprises of 7 Polyurethane Resin parts and is subject to a “how to” PDF explaining the painting process Sang-Eon Lee used for the boxart. The kit arrived in a sturdy, compact box …

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Oscura (Queen of Spades) – An In-Depth Review (Kimera Models)

Oscura – the PRELUDE Oscura is a new release under the Domina range of figures from Kimera Models, based on the concept by Andrea Iula and brought to life by Ebroin’s sculpt, this is a 75mm, multi part kit. She arrived in the Now instantly recognisable packaging, matte black box with silver embossed logo to the lid. Inside we find …

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Cyborg Samurai – An In-Depth Review (ZabaArt)

Cyborg Samurai – the PRELUDE The Cyborg Samurai is another release in the Sci-Fi Series from ZabaArt, this is a limited edition of 100 pieces, cast in Polyurethane resin at 75mm scale. The kit arrived in the distinctive and stylish packaging we come to expect from ZabaArt, the smaller parts secure in a ziplock bag, all nestled in amongst straw …

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Oda Nobunaga – An In-Depth Review (DG Artwork)

Oda Nobunaga – the PRELUDE This is a 1/9 scale bust depicting the enigmatic Samurai, Oda Nobunaga. It comprises of 14 parts along with a pedestal and a length of copper wire, first impressions are very good. We are also provided a choice of heads, garbed or bare. The kit arrived in the Now perfunctory DG, black cardboard box adorned …