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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 …

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Peter Pan by 2nd Star Project

Peter Pan – the PRELUDE 1. It seems a long time since you first showed me the start of this project, how many hours from concept, sculpt and paint job were invested in this? The Peter Pan project is the 3rd piece we made together, but it was the first project we had in mind when the 2nd Star project …

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Martina – An In-Depth Review (Nuts Planet)

Martina – the PRELUDE The latest release from Nuts Planet, Martina, sees the third 1/10 bust in the Ghost Company Series, the first two being Anti Robot Squad Sergeant and Expo Suit PMC. The bust comes in The instantly recognisable packaging, contained within a sturdy blue box adorned with the box art by Ki Yeol Yoon. This is a five …

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Charon An in-depth review (Aradia)

Prelude We have had great expectations of Aradia’s The Divine Comedy kickstarter. The idea itself of presenting the Divine Comedy in miniature has had me pretty excited to say the least. I went for one of the smaller pledges; Guardians od Hell though, so I got my order home pretty fast, compared to having to wait for one of the …

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Vasily Vereshchagin – Nihilist inside the Apotheosis of war.

Vasily Vereshchagin – the PRELUDE “To achieve my goal, to give people a picture of true genuine war was impossible just looking through binoculars from afar. I should feel it by myself, I should take part in offences, assaults, victories and failures. I should pass through the starving, diseases and wounds. If I have ever scared to sacrifice myself then …

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Roman Optio – An In-Depth Review (Young Miniatures)

Roman Optio – the PRELUDE This is a 1/10 scale, polyurethane resin bust sculpted by Young B Song, comprising 13 parts this is a high end, accurate kit depicting a Roman Optio. It arrived in the customary, Young Miniatures attractive packaging, the box lid adorned by the boxart by Kiril Kanaev and protected by a clear plastic sleeve. The small …

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OSL by Artem Romanov

Object Source Lighting (OSL) – the PRELUDE Hey-hey folks! Many people asked me about the Object Source Lighting (OSL) on my recent figure Darth Ora, so here’s a little guide about it. It is not too heavy in explanation and nor have I discussed the complexities of light and how it interacts with various objects, the following is just a …

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SKOH -An In-Depth Review (Figone)

SKOH – the PRELUDE In many ways SKOH continues in the same vein as other anthropomorphic creations such as Rhinotaur (2011) which appeared in Spectrum Vol19, Haane, Kahaar and Minotaur all the way back in 2009. I am always excited when there is  new Figone release involving the sculpting of Carrasco even if , as always the presentation and packaging …

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A look at the EverLasting Wet Palette

Everlasting Wet Palette – the PRELUDE When Vivien Massad at Redgrass Games approached me regarding the Everlasting Wet Palette (check out news on the KICKSTARTER HERE) I was instantly intrigued, I have used a wet palette for several years now, yet there are still issues with it’s use and suitability. For instance the need to replace the sponge or kitchen …

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Gorgon An in-depth review (Aradia Miniatures)

Gorgon – The Prelude It’s been with great expectation, that we have been waiting for Aradia’s The Divine Comedy kickstarter. I only ordered Gorgon and Charon, so delivery was quite fast and without problems. When first I read about the kickstarter themed on the Divine Comedy, I fell in love with the idea. It is classical literature, art and one …

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The Illustrated Historical Artist Issue 2 is Now Available!!

The Illustrated Historical Artist Issue 2 – the PRELUDE Download The Illustrated Historical Artist Issue 2 NOW! Inside Issue 2 you will find in-depth historical miniature figure painting articles by Ernesto Reyes, Alexander Habas and Andrei Sharov. In addition, we are pleased to present a conversation with a true maestro of the Flat Figure, Benedikt Widmann. Further, we are treated …

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WHAT THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM HAS BEEN DOING – SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER’S WORK IN PROGRESS: The Prelude With the launch of the Illustrated Historical Artist magazine and our first painting competition, THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM has been very busy these past few months.  But that doesn’t mean we haven’t also been working on a variety of painting projects!  Here’s a look at some of the pieces we’ve got on our worktables. KRISTIAN SIMONSEN …

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The Harbinger of Death – An In-Depth Review (Galapagos Miniatures)

The Harbinger of Death – the PRELUDE This 13 part Polyurethane Resin figure consists of 13 parts, cast in 90mm scale and sculpted by Ju-Won Jung. The Harbinger of Death otherwise known as the Spectre who prophesised the end times is a mesmerising and stunning new release from Galapagos Miniatures! “A flock of blind crows appeared”. The kit arrived in …

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Fade – An In-Depth Review (Mirico)

Fade – the PRELUDE Rico Chia the creator of Mirico showed me some time before the official release, some sneak peaks of Fade and I was instantly hooked. Fade arrived in what can only be considered a high end packaging, matte black sturdy box, a Mirico sticker to the lid, with a ribbon and bow sealing the box shut. On …

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Painting the Storm Knight from Kingdom Death by Branislav B aka Paintguild!

Kingdom Death Storm Knight – the PRELUDE Kingdom Death (KD) has created a huge following in recent years. This year their Kickstarter was one of the greatest ever when considering the amount of project backers and money invested, so the KD universe will be even greater with new miniatures arriving in next few years. Mr. Adam Poots has made a …

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An Insight Into Atlantis Miniatures

Atlantis Miniatures – the PRELUDE Atlantis Miniatures came to attention back in 2016 on the back of a successful Kickstarter campaign to release their first run of Trolls, Orcs, Goblins and Monsters. Demand for their figures was high and the inevitable issues back delays and planning came to the fore. As a small indie, UK company, I can only guess …

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The Legend of Raistlin

Legend of Raistlin – the PRELUDE A flash of nostalgia – Raistlin Majere is one of my all time favourite characters from fantasy literature and is obviously my inspiration for the Legend of Raistlin. I remember reading Dragonlance where he is one of the main characters, many years ago, it was one of the first fantasy novels I ever read. …

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Art Quest 2017 Prize Pool Update #1

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing with you, our Art Quest 2017 Prize Pool provided by the contest sponsors.  You can find the full description of the competition here, but as a quick reminder everyone who enters the competition (and is a follower of either our site or facebook page) will be eligible to win one of these prize …

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Chaos Lord – An In-Depth Review (Tartar Miniatures)

Chaos Lord – the PRELUDE The kit is 1/10 in scale and cast in polyurethane resin and consists of just three parts, making preparation and assembly quick and easy. This is a traditional bust from Tartar Miniatures consisting of just head and shoulders, a broad, brutal looking chopper blade and a short length of leather, wrist strap that attaches to …

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The Illustrated Historical Artist Issue 2 coming SOON!

Hi everyone The gang and I are really proud of what is happening with Issue 2 of The Illustrated Historical Artist and can not wait to share it all with you. We are really pleased with the response that Issue 1 got, the number of downloads was phenomenal, we can only hope you all come back to buy Issue 2 …

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World Military Academy Series -An In-Depth Review (DG Artwork)

World Military Academy Series – the PRELUDE DG Artwork are always looking to create something’s new and original for their loyal fan base and the World Military Academy Series is yet another good idea as it opens up the opportunity of a series of releases. Imagine a whole display of these, of same subject matter, all painted up and upon …

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Nautilus – An In-Depth Review (Zaba Art)

Nautilus – the PRELUDE Lukas Zaba (Fischy) came to my attention at the start of 2014 for his stunning figure painting and then recently I realised he was also a talented sculptor too. The formation of ZabaArt has culminated in the first two releases in a Sci-Fi series of 75mm figures, the first of which we will review today: Nautilus. …

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Powhiri, Maori Warrior – An In-Depth Review (DG Artwork)

Powhiri, Maori Warrior – the PRELUDE Oh man I have been sat on this for a while, so much going on at the moment what with the magazine and my own painting projects for the rebirth of Folkestone in the form of Euro Miniature Expo in September, some things have gone on the back burner. So what do we have …

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Creating the look of a worn leather texture with paint

Worn Leather Texture – the PRELUDE Lately I’ve been giving more attention to how I can create the look of different textures on various parts of my figures. For a long time I used to focus on just getting extreme enough highlights and shadows for good contrast and then a smooth blend between them. As I started to feel more confident …