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Kit Review and more – Kati Otersdorf (Luftkrieg 1919)

PRELUDE A couple months ago I received a message from a certain Richard William Andrews of Aviattic fame, asking if I would be interested in reviewing some 1/16 figures from his new venture Luftkrieg 1919. I was intrigued by his “what if” enthusiasm and concepts and so agreed. Little did I know at the time just how incredible the figures …

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September’s Work In Progress

Greetings from the team behind Figurementors! To help you get to know us a little better, we thought that each month we’d share with you what we’re working on. So, without further ado, here’s a quick look at some of our current projects. JASON ‘REDRUM’ MARTIN So this past month or so I have been working on the mushroom shaman from …

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A Student Incentive with Michael Kontraros

PRELUDE Michael Kontraros, master sculptor, mentor, teacher and creator of bespoke, one off award winning projects is currently running a crowdfunding campaign with the main goal being to get his students works published within our hobby. He treated these unique sculpts as if they were his own works and they arrived in their distinctive metal tins adorned with the boxart …

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Kit Review – Captain Garfio (Spira Mirabilis)

PRELUDE Captain Garfio is the latest, highly sought after, limited edition (136 copies and almost SOLD OUT) creation from the ridiculously talented Lucas Pina Penichet aka Spira Mirabilis. It arrived in a delightful little black box, tied with paper string and finished off with an authentic wax seal. “I always wanted to model my own pirate version”. Inside the box we …

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Kit Review – The Horde is Coming (Joaquin Palacios Studio)

PRELUDE “The Horde is Coming” is the latest release out of the Joaquin Palacios Studio, it arrived in a brown card box adorned with the artwork by Sergio Calvo Rubio. This is a digitally sculpted, traditional bust, comprising head and shoulders and is cast by GRX Creations. The bust is accompanied by six small parts that are small teeth and …

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Method for Painting Eyes on Busts (and smaller scales)

SIMPLE BEGINNINGS Eyes can be tricky, but I’ve got a multi-step process that can hopefully help you out.  My focus here is on larger scale figures (busts and 90mm figures), however for smaller figures I use a simplified version of the same process.  I’ll say a few words about that at the end, but first up is my more detailed …

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Character Design by award winning Concept Artist Mirko Failoni

PRELUDE As some of you would have seen recently I am currently painting the Mushroom Shaman from Mindwork Games, a figure based on the concept art by Mirko Failoni. There is no bigger honour than having the concept artist tell you that your version of a figure perfectly captures what he was trying to portray in the artwork, wow! We got …

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Kit Review – The Commander (bestsoldiers)

PRELUDE The Commander (Royal Navy – XIX sec.) is a relatively new release from the ever growing catalogue from bestsoldiers.com and arrived quickly and safely in its’ rather high end looking black, wraparound box adorned with the boxart by Danilo Cartacci. We find the parts inside ziplock bags nestled between two layers of foam. This is a traditionally sculpted 75mm figure …

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A Tribute to the Majestic Kong by Antonio Leveque

When I was approached by Antonio to collaborate once again after his Pinnochio piece, I simply could not turn him down. I love his unique, one off projects and to have the opportunity to share with you some of his insights and to show you his SBS process through a gallery, is a real honour and privilege. So here we …

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Kit Review – The Orc (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE The latest kit from my little brother Man Jin Kim at MJ Miniatures arrived in a surprisingly large brown box adorned with the box art by one of my favourite, new age, figure painters Anson Chen, a Chinese artist who is starting to make a few decent impressions in the hobby. This is a 1/9, polyurethane kit traditionally sculpted …

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Kit Review – Devastator Victor (Nutsplanet)

PRELUDE Devastator Victor is the latest release in the near future series “Trigger” from Nutsplanet. It arrived in its’ instantly recognisable blue box adorned with the box art by Ki Yeol Yoon. This is a 75mm scale, polyurethane resin kit digitally sculpted by Joo Heum Yoon, consisting of twenty incredibly detailed parts, including an expansive piece of scenery and a …

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Reviewing Raging Heroes’ kickstarter: Light and Darkness

PRELUDE My name is Pascal, I am new to figurementors.com and this is my first article here. What better way to ease my path in this adventure than doing a write up on the new models that I have just received: the models from Raging Heroes’ second kickstarter: Light and Darkness. This is the first review on a kickstarter project AS …

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Kit Review – Troll Sorcerer (Figurinistanbul)

PRELUDE The debut release from Figurinistanbul arrived quickly and safely in a “no frills” packaging, brown box, ziplock bags and bubble wrap. The box is sealed with a sticker sporting their logo and inside we also find their business card and details. That’s it! This is a traditionally sculpted, regulation style bust, consisting predominantly of head and shoulders sculpted to a …

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Kit Review – Alas (BrokenToad Resin Cast)

PRELUDE I have been following Kris over at BrokenToad for some years now, it helps that he’s a good friend, and I am part of his trusted circle of peers who get to see things before they are officially released and I have been sat on this little beauty for quite some time (just wait until you see a particular release …

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Castlefest 2016

PRELUDE When my buddy and esteemed colleague 😉 Yen mentioned to me he was going to a Castlefest, I was intrigued, I had never heard of this before and so asked him to tell me all bout it when he got back. We eventually went a little further and put this short little write up together along with some photographs …

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An Insight Into Spawning Pool Studios with Sheridan Doose

PRELUDE This write up is a little different to most things we have previously done, it is neither an interview, article or review, rather it is a combination of the three. I had the opportunity to speak with Sheridan and get the low down on the inspiration behind the various concepts and thought I would put this together just to …

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A Beautiful Disaster (a Black Sailors Vignette) by Enrico Collenzini

PRELUDE The birth of this project started when I saw for the first time this amazing model on one of the KickStarter campaigns, carried out by Big Child Creatives (Black Sailors). As soon as I saw the pictures of this pirate orc I was delighted by this piece and I ordered it immediately! DEVELOPING THE CONCEPT Papa Jambo, his name, immediately …

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Kit Review – Sea Wolf WWII German U-boat Commander (Life Miniatures)

PRELUDE Life Miniatures latest release, Sea Wolf, arrived in the stunning packaging as usual. The parts nestled between layers of shaped foam with the smaller parts held in ziplock bags beneath. The glossy sleeve to the box is adorned with the box art of Sang-Eon Lee with images of the unpainted bust along one of the sleeve sides. This is …

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“Californication” a step by step by Stavros Zouliatis

PRELUDE Hi, my name is Stavros Zouliatis and I’m a freelance sculptor. I started back in 2013 sculpting figures at all scales and run my own company “Miniature Tale” and I also collaborate with commissions for other companies too. I have known Jason pretty much since the beginning and I am happy he asked me to share with you one of …

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SMHB Figure Modelling Vol 17

PRELUDE The Scale Model HandBook, the labour of love of Stelios Demiras  now stands at 20 volumes in total with the arrival of Volume 17 this week: including two on Diorama Modelling and a special WWII issue. My issue arrived quickly and safely, securely packaged so no damage was caused during shipping. This volume sees nine in depth articles across fifty, A4 pages …

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Kit Review – Ganesh (Aradia Miniatures)

PRELUDE The latest review sample from my friends at Aradia arrived in its usual clam pack presentation adorned with the monochrome concept art by Stefano Moroni. This is a rather complex build, with fifteen polyurethane resin parts, the kit is sculpted by the master of creature creating Allan Carrasco. The kit stands about 80-85mm in height so I’m guessing a …

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Masters Interview – Bogusz “Bohun” Stupnicki

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION I have known Bohun for several years now and along with the other Polish painters I have always found him willing to help with my own painting, time permitting. I did this interview for Legion of the Cow about a year ago now I suppose. It is quite insightful and informative and so I was given permission …

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Kit Review – Don Quixote (NutsPlanet)

PRELUDE My kit arrived in its’ now customary, sturdy blue box adorned with the box art by Myeong-Ha Hwang, the rear panel also shows three additional views of the boxart. This is an eight part, polyurethane resin kit, traditionally sculpted by the insanely unique and talented Romain van den Bogaert. This will be a relatively straight forward build, of the …

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A tribute to the creator of Pinnochio, Carlo Collodi, by Antonio Leveque

During my long years of being a “modest” sculptor of figurines I began to realise more and more, frozen snapshots of time, of Collodis’ character sketches. Carlo Collodi (actual name Carlo Lorenzini) became fascinated by the idea of using an amiable, rascally character as a means of expressing his own convictions through allegory. In 1880 he began writing Storia di un …

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Kit Review – Chillianwallah (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE The kit arrived in a rather large attractive box, the lid adorned with the box art by Man Jin Kim. This is a 1/10 scale, polyurethane resin kit, comprising seven parts (including a pedestal) in ziplock bags nestled between bubble wrap and and some paper shavings. The subject depicted is one of the heroes of the battle of Chillianwallah, …

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Creating a “What If?” diorama with Yen Kwie Drenth

PRELUDE I started out modelling in the late seventies, at about 10 years old, together with my dad. We would spend hours assembling and painting small scale-kits we bought at the local toyshop; mostly aeroplanes and ships. My first model was an Airfix Northrop “Freedom Fighter”painted bright metallic silver, with gloss black wheels. After that followed the Matchbox range of …

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Kit Review – Knight of the North (BestSoldiers)

PRELUDE The Knight of the North arrived in a very nice, wrap around black box adorned with the boxart painted by Luca Olivieri. It is a twelve part white metal, 75mm scale figure sculpted by the incredible Antonio Zapatero. The kit includes a relatively simple base and the parts come in a ziplock bag nestled between layers of foam. First …

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SM02 STALINETZ TRACTOR

PRELUDE Rinaldi Studio Press is a relative newcomer to the publishing of “how to” guide books of modelling created by internationally renowned armour modeller Michael Rinaldi. His first series of books TankArt are incredibly well written and have proven to be very popular. This second release of the new Single Model series of books has 128 pages, containing twelve chapters …

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Kit Review – Barbarian and the Lost Princess (Black Sun Miniatures)

PRELUDE Black Sun Miniatures have been making a fair bit of noise since bursting on to the hobby scene, with a wealth of stunning figures and busts. They have gone for the jugular with collaborations with artists such as Palacios, Bogaert, Rubio. Cirillo and others. I am happy to announce they have partnered with figurementors and so today I am able …