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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 …

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Kit Review – Josef “Pips” Priller (bf109models)

PRELUDE This is a 1/16 scale, polyurethane resin, single piece bust. It is of the traditional variety, just head and shoulders and is sculpted by Antonio Meseguer. BF109models is a new company and this is the first in a new series of World War II busts. It comes in a sturdy box adorned with the boxart painted by Juanma Vergera …

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Athens Miniature Show 2016 – Organise it and They Will Come by Ant Con

RISEN FROM THE ASHES Much like the mythical Phoenix, after many years in the shadows of the Hades (the underworld), the Athens Miniature Show is finally back with a vengeance. Reborn from the ashes and with new blood in its ranks, the Athens Miniature Show is ready to take the modelling circuit by storm! With local Greek modellers like Michael …

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Previewing Anne Bonny (Kabuki Studio)

PRELUDE This write up is a little different, being that I have been trusted with one of the masters, prior to its official release, indeed I have been sat on the figure for several weeks awaiting the stunning boxart by Sergio Calvo Rubio. As such I haven’t received the actual packaging and any of the other trimmings, just the parts …

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A Few Thoughts on my Way of Painting Busts by Jason Zhou

Hi everyone, First all, I’d like to thank Jason Martin (Redrum) for inviting me to share some of my experience and thoughts on painting busts by taking the King Tiger tank commander bust as an example. It is the latest work I finished painting recently. A little bit about me Before getting started, I’d like to introduce a bit about …

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kit Review – War Pigeon (DG Artwork)

PRELUDE This kit is a 13 part, polyurethane resin, traditionally sculpted 1/9 scale bust sculpted by Dae-Hyoung Kim for DG Artwork. It depicts a soldier of the Duke of Wellington Regiment during World War I and is part of a range titled “British Army Great War Series”. The pieces come in ziplock bags, wrapped in bubble wrap, securely packaged in …

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SPOTLIGHT – Black Crow Miniatures

In 2015 I was lucky enough to get myself booked on the Weekend Workshop with Francesco Farabi in Liverpool. John Harrison the founder had struck a deal with a new miniature company, Black Crow Miniatures to provide their first figure, Arinthuil, as the subject of the workshop. I actually reviewed this figure way back in Issue 22 of Figure Painter …

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Kit Review – Rifleman Jess and Secret Agent Aida (NutsPlanet)

PRELUDE These figures turned up in their sturdy, dark blue boxes, each adorned with the boxart painted by Ki Yeol Yoon and are part of the ever growing Trigger series. As always parts are contained within ziplock bags and nestled between layers of foam. These are 75mm (1/24 scale) miniatures digitally sculpted by Joo Heum Yoon and cast in high …

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My Experience Painting OSL

  Object-Source Lighting (OSL), is probably one of the most intimidating techniques in miniature painting. I’m intentionally not calling this article “How to Paint OSL” because I feel like I have a long way to go before I come close to mastering the technique. That being said, I think I’ve had success at applying it… so hopefully that is enough …

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Kit Review – Find Your Way (Midnight Miniatures)

PRELUDE Following on from the success of Midnight Miniatures first two, full figure releases (Crush your Enemies and Massive Madness), we now have “Find Your Way”. This is a limited edition, five part, polyurethane resin bust sculpted by the incomparable Luca Piña Penichet. It arrived safely in a clamshell pack, the parts inside a ziplock bag nestled between two layers …