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Húsares de la Princesa (1884) – An In-Depth Review (H&V Miniatures)

Husares de la Princesa the PRELUDE One of the latest full figure releases from Heroes & Villains was sent to me a few weeks ago and it is a little gem! Húsares de la Princesa 1884 (though my box is labelled 1836, caused quite an headache when researching lol) is a delightfully detailed 54mm sculpt by Antonio Zapatero. It came …

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Yi Sun-Sin – An In-Depth Review (Nuts Planet)

Yi Sun-Sin – the PRELUDE This latest bust release from my friend Benny Sa sent me from NutsPlanet is an absolute gem, it is quite literally one of the most beautiful busts I have ever seen. The kit arrived in its’ now customary blue box adorned with the boxart by Myeong Ha-Hwang, the kit comprises 12 polyurethane resin parts, secured …

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Using Object Source Lighting to Create Ambience – “Shine a Light”

Object Source Lighting – the PRELUDE My newest piece Valaska Sin is both an exercise in working to a tight deadline, so my painting was forced into a no-nonsense mode where I had absolutely no time to stop and think, and a study in source lighting, mood and ambience. These two exercises work surprisingly well together, because alternative lighting and …

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Lotharingian Knight – An In-Depth Review (DG Artwork)

Lotharingian Knight – the PRELUDE The Lotharingian Knight is the latest historic bust release from DG Artwork, sculpted by Dae-Hyeoung Kim himself, it is a six part, 1/12 kit cast in polyurethane resin. The sturdy box is adorned with the boxart, again painted by Dae-Hyoung and the parts are secured in ziplock bags and protected by bubble wrap. This is …

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Non Metallic Metal a Guide by Jean-Marc Brisset

Non Metallic Metal – the PRELUDE I have admired Jean-Marc’s work for a long time and his NMM in particular is really impressive, in addition to painting a lot of Super Heroes his style is also very illustrative in it’s execution. With that in mind I thought it would be a neat idea to get the low down on how …

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Weird Armies Reign (WAR) and now for something different!

Weird Armies Reign a PRELUDE WAR is a relatively new company out of Athens, Greece that creates 1/35 scale, highly detailed figures to populate their alternative history set during World War II, a kind of dieselpunk, post apocalyptic, “what if” scenario. I spoke with Christos Apostolopoulos what seems an age ago now as I was considering doing a diorama involving …

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THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM HAVE BEEN DOING THIS – MAY

MAYS WORK IN PROGRESS: The Prelude THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM has been particularly busy this month, so what exactly have we been doing? May sees us adding a new team member, Kyle Kolbe, who has already written an extremely informative article on the science behind the paints we work with.  There are some other great pieces in the works, so definitely keep an eye …

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Redwing – An In-Depth Review (Terrible Kids Stuff)

REDWING the prelude I have been friends with Vittorio at TKS for some time now and I am an avid collector of their miniatures, I am lucky enough to have purchased the two previous Brom collaborations and when he told me of this particular project some many months ago I knew I just had to have it! The kit arrived in …

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Colour Contrast and it’s use in Dwarf vs Banshee Duel – by Andy Gillaspy

COLOUR CONTRAST the prelude I really enjoyed writing the previous article on the Blacksun Barbarian for figurementors and I offered to produce another article whether they wanted it or not! It was fortunate that I was in the process of producing an entry for the upcoming Golden Demon competition and with the subject matter in use, I had decided to …

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Louisiana Tiger – An In-Depth Review (MJ Miniatures)

LOUISIANA TIGER the prelude Louisiana Tiger is a 75mm (1/24 scale)  kit depicting a combatant from the American Civil War, sculpted by Greg Girault. It is a 7 part polyurethane resin kit accompanied by a length of brass rod for the flag pole, which arrived in the newer packaging, parts sealed in ziplock bags and bubble wrap. The box is …

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Another Brick In The Wall, Building a Scenic Base, by Mary Profitt

PRELUDE Another Brick Another Brick In The Wall was Mary gentle’s Gold winning entry at Crystal Brush in 2015. I have known the works of Mary Profitt pretty much dating back to when I started my Facebook profile for my painting, as it turns out we both started our painting lives the same year! I have been wanting a little …

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La Resistance – Kit Review (Pedro Fernandez Works)

PRELUDE La Resistance is the latest bust from the catalogue of Pedro Fernandez Works. It is a single piece, traditional bust that at first glance seems to portray a female SS officer, yet the narrative reveals the true identity of the bust, a French resistance fighter. It arrived promptly in the now expected red lidded (stickered design but no boxart), black box, …

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Kit Review – Sana (White Wolf Miniatures)

PRELUDE White Wolf Miniatures is a relatively new company and this new release Sana, is a real gem! The digital sculpt by Juan Puerta, despite it being a static pose is full of details that are super crisp. The print was done by Jordi Bernat Gonzalez at Micron3D on the Solus3D printer incorporating Protosolus resin, the results are superb! This …

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Kit Review – The Franco-Prussian War series (H&V Miniatures)

PRELUDE The mini busts by H&V (Heroes and Villains) are always a delight to see, I have seen many painted by the likes of David Zabrocki and Juanma Vergera and their latest releases depict two combatants of the Franco-Prussian War (1870), a particularly interesting period in history. These are small, highly detailed, traditional busts with sculpted pedestal. The Lieutenant Chasseurs d’Afrique was sculpted …

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Insights into Painting a Flat Figure by Award Winning Rick Taylor

Insights into Painting a Flat Figure – PRELUDE  This is my first article for figurementors. I was approached by Jay Martin regarding doing this article on painting flats. We decided to paint a flat related more to Fantasy than one of the Historical or trivia genres. As with most artists we want to strive to improve our painting skills and …

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Kit Review – Velaf (Galapagos Miniatures)

PRELUDE I am happy that Ju-Won Jung of Galapagos Miniatures continue the collaboration with our site and this is the second review in what I hope will be many. I was instantly impressed with the quality of the presentation. The kit which is a 1/10, 7 part (unless you were fortunate to get one of the 100 casts that come with an optional head set), polyurethane …

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Kit Review – Ambiorix (Chief of Eburones) Pegaso Models

PRELUDE The collaboration with Pegaso continues and I plan to write an article or two for historical magazines, painting some of my favourite Pegaso releases. Recently I have been developing more and more my emergent interest in historical subjects, so I thought I would do a review of this particular kit, Ambiorix. This is a 75mm figure cast in white …

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The Science of Oil Paints with Kyle Kolbe

Do you trust your paints? Do you want your miniature masterpieces to not fade or darken with time and light exposure? To mix color reliably and paint permanently you must know your pigments contained in your paint. I delve deep into the properties of an elite palette of pigments that will let you mix the right color and save your …

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Kit Review – Landsknecht, XVI Century (Tartar Miniatures)

PRELUDE Tartar Miniatures continue to blaze a trail for fascinating historical subjects and a while back sent me some samples, this one is the Landsknecht bust, sculpted by Sergey Savenkov and consisting of just four polyurethane resin parts and a length of metal sheet for the hats’ chinstrap, all sealed in a ziplock bag and nestled in some bubble wrap. The …

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Kit Review – Valentina (RN Estudio)

PRELUDE I only recently happened upon RN Estudio. They are a Spanish company which offers to help you create 3-D sculpts and 3-D prints.  In addition, they offer a number of ready to go resin figure kits.  These kits range in size from 28mm to 70mm. The first of two reviews for RN Estudio will be on one of their …

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Masters Interview with Alfonso “Banshee” Giraldes Pt 1

Masters Interview – A BRIEF INTRODUCTION I have built a fair few friendships with other figure painters through Facebook and many of them are those that we consider at the top of our community, the masters or as I like to consider them “Guiding Lights”! So I decided that I would endeavour to interview as many as possible, for you …

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Adepticon 2017 views from a first-time attendee – Chris Suhre

PRELUDE Hello everyone, my name is Chris Suhre, and this was my first time attending Adepticon. I just wanted to take a few moments of your time to relate my experiences attending Adepticon and the Crystal Brush competition for the first time. Why did I chose to attend Adepticon? As a miniature painter, I wanted to immerse myself in the …

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Kit Review – Cthulu (Figone)

PRELUDE Seeing as I am a big H.P. Lovecraft fan and one of my all time favourite novels is The Call of Cthulu, first published way back in Weird Tales in 1928, I jumped at the chance to write a review of one of Figone‘s recent releases, Cthulu, The Sleeper of R’lyeh! One of the biggest disappointments for me is …

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Kit Review – Luftwaffe Aces (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE The sculpts coming out of the MJ studio are always of a high quality and the variety of subject matter ensures there is something for everyone. These two recent bust releases depict two of the most important German Aces, in particular Erich Hartmann aka Bubba who was judged to be the greatest Fighter Pilot ever with 352 confirmed kills! …