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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

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 techniques and our overall understanding of Art. …

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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

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 our readers. Interviews …

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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! …

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Banshee Masterclass 2017 – Brighton UK, by Joe May

PRELUDE I was very disappointed when I initially enquired for a position on the London Banshee masterclass course. By the time I had heard about the masterclass and applied, the positions had already been filled. Luckily, the Brighton masterclass (Held at the Dice Saloon on the UK south coast) opened up a few positions a week before the start date …

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Remembering the Trail Blazers of Figure Painting No 1- Marion Ball

PRELUDE I think it is really important to remember and respect those master painters who were the trailblazers for our world of figure painting. It is something that has resonated with me even more since I dictated the interview with Alfonso Giraldes (to be published soon), where he spoke of the importance to know our history and that one of …

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March’s Work in Progress

We’re back with another work in progress update to show you what the FigureMentors team has been up to.  We’ve also got two new team members to introduce you to: Steve Bodycomb and Giovanni Di Lena (who you may remember from the recent Black Power Armour article).  Welcome to the site, guys! JASON ‘REDRUM’ MARTIN This month has been an emotional …

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Kit Review – A Long Road (RobotRocket Miniatures)

PRELUDE I have known Matty Pearce, the creative force behind RobotRocket Miniatures, (website currently under construction) for quite some time, often talking about figures, music, tattoos and whatever else friends talk about. I have been privileged enough to judge one of his Eavier Metal contests and regularly advised him on his painting, watching him grow as a figure painter in leaps …

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Painting Flesh Tones with Layered Glazes by David Soper

PRELUDE I recently undertook something of a personal painting challenge when I decided to paint the C- Girl Akito bust from Neko Galaxy. Although I’ve been painting minis, on and off, for 36 years I don’t have a great deal of experience painting busts. On top of that the subject of this bust is a youthful female and far more …

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Atonement – A MasterPiece and a Wonderful Gift

PRELUDE  Firstly I am not a religious man, my faith as it is and belief is based around the tenets of scientific fact, theories such as Evolution and the Big Bang, yet I can not really describe my feelings for this kit in such a manner, just looking at this figure invokes in me, emotions of the spirit. Atonement is …

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Weekend Masterclass with Banshee – A Summary by Paul “Bully” Bullock

PRELUDE We will actually begin with the thoughts of another student, owner of RobotRocket Miniatures, figure painter and Eavier Metal admin , Matty Pearce: “Well … what can I say that would describe this weekend with any justice.. I can’t really. All I can do is to say it was one of the most intense and enjoyable weekends I’ve had in …

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Kit Review – Abel (Kimera Models)

PRELUDE Abel is the second release from the Pulvis range of figures from Kimera Models. It follows the initial releases, being one that can be assembled and painted in a multitude of ways. Excluding the demon, scenic base, the kit consists of 23 polyurethane resin parts, digitally sculpted by Hector Moran, based on the concept art of Macs Gallo. My …

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Kit Review – Viking Axeman (DG Artwork)

PRELUDE The team continues it’s collaboration with our our little brother from Korea Dae-Hyeong Kim and DG Artwork. The latest batch of releases sees in a new era of higher quality packaging, a black wraparound box, with foam layers and sleek boxart photography to the lid and bottom showing multiple views of key elements of the figure. This particular release …

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THE FIVE CYCLONES COMING SOON!!!!!!!

PRELUDE I have known Mirko aka Mauganra through social media for quite a long time now and his works have inspired a lot of the projects that I myself have completed (in particular his version of King Maulg from Figone). The very first figure that led to this present project has in many ways become an iconic piece with some …

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Painting a Shiny Black (with Matte Paints)

PRELUDE Black is one of the colours that many people find difficult to paint with. If you’re not careful highlighting it, the colour can quickly turn from a black into a grey, and as it’s already so dark, how does one shade it? While I hope to write a more thorough article on different ways to deal with black, for …

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Painting Black Power Armour by Giovanni Di Lena

PRELUDE Hi all! About a couple of months ago Jason aka Redrum asked me if I was interested in showing how I paint the Black Armour for my Deathwatch Space Marines. Obviously I was! And I would like to thank Jay for his interest and for this fantastic opportunity. So here we are, and I’ve prepared for you this little step by …

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Kit Review – WWII British Commando (Life Miniatures)

PRELUDE There are few who would argue that Sang-Eon Lee is the pinnacle of our figure painting community, this latest release from Life Miniatures is once again sculpted, cast and painted by the Artist himself. The kit came in it’s stylish black box with the glossy sleeve depicting various angles of the boxart, along the face and front side. Inside …