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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 …

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WW2 Figure Sets – An In-Depth Review (MJ Miniatures)

WW2 Figure Sets – the PRELUDE Today I am presenting two separate kits from MJ Miniatures but which have such common attributes I thought I would review them at the same time. We have two pairs of 1/35th scale WW2 soldiers, one set of Panzer Crew and one US Paratroopers. Both are cast in polyurethane resin and on opening the …

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The General – An In-Depth Review (BestSoldiers)

The General – the PRELUDE BestSoldiers at the end of the first quarter of 2017 released this kit, The General, sculpted by the uber talented Antonio Zapatero, it is another incredible addition to their own back catalogue of historical subjects. This is a 75mm scale kit that comes with two alternative heads, one bare and the other with plumed helm, …

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Monkey King – An In-Depth Review (NutsPlanet)

Monkey King – the PRELUDE Monkey King is the latest bust release from the always prolific NutsPlanet, sculpted by Romain van den Bogaert, the kit comprises five parts (plus a turned mounting rod), sculpted to 1/10 scale and cast in polyurethane resin. It arrived in its now customary blue box, adorned with the boxart by Myeong-Ha Hwang, with additional angles …

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My Creative Process Behind my Latest Vignette – Regrowth

Regrowth – the PRELUDE I bought the Selvambi miniature from Aradia last october, I think. I really like the sculpt by Olivier Bouchet, it is very much alive I think. The tiny Sprite like creature has a certain animalistic vitality to it, her face resembles that of a fox and a deer at the same time, as well as hooves …

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FDV1 Mako V II 1/35th – An In-Depth Review (Filbotmecha.com)

FDV1 Mako V II – the PRELUDE There were twenty five of these incredible kits made and I have no9. It comprises of almost 90, highly detailed, polyurethane resin parts and comes with detailed A4 instruction booklet! It arrived in a solid, large white box adorned with the concept Art of this updated release, the FDV1 Mako V II. On …

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Marcus – An In-Depth Review (Siren Miniatures)

Marcus – the PRELUDE Marcus is one of the most recent releases from Siren Miniatures and also one of my favourites, you know you’re going to get something pretty original when they design a new figure. This is a five piece, polyurethane resin kit and it arrived in their now customary blister pack adorned with the concept sketch. The parts …

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Using graphite to enhance your true metal metallics with Lucas K Stine

True Metal Metallics – the PRELUDE The following is a somewhat succinct but hopefully informative piece about my use of graphite when achieving realistic looking metal using metallic pigments. It is not aimed to be a in-depth article about painting metallic, there are plenty around but I wanted to share with you all an insight into a particular technique I …

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

BEASTMAN – the PRELUDE Beastman by Terrible Kids Stuff is, I think the 7th offering in 75mm of their Nether Kingdom range. So it is a little bit older, but there are still a few available. As the other kits in this range, this is a limited release of 100 copies. We have other TKS reviews here and here to name but a few. …

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Pikeman XVII Cent – An In-Depth Review (Altores Studio)

Pikeman – the PRELUDE This figure is one of my favourites from Altores Studio, Pikeman of the XVII century, English Civil War, with its unique shapes and volumes, it offers the figure painter a wealth of opportunity to try something new. Pikeman is a eight part, polyurethane resin kit, with a square scenic base, sculpted by D. Shevchuk in 75mm …

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The Illustrated Historical Artist Issue 1 – download for FREE!

Hey everyone The Illustrated Historical Artist Issue 1 this is really just a short post to announce that our very own historical painting magazine (The Illustrated Historical Artist Issue 1) is now out and available to download for FREE! It has been met with an overwhelmingly positive flood of comments, shares and support, which has totally blown us away, we …