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Painting Worn Leather by David Soper

C-Girl Akito – Painting worn leather – the PRELUDE It’s time to get Akito down off the shelf and back onto the painting table. So far I’ve painted Akito around other projects but from now I’ll stick with her until she’s done. This was always my plan although it’s a little later in the year than I’d anticipated; but I’ve …

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Barbarian – An In-Depth Review (NutsPlanet)

Barbarian – the PRELUDE Barbarian is one of the latest releases from NutsPlanet, it is a 1/12 scale, Polyurethane kit comprising just three parts. We have the main element comprising head and torso along with the axe head and the horn that needs attaching to the left shoulder. The kit arrived in the usual high quality metal tin, the lid …

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Great Unclean One – Kit Review (Games Workshop)

PRELUDE The Great Unclean One is one of those iconic monsters from the worlds of Games Workshop, that has been around, since time immemorial. There have been several metal versions over the years, the last of which is about 20 years old I think. So it has been with great anticipation in the gaming and collecting community, that they have …

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The Illustrated Historical Artist presents Narni Modellismo Show

Narni Modellismo Show – the PRELUDE Just recently the latest edition of this delightful show took place with some of the biggest historical figure painters competing for the ultimate prizes, Best of Show and Best of Historical. Our good friend Mauro Cozza was there to provide an insightful show report and background to the Narni Underground, a comprehensive set of …

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Mokrul – An In-Depth Review (Mirico)

Mokrul – the PRELUDE Mokrul, a nasty looking goblin archer, sculpted by Stavros Zouliatis is one of a string of new releases from Mirico. It is a 1/10 Bust based on the concept by Rico Chia and comprises 16 Polyurethane Resin parts plus a length of thread for the bow string. The kit arrived in its now recognisable packaging, packaging …

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WHAT THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM HAS BEEN DOING – DECEMBER

DECEMBER’S WORK IN PROGRESS: The Prelude We wanted to share with all of you the projects we’ve been working on to wrap up the year!  This will be the last Work in Progress post for 2017! Where has the time gone? THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM has been busy as always.  The Illustrated Historical Artist has released it’s 2nd and 3rd issue, a special …

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Creating Android Alas by Pascal Rooze

Android Alas – the PRELUDE Some of the best painters out there will tell you to plan ahead when doing a big piece. Make sure to do your homework on background. Get some images that inspire and support your idea. Maybe even do some rough sketching on paper, or with Photoshop even. Work out your idea even before you get …

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Black Cohort – An In-Depth Review (DG Artwork)

BLACK COHORT – the PRELUDE The two kits we will look at today are Black Cohort callsigns Rhonoceros and Canis Latrans. These are dynamic, 1/24 scale figures, highly detailed and expertly Cast in Polyurethane Resin. Each figure comes in a sturdy, compact box, the lid adorned with the boxart by Dae-Hyeong Kim. The parts are sealed in ziplock bags and …

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Zombie Queen – An In-Depth Review (Michael Kontraros Collectibles)

Zombie Queen – the PRELUDE I managed to grab a copy of Zombie Queen from Michael and his crew at Euro Miniature Expo in Folkestone back in September and it is a nice kit. Unlike other releases this one came in a sturdy, compact box and not the metal tin. The lid is adorned with the boxart by Kyriakos Simos, …

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The Illustrated Historical Artist does a Black Weekend Promo!

The Illustrated Historical Artist – the PRELUDE The Illustrated Historical Artist is now at Issue 3 and we also have a special souvenir issue of the World Expo held in Chicago. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we are so grateful for this. It gives us the motivation and desire to keep going, trying to produce a historical painting …

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The Masters Interview with Alfonso Giraldes (Banshee) Part 3

Alfonso Giraldes – the FINAL PART Hey everyone, well there has been a considerable delay in publishing the final part as we were busy with the ArtQuest painting competition and launching The Illustrated Historical Artist, all in all it has been hectic and quite stressful. However, I think you will really enjoy this last part and if you haven’t already …

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WWII Soviet Female Tanker – An In-Depth Review (Life Miniatures)

WWII Soviet Female Tanker – the PRELUDE The Soviet Female Tanker is the newest release to the BEGINNERS SERIES of 1/10 scale busts from Life Miniatures. The kit comprises of 7 Polyurethane Resin parts and is subject to a “how to” PDF explaining the painting process Sang-Eon Lee used for the boxart. The kit arrived in a sturdy, compact box …

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Oscura (Queen of Spades) – An In-Depth Review (Kimera Models)

Oscura – the PRELUDE Oscura is a new release under the Domina range of figures from Kimera Models, based on the concept by Andrea Iula and brought to life by Ebroin’s sculpt, this is a 75mm, multi part kit. She arrived in the Now instantly recognisable packaging, matte black box with silver embossed logo to the lid. Inside we find …

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Cyborg Samurai – An In-Depth Review (ZabaArt)

Cyborg Samurai – the PRELUDE The Cyborg Samurai is another release in the Sci-Fi Series from ZabaArt, this is a limited edition of 100 pieces, cast in Polyurethane resin at 75mm scale. The kit arrived in the distinctive and stylish packaging we come to expect from ZabaArt, the smaller parts secure in a ziplock bag, all nestled in amongst straw …

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Oda Nobunaga – An In-Depth Review (DG Artwork)

Oda Nobunaga – the PRELUDE This is a 1/9 scale bust depicting the enigmatic Samurai, Oda Nobunaga. It comprises of 14 parts along with a pedestal and a length of copper wire, first impressions are very good. We are also provided a choice of heads, garbed or bare. The kit arrived in the Now perfunctory DG, black cardboard box adorned …

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Peter Pan by 2nd Star Project

Peter Pan – the PRELUDE 1. It seems a long time since you first showed me the start of this project, how many hours from concept, sculpt and paint job were invested in this? The Peter Pan project is the 3rd piece we made together, but it was the first project we had in mind when the 2nd Star project …

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Martina – An In-Depth Review (Nuts Planet)

Martina – the PRELUDE The latest release from Nuts Planet, Martina, sees the third 1/10 bust in the Ghost Company Series, the first two being Anti Robot Squad Sergeant and Expo Suit PMC. The bust comes in The instantly recognisable packaging, contained within a sturdy blue box adorned with the box art by Ki Yeol Yoon. This is a five …

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Charon An in-depth review (Aradia)

Prelude We have had great expectations of Aradia’s The Divine Comedy kickstarter. The idea itself of presenting the Divine Comedy in miniature has had me pretty excited to say the least. I went for one of the smaller pledges; Guardians od Hell though, so I got my order home pretty fast, compared to having to wait for one of the …

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Vasily Vereshchagin – Nihilist inside the Apotheosis of war.

Vasily Vereshchagin – the PRELUDE “To achieve my goal, to give people a picture of true genuine war was impossible just looking through binoculars from afar. I should feel it by myself, I should take part in offences, assaults, victories and failures. I should pass through the starving, diseases and wounds. If I have ever scared to sacrifice myself then …

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Roman Optio – An In-Depth Review (Young Miniatures)

Roman Optio – the PRELUDE This is a 1/10 scale, polyurethane resin bust sculpted by Young B Song, comprising 13 parts this is a high end, accurate kit depicting a Roman Optio. It arrived in the customary, Young Miniatures attractive packaging, the box lid adorned by the boxart by Kiril Kanaev and protected by a clear plastic sleeve. The small …

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OSL by Artem Romanov

Object Source Lighting (OSL) – the PRELUDE Hey-hey folks! Many people asked me about the Object Source Lighting (OSL) on my recent figure Darth Ora, so here’s a little guide about it. It is not too heavy in explanation and nor have I discussed the complexities of light and how it interacts with various objects, the following is just a …

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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 …