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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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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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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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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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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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Atonement – A MasterPiece and a Wonderful Gift

Atonement – 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. …

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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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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 …

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Kit Review – Harald Skull Breaker (SAGO)

PRELUDE It seems that new companies are springing up everywhere and one initially believes this to be a good idea right? Then when you scratch beneath the surface I am not so sure, our community is not growing in my humble opinion, the number of companies increases yet that doesn’t mean the number of possible customers is. So in effect …

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Kit Review – WWII U.S. Tanker (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE MJ Miniatures since 2013 has predominantly focused on busts, but this release sees something a little special, a large 1/16th scale, six part, polyurethane resin full figure depicting a U.S. Tanker from WWII. The resin in recent releases has began arriving with a pinkish hue to the material and the quality of it is very good indeed. This kit …

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Kit Review – Grogoth (Galapagos Miniatures)

PRELUDE I am so honoured that Ju-Won Jung and Galapagos Miniatures have decided to collaborate with our site and this is the first review in what I hope will be many. I was instantly impressed with the quality of the presentation. The kit which is a 1/24 (75mm), 13 part, polyurethane resin figure that arrived in a sturdy, mahogany coloured …

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Kit Review – Paganus (Aradia Miniatures)

PRELUDE So we continue our collaboration and support for Aradia Miniatures with this review of their latest fantastical beast Paganus (from Pagus pertaining to countryside, rustic and rural). The kit arrived safe and secure in their customary clampack, the lid adorned with the concept sketch, parts sealed in ziplock bags, the creature is sculpted by the talented Benoit Cauchies based on …

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Kit Review – Aly (Black Veil Models)

PRELUDE Aly the last survivor is the debut release from Black Veil Models, it is a 75mm kit, digitally sculpted by Juan M. Puerta, a Spanish Character Artist at Goodgame Studio. I have been friends with Armando Martijn for maybe five years now on Facebook, he has followed my development as a figure painter and I his, so obviously I …

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Kit Review – Wizard of Agni (Ben Komets Miniatures)

PRELUDE I am a big fan of the painting of Ben Komets and when he started up his own range of figures I was right to be excited! This latest release sees a collaboration with two powerhouse creative talents, Felideus Bubastis as concept Artist and the ever popular and uber talented sculptor Lucas Penichet! We present the Wizard of Agni! …

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Kit Review – Online (Pedro Fernandez Works)

PRELUDE The sixth release from Pedro Fernandez Works is a 73mm high, 3 part, polyurethane resin bust called “Online” depicting the head and shoulders of a female cybernetic, android life-form. The kit arrived in the now typical blackbox with red lid, inside we find the parts nestled within, red, shredded thick paper. The boxart was done by May Aguilar, with the …

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Kit Review – Winter Child (Terrible Kids Stuff)

PRELUDE This is our second review of a figure from this range, if you want to read the first review by David Powell, click HERE. The Winter Child is the latest release from Terrible Kids Stuff for their Paolo Perente’s Dust range. This is the fourth figure in the expanding Dust range. Like the previous three figures, it’s a limited release, this …

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Kit Review – Polish Hussar Nobleman (Young Miniatures)

PRELUDE I have always realised that the busts from Young Miniatures were of a high quality but I never realised just how good they were! My interest in historical subjects has grown in recent months and with it my admiration for these sculpts. The kit arrived in a stunning box, there is a clear plastic sleeve that slides around the …

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Kit Review – The Defeated (Darkstar Miniatures)

PRELUDE Darkstar Miniatures landed a great release when Mike Blank, the renowned figure painter and sculptor, agreed to create this Royalist soldier of the English Civil War. The kit is titled “The Defeated” and consists of seven polyurethane resin parts, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in packing material, inside a small, plain cardboard box adorned with the monotone boxart. …

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Kit Review – The Grenadier 1809 (Best Soldiers)

PRELUDE As a lot of you will know, Best Soldiers not only act as a store distributing figures from a broad range of figure producers but also sells it’s own range of figures. This latest review will show you another incredible sculpt by Antonio Zapatero depicting a Grenadier of the Imperial Guard 1809. The kit arrived quickly and safely, its’ …

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Kit Review – XV Cent Crossbowman (Tartar Miniatures)

PRELUDE Tartar Miniatures have been producing a series of releases for the last couple of years now, being fairly eclectic and prolific however, it is the historical releases that for me standout and in particular those of the medieval era. The kit arrived in a compact, white box adorned with the boxart by Sergey Popovichenko. This is a 15 part, …

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Kit Review – Harald I (Altores Studio)

PRELUDE A relative newcomer to the miniature market and community Altores Studio are creating quite a reputation for themselves and so it is with great pleasure I welcome them to figurementors and look forward to our long standing collaboration. The kit arrived in a sturdy white box adorned with the assembled figure but no boxart. This is a 1/24 scale …