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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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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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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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Let your Imagination Fly! by Stathis Mamais

Let your imagination fly – the PRELUDE My name is Stathis Mamais. I am 36 years old and I live in Athens (Greece). I have lived the life of a passionate modeller for about 14 years now however, the last 5 years or more have seen me focus more and more on my work, pushing myself beyond my comfort zone …

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The Legend of Hiroki by David Batista

The Legend of Hiroki – the PRELUDE Hello my friends and fellow figure painters, I present myself first of all; my name is David Batista, I’m from Spain, and I’ve been painting miniatures for about 3 years, I wanted to show you my work on Legend of Hiroki. I mainly painted fantasy in 28mm, although I have recently decided to try …

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Sculpting hair, beards and other furs by Gregory Girault

Sculpting hair the PRELUDE As our collaboration with figurines.mag continues we are proud to present here in English for the first time a short tutorial that Greg did for a recent issue. We hope you find it useful either as a full sculpting project or just as a exercise in conversion or adding extra details to a stock miniature. So …

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Some thoughts on Non Metallic Metal (NMM) with Paolo di Poce

Non Metallic Metal – the PRELUDE Hello to all. This is my first tutorial I’ve written for this blog, and I hope will be useful for people like me who has just started to paint in a more complex way than when playing war games. Just remember this is only one way to paint non metallic metal or indeed any other …

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Napoleonic Dragoon by David “Bailey” Powell

Napoleonic Dragoon – the PRELUDE This article will present a walkthrough on the painting of a 54mm scale Napoleonic Dragoon using acrylics.  The specific figure is Pegaso Models’ Imperial Guard, Empress’ Dragoons Officer, 1806-15.  Napoleonic figures are among my favourite historical subjects to paint.  Of all the different eras, they have some of the most colourful and detailed uniforms.  Of the …

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Painting Flesh Tones with Layered Glazes by David Soper Part 2

Painting Flesh Tones – the PRELUDE With Akito’s face painted, see Part 1 Painting Flesh Tones HERE, it was time to turn my attention to the flesh tones on her torso but this would not simply be a matter of repeating the process to achieve a similar effect. Although I would be working with the same colour palette and layered glazing …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Painting Flesh Tones with Layered Glazes by David Soper

Painting Flesh Tones with Layered Glazes – 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 …

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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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Painting a Shiny Black (with Matte Paints)

Painting a Shiny Black – 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 …

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Painting Black Power Armour by Giovanni Di Lena

Painting Black Power Armour – 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 …

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Step by Step Painting of a 54mm Saxon Warrior

Painting of a 54mm Saxon Warrior – PRELUDE I’m always excited to paint kits from Raúl García Latorre, one of my favourite sculptors.  This article will focus on one of his old kits, a 54mm Saxon Warrior, 5th Century.  The kit was originally released some time ago from his old company, but looks like it will be re-released through MProyec …

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Painting the Butcher by Macca Chung

Painting the Butcher – PRELUDE Hello! Macca here and I am very happy to be contributing an article, I am a figure painter from Melbourne and I hope you enjoy this my first article for figurementors! The Butcher bust from Spawning Pool Studios was a lot of fun to paint. I thought of doing a step-by-step, but frankly, there is little to my …

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Painting the Black Sun Barbarian (with emphasis on NMM) – by Andy Gillaspy

Painting the Black Sun Barbarian – PRELUDE Hello Figurementor readers, a little while ago I spoke with David Powell one of my favourite painters and was very flattered to be asked to produce an article for Figurementors. We decided to concentrate on a figure with NMM (non-metallic metal), one of my favourite ways of painting. Fortunately, I had splurged and unbeknown to …

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French Army Special Unit Dinassaut Vignette by the Award Winning Jose Brito

French Army Special Unit Dinassaut – PRELUDE Jose Brito is an inspiring Scale Modeller who has won awards around the world and who is frequently featured in international modelling magazines. When I approached him to write a piece for our little blog, I was doubtful he even knew of figurementors.com. However, I was a little taken aback as not only …

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Defenders of Fort St Elmo, Malta 1565 by Ivan Cocker

Defenders of Fort St Elmo, Malta 1565 – PRELUDE So I had approached Ivan to write an article for the site which he duly agreed to and then suggested that I could also publish one that he had previously written to act as a stop gap whilst he worked on the other one. Ivan is a figure painter of the …

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Ogre Brute – My thoughts on painting busts by Patryk Ciemiega

My thoughts on painting busts – PRELUDE Hey it is Jay here, I wanted to say a little about Patryk before he starts his piece and he doesn’t know I am about to write this. It is a pleasure when running a blog such as this to find an artist so passionate and keen to share his thoughts and knowledge …

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Ivan the Terrible – Freehand Technique using oils by Marc Mussat

Freehand Technique using oils – PRELUDE I have known of Marc Mussat‘s work for some time and got to see his Ivan figure up close at Euromilitaire 2016. Marc is a painter of quite some renown, he lives in St Germain en Laye in France and is one of those quieter types within our hobby but has always spared time …

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Knight of the Holy Sepulchre by David “Bailey” Powell

Knight of the Holy Sepulchre – PRELUDE This article will be a walk-through on my painting of a medieval knight on horseback.  At the time I was looking for a good competition figure.  I settled on this beautiful 54mm kit from Pegaso, a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.  It’s a great dynamic sculpt and the large surfaces of the cape, shield, and …

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I See You by award winning Louis FantasyDemon Juanola

I See You – PRELUDE Hello everyone! My name is Luis Mendez Juanola, otherwise known as fantasydemon, I am 37 years of age and live in Madrid. In this article I’ll show you some of my insights and techniques for the process of creating  “I See You” which I created last year for MSS 2015. I hope you enjoy this tutorial …

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Step by Step Painting & Weathering a Yellow Armour on Orruk Megaboss

Painting & Weathering a Yellow Armour on Orruk Megaboss – PRELUDE Hey everyone I am so excited to have convinced Thor to write for the site, he is one of my very favourite GW figure painters! We are talking about wonderfully blended, crisp, saturated colour palettes, highly detailed figures. Each and every new project he has completed in the last …