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My muse – How to handle your talent when it has gone missing!

WHERE HAS MY MUSE GONE? So recently I had lost my muse and I have spoken about losing my mojo, to which I think I mean, inspiration. I believe we’ve all been there in some way or another and the longer you’ve been doing ‘your art’ the more certainly you’ll have found yourself in a bit of a creative lull. …

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Massive Voodoo Workshop Experience

Massive Voodoo Private Coaching and Classes – the PRELUDE How to begin a write up about Massive Voodoo Private Coaching and Classes? Well GOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, FIGUREMENTORS! Hey, can you tell me, what’s your name? “My name is Richard Sharp.” Richard, what town are you stationed in? “I’m stationed in Augsburg, Germany at Massive Voodoo for a week.” Well, thank you, …

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Brothers – A Golden Demon Winners Challenge

Golden Demon Winners Challenge – PRELUDE Last year, I was lucky enough to win a gold demon at Golden Demon Classic at Warhammer Fest with my Hell pit Abomination of all Hell Pit Abominations. In the summer, I went to the Golden Demon Winner’s Day at the GW headquarters in Nottingham, a yearly celebration of those, who won demons that year. …

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Painting Skeletons by Laurent Exposito

Painting Skeletons The purpose here is to get you painting skeletons to an intermediate level. It takes me approximately 4 hours per mini to achieve this result. Heres a pic of the final result : 1 – Preparation and little conversion As a start I glue the skeletons, except the arms holding the shields to make painting easier. For the bases …

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Painting Marble Effect for your Scenic Bases by Leonardo Archini

Painting a Marble Effect – A Madness I Tell You! Hi, my name is Leonardo Archini and when Jay asked if I would like to contribute a tutorial regarding my marble process I naturally jumped at the chance! When I was painting a little diorama, set inside an old laboratory, I had to choose what kind of floor it could …

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A few words on painting tattoos by Florian Tuffskull

PAINTING TATTOOS Tattoos can help to create additional interest upon your painted skin-tone, especially when you have a naked body or at least a large area of exposed skin, which could otherwise look a little boring. However, painting tattoos on your figures can be tricky, even more so in smaller scale, as it can look unrealistic quite easily. So here …

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Banshee Workshop – a lesson in Colour by Steve Bodycomb

Banshee Workshop – the PRELUDE Did you hear the one about the politician, the gangster and the prostitute? No? Well I guess you haven’t been privileged to attend an Alfonso “Banshee” Gilraldes Colour Theory Masterclass, a Banshee Workshop.. The three characters above are how he described the relationships between colours. The blue of authority, conformation, the yellow the gangster or …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 …

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Trent Denison teaches us his Airbrush Technique

Airbrush Technique the PRELUDE I was very humbled when I was asked by Jay to put together an article for figurementors. My own work pales into insignificance compared to many of the other incredible artists whose work and writings I’ve been inspired by, including some on this very site. Painting serious showcase miniatures is a pursuit I’ve only taken up …

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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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Lessons from the Past – Ivan Aivazovsky

PRELUDE Hello, my name is Dmitry Fesechko, I am an Artist from Moscow and some of you might know me. Some time ago my friend Jay Martin offered me the chance to write about art, eventually not only did I take him up on the idea, I am also a full team member of figurementors.com! We are hoping to not only …

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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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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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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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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 …