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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 …

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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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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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“Point of no Return” an insight by Pawel “Monstroys” Makuch!

“Point of no Return” – PRELUDE I have known Pawel known for quite a few years and I am always inspired by his development as a painter and his ability to continuously create unique and interesting concepts for his projects. He wrote an article for me back when I was still with Legion of the Cow, when I saw his latest …

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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 …

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Some insights on creating ambience by Raffaele Du Marteau

Some insights on creating ambience – PRELUDE Raffaele is a fantasy figure painter from Fidenza in Italy, I asked if he would give us some insights into the Mercenary figure he painted from Tartar Miniatures. The following is a short account of some of his musings (Ed). “Hi folks, before starting with the “technical flow” let me introduce this work …

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Painting 1/9 scale bust facial skintone with Keigo Murakami

Painting 1/9 scale bust facial skintone – PRELUDE Keigo Murakami is a figure painter from Aichi in Japan, he is regularly featured in the volumes of Scale Model Hand Book by Mr Black Publications. He usually works with military and historical projects and his works are very popular. In this short SBS we will provide you with a gallery of …

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Character Design by award winning Concept Artist Mirko Failoni

Character Design – PRELUDE As some of you would have seen recently I am currently painting the Mushroom Shaman from Mindwork Games, a figure based on the concept art by Mirko Failoni. There is no bigger honour than having the concept artist tell you that your version of a figure perfectly captures what he was trying to portray in the artwork, …

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A Few Thoughts on my Way of Painting Busts by Jason Zhou

Hi everyone, First all, I’d like to thank Jason Martin (Redrum) for inviting me to share some of my experience and thoughts on painting busts by taking the King Tiger tank commander bust as an example. It is the latest work I finished painting recently. A little bit about me Before getting started, I’d like to introduce a bit about …

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My Experience Painting OSL

My Experience Painting OSL – PRELUDE Object-Source Lighting (OSL), is probably one of the most intimidating techniques in miniature painting. I’m intentionally not calling this article “How to Paint OSL” because I feel like I have a long way to go before I come close to mastering the technique. That being said, I think I’ve had success at applying it… …

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Understanding your oil palette with Dmitry Fesechko

  Hello! I want to tell you some words about oils paints and some words about palette. I know that not so many painters use oil paints that much, but some principles could be used also for acrylic paints on wet palette for example. Ok, you have decided to try oils for painting miniatures, that’s awesome! The first question of …