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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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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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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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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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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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Castlefest 2016

PRELUDE When my buddy and esteemed colleague 😉 Yen mentioned to me he was going to a Castlefest, I was intrigued, I had never heard of this before and so asked him to tell me all bout it when he got back. We eventually went a little further and put this short little write up together along with some photographs …

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Kit Review – Chillianwallah (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE The kit arrived in a rather large attractive box, the lid adorned with the box art by Man Jin Kim. This is a 1/10 scale, polyurethane resin kit, comprising seven parts (including a pedestal) in ziplock bags nestled between bubble wrap and and some paper shavings. The subject depicted is one of the heroes of the battle of Chillianwallah, …

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Creating a “What If?” diorama with Yen Kwie Drenth

Creating a What If diorama – PRELUDE I started out modelling in the late seventies, at about 10 years old, together with my dad. We would spend hours assembling and painting small scale-kits we bought at the local toyshop; mostly aeroplanes and ships. My first model was an Airfix Northrop “Freedom Fighter”painted bright metallic silver, with gloss black wheels. After …

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Athens Miniature Show 2016 – Organise it and They Will Come by Ant Con

RISEN FROM THE ASHES Much like the mythical Phoenix, after many years in the shadows of the Hades (the underworld), the Athens Miniature Show is finally back with a vengeance. Reborn from the ashes and with new blood in its ranks, the Athens Miniature Show is ready to take the modelling circuit by storm! With local Greek modellers like Michael …

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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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SPOTLIGHT – Black Crow Miniatures

In 2015 I was lucky enough to get myself booked on the Weekend Workshop with Francesco Farabi in Liverpool. John Harrison the founder had struck a deal with a new miniature company, Black Crow Miniatures to provide their first figure, Arinthuil, as the subject of the workshop. I actually reviewed this figure way back in Issue 22 of Figure Painter …

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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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First Time Painting Historical Figures? Here’s Some Advice…

First Time Painting Historical Figures? Here’s Some Advice – INTRODUCTION This site is not focused on any one genre of figures.  We hope to expose people to all sides of the modelling hobby.  Speaking for myself, sometimes it feels like there is a disconnect in the figure painting community between the fantasy/Sci-Fi crowd and the historical crowd. Certain sites, shows, …

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Skintone painting with Aythami Alonso

Skintone painting – INTRODUCTION Hi painters! First of all the boring thing, presentations and all that stuff. My name is Aythami Alonso and I am passionate about  painting and sculpting figures. I began painting like three years ago when I had neither job nor money. The crazy idea of painting miniatures to earn money came to me and… man! it really was a crazy idea. …

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Murat painted by master painter Gustavo Campos

INITIAL PROCESSES First of all, after preparing the bust cleaning the casting lines and sanding softly, you have to put on the base spray. I normalLy use Tamiya, either white or grey. On this occasion I have primed it with the white one. (fig. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). Then, I spray a first layer of Andrea’s set White base colour with …