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Darkside Everywhere There Is! A study in OSL by Ant Con!

A study in OSL – PRELUDE I have grown to be good friends with Anthony otherwise known as Ant Con over the last year or two, indeed my friendship with him and the Greek Crew continues to grow and I really look forward to spending time with them all at shows. Ant is now a valued member of Michael Kontraros …

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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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January’s Work in Progress

We took a break in December to let everyone enjoy their holidays, but now we’re back and ready to share what we’ve been up to.  We’d also like to introduce our newest team member: Nils Holmbergh! JASON ‘REDRUM’ MARTIN This month I spent most of my time frantically finishing the Sail Away bust from Broken Toad. It is a rather …

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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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“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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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 …

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Some Thoughts on Painting Luz (Nocturna Models) by Fausto Palumbo

Some Thoughts on Painting Luz – PRELUDE Coffee? Check Music? Check Relaxed mind? Check I’m ready for this! Hi guys! I’m Fausto and I want to thank Jason for this opportunity! I painted this version of Lux from Nocturna Models in acrylics and brushes…ah, one day I’ll learn how to properly use an airbrush! The miniature is sculpted really well, just needed a …

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Journey of the Demon King by Oliver “HonourGuard” Spath

Journey of the Demon King – PRELUDE Oliver is a figure painter from Esslingen in Southern Germany whose work I greatly admire. I love his use of muted colours, natural lighting and atmosphere and above all else I love the realistic effects he achieves with his scenic bases. Oliver’s skill set comfortably blurs the boundaries between hisorical and fantasy genres, …

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Creating Simple but Believable Water Effects with Matty Pearce

Creating Simple but Believable Water Effects – PRELUDE Hi everyone, welcome to figurementors.com, my name is Matty Pearce and some of you will know me as one of the admins of the Eavier Metal Facebook group. I recently joined the team here and this will be my first ever article, hopefully the first of many! I was really excited when …

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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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A Step by Step for Painting Tartan Patterns

Painting Tartan Patterns – PRELUDE If painting designs on your figures makes you nervous, taking on a tartan might seem like a nearly impossible task.  Well, the truth is, if you can paint (mostly) straight lines then you can paint a tartan. In this tutorial I’ll breakdown the pattern and show you how to build it back up, one simple …

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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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Viking Archer – Conversion and Paint by Alfonso Praolo

PRELUDE I have known Alfonso Praolo (an historical figure painter from Spain) for a couple of years now and although he is not a prolific painter, each of his projects is a master piece. I have wanted him to write something for quite some time and finally with some delays, Alfonso was kind enough to give me this exclusive! The …

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Building and Painting a GunPla (Gusion HG 1/144) with Emilio Miranda

PRELUDE Hi my name is Emilio Miranda, aka muffin/muffinlove on the web/forums as BlackCrab Studio. I’m a gunpla builder and painter from Sweden, and I’m known for my special way to paint my robots. I paint my robots in custom colours and take a lot of inspiration from animals and nature, mostly crabs and bugs. Then I various degrees of weathering from …

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Method for Painting Eyes on Busts (and smaller scales)

Method for Painting Eyes on Busts – SIMPLE BEGINNINGS Eyes can be tricky, but I’ve got a multi-step process that can hopefully help you out.  My focus here is on larger scale figures (busts and 90mm figures), however for smaller figures I use a simplified version of the same process.  I’ll say a few words about that at the end, …

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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 Tribute to the Majestic Kong by Antonio Leveque

When I was approached by Antonio to collaborate once again after his Pinnochio piece, I simply could not turn him down. I love his unique, one off projects and to have the opportunity to share with you some of his insights and to show you his SBS process through a gallery, is a real honour and privilege. So here we …

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A Beautiful Disaster (a Black Sailors Vignette) by Enrico Collenzini

A Beautiful Disaster – PRELUDE The birth of this project started when I saw for the first time this amazing model on one of the KickStarter campaigns, carried out by Big Child Creatives (Black Sailors). As soon as I saw the pictures of this pirate orc I was delighted by this piece and I ordered it immediately! DEVELOPING THE CONCEPT Papa …

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“Californication” a step by step by Stavros Zouliatis

“Californication” – PRELUDE Hi, my name is Stavros Zouliatis and I’m a freelance sculptor. I started back in 2013 sculpting figures at all scales and run my own company “Miniature Tale” and I also collaborate with commissions for other companies too. I have known Jason pretty much since the beginning and I am happy he asked me to share with you …

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A tribute to the creator of Pinnochio, Carlo Collodi, by Antonio Leveque

During my long years of being a “modest” sculptor of figurines I began to realise more and more, frozen snapshots of time, of Collodis’ character sketches. Carlo Collodi (actual name Carlo Lorenzini) became fascinated by the idea of using an amiable, rascally character as a means of expressing his own convictions through allegory. In 1880 he began writing Storia di un …

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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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Kit Review – Barbarian and the Lost Princess (Black Sun Miniatures)

PRELUDE Black Sun Miniatures have been making a fair bit of noise since bursting on to the hobby scene, with a wealth of stunning figures and busts. They have gone for the jugular with collaborations with artists such as Palacios, Bogaert, Rubio. Cirillo and others. I am happy to announce they have partnered with figurementors and so today I am able …

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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 …