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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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ArtQuest 2017 – the Results are In!

ArtQuest 2017 – the PRELUDE It feels like an absolute age ago that we rather foolishly decided to create our very own competition, ArtQuest 2017 and little did we know or conceive of the amount of work involved or indeed the number of “life issues” that will slow everything down. Since announcing the competition there has been spinal operations, births, …

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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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WHAT THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM HAS BEEN DOING – DECEMBER

DECEMBER’S WORK IN PROGRESS: The Prelude We wanted to share with all of you the projects we’ve been working on to wrap up the year!  This will be the last Work in Progress post for 2017! Where has the time gone? THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM has been busy as always.  The Illustrated Historical Artist has released it’s 2nd and 3rd issue, a special …

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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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Oscura (Queen of Spades) – An In-Depth Review (Kimera Models)

Oscura – the PRELUDE Oscura is a new release under the Domina range of figures from Kimera Models, based on the concept by Andrea Iula and brought to life by Ebroin’s sculpt, this is a 75mm, multi part kit. She arrived in the Now instantly recognisable packaging, matte black box with silver embossed logo to the lid. Inside we find …

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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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OSL by Artem Romanov

Object Source Lighting (OSL) – the PRELUDE Hey-hey folks! Many people asked me about the Object Source Lighting (OSL) on my recent figure Darth Ora, so here’s a little guide about it. It is not too heavy in explanation and nor have I discussed the complexities of light and how it interacts with various objects, the following is just a …

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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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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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The Illustrated Historical Artist Issue 2 coming SOON!

Hi everyone The gang and I are really proud of what is happening with Issue 2 of The Illustrated Historical Artist and can not wait to share it all with you. We are really pleased with the response that Issue 1 got, the number of downloads was phenomenal, we can only hope you all come back to buy Issue 2 …

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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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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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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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War Daddy – An In-Depth Review (Life Miniatures)

War Daddy – the PRELUDE This is the first full figure release from Life Miniatures, sculpted by Sang-on Lee, War Daddy is a clear tribute to Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a battle-hardened staff sergeant of the U.S. Army in the 2nd Armoured Division and commander of the M4 Sherman “Easy Eight” tank named Fury, in the same titled 2014 movie. The kit is 1/16 …

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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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Golden Demon Classic 2017 – Show Report and Critique

Golden Demon Classic – The PRELUDE It was with mixed feelings and a lot of anticipation that I went to Golden Demon Classic this year. I’ve been to Golden Demons from 2008-2013 all UK ones except from the one in 2013 which was in Germany. It turned out to be the last of the German events. At that point the …