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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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Masters Interview with Alfonso “Banshee” Giraldes Pt2

So Part 2 of my interview with Alfonso “Banshee” Giraldes is finally here and I can only apologise for the delay, if you didn’t read or you have forgotten Part 1, you can read it HERE! So without further delay let’s see what Banshee has to say about Frazetta and the Masters, sculpting, paints and the anonymous bust to name …

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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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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 …

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Napoleonic Dragoon by David “Bailey” Powell

Napoleonic Dragoon – the PRELUDE This article will present a walkthrough on the painting of a 54mm scale Napoleonic Dragoon using acrylics.  The specific figure is Pegaso Models’ Imperial Guard, Empress’ Dragoons Officer, 1806-15.  Napoleonic figures are among my favourite historical subjects to paint.  Of all the different eras, they have some of the most colourful and detailed uniforms.  Of the …

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SMHB World War II Special Volume II

PRELUDE This World War II Special is the 22nd bookazine from Mr Black Publications, sees a collaboration with MJ Miniatures very own Man Jin Kim, a good friend of mine and an incredibly talented Artist. This issue contains seven chapters spanning 80 pages, awash with step by step instructions and colour photographs throughout, we are even treated to a gallery …

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Painting Flesh Tones with Layered Glazes by David Soper Part 2

Painting Flesh Tones – the PRELUDE With Akito’s face painted, see Part 1 Painting Flesh Tones HERE, it was time to turn my attention to the flesh tones on her torso but this would not simply be a matter of repeating the process to achieve a similar effect. Although I would be working with the same colour palette and layered glazing …

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Using Object Source Lighting to Create Ambience – “Shine a Light”

Object Source Lighting – the PRELUDE My newest piece Valaska Sin is both an exercise in working to a tight deadline, so my painting was forced into a no-nonsense mode where I had absolutely no time to stop and think, and a study in source lighting, mood and ambience. These two exercises work surprisingly well together, because alternative lighting and …

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Non Metallic Metal a Guide by Jean-Marc Brisset

Non Metallic Metal – the PRELUDE I have admired Jean-Marc’s work for a long time and his NMM in particular is really impressive, in addition to painting a lot of Super Heroes his style is also very illustrative in it’s execution. With that in mind I thought it would be a neat idea to get the low down on how …

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THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM HAVE BEEN DOING THIS – MAY

MAYS WORK IN PROGRESS: The Prelude THE FIGUREMENTORS TEAM has been particularly busy this month, so what exactly have we been doing? May sees us adding a new team member, Kyle Kolbe, who has already written an extremely informative article on the science behind the paints we work with.  There are some other great pieces in the works, so definitely keep an eye …

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Colour Contrast and it’s use in Dwarf vs Banshee Duel – by Andy Gillaspy

COLOUR CONTRAST the prelude I really enjoyed writing the previous article on the Blacksun Barbarian for figurementors and I offered to produce another article whether they wanted it or not! It was fortunate that I was in the process of producing an entry for the upcoming Golden Demon competition and with the subject matter in use, I had decided to …

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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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Insights into Painting a Flat Figure by Award Winning Rick Taylor

Insights into Painting a Flat Figure – PRELUDE  This is my first article for figurementors. I was approached by Jay Martin regarding doing this article on painting flats. We decided to paint a flat related more to Fantasy than one of the Historical or trivia genres. As with most artists we want to strive to improve our painting skills and …

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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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Masters Interview with Alfonso “Banshee” Giraldes Pt 1

Masters Interview – A BRIEF INTRODUCTION I have built a fair few friendships with other figure painters through Facebook and many of them are those that we consider at the top of our community, the masters or as I like to consider them “Guiding Lights”! So I decided that I would endeavour to interview as many as possible, for you …

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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 …