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March’s Work in Progress

We’re back with another work in progress update to show you what the FigureMentors team has been up to.  We’ve also got two new team members to introduce you to: Steve Bodycomb and Giovanni Di Lena (who you may remember from the recent Black Power Armour article).  Welcome to the site, guys! JASON ‘REDRUM’ MARTIN This month has been an emotional …

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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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Weekend Masterclass with Banshee – A Summary by Paul “Bully” Bullock

PRELUDE We will actually begin with the thoughts of another student, owner of RobotRocket Miniatures, figure painter and Eavier Metal admin , Matty Pearce: “Well … what can I say that would describe this weekend with any justice.. I can’t really. All I can do is to say it was one of the most intense and enjoyable weekends I’ve had in …

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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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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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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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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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NextGen Artists – Interview with CraftWorld Studio

NextGen Artists – Interview with CraftWorld Studio – PRELUDE So the team consists of Aleksandra Tana Cvetanovski and Marko Miladinović and in a relatively short amount of time, their CraftWorld Studio has made quite an impression both personally and professionally on the figure painting community! So I thought it might be a great idea to interview artists other than just …

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The Soviet Naval Infantry and their Battles

Soviet Naval Infantry – PRELUDE History has always been a big interest for me, since around the age of 10. While the subject of interest has changed over the years, it’s always been there in one form or the other, from the Swedish Carlean soldiers in an early age to my current interest in the World Wars and beyond. For …

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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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SMHB Figure Modelling Vol 18

PRELUDE So SMHB is now standing at 21 issues in total, with this being Vol 18 of the separate Figure series, maintaining the same style and format as previous issues, it is a classy, high end publication and one I look forward to ever quarter, although there were some unforeseen delays on this particular release. There are some tweaks to …

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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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Crusading Knights – A Reference by David Powell

Crusading Knights – PRELUDE This will be the first of a new series of articles we shall be writing, regarding historical eras, figures, battles etc of interest to the modeller and figure painter. Some will be quite extensive, others like this one shall be more of an overview, but we hope all of them will become an essential reference to …

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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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The Magic of Monte!

PRELUDE Hi guys, we are Alessandro and Marco, we are figure painters from Italy and we would like to share with you all our experience in this edition of Monte San Savino Show. For us it’s an honour to be there and to have the opportunity to describe probably the best and most appreciated painting show. The event has been held in November of each …

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November’s Work in Progress

Here’s a look at what a number of us have been up to this past month.  We’ve also got a new team member to introduce you to: Joe Joseph May! JASON ‘REDRUM’ MARTIN This month has seen all sorts of things happening on my desk and at the laptop! I’m in the process of interviewing the master that is Alfonso …

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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 …