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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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Kit Review – Polish Hussar Nobleman (Young Miniatures)

PRELUDE I have always realised that the busts from Young Miniatures were of a high quality but I never realised just how good they were! My interest in historical subjects has grown in recent months and with it my admiration for these sculpts. The kit arrived in a stunning box, there is a clear plastic sleeve that slides around the …

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Kit Review – The Defeated (Darkstar Miniatures)

PRELUDE Darkstar Miniatures landed a great release when Mike Blank, the renowned figure painter and sculptor, agreed to create this Royalist soldier of the English Civil War. The kit is titled “The Defeated” and consists of seven polyurethane resin parts, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in packing material, inside a small, plain cardboard box adorned with the monotone boxart. …

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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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Kit Review – The Grenadier 1809 (Best Soldiers)

PRELUDE As a lot of you will know, Best Soldiers not only act as a store distributing figures from a broad range of figure producers but also sells it’s own range of figures. This latest review will show you another incredible sculpt by Antonio Zapatero depicting a Grenadier of the Imperial Guard 1809. The kit arrived quickly and safely, its’ …

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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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Kit Review – XV Cent Crossbowman (Tartar Miniatures)

PRELUDE Tartar Miniatures have been producing a series of releases for the last couple of years now, being fairly eclectic and prolific however, it is the historical releases that for me standout and in particular those of the medieval era. The kit arrived in a compact, white box adorned with the boxart by Sergey Popovichenko. This is a 15 part, …

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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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Kit Review – Harald I (Altores Studio)

PRELUDE A relative newcomer to the miniature market and community Altores Studio are creating quite a reputation for themselves and so it is with great pleasure I welcome them to figurementors and look forward to our long standing collaboration. The kit arrived in a sturdy white box adorned with the assembled figure but no boxart. This is a 1/24 scale …

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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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Kit Review – Silver Wolf (Joaquin Palacios Studio)

PRELUDE Garandur is the latest commercial release for Joaquin Palacios Studio and it is a thing of savage beauty. The kit arrived safe and secure within a rather plain and boring brown box, sealed with a sticker depicting the assembled kit but no boxart. The concept art as it frequently is, is done by Roberto Cirillo. Inside we find nine, …

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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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Kit Review – Plic and Ploc (Black Sun Miniatures)

PRELUDE This wonderfully characterful bust arrived in a plain brown box, a sticker on the side naming the kit and sculptor, the two parts inside are nestled amongst packaging material. The packaging and presentation are basic and minimal however, the kit arrived safe and secure. This latest release from Black Sun Miniatures, Plic and Ploc, is a bust of a …

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Kit Review – Liberty on the Barricades (NutsPlanet)

PRELUDE This latest review looks at something that is so much more than a figure, this is literally a vignette in a box. This latest kit from Nuts Planet, is in 75mm scale and arrived in it’s usual blue box adorned with the boxart by Myeong-Ha Hwang, consisting of 22 polyurethane resin parts, a whopping 15 of which are necessary …

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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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Kit Review – Celt Warrior (DG Artwork)

PRELUDE This time we see a welcome return from Korean sculptor and producer Dae Hyoung Kim of DG Artwork, this latest release sees a subject which I have taken a fair degree of interest in recently, the Celts! I have for the majority of my painting life been a fantasy painter but the more and more historical figures I see and …

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Kit Review – Chaos Lord (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE Man Jin Kim is like a brother to me and he has supported me on everything I have tried to achieve within our miniature world, I am really happy to continue our collaboration and look forward to his future releases in 2017. MJ Miniatures, in a similar vein to Nuts Planet, release a prolific amount of high quality and …

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Kit Review – Zehir, Turtle Shaman (Limbo Miniatures)

PRELUDE Vincent Zhang has been creating some pretty original concepts at Limbo Miniatures and this piece is no different, we have been supporting and collaborating with Vincent since the beginning and his love and enthusiasm for the hobby is really infectious. His figures to date remind me of a crossover between gaming figures and display figures, these are usually 30mm …

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Kit Review – Harald (Heroes & Villains)

PRELUDE I have been a fan of H&V range for several years so this is somewhat an honour for me to be reviewing this particular piece! They are not considered a prolific company, with a relatively small back catalogue but each and every release is of the highest standard and highly regarded within the hobby community. When Fernando Sanchez said …

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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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Kit Review – Sail Away (BrokenToad)

PRELUDE It is somewhat gratifying to have been involved with a friends’ project right from the early days of market testing a set of brushes, to writing reviews and painting boxarts, to see everything slowly take shape and for the company to go from strength to strength, rewarding all of his hard work to date. Sail Away is the latest …

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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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Kit Review – The Devil Eye Collector (NutsPlanet)

PRELUDE When Benny Sa from NutsPlanet was given permission by the incredible illustrator exPix, Hyunjoon Kim, to use his artwork of The Devil, Eye Collector to create a 75mm scale resin kit, there was really only one choice when it came to assigning the sculptor. exPix is a former illustrator at Cygames and is now a freelance Artist Illustrator, his …

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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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Kit Review – Amon (Pedro Fernandez Works)

PRELUDE I was so excited when Pedro Fernandez agreed to collaborate with figurementors, his works are incredibly provocative with stunning detailing, crisp casting and an originality to the subject matter that we rarely see elsewhere within our hobbying world. The latest kit, offered as pre-release at this years Euromilitaire show, has raised  a fair few eyebrows as it depicts the …