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September’s Work In Progress

Greetings from the team behind Figurementors! To help you get to know us a little better, we thought that each month we’d share with you what we’re working on. So, without further ado, here’s a quick look at some of our current projects. JASON ‘REDRUM’ MARTIN So this past month or so I have been working on the mushroom shaman from …

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A Student Incentive with Michael Kontraros

PRELUDE Michael Kontraros, master sculptor, mentor, teacher and creator of bespoke, one off award winning projects is currently running a crowdfunding campaign with the main goal being to get his students works published within our hobby. He treated these unique sculpts as if they were his own works and they arrived in their distinctive metal tins adorned with the boxart …

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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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Reviewing Raging Heroes’ kickstarter: Light and Darkness

PRELUDE My name is Pascal, I am new to figurementors.com and this is my first article here. What better way to ease my path in this adventure than doing a write up on the new models that I have just received: the models from Raging Heroes’ second kickstarter: Light and Darkness. This is the first review on a kickstarter project AS …

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Castlefest 2016

PRELUDE When my buddy and esteemed colleague 😉 Yen mentioned to me he was going to a Castlefest, I was intrigued, I had never heard of this before and so asked him to tell me all bout it when he got back. We eventually went a little further and put this short little write up together along with some photographs …

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An Insight Into Spawning Pool Studios with Sheridan Doose

PRELUDE This write up is a little different to most things we have previously done, it is neither an interview, article or review, rather it is a combination of the three. I had the opportunity to speak with Sheridan and get the low down on the inspiration behind the various concepts and thought I would put this together just to …

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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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SMHB Figure Modelling Vol 17

PRELUDE The Scale Model HandBook, the labour of love of Stelios Demiras  now stands at 20 volumes in total with the arrival of Volume 17 this week: including two on Diorama Modelling and a special WWII issue. My issue arrived quickly and safely, securely packaged so no damage was caused during shipping. This volume sees nine in depth articles across fifty, A4 pages …

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Masters Interview – Bogusz “Bohun” Stupnicki

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION I have known Bohun for several years now and along with the other Polish painters I have always found him willing to help with my own painting, time permitting. I did this interview for Legion of the Cow about a year ago now I suppose. It is quite insightful and informative and so I was given permission …

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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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Kit Review – Chillianwallah (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE The kit arrived in a rather large attractive box, the lid adorned with the box art by Man Jin Kim. This is a 1/10 scale, polyurethane resin kit, comprising seven parts (including a pedestal) in ziplock bags nestled between bubble wrap and and some paper shavings. The subject depicted is one of the heroes of the battle of Chillianwallah, …

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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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SM02 STALINETZ TRACTOR

PRELUDE Rinaldi Studio Press is a relative newcomer to the publishing of “how to” guide books of modelling created by internationally renowned armour modeller Michael Rinaldi. His first series of books TankArt are incredibly well written and have proven to be very popular. This second release of the new Single Model series of books has 128 pages, containing twelve chapters …

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Athens Miniature Show 2016 – Organise it and They Will Come by Ant Con

RISEN FROM THE ASHES Much like the mythical Phoenix, after many years in the shadows of the Hades (the underworld), the Athens Miniature Show is finally back with a vengeance. Reborn from the ashes and with new blood in its ranks, the Athens Miniature Show is ready to take the modelling circuit by storm! With local Greek modellers like Michael …

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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 …

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My Experience Painting OSL

My Experience Painting OSL – PRELUDE Object-Source Lighting (OSL), is probably one of the most intimidating techniques in miniature painting. I’m intentionally not calling this article “How to Paint OSL” because I feel like I have a long way to go before I come close to mastering the technique. That being said, I think I’ve had success at applying it… …

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Sculpting a fantasy character with Carmine Giugliano (ThorCreart) Part 1

“Welcome to the first of a three part series on sculpting. Carmine Giugliano will talk us through the general steps for creating a creature from dummy, bulking out the anatomy to detailing. This wont be an exhaustive written account but a more visual experience, a private insight into the step by step process of sculpting a fantasy creature. Enjoy (Ed)”. …

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Painting Orc skin with Jason Martin (Redrum)

Painting Orc skin – PRELUDE A few years back I painted an Orc standard bearer from Forgeworld who I christened Nagrus’z Strongarm. Hopefully this will complement the work David did in his article HERE! Anyways, I hope some of you will find this useful! OVERALL COLOUR SCHEME So initially I was thinking about how I wanted the piece to look, …

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First Time Painting Historical Figures? Here’s Some Advice…

First Time Painting Historical Figures? Here’s Some Advice – INTRODUCTION This site is not focused on any one genre of figures.  We hope to expose people to all sides of the modelling hobby.  Speaking for myself, sometimes it feels like there is a disconnect in the figure painting community between the fantasy/Sci-Fi crowd and the historical crowd. Certain sites, shows, …

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Mecha Meka Robot by Javier Molina (Hobbyworld)

PRELUDE Well here we are again! I remember getting Javier to write an article for FPM about two years ago and here we are now looking at his own book wow! such a great example of living your dream and making it happen! The book itself is more of a coffee table artbook rather than an in-depth journal or textbook …

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Skintone painting with Aythami Alonso

Skintone painting – INTRODUCTION Hi painters! First of all the boring thing, presentations and all that stuff. My name is Aythami Alonso and I am passionate about  painting and sculpting figures. I began painting like three years ago when I had neither job nor money. The crazy idea of painting miniatures to earn money came to me and… man! it really was a crazy idea. …

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CIRCUS – a monotone vignette by Enrico Collenzini

A Monotone vignette – PRELUDE Hi everyone my name is Enrico and Jason approached me recently about sharing some of my insights as a painter. I hope to collaborate more in the future but for now let me show you my first monotone project. The idea of my first project in black and white was born by a beautiful figure …

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Warhammer Fest 2016 – Hit or Miss?

PRELUDE “With so much happening recently and me not really being in love with Games Workshop and some of their releases I didn’t manage to attend Golden Demon this year

. Which in hindsight was a shame as it would have given me a chance to catch p with some of our super star painters and celebrities from our awesome community. …

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SMHB Figure Modelling Vol 16

PRELUDE The Scale Model HandBook, the brain child of Stelios Demiras is now in its sixth year of publication and there are now 19 volumes in total: including two on Diorama Modelling and a special WWII issue. My issue arrived quickly and safely, securely packaged so no damage was caused during shipping. This volume sees eight in depth articles across …