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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 …

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Kit Review – Queen of the Witches (Aradia Miniatures)

PRELUDE My collaboration with Aradia Miniatures continues with the beautiful Queen, sculpted by Ali Jalali in 70mm scale. It was released at the Scale Model Challenge last month and continues to expand their fantasy range. It arrived in a solid, hand crafted wooden box, adorned with the boxart by Mirko Cavalloni and consists of eleven polyurethane parts. The box also sports …

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Kit Review – Dumah, Lord of Bones (Kimera Models)

PRELUDE A couple of months ago I was approached by master figure painter and show organiser at Monte san Savino, Francesco “Franciuus” Farabi who wanted to tell me about a new brand of figures under the umbrella of Pegaso Models. Francesco and I have become good friends since he taught me at a workshop and to this day continues to …

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A Step by Step for Painting Tartan Patterns

Painting Tartan Patterns – PRELUDE If painting designs on your figures makes you nervous, taking on a tartan might seem like a nearly impossible task.  Well, the truth is, if you can paint (mostly) straight lines then you can paint a tartan. In this tutorial I’ll breakdown the pattern and show you how to build it back up, one simple …

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Kit Review – Frank Von Stein (Terrible Kids Stuff)

PRELUDE Quick on the heels of their last release, Terrible Kids Stuff has come out with two more fantastic figures: Frank Von Stein and the Soul Hunter.  The subject of this review is Frank, a 75mm resin figure. Frank Von Stein is a great re-imagining of the classic creation of Dr Frankenstein, within the world of Paolo Parente’s DUST.  This is …

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Painting 1/9 scale bust facial skintone with Keigo Murakami

Painting 1/9 scale bust facial skintone – PRELUDE Keigo Murakami is a figure painter from Aichi in Japan, he is regularly featured in the volumes of Scale Model Hand Book by Mr Black Publications. He usually works with military and historical projects and his works are very popular. In this short SBS we will provide you with a gallery of …

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Kit Review – Deputy Betty (Michael Kontraros Collectibles)

PRELUDE If you do not know the work of Michael Kontraros yet then you have missed out on some incredible creations. Michael is an award winning sculptor whose collaborative projects with Kyriakos Simos are some of the most haunting, imaginative and beautiful pieces currently within our hobby. This year his piece titled “Atonement” won best of show around Europe at …

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Viking Archer – Conversion and Paint by Alfonso Praolo

PRELUDE I have known Alfonso Praolo (an historical figure painter from Spain) for a couple of years now and although he is not a prolific painter, each of his projects is a master piece. I have wanted him to write something for quite some time and finally with some delays, Alfonso was kind enough to give me this exclusive! The …

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Kit Preview – Death Dealer (Kabuki Models)

PRELUDE I have been developing a great relationship with Kabuki Studio and several months ago was let in on a little secret. I was told of this collaboration with Frazetta Girls who had agreed a long term project titled “Frazetta Masterpieces”; Death Dealer will be known as Act 1! It is one of the most iconic pieces created by the …

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October’s Work in Progress

Time for another look at what the people behind figurementors are working on.  We’ve got three new team members, Anthony Rodriguez, Peter Müller, and Matty Pearce.  Welcome to the site!  Here’s a quick look at what they (and the rest of us) have been up to this past month. JASON ‘REDRUM’ MARTIN Hey everyone, well the Mushroom Shaman was finished in …

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Kit Review – Einan (Terrible Kids Stuff)

PRELUDE Terrible Kids Stuff have come back on the scene with a bang. After a long break, they’ve released five new limited edition figures in the past month.  We’ll be reviewing two of them.  The first, Einan, is a 75mm scale dwarf riding a charging boar. The kit is a resin 75mm figure.  It arrived packed safely in two of …

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Building and Painting a GunPla (Gusion HG 1/144) with Emilio Miranda

PRELUDE Hi my name is Emilio Miranda, aka muffin/muffinlove on the web/forums as BlackCrab Studio. I’m a gunpla builder and painter from Sweden, and I’m known for my special way to paint my robots. I paint my robots in custom colours and take a lot of inspiration from animals and nature, mostly crabs and bugs. Then I various degrees of weathering from …

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Kit Review – Big Adventure (NutsPlanet)

PRELUDE Hi everyone, so the collaboration with NutsPlanet continues and this time we have a really enigmatic sculpt by Jonatan Monerris. Jonatan is also known for his work with Fer Miniatures and Peter Punk Productions. It arrived safely in its usual sturdy, blue box adorned with the box art by Myeong-Ha Hwang. Inside we find ten highly detailed, polyurethane resin …

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From Strength to Strength – Scale Model Challenge (Show Report)

PRELUDE Hi everyone, my name is Pascal Rooze, I am a figure painter from Tilburg in Holland and in the wake of the Scale Model Challenge in Veldhoven, Netherlands, I was asked to write a couple of words on this show. The editor Jason, recently wrote a piece about the Euromilitaire Show in Folkestone, England and what he felt was needed …

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Are we witnessing the decline of the Greatest Show on Earth?

PRELUDE Forgive the somewhat dramatic title of this post yet there is a growing concern that the 31st edition of the Euromilitaire Show, Folkestone U.K. may well have been the last or if things don’t change soon, it could very well be one of the last. The latest show took place the weekend of the 17th and 18th September and …

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Kit Review and more – Kati Otersdorf (Luftkrieg 1919)

PRELUDE A couple months ago I received a message from a certain Richard William Andrews of Aviattic fame, asking if I would be interested in reviewing some 1/16 figures from his new venture Luftkrieg 1919. I was intrigued by his “what if” enthusiasm and concepts and so agreed. Little did I know at the time just how incredible the figures …

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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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Kit Review – Captain Garfio (Spira Mirabilis)

PRELUDE Captain Garfio is the latest, highly sought after, limited edition (136 copies and almost SOLD OUT) creation from the ridiculously talented Lucas Pina Penichet aka Spira Mirabilis. It arrived in a delightful little black box, tied with paper string and finished off with an authentic wax seal. “I always wanted to model my own pirate version”. Inside the box we …

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Kit Review – The Horde is Coming (Joaquin Palacios Studio)

PRELUDE “The Horde is Coming” is the latest release out of the Joaquin Palacios Studio, it arrived in a brown card box adorned with the artwork by Sergio Calvo Rubio. This is a digitally sculpted, traditional bust, comprising head and shoulders and is cast by GRX Creations. The bust is accompanied by six small parts that are small teeth and …

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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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Kit Review – The Commander (bestsoldiers)

PRELUDE The Commander (Royal Navy – XIX sec.) is a relatively new release from the ever growing catalogue from bestsoldiers.com and arrived quickly and safely in its’ rather high end looking black, wraparound box adorned with the boxart by Danilo Cartacci. We find the parts inside ziplock bags nestled between two layers of foam. This is a traditionally sculpted 75mm figure …

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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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Kit Review – The Orc (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE The latest kit from my little brother Man Jin Kim at MJ Miniatures arrived in a surprisingly large brown box adorned with the box art by one of my favourite, new age, figure painters Anson Chen, a Chinese artist who is starting to make a few decent impressions in the hobby. This is a 1/9, polyurethane kit traditionally sculpted …

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Kit Review – Devastator Victor (Nutsplanet)

PRELUDE Devastator Victor is the latest release in the near future series “Trigger” from Nutsplanet. It arrived in its’ instantly recognisable blue box adorned with the box art by Ki Yeol Yoon. This is a 75mm scale, polyurethane resin kit digitally sculpted by Joo Heum Yoon, consisting of twenty incredibly detailed parts, including an expansive piece of scenery and a …

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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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Kit Review – Troll Sorcerer (Figurinistanbul)

PRELUDE The debut release from Figurinistanbul arrived quickly and safely in a “no frills” packaging, brown box, ziplock bags and bubble wrap. The box is sealed with a sticker sporting their logo and inside we also find their business card and details. That’s it! This is a traditionally sculpted, regulation style bust, consisting predominantly of head and shoulders sculpted to a …

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Kit Review – Alas (BrokenToad Resin Cast)

PRELUDE I have been following Kris over at BrokenToad for some years now, it helps that he’s a good friend, and I am part of his trusted circle of peers who get to see things before they are officially released and I have been sat on this little beauty for quite some time (just wait until you see a particular release …