Last post for 2013. I round it off with a kit I've always wanted to paint, Le Cimier's Napoleon. What a classic! It took years of searching and waiting for one on ebay, but well worth it. A pleasure to paint. All acrylics.
Happy New Year!
I always have a great time at this show. The quality of work displayed is always world class. Seeing and talking shop with familiar faces is also a highlight of the weekend. I was fortunate to team up with two figure modeling idols, Bill Horan and Mike Blank, for Saturday morning judging. There is always something to learn and take away from sessions like this, especially from the two giants of the hobby.
I managed to finish one more project for the Chicago Show. This project is more or less a Historex conversion. The torso, head and hat, sword and sabretache are from Historex. The legs are as well, but they are from pieces designed for a soldier with leggings. I just added putty to the lower half to make into trousers. I changed the pose as well by spreading the legs and arching the upper torso to give a more animated casual pose.
Here's another project I finished before the Chicago show. It's based on a study done by artist Keith Rocco. The neat thing is the figure was commissioned by a collector who owns the original painting.
Here's one of my latest pieces. Just in time for the Chicago Show next weekend. I have been using a lot of spare parts in my recent projects, mostly parts from Historex and Airfix. This fella has a Historex torso and cap. The head is from Airfix, namely the George Washington kit. It's strange that the heads in these Airfix kits are the best part of the model. The horses aren't bad either.
What a brilliant sculpture by Castle Miniatures. The piece really painted itself. Especially the face, what wonderful character! The toughest part was of course the mitre. I had to first carve, file and sand the original detail off. I then applied a coat of putty (carve, file and sand again) to give a smooth surface to paint on. Thankfully, I had some really good reference images to go by. The bust was a pleasure to paint and I hope I did it justice.
There is some amazing talent on the fantasy side of the table and the number of pieces continues to grow with each show. At this particular show, two full tables (painters and open divisions) were devoted to this genre. Could be, within the next five or so years, fantasy will be the dominate subject.
The musketeer was a collaboration project with Dave Maddox. The picture does NOT do justice to Dave's wonderful painting style. The Confederate cavalry relief was sculpted by my good friend Gary Dombrowski and painted by the brush talented Penny Meyer.
I live in the small town of Bath, Michigan with my wife and children.
I have been modeling figures for 25 plus years. Since I was a kid, I've always been fascinated by military uniforms of the past and soldier material culture. This then led me to express my interest through modeling figures from many time periods and scales.