Scale Model Handbook: Figures #24


Stelios Demiras


Mr Black Publications


14,95 Euros


Scott Van Aken

Notes: ISSN: 2241-1054, softcover, 48 pages, full color

This next edition of SMH continues with their great series of articles on figure modeling. There are ten articles in this edition, covering the usual variety of military subjects with a couple of fantasy figures tossed into the mix as well. Some of the articles are just two pages with basic information while others are considerably more complex and provide a full step by step build and paint sequence. Actually, painting seems to be the major focus of figure modelers, though they do include some pretty impressive base work as well.

The initial article is Evocatus, Bellum Marcomannicum from around 54AD. This is a 54mm figure and I have to say I did not know what an Evocatus was until reading this step by step article.

Second, also from the 1st Century AD, is a 180mm bust of a Roman Legionary. This article concentrates on doing 'non-metallic metal'. Basically how to use standard colors to provide a metallic looking sheen. Very effective and you can see from the image.

Third is a Templar Sergeant 180mm bust. This depicts a well worn soldier from 1250.

Ambiorix, Chief of Aubones ia s 75mm figure that also concentrates on getting a metallic look without using metallic paints.

The first fantasy figure is Amaryne - the Border Protector. This 180mm figure of this elf archer focuses on using what are called 'filters' (I have always called them washes).

The Old Dragon is a fantasy bust in 200mm that simply lists the paints used.

In a similar vein is a 200mm WWII U-boat commander bust.

Next up is a 1918 German Stormtrooper in 90mm. This full article is about using acrylic paints.

A WWII US Tank Commander in 120mm is next and looks suspiciously like Brad Pitt.

Finally, another WWII figure is a German paratrooper in Russia holding an MG 42. This 120mm figure is the longest build and paint article in the issue.

So there you have it. Ten excellent articles with the usual superlative photography that one has come to expect from Mr. Black. Well worth picking up.

Thanks to Mr Black Publications for the review book. You can get this book at this link.

June 2019  

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