Thursday, May 30, 2019


As you may know, I organize since several years a small event
called FIGZ to promote the hobby of painting figures.
My son Benno did design a simple mascotte for FIGZ:

It's Nappie with some Dutch fun in it.
He has got a Dutch flag and wears wooden shoes!
I asked my giftson Jurrien if he could design
a 3D vesion on the computer, so we could print it.

And a great result in 20 and 28 mm was born.

And before FIGZ 2019 was a fact, I did paint the first one.

The blacklines painting isn't my sort of speciality
but for once I did try it.

Really like the result, okay some guys can do a better job,
but it sure was personal a fun project for me.

Thanks to Benno, Jurrien and Speira Miniatures
to make a dream come true !

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ice Cream Man

Also this month an Asterix figure...
but wait to see the result!

because the tool in his hand reminds me
a bit of my favorite tool:

It's a ice-cream spoon!!
And since I love ice cream,
a new project was born...

First I cut off the big hammer.
look at this hand, like he is holding something...

and cut the top od this pincer, so it gets a bit round
by adding several layers of white wood glue on it.

From paper I did make a small hat...

yeah he looks like a real ice cream man like this!

now just work on the empty hand..

Fist drilled a small hole, than put a small part of a paperclip in it.
Then making wit putty a small cone with scoops of ice cream.

Then the primer gets on it
and here is the result with colors:

There is still a little bit of ice-cream in the spoon...
oeps to late, on his shoe now!

Well what do you think, does he look like a Ice Cream Man?

I must say, from behind the spoon looks better...

This was my 100 st blogpost, 
so celebrate with Ice Cream sounds perfect!

Well that was all folks, until next month.
Back to my Romain solders again..

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Matilda of Flanders

This figure was the free mini of the great event
called Crisis in Antwerp, Belgium.

Because I am not so into the colors,
I asked my wife to choose the colors.

The figure is from metal in 28mm range
and a real pleasure to paint.

In the magazine of Crisis was a nice article about this woman,
including the making of the sculpting by Paul Hicks.
A job done well i must say!

and on wikipedia there is more info here
I hope you like her, I do for sure!
Thanks to the Crisis event for giving such a cool figure!

And back to paint more Romains now, lol...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Gluteus Maximus

In my previous post about Freddie Mercury
I did make a huge mistake..
Because the figure I did use for the scratch build
turned out to be no slave, but a Roman athlete.
(and it was so funny, a slave who wants to break free..)

It was many years ago when I did read the comic
"Asterix at the Olympic games"
 so I didn't recognize him...

Someone asked me on Benno's figure forum,
and looking into the album I saw the Romain.
so time to give him his original colors...

Yeah this is Gluteus Maimus
see more infoabout him here

 Well that was my correction, now quickly proceed with those other Romans ...

Saturday, January 26, 2019

I want to break free

Yeah another conversion, meet Fredix Mercurix!
The idea came after I did visit the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody.
On my hunt to Romain solders I had to buy figures I didn't need like this slave.
So like the title says, this slave wants to break free.
With this fun idea, I went to make a conversion...

I will show the steps of making him:

This figure was standing on my workbench some time,
waiting for a funny conversion.
Giving him a dumbell would be a simple solution, 
and I wanted to make something else out of this paperclip..

Well let's start, since the holes in his hand where already drilled,
and a paper clip fit well, it was time to start with the slave...

First of all I did cut the two sides of a dowel...

to make a few tits on this cool tough guy....

I covered his tits with some tissue and wood glue

In his head I drilled two holes to put the paperclip in.

Then mold the hair with milliput,
getting more fun every step...

primer on it, ready to paint!
what a handsome happy guy it is, hahaha

In the meantime I bent the paper clip, and filled it up with wood glue.

After drying, I sprayed this black,
then made the tube with pieces Scobido string.

And that's how he got his vacuum cleaner rod.
However, a different type than was used in the video clip...

Because of the pose of this figure I had to make another type of vacuum cleaner ...
First I wanted to make an ordinary type of vacuum cleaner, until I got the following idea ...

With foam I started to work, this model is going to make it extra funny!

A paper edge made, after which everything is smeared with wood glue.
The wheels are made with also an extra layer of wood glue

And then painting the vacuum cleaner ...

Until there is the famous "Henry"

Together it has become a nice version of Freddy Mercury.
Although I still have to make a pedestal to show him permanently, 
I could not wait to show him this month:

Hopefully you will find him as much fun as myself. Until next month.

In the meantime you can perhaps watch a video clip: