Category Archives: Stablemate

Stablemates are a size of plastic model horses made by the Breyer modeling company. They are normally roughly three inches tall and 1:32 scale, but there is some variation between the molds.

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McLaughlin’s Midnight Dancer

McLaughlin's Midnight Dancer

McLaughlin’s Midnight Dancer

Once upon a time there was a lonely G1 Stablemate Morgan Stallion who wandered eBay in search of a home. He was mint his owner said, he was in excellent shape! And lo, he was sold to the highest bidder and trotted off his new home.

Only he wasn’t mint, and he wasn’t in good condition, and his new owner was bummed.

And lo, he was bummed, for he had thought himself a most handsome horse.

But all was not lost, because scratches and black marks and slightly warping are still not enough to turn this old gentleman into a dud. So his owner shipped him off to me for a bit of sprucing up!

Thus follows the story of Dancer, who was a ‘simple’ black custom the drove me happily nuts with his seams and his refusal to take good photos… Continue reading

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3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

This handsome guy is a Breyer Stablemate G3 Mustang stallion painted into a clover-spotted green appaloosa with a white clover star on his forehead. He was a donation to the 3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show to be held in October of this year (NAN qualification and website link pending). He was a sibling donation to the bay drafter I did for the M.O.M. Live Show donation, run by the same showholder.

Much like the bay drafter was my first attempt at dappling, this little guy was my first attempt at painting clovers! I naively thought that painting the 4-H clover logo would be a walk in the park, but I ended up revising the idea into a simpler clover shape.

I also had fun working clover shapes into the edges of the blanket, so he looks like someone dumped a bucket of snow on a cloverfield! :) Continue reading

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Golden Star

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Golden Star

Golden Star is a custom order done on a Breyer Stablemate G3 Friesian stallion and this handsome fella is the other half of the custom order with Silverheart. He’s a golden extended blanket appaloosa with gold/silver/bronze striped hooves, amber eyes, and a diamond star on his forehead. His white markings have a painted layer of matte finish (which is more semi-gloss) over them to make them shine.

Like Silverheart, his paintjob was an adventure in learning metallics! The gold covers much better than silver did, but my various experiments in shading the gold didn’t pan out. I ended up using a very diluted bronze-gold mixture to bring some depth to the mane and some lightness from the silver and the Ceramcoat gold. Continue reading

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Silverheart

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Silverheart

Silverheart is a custom order done on a Breyer Stablemate G3 Stock Horse mare and is only the second time I’ve ever painted this mold (Schneekatze being the first). She’s a silver snowcap appaloosa with metallic black points, only a few small spots, silver and bronze striped hooves, bronze eyes, and a heart-shaped star on her forehead.

She’s part of a pair, Golden Star is the other, and they taught me a lot about how to work with metallics! Continue reading

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M.O.M. Live Show Donation

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M.O.M. Live Show Donation

This little gal is Breyer Stablemate G3 Belgian and a show donation to M.O.M. Live held on May 17th, in Black River Falls, WI. She’s also the first finished customer of 2014! (We’ll ignore the fact that she’s also the only horse I finished 1st Quarter. *sighs*)

She’s unnamed, at least until I hear otherwise, but her workbench name has been Dammitall Dapples– because I’ve never tried painting a true dapple bay before and she was quite an adventure. Dammitall was a fun combination of the first finished custom on this mold and the first time I’ve tried painting this color. Dappled bay turns out to be not quite as impossible as dappled gray, but it’s a pretty thin line.

I started out planning to do her mostly in acrylics, but the dappling issues caused me to break out the Prismacolor pencils as well as the pastels. Thankfully the combination of the three mediums worked out well, but she’s actually a lot less red than she looks in the photos (hence the overabundance of them). Continue reading

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Tumbleweed

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Tumbleweed

Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Shetland Pony (G2)
Color: Chestnut Splash Overo
Gallery: Realistic Overo
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Neutral gray, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, Light Portrait Pink, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black), Sargent Art Earthtone Chalk Pastels
Status: Painted September 2013 and Sold

UPDATE: This little guy has won a Swedish NAN card! How cool is that?? :D

Just like his namesake, this little guy is on the move! Now that he’d had his last roll in the pastels and a splash of chrome to add some flair, Tumbleweed is ready to trot off to a new set of shelves. Continue reading

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Unnamed Custom Order

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Custom Order

Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Thoroughbred Mare (G1)
Color: Metallic Green-Blue-Purple
Gallery: Other
Medium: Liquitex Artist’s Color Acrylics (Gesso, Yellow Oxide, Light Portrait Pink, Dioxazine Purple, Mars Black, Burnt Sienna) and FolkArt (668 Metallic Plum, 654 Metallic Amethyst, 670 Metallic Blue Pearl, 655 Metallic Aquamarine)
Status: Painted June 2013 and SOLD (Custom Order)

This little gal was the other half of the custom order with Subterfuge and I consider her an honorary sibling to the Pimped Rides Live donation piece! :) Continue reading

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A Quail of a Good Time : Big Orange Bash Donation 2013

Big Orange Bash Donation 2013

Big Orange Bash Donation 2013

Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Andalusian (G2)
Color: Orange Faux-Quail (Northern Bobwhite)
Gallery: Darwin
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Cadmium Orange, Mars Black, Brilliant Orange) and Sargent Art Chalk Pastels
Status: Painted July 2013 and Donated to Big Orange Bash

I had good intentions with this year’s donation to the Big Orange Bash, but life threw me a few curve balls and I got him finished up seriously late. (The show date was June 15!) Thankfully the showholder is a) very forgiving and b) can still use him, so he’ll be out in the mail in the near future.

I think I’ll start next year’s donation tomorrow… Continue reading

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Double Take

Double Take

Double Take

Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Cantering Foal (G2)
Color: Bay Tiger Splash Overo? I’ve no idea what to call this…
Gallery: Unicorns
Medium: Acrylics
Status: Painted 2004 and Sold March 2004

The best fun about digging through old paperwork is that I stumble across horses that I’d forgotten I painted! :) Continue reading

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Spare Thyme

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Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Trotting Foal (G2)
Color: Metallic Purple-silver Tiger
Gallery: Other
Medium: Liquitex Artist’s Color Acrylics (Gesso, Silver) and FolkArt (668 Metallic Plum, 654 Metallic Amethyst)
Status: Painted February 2013 and For Sale

So I was working on the other metallic horses and whilst waiting for the layers to dry I had some spare time between painting and planning out this years garden…

Yeah, bad puns are pretty much mandatory in my world. ;) Continue reading