Category Archives: Custom Model Horses

These are posts regarding the finished (or in-progress) customized model horses.

Velocity’s Ghost (Breyer Stablemate)

By | January 12, 2018
Velocity's Ghost - Right

Velocity’s Ghost – Right

It seems that nothing makes it off my workbench in a reasonable amount of time anymore– this little gal has been creeping along on the workbench since September 2016! The worst part is she was a free custom to make up for the delays on a different horse. *facepalm*

…I did mention how I’m not taking model horse commissions anymore, right? *sighs*

Anywho, this dashing damsel is the Breyer Stablemate G2 Thoroughbred. She’s had her seams sanded and logo removed, but I didn’t carve her ears of hooves. In theory she was a quick little custom apology horse, so I was trying to keep things simple.

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Portrait Horse: Queen Esther (Breyer Traditional)

By | January 2, 2017
Portrait Horse: Queen Esther

Portrait Horse: Queen Esther

I’ve found it endlessly fascinating that I very rarely do work on Classic or larger scale models, but I have zero qualms about taking custom commissions at those scales. For some reason the amount of work seems so much larger when I’m not doing it for someone else! 😉

This little gal was a lot of fun to paint, but a real pain to photograph. She’s a red chestnut, but there’s a smidge less red and and so much more shading in her coat that just didn’t come out in the photos. Thankfully the person who ordered her was willing to take my word for that and left my a lovely review.

As has been the habit, she has a Facebook Gallery that documents the various steps from original model to the lovely lady you see to the left. Having those galleries has done wonders for my confidence level around the ‘ugly’ stage of each model. All I have to do is look back and see that no really, the last horse also looked this bad at the same point… and off I go! 🙂

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Evangelina (Breyer Stablemate)

By | October 6, 2016


This little gal has been a looooong time in the making!

Evangelina was a custom order that I started back in March but one thing led to another and I didn’t get her finished until September. From her teeny tiny spots to her striped hooves, this little gal took a lot of cross-eyed nights to pull off. (I really need to get a magnifying glass headset).

She was the first realistic leopard appaloosa that I’ve done in a long time and it was fun running around Google digging up good reference photos. I know it makes me a dinosaur, but I remember what it was like pre-Google and it’s such a happy feeling to have things right at my fingertips!

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Partial Eclipse (Breyer Stablemate)

By | March 24, 2016
Partial Eclipse - Left

Partial Eclipse

This little gal has been hanging out in my body box for a loooong time…

Every so often I will buy bulk lots of stablemates off of eBay and that’s where this little gal came from. Eclipse was half-painted and prepped with what I think was automotive primer. Other (saner) folks might have let her go as a casualty of war, but I wasn’t about to give up the fight!

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How to Prep a Breyer Mini Whinnie

By | March 22, 2016
Prepping Breyer Mini Whinnies

Prepping Breyer Mini Whinnies

There’s nothing quite as much fun as opening a Breyer Mini Whinnie Surprise blind bag and seeing what pops out!

Well, okay, I fib– most of the fun is finding out which unsuspecting body I get to paint. Mwahahaha! 😉

But preparing a Mini for paint isn’t the same as prepping a Stablemate (or larger scale). These guys have a few weird quirks of their own. Since I wasn’t finding much info online when I searched I figured I should get off my duff and put a page together…

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Jane of Aces (Breyer Stablemate)

By | March 13, 2016
Jane of Aces - Right

Jane of Aces

She might be a simple brown horse, but this little gal is no Plain Jane. As a filly she always dreamed of flying and if you give her a pasture to run in and she’ll show you her dog fighting moves!

This little gal is named after the flying aces of old, although she’s got more in common with Snoopy than the real Red Baron. If you have a work desk or a bookshelf in dire need equine daydreams, then look no further, this little gal is here to save the day!

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Rumtumtugger (Safari Ltd. Pony)

By | February 5, 2016
Rumtumtugger - Angle


Every bookshelf herd needs a little pony attitude to keep things real and Rumtumtugger is just the lead mare for the job!

This little gal is named after a cat from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, who much like ponies, is quite sure of what he wants and notoriously hard to please. Give this mare an inch and before you can finish singing Memory she’ll be ruling over your whole house with an iron hoof.

This little gal is a Safari Ltd TOOB horse, which normally means an (HSO) Horse-Shaped-Object, but they’ve actually done a pretty good job with the Ponies.

She’s roughly 2.5 inches long and a 1.5 inches high, so bigger than a Micromini or Mini Whinnie (1:64 scale) and smaller than a Stablemate (1:32)– so maybe 1:50ish? She’s roughly 2/3rds the size of a Stablemate Shetland Pony, so I suppose you could claim she is Miniature Pony…

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Escape Velocity (Breyer Stablemate)

By | February 2, 2016
Escape Velocity - Angle

Escape Velocity – Dramatic Angle is Dramatic!

Have a desk or a bookshelf that is in desperate need of some physics-inspired bay awesomeness? Then look no further, this little gal is here to save the day!

It’s been a long time since I painted a realistic Stablemate that wasn’t a custom order, so I decided to pull a New Year’s Resolution and get some of the folks in the body box into some less Fantastic clothes.

This little gal is named after Terminal Velocity, a favorite micro-warmblood from my home herd and I really debated putting her up to Etsy. But I’m learning to embrace the fact that anything I can paint once, I can probably paint even better a second time… so off to the races she goes!

Escape Velocity is a solid dark seal bay with only a small star on her forehead. I was going to add a little more of chrome, maybe a cornet band or two, but she was just too handsome to meddle with once the basecoat was done. She has glossed eyes and nostrils, her breyer logo was removed and her seams sanded. There were some seams on her mane and tail that would have required resculpting to fix, so those are still there (and visible in the photos).

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Solskin (Breyer Stablemate)

By | January 25, 2016
Solskin - Left


Resisting the temptation to name this guy Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana was very very hard… but I prevailed!

Solskin is Danish for ‘sunshine’ and that name fit this little guy like a glove. (When in doubt Google Translate is a great place to dig up interesting nomenclature.) He is one of the older pre-2012 residents of my workbench and the first horse of 2016 to get finished.

He started out as a shaded yellow coat that I meant to add dark points to, but once I started in on the orange pastel shading I couldn’t bring myself to cover up his legs with black. So his faux-bay is a little more faux, but I think he still looks pretty dapper!

Solskin is rarity among my fantasy customs because he lacks the normal high gloss finish. I was going to gloss him up, but when I hit him with the final Dulllcote to check for issues he just looked to handsome to re-gloss.

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Christmas Pony (Breyer Stablemate)

By | December 27, 2015
Christmas Pony - Angle

Christmas Pony

Once upon a December there was someone who said ‘a pony’ when her cousin asked what she wanted for Christmas… and so she got one!

To be fair, I am pretty sure she was kidding and/or wasn’t expecting a little bundle of metallic-ly awesome appaloosa, but this is why when you should be careful what you ask for when your cousin works with someone who commits art. 😉 Mwahahahaha!

(Also noted: I always ask for a pony whenever anyone asks me if I want something.)

This little gal has a very sparse appaloosa blanket, two front socks, and a small star (moon?), but she’s not short on shine. She’s got a high gloss finish and as you can see from the no-flash/with-flash front photo below she ranges from a richer copper to a golden hue depending on the light.

She was a lot of fun to paint– I haven’t done a speed run in quite a while and it was amusing to see just how long it really takes me to take a model from start to finish! 🙂

Medium: Liquitex Artist’s Color Acrylics (Gesso, Iridescent Rich Bronze), FolkArt Acrylics (666 Antique Copper, 577 Sahara Gold, 944 Nutmeg), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20504 Black), Ceramcoat (02604 Metallic 14k Gold)

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