Category Archives: Custom Model Horses

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

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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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Earth: Custom Order

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Earth: Custom Micro Order

Earth is a custom order done in the same blue-bay tobiano as Partly Cloudy. She has show-blacked hooves, a thin blaze, solid black eyes and a glossy finish.

She’s only the second time I’ve painted a Breyer Mini Whinnies High Stepping Saddlebred Mare, it’s a mold I really like, but just haven’t has a chance put under a paintbrush. It also means Earth’s only an inch tall and the photos below are several times life-sized!

The problem I run into whenever I paint these little guys is that the camera captures defects I can’t always fix– someday I’ll manage to pull off customs just the way they look in my head, but alas for now I’m still learning! :)

Medium: Gesso, Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Light Blue Violet, Ultramarine Blue), FolkArt (720 Cobalt Blue) 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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Portrait Horse: Dandy

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Portrait Horse: Dandy

Make: Breyer
Scale: Traditional
Mold: Giselle
Color: Chestnut
Gallery: Chestnut
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Raw Sienna, Taupe, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, Light Portrait Pink, Burnt Umber, Phthalocyanine Blue, Venetian Rose, Unbleached Titanium, Neutral Gray), Apple Barrel (20504 Black, 20762 Pure Silver), FolkArt (504 VanDyke Brown, 425 Medium Gray), Golden Iridescent Pearl (Fine), Prismacolor Pencils (943 Burnt Ochre, 941 Raw/Light Umber, 1074 French Grey 70%, 942 Yellow Ochre, 914 Cream, 1001 Salmon Pink, 948 Sepia, 1076 French Grey 90%, 964 Warm Grey Very Light), Sargent Art Earthtone Chalk Pastels, Pigma Micron 03 pen, Liquitex Matte Varnish, Liquitex Gloss Varnish
Status: Finished December 2013 and Custom Order Continue reading

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Miracle Max

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Miracle Max

Make: Breyer
Scale: Mini Whinnies
Mold: Standing Quarter Horse Stallion
Color: Yellow-orange Dun Frame Overo
Gallery: Fantasy Overo
Medium: Liquitex Acrylics (Gesso, Cadmium Yellow Medium/Brilliant Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Brilliant Orange, Mars Black) Sargent Art Chalk Pastels (Oranges and Reds)
Painted/Sold: Painted October 2013 and SOLD!

This little guy earned his name after a long drawn out battle to try and photograph him. I have a love-hate relationship with my camera when it comes to certain colors… and it looks like I’m going to have to add yellow to that list! 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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Shamrockstar

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Shamrockstar

Make: Breyer
Scale: Mini Whinnie
Mold: Romping Foal
Color: Blue-green Overo
Gallery: Fantasy Overo
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Light Portrait Pink), FolkArt (720 Cobalt Blue), and Sargent Art Chalk Pastels
Status: Painted March 2013 and For Sale

No bigger than a penny, this little gal sports one heck of an attitude– a prefect match for one of the names dreamed up in my Facebook group! (After a couple hundred horses, I sometimes get stuck on naming these little guys. ;)) Continue reading