Category Archives: Custom Model Horses

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

Partial Eclipse

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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!

So after several baths of  Easy Off, scrubs with a toothbrush, and many a long battle with sandpaper, she was ready for paint again. I prepped her as best I could, but she’s just too rough in places to do much beyond hold sway over a bookshelf herd. So no Photo Shows or Live Shows for this gal, alas.

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How to Prep a Breyer Mini Whinnie

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

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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!

Jane is a rich medium bay with only a small stripe on her forehead and snip on her nose. Her Breyer logo was removed and seams sanded, but nothing else was done to the mold.  Jane has realistic glossed eyes and uncarved hooves. She is one of my attempts at painting horses using only acrylic craft paints, so no pastels here… although I did stoop to using colored pencils to detail her hooves.

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Rumtumtugger

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Rumtumtugger

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

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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

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Solskin

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

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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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