Category Archives: Custom Model Horses

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


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.

Escape Velocity and Rumtumtugger

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…

While I did make a go at removing her seams and logo, the seams did me in. She is in no way a LSQ (Live Show Quality) or even PSQ (Photo Show Quality) horse because of that. She’s just a fun little dapple grey pony with high whites, a snip on her nose, and glossed eyes and nostrils.

I hope someone else falls in love with her as much as I have! :)

Medium: Gesso, FolkArt Acrylics (425 Medium Gray, 708 Dove Gray, 2906 Coffee Latte, 2907 Bark Brown), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20504 Black)

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Escape Velocity

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).

She is probably Photo Show Quality (PSQ), but she is not Live Show Quality (LSQ). Velocity was painted with the aim of being a kickass shelf-piece,  and she’s sure to rock whatever bookcase she ends up on! :)

One of my self-dares for the new realistic horses was to use only craft paints and zero pastels. I am trying to come up with a series of ‘How To Paint X’ and I’m aiming for the folks without a crazy crafting horde. I cheated a little when I pulled out the Prismacolor pencils for the hooves, but I figure that’s not too crazy a splurge.

Medium: Gesso, FolkArt Acrylics (944 Nutmeg, 476 Asphaltum, 504 VanDyke Brown, 425 Medium Gray, 2932 Steel Gray), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20258 Melted Chocolate),  and Prismacolor Pencils (1072 French Grey 50%, 1074 French Grey 70%)

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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.

His seams are sanded and the Breyer logo has been removed. This was one of the older customs where I had carved out the hooves and ears to try and make him a little more realistic.

I’m not sure if he’d be Live Show Quality, but I think he’d make a nice Photo Show horse or even just a nice shelf piece to bring a little sunshine into any room!

Medium: Gesso, Liquitex Acrylics (Mars Black,Unknown Yellows), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20513 Bright Yellow, 20258 Melted Chocolate), FolkArt Acrylics (2906 Coffee Latte), and Sargent Art Chalk Pastels

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Christmas Pony

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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Just A Jewel

Just A Jewel - Front Angle
Just A Jewel – Front Angle

I love trying to paint portrait horses (or in this case semi-portrait horses), but Jewel was one of the cases where it took me a dozen tries to get the color just right.

You wouldn’t know it to look at the photos, but this little gal has an awful lot of browns in her mix! While it makes her a beauty in person, it certainly put up a fight when it came to my camera…

So apologies in advance for the Evil Black Dots and my inability to get the focus to work properly. You’ll have to squint a bit and imagine the awesome. *sighs*

(You can see more in progress photos and commentary on her facebook album.)

Now onwards, to the story of The Thousand  Shades of Brown!

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Coal Miner’s Chrome

Coal Miner's Chrome
Coal Miner’s Chrome

This is yet another long overdue post for a horse that I finished in 2015… way back in January to be exact. Like a canary escaping a coal mine, this little gal has finally made it out of the body box off my art desk!

She has been sitting forlorn and basecoated yellow for almost ten years waiting for inspiration to strike. I had planned on making her a faux-bay with dark points and sabino markings, but somewhere along the way she decided that being a doodle pony was a lot more fun.

She’s had her seams sanded and logo removed, but I didn’t do any additional carvings to her ears or hooves. Chrome’s been painted in acrylics and sealed with a matte finish– one of the only Doodle Ponies without gloss! She has enough shine on her own and I just couldn’t bring myself to add anymore.

Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20586 Canary Yellow), Micron pen.

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4th Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

Clover Tobiano - Front Right Angle
Clover Tobiano – Front Right Angle

What better post for Thanksgiving that this long overdue workbench favorite!

This handsome gal is a Breyer Stablemate G3 painted into a clover-spotted green tobiano with a white clover star on her forehead. She was a donation to the 4th Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show which was held in October of this year. She was a sibling donation to the landscape jumper I did for the M.O.M. Live Show donation, run by the same showholder.

I’ve gotten a little obsessed over converting horse patterns into 4-H clover-friendly variations. After the extended blanket appaloosa I painted last year, I wanted to see what I could pull off with a tobiano pattern.

I ended up doing most of the clover shapes in green, but there are a few places where the pattern flips and you can see the white clovers overlapping the green.

Topped off with a lilac ribbon and realistic eyes, I was really sorry to see this gal go! I’m hoping she’s found a home with someone who will fall in love with her cloverness as much as I did. :)

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