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Figure Modeling No.4
Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling No.4
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Due to their publishing schedule, three months after third book, MrBlack Publications released the fourth book of the series. Commemorating his friend Charles Davis, one of the founders of EuroMilitaire and a supporter of his publishing efforts, Stelios Demiras kindly dedicated this book to Charles.
Like the other three editions, SMH-FM04 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 4covers a variety of themes and historical periods from ancient to World War II and also fantasy figures. Contributed by well-known artists, the book will be an inspirational source for all painters and also an educational guide for different techniques. Painting using acrylics, oils or enamels, making groundwork and scenery for presentation are explained from different perspectives and gives the painter a chance to find his own way. Besides including 90 mm figures and bust, this issue has a dominance of 75 mm figures.
book basics

  • A4 format in 21x28 cm dimensions
  • Matt laminated cover
  • 52 pages
  • 100 color pictures
  • 7 detailed step by step articles on acyrlics and oil painting with artist’s color recipes and ground making techniques
  • 4 award winner models displayed in high standard competitions
  • Strongly recommended by Pegaso Models
    book in detail

    As the first three books, reader meets a preface written by editor Stelios Demiras explaining the book briefly and thanks to contributors.
    The book includes 7 chapters and all articles are easy to read and understandable for all readers, helpful and guiding for all level of painters, answering possible questions and makes the painting easier with the color codes and recipes. Especially the articles about japanese motifs and Uruk-hai are very different than standard painting.

    The chapters are;

  • Painting Female Complexion and Tartan - Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni – 75 mm
    Pegaso Models 75-033 by Ernesto Reyes Stalhuth

  • Ancient Period Figures Vignette – 75 mm
    Pegaso Models 75-024 & 75-083 by Christos Stamatopoulos

  • How to Paint Japanese Motifs – 75 mm
    Pegaso Models 75-079 by Aleksander Michelotti

  • How to Paint a Female Figure in Acrylics & Oils – Mongolian Archer - 75 mm
    Pegaso Models 75-087 by Grigoris Marmatakis

  • How to Paint Field Grey Uniform - Wehrmachtschütze im Feldanzug, 1939 – 90 mm
    Pegaso Models 90-044 by Ernesto Reyes Stalhuth

  • German Camouflaged Smock and Fair Complexion to a Larger Scale Figure – Waffen SS MG42 Gunner – 200 mm
    PMC Miniatures PMC-9001 by Kazufumi Tomori

  • Let Your Imagination Drive You to New Techniques and Painting Approaches – Uruk-Hai – 200 mm
    Riga Miniatures (discontinued) by Aleksander Michelotti


    Book can be directly ordered from MrBlack Publications and also available on the following online stores ;

    Historex Agents - UK
    Bookworld Wholesale Ltd – UK
    El Greco Miniatures – UK
    Tuttostoria - Italy
    Pegaso Models –Italy
    Berliner Zinnfiguren – Germany
    Colorado miniatures – USA
    Michigan Toy Soldier Co – USA

    I believe Scale Model handbook series is one of the best on this area with its high quality publishing and rich content. Being about 50 pages makes it very handy. Explanatory and understandable articles make you occupied and give you different perspectives.

    I have to admit that the content of their new issue FM-05 was a proof that they really care about the feedback and add new articles due to readers demand. So you may send your opinions to Stelios Demiras by e-mail to [email protected]

    Highly Recommended
    Highs: High standard on content and publishing quality. Female painting and fantasy figure are good additions.
    Lows: No lows on this product.
    Verdict: Another top quality handbook to keep it on workbench next to figures.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 1:1
      Mfg. ID: SMH-FM4
      PUBLISHED: Dec 06, 2012
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.78%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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