Chatting to the Clansman
Q&A - cont.Favourite modelling competition to enter
My favorite competition in the US is the MFCA show. The reason being is that the quality of figure work at this show is always top rate. Also, the vendor area at this show is really great.
Most prized award ever won
Not surprising, I would have to say the Scotland Forever award which is a specialty award given to the best figure representing Scottish Heritage at the Atlanta show.
Favourite modelling things
My favorite modelling reference would have to be Bill Horan’s ‘Military Modelling Master Class’ book. I have read through it cover to cover so many times that I actually went out and purchased a second copy!
Favourite modelling purchase/figure
My favorite all-time model would have to be the David Grieve’s 100mm Sergeant Cameron Highlander, Waterloo 1815. After seeing Bill Horan’s version in person, I had to have it.
Best recent modelling/figure purchase
I recently purchased the 70mm Poste Militaire Halberdier Flodden 1513 figure. This is my 3rd one (don’t tell my wife)! I also think this one is special to me because it was with this figure, back in 1993, that I was fortunate enough to win my first gold medal.
What does it mean for you or how do you define the miniature figure?
I would have to say that the miniature figure is an extension of one’s self and that we see a little of the individual painter/sculptor in each finished figure that they do. Certainly, this is reflected in the painter/sculptor’s style. Even my wife can now recognize certain artist’s figures just by the painting or sculpting! Because a figure becomes an extension of our self, the painter/sculptor puts their best effort into their labor and this clearly shows.
How do you evaluate the present situation of the figures and its future?
I think the body of work today is so much better than when I fist came into the hobby 14 years ago and each time I think that I have seen the best figure, someone comes along and just takes it to another level. The figure market has had to step it up in order to keep up with expectations and the selection on the market today is outstanding. On the down side, the price of figures these days forces the figure buyer to be selective and choosy about their purchases. I think gone are the days when you bought a figure just to buy it!
If you were allowed to paint only one figure for the next year; which one it would be?
If I had to choose, it would have to be the Metal Models Mounted Red Lancer Trumpeter. I have not done many mounted figures in the past and this one is such a work of beauty. I would really love to paint this one.
In recent years, there has been a predominance of painting in acrylics. Do you agree and why?
I totally agree with the statement since I am a recent convert myself and I switched from oils to acrylics several years ago. The reason I switched is because of the effect that one can get more easily from acrylics over oils. There are still some great oil painters in this hobby but the crispness that one achieves using acrylics is what really sold me.
Figure modelling “no no’s”
I may get into trouble with this one but if I have to answer, I would say Dry Brushing. I have seen some modellers get nice results but I stick with my answer.
Figure Modelling secret
I don’t really have any secrets because I use pretty much use everything that I have learned from others. I guess one thing that I do sometimes is use an oil wash over my acrylic paint job. The oil wash will help tie everything together. My other secret is really no secret at all, if I like something that another modeller has done, I will simply ask them how they did it. In almost all cases, the modeller is most happy to tell you their secret……….
Ed: We would like to thank Joe for spending a few moments of his time with us, and letting us into his world. Now please turn to page 4 to see a few of Joe’s amazing historical miniatures.
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