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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.

About the Author

About Rudi Richardson (Tarok)

I'm a former Managing Editor of the Historicus Forma historical figure modelling website. While my modelling and history interests are diverse, my main figure modelling focus lies in Sci-Fi, Pop-Culture, Fantasy, Roman and WW2 German subjects. I'm a firm believer that armour and vehicles accessorise...


Thanks Rudi for this feature on Joe Hudson.It was great to read and get to know Joe better.Many thanks Joe for sharing your thoughts,and always a pleasure to see your work.Kind regards John
JUN 19, 2006 - 03:06 PM
Thanks, Rudi & Joe for that great feature. Very interesting. Joe, I've a question: I understand your aversion to drybrushing (I've heard others voice similar thoughts), but do you feel it has absolutely no place in figure painting? What I mean is, you obviously feel you can achieve better results with blending and shading to depict tone on skin and clothes. But what about trying to depict dust on boots or wear on leather belts, etc?
JUN 19, 2006 - 08:49 PM
Thanks for the feature Joe, its quite interesting hearing and getting to know a little bit more about the people whose names appear so often on figure forums. I really like what you have done with tartans, one of the more difficult pieces of clothing to master but you make it look easy. one question for you - if you were to reccommend one show in the USA to visit which one would it be? best wishes Steve
JUN 20, 2006 - 02:53 AM
Hey John, The feelings are mutual! I really get motivated after seeing your work and I look forward to seeing more of it in the near future. Hey David, I knew I was going to get into trouble with that answer!! :-) I think I can, me, get better results without the dry brushing and almost all the figure painters that I know do not do it. The only time they may and that includes me is to just lightly and I mean lightly do some on groundwork. I may use it to add some highlights to the top of grass and rock but to a minimal. I am including a few pictures of what I have been able to achieve just using layers/glazes/washes. Whatever you want to call them. Steve, Thanks ever so much for the kind words and I think you should give it a try and you may surprise yourself. I can remember calling Chuck at the Red Lancers and asking what was new that did not have a tartan and now it is the opposite! Without a doubt I would come to the MFCA show as the first one and then Chicago. Joe no dust dust
JUN 20, 2006 - 04:53 AM
Joe a lovely piece and it is very interesting to see where you are coming from. I still use a very minimal use of dry brushing technique when I am doing the dusting on edges of cuffs and knees but am also using more and more washes, highlighting- as I have always used acylics since introduced to them in the 80's Give the 2 boys a big hug and tickle for me but can't agree with your love of Golf - :-) :-) :-) :-) Ian
JUN 20, 2006 - 11:58 AM
Not at all, Joe :-) I understand that drybrushing isn't always realistic, but I haven't been entirely successful in finding acceptable alternatives. I'm, of course, in no way the expert you are, but I've minimised the drybrushing, and now only use it to depict scuffing, highlight texture on hair, and wear on clothes. Thanks for the reply. Guess I need to practice more
JUN 20, 2006 - 12:20 PM
Hey David, I am no way an expert, far, far from it! :-) I too used to just dry brush say the hair but what I have found now is to paint it like you would anything else. Paint it like the shape it is and then go in and used little tick strokes. What I mean is just hold the end of a brush and let the bristles do all the work, just kind of make random stokes using different colors from the base and add highlights to the base color. Sorry if this is sounding crazy. All the shadow work will be done when you just do the base coat highlight and shadows. If your strokes get to wild or bright you can add some glazes/washes of the 1st shadow mix. I am including a few pictures to show some of the steps. I am going to do a sbs in the very near future on just painting a 70 mm head and will try to include the hair in it as well. I hope this helps. Joe
JUN 22, 2006 - 04:26 AM
Here are the last 2 pictures. Joe
JUN 22, 2006 - 04:27 AM
Hmmm, interesting, Joe, interesting. Thanks for taking the trouble to explain. Look fwd to your SBS.
JUN 22, 2006 - 09:32 PM
Hello Rudi and Joe, that is a very nice article. I enjoyed it very much !!! Now I have the feeling to know Joe a little bit. And I take my head for this very very talented artist !!! I also found something very interseting: The motorcycle accident...it remebers me to Bob Ross...he always spoke about "happy accidents"...I think Joes`s accident was such one...because this was his entry into the figure modelling...I hope Joe will not misunderstand my thoughts. I´m looking forward to see your next projects, Joe. Take care, Markus
JUL 24, 2006 - 01:48 AM