Luca Marchetti: Profession Grand Master
Favourite modelling things
Well, I am not entirely sure how to answer this question. What I can say is when painting I use acrylic paints as previously described. When painting I often made reference to the Grand Masters such as Leonard da Vinci, Caravaggio or to the Pre-Rafaela artists. For sculpting, I firstly used White Milliput and then moved over to the use of Magic Sculpt. The tools for sculpting are not commercially available but made by me. I often make reference to the anatomical books by Burn Hogart and the sculptors who have inspired me are Donatello, Jean de Boulogne, Bernini and Canova. Some are surprised that I do not sight Michael Angelo in this list but my style has always been that of elegance instead of strength.
Favourite modelling purchase/figure
Incredible!! You will be surprised that my favourite figures are not medieval subjects as would be expected. The first is the figure of Krasinski in 54mm sculpted by Bruno Liebovitz for Le Cimer and the second one is the Samurai general seated on a tiger skin sculpted by Ray Lamb (Poste Militaire). Although they are different subjects, they both have elegance, accuracy and attention to detail that stand the test of time. Obviously I love many others, but these two are engrained in my heart.
Best recent modelling/figure purchase
Friends….. today I am a producer of figures and therefore I can obviously only sight the products of Pegaso Models. It is now 14 years that I have not bought a figure from another manufacturer.
What does it mean for you or how do you define the miniature figure?
Figures to me represent the ingenuity which is the same ingenuity that as children we related to myths and heroes. Through figure modeling we can transform and relive in a true and wonderful way history and the colourful military uniforms.
This, as well as our fascination of military uniforms and warriors who preceded us and who for good or bad have helped shape the world in which we live in. A world that we should respect and love as it is ultimately tied to ancient man a world shaped by our forefathers and their enemies.
However it is important to note that the fascination is not with war itself, but the fascination to me is limited to representing men in armour of all ages. I know that we do this hobby in the same spirit as a child who arms himself with a wooden sword and wears a pan on his head to fantasies and pretend he is a knight.
And if in this world we are to remain as children, so be it…..
How do you evaluate the present situation of the figures and its future?
It is very difficult to ascertain what is currently happening in the world of figure modelling. A lot of people say that it is a disappearing hobby. For awhile I too started thinking along similar lines – with the advent of computer games there was a real risk that these would destroy manual art as well as the creativity of children. However, the hobby in recent times has seen a qualitative growth and the model figures are no longer considered as toys. It is a modeling form which is very difficult to achieve and requires great efforts, attention to detail, passion and love for history. I do not know how to interpret all this, what I am observing is a growth of new shows as well as an increase in the number of traders at shows. When I visit shows (on rare occasions) I find myself amongst many familiar people but also observe many ‘new’ faces in the hobby.
I believe that the number of figure modelers has not decreased but in fact increased. On the other hand there is a crisis in the industry, but what crisis am I referring to? I am not referring to the growing number of participants in the hobby, but I am referring to the crisis amongst producers. Why? Because the number of producers has grown disproportionately with respect to the number of figure modelers who although have grown, the growth has only being a steady/constant one rather than that of a major increase. To qualify this statement I would like to add the following – when Pegaso was founded, there were about 100 producers in existence, today there are now over 300, however the number of figure modelers (although increasing) has not triplicate in number – here lies the true problem.
That is it, I think that the Gordian Knot which needs to be untied is this, the market must accept a limited selection of producers because to continue on this current course is unsustainable. The market needs to find an appropriate equilibrium between supply and demand. If this happens then I am certain the wonderful world of figure modelling will not disappear.
Last but not LEAST, the ILLEGAL COPIES PROBLEM. It is many years that this problem is becoming bigger day by day. It is very easy to get the work of other people and to use it avoiding costs and sacrifices. On E-Bay it there is an invasion of Illegal Copies and if not stopped, this event will destroy Producers. many Modelers are convinced that Producers are Industries...no no no, Producers are small Artisans. Our selling numbers are small not big and also "only" 50 Illegal Copies sold on the market are a Big economical damage for us.
So, please, I wish to ask to all Modelers: DON'T PURCHASE ILLEGAL COPIES or you will contribute to destroy Producers.
Anatomy and balance keep improving (1998)