Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Updated Commission Information and FAQs!

After my painting comeback for a spell of two weeks after not painting for a year, it was incredibly refreshing and relieving, and so many people are interested in future works in progress and even asking if I will do commissions for them. I have just altered my Commission Information page after nearly four years (oops!) and will relay the important changes here on this blog post too.

Please also do not forget to read my Policies page! Thank you.

Do you take commissions?
Yes! Although not currently. Tomorrow I am jetting off to Mongolia for two weeks for a horse riding trek as I have been raising money for the British Horse Society's equine welfare charity for the past year. My family is also in the process of moving house in September and I am also going on a two week holiday to Spain at the end of next month. But from mid-October onwards, I do plan on opening my commission status to accepting orders. I will notify when my books are open via this website and my Facebook page.

I was wondering about starting a waiting list. If you would like to be on this waiting list do let me know.

How much for a commission?
I have recently updated my prices for when I start taking on orders in a couple of month's time. Unfortunately, materials have increased in price which has affected the rates. I have also edited how other details cost extra. To view the Commission Information page, you can click at the side of the website.

Pricing guidelines for the solid colour
This is the basic price depending on any extras you want, and the true size of the horse. PRICES AS OF OCTOBER 2016.

Micro mini (plastic) - £10
Micro mini (pewter cast) - £12

Stablemate (plastic) - £15
Stablemate (resin) - £20

Little Bit (plastic) - £20
Little Bit (resin) - £25

Classic (plastic) - £30
Classic (resin) - £40

Traditional (plastic) - £45
Traditional (resin) - £50

For medallions, please get in touch separately for a quote as these vary a great deal in both size and shape.

I can also paint the following for an extra fixed price on top.

Dapples - £5

Appaloosa Colouring - £5

Pinto Markings
Sabino - £5
Tobiano and Overo - £10
Extensive - £15

Mohair - £10
At this point in time I am only accepting model horses for mohair if they are easy to prep (i.e. no hair on the neck) or already prepped.

Roans - £10
The pricing for roans costs extra, just depending on the scale.

Portraits - £5
I am able to do portraits of real horses onto a model for people. This costs slightly extra as care has to be taken to ensure that the model horse matches the real horse.

Will you hold a model for me?
I can hold models but I do usually appreciate a holding deposit first, as more than one person may be interested in a particular model who is able to pay entirely upfront. When it comes to deposits, these are non-refundable: please refer to my Policies page. I do also not like holding onto models for more than a period of one month or so, but please do contact me so we are able to discuss things further should you have any other questions.

Do you take time payments?
I do, but I treat time payments like deposits, where they are all non-refundable. I am usually pretty flexible with time payments, and prefer to have these transactions completed within three months. These payments can be done weekly, monthly or however you choose, depending on the model and both my and your circumstances at the time. Drop me a line!

What future live shows are you attending?
Although when it comes to selling model horse repaints, I try to include UK postage in the price where possible. However, with commissions, this postage price is not included. I have been asked a few times recently what live shows I will be attending in order for people to complete transactions with me. Unfortunately, the only live show I have booked in for the rest of this year is my very own MHL European Live show in November. I do plan on attending more shows, but unfortunately other events get in the way sometimes!

I hope that I have answered a great deal of queries that anyone may have had. Remember as well that if you do want to be placed onto a 'waiting list' for commissions, please email me using the contact form at the side of my website.

Many thanks!


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

My last repaints of the Month

These two sure attracted a crowd once I finished them! I love how their colour isn't too flashy and
they look realistic as actual horses, just like the real thing!

I gave them both a roman nose each, and I resculpted the mane on the mother. I was aiming for them to be shown as a spanish breed of some form, Perhaps a Spanish warmblood, or even Lusitano for a breed.

I have photos of the foal first.

I was recommended the colour by someone on my Facebook page (thank you!) I was completely stuck for ideas but having them both as chestnuts makes them pop! Here are more photos of the mare.

Unfortunately I don't have anymore photos of the mare because my camera was deciding to die at the time. But I still captured her beauty. This pair are now sold as well, and I hope they enjoy their new home!

Unfortunately, I won't be able to paint anymore for the next few weeks. Not only are we moving house (again!) I am going to Mongolia with the British Horse Society for two weeks to trek across the Mongolian Steppe on the famous native breed with my friend. Excited is a complete and utter understatement! Don't worry, there will be plenty of photos but only after the trip. Because of the extensive camping, I will be taking minimal with me, which means leaving my laptop in the UK. But it won't be long before I am back and sharing my stories with you.

I also would like to point out that I WILL be FINALLY taking commissions on again, after an incredibly long break of 18 months or so. I have fully updated my Commissions page where you can find new prices. I won't be accepting models until October. If you are interested in a commission slot with me, I can start a waiting list so you don't miss out: I know a great deal of people have inquired since I started painting again this month, so I thought I would announce it here.

Take care all, and enjoy the rest of your summer!


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

And the Winner is...

Luckymistress! You have won the giveaway I held and you will be receiving this CollectA custom!

If you would like to contact me using the form at the side of the page, I will be able to get your model out to you.

Thank you to everyone who entered!


Monday, 15 August 2016

Breyer Templado Custom

I love this model! It just has SO much power!

I was a bit stumped for colours on this one, and my confidence in dilute colours isn't as much as my confidence for the more solid colours such as bays and chestnuts. But I really wanted to do my best as I know I have been able to do it successfully many times before.  I even included dapples on him!

I deliberately didn't add any primitive markings or dorsal stripe so he is a good solid buckskin colour, which perfectly matches the Andalusian breed, so he can still be shown as a purebred. I know how important this is for many showers, so I do try my best.

I showed him to my mum, and although she liked the colour, she didn't like how his mane just stuck up like that! I love honest opinions from her. At least she didn't have any issues with how I painted, hehe!

I also have a little story to share, not regarding this exact horse but a model on the same mould... Breyer's Jubilee model, from the Breyerfest 2014 when I went two years ago to Kentucky. Here is the promo photo from Breyer, just to show the model I am referring to.

This is the model I picked up when I did the Tent Run. When I eventually returned home, I actually offered him up for sale, as I hadn't clicked with him like I thought I had. He had sold, but when it came to packing him up, I had lost him! I searched EVERYWHERE. My mum even helped but we were convinced that I had perhaps thrown him away in some form when I was having a major clearout... Which was SUCH a shame... I ended up refunding the person who bought him and just left it at that.

But, two days ago, while I was packing horses to send, I located a box tucked away in the far corner of our garage. I recognised the box as perhaps containing packing peanuts I could use to pad my parcels out, so I went over to open it. And what did I see? Lo and behold, I saw the same light blue package that I bought two years ago. I gasped, and ran inside, and as fast as I could unpacked him. And he was stunning, and I am SO glad I found him.

I now am incredibly attached to him, so he won't be leaving my collection for quite a while now!


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Breyer Classic Shire Custom

I cannot believe this is the first repaint of this model that I have done. He is such a lovely model, I used to own an OF version when I was younger. I have painted him to a traditional dapple bay, complete with some sabino markings to top it all off.

He has an incredibly expressive face and presence about him, you can really picture him with a handler in the show ring.

This is the model I was running out of black paint with! Awfully frustrating. I had another black paint that I have as a spare but I don't like using it in my airbrush, as it tends to splatter no matter what I seem to do! Oh well. I have some more black paint of my favourite kind on the way.

I have some more customs coming soon! I just need to get prepping...


Giveaway Time!

To celebrate reaching over 100,000 pageviews, I am holding a giveaway here for one of my customs I painted last year. I am not actually entirely sure when this huge milestone happened, I just noticed it yesterday while blogging!

So, an incredible THANK YOU is due to all of you for supporting me, my painting and my passion! Now is your chance to win this CollectA pony that I painted early last year to a dark bay sabino. He has been with me for some time, and now would like a new forever home where he can be appreciated by one of my many supporters.

All you need to do in able to win is just comment on this blog post. That is it! I will close it on Monday 15th August (not long to enter I am afraid!) where I will then use a random number system to pick out a winner. Only one comment per person please!

Many thanks, and GOOD LUCK!


Friday, 12 August 2016

CollectA Repaint

Something a bit smaller today! This is the Percheron mould that I have painted to suit the Belgian breed. This is such a lovely, well sculpted model. I do enjoy painting CollectA models, they all have such expressive faces!

I do have other CollectA models in the wings to paint, although not many. I feel I should get some more... This model is also photogenic in many different angles, which is what I enjoy when I take photos of them!

I have very nearly run out of my favourite black paint, so I ordered some more a couple of days ago. I hope it arrives soon! I have another black paint I can use but I don't enjoy airbrushing with it. It is ok for little details, though.


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Two more Breyer Models

The first one I completed is Breyer's Bluegrass Bandit. I painted her to a blue roan overo and she already has a home lined up, so will be posted out this morning to her new owner. She has individual hair detailing as well, which at first I was wondering what I was letting myself in for, but I am glad I persevered because she looks so much better with them!

I only did one layer of the little hairs as I didn't want to make her look too woolly. I think it is enough, it is subtle but you know it is there.

I think it is a really nice colour choice for this model. There aren't too many breeds that can be shown in this colour so its good to make use of it when they can!

Next up is a Breyer Cigar custom. I repainted this one to a simple fleabitten grey. He reminds me of Desert Orchid about to fly over a jump, a famous racehorse that used to win endless races here in the UK.

This one is for sale: if you are interested, feel free to contact me using the form on the side of this website!


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Two more Breyer Repaints

I finished one of these a couple of days ago, and the other yesterday afternoon.

The first one is a Breyer Newsworthy repaint to a palomino hunter pony. I think it was every girls' dream to have their very own palomino pony that they could jump anything on! This one has a new home lined up, so unfortunately is no longer available.

The next one is available. He is a repainted Breyer Smarty Jones model. I was running out of black paint as I was finishing him off, but luckily I had enough for him. Now, painting is on hold and I have to prep some models before I can paint more and I have to wait for some more paint to arrive. Oh well!

I plan on painting more dapple greys in the near future, as well. Right, onto prepping some ponies!


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Custom Copperfox Exmoor

Good Morning!

I started this Copperfox pony custom yesterday afternoon, where he took me a good few hours blocking in spots and getting shading right in places. He is your typical pony-shaped British Spotted Pony!

This model suits the spots so much. I actually think all of the current Copperfoxes would, though. This particular model I won as a blank canvas at the Summer Lovin' Live II held at the very end of July.

I found that there was a great deal of backlash on this model when she was unveiled, many people didn't seem to think she made a great Exmoor. I think I am one of the few that think she is passable as one, although perhaps if painted a nice wacky colour, she could pass off as a Shetland too!

I think having a versatile model like this is fantastic for collectors and for those at Copperfox.

This pony already has an owner lined up (sorry if you were interested!) I really hope they like her as much as I do! I have to paint more spotty horses, I have decided. So don't worry, more will be coming very soon.


Monday, 8 August 2016

So... What is in the Body Box?

An awful lot!

There are more than this too. I have had to split two boxes into models that are simple paint jobs (this box) and those I want to alter in some way. I also have this model too, that I have just secured to his base and now he needs to be prepped before being painted. I have wanted this model since I first discovered the hobby ten years ago. 

It is the Animal Artistry Andalusian Stallion. I can't wait to paint him and have him in my showstring!

These models I am debating what colours to do on them...Perhaps a dapple grey on this Hackney pony.

I am thinking about doing a dappled chestnut on this Paso. I love this mould so much!

I also love this Templado mould. Again, I am completely stumped for what to paint him. Part of me is wondering if I can pull a nice buckskin off.

This one is an easier choice on colour for me. I want to do him a bright bay with his white socks and gentle blaze. He will be a real nice, proper shire. I don't like the colouring on him at the moment anyway!

I have more than this with just simple paint jobs waiting, too. They are primed and ready to go. I have a lot to be getting on with!