Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Alpine Miniatures - US Tankcrew, Ardennes 1944

Began on the presentation of this figure amidst a pile of discarded 105mm ammo containers and crates from AFV Club.



Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Alpine Miniatures - US Tankcrew, Ardennes 1944

Work in progress on the second demo figure from the hand painting workshop held at Miniature Art Studio in November.



Monday, 27 November 2017

Workshop on Basic Hand Painting Techniques at Miniature Art Studio

Over the weekend of 25 November, I conducted a full day demo and hands-on workshop on basic hand painting techniques at the premise of Miniature Art Studio. Given the short notice we were fortunate to gather 10 enthusiastic participants to sign up. It was a full day painting event which includes a 1/35 Alpine figure, Vallejo Paints and a bento set-lunch.

My main objective for this workshop was to impart the basic understanding of paint application necessary to create a smooth gradient for tonal and color transitions. Personally this is an optimum size for a full day workshop as it allows me sufficient time to provide personalized guidance for each participant.

As a surprise for the attendees, a lucky draw was held towards the end of the workshop to give away the demo figure specially painted for this workshop. Congratulations to Raymond for being the lucky recipient.

A group photo with all the event participants with their hard work in hand. 

A special thanks to Michael and Bernard for organizing the event and Mun Wai and Wen Pu for helping out with the logistics for the day.



Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Good Outing at Scale Model Challenge 2017

It gives me great pleasure to announce that our local team fared very well with two silver medals, two bronze medals and 4 highly commended awards at the prestigious Scale Model Challenge competition held in the Netherlands over the weekend of 21 October.  A special thanks to Allan Yong of Malaysia for helping to bring my figures over to the competition - whom himself has also fared quite well bagging a Highly Commended award for himself.

Well done guys!


Friday, 13 October 2017

Kudos to Michael Lee of Miniature Art Studio

I would like to extend a shout out to Michael Lee of Miniature Art Studio for keeping the Singapore flag flying with his remarkable tally of a Gold and a Bronze medal at the 2017 World Expo in Chicago last July. Michael is in my opinion perhaps one of the brightest stars of the figure modelling scene in Singapore and has been consistently churning out outstanding pieces in these recent years. Well done Myker! 


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Young Miniatures - Waffen SS Dispatch Rider, Ostfront 1944

Pleased to say that I am finally done with this piece. A very beautiful sculpt and a very nice subject to paint as well.  Pure white and black were not used directly on this piece. Taking a page from Cezanne's play book,  to depict white without the use of actual white paint, the illusion of intrinsic light had to be conveyed - i.e. the appearance of white under yellow and blue light. I personally find that this approach of painting is particularly effective for a bust as it helps to elevate the atmosphere and mood of the figure.



Friday, 15 September 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

Model Shows - Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show, Penang 2017 - Day 1 Set -up

Here is my pictorial journal of the recently concluded Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show 2017 held recently in Penang, Malaysia. over the weekend of 8 and 9 July. Following the runaway success from the premier show in 2016, this year's event proved much more successful with the inclusion of  the Malaysian Competition - attracting entries from outside Asia; from as far as Russia and Venezuela. Held in the same venue, Cititel Hotel, the organizers have booked another additional two function rooms to host the model competition. There was a significant increase in attendance by modelers from abroad as well as several top notch names in the Asian modelling scene - each prominent figures(no pun intended) in their respective countries showcasing their best efforts and sharing their joy of this hobby.

The carnival styled show banner for the 2017 edition of the Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show and Competition in the lobby of the the Cititel Hotel.

Various clubs and vendors setting up their respective tables on Friday evening.

The team from Singapore unpacking their exhibits for next day's show.

A very pleased Michael presenting his works to Masahiro Doi and Norio Takemura for the very first time.
Meeting with Oishi Suwanarath - highly prolific modelling extraordinaire from Thailand!

The team from Model Art, MS Model, WolfPack Design and Paracel Miniatures tucking into a scrumptious dinner across the road at the Red Garden hawker center.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Young Miniatures - Waffen SS Dispatch Rider, Ostfront 1944

It has been slightly more than a week since my return from the Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show in Penang and while I am putting together my personal journal from that show, I thought I would share a picture of my current project. What drew me towards this particular project was the opportunity to borrow the color scheme of famed American plein-air artist Aldro Hibbard in rendering snowscapes for the reversible padded winter camouflage parka. I am pleased on how it is shaping out so far and hopefully I could get more time this week to refine more of the details on the parka.



Friday, 7 July 2017

DEF Model - IDF Female Soldier, Caracal Battalion

Through the kind courtesy of Hyun Jin, here is my take on DEF Model's premiere 1/20 scale IDF female soldier. She will make her public debut at the Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show in Penang over this weekend. It was primed in Gunze Sanyo black and grey Surfacer and entirely hand painted in acrylics with the use of the Vallejo retarder medium to enable a smooth and even spread of paint for the tonal transitions. This figure was a digital sculpt and materialized though 3D printing. It is currently available in 1/20 and 1/35 scale at this time of writing.    

Some in work in progress shots of the painting for those interested.



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Model Shows - The 56th Shizuoka Hobby Show

Almost two months since my return, I finally had time to pen my travel journal to the 56th Shizuoka Hobby Show. This was my second trip to Japan within a month after making the video recording for Model Art's instructional DVD on figure painting late last April; only this time I had the fine company of my old time modelling friend Bernard Cher of the M Workshop to participate as an exhibiting member of Team ASEAN.

Train ride from Narita to Nippori station

Sightseeing around Odaiba - on board the Japanese research ship the Sōya.

Joining up Young-Bok at Akihabara.

 Dinner at an izakaya in Akihabara with Kauzo Kiuchi of Miniature Park.

On the road to Shizuoka.

A visit to Mikasa Park in Yokosuka en-route to Shizuoka.
Japanese Navy curry in Yokosuka

Meeting up with some members of Team Asean on our first night in Shizuoka. 

Exploring Shizuoka on kick scooter

Outdoor exhibits at the exhibition venue, Twin Messe exhibition center.

Overview of the exhibition hall for industry exhibitors.

Activity at the Tamiya booth

Yuki Fugita, the young man behind the recent injection molded figures from Tamiya realized with live 3D scanning and rapid prototyping technology.

Team ASEAN setting up at the exhibition hall for club displays.

Some excerpts from the Team ASEAN display:

Richard Fernandez from Malaysia

Choo Huang Ming from Malaysia

Giang Xuan Le of Vietnam

Team ASEAN member Pongsatorn Kanthaboon from Thailand arriving with his display.

Loo, Bernard and Richard either checking out football results or stock prices (me thinks).

Team ASEAN table with Richard keeping a strict watch of the exhibits.

Meeting my modelling idols - Koji Itoh ...

...and Tetsuo Horikawa.

Prolific and award winning Korean figure modeller Yoon Ki-Yeol. I have been following his work online for many years and it was a wonderful experience to see his masterful work up close and live.

Together with members of Ki-Yeol's modelling club - a really passionate and talented band of modellers.

Renown award winning Korean figure painter Kim Man-Jin and veteran Taiwanese diorama modeller Max Wang.

 WW1 diorama by Chang Chung-Fu of Taiwan. Old school style painting with oils and extensive use of the dry brushing technique.

 A group picture at the Taiwanese model club CAMO. 

Candid moment between Young, Norio Takemura, Takuji Yamada and Bernard

Armor diorama modeller Takashima Hiroshi presenting his latest works at his club stand.

Armor modeller and wooden base maker Hiroyuki Takeuchi.

Sherman Crab flail by Hiroyuki Takeuchi

Hiroyuki Takeyuki, Shigehiro Yoshida and Masanori Sato (Toku)

1/48 scale British Ford V8 staff car by Masanori Sato (Toku)

 A simple but effective diorama by Shigehiro Yoshida.

A small selection of fine armor modelling by Hideyuki Aoki.

Stug IV diorama with Alpine figures done by Uehara Naoyuki of the Crossroads model club is a fine example of simple things done well.

Takunari Goshima of Kiya Hobby

Possibly the highlight of the show for me; receiving an exclusive autograph copy of master diorama modeller Kazuya Yoshioka's second book on modelling dioramas - a very rare honor and privilege indeed!

Some shots of Kazuya Yoshioka's mesmerizing work. I had a great time viewing this master piece; making this well worth the trip to Shizuoka.

Group portrait of Team ASEAN on Saturday evening- unfortunately Pongsatorn and Loo were not in the picture when this picture was taken.

Saturday evening reception hosted by Tamiya for all exhibiting club members

A very young and talented armor modeller, Kim Byeong-Soo from Korea. 

Byeong Soo's outstanding work; enough said....

I love this moment. An ecstatic Byeong-Soo getting an autograph from Fernando Vallejo of AK Interactive; his expression says it all.

With an old friends -  Shige whom I first met in Euro Militaire in 2000 and Eric Philippe in 2012 at a painting workshop in Paris.

Björn Kågner, Young and Richard horsing around!

Meeting up with Yukio Honma after almost 9 years. If his name does ring a bell then it is most likely you that  have bought some of his sculpts from Alpine Miniatures.

Sunday morning at the Tamiya HQ with a large turnout of live exhibits.

 Outside the Tamiya HQ with my modelling buddies.

 Presentation of a token of friendship to Kazuya Yoshioka.

  Breakfast at the Ashigara rest stop in the way back to Tokyo.

 Avocado croquette with a mozzarella cheese filling for the road. The taste was incredible!

On Monday it was off to the recording studio to capture the voice narration for the Model ART DVD.

Friends from Team ASEAN showing up to extend their support and encouragement later in the evening :)

A short write-up by Model Art on my trip to Tokyo to record the DVD program.

That concludes my road trip to the Shizuoka Hobby Show - can't wait to attend the next big event in Penang this weekend!