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Throwback Thursday

 If you give me a choice between many layers of white paint and a solid-colored horse, I'd choose the solid color any day. Pintos, with their extensive white, have never been my go-to color. 
Here are a few G1 customs from about 1998. I was in grad school and had access to an airbrush studio. I spent a lot of time there on weekends.

The Native Dancer mold was one of my favorites back when G1 Stablemates were the only Stablemates. This portrait pinto may have been a gaited horse. I remember he got dropped at a show and his head broke off. I repaired him after the spill.
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Pansies and Ponies Live Show, Ann Arbor, MI

I’ve been to two shows this spring, one for traditional models and one for all scales. Mini showers came out with some beautiful customs and resins at Pansies and Ponies!

Dapple grays shone in all shades, models, and mediums:

And the model of the moment, Alborozo, looks amazing in every color:

These two were Orion mini resins sculpted by Stacey Tumlinson with beautiful paint jobs:

And unique colors were everywhere:

More New Stablemate Molds 2019

New Stablemate molds are popping out of the Breyer factory faster than ever.

Darley is an Egyptian Arabian Stallion sculpted by Tabitha Pack that debuted as the sixth 2018 Stablemate Club model. He has a beautiful head. His pose is a little odd with one front leg tucked way up and his tail is a bit wing-like, but he has loads of customizing potential.

Darwin, or "Mini Dundee" is the new Stablemate mold from the 2018 Priemer Club. He is a chunky boy performing the Levade. He might make a great Lipizzaner.

New Stablemate Molds 2019

I'm excited to have some handsome sport breed molds in my body box of Breyer Stablemates. My show string is always a little light when it comes to the thoroughbred class—but not when I finish up these new molds!

Both models boast gobs of details, beautiful muscles, and long tails. The manes are on the shorter side and easy to remove, but the forelocks wrap over one eye to make room for the horns. (The forelocks are easier to remove than some.) The Thoroughbred tail is super for heating up and bending into a swishing tail. The Warmblood tail gave me a little trouble when I tried to remove it... the tail was sturdier than the leg (oops!)

Technically, the thoroughbred is a stallion and the warmblood is a mare, but I feel that the warmblood has a wonderful, cresty neck and a nice candidate for a stallion. The lighter-built thoroughbred has potential to be customized into a gelding or mare.

I wish more attention was allotted to the pasterns and hooves on both models, and to the knee an…

Simple Customs: Tail Swaps

Most days when I start a new custom mini model, I get out my saw and cut off the tail and Dremel off the mane with the intent of sculpting new hair from scratch—but upon closer inspection, I’ve noticed that it isn’t that the original tails are all terrible, it’s just that I’m tired of seeing them on that particular model.

My first tail swaps began with Valegro’s tail. Here it is on a TWH:

And again on Mirado, but rotated:

I thought I’d share a little bit about my process for those of you who want to experiment. If you are keeping the mane (and it isn’t braided) find a tail that matches in sculpting style. For example, the G3 Peruvian Paso and the G4 Driving Horse (now sometimes called the Walking Warmblood) both have hair with many detailed sections—a perfect Jane Lunger match! Carefully cut the tails off of both models with a small saw, always being mindful of your fingers and using a vice to hold the towel-wrapped model if possible. When the tails are off it’s a great time to sand se…

Throwback Thursday

This little mule sports a roached mane and a bell tail—both made with soft hair. I think I might’ve started with Native Dancer (my favorite G1 mold). He’s been airbrushed and sprayed with Krylon. He was painted on my patio in San Diego where the weather was almost-always perfect for airbrushing outside.

Throwback Thursday

Another chestnut model... I might have been working on a theme. This is a G1 draft horse with some customizing. I would have heated up his little legs with a paint-removing gun—which was very hot and impossible to aim because it had a wide opening like a hair drier. His mane, tail and feathers are sculpted from Gapoxio (which got a bit lumpy and awkward in some places). He has a peg in one hoof and painted-on shoes.