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One Hundred Horses: Number Nineteen

Pippi is a playful mare in dapple seal brown inspired by Vesuvio Bien Vee photographed by Soltera. Both are a color I hadn’t tried to paint before, and I am happy with the soft feel.
Her braid is caught up in the game.

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One Hundred Horses: Number Eighteen

The weather hasn’t been very cooperative for both spraying models and photographing them! I finished a simple repaint this week. He’s a grulla brindle mustang stallion with a little sock and a star, stripe and snip. His base holds him into a leaping pose.

He was inspired by Drink One For Me, an AQHA stallion. (

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I'm going to paint a model I've been working on this winter. He's an American Cream Draft stallion made from a Breyer Stablemate Vaulting horse and a heand and neck combo resin sculpted by Maggie Bennett. Right now he needs another round of prep work--you know how that first coat of primer shows the little things that you missed? Now that he's one color I can see where I need to focus to blend the two parts together.

For those of you on Pinterest, I'm working from photos of a sweet-looking stallion named Joker's Golden Boy.

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American Cream Draft WIP

I’m working on an American Cream Draft Horse. He is part resin and part Breyer... so I’m not sure how I’ll show him. The head and neck were a gift from Maggie Bennet—she noticed that I was wearing a name tag at Breyerfest 2018 and gave me a Stablemate casting of a drafter head and neck. 

I chose the G4 Vaulting Horse for the Body. I like this mold, but prefer the feet be more underneath the body. So a few leg changes, hoof fixes, and new hindquarters and he’s coming along. This breed often sports a long tail, so that was sculpted separately and is in the process of being finished,

I’ve been making a little progress in prepping this guy:

One Hundred Horses: Number Seventeen

I've decided to challenge myself to learn more about horse coat colors by painting mini Alborozos in different colors. This guy, Ignacio, is chestnut, one of the more common colors in the real-horse world... although maybe not in the model horse world where buckskin pinto shows up quite frequently. Because who doesn't love a splash of white on a dilute? I made his mane and tail a little darker than his body color for a little variety in contrast.

One Hundred Horses: Number Sixteen

This little sport horse is an Equus Kinsky. His name is Czechmate. I chose the breed because who doesn't love a dapple palomino with metallic tones? Around 40% of these horses have coats in various shades of gold, due to the cream dilution gene while others are bay, chestnut, or black (although black is rare). The coat is extremely glossy and almost metallic.

I got distracted from pastelling and finishing models by the International Customizing Equine Event where I began (and finished customizing) a pair of Akhal Teke buddies.

So I'm pleased with this cutie.

The weather has been gray and cold. Maybe the sun will shine on me for a photoshoot!

One Hundred Horses: Number Fifteen

Appaloosas can be tricky to capture in miniature. They seem to have endless intricate markings from a speckled nose to a striped (or not) hoof, from an oblong heart-shapped spot to a perfectly round one.

One of my favorite molds (back when we long-time hobbyists only had G1 Stablemates) was Seabiscuit. This is one of my Seabiscut customs from years ago.

So for this Appaloosa project I chose a Seabiscuit. He needed a little help in the feet department due to some mold flaws, but other than that he's pretty similar.

I used burnt sienna Pan Pastel for Confetti's spots. They seemed like they needed more layers than the black Pan Pastel spots on Party Invite.