|Mini Connemara Mare with slight customization|
There are seven new molds, increasing the total number of Stablemates to 82:
- Mini Smart Chic Olena inspired by "Smart and Shiney" sculpted by Susan Carlton Sifton
- Mini Connemara Mare, or "Croi," inspired by "Bramble" sculpted by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig
- Mini Fell Pony inspired by "Black-Eyed Susan" sculpted by Kathleen Moody
- Mini Missouri Fox Trotter in shaded fleabitten grey also by Moody
- Mini Indian Pony in vintage-style chestnut tovero sculpted by Chris Hess
- Mini Fighting Stallion in vintage-style glossy charcoal also by Hess
- Mini Clydesdale Stallion in vintage-style woodgrain also by Hess
The first little guy in my hot little hands is Smart Chic Olena. This mold has a lovely long tail with lots of details, a handsome head, and nice muscling in both the hindquarters and left shoulder. His chest is detailed and not marred by seams. His overall body shape fits his breed with a nice hip and deep girth. Viewed from the top, his left ribs look more "sprung" than his right, but he isn't as lopsided as the new standing Warmblood. His hooves aren't carved and lack detail, but have a little more to them than the new walking thoroughbred mold.
The mane is much like Alborozo's in that it's long and plastered to his neck and shoulder with the "wind" blowing it forward. The forelock wraps around one ear (also like Alborozo's, but not as much). His right ear seems to be flipped the wrong way (curving away instead of in). Both ears seem small to me, even for a Quarter Horse. His front legs appear to be two different lengths, something I hadn't noticed on the traditional model. On my model, the left leg broke on me, so maybe my model wasn't quite right.
|Smart and Shiney chopped up.|
|Connemara Mare "Croi" sculpted by Sarah Minkiewicz-Bruenig|
She can be a little tricky to prep because she has many tight spots. But if you have a small piece of fine sandpaper (400) and a tiny round file, you'll be able to reach those tricky spots and deal with any feathering that may not have come across well on your particular model. Her windblown mane and swishing tail will be fun to paint and her playful pose will be fun to modify.
The third model I have is the Clydesdale Stallion. He is Chris Hess blast from the past! I've owned several of the Traditional-scale ones over the years. He looks awesome in mini-scale woodgrain and I'll be keeping an OF of this model for sure.
He is a mini of the retooled, muscle-y version. The bobs in his mane and bow in his forelock and tail are nice touches, his legs and hooves are substantial enough to withstand modification. The later are do not have frogs. His feathering has some detail and doesn't overwhelm. His ears and nostrils are nicely shaped and carved out. His eyes are large and kind, although he still looks a little stressed around the mouth after all these years.
|Mini Clydesdale Stallion by Chris Hess|
Artists are going to love having another heavy draft mold--even though this guy is small when compared to other Stablemates. For example, his overall proportions resemble this stocky Percheron. The docked tail can easily be resculpted to a braided one to reflect the changing laws in Europe and some States that now ban the practice.
The model's pose is static, but that might work out well—he could be moved into a more dramatic pose or moved to standing poses. It will be fun to see what artists create with this old boy.
|Mini Clydesdale Custom in progress|
|Small but mighty, the Fell Pony stands a smidge taller than the Shetland.|
|Another Kathleen Moody in Mini, the MFT|