July 08, 2016

Fridays with Farley...a Dose of Useless Tidbits

Figure Painter Magazine # 38

Now Available for Download

My favorite digital magazine just dropped another issue and 38 is packed with articles and tutorials that will suit everyone and be helpful to all levels of painters. Marta Slusarska has written a really useful tutorial about the many ways to mount miniatures and busts. French sculptor Greg Girault explains how he sculpted his recently released Saxon bust. Marko Paunovic continues his post-apocalyptic diorama, where, this month, he lays down the electronics for the LEDs and finally, we have the second part of Fernando Ruiz’s Norman Warrior and Saxon Housecarl, the miniatures he painted during our first SeminART.

STILL THE BEST DEAL ON THE WEB! FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials. 
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Farly Mitchell's Quickies

The Gras-Master 2.0 from Germany scenery specialist NOCH is a tool that allows modelers to model the most realistic grass practical. From the early days of scenery, modelers have used many methods to represent grass - saw dust, rope, brush bristles, ground foam and ground up natural material. Then came static grass. But even it tended to lie flat. Then someone figured out how to make a charged field to stand the grass fibers on end. And then NOCH introduced the Gras-Master. Gras-Master generates an electrostatic field to that makes synthetic grass fibers stand upright. How?

The electrical circuit within the Gras-Master converts the 9V battery current into a stable high voltage reaching 20,000 V DC. The coating at the bottom of the white container is a special material that creates a negative pole carried by the grass fibres. The positive pole travels through the cable from the top of the device and releases through the alligator clip. As the fibres exit the sieve they are pulled mid-air through an electrical field allowing the grass to land in a vertical position on the surface area. 

Need one? Want one?  Click HERE

FredKitMaker B has produced a great video tutorial on using the Gras Master


Military miniatures are a great way to add drama to your militaria collection. 
ACW militaria from the MTSC Collection
WWI French militaria from the MTSC Collection
WWII German militaria from the MTSC Collection
WWII GI militaria from the MTSC Collection

From a simpler time...
The level of modeling talent and imagination around the world never ceases to amaze me!

Came across this beautiful and lovely made WWII "trench" art bracelet at a recent military show. 

Until next time...

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