March 03, 2017

Fridays with Farley! Another Dose of Useless Tidbits

• Digital Delights...

Figure Painter Magazine # 43

Now Available for Download

From the publisher-
Welcome to issue 43 of Figure Painter Magazine; the first of 2017!
We have a great issue for you this month and as you will see, our writers got plenty of hobby bits and pieces for Christmas. We have Unboxings from FeR, NutsPlanet, Sago Productions, Giorgos Tsougkouzidis, HeraModels, BestSoldiers and Artefakt —phew! We also take a closer look at the new Ultra Matte Varnish from AK Interactive and the new Leaf Punches from PK-Pro.
Marko brings us the latest instalment of his post-apocalyptic diorama and we have another really inspiring tutorial from Roman Lappat. Also — drum roll please — we finally have a tutorial from none other than John Keys!
In this issue, we also talk to a real new kid on the block; Winton Afrić is a sculptor of extraordinary talent who specialises in digitally sculpting dragons! Check out his interview by Marko Paunovic. Kicking this issue off, though, is a truly fantastic talent and a really nice bloke and winner of…well everything: Michael Kontraros!

STILL THE BEST DEALS ON THE WEB! FPM and Initiative are available as a downloaded PDFs 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! Initiative magazine is a new digital publication focusing on boardgames, RPG's and Skirmish and War-games and the miniature figures that accompany them.

• Couch Potato Heaven...
PBS Explores...
The Great War
In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917. PBS is premiering The Great War, the latest documentary in its American Experience program. To mark the centennial of the United States’ entry into World  War I, the three-part, six- hour series will air April 10–12. The film explores how World War I changed America and the world. Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, The Great War tells the rich and complex story of the conflict through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American “code talkers,” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. 

• Historical Heaven...
by Don Troiani

It could be the last Civil War painting that Troiani ever creates...

This work captures the February 1862 lancer charge by Company B of the 5th Texas Mounted Rifles against a superior force of Union infantry in what is now New Mexico. As with all Troiani's wartime depictions, the painting is so vivid it feels almost three-dimensional: The Confederate soldier at center, yelling and driv­ing his lance forward, seems set to burst through the canvas, even as panicked men and horses behind him shrink back. But Valverde is remarkable for another reason. It could be the last Civil War painting that Troiani ever creates.

In Civil War circles, Troiani is a legend. He has made a career of bringing the conflict's most iconic moments-everything from J.E.B. Stuart's attack on the 11th New York at First Bull Run to the solemn Union salute of surrendered Confederates at Appomat­tox-into vibrant focus. Out­side of period photographs, much of today's visual record of the Civil War is Troiani's creation. His work has been featured in countless books, films, and documentaries, and in more than 50 maga­zines. His paintings hang in the Pentagon, the Smithson-an, the Washington Monument, the National Civil War Museum, and dozens of national parks and bat­tlefields. 

It seems impossible, then, that America's most re­spected historical artist would step away from por­traying its greatest conflict. But Troiani, now 68, views it more practically. "I've done 35 years of Civil War paintings;' he says. "I think I covered it pretty good:' 

Soon after the painting was finished, Troiani sold the bulk of his Civil War artifact col­lection to the United States Army Center of Military His­tory - more than a thousand items altogether, including rarities like nine Zouave uni­forms and a pair of Civil War underwear. The collection will be incorporat­ed into the future National Museum of the United States Army.

The sale gave Troiani the freedom to pick what he paints, and what he wants now is to stretch his brush further back in time, to the Revolu­tionary War. "It's always been my favorite period," admits Troiani, who once published an entire book on American Revolution military buttons. Currently he is working on a large painting of the Boston Massacre and has two Revo­lutionary War books in the works. (His final Civil War book, a four-year project on uniforms called Civil War Sol­diers, will be released in early summer.) "My goal is to do all the major Revolutionary bat­tles, especially if there are no accurate depictions," he says. "I want to create the great scenes of America's past!' Could that same impulse compel him, at some point, to return to the Civil War? Un­likely, he says. "But I won't say never?
...from The Civil War Monitor May 2017

• Socialized...
found on Facebook...

The latest work from Don Troiani can be found on his excellent Facebook page. As mentioned above he is concentrating on painting the battles of the American Revolu­tion and he has a preview of his latest "The Boston Massacre" as well as many other excellent works on his FB page Don Troiani Historical Artist


 World War I German Militaria groupingclick to enlarge view
• BUILT...
Hunter Kronner's F & I diorama created using 1/72nd scale plastic figures


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