Miniature Makers: Beyond Miniatures

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Today we’re going to look at one of the newest kids on the miniature block. Beyond Miniature is a Spanish company that was started in 2015 by Alejandro Prieto and Arnau Lazaro. These two friends began commission painting in 2012 and Beyond Miniatures has grown naturally from that partnership. They currently have only a single miniature available for sale. “The Hobgoblin” is designed by Alejandro and Arnau and is sculpted by the legendary Pedro Fernández. It’s a stunning piece and certainly creates excitement to see what else is coming in the future.

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The journey for Beyond Miniatures is only starting, but it’s a company worth keeping an eye on. Alejandro and Arnau are very open about their experience and speak about their desire to keep learning and improving wherever possible. With this welcoming attitude they should have no problem finding their way into the realms of great miniature companies.

To visit Beyond Miniatures and check out their gallery click here

 

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Painting Rocket Raccoon’s Last Stand

Convention season is upon us again and so is the most exciting and busiest time for a miniature painter. Apologies for not posting more regularly lately. I’m in a race against time to see how many figures can be completed before Origins and Gencon. So any spare second I have I’ve been painting. But I will try to post weekly at least. There probably won’t be any board game miniature posts until after GenCon but I’m excited to show off what I’ve been working on instead. First off is Rockets Revenge from Knight Models.

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This picture has trouble conveying how tiny these miniatures are. At 34mm Rocket is barely as large as my finger making him one of the most challenging miniatures I’ve painted.

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The base was made using a cheap Gaurdians of the Galaxy toy and sawing the wings off. Then using the plastic bits left over to create the engine. The rocks come from the bark of a very cool breed of pine tree that grows here and makes excellent looking stones. The base has also been burnt to create the scorch marks and bullet  holes.

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Originally I had wanted to have Rocket stand on top of the ship rubble. But Knight Miniatures uses an extremely soft metal that bends and breaks easily. Trying to remove Rocket from his base damaged him so improvisation was needed. Even though at the time it seemed devastating, it’s a good lesson to learn. Whenever possible I will now try to work the base into the piece as a whole. Or at least cut off the base first before spending hours painting.

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A Dremel helped in scouring the plastic toy creating a damaged look. Just make sure you wear protective glasses.

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Then just some tiny details to fill out the scene like this skull and a tiny alien pod crushed under the wing.

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As Knight Model’s new Marvel Miniature Game takes off I’m excited to what creativity others bring. And as new heros are constantly released there should be many more exciting things down the road for us all.

To check out the Marvel Miniatures game click here

Miniature Maker: Mproyec

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Today we’re going to look at one of the “newer kids on the block”, in the miniature world. Founded in 2014 by a group of Spanish artists led by Raúl García Latorre. This group of sculptures aim to push the miniature world into its own respected art form. By providing the highest quality of miniature for painting they work to bring the hobby out of the gaming industry and into a broader artistic audience. One of the ways they do this is to  cast a limited number of each miniature and then retire the mold permanently before it begins to show wear.

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This technique of casting results in  two things. First, that every miniature that you order will be of the highest quality possible.

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Second, that most of the miniatures that you see here are unavailable. This second part can be a bit of a let down when you visit the site and see how many amazing pieces there are that you’ll never paint.

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But this studio hasn’t been slacking, and new miniatures are added often and available for preorder to guarantee you get one. The constant change of stock is actually refreshing once you get use to it. And it’s kind of cool to know that there aren’t hundreds of miniatures exactly like yours out there in the world.

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These miniatures run from around 30£-60£ depending on the size of the figure. Some of these minis are very small so it’s a bit on the expensive side. In each box you get the limited run high quality mini, a signed certificate of its number in the run, a thick card stock of concept art used for that miniature, and sometimes extra bits to customize your mini. All this helps to justify the price and often they provide an additional discount if your willing to purchase multiple minis at once.

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So go ahead and check out this cool mini company. The argument that miniature painting is a creative and vibrant art form has been gaining momentum the last few years. As that movement grows I think we will see more companies like Mproyec popping up and trying to push the boundaries of miniature sculpting even further. Until then Mproyec will stand as a great example of what can be created by sculptures that love the hobby as much as the people they sculpt for.

 

Click here to check out Mproyec’s newest minis