Monte San Savino Show 2011

15 11 2011

I’m back from San Savino, where I bring a good feeling for several reasons.

Over all my years in this hobby, I have attended many national and international competitions, so I’m in a position to compare with other. And I can say without any doubt that for me this event is currently the highest level in the relationship of quantity and quality of pieces offered. A level of difficulty, that frankly, I didn’t expect.

But start at the beginning.

The event takes place in Monte San Savino, a beautiful little town of Italy, who arrived by car from Rome, which is about two hours drive. Surprised to check not only the hospitality of the local people but as they turn to their own competition, to promote and be part of it. The exhibition hallsare located in a small house museum that preserves the medieval spirit of the town.

I don’t know the number of pieces submitted, but it was really high. With Italian and international artists. But the really amazing was the level that you could see is the display tables. Both historical and fantasy had unquestionable quality of work. And this level was seen in the awards ceremony, where great masters reached with effort a silver medal and the number of golden medals was really low. This, at least for me, another example of the great difficulty of the competition.

The Best of Show went to the hands of the Zapatero Guardini/Gustavo Gil’s tandem, and with which I totally agree. With a magnificent historical display that breaks with traditional Napoleonic scenes.

The shopping area had few stands and missed some brands, but it compensates by offering visitors interesting offers about  the regular prices, which is usually not normal … although it should.

Regarding the people, what can I say? Legio’s family once again turned to us to make us feel at home. Even more and more I feel a little part of them. Stefano, Max, Andrea, Luca, Fabio, Raffa …. you know who you are, so do not engage to all, but I want to thank you. And of course I can not forget the great man band, our Italian bro … Fra! I hope all you had the opportunity to be with this person at least once, to see what it’s to be great indeed!

And I can’t leave our new friends, Sebastian, Roman and Raffa. Great painters and better people (I hope to see you soon again and that you will continue to revolutionize this hobby world as you are doing so far)

And of course, my monkeys Piqui and Javi, for making this trip a whole EXPERIENCE!

Of course next year must be repeated!

To view the photo gallery, click on the logo!


Road to San Savino

10 11 2011

It’s time for our last contest in the 2011!!

Arsies, Piqui and me will travel to Italy tomorrow to participate in the San Savino Show. It would be celebrate in the town with the same name. Three days to enjoy the landscapes, gastronomy and of course the fellowship. There’re waiting our friends from the Legio Pictorum and other spanish friends.

Also, Arsies and me will give a painting talk the Saturday at 15’00h. I hope that somebody’ll find it interesting!!

Anyway, you could read a review about the contest the next week!

Smith Knight WIP

1 11 2011

This weekend I’d started my new commission for Kabuki Models. This time is a piece from their range “Knights of Legend”, the Smith Knight.

The miniature is 32mm tall, sculpted by Jarek and designed by Aurelio Lecis.

As in previous works, I’d to follow a colour scheme, but in NMM in this time.

I used Deep Green and Black for the armour’s base. For higlights I add to the base Esmerald, Lime Green and Light Flesh. To make a deep shadows I used washes of Black ink.

This is the actual point of the miniature

Miniatures Review 3

29 10 2011

Name: Magneto. 70mm

Company: Knight Models. Marvel Universe line

Price: 50€

The figure comes in resin and metal, contrary to what is announced on the website of the brand. We assume that is a minor typo. Sculpted by Jerome Renaud (?) and with a size of 70mm.

The presentation of the case, as usual in Knight Models, is magnificent. In a small metal box embossed and whose bottom we can see the box art of the figure includes. Once inside, perfectly placed, find the small plastic exposition base and a character card that offers a small biography and Limited Edition number (# 210 in my box). And of course, the figure.




As I said earlier, the figure comes in resin (cloak, torso and leg) and metal. There are eight pieces, including the scenic terrain. Apart brings eight small pieces of metal to decorate the ground. As a curiosity should be noted the details of including two heads, one with and one without helmet.

The metal detail is quite good and can not be seen mold lines. Although in the helmet can see a small defect there would be repaired with putty.



Can not say the same of the resin, which has mold lines rather more obvious and in very difficultaccess areas for disposal. Even on a site I found a light step and some bubble. It also presents alook rough and dirty. Clean lines and debris from the robe will be a very tedious job.






Regarding the assembly, has some degree of difficulty due to the right arm of the figure, whichmust fit into two different parts simultaneously. Also, assembling the pre-shows we can see that would be necessary to repair some parts with putty once painted and mounted. Aside from that, the rest is fairly straightforward, although it seems recomended to separate torso and cloak to paint them.


in my opinion, a great miniature, but its casting isn’t enough good for the cuality that should be, at last in this case.

Rating quality/price: 8


24 10 2011

As in my last post, today I bring you a new box art from Kabuki Models.

This is Ky-Ra’, sculpted by Juan Navarro Perez in 54mm, and directly inspired by Boris Vallejo and Frazetta’s girls. With an exaggerated musculature while wild and sensual look. That piece is divided in five parts, plus a small scenic base. And it’s almost clean of mold lines or bubbles. As occurred with the Steamborg, the copy quality is really good.

The color scheme, like the character design, is based on Aurelio Lecis’ art work. Although in this case, they wanted more tanned skin than the illustration.

Aurelio Lecis art work

 The work of the skin is done with the airbrush by 90% and due to my lack of skill with this tool, I had to repeat the process on four occasions.

I used as base of the skin a Brown Sand mixed with a little Red Leather, which was shining with Sunny Skintone, Basic Skintone and some Light Flesh. Also I used glazes for the shadows of a dark reddish brown, almost staining the areas more than paint them. For medium tones I used Snakebite Leather and Red Leather as a glaze.

The work in the metallic parts was as usual,  starting from a very dark tone and following shades and tones, ending with the lights and effects.

Anyway, I hope you like it. And any criticism, question or comment is welcome.


10 10 2011
A few weeks ago, the italian manufacturer of miniatures, Kabuki Models, contacted me. They had seen my work online and they were interested in it. They asked me if I was interested to paint the box art of some of their news. And as I found an interesting project, I accepted.This is the first figure in this series of miniatures. It’s a cyborg girl, from their 21st Centuy Pin-upsrange.The figure is 35mm tall, and has been sculpted by Patrick Masson and designed by Aurelio Lecis. It comes in a high cuality resin and the sculpture is really awesome. Although pictures do not look it, is really small and thin.The color scheme was a request from Kabuki, which ask me to follow the Lecis’ desing, but forcing the old, rusted and ancient machine effect. But in my opinion gives to many other versions of color!

A very recommended miniature. Feel free to comment!

Music for painting

5 10 2011

I’m busy these days with some proyects, for that reason I don’t update my site as I would like. But today I would like to share with you one of the playlist that I love to listen when I’m painting.

It’s, in my opinion, a wonderful and quite playlist. Very recommended. You can check it clicking in the Spotify logo.

Also I would like to share the videoclip from one of the themes that you can find in the playlist. I hope you enjoy it!