Make: Ertl Farm Country (Collectible Animals)
Scale: Stablemate-ish
Mold: Shetland Mare
Color: Chestnut Tobiano
Gallery: Tobiano
Medium: Acrylics
Status: Painted 200? and Sold 200?

This little gal came in a set with Splatterpaint and signals the point at which I gave up on oil painting. She’s a horse of a lot of firsts and I don’t think she came out too badly in retrospect.

Shenandoah was the first non-Breyer soft plastic horse that I tried to customize, as well as the first horses that I attempted resculpting on, plus the first horse that I painted in acrylics. That’s a lot to load on a critter!

Her poor tail is a result of two part epoxy that I grabbed from the plumbing isle in Walmart. It was greasy, messy, and hard to sculpt… I swapped over to ‘real’ epoxy as soon as I could after that. Thankfully the epoxy didn’t discolor the primer—I ended up waiting a week between priming and painting just to make sure.

She was painted to match a Chincoteague pony from one of my horse books, so at least the pattern is realistic. I do wish I had put more shading into her, but she was my learning curve from oils to acrylics and was only the second or third horse that I had painted.

One of those horses where I really wish I had a ‘do over’ button!

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Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!