Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Saddlebred (G2)
Color: Quasi-stone in Blue, Black, and Silver
Medium: Acrylics, Liquitex Phthalocyanine Blue
Status: Painted 200? and Sold 200?

Blaustein means ‘Blue Stone’ in German and is one of my less creative names. This little gal was one of several models that I painted in a semi-faux-stone pattern (Philosophers Stone and Gold Digger were painted in a similar fashion). The color wasn’t meant to replicate any particular stone, but rather the painting methods normally used to do so.

I started with a plain white base and added a random black pattern and black points. I tried to make sure the black patches had nice sharp edges to them and were roughly lineal, to keep them looking as unrealistic as possible.

Then I went back over the pattern with a layer of phthalocyanine blue. Since the blue is translucent the black pattern came through clearly, but I was still able to get a nice blue hue overall.

On top of the blue I added the silver with a small stencil brush, keeping the runs roughly perpendicular to each other in an imitation of stone strata. Then I finished her off with realistic eyes and hooves and gave her a nice thick glossy finish.

I think the effect overall came out quite nicely. While the phthalocyanine blue can be a pain to photograph, it creates some wonderful depth to the patterns. I don’t lean towards the completely unrealistic patterns on my models, so it’s nice to break out of the box sometimes.


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!