Skyfire Splash

Skyfire Splash
Skyfire Splash

Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Saddlebred (G2)
Color: Bay Sabino Roan (Red Roan)
Gallery: Dilutes
Medium: Acrylics, Prismacolor Pencils
Status: Painted 200? and Sold 200?

This little gal is one of my earlier customs, as you can tell by the heavy use of prismacolor pencils in the roaning. I was primarily a 2D artist before starting customizing model horses, so I was more inclined towards a multimedia approach in the beginning.

Although I moved into straight acrylics, I’m gradually moving back into a similar methodology now…

This custom is another one where I could have used a bit more research before I started working. Skyfire was originally intended to be a true roan—I only learned later that sabino roans are the only ones with mixed manes and tails. While I got the solid colored head and legs correct, it’s enough to kick her out of the running in a show.

The Prismacolor pencils did make for an interesting effect, although it was one that worked better in photos than in-hand. I think if I went back with proper reference photos and hair growth charts I might be able to pull it off using this technique—but it may be that pencils are a better fit for larger scales.

Stablemate and Microminis have a tendency to work better with softer details. Trying to get individual hairing patterns done in the correct scale can be quite a headache (and a strain on your pencil sharpener).

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!

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