Suicide Kings (Custom Breyer Stablemate Andalusian)

Suicide Kings
Suicide Kings

Poptop may have beat this little guy through the finish gate, but Kings is the first Third Generation mold that I’ve finished to date (as the Druid Horse is still a WiP).

Kings is a Breyer Stablemate G3 Andalusian painted to a dark liver chestnut with minimal splash overo markings, brown eyes, shell hooves, and a matte finish. His eyes and inner nostrils have been lightly glossed.

Since I tend to name the Spanish breeds alone themes, I decided to go with a card genre this time around—hence the name. (His ‘bench name’ was Gambler, but I figured he deserved something a little more daring. *grin*)

Kings was another one of the bodies from the ‘started but never finished’ pile and one of the easier salvage jobs. He is a simple custom; his hooves are not carved (since they have sculpted frogs) and no changes have been made to the mold other than seam sanding and logo removal.

He started out with an acrylic undercoat and then layers pastels over that giving him red and yellow undertones. Kings is a little darker than the pictures show, but only a smidge.

He’s a minimal splash overo, with the high legs whites and the bald face, but doesn’t have any belly markings. His nose is pinked, although you can’t tell in the photos (I’ll see if I can’t get a less washed-out picture before I post him to Etsy tonight) and he has four color eyes.

Kings does have some prepping issues—which is the norm for most of the old models, so I’d hesitate to say he’s anything better than Photo Show Quality (PSQ). But each show and region is different, so make your own decision on if he makes the cut for Live Show Quality (LSQ).

The Breyer Stablemate G3 Andalusian is a little under 3.5 inches tall, 4 inches long, and 1.5 inches wide. Per Breyer Stablemates are all 1:32 scale, but it varies a bit between molds.

He was started sometime between September 2010 and March 2011 (still trying to track it down) and finished in January 2012.

Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Brunt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Ivory Black, Raw Sienna, Venetian Rose, Light Portrait Pink), Sargent Art Earthtone Chalk Pastels

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