The last few months, whole summer actually, was very busy time for me. I had several toy designs to accomplish. Most of them are ready and sent last week, what makes me quite happy and now I wait to see how will they look when painted and produced in plastic.
Meanwhile, I also received a very nice package from the toy company for which I design animal models (Mojo Fun aka Animal Planet). In the package, I found the toy versions of animals I designed in the last 2 years and it is very nice feeling to see how the final product looks and feels like! That's exciting for me every time :)
They were mostly cattle and horses but also the sitting baby rhino. I also got some extras from Mojo, including a gift for my son - the golden dragon model and two lovely models for my own collection: the new lion male and the dalmatian dog.
Few comments about them. Mojo now produces their models from new kind of plastic, which is nice quality and in my opinion is an improvement compared to the old one. It's more durable, a bit softer and it doesn't break easily. Also, many models are painted using some new (for this company) techniques and I like the effect, especially on spotted models!
I'm especially pleased with Dalmatian dog model, it is in scale 1:12 so it will work perfectly as a friend for Willem (resin Comtois horse in Classic scale).
My husband likes the sitting rhino best and he even took one to his workplace, haha.
The favourite of my son is, of course, the golden dragon. Golden is his favourite colour and dragons generally are inspiring. Dragon became a best friend of the King Without The Castle from my son's collection ;)
Another news in a toy theme for me is a special kinetic sand. This kind of sand is meant mostly for little kids as a home version of normal sand. Contrary to normal sand it doesn't make much mess because it doesn't scatter (it is more like wet sand but not exactly), it sticks to itself but not to other materials and it doesn't dry out. It is also perfect for simple diorama-like setup for photos. It is already known in the model horse hobby from some time as a good base for miniature show scenes.
I had fun using it to make a small diorama scenes for my horse models and other figures and then photographing it. I used old calendar photos as a background for these scenes. I know it is rather popular practice in the hobby but I didn't try it before. You can see photo of the setup and some of the effects here:
My conclusion is it is really nice to play with the models this way and I probably need more fences and/or other diorama elements for future sessions.
Thank you for looking here!
In 2014 I spend some time designing toy horses for the company Mojo Fun (sold also as Animal Planet products) . I sculpted 2 models of horses of two breeds (Tinker and Orlov Trotter) and two Shetland ponies (mare and foal). It is slowly becoming a tradition for me that after finishing sculpting the horse models for this company I try to paint each of them to another colour version, just for fun and to see how they would look in different colours.
Tinker Mare I've decided for chestnut sabino for the Tinker mare and I thought the big white marking on the face may and a flaxen mane will suit her as well. The original toy model is a black tobiano, the most recognisable colour for Tinkers. I wanted to paint something a bit more unusual.
Orlov Trotter Here I had rather easy choice because the original toy model is dark steel grey. Therefore I could just paint the whitish grey version which I really wanted to see in a model of this particular breed. Also, I'm really happy I could sculpt Orlov Trotter toy. I think it was very interesting choice made by the brand. I don't remember any available toy representing this interesting and pretty breed of horses. Now, I wish I would be able to craft the miniature traditional Russian red bridle for this horse. On the third photo you see the Orlov Trotter stallion with another model, it's Arabian mare in foal I sculpted for Mojo for their 2014 line, here you see my version painted in flea beaten grey which is my favourite shade of grey, especially for Arabians :D
Shetland ponies mare with foal I decided to try two colour versions for each of these figures. Mares are painted into bay with so called pangaré gene and another mare is supposed to be chestnut tobiano. Foals are palomino and bay tobiano. The Shetland foals are my son's favourite figures. I must say they are quite playable ;) We have spend some time building little scenery with doll house furniture and taking photos. You can see the effects here above ^.
I sculpted also cattle for the Mojo 2015 and I'm considering painting them as well. If you would like to share suggestions for the cattle colours, please write. They are Simmental cow and Texas Longhorn bull. It would be great to see some suggestions for these two :) Oh, and one more photo, where you can see the horses sculpted for 2014 and 2015 all together, let's say it's a family portrait. Comments, questions and advices are welcome. Thank you for looking here :)
About this blog :
This blog is about my collection of miniature animal models (toys and not only) and about my artworks (mainly small scale animalistic sculptures). Some posts will also be about real animals, equestrian sport and more.
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