Review – Figure Painter Magazine, Issue # 1

Posted: June 3, 2013 in Reviews
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So a few days ago I stumbled across a new publisher called Pigeon Publishing.  They have just started what appears to be their first publication called “Figure Painter Magazine”  From their website they describe themselves as…

Figure Painter Magazine is a new independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre’s. The magazine will have details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery so feel free to upload you miniature images for submission and the best new image each month will receive a free resin plinth courtesy of Model Display Products.”

I have to say, I’m extremely impressed with this magazine.  Not only is its production standard very high, but the content is first class too.  What I like about it the most is that it offers a very unbiased perspective on our hobby and thoroughly covers many of the aspects associated with the hobby too, from painting, to sculpting and also has ads from suppliers that you may not hear about unless you are a hardcore painter yourself.

I often find myself looking for interesting publications that will help me become a better quality painter and grow my skill set.  When I saw this one I immediately recognised its value.  So lets take a quick look at this 56 page maiden publication from Pigeon Publishing.

FPM 1

This is the cover art work which features a model painted by Polish painter Karol Rudyk, Golden Daemon & Slayer Sword winner amongst many other places at prestigious painting competitions.  There is also a very interesting interview with him as their feature article.  As the name of their interview series suggest, it offers some very interesting insights into how elite painters approach their subjects and some fascinating points of view on the hobby.  FPM 2

The contents page.  As you can see, the topics covered are diverse and stimulating.  Something for everyone.  FPM 3

The first issue also features a comprehensive 4 page review of the Star Wars X-Wing miniatures game.  Although I have not played it myself, I know plenty of friends that are quite into it and this review certainly highlights why its become such a popular game so quickly.  FPM 4Another interesting article is a review of various modelling shows in the UK such as Salute, Forgeworld open day and various IPMS events.  I really like this as it offers readers the ability to see how other modelling enthusiasts do business.  I’m a really big believer in looking outside your chosen corner of modelling and seeing how others apply technics and achieve effects to give you a more rounded and balanced approach to modelling.  Articles like these give readers who may only paint figurines the opportunity to explore how say, WWI Bi-Plane modellers detail their planes wing rigging to achieve a realistic effect.  This technique may then be applied to figurines bringing a new technique and take the hobby to a new level.  It also exposes readers to events that they may never have heard of before that they can visit.

So to wrap up, this is a great ePub (its only available for digital download) and the first issue is 1 British Pound ($1.66 AUD), its 56 pages of high quality content and deserves your support, so rock over to www.figurepaintermagazine.co.uk and grab a copy and head over to their Facebook page and throw them a like

Thanks for dropping in

John

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