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Hi From Worcestershire UK - Back after 30yrs

Discussion in 'Welcome aboard' started by Nick Kinson, Feb 10, 2021.

  1. Nick Kinson New Member

    Hi Guys

    A Big Hello To Everyone

    Getting back into the hobby after a long time absence, I used to paint for Richard Almond of Almond Sculptures back in the day, some of my figures were used as a colour guide on the kits.

    Glad to be back, hope to make new friends along the journey

    Kind Regards

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  2. 1969 A Fixture

    Welcome back Nick, hope to see some of your work on here.
  3. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Nick

    A BIG ŴELCOME back and to PF from me

    Great to have you with us ...share the PF word !!!

    Do ask any questions someone will know

    Lots of different sections to look at including traditional and 3 D sculpting , competitions , WIP's , References , Painting techniques and so much more

    There are threads in Welcome Aboard about how to do things on PF but feel free to message me always happy to help

    We have V Bench for WIP's as well https://www.planetfigure.com/forums/vbench-works-in-progress.35/ ) , and also a Completed part

    ALL figures are welcome and of course Vignettes & Diorama ( we run friendly competitions if you wish as well , one called FOTM where there are 3 classes to choose in which to enter )

    Look forward to seeing more of your figures

    Happy bench-time

    Nap ( Moderator/Admin )
  4. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Welcome to the Planet Nick. I did a few Almond Miniatures back then, so I would have seen your work for sure. Stick around mate, it's fun on here(y)

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  5. Nick Kinson New Member

    Fantastic guys thank you so much for the very warm welcome, I'm amazed at how much the hobby has moved on in terms of products painting mediums and styles, truly incredible....thanks again for the very warm welcome
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  6. DaddyO A Fixture

    Welcome on board Nick :)

    Like Phil (and many others on here I'm sure) I painted some of Richard's work when it was first around so I remember your colour guides well.
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  7. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    I'm just starting work on Von Werner one of Richards figures. My wife has been pestering me to paint it for years.

    Richard was a huge loss to the hobby, the artwork was always on a par with poste militaire so l am sure you will be a big asset to the forum...welcome back to this wonderful hobby.

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  8. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

    Welcome Nick, look forward to seeing you get up and running again.
  9. Nick Kinson New Member

    Thank You Guys

    Keith I totally agree with you about the loss of Richard Almond, we became good friends in the time we worked together, it took the wind out of my sails for quite a while.

    Now I am retired, I have plenty of time to get back into the hobby...I have to say Im amazed at the talent that exists within this hobby and look forward to seeing the various members work in the forum
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  10. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

    Welcome Nick - pleased to meet you & looking forward to seeing some of your work on here.

    Chris O.
  11. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Welcome back to the hobby and to PF Nick. I have several Almond Sculptures in my Grey Army, and it is nice to know who did the excellent artwork on them.

    I haven't touched these figures until I felt confident that my painting was reasonably up to scratch. However, earlier this week I scraped off the flash lines on the Compagnie Franches de la Marine and what marvellous quality it is. Very little work to do on it. Now about to prime it, and hopefully do it justice.

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  13. Nick Kinson New Member

    Thank you everyone, Im literally starting from Scratch, so forgive me if I don't post for a while theres a lot to take in, Im really hoping I haven't lost my ability

    Kind Regards

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  14. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nick, you will soon find your mojo again. Just need to scrape the rust off it, and you'll be back at it sharpish. I had 14 years out of the hobby and my first attempts on returning were poor, but I am now painting better than I ever did, and that is due in no small measure to being part of this forum.

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  15. Nick Kinson New Member

    Thanks Phil for the very kind words it is much appreciated....... I can see what a great bunch of guys you all are....thanks again

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  16. Banjer Well-Known Member

    Hi Nick,
    Some time after Richard Almond died I contacted his widow who was selling off his remaining stock to ask about the availability of the mounted Sioux. She did not have one but managed to put one together from stock parts and I believe some new castings. I have always felt this was above and beyond the expected. She said a friend of Richard helped with assembling the order. Wasn't you was it?

  17. Nick Kinson New Member

    Hi Bill

    No Bill it wasn't me, I had lost my passion for painting about a year before richard died, I dabbled in and out for a while painting the odd one or two figures, some for private collectors and painted a collection of figures for Franklin Mint as a guide for their painters to work from, sadly the demands of work commitments and buying my first home meant things were on hold as I had no spare cash.

    I have fond memories of how I met Richard for the first time, totally out of the blue I rang him at his workshop in Margate, I explained I was a painter and would he be interested in having a look at my work, he seemed very keen so off I went and from the first time we met we got on like a house on fire, he showed me around the workshop and the casting process and his work bench along with figures he was working on, out of the blue he asked if I would paint some for him.....thinking it might just be one....no..... he gave me six, I was blown away...all to be ready for the BMSS show in Wandsworth in the 80's....

    Richard was a Biker and sadly it was at a Motocross event where he suffered a fatal asthma attack, even with the help of a surgeon from the crowd they couldn't save him, so Im told, not many realise he used to be a sculptor for the Queens jewellers GARRARD back in the day and the quality showed I think.....outstanding work from a truly exceptional and talented man and friend.

    Many years have passed and with retirement my wife mentioned that I should start painting figures again...... but this time for me.......so here I am at the start of a new journey new things to learn and new friends to make...on this forum

    Thanks for reading

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  18. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

    Thanks for sharing the story with us here, Nick. Memories like that breathe life into, & add substance to our hobby.
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  19. housecarl A Fixture

    Good to meet you Nick.
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  20. Nick Kinson New Member

    Nice to meet you to Carl

    Sorry for the late reply
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