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How do you hold large scale horses when painting?

Discussion in 'Just starting...' started by Vincent Z, Nov 27, 2023.

  1. Vincent Z Member

    So I just started this hobby a month or so ago.

    I went right into the deep end of the water and started with a few cavalry figures.

    And I find that it is very hard to find a way to hold horses on any painting handles (I trust I need not explain why it is, but can expand on the point if asked).

    And when I hold it with my hand there are sometimes paints peeling off on the most exposed/protruding areas of the horse (maybe I didn't apply enough primer?). Also if I use oil paint (which I think is fantastic for painting horses), I'll just smudge paints all over if I hold the horse by itself.

    Now I've started my first 120mm cavalry figure for my project I just want to ask if there is any wisdom on how to hold large scale horses so I don't damage the paint...
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  2. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Make some metal pins into the hooves, drill some hole into a wooden block and glue the pins into the holes in the wooden block.
    That's all.

    Marc
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  3. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Make some metal pins into the hooves, drill some hole into a wooden block and glue the pins into the holes in the wooden block.
    That's all.

    Marc
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  4. Vincent Z Member


    That's a great idea. Just bought some soft wood block and will try this tomorrow.

    Thank you!
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  5. theBaron A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    The same technique is useful for holding a foot figure for painting, too. I'll drill a hole in a figure's foot, for example, insert a pin of stiff wire (sometimes an actual straight pin) and glue it (usually just white glue), and then stick this into a wine bottle cork as a holder. And since I usually have several figures going at one time, I took a piece of a 2x4 and drilled holes in it (with a spade bit) to fit the corks into.

    I also got myself one of those holders that consists of a wooden handle and a metal table with 2 halves that open and close with a screw. The table has holes milled in it, and uses small metal pegs to hold a piece. I use that with figures that already have a base attached. But I like the cork system better.

    Prost!
    Brad
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  6. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    I made them myself.
    http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/making-a-holder.37077/
  7. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    I made them myself
    http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/making-a-holder.37077/

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