Hi guys, I've started work on my 120mm Maori Ariki (Chieftan) figure, sculpted by London-based New Zealander Callum Talbot. The facial tatooing (te moko) of the Maori people is a unique cultural characteristic of these proud and defiant people, and one of the reasons I bought this figure. It's a real test of the painters steady hand and a challenge for your brush control. To make the task a bit easier for myself, I've scratched the basic patterns of the moko of a Maori ariki (tribal chieftan) into the surface of the resin with my hobby knife, prior to priming. I started first by drawing the pattern in black marker pen, and then scratched the black marks off with the knife to reveal the basic pattern. I want to respect the Maori people and their culture by trying to get the moko correct. I've seen too many examples recently (particularly with the Pegaso Maori bust) of invented, fanciful moko designs that have no cultural meaning to Maori people. Thanks must go to Callum and John Belcher who provided me with some excellent reference material on te moko patterns. As usual, I'll do an SBS for those of you who are interested in following my progress.