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The amazing modelling of MIKEY TAVAREZ

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Nap, Apr 1, 2022.

  1. Babelfish A Fixture

    Fabulous modelling, especially when you consider how difficult those cannon-fire & smoke effects are to pull off convincingly. But he's smashed it out of the park here. That would grace any museum collection.

    - Steve
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  2. bucsfan21 Well-Known Member

    Wow, those are some very well painted and animated miniatures. At first glance, I thought the work were similar to Skip Tyler, who used to
    show his work at our Atlanta Show back in the 80's.

    Thanks for drawing our attention to Mikey Tavarez work. Truly awesome! (y)

    Terry Martin-Member of the Atlanta Military Figure Society:)
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  4. pinsel123 Active Member

    yes thats more than good its epic
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  5. Blind Pew A Fixture

    This guy deserves a much higher profile - amazing talent. I'd be fascinated to see him to an SBS.
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  6. Nap Moderator

    Hi folks

    Time to share some more from Mikey ...awesome modellng

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  7. Stephen B Member

    Those faces...they are real people. Astonishing work.
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  8. Oda A Fixture

    Amazing of course but a whole different kind of modelling than what we do.These look like 1/16 scale action figures that have been painted and weathered over.The results are absolutely fantastic,no doubt but it is a whole different game this one.

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  9. Warren SMITH A Fixture

    They are 1/6 scale to the extreme, and amazing to admire..
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  10. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Excellent work

  11. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

    I agree with Oda. And by no means do I intend to take away from this guy's talent, not at all, so nobody misconstrues my comments.

    The painting is incredible and the dio scenes, with all the ground work etc., are very well done, very creative. The faces are spooky real as with all the flesh tones. But like Oda said, these "are" 1/6th scale dolls, in effect already mostly done, and are in a completely different class of model painting from what we do with resin, styrene, etc.

    This to me this is very similar to using a smudge pencil to shade a pencil drawing vs actually using soft or hard lead, heavy or light pressure. I remember hearing when college level art classes started allowing art students to use smudge pencils back in the early 80's. IMHO, that degraded the artistic ability of the artist and minimized the talent that could have been if the artist actually learned to produce subtleties with pressure when shading.

    I know this is becoming popular in some circles and it’s great work, regardless of the medium.

    Thanks for posting, Kevin.

    P.S. I would not want to see this become such a trend that we would have these types of figures competing with actual resin, etc., at model contests or conventions. That would really set a downward spiral away from the art of "sniffin paint and gluing our fingers together". They are in a class of their own, IMHO.
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  12. Oda A Fixture

    I second everything you stated word for word Steve.

  13. pinsel123 Active Member

    Doing 1 to 6 figures myself I say he is not less, talented than people which doing classic figures.
    There is the paratrooper holding the mines which is an resinfigure and its showing what he can do on classic
    Figure stuff. There is lots of sawing chopping altering to the bodies to get the natural movements. Alone an raised arm is an problem on an 1 to 6er figure because the arm joint can not ge raised an it will look convincing because there is then in the uniform an void from shoulder ro arm.this must be corrected with ttissuepaper wadding.. As uniforms not wadded or altered will never sit natural. An body only clad in an 1 to 6 uniform does look like toy. Alone an crouching position is an immens task. Here the bodymust be altered and then the uniform nipped tucked glued draped to sit on it as naturalistic as possible.. And try to use real hairs on the heads.. Strand for Strand must be glued on and after it you must act as Figaro und cut an decent hairstyle......
    The real master in this modeling shows it self with crouching as pointing figures.... With draping in the clothes and lots of custom made items sewn or made in leather ect.... As more dynamic the figure is looking the more effort is in it...
    ... This gentlemen is an artist.
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  14. Oda A Fixture

    Never doubted for a minute or put his artistry in question.It is just a very different kind of art than what we do.Completely different set of skills too.

  15. pinsel123 Active Member

    So dear oda, there is no reason to think THIS IS LOW CLASS MODELLING OR NOT UP TO THE STANDARTS OF MODELLING AT All. as painter you do not more than paint up the work the sculpture has already done.......
    This gent does much more than simply paint.... He is in his figure world tailor barber mechanic sculpture ect... Because doing the diorama in 1 to six is much more than simply paint up some stock figures masterly.
    Just try it buy you an dragon 1 to 6 and try to set it naturally in pose........ Maybe then you step something down from your hight opinion how easy this is.....or not classic enough.
    1 to six MODELLING in this masterly style is the king in figure MODELLING because to tackle it in this style you must be an master in many fields which go farher than sculpting painting here trailering hairdressing is only an issue. Have you ever tried to tailor an jacket in 1 to 6 scale or cover an head with hair........so it's impressive big and so many details can be shown and add to the near real looks
    So why always act as nosy pant ahhhhh this guy is not an worthy modeler because he does it not the CLASSIC WAAAAY....
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  16. Nap Moderator

    Hi Guys

    Of course it's different to what our Figure modellers do , just shared these to enjoy the skill and dedication


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  17. pinsel123 Active Member

    as you say Nap
    resinfigures where diffent acrylic paints where 3d printing is and at end its the question will it be found pleasing and if
    why disussing about
  18. Oda A Fixture

    Technically speaking,using real life fabric in order to make clothing for a 1/6 figure (or any other scale besides 1/1 for that matter) makes the resulting garment out of scale.In this case all 1/6 figures wearing fabric clothes of 1/1 weave are inaccurate!The faces are amazing I must admit and lifelike beyond anything achievable in smaller scales but the thicknes of the fabric makes the draping of the clothes quite unconvincing.The opposite is the case for our smaller resin or metal figures.In our field the faces never look so lifelike but the folds and creases of the clothes (especially when executed by able sculptors) are much more natural looking (if one adds the recently developed techniques of texturing then the result is much more "in scale" than in 1/6 figures wearing 1/1 weave fabric clothes)

    PS: a 1/1 diorama would even be more REALISTIC than anything else but could it be called "Modelling" in any sense?
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  19. Nap Moderator


    Can we not ruin this thread which I started to show a figure modellers work and skill to show different techniques ...this it does

    If you wish to discus these figures please start another thread in The Lounge or General Figure forums

    ...or use PM to discuss

    Thank you for your support

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  20. Dr Bison Well-Known Member

    And what about a 3/1 diorama?


    More info on the exhibition "The Scale of Our War" in Wellington can be found here:
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  21. Oda A Fixture

    Nothing short of amazing!Monumental indeed!!!!

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