Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Another New Girl.....

Sneaky peek at another custom horse I'm working on at the moment. I have so many horses in my body box but there was one I have been wanting to play with for a while now, Ruffian! Having the left over Idocus head that came off Rogue's body I thought I could make use of it, especially seeing as it has much more detail than Ruffians, plus it matched the reference photo better too. Now I could have done her bucking but I have seen a few Ruffians made into this plus not really performance friendly so I decided to go along with this movement instead.

On my girl I have moved all the legs into the correct position and replaced the head with Idocus's head. I took off the forelock, enhanced the upper lip and flared the nostrils more to make her look like she is cantering. Also I have replaced the base with a more user friendly one that I created myself from Apoxie sculpt, I'm pleased with how this base has turned out as she sits quite solid on there.

She still has a long way to go but she is coming along, obviously her tail is currently just wire and she need a new braided mane and forelock. These will be one of the last things to do before her final primer, at the moment she has much more finish work to be done. I will get some better pictures of her, it is just dark here right now so this was the best my carema would do.

Rogue on the other hand is half way through paint! She is coming along well despite a set back on colour, my original choice just did not suit her so it was onto  plan B. I'll post some pictures of her when she is finished. :)

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Where does the time go?

I have been so so busy lately with things and suddenly realised it has been ages since I done a post in here so decided to do a little update of what I'm up to.

Firstly tack..... I have now completed a dressage set order which included an extra caverson bridle, I'm still loving my tiny stitch maker!

I think now this set is done and Willoughby is due to be shelved again he now deserves a fresh paint job, that one is old and I have now come along way since then, just need to decide a colour? hmmmm......

Next is a set for Diane, I have been working on 3 orders at once so there are a few.... bear with me, lol.

We decided to go with a fancy browband on her bridle to match the saddle, I really love how this worked out.

Finally I was asked to create a replica saddle for Jojo, she sent me over some picture of her real saddle to try and recreate as best I could, here is her saddle....

and this is her new model saddle.....

The colour is actually a cherry brown just like hers, the light just wasn't showing it properly today unfortunately. I have cast some white tread inserts for her stirrups and I think I have managed to get it very close. This proved to be one of the more awkward saddles I have made to date, mainly as some of you may know skiver doesn't dye like tooling leather which means you can't exactly match it. This meant I had to thin my tooling leather so thin that I could create the seat etc so they matched.....gawd my arm ached from skiving it!

Here is her bridle, breatplate & boots too....

And lastly, I mentioned a while back not showing any more? Well, I have sort of change my mind a little. Now I love resins but you see so many of the same horse just in different colours that I have decided that if I'm going to show again it will be my own one off customs instead to be a little different. In my body box I found an Idocus and Keltic that I was sure I could do something with, having had a good think about it I remembered a horse I used to have years ago that loved to try and nip at the stirrups when you were sat on her, she was such a character that I thought I might recreate her for a bit of fun.

 This is her nearly finished ready to paint, she is a cranky mare having a nibble.....She is created from Idocus's body with a Keltic head, she has been given a new swishing plaited tail with ribbon, new neck with larger braids and I have given her teeth in her mouth. This girlie has be extremely good even though I have had to work hard on her in my spare time...

I have nick named her 'Rogue' as she certainly looks like a bit of one! I have also kept her performance friendly so I can tack her up to do something (I'm a tack maker! hee hee!), it has been suggested maybe a pony club pony? Oh and she is a kicker hence her ribbon in her tail which will be red! Later on I plan to do a companion for her to be being grumpy with, I just need to decide on what to create and from who?

She also gained some shoes, I sculpted these myself so I could add toe clips. They just now need refining.

Anyway, I hope you like her as much as I do. I'll keep her progress up todate on here, I do have another custom on the go too but she is way behind this girl ;)