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"Modelling Scale Figures offers tips and techniques to both beginners as well as experienced modelers who may believe their skills have reached a plateau... Unlike other figure modeling books on the market, Modelling Scale Figures uses full-color images throughout. Bannerman has an easygoing, conversational style that...is accessible to everyone." -Tim Kidwell, Model Retailer (January 2009)

"If you are like me, you can only hope to do as well as these artists, for artists they truly are. This book is really a superb reference for those of us who want to sharpen our skills and provides a number of ways to achieve that goal. A book you'll be referring to many times over."-Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (July 2008).

"This is the best modeling book for beginning figure painters that I have read in years. Sharp photography and thorough, yet concise, descriptions will allow the new painter to achieve good results the first time out."--Dave Youngquist, Michigan Toy Soldier, W. Britains, and Old Northwest Trading Company  

About the Author

Mark J. Bannerman has been modeling for many years, with a long-standing interest in Allied armor of World War II and figure painting. He was born in 1963 and spent many years living abroad, before graduating in 1986 in Business Administration. He now works as a finance manager in the Department of Education in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is married to Elizabeth, and enjoys travelling, sailing, golf and following European soccer. For the Osprey Modelling series, he has previously authored Modelling Panzer Crewmen of the Heer, Modelling the Matilda Infantry Tank, and Modelling the Churchill Tank. The author lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Product Details

  • Series: Modelling Guides (Book 42)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846032385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846032387
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Eaton on April 8, 2010
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As an armour modeller I bought this book looking to improve my figure modelling skills but I learned nothing from this book.
The chapters on construction seem to skip important steps, and not one figure is actually shown through all the processes from construction to finish.
Three chapters are devoted to painting clothing using essentially the same techniques just different types of paint.
The photos on the cover are deceptive, only one of those figures is somewhat featured in the book the others being gallery pictures of other peoples finished work.
The most aggregious omission in the book is any detail on how to paint faces, faces are the most important part of scale model figures and the hardest to achieve with any realism. Only one chapter deals with faces and this figure is a much larger scale than most figure modellers work in, therefore useless to most of us who work in the common scales.
I learned more about modelling scale figures fromModeling US Armor of World War 2 (Modelling Masterclass) and Shep Paines masterpiece How to Build Dioramas than this book. Dont waste your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tonyo262 on December 19, 2011
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I have to say that this book is a disappointment in terms of providing basic skills from which to build on.
There are numerous web based tutorials on face painting, uniform textures and basic re-working skills many of these tutorials originate from the Author of this title but that are skimmed over in this book.
In fact the whole series of Osprey books seem to be following a pattern of promising so much and delivering lightweight 'information lite' titles. The gallery showcases some stunning examples of figure painting but the background on these is limited to a name check for the modeller and appears to pander to the 'expert masterclass' that blights contemporary model making in all its genres.
If you are a novice figure modeller, then this title offers little solid guidance and is too general in its approach, if you are an experienced modeller, then there are a few nuggets of information but the title really does fall short.
In sharp contrast, Sheperd Paine who writes the foreword, provided much more inspiration and detailed instruction in his now seminal book, 'How to Build Dioramas' (Kalmbach Pub.) which dates from the 1980's.
Shadows, highlight control (i.e. painting white uniforms) and painting eyes are just some of the things Paine addresses in a book which is not directly aimed at figure modeling.
Osprey and the Author have dropped the ball with this one.
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The glossy-print book comes in a nice format with a glossary, a section on further reading and resources, and a gallery of completed figures that would make a novice tremble at the Everest he has to climb. The text explains the techniques and, in each section, uses a series of pictures with subtexts to demonstrate the techniques. I would like to have seen pictures of "stippling", a crucial technique in the painting process of blending in the highlights. Perhaps the company, Osprey, which always publishes superb books whether "how-to" or battle-scene books, could place a step-by-step video on the internet.
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By Robert P. Bell on December 11, 2012
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Was looking for a method of finishing up figures with specific examples, especially colot schemes. Although it dose what it is advertised to do, it was the wrong book for me.
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If your completely new to the hobby of painting scale figures than this book is an excellent introduction. Essentially an overview of the processes involved and the tools and materials that you will need. I found the book to be the key to my moving from thinking about to actually jumping into this hobby. Not such a bad thing if your on the fence.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. ROUPAKIAS on May 1, 2010
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To be honest,the reason i bought this book is because i wanted more information on how to paint scale figures using acrylics,but this subject is somewhat overlooked here;the chapter on painting with acrylics gives you the description of basic techniques and a series of step to step photos but the writer ommits a lot and more important he does not tell you anywhere how to paint the faces of figures with acrylics and,for me ,the face is always the hardest part.In spite of my disappointment,I give this one three stars because it is very informative on how to use enamels and oils and because it contains the most superb article on how to paint small scale fantasy miniatures (Games Workshop,Reaper etc...) that I have read to date with three pages of step to step photos and captions.In conclusion I would suggest you buy it if you are interested in painting with enamels or oils and if you are a wargamer looking to improve your painting skills.If however you are only interested in learning how to paint figures with acrylics,this is somewhat useles.Thanks for taking the time to read this review.
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By MLH on January 17, 2014
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Purchased as a gift for a modeler - he really enjoys it. The work they show in their photos is very inspiring.
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