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PostSubject: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:16 am

I thought I'd start a thread to show you some of what I've been up to on the customs and tack front lately. I'll probably also post a few pictures of some of my older customs in the future here. Anyways, here's what I finally finished today:

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It's a Hungarian traditional bridle, in 1:24 scale! The buckles work; the sallangs are removable; the collar even has a little bell (which, sadly, doesn't chime). The double-ring bit cheekpieces attach to the bridle by metal pins, and the leather used has been patinated all over. The cotton thread for the lasso was hand-dyed with tea.

The bridle was built after historical photographs of csikós, the Hungarian herdsmen and their mounts. The csikós, I read, ride horses chiefly of Kis, Gidrán and Nonius (Nóniusz) origin; these days this kind of bridle is mostly seen on Nonius horses. It's shown above on the Schleich Hanoverian and Collecta pacer, but you can also see it on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].

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I also finished this. Still not terribly far from Hungary, this one was made after pictures of presentation bridles popular in the Soviet Union around the 60's - 80's. It's got the typically big bit rings with bit guards, and a zig-zag browband some of our horsewomen and men may remember from their days as pony girls and boys (they were all the rage, these browbands!). The buckles, I must note, aren't misshapen - they're oval when viewed head-on, but are laterally bent so as to allow the straps through without wear. The 3/4 view distorts them because of this, I'm afraid. This one, too, is for sale [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].

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Lastly in the tack department, I cooked up a little bell for the lovely Schleich nanny goat Karin sent me a while ago. It's just a simple thing with slightly patinated leather and a slide buckle, but I thought it was fun, and I'm sure the goat appreciates the bell's muteness. This, too, is for sale [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] if anyone would like it for their sheep or goat - I can always make my girl another one.


Moving on from tack to figurines, some of you remember I got a big batch of cattle in not long ago. Here they are again:
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I valiantly lasted with them for all of six hours before going "yes.. but they could be better...", and then this happened:
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Mayhem! They're all doing much better now, but aren't quite ready to show yet. I'll document here their completion, but for now, the below glimpses shall do. Some in-progress custom horses wanted in, too:

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:22 am

Ohh this is torture with the sneak peeks! bounce bounce

Excellent work on the bridles, I really like the presentation bridle. Very Happy


What do you use to chop up your victims? Dremel?

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:48 am

Thank you, LeeAnn! I tend to chop up my victims with just a hacksaw and a knife for leverage.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:03 am

Really, you have a HUGE talent, and I wish I could se more of your works!! Shocked Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:32 am

Lea, I see amazing things. You are incredible. Applause I can't wait to see more pictures but from all what you have already shown I will say A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I love you
And I see also parts of Highland cow, I'm very curious to see her new look sunny
I love the style you use, remind me of some drawings and graphics by Albrecht Dürer I love you

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:31 pm

Thank you Agata, Anna! You'll see more soon enough - I work on my personal customs only on what time I have between commissioned pieces for others, but so far the cows have progressed quite rapidly. It probably helps that I know next to nothing about bovine anatomy and therefore can't endlessly tinker and dither the way I do with horses.

Your mention of Dürer, Anna, is a great compliment I'm none too sure I'm worthy of (thank you nonetheless!). His work, as it happens, is among my perennial favourites among animal artists of old - that's a keen eye, I think, you've got! If I could manage even just a whiff of well-executed cheapo pastiche of Dürer's rendering style, I'd have good cause for content.

And also, Anna - I'll paste below a small comment I made to you regarding the splendid Highland cow in my General Additions thread a while back. I suspect it got a bit lost among the general discussion. Here:

I don't know how I only realized this now, but - you sculpted that Highland cow! I finally have a piece created by you, then. I must say I find the cow a most pleasing sculpt, and certainly none too narrow at all, as I recall some first surmised. I've worked briefly on a small farm breeding Highland cattle, and the build of your sculpt reminds me of many of the heifers and young cows I got to meet.

The stage of the walk cycle that you chose for the model's pose is one I find compliments the animal depicted, as well - it presents to its viewer a graphical symmetry that brings intrigue into the sculpt, yet it's beautifully uncontrived and befitting of the creature. I think the only thing missing from that cow is a burly old bull or mischievous bullock to stride alongside of. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:03 pm

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Thank you, LeeAnn! I tend to chop up my victims with just a hacksaw and a knife for leverage.

Laughing I do the same. Always works the best.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:15 pm

Woww, you have a great talent ! Incredible technique and amazing sense of art.
The details.... just wowww....I love your style !

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:27 pm

Wow, I don't know what to say!!! Shocked Shocked This is incredible!! Starting with the tack and going on with those sneak peaks!!!! Amazing!!! Applause Applause
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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:26 pm

So much beautiful stuff you've made! I just adore the tack Surprised drunken Everything is so gorgeous...! The cattle will be just as wonderful as your horses always are! So exciting cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:29 pm

Thank you so much Kosta, Shanti, Jonas! Damn, now I just hope the cattle end up living up to all this praise once finished.. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:49 pm

I hadn't see this thread earlier, just wow ! But this is torture indeed, my eyes are pleading for more to feast on drunken

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:36 pm

Amazing tack, it's nice to learn a bit about the history of each piece too. I can't wait to see what the cows will turn out like cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:00 pm

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Thank you Agata, Anna! You'll see more soon enough - I work on my personal customs only on what time I have between commissioned pieces for others, but so far the cows have progressed quite rapidly. It probably helps that I know next to nothing about bovine anatomy and therefore can't endlessly tinker and dither the way I do with horses.

Your mention of Dürer, Anna, is a great compliment I'm none too sure I'm worthy of (thank you nonetheless!). His work, as it happens, is among my perennial favourites among animal artists of old - that's a keen eye, I think, you've got! If I could manage even just a whiff of well-executed cheapo pastiche of Dürer's rendering style, I'd have good cause for content.


Great to hear about your great love for Dürer. I think you undervalue your work. Your work is certainly very well executed. And the echo of classical masters of animal paintings and drawings are recognisable in your work ( I would think about G. Stubbs too) The way you sculpt the fur in a magnificent spiral curls is particularly amazing. Also the anatomy details and the fur details, all full of finesse. drunken

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And also, Anna - I'll paste below a small comment I made to you regarding the splendid Highland cow in my General Additions thread a while back. I suspect it got a bit lost among the general discussion. Here:

I don't know how I only realized this now, but - you sculpted that Highland cow! I finally have a piece created by you, then. I must say I find the cow a most pleasing sculpt, and certainly none too narrow at all, as I recall some first surmised. I've worked briefly on a small farm breeding Highland cattle, and the build of your sculpt reminds me of many of the heifers and young cows I got to meet.

The stage of the walk cycle that you chose for the model's pose is one I find compliments the animal depicted, as well - it presents to its viewer a graphical symmetry that brings intrigue into the sculpt, yet it's beautifully uncontrived and befitting of the creature. I think the only thing missing from that cow is a burly old bull or mischievous bullock to stride alongside of. Wink

Thank you Lea for so kind words! I'm glad you like it!!! Very Happy I know it could be better though. But it's always so. If we are ever satisfied would we still want to sculpt next works? Very Happy
I'm very curious what you will do with it bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:31 pm

Oh! What?! These are figures?  affraid They are better then real cows and horses affraid cyclops I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:18 pm

Now I don't much know what to say anymore - overwhelming response! cheers I'm gladdened you seem to like the tack & models so, even if they're just scraps of leather and disjointed glimpses of body parts for now. I shall try and deliver something more substantial on the cattle front for you to view soon.

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Great to hear about your great love for Dürer. I think you undervalue your work. Your work is certainly very well executed. And the echo of classical masters of animal paintings and drawings are recognisable in your work ( I would think about G. Stubbs too) The way you sculpt the fur in a magnificent spiral curls is particularly amazing. Also the anatomy details and the fur details, all full of finesse. drunken  

If you ever make mould and copies of any of your sculptures or remakes you can automatically write my name on a list of clients, I love your works bounce

Now, that is just plain flattery - careful, now, or you'll see me grow insta-haughty overnight. Laughing Surely if my crass, cartoony curls echo anything of the subtle approach of greats like Stubbs and Dürer, it must be a very distant jangle indeed. And whatever the models may gain in spiralling hairy madness they inevitably lose in naturalistic realism - and surely the latter is what these models are generally meant to be working towards? Or then it's just that my cattle have accidentally nibbled on some wholly realistic Datura while out on pasture and now it's just curls, curls and wrinkles everywhere! Wink

As for moulds and copies - you'd never believe how many near-finished original sculpture resin candidates I have lying around! The trouble is, most of them are horses, so I'm (besides generally excellent at procrastination) constantly taking them back apart to work out newly discovered flaws in their anatomy and motion. It's much easier with cows, apparently - I know so little about how they ought to look, I can't discern the innumerable errors I must be making. But sure, if ever I get my act scraped together and release a resin, I'll be sure to inform the forum and see if there are any takers. Thank you for the vote of confidence - I do appreciate it very much!

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Thank you Lea for so kind words! I'm glad you like it!!! Very Happy I know it could be better though. But it's always so. If we are ever satisfied would we still want to sculpt next works? Very Happy
I'm very curious what you will do with it bounce

I like it very much indeed - it's my favourite Mojo figurine, and I was thrilled to finally get it! With the Highland though it isn't so much that I'm attempting to better it by the new hairdo - I had pretty different reasons for that one, to do a bit with the classical animal sculpting you mentioned. I'll talk a bit more about that once I'm ready to show you and everyone else what became of that beautiful cow when it entered the Hair Salon of Madness. And of course, I quite agree with you about the permanent discontent near-necessary to creating efforts - it's rather requisite to making any progress at all!

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:05 pm

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As for moulds and copies - you'd never believe how many near-finished original sculpture resin candidates I have lying around! The trouble is, most of them are horses, so I'm (besides generally excellent at procrastination) constantly taking them back apart to work out newly discovered flaws in their anatomy and motion. It's much easier with cows, apparently - I know so little about how they ought to look, I can't discern the innumerable errors I must be making. But sure, if ever I get my act scraped together and release a resin, I'll be sure to inform the forum and see if there are any takers. Thank you for the vote of confidence - I do appreciate it very much!


Oh, it would certainly be great if you finish any. Yes, let us know bounce

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Thank you Lea for so kind words! I'm glad you like it!!! Very Happy I know it could be better though. But it's always so. If we are ever satisfied would we still want to sculpt next works? Very Happy
I'm very curious what you will do with it bounce

I like it very much indeed - it's my favourite Mojo figurine, and I was thrilled to finally get it! With the Highland though it isn't so much that I'm attempting to better it by the new hairdo - I had pretty different reasons for that one, to do a bit with the classical animal sculpting you mentioned. I'll talk a bit more about that once I'm ready to show you and everyone else what became of that beautiful cow when it entered the Hair Salon of Madness. And of course, I quite agree with you about the permanent discontent near-necessary to creating efforts - it's rather requisite to making any progress at all!

Haha, can't wait to see effect of her visit in " Hair Salon of Madness". Laughing Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:14 pm

So, like I threatened, while those cows are still cooking up I'll show you a few of my old customs. Some of these are among my earliest, so they're very coarse indeed. The pictures, I'm afraid, are pretty dire, too - I've only been operating on a decent camera the last few months (while decent skills to use it with I am still not operating on). Still, maybe these will amuse you.

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Custom on the 1:8 [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] resin, from 2007. A bay appaloosa and my first, messy go at oils.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:57 pm

Still nice to see your older work ! I love what you did with the salinero's.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:41 pm

So much awesome I don't even know what to say drunken I'd say I have a favorite but then I'd be a liar, they're all just amazing! Applause I have the Blue Box barb in my body box, what you did to him is very impressive! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:22 pm

Fantastic work! I love the Blue Box Finnhorse - so Finnish Very Happy
Your style is so unique... Maybe the Curly pony shows best how incredibly talented you're - that it's really is possible to change a sheep into a horse! I also like the quarter Finn horse a lot. Like I said these are wonderful! Thanks for showing these for us! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:30 pm

Amazing. I don't know what to say, honestly.
I think that you should go into sculpting, and start to sell your works!

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:58 pm

Some customs are really impressive!

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:19 pm

Wow, you truly are a great equine artist. What you did to molds I recognize and how you transformed them into masterpieces... stunning. I can't pick a favorite either! All of them are intriguing and interesting in different aspects. Applause I take my hat off to you. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:48 pm

Wow, really wonderful Lea!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:58 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:54 pm

All of them are amazing, each full of expression and each has something remarkable. Amazing work Lea. So much empathy for horses in these. Some of them look like they suffer a lot or are terrified, and you were able to show these feelings with such big power.
It would be difficult to choose favourites, each is amazing really. I especially love the steel grey snowflake Appaloosa, the colour is beyond gorgeous, it just looks mythical.
I adore also the chestnut Finn horse gelding (1:9) , he looks melancholic and his colour is also very awesome.
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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:34 pm

You are magnificent artist !
I`m speechless..

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:22 am

This is all quite stunning. I love the photo of mayhem; it will be interesting to see the results. The detailed accessories are also beautifully done. If I look at things like that too much...I might be overly tempted to attempt (or fail horribly at) something similar and go all "Dinotopia" on one of my dinosaurs! affraid

Also, I think I've read enough of your comments to say your self-deprecation approaches poetry. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:17 am

Very impressive customs, your sculpting is impressive. I might try customizing some figures in the future after being inspired by these.
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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:08 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:36 pm

Thank you very much for the generous comments, everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the old things.

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Amazing. I don't know what to say, honestly.
I think that you should go into sculpting, and start to sell your works!
Thank you! I've been sculpting for nigh 10 years as a pastime now, and have managed to sell most of what work I've completed. What I haven't managed is sufficient fanfare around this, I suspect - hell, it makes me slightly ill to pretend I have a ”studio name” (the gently derogatory "koni" in Koni Miniatures) when I haven't even got a ”studio” - nevermind trying for a bigger branding type venture to sell the stuff I make. I've never released a resin of any of the original sculptures I've made, though, that's quite correct - perhaps that was more of the kind of thing you meant.

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Fantastic work! I love the Blue Box Finnhorse - so Finnish Very Happy
Your style is so unique... Maybe the Curly pony shows best how incredibly talented you're - that it's really is possible to change a sheep into a horse! I also like the quarter Finn horse a lot. Like I said these are wonderful! Thanks for showing these for us! cheers
Thanks, Jonas! The lamb made for an inordinately wooly and slab-sided horse, but ach, I just wanted a Bashkir in my herd. Very Happy

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All of them are amazing, each full of expression and each has something remarkable. Amazing work Lea. So much empathy for horses in these. Some of them look like they suffer a lot or are terrified, and you were able to show these feelings with such big power.
It would be difficult to choose favourites, each is amazing really. I especially love the steel grey snowflake Appaloosa, the colour is beyond gorgeous, it just looks mythical.
I adore also the chestnut Finn horse gelding (1:9) , he looks melancholic  and his colour is also very awesome.
Great works!!!!! I love you
Thank you, Anna! I'm heartened by your approval. Like most domestic species, the history (and to frustrating extents, the present) of horses with people has been one chiefly of suffering; I think I have trouble forgetting about that even for plain hobby sculpts, yes.. The snowflake appy's coat ended up maybe a bit too mythical - it apparently caused angry remarks at a live show for being shown among realistic paintups when it's clearly a view of the night sky with stars! Laughing

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Very impressive customs, your sculpting is impressive.  I might try customizing some figures in the future after being inspired by these.

Thank you! Do try customizing - I bet the results would be amazing! It's also an nifty way to sketch out ideas and do smaller maquettes of intended original works – although I suppose sculpting virtually easily allows that kind of thing in itself, as well. Still, it would be very interesting to see what you'd create!

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This is all quite stunning. I love the photo of mayhem; it will be interesting to see the results. The detailed accessories are also beautifully done. If I look at things like that too much...I might be overly tempted to attempt (or fail horribly at) something similar and go all "Dinotopia" on one of my dinosaurs! affraid

Thank you kindly! Absolutely do go Dinotopia on one of your beautiful dinos - I'd want to see it! Those books used to be among my favourites when I was little.

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Love, this shall cause me quiet chuckles for lengths of time to come. I have managed poetry! cheers And it may be deprecation, but it's all hard earned.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:38 pm

Really cool to see more of your custom work Very Happy The vixom I'd never have guessed cyclops It's nice you make them rather difficult to recognize.
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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:45 am

Thanks, Carola! I don't purposefully make them hard to recognize - it's something that's been happening as a side-effect more and more lately. Laughing I've done a number of original sculptures, yes, but none of the equine ones have been finished yet. I keep taking them back apart to work on errors..

Also, as a general note: it seems I'd broken a few of the pictures from last page, messing in my Photobucket - they're back up now. Sorry.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Sun Nov 09, 2014 6:09 pm

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Thank you very much for the generous comments, everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the old things.



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All of them are amazing, each full of expression and each has something remarkable. Amazing work Lea. So much empathy for horses in these. Some of them look like they suffer a lot or are terrified, and you were able to show these feelings with such big power.
It would be difficult to choose favourites, each is amazing really. I especially love the steel grey snowflake Appaloosa, the colour is beyond gorgeous, it just looks mythical.
I adore also the chestnut Finn horse gelding (1:9) , he looks melancholic  and his colour is also very awesome.
Great works!!!!! I love you
Thank you, Anna! I'm heartened by your approval. Like most domestic species, the history (and to frustrating extents, the present) of horses with people has been one chiefly of suffering; I think I have trouble forgetting about that even for plain hobby sculpts, yes.. The snowflake appy's coat ended up maybe a bit too mythical - it apparently caused angry remarks at a live show for being shown among realistic paintups when it's clearly a view of the night sky with stars! Laughing


Yes, you are right, unfortunately horses suffered a lot during "cooperation" with humans and in many places, disciplines and situations they also suffer today Sad That's really sad how humans have to show their absolute control on everything and often disrespect natural needs of the creatures which work for them. Sad

About the Snowflake Appaloosa, well, that's the thing exactly, he IS realistic and such colour is possible yet he looks a bit magical, reminding the night sky full of stars. I find it amazing cheers The combination of unusual colour and expression of his face makes me seeing him as a character in mythology, maybe a horse of some goddess or a horse of an unknown yet myth. Or maybe something else. There is something poetic about him and it's hard to name it Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:35 am

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The snowflake appy's coat ended up maybe a bit too mythical - it apparently caused angry remarks at a live show for being shown among realistic paintups when it's clearly a view of the night sky with stars! Laughing

My apologies for derailing the thread - was this a show in the US, do you know? What region was this? That's crazy. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:52 pm

No apologies needed! It was the largest annual live show in Europe, Bensheim, in Germany 2009. Incidentally, the model won overall Best in Show there against the other 1387 entered models, which I expect had something to do with some folks' dismay with it. It was called some genuinely inventive things, too, afterwards. Laughing I can't help but find the whole episode quite quaint.

Anna, thank you for the further comments on that appy! I think your view quite becomes the model, yes - and I'm sure its new owner would quite appreciate your train of thought there. Wink She, too, has a great mind for appreciating the poetic side of things, models included.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:15 pm

Laughing That's funny, congratulations for you that he won overall! cheers He really is a great piece.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:24 pm

Amazing work!!! What I love most is the incredible expression in their faces, and all those wonderful wrinkles!!! What you did with the 2 Salineros, and the Wixom is just mind blowing, but I think my favorite is the Smarty Jones. The face is reminiscent of an antique carousel horse. LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing!! Looking forward to seeing what happens to the cattle!

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:16 pm

one of the most impresive artist on the forum i i may say ...
In Dutch we say; petje af... Litteraly; hats off...
But its means ; I should like to express my respect to your work.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:29 pm

Lea, I only noticed your topic now! Sleep
You're an Artist with an unique style and it is very enjoyable to see your works. You pay atention to all details and everything has motion and expression. Very Happy
It was particularly interesting to see how that lamb turned in a Baskhir curly, incredible! Shocked However, I thing procrastination was exagerated in that project once I can see that the lamb, before turning in a Baskhir curly, it turned in a grown up ram meanwhile. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:25 pm

Thanks for the comments, LeeAnn, Sassyscribbler, Dum_my and Roger! I'm very glad you like my work so. I'll still humbly disagree about being an artist, though - it's mere hobby crafts, this, surely.

Roger, you are quite right about that lamb quite possibly having had time sufficient to grow up to a ram... Perhaps I should amend my description in the past post (and work a bit faster in the future  Laughing ). Good catch!

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:36 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:40 am

wohoo! This one looks very impressive! Like he's coming directly form the jungle Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:53 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:03 pm

It looks amazing already. Cannot wait to see the rest! which model is that though? One of the Schleich bulls?

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:02 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:13 pm

Oh dear, I've again missed many new comments - I'm sorry. Thank you for your cheering me on LeeAnn, Jonas, Sassyscribbler, Dorotea and Paige!

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:25 pm

That tongue! That's awesome! Laughing Fantastic work Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' customs & tack (updated Feb 21st)   Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:22 pm

Oh my god... Lea you're amazing! I don't even know what to say. Shocked This is just amazing...! Shocked

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