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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:25 pm

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That's okay! It's hard to tell if you're not really familiar with it - if it's basecoated white the model will have a chalky appearance, very stark, bright white. Bare plastic will look like any of the markings on other models, duller, shinier, and will yellow with time - now it's very bright white but I'm sure you've seen on your older models they're not super bright white anymore Wink

I'm stopping by my dealer today so I'll have to check her out in person!

Thank you for informatiins. Well, she has a bit chalky appearance, so I hope she is basecoated white. I don't want her to become yellow Shocked
I've just check her again and it seems to me like the under side of the tail is more similar to the white markings on the others, more shinier and creamish.
I'm curious what will you find out.
Is there any way to prevent turning yellow?

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:33 am

Hi there, finally managed myself to take and upload photos of unpacked Fantasia and foal.
I took them out ox the box the day they came, and few days later I took them outside for photo session. It was quite a challange to take photos a very light grey horse on a snowy background:
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But I must say I'm happy with the photo, I called it "White Purity Eleganza".
My fingers were freezing and when I tried to take photos of both, the camera suddenly didn't work.
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So I have only one picture of them togehter and not very well focused.

Inside, we didn't have good condition to photograph big horses (small space, lack of daylight). I only took the picture of the foal with a book which inspired me to give him a name - El Principito, Spanish title of The Little Prince.
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Cause he is such a little royal boy. The book is for my sister, she kinda collects them and has several in various languages. So we both, me and my sister, have our own El Principitos I love you

Luckily we moved to a new appartament, with more space and better light condition. My horses have enough space to be taken for a walk(around) cheers Here they are, in the joy of movement:
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My three Andalusians by Eberl (now I have 10 horses by her):
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And my second mare and foal set, both from January, ponies from 2016:
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I'm going to post a walkaround of them.

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:47 am

Hello,
here is a very special addition from the end of February. (Not exactly, as it came unpainted with Creamsicle in November) My first repaint:
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I've painted him thanks to National Model Paint Month challenge, it was amazing experience, I will post separate topic about it. I was able to paint tiny spots on him and even horizontal pupil. Not really sure if it is visible, but I swear in the middle of the dark brown iris there is a tiny horizontal pupil Wink
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Last week I got beautfiul handmade dressage set for my Toto, and yesterday a package with 3 Stablemates and Bouncer arrived! Photos coming soon Wink

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:21 pm

That was you!! This is great, I'm finding so many STS members in this group who I didn't know it was them Laughing

I was absolutely blown away by your sketch, absolutely stunning!! cheers cheers cheers And your pony is absolutely gorgeous as well, he is one of my favorites in the group Very Happy (And that's saying a lot honestly, I don't give huge compliments often Wink ) Really really nice work! I love you I love you

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:40 pm

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:56 pm

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That was you!! This is great, I'm finding so many STS members in this group who I didn't know it was them Laughing

I was absolutely blown away by your sketch, absolutely stunning!! cheers cheers cheers And your pony is absolutely gorgeous as well, he is one of my favorites in the group Very Happy (And that's saying a lot honestly, I don't give huge compliments often Wink ) Really really nice work! I love you I love you

Oh, thank you very much, LeeAnn, those words mean a lot to me drunken
The whole challange was amazing, inspirating and thanks to it I finally managed myself to try to paint a model. And of course as a person, who makes mostly drawings I had to start with a sketch. So happy that you like it so much cheers I got positive feedback in that group and it motivates me to continue in model painting.
Btw your leopard Bouncer was also very beautiful!
I've noticed you in that group and also Anna, but were there more poeple from here?

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:06 am

You're very welcome! He is really great and I hope you keep painting Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:13 am

Great newcomers! And I like the pony you painted, it's wonderful! Very Happy
Breyer Andalusian mare and foal are really amazing I love you Very nice photos too Smile

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:05 am

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You're very welcome! He is really great and I hope you keep painting Very Happy

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That's interesting, thanks for the info.
This weekend, I'm going to start repaint of another blank SM Wink

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:05 am

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Great newcomers! And I like the pony you painted, it's wonderful! Very Happy
Breyer Andalusian mare and foal are really amazing I love you Very nice photos too Smile  

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:02 pm

Hi,
at the end of March, few horses purchased from a collector arrived.
I'm in a facebook group dedicated to Schleich sales and trades, but sometimes somebody offers models by another companies. There was a girl selling Breyer Brookside Pink Magnum. I said he was nice, but I would rather have Bouncer, who was first on this mold. So I just checked the biggest Czech advertisement site, I went to a Collecting section and put keyword "Breyer" there. And first advertisement that popped up was with Bouncer! So I immediately contacted the seller. But she was asking more than I was willing to pay for him. It seemed that I would end only with few SM from her, but I made her an offer and she's accepted it!
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I must say I'm not a fan of Moody's sculpts, I don't like the way how she defines features (way too plain areas with very visible lines, instead of smooth transitions). But I like ponies, dark bay is probably my favourite equine colour and I hadn't had a Welsh pony in my collection. I like Welsh ponies, they're noble, with slightly dished face and there is definitely something about Bouncer, I like the arc of his neck and the way how his head is turned backwards.
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He has very subtle dapples on his off-side:
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I was quite suprise by his size, he is really a pony, not much bigger than Classic pony "Gretel/Haflinger" by Eberl:
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He is a portrait of Cefnoakpark Bouncer, driving champion, welsh pony section C (that's why I expected him to be bigger). He should be a gelding, but is a stallion.

Here just two photos of him standing on a cliff in "Wales":
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Together with him, I purchased 3 SM - two adults and a foal.
First is G3 Cantering Warmblood in beautiful shades of chestnut with one blue eye, what is very interesting:
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It's supposed to be Bandit - one horse of Graceland Stable owned by Elvis Presley and his family. The real Bandit is rescued male Quarter horse, but the mold is a mare and I don't consider her to be a Quarter, so I show her as an American Warmblood.
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She is my third horse on one of my favourite molds by Jane Lunger. The middle one is still waiting for her coat:
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I really appreciate the shading, hoof stripes and the stenciled leg markings, it looks better than airbrushed markings on SM from recent years.

The others are mare on G3 Stock horse and G3 standing colt, both by Jane Lunger, in lovely metallic bay:
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The colt is really cute, curious and proud, and very tiny with long thin legs.
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His loving mother is also beautiful, she has real expression in her eyes.
I allready have Paint horse on that mold.
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All four newcomers are in very good condition, SM in perfect I would say, and I showed them on the Live Show last Saturday, and all of them placed - mostly 2nd or 4th places in their classes.

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:49 pm

Congratulations, lovely additions! I conga the Bouncer mold, I have all the obtainable releases, just none of the super rare prize models. I just love him! I love you

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:40 pm

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Congratulations, lovely additions! I conga the Bouncer mold, I have all the obtainable releases, just none of the super rare prize models. I just love him! I love you
Thank you very much LeeAnn. Actually, your photos of your Bouncer conga made me think about one on his mold. As I love dark bay, I wanted Bouncer the most (Sanddollar and Icicle are also very nice, but these SR aren' t available here). He is small, but sturdy (he seems to me not so fragile as my other Breyers), I like his neck and with the head turned backwards he looks like he's listening his master's voice.

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon May 01, 2017 11:43 am

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Fri May 12, 2017 10:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sat May 13, 2017 8:33 am

All wonderful models cheers

Also I enjoy very much to read your comments and explanations. Applause

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sat May 13, 2017 8:38 pm

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Also I enjoy very much to read your comments and explanations.  Applause

Thank you very much Susanne, nice to hear you find the time to read the not very short comments Wink

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sat May 13, 2017 10:14 pm

Model horse hobby is not only about collecting horses, and repainting them, but also about realistic tack (making). So I got some accessories for my ponies.
First piece I've commissioned even last summer, by the artist who has repainted some horses for me.
It was western show halter for my Foalzilla:
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But I "managed" to broke the fragile decorative buckle, so I had to sent it back to the artist, she repaired it and it came back in February with two repainted horses.
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It has real tiny halter rings with slots for nosepiece and cheekpieces, metal cheek and nose plates and two functional buckles - one on a crown piece and one under the chin, so you can fit it properly. It also has leadrope made from chain and leather. I absolutely love it on my Foalzilla.

A real masterpiece has arrived at the end of March - hand made dressage set for Toto:
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It's made by another Czech model hobby artist, originally commissioned by a Dutch customer (that's why there is the Dutch tricolor on the saddle pad), who hasn't purchased it in the end, so when I asked the tack-maker to create a set for Toto, she offered me this. As he is a Dutch warmblood and he competed under the Dutch tricolor in his famous era, I accepted the offer. And when it came, I though that this was destiny and it was predetermined for my Toto from the beginning, as the set fits him perfectly.
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The bridle is very detailed, with double reins and 15 (!) functional buckles, so you can really fit it to your horse (it was quite a challenge to fit these tiny straps), but for putting off/on you need to open only the buckle under the chin.
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The saddle is also very detailed, with perfect shape of the seat and with padded panel under the seat.
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I think he looks gorgeous in it, his dressage pose makes more sense together with this beautiful set, it was pleasure for me to take pictures of him with the set. And he won 2nd place in English Performance on a Live show.

The seller let me choose two halters for free as a bonus, so I got one pink nylon halter as a stable halter for Foalzilla and one white stable halter for Fantasia:
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But I've also commissioned a show halter for her by another tack-maker.
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It's based on real Fantasia's halter and I think the tack-maker did good job, she looks great in it and on a recent Live show she won her Baroque class beating even two horses from last year Breyer Fest and won 3rd place in all Breyer Traditional classes.
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I also purchased some original Breyer blankets for foals/ponies, so they can travel to shows in warm and safety  Very Happy
Thank you for your attention cheers

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Sun May 14, 2017 11:06 am

Wonderful! Shocked
Toto looks like a million bucks with that saddle and halter.
Really really really nice.
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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon May 15, 2017 5:16 pm

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Wonderful! Shocked
Toto looks like a million bucks with that saddle and halter.
Really really really nice.
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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:50 am

Hi there,
in April and May, two "high steppers" trotted into my herd:
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It is my fifth MW and is painted by the same artist as the other repaints in my collection. I bought him on a model horse show the artist hosted. I thought he could be a Sugarbush Harlequin Draft, but they haven't thick feathers, so probably some Appaloosa/Clydesdale cross?

In May, I got this stunner from a another collector. It is Cloud Nine - Collectors' Choice for fall 2010 (he was in production half a year).
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He is on Salinero mold - first mold that Brigitte Eberl sculpted for Breyer. I was really happy to add this mold to my herd. He is my 11th horse by Eberl.
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He is captured in passage, high elevated trot, I think the caption of movement is perfect, though he is quite wobbly even despite the disc in his hoof.
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As the original model on this mold - Keltec Salinero - is a portrait of the dresage champion Hanoverian gelding he even has Hanoverian brandmarking: H with two horse heads on top. But Hanoverians can be only solid, not pintos, so I will show him as a Dutch Warmblood (KWPN). I used to be quite conservative about extravagant colours of warmbloods and prefer common solid horses, but I definitely fell in love with his pattern and I'm even thinking about "founding own line" of dressage pintos - mostly etched and repainted SM.
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His head is beautiful with melancholic eyes typical for Eberl's horses:
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I gave him a blue halter.
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He came with this beautiful rosette he won back in 2011. It was a show hosted by the only one official Czech seller of Breyers. I hope he will continue in succesful show career with me, but his white isn't that bright as it looks on photos, he is yellow, even more than my Creamsicle. It's a risk of buying pintos from second hand.
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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:06 pm

OMG !!! This is beauty beyond compare affraid

If it is possible to have stars in the eyes, I have it when looking at your wonderful photos Like a Star @ heaven  sunny Like a Star @ heaven sunny Like a Star @ heaven

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:24 pm

I love Cloud Nine, I have one myself Very Happy He does decently well as an American Warmblood, if you'd like to give that a try. As for the micro, how about Sugarbush? They can have feathering and are mostly leopard app like yours Smile Noriker might also work but they don't usually have heavily feathered legs.

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:08 pm

This is the first I ever heard of a breed called Sugarbush Shocked

First I thought you were joking, but you ARE right cheers

This must be an obvious suggestion for Safari next year ! It is a long time since they made a new draught horse bounce Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:29 am

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If it is possible to have stars in the eyes, I have it when looking at your wonderful photos Like a Star @ heaven  sunny Like a Star @ heaven sunny Like a Star @ heaven

Thank you very much Susanne! drunken now I have stars in the eyes thank to your words Wink

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Thank you Andreas!

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I love Cloud Nine, I have one myself Very Happy He does decently well as an American Warmblood, if you'd like to give that a try. As for the micro, how about Sugarbush? They can have feathering and are mostly leopard app like yours Smile Noriker might also work but they don't usually have heavily feathered legs.  

Thanks LeeAnn, I was also thinking about American Warmblood, and he could be also Scottish Sport Horse, but I think I will go with KWPN and have traditional dressage trio of KWPN horses (with Toto and Valegro, who is still to come).
As for Sugarbush, I was planning to use it, then I read they usually don't have much of feathering, but I guess it is still the most likely option.
I definitely wanna have a Sugarbush in my collection Wink

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:38 pm

Hi dear Breyer fans,
here is my addition from July, well actually from June 2016, when I bought the Stablemates family painting kit, and year after I finished first horse from the set:
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It's a Knabstrupper on G2 pirhouetting warmblood by Kathleen Moody. My idea was that his peacock spots would be more visible, but I had to use more layers of white than I did expected.
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Here are some details of his head:
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I will add more photos with making of to my repaint thread:
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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:45 pm

Congrats! I love knappys and this model is awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:23 pm

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Congrats! I love knappys and this model is awesome!

Thank you, I'm happy you like my repaint!

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:48 pm

Good evening,
I finally find some time to share my July addition with you. In the very last week in July I've visited London for first time. It was amazing! Of course I wanted to bring some model horse souvenir back with me. So I went to Hamleys, large toy store selling also Breyers. They had quite a lot of them, but also quite pricey. There were few sets both matte and glossy with hunter champion GG Valentine and her foal Heartbreaker on molds by Eberl. But I wasn't convinced due to combination of high price and not very good paintjob. As I was trying to find the most beautiful one among these sets, I suddenly spotted HIM, hidden behind other horses on top shelf.
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Could I bring better souvenir from England than British Olympian and record breaking dressage champion? I guess I couldn't. He is model horse of my dreams, I had wanted him since I first saw his promo photo back in 2014. I was happy like  a kid I could handpick him.
Brigitte Eberl did excellent job on this sculpt. It's definitely not a toy, but a piece of art. She captured Valegro's typical head perfectly.
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I'm happy they painted his eyes like this in order to remind light Valegro's eyes, with no eyewhites.
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Maybe the head is little bit narrow from frontal view...
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...but still stunning sculpture and the caption of movement in pirouette is expectional.
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But even though I could handpick him and chose better one of the two available, I couldn't avoid few flaws.
One of his nostril is underpainted and one of his horsehoes (my first Breyer with painted horseshoes) is overpainted...
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And the biggest dissapointment came after I had unpacked him.
He does not stand correctly, the other hind leg is levitating above the base...
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Luckily, you don't need the base to take photos Wink
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And then the sunset did amazing dramatic light giving impression of a show:
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My excitement has return after that photoshoot.

And just two comparisons:
With his MiniMe by Jennifer Scott
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And my Traditional dressage trio by Eberl:
passage, Keltec Salinero mold, released 2007
extended trot, Totilas, released 2013
pirouette, Valegro, released 2015
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It's visible that Brigitte Eberl made progress, or maybe it's thanks to progress in Breyer's molding/casting process, but Toto and Blueberry are full of delicate details (I only wonder why Blueberry doesn't have chestnuts).

I wonder what new dressage position or portrait of famous horse can we expect by her...

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:13 pm

Hi, I'm behind with sharing my additions. This one is from September, when they stock him on MPV. I was checking their site every day since mid July, after BreyerFest ended. In first week of September he was finally available.
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It's Nazruddin, BreyerFest 2017 Celebration Model, portrait of Marwari stallion on Eberl's mold. I wanted him cause I didn't have this beautiful mold and this sorrel colour suits very much to it.
But I must say I was quite disappointed after unpacking him. He has several flaws. Not very well masked face marking (luckily it was easy to fix), box rub on off fore leg and area around mane is painted not very well - his ears are almost white... I would except much more from a horse for 75 €. He is the most expensive dust-catcher in my collection.
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Luckily he still looks good on photos, I really like the prancing pose...
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...and ears turned backwards. Ears of Marwari breed are really interesting, their tips are curved towards each other, it is one of special characteristics of the breed.
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This halter was waiting for him from April, when I got it as a bonus for commissioned halters.
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I think the halter really suits to him, with its "etno look".
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Despite the first disappointment he grew on me. I really like the mold in this colour. He is my first (and maybe will be the last at the same time) horse from BreyerFest and is my 14th Eberl and model horse number 140 in the herd.

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:23 pm

Congrats Very Happy This color really suits the mold but really does not do the real horse justice at all No I got to meet him at Breyerfest this year Wink If it's any consolation, this whole run was riddled with flaws - I handpicked from 9 between the ones I got and the ones my friend got and the ones we decided to keep are both pretty flawed. Really none of the celebration horses are going to be top quality, they are a free horse so Breyer isn't going to put too much effort into them unfortunately.

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:34 pm

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Congrats Very Happy  This color really suits the mold but really does not do the real horse justice at all No I got to meet him at Breyerfest this year Wink  If it's any consolation, this whole run was riddled with flaws - I handpicked from 9 between the ones I got and the ones my friend got and the ones we decided to keep are both pretty flawed. Really none of the celebration horses are going to be top quality, they are a free horse so Breyer isn't going to put too much effort into them unfortunately.

Thank you. I wonder why they did him this yellow mane, while real Nazruddin has mane of almost the same colour as body colour. Also the head marking is slightly different. To me he is a rarity, available in Europe only thanks to MPV, I didn't realized for Breyer he is just a free horse that goes with tickets... useful tip, in future I should maybe consider getting some of SRs.

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:38 am

Wow, so many new additions and all of them are just lovely! Congrats! That saddle Totilas is modeling is LUSH! I need one too Razz Lol.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:05 pm

Thank you Andreas and Drakulka!
Yes, the saddle is amazing, I'm happy I got it.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas, too!

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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:09 pm

I love the coat of this last model. Marwaries are always special, and it is hard to put their charming on a model.

I have several models I've been hating for a long time and, after a while, I'm starting to see on them some amazing things. I hope you find a new vision of your new model soon Wink
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PostSubject: Re: My first Breyer and other newcomers   Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:14 am

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I love the coat of this last model. Marwaries are always special, and it is hard to put their charming on a model.

I have several models I've been hating for a long time and, after a while, I'm starting to see on them some amazing things. I hope you find a new vision of your new model soon Wink

Thank you, no doubt the sculpt and colour are beautiful, I was only disappointed with the flaws cause I was expecting LSQ horse. It always help me to take some photos of new (disappointing) model to see its better things Wink I'm not able to sell him, he is definitely a keeper, though he will be prancing on shelf behind some "nicer" ponies.

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