Tuesday 28 October 2008

Alpine Miniatures - KG Peiper, Ardennes 1944

More progress and refinements made to the figure this evening.

Gonna hit the sack now zzzzz.....


Monday 27 October 2008

Alpine Miniatures - KG Peiper, Ardennes 1944

Just a quick update on the painting of the first figure before I head off to the in-laws for dinner.



Wednesday 22 October 2008

NOVEM 2008 - Gyeong Ju, Korea

As mentioned earlier in my previous post some two weeks back, I was in Korea on invitation of Young Miniatures proprietor Young Bok Song. And now finally after a past week of hectic schedules, I've finally found some time today to upload some pictures from that exciting event.

Korean-Chinese noodle soup cooked in a rich yet light shellfish broth; incredible...

Show venue of NOVEM 2008 at a convention hall of a resort.

Serang Kim admiring some of the works displayed.

Group photo of all the attendees of NOVEM 2008

Post-NOVEM 2008 BBQ garden party hosted at Young Bok's home.

Red leaf lettuce and sesame leafs are served as wraps for marinated BBQ pork.

Alfresco lunch together with Young and his baby boy at an old traditional eatery in Gyeong-Ju.

Taesung with the Soju and me with a huge plater of sashimi.

Young sends a Gujeolpan wrap to Taesung's mouth while Mr Park looks on.

Together with Dr. Kim Jin who graciously hosted us for lunch and dinner.

Prolific diorama builder Eun Gab Kim shares his diorama creations with us.

After dinner tea session with members of popular Korean modelling forum MM Zone and in particular its founder, the gentleman seated to my right, Mr Sung Jong Kim.

Sampling Korean street food in at Nam Dae Moon open market.

I must say that this being my first trip ever to Korea, it has been an unforgetable experience. Apart from the gastronomical aspect, it was a great opportunity to not only meet more Asian modellers but also to renew ties with old friends and acquaintances. And surprising as it may seem, this trip too served as my first meeting with Taesung Harmms, the proprietor and creative force behind Alpine Miniatures. Having worked for almost four years via countless emails, there was nothing short off inspiring and motivational like spending a couple of nights together discussing and brainstorming ideas over nightcap.
Reiterating once again, this has been a very enjoyable and fruitful trip; made possible by the many Korean modellers particularly those of the Model Museum Club who had generously extended their hospitality. There are many whom Taesung and I would like to thank and I sincerely apologize if your names are not recalled.

And finally a preview of Alpine's latest pair that was on show at NOVEM 2008.

Due for X'mas as I'm told....


Tuesday 7 October 2008


Before I head off to the airport this evening to attend NOVEM 2008, a scale figure show organized by Young Miniatures in Korea, here are some pictures of a recent collaboration I did with K G Lim (aka Chef Lim to those who know him at the M Workshop).
The Panzer III was the credit of Chef Lim 's deft handiwork. I'm unable to describe further about the build as my involvement was solely a spur of the moment impetus to paint the tank commander from Doug Originals.
So moving on to the figure instead, I must comment that the fittings are very well engineered, needing very minimal clean-up with nubs assisting the alignment of critical parts such as the waist and the upper torso. The figure came together just within minutes after it was opened. Anatomy is spot on and details are crisp; but what I enjoyed from this short painting exercise was painting the drapery. It's very well defined, not too excessive or subtle yet not overly stylized; making it very friendly for beginners to approach. I'm definitely looking forward for my next spur to paint another from Doug's Originals.


Hopefully the next time I will be writing from Korea featuring some exciting coverage on NOVEM 2008 and the modelling scene there.