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Figure International
Quarterly Magazine

North American Edition

  

 

Andreas Press

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Figure International - North American Edition
Media: Soft cover, landscape format, 52 pages plus covers; full colour
Price: RRP USD$9.95. Four-Issue subscription available for USD$34.95 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Excellent standard of figure assembly and painting; packed with "how-to" photographs, interview with a noted modeller; handy reference material
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended for all standards of figure modellers.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


Subscriptions to Figure International magazine are available online from Squadron.com

 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

There must be something in the Spanish water that breeds great modellers. Last year we saw the Euro Modelismo Monograph series for figure and armour modellers. Now we have the new quarterly magazine, "Figure International".

As the title implies, this new magazine focuses on model figure assembly and painting. The publication is printed on luxurious, glossy paper. The content is presented in full colour throughout the 52 pages. Advertisements are limited to the back page and the inside covers. The remainder of the magazine is packed with high-quality content.

Specifically, the contents of this issue are:

  • A History of Miniatures Part One - a nice introduction to figure models from antiquity to the Renaissance (to be continued in future issues)

  • Painting a mounted Napoleonic figure of the Imperial Guard, including a handy colour reference chart with cross-reference to Andrea Color.

  • An interview with Ray Lamb, plus some spectacular examples of his work.

  • A report on the Nuremberg International Toy Fair 2002.

  • Figure Workshop - Supporting a figure and holding small parts, with plenty of photos to illustrate the techniques.

  • Painting a figure of the 5th Georgia Infantry, 1861.

  • An illustrated reference work on the Templar Knights.

  • 54mm Ripley and Alien from the movie, Alien.

  • New releases.

  • Assembly and painting of a figure from the First Crusade, 1096-1099, with an emphasis on working with white metal figures and chain mail. Some great step-by-step photos here.

  • "The Old Shop" feature on Toy Soldiers.

  • Coverage of the "War and Peace" show at Beltring in 2001.

  • Book Reviews.

  • Readers' Gallery.

Interestingly, there is virtually no coverage of 20th century military figures in this issue.

 

 

Conclusion

 

If you are a figure modeller I am sure you will welcome this magazine. If you are an armour or aircraft modeller, you will appreciate the skills involved in this related aspect of the hobby, and might even find something to apply to your future projects.

Figure International is an excellent, high quality publication that will appeal to a broad cross-section of modellers.

Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.


Review Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 11 June, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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