Hanging out with Gino
Q&A(Cont.)Favourite modelling competition to enter
Since I can't get to international competition easily because of my illness, my favourite show is Euro Militaire. There I have the chance to talk to plenty of friends which I only see there. I do hope to go at least once in my life to the Torrent show, Le Petit Soldat, Ingolstadt and the Athens show.
Most prized award ever won
This isn't an award at a show for me, but the fact that I got a figure of mine on the cover of Military Modelling. I've been reading this magazine ever since I was a kid and all my heroes appeared in it. So you can imagine what that meant to me.
Favourite modelling things
My daylight lamp! It was quit expensive but it make me see things much clearer, it seems that the highlighting/shading process is so much easier and my eyes aren't so tired anymore after a painting session. Another tool I can't do without is my clay shaper. It's a brush but instead of hair there's a rubber cone on it. My favourite tool for sculpting.
Favourite modelling purchase/figure
That first Esci diorama. Should I have chosen the basket ball outfit, I might not be modelling now.
Best recent modelling/figure purchase
Well, I haven't got that daylight lamp that long, so that's easy.
What does it mean for you or how do you define the miniature figure?
For me this hobby isn't a hobby but a virus. I'm thinking about it 24/7 and even when we go on a holiday I take at least a figure to clean up and some books with me. It's also a way to express my feelings (which I hope to do more clearly once I’m able to sculpt). It's also the perfect thing to get me calm when I'm nervous. I start to paint and I forget all my sorrows. In a way it's also a life saver. When I first became ill it was this figure modelling that kept me going, and my lovely wife of course.
How do you evaluate the present situation of the figures and its future?
I think the time is here to get the miniature figure to another level. When you look at the figures it seems like soldier were either fighting or just standing there. There's no originality in poses or actions for the figures. That's also why I love the work Fletcher Clement and Marijn van Gils that much. They dare to be different and original. I also hope figure modelling will be used more to express feelings, or to let the world know what you think about certain things. Just like how musicians, writers, painters, etc. use their medium, we should also use ours. I can't believe all these modellers don't think about the things that are going on in the world. Use you figure to express yourself!
If you were allowed to paint only one figure for the next year; which one it would be?
I hope it will be one that I sculpted myself, because that would mean that I was able to produce something worth painting.
In recent years, there has been a predominance of painting in acrylics. Do you agree and why?
Although I paint mainly with acrylics myself, I don't feel everyone should paint with acrylics. You have to use what you feel best with and most of all which gives you most fun. If one day someone starts painting figures with finger paint and get good results, I will try it too. I will then compare which paint suits me best and choose that one. I don't use acrylics exclusively. I sometimes use oils, inks, pigments, etc. I love new products to experiment with. But for now I prefer acrylics: they don't smell, you can do something in even 15 minutes, it's the technique I find the easiest and which gives me the best results and when I suddenly feel ill I can stop and continue whenever I feel better. Most important is to have fun, no matter what medium you use.
Figure modelling “no no’s”
Keeping secrets. I think one should always be willing to help another. There are people who will never tell how they did something because they are afraid someone might do it better and get away with their prizes. They forget that there has been a day when they started that there was someone telling them there secret so they could evolve. I think we should try to encourage as much people as possible to paint figures, not scare them away.
Figure Modelling secret
I never shake or stir my paint. When I buy a new bottle of paint I let it sit for a couple of days, till all the pigment is on the bottom. I then eject all the dilution, and dilute the pigment with demineralised water.
"A gift from Marijn", this 1/35 Wolf conversion was made especially as a tribute and thank you to Marijn van Gils, who has been a friend and source of inspiration for many years. This figure was also featured in Military Modelling a few years ago.
Ed: We would like to thank Gino for spending a few moments of his time with us, and letting us into his world. Now please turn to pages 4, 5 and 6 to see a few of Gino’s amazing historical miniature masterpieces.