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Hanging out with Gino

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 Im 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 nos

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 Ginos amazing historical miniature masterpieces.

About the Author

About Rudi Richardson (Tarok)

I'm a former Managing Editor of the Historicus Forma historical figure modelling website. While my modelling and history interests are diverse, my main figure modelling focus lies in Sci-Fi, Pop-Culture, Fantasy, Roman and WW2 German subjects. I'm a firm believer that armour and vehicles accessorise...


I really enjoy getting to know a little bit about the "person behind the brush" Thanks to Gino and all involved with getting this article put together. Keep'em coming Craig
AUG 03, 2006 - 11:38 PM
What a great idea,Gino has been a flag flier for us all in the figure painting hobby,and its good to give honour where it is due,rock on Gino Arthur
AUG 03, 2006 - 11:50 PM
Perfect Q&A subject! Gino was one of the first figure painters I "met" via the web. Ever humble yet always on the cutting edge. He has always been in the top 10 of figure painters as far as I am concerned. Keep it up ViolentG. Your old hippie friend, Charles
AUG 04, 2006 - 12:24 AM
Couldnt agree more. What a stunning figure. Ive been admiring this for quite a while when looking through the collage of pictures. Excellent. Thanks for stepping up and becoming the first "profile" Gino. Cheers. Great incentive Rudi. Top idea!
AUG 05, 2006 - 03:29 PM
Hello guys, Thank you all for the positive comment. I also would like to thank Rudi for taking the time to fit everything in one thread. Thanks a lot Rudi. I'm very honoured, and surprised to be picked, to be tha subject of the q&a. Hi Costas, The hair is "normal" now, but for how long... :-)8 Hi Joe, Thanks a lot. It's nice to hear that other people notice the improvement too. Still a long way to go though. I have just send an article on the King of Jeruzalem figure to Military Modelling, so I think it will be inone of the future issues. Hi Charles, Nice to hear from you again my hippiefriend. What are you working on? Thanks once again my friends, Gino
AUG 05, 2006 - 10:06 PM
Hello Gino, so long time we have heard from eachother....Im so sorry about that. Did my last email reach you ? I love the "Artist Q&A" so much, because it seems to allow us to know a little bit more about the artist behind his works. And your work is really great !!! Best wishes my friend, Markus
AUG 06, 2006 - 12:37 AM
Hello Markus, How are you my friend? Lately I have beenhaving some healthproblems (again) and the heatwave we had didn't do any good either. At the moment I'm feeling better (knock on wood) so I'm painting again and will be more on the net also. I can't remember the e-mail. How long was it ago? What are you working on for the moment? I have seen some of your prizewinning models in the figuren kit journal on the Herzog von Bayeren show. Great stuff and well deserved awards too!!! Congrats my friend. Best wishes, Gino
AUG 06, 2006 - 01:13 PM
That was very nice to know Gino better and see his great works in a feature like this. Thanks Rudi for the feature and thanks Gino for sharing.
AUG 12, 2006 - 02:52 AM
Hi G! Mate, I'm hanging around with you all the time and I can't say enough what you mean for me. Not only in the world of figurepainting you've learned me a lot, also in life you thought some great stuff. You're life isn't the easiest you can have (with your healthproblems) and still you don't let your head hanging low. Not only your work's TOP CLASS, but so are you! Ciao from this little maggot :-) If you're going to Antwerp one of these days, just give me a call.
AUG 13, 2006 - 07:52 PM
Wonderful work. Gino, I have to comment that my favorites that were featured were of the child playing as a knight and soldier opening the gift. Both had that very human quality that separates them to a level that truly makes them an art form. Again, wonderful work and very inspiring. Best wishes Steve
SEP 08, 2006 - 09:17 PM