Hanging out with Gino
Q&AEarliest modelling moment
Well I must have been about 6 years old and you will never believe it, it was figures. I was at a local toy store looking to buy some figures to play with; you know the soft plastic type. I saw a beautiful box of 8th army figures, so I bought these. On the way home I opened them in the car (never had much patience!) and what a horror: all the legs, arms, torsos, etc were seperately. How was I going to play with that? Luckily my dad glued them together (while I watched). Later there were aeroplanes, boats and of course AFVs. I then have been an AFV and diorama modeller for a good couple of years. Then about ten years ago I “discovered” Aber update sets. I had only the skills to use about half of a set and got more frustrated about not being able to use the other set. I then discovered the joy of figure painting, first 6 years with oils and now for almost 3 years with acrylics.
Do you remember the first time miniatures appealed to you?
I remember when I was about ten years old I saw a picture of a diorama in an old Esci catalogue. I wanted to rebuild it using my toys, empty boxes for bunkers, etc. I then saw these dioramas in a box by Esci and I was addicted. Once I had to choose what I would buy with my pocket money: an outfit for the basketball team or a diorama. It was a diorama and I have been modelling ever since. Later I discovered the joy of building my own dioramas.
Who or what inspires your figure modelling
I think I'm inspired by the same people as others: Bill Horan, Mike Blank, Raul Latorre, etc. I also get a lot of inspiration from comic books. I don't mean those simple comics, but those were each drawing is almost like a painting. I learn a lot from it when it comes to highlighting and shading, colours combination, etc. But also about the composition of a base. A drawing is also in a square, just like our figures. Lately I look a lot on how they represent metal without using a metallic colour. Another man who influenced me a lot (and still is) is Marijn van Gils. He learned me how to exaggerate my light/shadows, he convinced me to start sculpting (I'm still no good at it, but I'm having heaps of fun) and I'm always having a good time talking about our idea's. Another man I would like to mention is Gilbert de Rudder. I guess nobody knows of him, as he died over twenty years ago, but this is the man who taught me how to drybrush, apply a wash etc. I might not be modelling now if it wasn't for him. Thanks Gilbert.
The best thing about figure modelling
The friends I've made. To be honest, almost all my friends are related to modelling. And now with the internet the friends I've made all over the world.
The worst thing about figure modelling
The “frustration” that I don't have the skills to get the ideas lurking in my head to become real. Who knows, maybe one day...
Favourite modelling era/period
I like all era's except Romans and Napoleonic. When you look at my work one might think its World War Two, but that's because these figures are the most popular with my clients. I also love to paint Celts, Vikings, knights, WWI and even fantasy and science fiction. I don't like to paint figures bigger then 120mm though.
"Young knight with horse", a 54mm Andrea Miniatures conversion
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