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Site Updates!

I just added my 2013 MEPSA donation custom appy to my Other Colors page. Once I finish his silver bay brother I’ll probably split that page into Other and Appaloosa.

2013 MEPSA donation

I’m also excited to announce the creation (finally!) of my Tutorials page. I’ve done my best to gather all the great hobby tutorials out there into one place, organized by topic. I’ll continue to update it as more tutorials are published. You can find the page in the main site menu under References.

A big thank you to all the great hobby people out there who are making tutorials to help others learn. I would certainly not be where I am today without online guides! I especially want to thank Jennifer Buxton, whose great blog inspired my own and who has graciously allowed me to link to her many wonderful tutorials.

The Real Alpo

If all goes as planned, this post will publish while I’m flying back across the pond. It’s always sad to say goodbye to travelling, but I am excited to be home, looking forward to a wonderful summer with a lot of jumping and other fun.

I’ve been following a bunch of horse picture tumblrs lately (a dangerous habit!) and I ran across this awesome picture. This horse looks stunningly like my snotty little model pony, Alpo. I wish I’d had this picture for a reference when I was working on him!


the real Alpo

Alpo compare

Want to drool over some pretty ponies yourself? Fall down this here rabbit hole- but don’t blame me for any lost productivity :) How about some beautiful models? Jennifer Buxton has been photographing and cataloging her amazing collection.

Tiny Things

My Christmas gift portrait cob now has hair! Said hair needs work, but she looks a lot better than last month when she had no ears and a wire sticking out of her butt…

Kettil Blacksmith is still in the pony hospital, but he’s recovering from Brokentailitis and will hopefully be ready to hit the show ring in a few weeks.


Meanwhile, awesome hobby bloggers are busy making tiny masterpieces. EG of Last Alliance Studios cooked up some delicious looking sandwiches and Nichelle of Desktop Stables made a whole library of wee books. Seriously, the first pictures in these two posts will give you a real double take.

Vicarious Breyerfest

I don’t collect original finish, I don’t really like huge crowds, and I’m a cheapskate, so I doubt I’ll ever attend Breyerfest. But I still love to pour over the news and pictures from those who do go.

Here are my favorite threads on Blab:


Anyone win the hat contest?

Doowiki’s Breyerfest Blog

Lets See Your Costume!!

Breyerfest Live brags!!!

And here’s an album of pictures from the Collector’s Classes from Blab member PolarVrtx

Extra special congratulations to Caryn Peck, Jamie Baker, and Anna Kirby on their 7th place finish in cross country at Breyerfest Live. Caryn made the diorama, Jamie made the horse, and Anna made the tiny tack. Way to go ladies!

photo by Jamie Baker (I think)

Has anyone else found great galleries/link for Breyerfest eye candy? Please post them in the comments!

NAN Favorites 2012

I’ve been really busy with family and friends visiting and getting ready to leave town myself. I haven’t been doing any work on models, but I have been happily drooling over the results and pictures coming in from the North American Nationals and Breyerfest.

Results and lots of pictures from NAN 2012 are on the NAMSHA website. Here are some of my favorites.

All photos are © NAMHSA. Congratulations to all the winners!

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And an extra special congratulations to the awesome Jennifer Buxton and her kick-ass mule, Emma. Way to go!

Naming Model Horses

I finished my little tobiano pony custom and saddled him (pun intended) with the overly large name of Lieutenant Kernel Panic. This strange but satisfying moniker got me thinking about model horse names in general.

Lieutenant Kernel Panic, a creature of small statue and large name

Kernel’s name is multiple nerd joke wordplay. Lieutenant Kernel (Colonel) is inspired by the dashing hero of Stargate: Atlantis, Lt. Col. John Sheppard. Kernel panic is what happens to a Mac or other Unix-like computer system when it encounters an error it cannot recover from. In Windows, the equivalent is commonly referred to as the Blue Screen of Death. So I combined then both into a lovely, nerdy, stupidly-long name.

And Kernel’s not the only one who was named after a fictional character. My Fjord stallion Kettil Blacksmith is named after a character in the ridiculous 1989 movie Erik the Viking.  Like his namesake, Kettil is beloved by the ladies. My Kladruber stallion is named after another Stargate character, Dr. Radek Zelenka. Radek is a cool name, and it’s perfect because Kladrubers are Czech and so is Dr. Zelenka. Nightfox is named after the suave master-thief from Ocean’s Twelve. That one is less due to character resemblance and more to a cool name and good timing- I re-watched the movie around the same time I finished the so-far-nameless horse.

George Clooney (Danny Ocean) and the Night Fox (Vincent Cassell) in Ocean’s Twelve. Photo from imdb.com © 2004 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

As a linguistics fan, many of my horse’s names are word play or simply phrases that I like. Troy Soldier gets double points for being a classics reference too. Sunset Highway, Typhoid Mary, Penny Candy, and Rabbit are all random names that I fancied, usually assigned before or during the sculpting and painting process. Chryselephantine‘s name inspired the horse herself: her name means “made of gold and ivory” and thus spawned a bright palomino Saddlebred.

Rumble Strip is a name I’ve been saving since childhood. I had many imaginary horses as a kid, including a bay Thoroughbred race horse named Rumble Strip. So when I was planning my race horse diorama I made sure to make him the winner.

A Rumble Strip to call my own

My model horse’s names come from all sorts of inspirations, but I try to generally respect a breed’s naming conventions or rules: for example, I checked to make sure that Kernel’s name doesn’t go over the 35 character limit for the Shetland Pony Registry. But sometimes I fudge it too- Chryselephantine is an esoteric Greek word instead of the showy pop culture names common for American Saddlebreds, and Penny Candy fails to reference the Spanish roots of the Azteca breed. But I’d rather be happy with the name then adhere to protocol perfectly. Otherwise I end up changing the name, like I did with Sierra Roana Senna Penny Candy.

Perhaps the easiest models to name are portraits of real horses. Doublet, Fritz, Jaime, and Diamond are all based on real horses and share their names. The naming becomes more difficult if you can’t choose between the real horse’s full name or barn name. But since Jaime had the unfortunate generic stock horse name of Ambrosia Bar Magic, I’ll stick with the nickname I knew and loved.

I keep a list of good potential names, since I come up with them faster then I get horses. But often, nothing on my list fits quite right. If you’re having trouble coming up with a name for a horse, check out some of the following resources for inspiration:

  • The IPABRA’s page on Naming the Model Horse provides information on common registry requirements and customs & traditions by breed. The page is a bit outdated so registry requirements should be double checked, but it’s a good place to start.
  • Dreamhorse is a national horse sales site that allows searching by breed and other factors. It’s great for finding inspiration and a quick introduction to common name families within a breed.
  • Farm webpages (found through registry sites or google) are a fun, image-filled way to get name ideas. You might find a horse whose name you’d like to borrow. Or, even if you aren’t into pedigree assignment, you can use a mare and stallion match to brainstorm names for a hypothetical foal.

I’d love to hear some reader ideas and stories about naming. Knowing how much the model horse hobby and sci-fi fandoms intersect, I bet I’m not the only one out there with a Stargate inspired pony!

Play-Doh is Fun Again

Sara Gifford of FriesianFury Studio did a lovely blog post about using Play-Doh way back in February, but I didn’t have a reason to try it until recently. My resin drafter has a nifty little acrylic rod in his hoof to help him stand, and I needed to protect it from primer.

So off I went to the store to get some play-doh. At first I only found the big packs with many different colors, but then I found this handy zip pack for only $1.99.

I took a little piece of play-doh (man, even this small bag is going to last me forever) and smooshed it over the acrylic peg so it was completely covered. Then I primed him like normal.

After I was done priming, I simply pulled off the play-doh, with the acrylic rod safe and sound and clean.

I won’t have a frequent use for play-doh, but I’m really glad I got some. It’s one of those tools that is the perfect choice when you need it- you just don’t need it very often. But I’ll definitely never struggle with painter’s tape again. Those days are over!

Thanks for the great post, Sara!