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Breyer Remake-Start to Finish (Appaloosa Mare)


So I thought it might be fun to do a post showing the process of doing a Breyer remake from start to finish.

First I select a model.  For this project I will be using an Appaloosa Mare.


Some people remake horses that are brand new, fresh out of the box. I do not. I always work on a “scratch and dent” model that I picked up at a thrift store, flea market, yard sale etc.  I only work on models that are no longer in collectible condition.

The next step is to sand it down and get it ready for refinishing.


Next, no matter what color I plan to paint the horse, I always start with a layer of white primer.  This helps me to see the “bones” of a horse, as well as any hidden imperfections in the body. This is also the point where I usually get some inspiration for what the final product will look like.



As you can see, this horse has several deep gouges on its neck sides. In cases like this, I will give the horse a distressed paint job to camouflage the flaws and use them to their advantage. This time I will be using a dish soap resist.


I decided I wanted a black base. Then I applied dish soap bubbles to the wet paint to give a nice random, splotchy effect.  Snowflake appaloosa anyone?

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After the paint was (mostly) dry, I went in and added a glossy black to the face, tail, and legs to blend the body paint in with the rest of the horse. I liked it like this, but I also felt that it needed a little more..pizzaz…..color.

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I decided to go with a translucent blue over the spots so that they would still be visible, but not quite as stark as the black and white version.  All she needed then was a coat of finishing spray so that everything stays put. And that’s it..done!  Here’s a quick before and after just for a recap.

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Thanks for looking! Check back for more Breyer remakes in progress!!!