Mike ‘The Kiwi’ Butler has been military modelling for over 40 years and focused on figures since the 1990s. He served in the New Zealand Army as an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer for over 11 years and this fostered a passion for representing authentic, accurate miniatures of servicemen and women. His artworks have been recognised with awards and featured in many articles internationally.
Put simply this is a marvellous book. Mike's skills are fantastic, plus he is able to set out how he achieves these results in a very clear and detailed way. The photos that illustrate the book throughout are beautiful, and I love the way he names his characters and creates great textures in the uniforms and character in the faces. This really is first class.
A wealth of highly detailed information on uniform colours and styles along with some master classes on things like mud splatter on uniforms. You want to get your troops painted in the right brown serge colours or horizon blue? You’d be hard pressed to get a better reference work. On top of that – and as a work all of it’s own – it contains the usual ‘how to’ sections about both paint and modelling tools and even sections on photography to get the best from recording your efforts.
“Put simply this is a marvellous book. Mike's skills are fantastic, plus he is able to set out how he achieves these results in a very clear and detailed way...This really is first class.”
Mike Butler’s Modelling and Painting World War I Allied Figures sits at the pinnacle of books written on this hobby. It will undoubtedly become a classic in the genre, standing alongside and perhaps a little above others written by masters of the hobby. Packed full of information and illustrations, it is a masterclass of how to make and paint World War One Allied figures that very much deliver value for money.