Breyer creates hundreds of new models every year that span the vast amount of breeds and colors of the real horse world. Each of these horses brings the beauty of a real horse to thousands each year.
Many collectors take their collecting one step further and jump into the realm of customizing. Customizing is the art of creating new models by doing as little as adding a few markings to as much as completely resculpting the model. Customized models are very popular in the model horse hobby with collectors and showers alike. Almost every show in the world has special classes for customized models that are sometimes just as popular as Original Finish classes! With a little creativity and Golden Oak Stables you can be on your way to making your own champions too!
Model horse artists use a variety of materials to create their masterpieces, from oil paints to loose pastel dust the method varies from artist to artist, but many will suggest the easiest and most effective method to start with is acrylic paint. Acrylic paints are easy to find, water soluble which makes for easy clean up, typically non-toxic and work well for model horse customizing.
Pastelling is another common method in which loose pastel dust is applied to the horse in a layers. This process can take dozens to hundreds of layers and produce results that are luminescent and realistic. This method is a newer method that has gained popularity in the past 20 years.
Oil paints are another method that many artists use. These museum quality paints will stand the test of time but take days and sometimes weeks to dry between layers, so they are not for the impatient! Oils are a favorite for their deep colors and many artists use their long dry time to their advantage to created immaculate shadings and details!
Breyer and Golden Oak Stables have kits that will make customizing easy for anyone, the only problem will be where to start! From the smallest scale on up there are kits to create your own champion! Breyer kits are friendly for most ages with acrylics that are friendly for everyone. Your champion is waiting for you!