About a month or so ago, Model Horse Blab ran a photo contest which I duly entered...and two of my photos came second!
My Magpie Arab custom by Laura Bond (EA Give Up The Ghost) nabbed second place in the 'Artistic' class...
...and my unknown brand OF Donkey, Jackson, got second in the 'Realistic Scene' class.
I was only a couple of votes away from first each time, so even though I'm a little disappointed not to have won overall, I really can't complain as I was still eligible for prizes! There was a good selection to choose from, (including some gorgeous traditional scale resins that the first placers quite rightly beat me to!) but in the end I went for the 'Polka Dot Parade' set of appaloosa Stablemates, and a Breyer resin 'BullintheHeather'.
I'm not sure what to show this one as because obviously Saddlebreds can't be spotted and all the Walkaloosas I've looked at seem to harbour more of an Appaloosa conformation. Ah well, she's cute regardless and SO shiny! (seriously, I've never seen a glossier OF SM)
She has a few wonky spots so I might etch her in the future, which is exactly what I did with one of the set...
I loved the base colour but the appy blanket did nothing for me, so...
This one may end up in the body box because I really don't like this style of OF appaloosa, but he's growing on me, so we'll have to see.
The Breyer resin was bigger than I'd expected - somewhere along the size of Collectas, and quite heavy too. I wasn't sure of his paintjob from other photos I'd seen and thought I may have to repaint him, which I will now as his offside was covered in rubs from the box. :( He has massive ears too, and I don't like the base, so I might give him a bit of cosmetic surgery with the new rotary tool that should be winging its way to me as I type... :P
He'd look smashing in a really rich bay I think.
It was so lovely to enter a (free!) show and get such nice prizes - massive thank yous to everyone on Blab who voted for my entries and to the most generous prize providers! :D :D