Every year there's one Best Customs Contest entry that stands above all others in terms of innovation and awesomeness. This year, that honor goes to Amanda Brock's Fantasy entry, Enbarr of the Flowing Mane. In this guest post, Amanda shows us how he came into being. Thank you, Amanda, and congratulations. Your fantasy horse is fantastic.
The Making of Enbarr
by Amanda Brock
I was so excited when the theme for this year's BreyerFest was announced! I am not of Celtic descent, but I have always loved Celtic culture and their myths and legends. I knew immediately that I wanted to do a fantasy piece for the customs contest, but what? I didn't want to do a Kelpie, so I went to google and searched until I found Enbarr! As soon as I read his name and story, an image popped into my head.
And so it began! I started with last year's celebration horse, Oliver. I wanted to make him in a stretched gallop with a long mane and tail... but then I thought.... what if he lit up? How would that work? How would it show through his solid plastic sides? How would I hide the wiring and battery pack? With these questions in my mind, I shoved some LEDs into my model's barrel, carved a trench down his inner rear leg, ordered some soldering tools and said a small prayer to the model horse gods.
I had to cut and extend the wiring to the battery pack, and added a little connector in the middle so the battery pack would stay hidden in a small drawer.
I wanted Enbarr to be a generic cob type. Not too heavy, with lots of hair but not too much, almost as if he were to be the ancestor of all covered types.But I also wanted to make him more fantastical. He is described as a beautiful pure white horse who could travel like the wind over land and sea. But what if he was imbued with Celtic magic? What if his mane and tail could transform based on whether he was on land or sea? What if his mane and tail glowed and looked like water?
To make this happen, I sculpted a removable epoxy mane and tail.
From these, I made silicone rubber molds.
Then I cast the mane and tail in a clear resin that I colored to look like water.
Since Enbarr was going to be galloping across the open ocean, splashes were needed! I made these using UV resin that was then heated and bent into shape. I painted them with semi transparent colors to mimic water and seafoam.
But Enbarr isn't alone on his romp!
Two dolphin friends are playing with him while he tears across the sea. These were hand sculpted out of floral foam, glue and epoxy.
It was around this time I thought why not make Enbarr's barrel and back glow, too? So Celtic inspired swirls and patterns were carved into his plastic base and then refilled with UV resin.
I'm exhausted so I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.