This was my biggest project thus far, and the most difficult i've ever painted. Got a Gold medal on Scale Model Challenge and Silver medal in Monte San Savino Show 2018.

The idea was to represent Apollon as the sun (covered in gold), flying in space (stars on the base) and i made a freehand with planets on the cloak to make it resemble a solar system (but not exactly our solar system). The sphere on his belly is a neutron star powering up his sword, various leds on the armour and the chariot.

I also wanted to make a tribute to my teacher and biggest friend in the painting (and cooking) world, Francesco Farabi, by painting something he loves so much: stars and planets.

The inspiration on how to paint some NMM golden parts, came from some Banshee works: the Colossus and the Ghost Rider.
  • Gianluca "Branzu" Buttigliero

    Masterpiece Riccardo! GOLD!!!

  • Luke 'atacam' Wilson

    The photos are great, but having the honour of being able to see this in person too, was amazing. My favourite piece for a long time. Cant say enough stuff about this and what is goign on and how you have played with colours and temperatures to take you on a journey across the model. Gold.

    • Riccardo "RA" AgostiniPLUS

      You make me blush with your comment. You know i struggled really a lot with this one, and having my work recognized makes me really happy.

  • Michel

    One of the best painting i’ve ever seen!!!!

  • Alessandro "Alastar" Marinone


  • Marc MussatPLUS

    fantastic ! no words ...I am not a fantasy painter… but this one is a pure masterpiece !

  • Jason Zhou

    Gorgeous paint job. The color scheme and all the different elements you incorporate into this model work together very well and that’s just amazing!

  • Paolo-Di-Poce

    one of the best pieces of MSS 2018

  • Alessandro Depaoli


  • Martin Vermeulen (Nighthawk)

    Gorgeous piece!!! (Seen at SMC live) Great tonal use of primary colours all over, I love it!

    • Riccardo "RA" AgostiniPLUS

      thank you, it was really hard to make it work with all the 3 primaries and that kind of saturation. :)

  • Clive Jackson

    Truly amazing! Gold of course!

  • Jens Riber Poulsen

    A rocketpowered god on a chariot, whats not to like. The pictures here are a bit dark, but I saw it at this years Monte San Savino, amazing peice.

    • Riccardo "RA" AgostiniPLUS

      Thanks, taking pictures of this piece was a nightmare really… this is the best we could do (i needed a lot of help to photograph it).

  • Karsten -Elaphus- Poepping

    Fantastic work !!!


    How did this get silver at MSS???  Gold all day!


    • Riccardo "RA" AgostiniPLUS

      Thank you :) MSS is the hardest competition out there, so it makes sense to me ^_^

  • Krzysztof "REDAV" Kobalczyk

    I love it Riccardo. I think that for such a relatively short time that you developed your painting you made big progress and I’m very impressed with this. I love all the cool and warm color transitions and the general composition of contrast and using it to focus on some cool elements of this miniature. Heep up the good work and it will be a pleasure to watch.

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  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"PLUS

    Quite frankly unsurpassed!!!!!!! One hell of a nmm paintjob. So convincing it looks like real metal!!! Gold

    • Riccardo "RA" AgostiniPLUS

      Thanks John :) I’m very happy that you like it! (Your vote weirdly didn’t register btw)

  • Olmo Castrillo

    Awesome. Original and intense colours, really beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    What a crazy sculpt and a crazy paintjob!

    • Riccardo "RA" AgostiniPLUS

      wowowow :) i’m really glad that you appreciate it, a lot of work went into this model, from concept to the final paint. Alberto Acquaviva really did an outstanding job, as he made both the concept and the sculpting for Kimera Models.

  • Jakob VPLUS


  • Laurent Aubry aka Pisco

    Brilliant piece ! So much touch of light !
    This kind of work inspires me !

    Thank you

  • George Tsougkouzidis

    absolutly great work !!

  • Bran

    Sei un grande pittore, felice di averti trovato su Putty & Paint.