Welcome to D. F. Grieve Models

About D. F. Grieve Models – The Background

Having taken a keen interest in painting and drawing as a child, I became engrossed in converting and painting military miniatures in my early teens. After studying Life drawing and graphic art at Ravensbourne College in Bromley in the mid 1970s, I joined Rose Miniatures as a trainee sculptor. There then followed three years, working as a freelance artist/illustrator, specializing in military subjects, undertaking private commissions as well as work for several Regiments through the auspices of The Parker Gallery in Piccadilly, London. In 1979 I designed a number of limited edition figurines for Realmodels in South Kensington.

In late 1980 I founded D. F. Grieve Models and for the next 26 years produced my own range of figurines and busts.

After a break of twelve years, I have decided to re-launch D. F. Grieve Models. This time it is  my intention to specialize in 1/5th scale ornamental Busts (standing approximately 7 1/4 inches high including the plinth). The Busts will depict British historical characters from different spheres of life, all of whom hold a special interest for me. The Busts, which are fully round, are available in both white marble resin, which resembles Victorian parian ware and antiqued  bronze resin. They are packed in a sturdy white cardboard box which has a presentation  photo  on the lid.Bust of Admiral Lord Nelson

Creating the original model involves building-up the face and upper body with chavant. a hard modelling wax, using small metal hand tools. A silicone rubber mould is then  taken and this is then used to cast the master pattern from which all subsequent moulds and  commercial castings are made.

The first subject in my new range is Horatio, Viscount Nelson, who is depicted wearing the full dress uniform of a Vice Admiral, complete with a selection of his Awards and Decorations. Please go to my Gallery page to see photos of this Bust. Further subjects will appear at regular intervals, so keep watching this space.

David F. Grieve 2018