Roland Simon and his wife Regina at their booth in Kulmbach 2015
At this year’s show (2015) in Kulmbach, Jim Horan said I needed to meet Roland and his wife, Regina. After some searching, I found them at their booth. One of the pieces on display won “Best of Show” 2013. Of course, it was beautifully painted. There were several figures painted by Roland on display alongside the same figures unpainted. I purchased several that Roland had a painted duplicate for. The painted display pieces are always a great guide for knowing how well something could be painted—which also explains why I have so many beautiful unpainted pieces in my possession. (I can no longer complain to my wife about how much fabric and how many patterns she has stored in our house. I sometimes think she could open up her own fabric store—but I could probably open a small flat tin figure shop.)
Roland is a busy man, so I appreciate the time he took out of his schedule to entertain a few questions. A gallery of his work has also been created.
Did you have any prior experience in painting?
Yes, I collected and painted aircraft models, mainly II.WW (1:72) and I also built small scenes with figures, before I was attacked by the flat figure virus.
The late Walter Fischer was a shining example to me. He was the first in painting flats in an
outstanding quality. I learned from the advice he gave and wanted to become as good as he was.
But after all, I am a self-taught-painter.
The main themes are knights of the middle ages, the American Civil War, Romans and Celts and famous people in history. Most of them are large scale flats (54mm up to 120mm) and busts, only a few are in 30mm. Unfortunately they could not be viewed or ordered online, only by e-mail. My figures are also available by “The Little Tin Soldier“/Jack Muldoon. The figures are engraved by Karl-Werner Rieger and Andreas Trost.
Life is too short to waste time on a bad engraved or casted figure. If there is a figure that did not “talk” to you, leave it off.