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Taesung Harmms: Alpine's Artist

Historicus Forma Artist Q&A

The Historicus Forma (HFModeling.com) Artist Q&A is a monthly feature. It’s an interview with artists of the historical figure modelling world. These artists may include sculptors and painters; commercial and private modellers; well-known and lesser-known artists. Whoever they may be, the artists featured in Historicus Forma’s Artist Q&A are highly respected members of our global community; people who have greatly influenced our world in their own way. As we honour these artists with this humble Q&A and photo feature, they honour us by sharing a piece of their world.

In this edition we chat to Taesung Harmms, owner and sculptor extraordinaire of Alpine Miniatures.


About me

First, I'd like to thank Historica Forma for this opportunity to introduce myself the modelling community.

I was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1972. So that makes me 36 years old. I live with my lovely and patient wife, Susan. I have no kids and don't plan to any time soon. My wife tells me that she doesn't need another kid in the house.

I grew up in Seoul until I moved to US in 1989. I finished high school in New Jersey and, let me tell you, I did not have a good time there. Learning English wasn't fun either. Then I moved to New York City to study art in a small college and had such a great time there that I could do it all over. Working as a graphic designer for 5 years wasn't how I had expected it to be but taught me a lot about information design, packaging design, and web design. These skills came in handy when I started Alpine Miniatures. I met Susan and married her in 2001. Obviously, my English was "working" by then.

I decided to start my own figure line, Alpine Miniatures, in 2004 after making some figures for a resin figure company. I didn't expect it to be easy but didn't expect it to be so labor-intensive either. In the beginning, Alpine Miniatures was a one-man operation from my room. Now, I have a workshop/office and one employee. I basically have no life because I work 2 shifts a day: one in the morning at the workshop, and the other at night sculpting at home.

I do manage to get out and play a round of golf on Saturdays with friends. I'm not that good at it, but it gives a chance to go out for a drink afterwards. I also enjoy playing guitar and listening to rock music. I listen to AC/DC, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Pink Floyd, etc. Time to time, I go skeet-shooting. Hopefully, I get myself a shotgun soon.

About the Author

About Rudi Richardson (Tarok)

I'm a former Managing Editor of the Historicus Forma historical figure modelling website. While my modelling and history interests are diverse, my main figure modelling focus lies in Sci-Fi, Pop-Culture, Fantasy, Roman and WW2 German subjects. I'm a firm believer that armour and vehicles accessorise...


Nice interview. Taesung is one of the nicest guys in person also.
NOV 30, 2007 - 02:52 AM
I had the pleasure to meet Taesung for the first time in Boston. Great guy to be with and very talented indeed Stephen Mallia
NOV 30, 2007 - 07:28 AM
great insight into a very tallented sculpter. steve
NOV 30, 2007 - 08:51 AM
Thanks again for the interview, Taesung.
DEC 03, 2007 - 11:34 PM
Rudi, thank you for giving me a chance to introduce myself to HF family here! Thank you all for the kind words. Taesung
DEC 21, 2007 - 04:29 AM
Good interview/introduction article. Taesung is by far one of the top miniature sculptors alive today. Thanks for this insight into the personal side of Alpine Miniatures. Cheers, Charles P.S: Nice guitar
JAN 06, 2008 - 01:56 AM
Great interview, it is always nice to see the face behind the company! Regards, Luka
APR 16, 2008 - 08:40 PM