Thursday, July 25, 2013

Betty, Space Babe-Critiques Needed

This is Betty, Space Heroine from Reaper Miniatures and she's meant to be a Pulp figure. I'm having some problems with her, particularly the base and I would like to request critiques and advice.

I have not begun working on her hair yet and her raygun still needs to be painted. I know I need more contrast on her breasts and on her boots. She can be better and I know it, but I've lived with this piece for so long, I need help seeing it.

Her demon familiar needs more depth of colour and more contrast as well. What else can I do to make him "pop"

The base is an absolute horror right now. I've laid down base colours and begun a little highlighting. The biggest problem I'm having is adding variety of texture and height to it. I can't use woodland flowers and such and beyond rocks, I don't know what else I can add. At this point, my imagination has run quite dry.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Like The Dust....

"Get in here child!" the grandmother yelled from the back porch. "Just look at you covered in mud.  And your hair! Jaysus, it looks like rats have been sucking on it!"  "But Gran, I don't want to come in. The night is just setting and there's magic out there" the little girl said, sticking out her chin and pointing towards the muddy fields behind the house. "I don't want to hear it! Do what I tell you, or the devil will take you in your sleep!" the grandmother yelled, balling up her fists and shaking her head at the heathen she was left to raise.

So the little girl climbed the broken steps up to the loft knowing that she'd sneak out later that night and the devil be damned.

"Ralph, Ralph. Do you smell that?" asked the little creature.  "I don't smell anything Harry." responded the other.  "Well I do. And it stinks of human." said the first one.

"Wait, wait" said Ralph as he raised his nose towards the sky and took a big sniff. "Yes, yes, it's her. It's the little one." and a smile lit his eyes. "Oh well, no bother then. She's one of us." said Harry.

And the little girl, feet wet with nights dew, squatted down to peer beneath the nights cap and breathed dust that fell like magic to the ground.

These little guys are Jackalopes from Reaper Miniatures and were sculpted by Julie Guthrie. They stand at about 10mm and despite their small size, were quite an easy paint.  These are not BONES, they are metal miniatures.

The mushrooms were sculpted for me by a lovely gentleman by the name of Al, who is from Texas. You will be seeing more of his mushrooms in future and some of those mushrooms have faces. They are quite unlike anything you have seen before.

I based this on a cap from a pint of milk using ballast, flowers from Scenic Express and fallen leaves from Secret Weapon.

Well folks it's Monday and I don't know about you, but I'm glad to be upright and vertical. So spend some time today enjoying the feel of the blood rushing through your veins, for one day, it will stop.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Under The Weather

I had two posts planned for this week and was really excited about them both, but I'm not feeling well enough to manage my blog properly. While at the doctors on Monday, as a matter of routine, they checked my blood pressure and it was high. When I say high I don't mean "Well you're getting to be that age" high so you need to watch what you eat. It's more like "Holy Christ, get this woman a shot of Demerol before she strokes out" high.

I know it might be hard for some of you to believe that an even tempered, calm person such as myself could have this problem, but I do. My problem isn't so much with the blood pressure, it's with the medication they put me on, which has the unfortunate side effect of making me feel tired. I'm sleeping almost all day and am having trouble staying awake. They tell me this will pass and I'm telling them it better or someone is going to find my boot up their backside.

I have one bit of business to take care of and that's with those of you who are using Dynamic View Layout. For some reason, I am not able to scroll down your pages far enough to get to your comments. I've tried going to your flipcards and then back to the post and I've tried going repeatedly to your posts from my blog roll. I don't know if it's my Windows 8 or if it's a problem with blogger. This has been going on for over a week, so I thought I'd better mention it.

I've set this to autopost and will be in to comment today. It may take me most of the day to do it, but I will get to everyone on my blogroll, so please be patient with me. Hopefully I will be posting a figure on Monday.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fulimbar the Fabulous

Fulimbar Badnickel was a dwarf of some renown amongst his people. Working tirelessly in the mines he was the one who always seemed to strike the richest veins of ore.  Fond of brew and battle, Fulimbar was in most ways a dwarf's dwarf.

However, according to his wife Isibeal, he had one very annoying shortcoming.

Fulimbar like colour and the brighter the better.

"Every time we go above ground you embarrass me!" Isibeal would yell. "No self respecting dwarf goes around dressed in blue." she spat the word out like it was a bad piece of tobacco. "We live below ground, where it's dirty, smelly and brown! One of these days the Fantasy Police will come along and take you and your painter away in shackles!"

"Let 'em try!" Fulimbar would roar. "Between my hammer and her temper, those boys don't stand a chance!" And so it was that despite the pressure exerted on him by his wife and the threats of imprisonment of his painter by the Fantasy Police, Fulimbar strode proudly above ground garbed in the brightest of blues.

I have an update regarding my Painting Challenge. There were a number of people who felt like it would be unfair not to have a gorgeous Red Head painted up for the competition.  And they were right. Paul from Paul's Bods offered to step into the breach and paint up a 28mm Red Haired beauty.

So now we have what Clint has dubbed The Neapolitan Challenge! ( Not to be confused with the Napoleon Challenge which just winds up in a lot of childish bickering).

Okay folks it's Thursday and that's not the same as Friday. So play make believe if you have to and pour yourself some tequila and put on a little Salsa and dance like you've got the weekend in front of you. I know I will.


Monday, July 8, 2013

Anne's 2nd Annual Epic Painting Challenge

Yes, folks it's time for my Annual Epic Painting Challenge. Last year I competed against the Rascal Rousell in a Monumental Mouse Mage Duel.  This year my victim/opponent is our own Marzio from Fog's Soldiers Blog . And this year's we will be pitting a Buxom Blonde Babe against a Brunette Amazon.

Why Blonde vs. Brunette you ask? Well let me tell you....

This is how it all started. I'm always hanging out in the Loony Bin on TMP where SMC posts his Blonde Jokes. And one day in order to retaliate/have some fun, I posted some Brunette jokes. Well, Marzio saw this and has been ribbing me about it since. Last week things came to a head when he threatened to send some Brunette Amazons to Ireland to conquer the Irish Blondes.

That's when I threw down the gauntlet. I challenged Marzio to pit a Brunette Amazon against a Buxom Blonde and let you guys vote to settle the argument. Is it possible for a Brunette to have more sex appeal than a Blonde?  Jaysus, I know it's not, but we'll let Marzio give it a try.

This event won't take place until next month as I'm busy painting up a competition piece and Marzio is busy painting up a Brunette Princess (poor thing will never catch a Handsome Prince). We'll let you know when we settle on a date and between now and then I'll keep the kettle boiling by periodically posting Brunette jokes.

Well folks it's Monday and I may be a little late out of the gate this morning as I've an appointment. But I'll be in later to comment. That is if I don't accidentally lock myself out of the house, or lose my laptop, or forget I've even posted a blog today. Hey, I'm blonde, what do you expect?

Friday, July 5, 2013

Trolgar the Toxic Troll

Trolgar, a Cave Troll,  lived in County Cork where nothing ever happened and a happy Troll he was.  Why Trolgar could hunt wild game at his leisure and sleep the day away if he chose. He even had his own still where he brewed a powerful poteen. All was right in Trolgar's world until one day something happened that was so strange it was never foretold in any of the ancient prophecies.

The Irish economy boomed. Before anybody knew what was happening the Celtic Tiger was loose and rushing across the whole of Ireland, building housing developments, shopping centres, cultural centres and even swimming pools.

This influx of people and equipment disturbed the Trolls way of life, putting him in a mood so foul it changed the colour of his skin.

Trolgar tried to tell the Trolls of Ireland that the boom spelled disaster for them. "Money doesn't suit the Irish! Just wait, this will all go bad!"  Trolgar yelled. "That's the old way of thinking. It's a new day in Ireland and there's even a place for us in this booming economy" the other Trolls said. And they shunned Trolgar.

Then one day, just as Trolgar said it would, the bubble burst. All the other Trolls lost their caves as they had mortgaged them to build homes. But not Trolgar, he neither gained nor lost as a result of the boom. For although he was toxic, Trolgar wasn't stupid.

This is one of the figures that I won in Tamisin's 100,000 page views Give Away. He's a BONES figure from Reaper Miniatures and he was loads of fun to paint. You can paint these figures right out of the box with no priming and the paint goes on smooth as silk.  I didn't get in on the Kickstarter as I couldn't afford it at the time. But after painting a few of these guys, I'm definitely going to be loading up on some BONES when they become available in the Online Store.

Right now I'm working on a Dwarf that was also part of the Give Away and I hope to base him on the lid of this peanut butter jar with Trolgar as a little battle vignette.

Well folks it's Friday and if you're reading this you've survived to live another day. And even if the day is not perfect, you're breathing so make the most of it. I know I will.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Ancient Celts from Warlord Miniatures

You might be feeling discombobulated right now, you may be asking yourself "Is this Anne's blog?" or you might even be wondering if I've become a pod person. But no, the title is correct, I am quite sane (well as sane as I get) and I have painted up some Ancient Celt Civilians from Warlord's Hail Caesar Collection.

It's like this, I was hanging out at the LAF and there's less than nothing going on in the Fantasy boards so I found myself drawn to the Historical boards where the more talented painters can be found. Alex had organized an Ancients 100 Club and let me tell you, it was full of 28mm goodness. Single figures, shot close-up and there was some amazing brushwork to be seen. So, I thought I'd toss my hat into the ring and paint up some Celts to offset the preponderance of Germans and Romans.

These were all submitted as singles first and then I did a group photo. God only knows what they thought of all these flowers, but the boys were very kind and I had loads of fun.

And these will not be my last historical figures as I plan on participating in Curt's Analogue Painting Challenge this Winter. It seems as if you guys have finally corrupted me after all this time. I lay most of the blame on the weasel Rousell.

Hey folks it's Wednesday and we're at the beginning of a new month. So find some wood, knock on it and say "Things are going to be just peachy from here on."  I know I will.

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