Tuesday, December 16, 2014

30 Posts for 2014!

Yes folks, it appears as if I've reached a hallmark for my blog. Today marks an epic 30 posts for me this year.  Many of you are probably asking yourselves "How does she maintain such a blistering pace?" or "Holy Christ, she must be superhuman to crank out that many posts in a single year."

My response would be that I'm a great under achiever. No one out there can do less better than me and that's a fact.

I set out to do 50 posts or less this year and it looks like I'm going to succeed by a whopping margin. Really, why set the bar high when you can set it low and always come out feeling like a winner?

As I'll be away for the Holidays next week, I must get as much painting time in as possible lest I fall behind in the Painting Challenge. So between painting and the Holidays it looks like I'll be gone again for a while. Did you really expect me to do more than four posts in a month? Really?

I've finished painting my figure for the next Themed Entry (Mount's and Riders) so I don't have to worry about it. Also I'd like to turn in my Hasslefree Moderns before I leave next Monday.  

So I'll wish you all a Happy Christmas now. For those of you who are traveling have a safe journey there and back again.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thank You Secret Santa!

Yesterday after returning from the grocers I found a parcel waiting for me. As I had not ordered anything I was puzzled as to what it might be. So I opened the box up and was surprised to find it loaded with Pulpy goodness.

A Jazz Quartet!


A Native American!

Inside the box was a lovely note signed Secret Santa. Now before you all climb up my backside about opening the box before Christmas I have to tell you something. I didn't sign up for the Secret Santa this year. Therefor I was not expecting this surprise. Well, let me tell you, it floored me. Not only are the Pulp figures by Bob Murch, the undeniable King of Pulp sculpts, but they are figures that suit me perfectly.  As a Jazz drummer I am very touched by the gift of the Jazz quartet.

I would like to say a heartfelt Thank You to my Secret Santa and wish you the happiest of Christmas.

Now I've a side duel with Simon and Curt for earning the most points in Pulp. I hope the two of you realize just how much trouble you're both in right now. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

My First Challenge Submission

Although it left me with tired eyes and a blinding headache, I managed to get my first submission to the Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge submitted on Saturday night. The initial landslide of submissions began Friday night. Caught up in the excitement I decided to rush mine across the finish line.

Both figures are from Bombshell Miniatures/Counterblast, are 25mm and were sculpted by Patrick Keith. I sculpted the base insert for the bot from Super Sculpey.

The bot turned out pretty well. The seeker however was a speed paint and isn't quite up to snuff. But as I spent only an hour and a half on it, I don't mind.

Last night I had my first disaster whilst working on my diorama for the first bonus round. After spending hours and hours carving and painting the base, I snapped the thing in half. To make matters worse, it happened after I had painstakingly done the snow effects. Thank God, I didn't wait until Thursday to start working on this or I'd be properly fecked.

As I'm flustered and a bit tired, I will be sleeping in tomorrow. I'll be around but it may be later in the day than usual.

Friday, December 5, 2014


The first day of the Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge has officially begun. We can now lay colour on all those miniatures that have been glaring at us from our painting tables whilst screaming "Paint me! Paint me!"

By the time you read this, I will already be chained to my painting table trying to knock out the first couple of figures. As Monday is my day to post, I have committed to having at least two figures done, photographed and up on the Painting Challenge Blogspot on time. As a slow painter this will be quite a formidable task.

We have all set goals that will push us to our limits, but I know we can do it and have a fun at the same time. My adrenaline levels are up so high I think sleep may be an elusive critter tonight.

If you are participating in the Challenge and are reading this post, I have this to say to you "What are you doing you eejit? Get OFFLINE and PAINT!" 

May the paint gods be with us on this day.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Strength Through Unity, Unity Through Paint

Five days from now will mark the beginning of the Fifth Annual Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge  The overall theme of which is Strength Through Unity, Unity Through Paint.

A testament to my excitement of this event is the fact that I'm doing three posts in a single month. A rare event for my blog.  Further it has been over a week since I have painted anything and the withdrawal I'm experiencing right now is excruciating. (I might even paint my fingernails out of desperation).

Last year I was a novice and was unprepared for the reality that awaited me. Now, as a second year rookie, I am doing a few things differently.  Last year I did not prepare any bases prior to the start date and that cost me dearly. Along with priming, I now have figures sitting on prepared bases. Also I have done a bit of carving for some of my more elaborate bases, which should significantly speed things up.

Unlike last year, I will not be participating in all seven of the bonus rounds. There are figures located in a box at the foot of my bed that I have held back painting for most of the year. If I were to take part in all of the bonus rounds, many of them would go unpainted. Further, I am planning on doing my first large diorama for the Hot themed bonus round. That is going to take an enormous amount of work to do properly and I need to clear the decks at a rapid pace to hit that deadline on time.

I am very much looking forward to seeing what my fellow Challengers will be painting this year and would like to extend a warm welcome to the new painters who have signed on for this years event. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Curt in advance for his hard work and his patience in hosting this Challenge for yet another year.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Dinosaur and a Diorama

Today I'm posting the last two pieces of work I've completed prior to the Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge which begins on December 5th.

In honour of Michael Awdry's Dinovember, I decided to paint my first dinosaur. The figure is from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by Denis Mize.

I decided to put the dinosaur on a base of human skulls. For some reason I found the idea of putting a dinosaur on top of a pile of human remains quite funny. The base is from Micro Art Studios.

As I plan on doing several small diorama's for the Winter Challenge, I decided to attempt a piece as a learning experience. The figures are 20mm and are based on a 1 inch X 1 inch cube, maing this a truly small dio.

The spaceship is from Hydra Miniatures and was sculpted by Steve Meli. The remaining figures are from Counterblast and were sculpted by Patrick Keith.

I found the little dio to be quite instructive. Now I know just how many figures I can cram onto such a small base. Also I have learned how much contrast I will need on figures this small and photographed from such a long distance.  

For this years Challenge I am participating in a side bet.  Sander from Modus Reg Magni Momenti challenged me to a Femme Fatale Painting Duel which I gladly accepted.  Sander has chosen a figure from Freebooter miniatures, whilst I have chosen a figure from Dark Sword Miniatures.  According to the terms of the duel, the loser agrees to send their figure to the winner. This duel promises to add yet another element of hilarity to this years Painting Challenge.

Hope you're all priming and building bases today. I know I am.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hasslefree Rose

For the past several months, everything I have painted has been done in an effort to acquire new techniques and to work on different palettes for figures I intend to paint for this years Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge.

To that end, I chose to paint Rose, a Juvenile, from Hasslefree Miniatures sculpted by Kev White. My goal was to use negative space and subdued colours to create a grim and somber mood. The single flower on the base is to represent a Poppy.  I carved the base from Super Sculpey.

Also I have just finished my first Dinosaur as a practice for several dino's I plan on painting for the Challenge. I will post that this month in honour of Michael Awdry's "Dinovember", a yearly event I have come to look forward to.

Later this week I will do a separate post that will outline my plans for this years Winter Challenge. I will tell you this as a teaser though. Someone out there threw down a gauntlet and I chose to pick it up.  Details will be in my next post.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cave Woman vs The Giant Spider

In an effort to broaden my understanding of the Pulp genre I decided to expand my painting experience beyond the realms of Sci-fi. With this piece I ventured into the exciting, action filled world of Adventure Pulp with a little diorama.

The figures are from Bombshell Babes and were sculpted by Patrick Keith. The Spider is from the Counterblast game and is an Edo Trapper. For those of you who are not aware of it, Counterblast and Bombshell Babes are the same miniature company.

For the large plants I used Aquarium plants and painted them using acrylics. The scale works quite well for over sized Jungle plants, but are a bit of a pain to do. The paint has a tendency to crack unless sealed immediately after painting.

This project took a bit of work and has left me in a bit of a painting slump. Right now I'm lazily pushing paint around on a few figures in the hopes that eventually at least one of them will be finished. It seems that many of us are in such a state at the moment. These things go in cycles and I am certain mine will pass and a flurry of activity will begin again.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reaper Illyrian Ranger

Since I began my love affair with Pulp, I've been on a painting binge and have finally put down the brush for a few days to take a breather and actually post some of the figures I've completed. At the moment I'm not quite certain how big the back log is, but I'm pretty sure there's enough for two months of posts.

This little guy is from Reaper Miniatures, is 25mm and was sculpted by Patrick Keith. He's an Illyrian. Although this figure is stocked by Reaper it can be used in Counterblast.  The game is owned and created by Patrick Keith and Illyrians are characters in the Counterblast Game.

As I'd like to explore other areas of the Pulp genre, I currently have a Cave Woman VS the Alien Spider dio on the workbench.  I've acquired some Dinosaurs, some Pygmy's, an Archaeologist and some Amazon females. Also I've begun my car collection. I've only three cars yet and one is  a 1906 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. I hope to purchase some figures from Pulp Alley to go with it next month.

It appears as if Autumn is upon us and I certainly hope you all are experiencing some pleasantly mild weather  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Counterblast Mekku Aggressor #2

As some of you may know (because I can't shut up about it), I received my KS from Counterblast Miniatures in the post.  The KS delivered on time and the figures had even more detail than I expected.

Filled with so much Pulpy goodness, I had a hard time deciding on what to paint up first. Truly I wish I had four eyes and four hands right now (please don't picture that).  Finally I settled on the Mekku Aggressor #2.

There were two of these in the package and I'm going to do the other one in a different palette to see which one you guys like the best. I'm trying to work my way up to painting the Central Command Unit, which is a large piece and is extremely detailed and complex.  I won't be doing that one until the Winter Analogue Painting Challenge and it will likely take a month to paint.

Last week my father-in-law was admitted to hospital with congestive heart failure so I was a bit sketchy about reading blogs. I got to as many as I could. He's still in ICU but is now stable and we hope he can come home soon. I will be in today, but will be going back and forth to visit him for the remainder of the week.  I will stop in as I am able.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Little Green Man And His Flying Machine & A Giveaway!

For the past several months I have been consumed with Sci-Fi Pulp. After two and a half years painting, I have found my true love.  So much so that I am learning the history of Pulp Fiction and am reading anthologies of works by some of the greats in the genre.

As I have been working mainly in muted palettes, I felt like returning to the use of vibrant colours in this little vignette. The bot is from Counterblast Miniatures, was sculpted by Patrick Keith and is about 15mm.  The space ship is from Hydra Miniatures, was sculpted by Steve Meli and is about 25mm.

A Brief History of Pulp
Part 1

Published in October of 1896 by Frank Munsey, Argosy is recognized as the first of the true Pulp magazines. In order to keep publishing costs down, it was printed using paper made of cheap wood pulp, a fact that earned the genre its name. To further reduce costs, unknown writers willing to work for a pittance were hired. While the slick magazines of the time sold for fifty cents, Pulp magazines cost a mere dime.

The Pulps were designed to capture the imagination of a broad audience. Stories were serialized and the endings were cliff hangers, making readers anxious to purchase the next issue. The stories were action driven and fast paced.Stories of hard boiled detectives, wild westerns, travel to exotic locations, men who rode the rails and science fiction were staples in the Pulps.

The future of Pulp was secured by when Munsey published the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs in  All Story in 1912.  In June of 1912, "Under the Moons of Mars" was published and in October of the same year "Tarzan of the Apes" was published. So popular was  "Tarzan of the Apes" it spawned a wave of new magazines, which would culminate in the Golden Era of Pulp.

Made you scroll to the bottom of the page for the giveaway didn't I?  Well it seems that Edwin over at Thoughts of a Depressive Diplomatist is having a giveaway to celebrate his blogs  He's got some great stuff on offer, so don't wait, get on over there!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Counterblast Rocket Rider

As part of the Sci-Fi Challenge at Reaper Miniatures Forum, I recently painted a Rocket Rider from Counterblast. Cast in resin and sculpted by Patrick Keith, the detail is crisp and the lines are gorgeous.

The palette I chose was inspired by the work of historical gamers/painters whose work I have been following for all these years.  Now I quite fancy these greens, tans and browns and anticipate using them more often in future work.

Clean and tidy brushwork was my goal with this model. Further I wanted a simple base that contrasted with the figure but did not draw attention from it. I hope I have accomplished this modest goal.

I will be a bit late making the rounds today as I stayed up rather late working on a small dio for the Challenge. In short, I'll be by when I roll out of bed this afternoon.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

O'Leary Announces Blogs Birthday

Three years ago I began this little bit o' blog. Over the course of the last three years I have met so many kind people and have found a hobby that means the world to me.

My Kitty Fang. Isn't she gorgeous.

It was to be over three months before I received my first comment and it was to be several more months before I got my second comment. Undaunted I continued to post the most inane things hoping someone out there would notice me. Eventually they did.

I saw a widget over at Loki's Great Hall that listed his top commenters and as it is my blog birthday I was curious to see how mine would look.  It is up in my right sidebar.  I would like to say something special to those top three people.

Dez-You are my ray of sunshine on my cloudy days.

Pat-Feck off you Arse Licking Cat.

Ray-Who knew that the man I've insulted the most had so much to say to me. Thanks ya little Weasel!

Further I'd like to say Thanks to all of you who have tolerated my shenanigans over the last three years. You most certainly have made my world a better place.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Belladonna 54mm W.I.P.

Normally I do not post W.I.P.'s . However as this is my first 54mm figure and I felt I could use some input from my fellow painters in order to fine tune the work.

She is from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by James Van Schaik.

The chief difference I found between a 54mm and a 25mm is in the photography.  In order to get the entire figure in frame, I had to shoot the mini from a greater difference than normal. What I found is that the highlights have to be pushed much higher to gain sufficient contrast. She is going to stand on a very large base, so the final pictures will be shot farther from even farther away.

There are several things that I believe need worked on in order to bring her up to snuff. The highlighting on the skin needs to come up. The lining between the face and the hair needs to be stronger. The shading on her trousers needs to be deeper. Contrast on her boots really needs ratcheting up.I am trying to paint her hair as a strawberry blonde. Some of that shows on the back, but very little on the front. Clearly I need to strengthen the red undertones.

Any input regarding the need for further improvements would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

War Rockets!

I happened to look at the date of my last post and thought "Jesus Christ Anne, you better post something or people will begin to think you died."  It would appear as if I'm not dead after all.

Recently I finished painting some Imperial Fleet War Rockets from Hydra Miniatures. They are pure Pulp and were sculpted by Phil Beauchamp.

Doing these was the most fun I've ever had painting. And I find that I am now addicted to painting rockets and space ships.  I've a Rocket Rider on the painting table now, I've just ordered some flying saucers from Hydra and two Prussian Air Ships from Dystopian Wars. Also I've got some space ships coming from the Counterblast KS next month.  

I've been away so long due to a couple of mishaps in the garden. Somebody told me that bad things come in threes. Well that somebody was wrong, they came in sixes for me. I may tell the tale in a later post as now that it's past, I find myself laughing at it all.  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Reaper Anti Paladin

I thought I'd do something unexpected and post late on a Saturday.  Now this is my 15th post of the year, but don't think that means this means I'm going to keep this breakneck pace up for long, because I'm not. When it comes to my blog, I believe less is more.

So, I painted this guy up some time ago for someone else and I hated it. I hated the figure and I hated the palette. I swear on all that is holy that I will never paint a figure and a palette that isn't of my choice again. Which means I'll never be a commission painter.  But that's okay as I want to enjoy this as a hobby only.

The original agreement was that this was to be painted at table top quality with no basing. Somehow I found myself agreeing to paint undead skin and to do object source lighting from the sword and also do the basing on a 50mm base that I had to supply myself. As if that wasn't bad enough I did four other figures that I hated more than this one. Clearly, I'm an idiot.

Well I hope this monstrosity of a figure and my attitude towards it gave you a bit of a chuckle on a Saturday as that was my intention.  I posted this on a Saturday when only a handful of people will see it for a reason.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Reaper Deadland Noir

Recently Reaper Miniatures added a couple of Pulp Noir figures to their Chronoscope line and they are just beautiful. I first saw them in their Preview Gallery and had to wait impatiently for them to be released. The wait almost killed me, but finally they came out and I picked up three of the five new figures.

This is the first of the three I have painted. He's 28mm and was sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.

I sculpted the base from Super Sculpey.

Two of the things I like most about this figure are the coat and that snub nose pistol he's holding. I'm not certain what the book he's holding is intended to be. I chose to interpret it as a magical text of some kind and painted it in a deep purple. It contrasts with his clothing, but is not so loud that it dominates the figure.

I've had to put painting the other two figures aside as I'm participating in Reapers Summer Painting Challenge and the theme is Sci-Fi.  I plan on submitting four entries and three of those are on the painting table right now. I may post some of them as W.I.P.'s as they are rather involved pieces and I'd like some input as I go.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Deadly Dino's Attack O'Leary

Do you know what it's like to stumble upon a group of dinosaurs hiding amongst your roses? Well I do.

When I saw these guys yesterday I thought to myself "Anne, you're going to have to stop drinking gin."  But on closer inspection I discovered I wasn't hallucinating. Dino's had indeed invaded my yard and were coming perilously close to my strawberry patch. So I started up the mower and launched a counter attack.  When those Dino's saw the mower coming near them, they fled before the whirling blades of death. 

Something tells me they'll be back.....

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Liebster Award & Tales from the Garden

Today I'd like to say thank you to Brandon "The Kiwi" at The Gamers Table for honouring my blog with a nomination for the Liebster Award.  The idea behind the Liebster is to introduce one another to blogs we might not be familiar with. It is a chance to learn new things and to meet new people.

Rather than make a small list of blogs to pass the award on to, I'd like to direct you all to the blogroll on the right sidebar of my page. It is full of excellent blogs, both of the gaming and non gaming sort. So if you're a gamer you might want to see what the rest of the blogosphere gets up to. And if I'm the only painter you read, please take a look at the talented people whom I share my hobby with.

I've fallen behind on my blog reading for the last few days and I apologise. Those of you have known me for some time may have a pretty good idea of where I've been.  I've been working in my gardens.

This years work goes far beyond the norm for me.  The severe cold damaged all of my rose bushes, my lavender, my sage and my Butterfly Bush and they all had to be cut back to about six inches. Now I don't just have one of each of these plants, I've dozens so it was a lot of work.  Further I had to have two trees that were rotten cut completely down.  This changed the light in two of my gardens. Where once I had part shade and part sun, I now have full sun. This meant moving about 30 pants into new places. Then there's the vegetables that had to be put down and I began work on a sixth flower garden as well. 

I'm putting in about 10 hours a day and it's wreaking havoc on my knee. By the end of each day, I've got my leg elevated and am using ice packs to bring the swelling down. This is something I go through every year, so it's not a big deal but it is does make sitting under the laptop extremely uncomfortable. Hopefully I'll be back to some sort of normal by the end of the month.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend and to the Americans, I wish you all a pleasant Memorial Day weekend. 

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