Most little girls grew up playing with dolls and daydreaming about being a princess. Not me,. I was born on a farm in rural Ireland in the early 1960's and when I say "born on a farm" I mean that literally. I spent my time mucking out dirty stalls and playing with boys. My best friend in the whole world was named Michael and we spent our time playing rugby in the mud and playing at being soldiers. I climbed trees (someone had to be the sniper) and one summer we built a fort from wood we stole from building sites. Once I was given a baby doll for Christmas. I decapitated her, pretending she'd been captured by the Japanese and beheaded with a Samurai sword. Then I hung her by the hair from the rail of the bunkbed. My parents were horrified.
Recently I discovered that I have a knack for drawing things using MSPaint. And I said to myself "Anne, you can finally draw a picture of the warrior woman you wanted to be when you were a little girl." So I downloaded a trial version of Corel paint to see if I could use it in place of MSPaint and make her more life-like.
And here she is.
I did her in oils, so that I could use diffent brushes and techniques to get diffent textures. I used a thick opaque brush to do all the metallics and everything from dry brushes, to wet brushes to detail brushes to fan brushes to do the rest. And because some arsemonkey asked me if the pic I did of Bersercules was "scanned", I've included a cropped close-up so you can see my paint strokes.
She started out as a nude, and that allowed me to dress her any way I wanted to. I traced an outline from a picture, scanned that into my computer and took it into Corel Paint. And yes, I know she has blue hair, but there's a reason for that and if you don't know it, I'm not going to tell you.
All this leads up to the second purpose of this post and that is wargames. I follow quite a few of the wargame pages on Blogger and my two favorites are The Angry Lurker (by Angry) and Don't Throw A 1 (by Ray). The work on both of these pages is top-notch, but there's also the friendly rivalry between Angry and Ray which is fun to watch. And right now there is a big competition going on called The 2nd Annual Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge. Currently Ray is beating Angry and the two of them are engaging in verbal smackdowns and it's so funny that I decided to make an MSPaint comic about them. They've both seen it and asked me if I would post it. So I'm going to be posting that on Wednesday. If you don't follow these guys you might want to stop in and have a look at their pages so that you can understand my post on Wednesday.