Pages

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Lone Painter

Today I'm posting my fifth miniature and my first critter a Rabbit Ranger from Dark Sword Miniatures, sculpted by Dave Summers. When I first saw this figure my first thought was "Oh he's so cute, I have to have him."  When I received him and took him out of the box I realized I'd gotten the true character of the figure wrong.



What I held in my hands was not a "cute" rabbit, it was a fiercely determined warrior. So when I went to paint him it was that characteristic that I wanted to draw out from the figure.  And the eyes were critical.  I lined the eyes with a metallic black then did the eyeball itself with a mixture of metallic green and russet brown. I then let the metallic black paint thicken on the palette and picked up a small amount with the end of brush and dabbed it onto the eyeball. I then used a small amount of white paint to create the reflection.  I did all of this using a size 4/0 Kalinsky Sable brush. Paints were purchased for 67 cents a bottle at the local hobby store (I know the horror, the horror of cheap acrylic paint).


I knew I wanted the cloak red and then chose the remaining colors based on that decision. The base I painted myself and I tried to create a marbling effect. I'm not sure if I succeeded on that point.


One of my favorite part of the figure is this satchel. I think I did a fair job of "weathering" the satchel.  I used Crimson Red from Reaper MSP HD to do the cloak. This red had beautiful black undertones that increased as I built up the layers.


Overall I don't think this is a bad effort for my fifth miniature. I added a lot of detail to the figure, but some of that looks sloppy to me.  I think I improved on the cloak this time though. I was able to find the mid tone when painting the cloak and although I know the highlights could have come higher, I was pleased with my results.

Now about the title of this post, "The Lone Painter". I exist as a painter of miniatures in a world without  the camaraderie of fellow painters or gamers who paint miniatures. Due to the circumstances of my life I know this is unlikely to change. And to make matters worse I'm a female and we have pesky feelings. It was very difficult for me to read your Salute posts. While I was happy that all of you could come together and share your passion and come to know one another, I felt alone and singular.  On the outside, looking in.

Now I could choose to sit around and wallow in those feelings or I could choose to use it to do something creative, something that I could identify those feelings with.  And it was when I was almost done with this figure that I began to identify myself within it. I'm fiercely determined just like this Rabbit Ranger so I decided to take him as my emblem. With a little play on the words "The Lone Ranger", I came up with "The Lone Painter.


I like this little guy and I've placed him in the top right corner of my sidebar to remind myself that lone does not mean lonely.


All photos have been digimarked. If any of these photos are downloaded I will receive notification and I will request that Digimark trace the photo. A digimarked photo can be traced directly to the computer of the person doing the download. 








110 comments:

  1. I think when I am done with the destruction of said rabbit I shall make a stew of his remains, raise a pint or 12 and pillage the next town.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You will never defeat this Rabbit as he's invinicible!! He will tear out your entrails, rip off you head and shit down your neck all while whistling a jaunty tune. And when he's done he'll shag your woman and she'll say "Your the best I've ever had!"

      Delete
    2. Ha, take a look around you, the man power, the hardware. We ran into some of your rabbit friends over the last hill, walked right past them. Now, make way rabbit and we will spare your tiny village, make a mistake......we burn it, I'm mean, nasty and tired and I am seeking to end one man's reign of terror.

      Delete
    3. Bring it on Bama!! We're fierce, we're many, we're Killer Rabbits!!

      Delete
    4. You leave me no choice. "Fire the houses and stables!!!!"

      Delete
    5. We will piss on your puny fire and then we will piss on your warriors!!

      Delete
  2. "Overall I don't think this is a bad effort for my fifth miniature"

    Are you kidding me? It is so badass. I maynt know about miniature painting, but this is awesome. Pro. I loved the detail and the effort and color combination. You are just freaking awesome.

    You got to be studied Anne.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm pretty hard on myself when it comes to anything I do. I tend to see what needs improved and miss what is done properly. Pity the Hubby for having to live with me!

      They are planning a study of me, it's called "Understanding the inner workings of a loon" So far they don't have funding, but I remain hopeful because I need someone to explain me to myself@

      Delete
  3. Fantastic little miniatures, and I'm blown away that it is only your fifth.

    He may be determined, but is still kinda cute.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He is still cute isn't he. Suck a little rabbit and full of daring do, you gotta love him.

      Delete
  4. Wow you did an incredible job! I especially like the color used on the cape. Also, the eyes and the fur came our flawless. You've definately captured the scupltor's intent for the rabbit warrior. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Chiz. The eye's, the fur and the cloak had to be right or the figure wouldn't work at all. I loved this sculpt too.

      Delete
  5. Fierce! Yet gentle too.

    I love that you're taking him as your emblem and your attitude about him too, that to be lone does not mean lonely. Well put, Anne.

    Thanks for the reminder ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This guy has loads of character. It's amazing what these sculptors can do with something that's only 32mm tall. These guys are so talented and they make pieces that you just have to paint.

      I'm pretty comfortable with solitude as I'm not really a social butterfly. It would be nice though to hang out with people that are passionate about this stuff. And I'll never be lonely while I've got all you Hooligans to tear around blogger with!

      Delete
    2. You bring up a very good point, Anne. I didn't even think about all that has to go into the sculpting aspect of it in order for you to bring him to life. Compound that with just how little he is...amazing!

      I'm the same way, I suppose. I'm comfortable either at home or in a tiny group of close friends. Not one for a bar crowd or dance club anymore. Hooligans? =P

      Delete
    3. You know I don't think any of us in the gang are real social dynamo's. I think we're lucky to have found people so much like ourselves on here.

      Delete
    4. We are very, very lucky to have found each other, Anne! And, while we're all so far apart...we still click so well together!!

      Delete
  6. That is one bad ass bunny! I sure as hell won't mess with it! Fine job painting this! You are definitely getting better each time!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He's a tough little rabbit who has no idea of how small he really is. I'm only 5'1" and about 110 pounds and I think I can take on the world and win. Now usually I get the crap beat out of me, but I keep getting back up and into the ring.

      Delete
    2. and that is why we all love you! One tough woman you are!

      Delete
  7. Great job, he is my favorite one so far. Really looks like he can kick some arse and then some. Nice idea with being the lone painter too. Poor Irish air all alone, no one here to talk to, not even some penguin man. Things are so rough she has to be turned into a not so fluffy bunny...lol...the cat will just grab the cape spin him around and he'll fly like superman as the cat let's go. Winner once more the cat!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Okay cat, it's time to put the gloves back on eh? I've been nice to you for two days straight and this is what I get from you in return? The Alliance will never bow to the will of an offensive feline as yourself. You'll be gone for a few weeks and when you get back, Dez and I will own your bay and may not let you back in!!

      Delete
    2. A few weeks? Geez you really have high hopes huh? It will only be a week and the cat will be back in form, unless the death trap blows up and Pat goes boom, then the cat may never return..lol....either way the cat will be out there and you shall never ever win!

      Delete
    3. It will be a long week for us while you are away cat. We shall miss you. And you better not blow up, who will be pick on then?

      Delete
    4. I was going to take my laptop, but didn't want to go through the bother of doing so, plus sure I'll be kept busy down there, so the cat will have to take a rest for that week. Don't tell that to me, the death traps are the ones that could go boom. But oh well at least I'll go out with a bang..haha..I'll miss the banter too though. Would use my cellphone to check in but they charge me a crap load just to turn the damn thing on when I'm down there, ridiculous.

      Delete
  8. I'm with you on the character of the rabbit not being cute and fuzzy, that thing looks incredibly bad ass! You've done a great job with it too in general in fact, you're getting better all the time Anne!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Matthew, he's a fierce little thing I think. I learn something new with each piece as each one presents different challenges.

      Delete
  9. I love it when stuff starts to come together. Yes, there are some sloppy bits that could stand to be cleaned up. I love the fur, and you captured that "fierce" expression and made him look every bit the warrior. He's just a real stand out miniature, definitely one to be proud of, you earned it. The base doesn't really catch the marbling, but marbling can be a hard to do. I'm going to shoot you over to my friend Laszlo's site: http://hot-lead.org . In the advanced section he has a sections on how to pull off effects like marbling. He uses a feather but a beat up brush will do in a pinch. Nice work Anne!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Kris. I had no real idea of what to do with the base as it was so plain. The idea to marble it was something that hit when I was out of time and I thought "Just try it and see what happens" I'll definitely check out your friends site.

      It's T minus 10, are you painting?

      Delete
  10. you really did an amazing job with his eyes, sister, they are really alive and dangerous and very animate!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you dahlink. You know what I just thought of? There are figures of cats out there and I have a figure of myself and if I got one for you, I could do a little adventure series on here with the three of us.

      I've also got one that I'm doing right now that I could use as Elsie as she's come out on the side of the Alliance.

      Delete
    2. wow, that would be brilliant and it would break record in the prime time :) Imagine how many lurkers would come here if the ongoing war between the Ebil Feline Offender and the Glorious Alliance had live visual coverage as well :)))
      Find someone bald and hunky for moi LOL :)) and paint him green, moss green!

      Delete
    3. LOL the cat would just awe everyone and his spots would turn into black holes sucking you all into a pit of doom. Then after you were good and beaten, he'd fart you out his bum. Cat wins!

      Delete
    4. @Dez, there are plenty of hunky figures out there and I'll have to look and see if there is a bald one. Cat as much as you revolt me I'd be willing to paint you up really nice. I've found two cat figures ones a pirate and the other is an emperor. You're going to be the pirate.

      Delete
    5. yes, 'cause me is already the emperor :)

      Delete
    6. Pfft the cat would rather be a pirate anyway. Captain Spot...hmmm Captain Arse Licker....hmmm...Captain Whoopdi Friggin Doo..there we go. Plus now I can steal and continue to be mean, I have to keep within the pirate spirit after all.

      Delete
    7. Then a Pirate cat you shall be. I'm now waiting for Dez to pick out a figure for himself. I have me and I'm working on Elsie. Ooooh and Pat, I have one for Jax too. She's not in the Alliance, she's a sexy cowgirl gunslinger. I have to ask Jax if she'll let me name the figure for her though.

      Delete
    8. Sounds like fun. You'll have to take many pics of them all together in different angles and stuff, doing different things and then send them to me so the cat can do one of his picture posts up using them, that be fun. Jax is my minion so the sexy cowgirl is with the cat, all we need is the blue guy and be a nice even three on three..haha

      Delete
    9. Jax can be your minion in the Alliance stories. But the cowgirls also have a side mission that I'm keeping secret!!

      Delete
    10. Hmmm oh where my mind goes with that.

      Delete
  11. Anne, this guy is fabulous. I think he is your best yet and head and shoulders what I can produce and I've been painting for over 30 years!

    You've captured the determination in his face and the colouring on his fur looks so real.The shading on the cloak is spot on in fact I'm going to start running out of superlatives soon. You've set yourself a high standard as each model you produce is getting better and better!

    And as for your last 2 paragraphs, never say never.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Kingsley. I have a mouse warrior that I've been practicing doing fur on. After about three trips into stripper, I finally got it and decided to do the rabbit. I got my Malifaux figures in today!!

      Seamus will be put on hold till I am good enough to paint him, but there are three female Ronin's that I'm ready to start on. They're really cool looking.

      Delete
  12. I'm no painter.. but his face is amazing. Actually, those eyes are great, I'd like to see if someone really has anything negative to say about them. Now from behind I'm more average to the piece. I think the best details are directly on the animal here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I'm good with faces and eyes because I used to do portraits of people in charcoal as a teenager. I had an Independent Art class that only had two students in it and my teacher was amazing. I played truant at school a lot and rarely attended any of my classes, but I never ever missed my art class.

      Delete
  13. Love the figure Anne, definitely your best figure yet!!! Your getting better and better with each figure. At this rate we'll all be sending our figures over to you to paint them up!!!!! Keep it up!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll get to a point where I hit a plateau and improvements will slow down. Then it will be up to me to push forward and overcome them. It was the same thing with playing drums so I know to expect it and how to handle it when it comes.

      I'm not good enough for that yet Ray, I've seen your horses remember, So give me a few years!!

      Delete
  14. I think it is looking really good, and you did a good job of making him look tough and strong and not at all like a cute little bunny rabbit. I wouldn't want to start a fight with it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He's ferocious, even my dog's afraid of him!

      Delete
  15. Fantastic paint job! He looks great! The best part (in my opinion) is his eyes! They look so life like its amazing! You are becoming a master painter!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Bersercules. I'm nowhere near a master painter yet, but I'm fortunate enough to be learning from one via email. You should go look at Kris's work and at the Ferret's work to see what a master painter can do.

      Delete
  16. DAMN! He looks like a real myth creature! And I'll agree with the rest when they s

    ReplyDelete
  17. DAMN! He looks like a real myth creature! And I'll agree with the rest when they say the eyes are great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you kbud. The eyes turned out to express what I wanted them to.

      Delete
  18. Your best yet!
    Such a cool mini. My favorite aspect of him is the fur,you really did a good job capturing different tones to make the fur look natural. From that i suspect you're going to get very good at this if you want to and you keep it up. The areas of improvement, defining differences between sections, smoothness of highlights, all of that is just brush control and experience, which you'll get better at all the time- the fur shows you 'feel' it, which after just 5 minis says a lot more than techniques. a suggestion: the nose: think the reflection highlight goes too high or is too white/grey, ends up looking like paint got scratched off. maybe a bit darker brown at the back of his nose,then the highlight on the front edge, but not going all the way the width of the nose back to his fur. keep it up! getting good results already :)

    -re: Lone.. I know how that can be- several years ago I moved to an area pretty much devoid of gamers, and didn't get much chance to game for a few years.but having a creative outlet is good, the online community will keep you going and you may get a chance to go to a convention someday, or meet locals who would come over to your house to give you a game.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Ferret. I do have a feel for what I'm doing and focus on each element one at a time and also consider it as part of the whole. I practiced doing fur for a while before I tackled this rabbit and it paid off. I know technique will come given time as that's how playing drums worked. Each new piece is different and presents new challenges and this will push me to improve and learn more.

      It would help to have another painter sitting beside me to show me in person how to improve technique and to correct me as I work through a given piece. And I think there's something to be said for having people who do what you do to talk with in real life just for a sense of community.

      Delete
  19. Wow, Anne. I'm blown away by your paintjob on this mini. Beautiful job. The eyes are outstanding, especially.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Joe. What happened to your avi? You're just a B right now!

      Delete
  20. You really did a great job with this one!! Since I have zero knowledge of painting, they all looked great...but this time I can really see a vast improvement!! They really is a fierce looking warrior ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jax. I'm really glad I bought this piece. I've got some really cool bad ass women to paint next. I can't wait to get started on them as I think you women are going to love them.

      Delete
  21. Wow this one looks really good, good job on the details!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Baur. I like that you're letting your sense of humor show on your posts. Now where's that pic of you that you promised? *taps foot*

      Delete
  22. That's done, now: you're in the World of the Great Minis Painters!
    Wonderful painting work !
    I just have to go back in my hole and hide all my figures!

    This Rabbit is a very nice figure! remains me the book "Watership Down" (Richard George Adams) !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I loved that book too and remember when I read it. I was so captivated by it and didn't want it to end.

      Thank you so much for the compliment and the only reason you'd need to hide your figures is if they're unpainted and I came and swiped them for myself!

      Delete
  23. That is one bad-azz rabbit, wish you lived near....Because I want it!

    awesome work...WHY?...because you really invoked character and emotion from this piece...he screams dangerous.

    :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I pictured him defending his home and his family from invaders and that's why the look on the face is so fierce. That's what the sculpt said to me was his motivation.

      Delete
  24. I think you did a great job. That's a very nice looking mini and nothing to feel inadequate about. It looks good, and, in the end, that's all that really matters.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Andrew. It is a good mini but there's room for improvement and to me the areas that are sloppy are pretty obvious. But I know they're there and have learned something from it and will correct those things on the next one.

      For me it's all about getting better and achieving new goals on every piece.

      Delete
  25. This little guy does look pretty fierce.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He's a fierce killer rabbit I think.

      Delete
  26. That's one bad ass rabbit! You really did a great job painting him, don't think I could even come close to making it look that realistic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Matt I had loads of fun doing it.

      Delete
  27. Now this is what I'm talking about. This is by far your best model – congratulations. Things have really started to click here, especially the fur – I really like what you've done with that. As is mentioned above, you've really managed to capture the attitude of the character and that is most of the battle.

    Not sure about the marbling on the base but the colours chose does contrast well with the model itself and sets the whole thing off.

    Excellent work, you much be very proud!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The marbling was a last minute idea and I didn't think I'd pulled it off so I chose colors that would work with elements of the figure and left it at that.

      Delete
  28. WOW!!! Absolutely awesome painting Anne. I think you have done an outstanding job on this wee guy. The eyes are perfect and the cloak is beautiful. Looking forward to the next one, Lone Painter.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Rodger, the next 4 are on the painting table right now. I'm so happy to say I have four on the painting table!!

      Delete
  29. Hi, Anne: Sweet job on the Ranger Rabbit. IMHO, You don't need any help painting. perhaps it's intuitive knowledge, but in any case: you know what your goals are and you are demonstrating your ability to produce the satisfying fruit of your vision and labors. If the feel and the sound of your brush working-its-magic brings you joy...then keep it up! It's a boon to me anyway. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I get completely lost while I'm painting. The world around me disappears and it's just me and the figure. I find it very soothing and I have no intentions of giving it up!

      Delete
  30. What a top notch figure and the eyes really make it and sell as a stunning figure full of determination and character, bloody well done woman!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Angry. He was a lot of fun to do. I've got four figures on the paint table now and may post my first W.I.P. tomorrow.

      Delete
  31. Only your 5th figure!
    Very nice. I think he looks more seriously determined than really angry..the eyes are top btw...
    Cheers
    paul

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I just started painting figures a little over a month ago and this is the 5th figure so far. The eyes are so important of a figure this size, if I hadn't gotten them right, the whole figure would have been ruined.

      Delete
  32. Replies
    1. Well Avy I'm sure your mother did and I'm betting Mick was so wasted he doesn't even remember her name let alone her face.

      Delete
  33. The rabbit looks amazing!!! Really, you did a fantastic job. He makes me think of Narnia. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Mich. Those were some fabulous books and I never get tired of reading them. Have you sent your third novel to the publisher yet?

      Delete
  34. I just found your blog and I think it is amazing.I am following you now,under name Lilie Marlen,but I don't use any photos so I will be last one on your follower list.I will be honored if you come visit my blog and follow it if you like it Have a nice day
    FOLLOW ---> http://liliemarlen.blogspot.com/

    LIKE---> https://www.facebook.com/lavieenrose.blog8

    ReplyDelete
  35. Marvelous figure! Great painted, and as many times said the eyes are "eyecatching".
    One thing though, he has a shiny nose. Is he sick or is it the lightning? ;-)
    Go on Anne, you're getting better with every next figure you paint!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I realized after I took the photo and looked at the figure that I'd nicked it and that's actually metal showing through. Just a quick touch up and it's right as rain now.

      Delete
  36. Like the rabit a lot, never seen this figure before!
    You done a well job on the paintwork!

    Greetings Remco
    sjemco.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I've got four other critters to do and all by Dark Sword. Love their sculpts.

      Delete
  37. Really nice job there and no mistake.

    Might go in pursuit of that rabbit figure - something about it and a change from all the historical stuff.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dark Sword has some nice whimsical pieces. You should look at their badgers. They area a bit expensive, but I think you might like it.

      Delete
  38. This is fabulous, Anne! Beautiful work. I've always loved miniatures. I grew up in Chicago and loved visiting the amazing Thorne Rooms exhibit at the Art Institute there as a kid.

    When my daughter was small I used to make miniatures for her dollhouse that I painted but I've never seen anything like your magnificent angry rabbit warrior! Love it! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I adore those handmade and handpainted dollhouses. Such brilliant work and so much fun for make-believe. Now I want to have one!

      Delete
  39. Just an FYI...Shared a photo of Killer Bunny over at the Blog/FB.

    ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just went and looked at it. Thank you so much Kriz, you've put it in with some wonderful pieces of work. I'm honored. I think this pic would be good enough for your gallery. The others really weren't good pics. Let me know what you think.

      Delete
  40. Anne - fabulous painting hun. I can't believe that is only your 5th miniature - I'm totally jealous. That fur is amazing.

    he really is a fierce but cuddly fellow.

    ReplyDelete
  41. wow you are really getting good with this. He looks fierce, don't want to cross him in an dark alley. The ears and the hood are my favourite part of him!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Whoa, that rabbit looks badass! Nice work there. The red cloak really suits him. You could also say that the cloak turned red after being stained by the blood of his enemies.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I tried to put blood spatters on his tunic and his leggings, but I couldn't get the technique to work. One day I'll figure out how to do it so I can use it on human warriors.

      Delete
  43. Wow...hate to meet that in a dark alley...thats some real nice work

    ReplyDelete
  44. It's official... today is Bunny Day. Now before you tell me to go and plant a tree, here's why: I just visited my friend Padded Cell Princess where she introduced her readers to the wonders of Bunny popsicles. Click click I go go Anne's Attic and what do I see... another bunny. I wonder if Dezz has a bunny in store for me too... Anyway, this bunny of yours is of course a fierce warrior rabbit. I know someone who looks at me like that every now and then. Can't be good. Great job, Anne. Those eyes... those eyes... I'm pretty sure I'll see them in my dreams tonight, thank you very much. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If Dezzie has a bunny it will be a sexy bunny!! This little guy scares even my dog, he's so feckin' fierce.

      Delete
  45. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  46. My finger-brain coordination..... not good today.

    P.S. Okay just one rabbit anecdote before I go and plant that tree. Once upon a time I met my new mother-in-law. We were waiting in her husband's car when suddenlyI notice this cute little non-warrior rabbit. 'Look, a rabbit!' She said, 'Would be nice in my frying pan.'

    ReplyDelete
  47. Excellent Working Dear Friend Nice Information Share all over the world.God Bless You..
    olympic station cycles
    bicycle shops near london olympic

    ReplyDelete

Comments may or may not be mediated due to the activities of a troll.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...