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Monday, May 21, 2012

W.I.P. Meet The Ladies

Currently I have four pieces on the painting table and this is a first for me.  Prior to this I have only worked on one piece at a time and realized that it was time to learn something new.

The first miniature is from Dark Sword Miniature and is a 32mm scale figure. This was sculpted by Jeff Grace and as usual with this manufacturer the quality is superior. On this figure I have begun to do some highlighting.

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Meet Elsie, fellow blogger and member of The Alliance. Not only is Elsie an Elfin Princess, but she was the first blogger to be recruited to aid the Alliance in ridding the world of the feline offender Cat Yes folks, the story of The Alliance vs The Arse Licking Cat will be coming to you in 3D. (Elsie, your arm will be glued on later).

The next figures are Malifaux from Wyrd Miniatures and are 32 mm scale.  These figures are Ronin and were sculpted by James Van Schaik.  I felt like it was time for me to paint something other than Dark Sword miniatures so I could compare product lines and learn something new as a painter.

The first thing I noticed was the quality of the casting. There were a lot of mold lines, a lot of fletching and a lot of imperfections.  When compared to Dark Sword miniatures, which sell at the same price point, I found this to be an inferior product.  The poses are dynamic and the detailed sculpt of the musculature is what carries these figures.  I also discovered that the paint behaved differently on these figures and it took me several attempts to alter my technique to adjust for this.

I have done nothing more than apply a base coat to these figures. I know the slots are upside down, but I will buy new bases and new inserts soon and use those.



This my fellow blogger Jax and she's a wild cowgirl. She's wearing sunglasses which you'll be able to see when I'm done painting.


Meet MaMTC another fellow blogger and she's packing some serious heat here.


And this is my daughter The Spawn.  There's never a good time to run into her. Even without the gun she's scary.

What will these girls do, you ask?  Why they will be saving us all in the terrible days to come. For there is an apocalypse on it's way. Something far more sinister, far more frightening and far more epic than the Zombie Apocalypse.  

THE DINOSAUR APOCALYPSE!!


I found this bad boy when I went outside to water my flowers yesterday. He scared me shitless.


And these bastards were attacking my roses. I thought Japanese Beetles were going to be problem this summer, but they don't make a spray to kill these guys.  So it's up to the Ronin to slay them in battle!!  

The Hubby is scheduled for surgery tomorrow and I should blog again on Thursday or Friday when I'll have the finale of The Betrayal of The Lurker posted.

I want to take a moment to say this about the Hubby. I am a lucky woman to have married this man and I will be lucky no matter how this surgery turns out. I love him more today than I did on the day we met, because our love is tempered by time and maturity. We have been together for 25 years and married for 23 of those come November. Our love will go the distance.




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  1. You've certainly got the painting bug Anne!!!! Keep it up!! Best wishes for tomorrow!

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    1. I have the bug alright. I'm not done with these and I'm already looking at what I want to buy next.

      Thank you Ray, getting a bit nervous now though.

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  2. I think that you've done a great job with all of these figures so far Anne, there's obviously a bit to go on all of them but they're turning out great so far to say the very least. Best of luck for tomorrow though, your husband is gonna kick some serious arse!

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    1. There is a lot left to paint on these yet and it will take me a while, because I'm pretty slow. still.

      Thank you Matthew.

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  3. You say you're lucky but your husband is a lucky man too, to have someone who loves him and will stand by him as much and for as long as you will. If soulmates exist in this world (and I have no doubt they do) then you two are most likely a shining example. I, like everyone, will be praying it goes well for him.

    Back to the figures though I quite like the way the ronin ones look. I suppose I would have to be holding them and really looking and comparing to notice any flaws and such. I imagine those flaws are going to make it slightly tougher to paint properly, so consider this a challenge of your skills. Everyone is going on about the zombie apocalypse so much that I doubt they've considered a dinosaur one, which would be so much worse. Let's hope it's not a zombie dinosaur apocalypse.

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    1. If you held one of these you'd notice the flaws right away. I didn't think of a Dino-Zombie Apocalypse, but I am now. With a little paint, I can pull that off I think.

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  4. 25 yrs eh.... We´re a rare breed these days (me and the missus have been together for 25yrs as well) not many have the staying power to go through the good and bad nowadays. Here´s to another 25:-D All the best for tomorrow.
    Cheers
    paul
    PS..Elsie is my favourite looking mini..nice lines and you should be able get some good shading and highlights on her.
    PPS; the dino pic made me jump :-D

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one around here that has gone this distance, too many people throw in the towel over nothing these days.

      Elsie is my favorite piece as well and I think she'll turn out the best because the sculpt is so good.

      Scared me too.

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  5. Nice work Anne! It seems we give you the bug for painting...
    Good luck for tomorrow!

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    1. I'm really enjoying painting. I find it relaxing and I can spend hours without noticing that time has passed. And when I'm done with a figure, a day later I'm anxious to begin the next one.

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  6. You are such a sweet woman Anne. I have only few ladies in my life who inspire me, you are one of them and I love my figurine, such a sweet gesture. I look perfect. ;) loved your daughter's, Elsie's and jac too . Loved garden dinosaurs too, they are so cute

    All the best and good luck for tommorrow and he is a very lucky man to have you next to him, waiting with fingers crossed and praying for surgery to be smooth and wishing to give him strength.

    Anne, I drew you and I would like to send you before I post it tommorrow, can you give me your mail I'd?

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    1. It's hard to find female friends. It took me a long time to meet women on blogger and I'm glad I've met all of you girls.

      You drew me! That's so nice, I'll be by your blog with my email now.

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    2. @MAMTC - That's one big gun you're holding there.

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  7. A very fine looking bunch of women Anne. Very best wishes for tomorrow! Watch out for the beasts in the garden too.

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    1. Thank you Rodger. I'm worried that those Dinos may acquire weapons while I'm away and by the time I get back, my neighbors will be dead.

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  8. Fantastic progress, I wish I was brave enough to have a go with the white undercoat. It is funny that you get so stuck in a way of doing something that to let go seems to court disaster! Loving the dinosaur invasion too; my sort of side-tracking that.

    May I also offer my very best wishes for tomorrow as well,

    kind regards,

    Michael

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    1. I always use the white primer and even though most people use black on the Malifaux, I stuck with the white. It's not as if I couldn't just strip it if I didn't like it, so I should get over it and try black sometime.

      I've had your blog on my blogroll for a couple of weeks and have read through many of your posts and I've seen the dinosaurs you do. They look like so much fun to paint. I almost bought tubez of fossils at the hobby shop and now I wish I had.

      Thank you Michael.

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  9. Good progress my cailin but good luck to your man and the surgery, all the best Anne!

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    1. Thank you Angry, my nerves are beginning to set it a bit but I keep telling myself it will be okay. It's the time right after that's the hardest, when they have him unconscious and tubes everywhere. When that part is over, I'll relax a lot. Probably drink a bottle or two of gin then!

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  10. Those figures look great so far, Anne. Can't wait to see the final product.
    Best of luck for the surgery.

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    1. Thank you Adam. I think these will be nice when I'm done. The Dark Sword will be easy, but the other 3 will take some careful painting to bring up to par.

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  11. First off, good luck to your husband. I hope that all goes well and that the results of the surgery are exactly what you're hoping for. I'm praying for you guys!!! xo

    Love the paintings!! Rocking and wild cow girl?? Oh, I love that!!! Those dinosaurs best watch out b/c it looks like you got a kicking team of wild women there ;)

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    1. When the face is done, she'll look good. The hat will set off her hair and those sunglasses look really cool when painted. Those dino's are going down!

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  12. I wonder where have you been sticking Elsie's hand when it fell off? :))

    Those dinosaurs are feline spies, destroy them with some bug spray!

    I will be thinking about you tomorrow and sending you positive energy. Stay strong and take comfort in our love.

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    1. All I'm going to say is, that cat better watch itself.... =)

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    2. That feckin' cat bred these dino's in his basement lab and trained them to terrorize me and my family. (I knew we could get the Alliance into this somehow). Elsie will have a scepter in her hands so she can cast spells on the feline offender. She can turn him into a frog!

      Thank you Dez.

      @Elsie he'll be back here spraying on all our reply buttons soon and stinking the place up.

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    3. does that mean that we are having frog legs for dinner? Or that we will give him to Miss Piggy?

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    4. I wouldn't eat that cat in any form. We'll feed him to Miss Piggy as she won't mind his odor.

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    5. That cat is up to no good...plotting and scheming but we'll be ready for him! He thinks he's smart breeding those dino's and leaving them in your garden. Don't you worry, Anne, we'll defend you and your garden from his evil ways!!

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    6. Pfft you can't defend a thing for the cat can just launch the poo right at you...hahaha

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  13. What a badass collection of blogger ladies. These all look great. The dinosaurs don't stand a chance!

    And as the others have said, your hubby is lucky also. We hope everything went well.

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    1. I love these dino's. My daughter was a bit embarrassed at the site of her mother outside posing them in the garden though.

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    2. That just made me think of how you promised her you wouldn't put statues in the garden LMAO Good thing these guys come back into the house! =P

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  14. LOL oh those ladies do look bad ass indeed. But the cat isn't afriad, for Blabber is still on my side, after those dinosaurs, she knows who has the power and who are just full of hot air. Do you see the things that can sprout from my presents in your gardens? They are just the first wave, wait until you see what comes next.

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    1. You've managed to make Jax one of your minions but she is easily defeated!! All we have to do is steal her shampoo and she'll go down like a ton of bricks. We suspected you were the one behind the dino invasion you feckless bastard. Your time is gonna come later this week when your filthy deeds are placed on display here for all to see.

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    2. Eep!!!!! My shampoo?? Put it down!!!!!

      I think I'm waving the white flag on this one. Just leave the shampoo alone!!!!!!!!! lol

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    3. Pfft never wave the white flag for they can never stop the cat or topple my mat so all is well. They will never ever get the shampoo hahaha...oh and prayer sent today as I flew back to my bay.

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  15. We are bad ass!! I love them all!! You rounded up a hard core, fantastic group of lady bloggers, Anne and we will fight by your side against those evil (although cute) dinosaurs!

    You have done so much painting. I didn't realize how much you've done lately. I don't know the first thing about lines, shading, tones and such - but to me, it looks great, Anne. I know you're enjoying yourself and feeling more comfortable and confident. I am truly honored that you're painting a figure of me. Thank you!

    I will continue to pray for you and the Hubby. Much love and hugs.

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    1. Did you see the cleavage on Elsie the Elfen Princess? She's going to be gorgeous when she's done. After these girls are done I'll start in on me, Dez and that dreadful cat. Oooh the horror of having to hold a sculpt of the feline offender in my hands. I'll wear gloves to protect myself from his germs.

      Thank you and I always appreciate the prayers.

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    2. since I'm also Elven, Annzie, I hope you is not giving me a cleavage as well :))

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    3. No cleavage for you darling. I need you to send me something that shows the color of green you want me to do. I'm thinking gold and green for him.

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    4. moss green is my colour, darling, moss rich luscious green :) The colour if Irish grass and Serbian forests :)

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    5. I saw my beautiful cleavage and I actually commented on them and then backspaced and deleted the comment. I didn't want to be all "hey look how awesome my boobs look" BUT since YOU brought it up....look how awesome my boobs look!! =)))

      I commend you for taking on the challenge of painting the cat! Wearing gloves is highly recommended to ward off his fleas and germs and poo!

      @Dezz-I love the color of green for you. Match those beautiful eyes!

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    6. thanks, Elsie, I bet Annzie will do a great job, I told her my figurine has to be her masterpiece :)

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  16. Lovely character figures you're working on, Anne. The dinos look fantastic in the out of doors scene. Best, Dean

    P.S. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my site!

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  17. smiles...the note at the end on your love for your hubby outshines the rest and gave me a huge smile...that is awesome....cool miniatures....really digging the lady with the sword and pistol...i know what you are saying about the quality of certain miniatures as well...ran into that when i was painting them...

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  18. A good start on these beautiful lassies! Keep on your good work!
    Regards
    Bruno

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  19. I am in love... with Elsie :-)
    What a sculpting this is, awesome
    Have fun painting them!

    And good luck for your hubby

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  20. Nice start! and good idea, it is different to paint many at once than one at a time. I laughed when got to the dinosaurs :) I think the world would be a better place if more people could enjoy some dinos in their garden! Big hopes for the surgery!

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  21. Those look like some fun minis and are probably a good way to take your mind off of things. I know painting works that way for me, at any rate.

    My prayers will be with you.

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  22. I think it's pretty cool to see them half done like this. Now I'd like to see the end result, just to compare and all that.

    Also, what you guys have is genuine. It makes me happy you've been able to experience something so good for so long.

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  23. Awesome figures, well done so far! Love the dinosaurs nom nom noming on the roses LOL. I'm sure that would be an epic battle to witness. I hope the surgery goes well! Tell him everyone here at blogger is rooting for him.

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  24. Very nice start. I see you are an eclectic collector. That's good...lots of variety. I am praying for you all.

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  25. Well the Elsie figure is definitely my favourite of the 4. That's disappointing to hear about the poor mouldings of the Malifaux figs. Flash and mould lines just create a pile of extra work that you can do without. I'm sure the paint job will bring them to life though, which is just as well as those dinos look scary.

    Fingers crossed for tomorrow. I'm sure hubby is well aware that when he comes out of the surgery there will be a damned fine woman waiting for him

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  26. Love the miniatures, sis. You're in my heart and on my mind. Love you!

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  27. Everyone seems to be getting into painting miniatures...maybe it's time I found my old brushes and had a go...

    Great work - long live the Alliance!

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  28. Looks like a good start Anne. I'm kind of flashing through right now, but I'm very interested in finding out if the gals can take care of your garden pest problem. Best of luck and prayers for a successful surgery.

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  29. Great looking ladies, Anne. I like Elsie, best, beautiful sculpt and dynamic pose. You and your husband will be in my prayers.

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  30. Im late! As usual! You can blame Elsie for that! For some odd reason I've spent a lot of time on her blog today!

    Those figures are looking great! I can't wait to see how they turn out! But I don't think it was such a good idea giving MaMTC such a big gun! God help us! She has already gone mad with power! lol

    I hope things go well with the surgery! He is a lucky man! Prayers for you both!

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  31. I like it, Anne! Keep it up. Can I have one? Hehehe

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  32. You did a FANTASTIC job painting those figures!!! Very well done =D. AND...I LOVE THE DINOSAUR APOCALYPSE!!! You have no idea what dinos mean to our family!!! (Son had a speech delay and finally started talking when he watched "Walking with Dinosaurs" and since Kenneth Branagh narrated, he began speaking with an accent. It was awesome. We have had deep love for dinos since!)

    I also want you to know you and the hubby will be in my thoughts! I really truly hope all goes well. Much love to you all!! xoxo

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  33. You know I'll keep my fingers crossed, Anne.

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  34. awesome miniatures, anne...I would think that painting them would be so fun!

    surgery day! I remembered...sending prayers! xo

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  35. Good luck on painting the minitures and I hope your husbands surgery goes well, my thoughts are with you now.

    The Four Cowgirls of the apocolypse look like they can easily handle the dinosuar apocolypse!

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  36. JEEZ! I can see an epic battle about to happen.
    Throw in a couple of shinobi's as well. Please?

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  37. It feels like I'm about to watch Charlie's Angels VS Jurassic Park IN FULL 3D! Can't wait to see them fully painted, especially the dinosaurs since I love prehistoric animals.

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  38. Hi Anne!
    sorry for the delay, I saw your post but didn't have time to comment!

    Well...
    I think that both have a good start, and I'm sure that you will give us new superb minis!
    For my own, I prefer the first one (more lifeful or something like that...) and the sculpting is better!

    Funny dinosaurs! my son have dozens of dinosaurs it gives me ideas!

    And good luck to your Hubby and you...

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  39. hi Anne, just dropped in t say hi and let you know we are thinking about you both.

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  40. They look all great, but like many others I like Elsie the most. She got something special. But don't understand me wrong, the others look marvellous to so far. Can't wait to see them finished.
    I also like the pictures with the dino's :-D

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

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