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Friday, July 13, 2012

Lethal Ladies and Someone Gets The Mouse

I know what you're thinking "It's about bloody time she finished painting those Ronin women. I didn't think she'd ever get those things posted." So here they are some very lethal ladies.


Sculptures are from Wyrd Miniatures, sculpted by James Van Shaik, cast in white metal and are 32mm heroic scale.


This is my blogger buddy Jax and she looks pretty wicked here. You would never know that this is a woman who has 28 different kinds of shampoo in her shower. (This is true, she does).


Remember my friend Me And My Thinking Cap. She's so tough she's packing heat and carrying a sword. And her wit is sharper and more dangerous than that sword.


And here's my daughter, The Spawn. She's more dangerous than the other two put toghether.

And because I spend so much time working on the faces of my figures, I'm including some head shots.


So this is how the basing for these figures went. I purchased inserts for these figures and intended to put these figures on those brand-new somewhat expensive inserts, but I ran into a wee bit of trouble.  I couldn't get the feckin' figures off the temporary bases I'd super-glued them to.

So in a last minute panic, I gathered together some pebbles, bird food, rosemary and steak seasoning and proceeded to glue bits of all of the above onto the bases the figures were glued to. As I was doing this I was thinking to myself "Anne you're an eejit."  And just as this thought popped into my head it was shoved aside by another thought. "Jesus Christ, you've got to do the drawing for the Mouse giveaway."  So I forced  asked the Hubby to help me out by drawing names from a hat.  And this is the name he drew out of the bag.


So Mark, for better or for worse, that mouse is yours.

On the painting table right now are four figures to represent myself and my friends in The Alliance VS The Arse Licking Cat. After that, I've got a series of figures I'm going to be painting for some of my fellow bloggers.  So far there's about six of them and that number could go up as I'm addicted to this and I have to have some excuse for buying more figures.

And I have a mouse to paint, but really I think I'm going to do that one while I'm asleep and have one hand tied behind my back just to give Ray a fighting chance.

Beginning next week I'm going to be doing a series of interviews with a blogger some of you know as The Hollywood Spy. I know him simply as my friend, Miroslav.  There will be at least three posts (he's that complex) but they won't be consecutive as I'll have completed figures to post in between.

It's Friday people and we're all another day older and closer to death so get on out there and have a great weekend. I know I'm going to.



88 comments:

  1. Well done, and nice touch with the flowers in the background.

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    1. Thank you, the flowers come from my own gardens.

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  2. Anne these are superb! I luuurve the faces, brilliant work. I've got to say the bases work fine too, great fun. As for the splendid backgrounds, wow! A great post my good lady; have a splendid weekend!

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    1. Thank you Michael. I was in a bit of a pinch as I left getting the bases done till the last minute. But it didn't cost me any money and free is better than cheap!!

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  3. A fighting chance eh, right that's it!!!! Your going dowwwwn!! When I get the figure of course! Great painting I like the Spawn figure the best, very ingenious use of herbs and spices btw!

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    1. I'm not afraid of you Rousell. Your years of experience don't intimidate me one bit because I have something you don't have. And that thing is Ignorance!! It makes me brave, foolhardy and free. While you my friend are used to following rules and doing things correctly I am not. You have met your doom Ray, your doom!!!

      I was in a real pinch and grabbed what was on hand. I've been looking at things around my house with a new eye lately.

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  4. very nice women ! ... nevertheless, I don't need to meet them (don't know why exactly!)

    very good painting work! the faces are awesome: your improvement is fast.
    congrats to the lucky winner of the Mouse: it will be a great gift!
    (and I'm sure that you will win the duel, Anne. If you have a problem, I'm sure too that your so nice girls friends will rush to help you !)

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    1. Thank you Pascal. Ray doesn't stand a chance and we all know it. My girls have already been shown a pic of the rascal and are willing to do whatever is needed if I should lose!!

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    2. Sammy, you are scared? You better be if you are planning to cat canadian's side, else you are good. We dont want to waste ammuno. :)

      We are Anne's angels and are fallen angels to those who may try to mess with Anne.

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  5. You want to be closer to death? Go to my sister's wedding tomorrow. BUT FECK YEAH I WON. The downside is that I can't claim to never win anything anymore. I've entered two blogging giveaways, and won both. But I did love that little mouse, so he'll be treated well :) The new figures look great as well, even if they did remind me once again that I could never do that stuff. You could actually paint all the figures involved in the Alliance vs the Cat fight, and then fight it out in an actual wargaming battle.

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    1. I'm going to be doing some posts with the figures along with narrative as I get these figures done. And I'll be putting some of the bloggers I paint into some of the scenarios. It's bound to be wacky!!

      Good luck tomorrow!!

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  6. Well...congrats to lucky Mark!!

    I must say, you did a fabulous job on those figures. I love them! So happy you are able to be back around here...I really missed you!!

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    1. I missed you guys too. Let me know what you think about that figure for you.

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    2. I don't have to think about that...I'm all in! I have medium brown hair, so.....:)

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    3. Medium brown hair then it is. When we play Alliance games, I'll put you on our side. The side of good!!!

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    4. There are those who would laugh at you for that, but you just made my day!

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    5. My being bad for real days are loooong over. I'll be 50 in September (close your mouth, you'll draw flies!!!) and that makes me over half-way to dead. I've got energy enough to act like an idiot and make people laugh, but beyond that, kaput!!

      It's good to get to this age though, so much less stress and you get to be yourself and not worry about it. There's a benefit in being viewed as an older sister or an older cousin and sometimes like a mother by your fellow bloggers. I'm no threat to anyone at my age and I can do as I please. It's good to get old, it really is.

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  7. Congrats to Mark, so happy he won. Your painting is amazing. So beautiful.

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    1. He won a painting from you too. Now he's got women from two continents sending him things. He's a lucky bugger.

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  8. Your extra effort on the faces paid out in spades, really nice work.

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian. It's the last part I do and if I ruin it, I ruin the whole piece. Makes me be verrry careful.

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  9. Nice...the faces have come out well.
    Tip..either drill the minis in a place where it won´t show afterwards, with thoase it would be the feet..difficult but achievable, and insert a steel rod which can be inserted into a temporary base..or.glue them dowm with mastic or....permanently glue them to a base that can be incorporated into the final basing..Ie; a bit of CD casing First rub it,,(the CD casing that is :-D )..with some sandpaper to give a rough adhesive surface.
    Cheers
    Paul
    PS..I like the photo set ups..very effective.

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    1. Thank you Paul. I was wondering how that was done. I'm not sure if these would have stood up to a drill, they were very poorly made.

      It takes a long time for me to find a decent place to get a shot at my house. Inside is impossible and outside it all depends on where the sun is at in relation to where I want to shoot. You should see the photo's I didn't use!

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  10. Damn nice work my cailin especially The Spawn, bloody great work.

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    1. Thank you Angry I appreciate it. When I beat Ray (and we know I will) he's going to be painting the most lovely Geisha for your birthday.

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  11. Wow, great job on those, Anne. You are really taking off as a painter. The faces are outstanding. I like "Me and My Thinking Cap Best". The bases turned out very well, too. That's a sign of true talent when you can turn a mistake into a triumph, too. I think Ray is going to have a tough competition, here.

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    1. The Face on Me And My Thinking Cap did turn out the best of the three. I couldn't get a shot of what it really looked like though and that upset me a bit.

      Even if Ray should beat me (unlikely as that sounds) I'm going to have fun being creative with this thing. Skies the limit on what I might add to a base!!

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  12. Beautiful paintwork Anne. Love your basing idea. Very kind of you to give Ray a bit of a chance at winning the painting comp too.

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    1. Poor Ray is going to need all the help he can get in beating a foolish amateur like me!!

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  13. Mark's a lucky guy! I'm sure it'll help him get better (although I don't actually know how).

    And my personal favourite is MaMTC. Don't judge.

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    1. Solidarity my friend, solidarity. If we can't stand with our people we're not worth squat.

      Truly that's my favorite figure overall too.

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    2. Thanks KB. I love mine too. The aura I am given with the flower, Anne that's a nice touch.

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  14. Very nice end product, Anne. Lots of detail. It's a stroke of genius to have posed the ladies with a flower which compliments their figure colors..Sweet!.

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    1. Thank you Jay. I've got a slew of male figures coming up next and I don't know what to pose them with yet. I collect river rocks and I have a cactus growing in my yard and I'm thinking of setting something up with those. I'm going to the Hobby Shop and have a look around for creative bits for photos.

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  15. Fantastic work, as usual, woman of many talents! Congrats to Mark on winning that mouse!

    Can't wait to see how the Alliance vs the Arse Licking Cat figures turn out! It's like war-gaming for blogger...or something to that effect! Either way, I like what you are doing!

    P.S. Your gardens produce some lovely flowers!

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    1. You're in there too Dan. I'm still running around the blogosphere getting in touch with people. I know you're neutral on the Alliance VS The Arse Licking Cat so I'm going to put you in as a Knight Errant. I already have the figure.

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    2. Dan,
      Look at us again, we are awesome and we are the fast and furious and anti-feline gang, let know all your dudes that they are warned and not mess with Anne and not to side with the Canadian Cat.

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    3. Awesome! I look forward to it!

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  16. Amazing work Anne, they've turned out really well :)

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  17. Would you say it's possible to love Ireland and cats at the same time or for cats to love Ireland?

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    1. I say both can be so. But with one notable exception: the feline offender. We don't want him on our island, he'll stink it up.

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    2. with the exception of that lovely dungeon you've prepared for the cat on the island, for after we catch him :)

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    3. Pfft you will never catch the cat and he'll come over one day just to spite you ha!

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  18. Very nice, do you have a lighted magnifying glass to look through, I though about one so I can finish my U.S.S. Missouri, there are some tight little places to get.

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    1. I priced those things when I started and they're expensive. I have to close my left eye and look only through the right one to do this. I'd love to build ships, but the rigging would defeat me.

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  19. oooh, lovely job, darling, hope the ladies use some lotion being so suntanned :PP

    I'm not sure why is Mr. Ray competing against you, it's a widely known fact that the glorious Alliance can't lose!

    Hope people won't fall asleep reading our talks next week, Annzie, I know the ebil cat will be there to give us some trashing :)

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    1. Yep the cat will surely be here to give you his ten cents worth.

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    2. These women are warriors and so their skin has known the sun. Elsie, being an Elf Princess and hence magic will have fair skin as will you. If they fall asleep on the first one two we will certainly be waking them up with the last one.

      Cat I didn't know you Canadians used cents, but you do. But you however, can keep your ten cents as we don't take that currency in the Alliance.

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    3. he's just being cheap, Annzie....

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    4. As he always is. Vile, disgusting feline.

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    5. I've heard he bought his Viking mistress only a half pint of grog when they were on their first date....

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    6. Pffft half was too much, I made her give some back for the tip.

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  20. Anne, thank you thank you thank you thank you so much, for the figurine and your comment . These figurines look awesome and as you said they are packing heat. I got goosebumps, where is the cat which had been soiling your lawn and lovely garden.
    The gals are going to have field day today.

    Can I take this picture to my blog? This is so sweet and wonderful, love the paint job, love the background and attention to detail and I have both sword and the gun.

    Men are getting scared now, they better be. So, Anne I cant say in words how much happy I am. You made my day.

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    1. Your welcome, it was my pleasure. Of course you can put it on your blog.

      That cat is going to find himself sitting in a pile of his own doo-doo pretty soon. Wait until he sees the actual number of figures that will be standing against him in these future posts.

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  21. They look real good! I like the way you took your pictures with the flowers in the background! The second one looks like Halle Berry ;-)

    And congrats to Mark with the win!

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

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    1. Thank you Peter. She does look a bit like Halle. Halle's a beautiful women so I think my lady will be smiling today.

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  22. They look great Anne! You have really captured the "no messing with these ladies" look.

    I have to say though that is the first time I have ever heard of steak seasoning being used as a basing material!!! Must give the figures a nice aromatic sensation

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    1. They do smell good. Rosemary, garlic and pepper. For some reason I find myself thinking of lamb stew when they're around!!

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  23. Hola
    Muy cucas las figuras y las peanas,unas señoras de armas tomar.
    un saludo

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    1. Lo hacen y eso es triste. Gracias.

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  24. Oh, I love how you portrayed all 3 of us!! They were done beautifully. Thank you so much for including me in your trio ;) I'm honored to stand up fight with such a tough and lovely group of ladies. And I really, really am loving the fact that I'm rocking shades!! That's one thing that's very true to me in real life, I'm always in shades!!!

    P.S. Tis true!! I have 28 bottles of shampoo!!!!

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    1. Pfft 28 bottles and not 30, it's a shame it's not more even.

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    2. The hat and the shades are my favorite part of this figure. You ladies still have a mission to complete before we all wooop up on that cat.

      Cat, feck off!!

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    3. I have ten bottles of shower gel, does that make me a male version of Jaxie? :)

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    4. The cat will never feck off and ten pfft ony 1/3 male counterpart of blabber.

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    5. Dez, I think that's a very impressive amount of shower gel :) :) I so proud!!! lol

      ...and actually, my shampoo count was brought back up to 30 as of yesterday!! I got a chemical hair straightening and only certain shampoos are allowed on it. Does that make my other bottles garbage?? :( :( lol

      @Anne...Got it!! We'll complete the mission and then start working on our revenge against the cat. I already have a few ideas to throw around and brainstorm. lol

      Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

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  25. Good morning Anne!
    So the minis are looking good, you keep stepping up and doing better every time. Nothing like showing improvement! Of course I'm not letting you get away that easy either.

    First on the issue with the bases, acetone will help dissolve or least weaken super glue (unless you used the entire bottle on the mini) so check out your fingernail polish remover as that's usually a ready source of acetone. Instead of glue I use blue or poster tac (don't get the white stuff its to weak)that I picked up at the grocery store. That's how I fasten my cavalry down to the bottle caps for painting. Another choice is two sided tape, the kind with the foam layer in between.

    There is a lot going on with these miniatures, different textures, weapons, hair, skin, especially with the Spawn, and things are starting to look a little muddy. You need a cleaner separation between the elements which means deepening your shadows. Your highlights are looking good, but your shadows need to be darker. I think you have hit the skin tones pretty much dead on even even in the shadows, you just need to get your transitions from from light to dark a little smoother and don't forget to highlight those lips!

    As an example though, let's take a look at the face shot for the second mini; Me and My Thinking Cap. First off, really nice job, very clean and I like the precision going on here, your brush control is really coming along (hint: keep a small whip next to your brushes, they will get the message. Even better, take an old brush that is shot and break it in half and keep it with the rest of them. That will keep the rest of the brushes in line). In this shot we can see the zone where the yellow/green top, the purple lapels of the coat and the skin tones across the breasts all come together. Everything kind of gets lost here and it confuses the eye. What is needed is a nice thin line of brown (some folks use black but I find that to cartoony looking)separating these three elements. This will give more definition and really make everything distinct. Now painting a thin line of brown here is not easiest thing to do but there it can be done and I can think of three options.

    1) Paint the line now, very carefully using a darker brown as a shadow color (my favorite is Reaper Master Series Blackened Brown 9137, however I think any of the following Reaper paints would work the shadow color out of the Dark Skin Master Series Triad (9040) or the Brown Liner 9064. Some would push their Walnut Brown but I find that to be a very cold color for this kind of work. I think that the Reaper HD Golden Brown 29829 (which I know you have) should work as well). Keep your paint thin so that it flows off the brush smoothly. This takes some practice but as I have discovered in the past the human eye is willing to pass over mistakes.

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  26. And Part 2, because I had to much to say.

    2) A Wash! I know you hate washes but in this case we are going to do a very controlled wash. Using one of the colors above thin it way down and paint the wash along the separation lines. Let it dry, if its not dark enough do again. This way you can build it up to the level you want.

    3) Paint the lines first. This requires you to be neat and precise through the whole process. After you prime the figure you go ahead and outline all the spots where different textures come together. You can be sloppy here, precision is not as important. Then when you paint on your other colors you paint up to the line without painting over it.

    I tend to use the wash method more often than not as it gives me more control and the wash will settle exactly where I want it. Remember you are not applying the wash the way your normally would over the whole surface, you are painting it exactly where you want it.

    So in this example you would have a line between the yellow/green top and the breasts, a line running down the edge of the purple lapel between the top and the skin. You would put this thin line anyplace where two different textures meet this creates and immediate separation between the elements. This really makes everything pop and become distinct. Its a tough process but worth the effort. I think the Spawn would really look good with this because she has so much going on.

    I do love the color of the denim on Me and My Thinking Cap, that really looks good. I think I like this one the best out of the three.

    Keep painting! Everything is looking good so far.

    PS. Maybe I should send my face tutorial to Ray just to level the playing field a bit.

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    1. and apparently I messed up and Part 1 has disappeared into the ether

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  27. They are all great, but I'm afriad you really are an eejit, for after all of that work, the cat is going to win and they will all end up buried in his litterbox. It is just a fact that will come to pass thanks to my little rhyming ass hahahaha

    Awesome job though on each, and Dez interviews hahaha oh this is going to be such fun for the cat. Now I must go as I'm dying that much more by sitting here, each word brings it closer, and closer and closer and closer and...

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    1. You'll go down like a cricket goes down the gullet of my kitty, kitty Fang, Fang (that's what I call her, truly I do).

      We are doing this series just to spite you cat, just to spite you!!!

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    2. Kitty kitty fang fang, oh that's original hahaha. I want to be supercatafragacatalisticalacatdosious than.

      Oh well the spite may turn to fright when the cat is through haha

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    3. you will be rather speechless after certain parts of the interview, cat... trust me.....

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  28. Great painted warrior ladies and nice created bases. I like the way you've painted the faces. Yes, now I'm a day older but not a day closer to death. I'm a day closer to my next life (...I'm like a cat with more than one life...). This life I spend much time to collect all the kits and figures I want to paint and buildt in my next life ;-)
    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. In the next life there will be free figures and our spouses won't tell us to put down the paintbrush. That will be heaven!!

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  29. Part 1. I’m typing this again as the blogger decided it doesn’t like me and there is a function that I wasn’t aware of where it basically just replaces your post if you immediately reply to it either as a new post or as a reply to the existing post. Arghhhh.

    I really like what I’m seeing with these three miniatures. You keep getting better each time. Nothing like a little practice! Of course I’m not going to let you rest on your laurels either! There is definitely room for improvement here but before I get to that let’s talk about Super Glue!

    You can dissolve or at least weaken super glue with acetone. Nail Polish Remover is usually a ready source of acetone (check the label, they are making a “safe” version without acetone in it now). Just apply it, with a brush, along the glue joint and it should loosen up that is as long as you haven’t used a whole bottle of super glue to hold the mini in place (like the ECW cavalry I picked up). Although the pinning technique works fine, I only use that if I’m going to use the mini in a vignette or something like that. It is fiddly and its easy to mess up. Instead get some blu tac or poster tac from the grocery store (do not get the white version). That’s how I attach figures to the plastic bottle caps I use to hold them during painting. You can see it in my last blog posting for the Danish Cavalry.

    Now back to the minis. Your highlights are looking really good, they need to be a bit more precise but that has more to do with brush control than anything else. I love the faces but I would like to see a smoother transition between the different tones from light to dark. Also lips need to be highlighted too! The biggest issue that I see is you are being timid with your shadows. Almost all your shadows need to darker. That will help to separate the various elements on each mini. Some of this is about brush control as much as anything else and that only comes with practice (Hint on Brush control. I find that I can control my brushes better if I keep a small whip nearby or, and this works even better, with all your brushes lined up take an old worn out brush and snap it in half right in front of them. That will really keep them in line!).

    Let’s take a look at the face shot for “Me and My Thinking Cap” as an example. I think this is a good example of where the lining technique would really help. In this area we can see the zone where the skin tone comes together with the yellow/green top and the purple lapel of the coat. It is painted cleanly but it is kind of muddy, nothing really separates the three elements and it confuses the eye. So what we want to do is add a brown line (some folks use a black line but I think that’s too cartoony looking) between each element. In effect I want to see a thin brown line running all the way down the purple lapel from the point it meets the skin, down along her top and continuing down across the skin again (although the shadow at this point is pretty deep which makes this unnecessary. The other line would run along the edge between her skin and her top. In essence you are deepening the shadow and calling attention to it. This will really give the eye a visual separation between the three elements and make them pop. You would do this every place that two or more different elements come together.

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  30. You've outdone yourself, Anne! They all look great and the detail work on their faces came out fantastic! I'd be afraid to meet up with anyone of them. I love what you did with the bases. What a unique twist, I can't wait to show Devin your idea, I bet he steals it and adapts it somehow...

    Congrats to Mark too! Lucky duck, I mean mouse =)

    I can't believe I'm going to miss Dezz's interview week. I'll have to pop on here while everyone is sleeping off their hangovers during our vacation....be sure and get the juicy gossip on him....we want details!!!

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    1. Elsie, you will probably be shocked by most of the things you will hear in the interview :) Annzie and me talked about some really serious things so I'm not sure how will the crowd accept it.

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  31. Those figures are great! Can't wait to see more. Love and purrs from me and Topaz to you and Toki.

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  32. Nice! Already better than a lot of minis I see people gaming with :) Cool to combine them with your garden too. Knocking them out three at a time now.. soon you'll be painting a whole army!

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  33. I would say they're cute, but they're far too badass for that. Love getting to see their faces, that just looks so.. difficult to me.

    Grats to Mark! And looking forward to these reviews I think. We shall see.

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  34. The paint job on them looks fantastic! (you'll give Ray a run for his money! well a run for his whatever your using as currency in your bet!) And I really like how their bases turned out!! I think it gives them a personal touch that is awesome! and unique!!

    Congrats to Mark!! I know the Mouse will look great on his shelf with his My Little Pony dolls!!

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  35. I feel like I haven't wandered over here for ages... too bloody long!

    Your miniatures look AMAZING. Like wow. So much detail in each one as well, that's really incredible you can paint all that into something so tiny. I love them!

    Hope you are well. xo

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  36. You did a great job on those figures. I'm glad you included face shots because the details are excellent. And Congrats to Mark for winning. Have a great weekend.

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  37. Wow, a lot of work went into these!

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  38. I´ve got a head up on my blog roll from your blog saying something about turning a certain age (?) I link on it but the message has gone.
    Cheers
    Paul

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