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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ray Rousell You're Going Down!!

After having been absent from blogger for quite some time I thought to myself "Anne, you've got to do something really wacky in order to make a come-back as a blogger." And that's when it hit me, "Find someone and engage them in one of your ridiculous challenges" So I did.

Anyone who knows Ray Rousell from Don't Throw A One knows how much he loves loathes painting fantasy figures.  Given this, it only seemed natural to me to challenge Ray to a fantaasy figure painting contest.  So I did it in his comment section of his post here. He responded with what I've chosen to take as an acceptance of my challenge.

Part 1 of the Challenge. I get to pick out and will also purchase the figures that we are to paint. An unbiased voting system will be constructed to determine who has done the best job in painting the figures. 

In an effort to make this more fun I've chosen two figures and you all get to vote on which one we will paint.

Both are from Dark Sword Miniatures and are 32mm heroic scale done in pewter. (Yeah Ray has to paint something larger than 15mm).



She's a beautiful sculpt and a lovely homage to the perfection of the female form.



This mouse is both whimsical and cute and would be a joy to paint in my opinion.

Part 2 of the Challenge. The winner earns the title of Supreme Master of The Universe and gets to write a bragging post (something Mr. Rousell excels at).

Part 3 of the Challenge. The loser then has to paint a figure of the winners choosing. Now to make this even more wacky, the peice the loser paints is to be given to Fran for his birthday in September. Now why did I include the big Irishman in this contest,  You just can't deal with one of them without incluing the other. The two go together like custard and cream, like tea and biscuits, like Captain and Crunch.  This is also added incentive for Ray to beat me as he can tell me to paint up the most ghastly figure he can find and force me to give it as a gift to Fran.


I am quite possibly mad as a hatter because I have just challenged a man who has painted thousands of figures and is a painter of some repute to a contest while I have painted a grand total of five figures in my lifetime.

Now onto the voting!! Voting will close at 12:00 a.m. BST on Saturday July 7th.  So what's it going to be the nude or the mouse. You decide.

110 comments:

  1. It's got to be the mouse!

    (welcome back Ann – your miniatures are finally in the post)

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    1. I'm hoping for the mouse too but we'll have to wait to see what my Hooligans vote for when they show up later today!

      Thank you so much for the mini's!

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  2. I say...mouse mouse mouse...

    Luisa says...nude nude nude...

    Marzio :-)

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  3. Mouse: signifies hard and studious work on the graveyard shift.

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    1. Which is when Rousell does his painting at work!!

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    1. I hope everyone else agrees with you because I don't see how in the hell I can paint the nude and have it come out looking good. The Hubby is voting for the nude!

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  5. I gotta say, I do like that mouse! (And I got all happy when I saw a post from you this morning!!!)

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    1. It's about time isn't it. I've been gone forever it seems but I won't be posting much more than once a week. Another one for the mouse!!

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  6. LOL!!! WTF!!! My first thought was, hhmm boobies? Then laughed my arse off at the mouse, I can feel pains in my chest already!!! I'll go for the middle one!

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    1. If the nude wins I'll mail you to her in a plain brown paper sack at your work, not your home. I don't want the Missus coming after me with a meat cleaver!!

      You are now experiencing your first Anne O'Leary Shenanigan attack. It's scary but the fear will pass and be replaced with a cold, hard dread.

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  7. Yay you're back :) And you're doing another insane challenge (remind me never to get involved in one with you by the way). I can see why there's a chance for things to go very wrong (something tells me Fran would appreciate the naked chick if you got to pick, and wanted to be nice). Because everyone has voted for the mouse I'm tempted to vote for the woman. In fact I think I will because, hey, sacrifice. Plus she needs to have at least one vote.

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    1. Bersercules and I are now tied in our Challenges. There will be a tie breaker one day and that will be the Mother of all Challenges. I'm afraid to see what Ray will pick for me to paint if he wins. A vulture eating the entrails of a rabbit perhaps.

      One for the nude!

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  8. Ok the mouse, then you can send me the female figure :-D

    I put my joker in, I like them both, and I'm looking forward to the challenge!

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

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    1. I'm going to count you in as the mouse!!

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    2. "and send you the female figure"... wasn't that the rest of your reply? :-D

      Just teasing Anne!

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

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    3. Now you're putting words in my mouth Peter!!

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  9. I think the chick would be harder to paint and that would therefore make it more of a challenge, so I will vote for her. Good luck guys.

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  10. She would be much harder to paint and that's why I'm hoping everyone votes for the mouse!!

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  11. That's a tough one. The mouse has a lot of detail, but the nude has boobs. How do you vote against boobs? I will beat myself up for this later, but...Mouse.
    Welcome back, by the way. You were missed.

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    1. Thanks Pickle, it's good to be back. I thank you for that mouse!!

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  12. I'm putting my vote in for the mouse. It's just to cute and it looks like it's studying up on it's spell casting. I'm a sucker for spell casters. Two of my tattoos are wizards =)

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    1. He's adorable and all I need is an excuse to buy him so I can paint him!! I'm getting as devious about this as the rest of them.

      Tattoo's do tell...

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    2. Well then add my husband's vote to the mix =)

      He likes the mouse too. Plus, he doesn't like to paint flesh himself because it's such a pain.

      Yep, I have two tats of wizards casting spells. Got one with my first hubby (special story behind it) and the other one I got with my BFF (another story behind that one too).

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    3. Thank your Hubby for me. I've just painted the three girls with bare mid drifts and they were hell to do. Now I'm working on the flesh for your figure. I'm trying to go light and creamy with her. I'm going very, very slowly.

      You should take pics of those tats and post them then tell the story for each one on your blog.

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    4. I'll thank Devin for you.

      I can't wait to see my figure! I'm so excited! I just went back and took another look at her WIP - I can't wait to see her fabulous boobies =) (No pressure or anything LOL)

      I'd love to take a picture of my ink but I'd be afraid someone would stumble across my blog and be all "Oh my gosh that's so and so's wife's tattoo!! He's a sex addict!!" That would make my life a bit complicated LOL I already put so much of myself out there as it is. =P

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    5. I have put your figure into Pine Sol 3 times so far and stripped the paint. I'm trying to get the highlights on her skirt perfect. Finally I've said no more and am moving on to paint the body. I've got De and the Cat on the painting table with you now.

      Dammit!! I wanted to see those tattoos, but I understand why you can't. Have a Happy 4th of July!!

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    6. Hooray, I'm on the table with Dez!! Boo you have near the cat - ick, please make sure I don't catch fleas LOL

      I hope you're not straining yourself with the figure and you're having fun painting her. I know I'll love her deeply. I'm so excited.

      I'll email you pictures of my ink =)

      We had a great holiday, I hope you did too!

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  13. the mouse off course, we have to be on their side, since they are cat's enemies!

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    1. And this mouse can cast spells on the feline offender too. Turn him into lady mouse that wears dresses and carries a purse. The Alliance will make the world a better place one cat at a time.

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    2. So the cat can shape shift? Wow that is cool, first a mouse and then a dragon ten times the size of dez and stomp on his head.

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    3. I'll never turn you into a dragon Cat. They are far too noble for the likes of you.

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    4. LOL Pat as the cat with a purse..... LOL

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    5. You should see the Boobies on the Pirate Cat that I was going to paint as him. I've replaced it with a much better sculpt though. It's so good it's almost a shame to name it for Cat. Also your figure is coming along nicely and I'm doing it just the way you asked me too. So far it's metallic greens, coppers and golds. I'm doing it clean and elegant.

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    6. oooh, make me proud, Annzie, make me proud, you know me has to be the perdiest :)
      I wish I had a cat with the boobies. My cat got hit by a car last week leaving me with her three little one and a half month old kittens :( I have to feed them myself and even rub their bellies after eating.... fortunately they are now big enough to eat solid food.

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    7. Pfft once you open the door to the ability to mutate you are done. For the cat will change into everything and crush all that gets in his way. To good for the cat? no such thing!

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  14. The cat will go for the mouse too, because then when the cat gets bored he can have himself an easy snack. Plus the cat has his kitty porn and the viking woman, he already has his hands full with the nude.

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    1. I know all about your full hands you ebil cat. You and your Viking woman making babies together to take over the world. Disgusting. But, I like the mouse too so I'll let you live for at least one more day!

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    2. Well that is nice of you, because we wouldn't want a fight to come due and have your gardens full of poo and computer flushed down the loo, for if you mess with the cat, he will burn down your mat

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    3. You've already broken my question mark and the letter that comes after Y in the alphabet too. Now you're threatening to burn down my mat. Pffft I'm not afraid of you Cat.

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    4. You are totally shameless Cat. Please use protection, no babies from you both.

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    5. Too late for that as the cat already slipped some out the viking woman. And it's just a few keys, beats a bunch of fleas.

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  15. Oh my goodness, what a comeback! Now I have to admit that making Ray paint something twice the size of his usual fodder is tempting, but I'm actually going to plump for the mouse as it is just simply going to be more fun for all!

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    1. Thank you Michael. I think the mouse will be fun too and it's winning the vote!

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  16. Great come back Anne. Love that Fran and Ray duo comparison, tea and biscuits , custard and cream and captain and crunch.

    My vote is mouse. But that woman with boobies and posture and her loin thong - I wish I was argus - the 100 eyed.

    All the best and the contest is awesome.

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    1. The two of them are so funny together you just can't help it. Right now I'm just hoping Ray isn't thinking of 101 ways to kill me!!

      I finished painting your figure last night. I just have to put her on a base and I'll post her next week.

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    2. If Ray tries to attack you, show him the boobies figurine, when he is distracted, the ladies Elsie, Jax, me and spawn will attack him and rescue you Anne, you dont have to lift the finger.

      Thank you Anne, cant wait.

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    3. The girls turned out pretty nice, much better than I thought they were going to. I also have an adventure for them to go on and it should be fun.

      I think we'll be painting the mouse. The boobies figure may have given him a heart attack and then who would Fran pick on at work (question mark).

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    4. Excited to hear about figurines :) Yay!

      yeah, that's right. There is no Franonia without Rayonia. I thought of something else, in case they have to work in different shifts, instead of ringing the callingbell game, we could leave a unflattering comment about Pamela on Angrylurker's blog and we can laugh at his reaction.

      Juvenile and mean? Sorry, I still need to grow up. :)

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    5. Blogging wouldn't be any fun if we all behaved like adults!! On blogger I get to act like I'm 14 and never intend to grow up. It's the ultimate Never-Never Land.

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    6. The cat has always been in never never land, it is surely grand

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  17. Welcome back, Anne, and what a great come back it is. I've got to vote for the mouse, just looks more fun and whimsical. Wow, whimsy beat boobies... I'm getting old. :)

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    1. I'm not in the least bit surprised that the mouse is the favorite. It's such a delightful little sculpt and there's just not enough fun in the world these days. How are you doing with the heat and the power outages at your place (question mark key is broken). We're back up to 102 degrees here but we have power. I'm praying for all the folks that live in your State,

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    2. Hi, Anne. We're fine but the heat is kind of sucky and it's getting hotter. 98 today, 100 tomorrow. Sounds like we're not as hot as you guys. We still don't have any power at my house, though now most of my kids have power. There's a little pocket of about 10 houses in my neighborhood still without power. They're fixing the big areas first, maybe we'll have power today or tomorrow. I may have to buy a skinnier mini for an avatar, I'm sweating off a little fat. I wish there was more water in the creek by my house. I'd be out in the creek with just my nostrils exposed, like a hippo. :) Thanks for asking, we're doing fine, just hot, sweaty and angry. But also thankful that none of us were hurt.

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  18. Glad your back! AND WITH A FULL POST OF ANNE GOODNESS!!! AWESOME!! I'd have been happy with just a sentense "I'm back" and a picture of some hunky dudes backside! but this?! Great!

    I've missed you Anne, its not the same with out you!

    You think painting the mouse would be joy to paint? So I'm gonna say: the naked chick!! Cause obviously I'd pick that.

    Good luck on the painting challenge!

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    1. It's great to see you too Bersercules!! I always miss you and both of us have been so off and on lately. Did you ever find a copy of one of those wacky instructional videos for the girls. If you do I'd love to see you do a review on it.

      That's two votes for nudity!!!

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    2. No I haven't seen an instructional video for the girls yet, I looked through the place I usually go for instructional videos, but theres still a few other places for me to search, so I haven't given up yet!

      The naked lady is losing to a mouse?! Is everyone just to afraid to say naked lady? or am I not seeing something with the mouse? Am I so jaded and sex obsessed that I can't focus on anything but naked ladies?! Hey what about a naked mouse lady? or would that be too weird?

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    3. Found an instructional video about girls growing up, haven't watched it yet, but will look into making it a review of it.

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    4. I think a naked mouse lady would be weird unless your Canadian.

      I have to wonder what people reading our comments out of context are thinking when they see us talking about instructional videos for girls growing up. If it's as funny as the boys video I hope you do a review.

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    5. No naked mouse lady would be weird to most Canadians its just that I'm a real weird guy!

      I hope people read our comments out of context and are confused and amused by them and then they mistake them for modern art and we become famous artists that paint with weird random sentences!

      If its as funny as the boys video you bet I will!

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  19. Naked chick, naked chick, naked chick.....

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    1. I don't think you're going to get your way on this one ya big Irishman!

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  20. I scroll through these comments.. and I think to myself.. what has the world come to? To prefer a mouse over the beauty of a naked woman? I read what.. maybe 4 votes for the nude? That's.. That's sad. You'd have to be completely out of your mind not to vote and see who would make the better nude.

    I vote for the mouse.

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    1. I know D4, it might appear to the untrained mind as if something foul is afoot, as if some kind of behind-the-scenes manipulation were taking place that would result in these strange turn of events.

      I thank your for your vote D4. I seriously owe you dude.

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  21. My quasi-Puritanical upbringing causes me to favor the mouse.

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    1. Another vote for the mouse, Thank God!!

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  22. If it was me..the nude..skin is a pain to get just right and it would be a challeng, that´s if the skin colour used was meant to represent something human and not say a demonic red or an elf style blue. On the other hand the mouse is something that could be painted any number of ways but as it´s a mouse then the face hands etc need to remain the same. Also it has more different colours than the nude meaning different highlights etc wheras the nude is mainly the one colour and would make the highlighting a bit easier. The nude.
    Cheers
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    1. From an artistic perspective you are absolutely correct Paul. From the point of realistic expectations of what I can actually do as a painter at this point in my development I almost cry when I think about how a nude would turn out in my inexperienced hands.

      Another vote for the nude. God help me.

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  23. these challanges are really nice tho. You did a great job :D

    eastern north carolina

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  24. I vote for the mouse. Oh.. I mean the second mouse not the first:-)
    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. But I'm guessing you wouldn't mind finding the first mouse scampering around in the dark at your home one night. Another vote for the mouse!!

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  25. Wow this is some challenge and what a choice. The mouse is cute, loads of character and non humanoid which will be a challenge to both of you.

    But I have to agree with Paul Bods, human flesh is so difficult to paint well and there's a lot of flesh to paint on the nude. I think it will be difficult to do it right so as a display of your technical skills the nude gets my vote.

    And the fact that there are boobies is purely coincidental in that decision.......

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    1. You're right it would be a much bigger challenge to us as painters but I'm really pulling for the mouse here!

      A vote for the nude!!

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  26. Highly amusing - i shall follow with interest, i say the nude.

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    1. Holy Christ, what have I gotten myself and Ray into. Another vote for the nude!!

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  27. Think the first one would be a greater challenge, but the mouse is just so cute- I vote for the mouse. This will be fun :)

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    1. I hope it will be fun and won't wind up with me dead with a steak knife in my back put there by one of Ray's trained assassin's!

      Goody, another vote for the mouse!!

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  28. How about a 15mm Jacobite Cavalryman instead???

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    1. Not unless he's naked and painted green Rousell. When, I mean if, you beat me you can make me paint any kind of 15mm you like, but until then you're stuck with my silly nonsense!!

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  29. the mouse... it's a temptation to vote for the nude... but the mouse is so cute!!

    (and I'm very happy to see you again in the Blog-World!)

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    1. Thank you Pascal, it's good to be back. And thank your for your vote.

      It's another one for the mouse!!!

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  30. Yup. You're nuts Anne. That's a good thing.

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    1. I vote for the female form. Ray will be giggling so much he'll get paint everywhere.

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    2. I know I'm mad as a hatter, it's what makes me so loveable!!

      The vision of Ray taking the nude to work and painting her in the bathroom so none of the guys see him sweat is indeed a tempting one.

      A vote for the nude!!

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    1. I see your vote and I thank you for it.

      Chalk up another one for the mouse!!!

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  32. I can't fight my nature Anne, I have to vote for the hot chick. And tomorrow I'll be trying out the oil rub, I bet she would like an oil rub.

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    1. I would expect nothing less of you Kris!! If I do have to actually paint the nude I'll be coming to you for lessons in how to use the oil on her!!

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  33. I'm a guy so naturally I vote for the nude figure! Those boobs are hard to resist!

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    1. There you are!! Fresh from drinking beer, eating grilled animal flesh and watching combustible projectiles I hope!! How was your 4th of July (question mark).

      I knew you'd vote for the nude Dan!

      Another vote for the nude!!

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    2. It was a hot....very hot 4th! Didn't do much! Drank beer and stayed indoors until it was time to watch the fireworks.

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  34. What a great blogging-comeback - it's got to be the mouse, simply for Ray to be mad about the fact that he can't paint the nude one but has to take that silly mouse instead.

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  35. Squeak!

    You've more chance with the mouse - and I want Ray to lose!

    (if you wanted to blatantly cheat, you could hire a better painter then Ray and pass it off as your own...)

    Phil

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  36. I know it's gonna be the mouse but I say give the girl some body paint.

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  37. It's the mouse for me!
    And welcome back; I was almost worried. I hope everything's okay.

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  38. I vote the mouse, love to be on th winning side. That chalange is a great idea

    Ian

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  39. I don't suppose you can paint a mouse with boobs? No? Then I guess just the mouse will do. :)

    Hope all is well, and regarding your comment, we're not close enough to the fires that our housing has been affected, but the skies are still just one big smoke screen, and we can't really go outside and do any kind of physical activity. I tried to go running and after about 15 minutes felt like my lungs were going to explode.

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  40. Canada votes for the mouse! I'd prefer a moose, but a mouse will do. Brilliant idea Anne!

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  41. I like the mouse, Anne. Lots of potential on the hat and open book. Best, Dean

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  42. Sis, because I love you so much, I vote for the mouse :-D.

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  43. Oh, Anne, You can do ittt!!! We totally believe in you!!! Crazy? Noo, not us bloggers. lol

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  44. Anne, it has to be the mouse. Great little figure with lots of detail.Go for it girl.

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  45. Good luck. I think I'm with Ray and would have prefered the nude.

    Tony

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  46. Which is it...maid or mouse?
    Cheers
    paul

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  47. Fascinating, I'll be watching this closely.
    Following... (I'd seen your comments on the guys blogs but hadn't realized you were a painter too!)

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  48. "I am quite possibly mad as a hatter because I have just challenged a man who has painted thousands of figures and is a painter of some repute to a contest while I have painted a grand total of five figures in my lifetime. "

    If you can paint like that after only doing five, that is an incredible talent!

    JJ

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