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Monday, September 17, 2012

Building Lead Mountain Part 1

When I began painting miniatures there were things I didn't know, things nobody told me. I wasn't prepared for the fear, the horrible fear of waking up one day and having nothing to paint. Day by day, the fear grew becoming unbearable and it was then that I knew-it was time to build my own Lead Mountain.

Today  I'd like to share with you some of what I got for my birthday Mountain of Lead celebration.


From Essex I got 26 figures consisting of Infantry and Cavalry from their European Armies collection. I also purchased a Limber with four horses.


I got 11 figures from Dark Sword Miniatures.


After that, I hit up Thunderbolt Mountain a company owned by sculptor Tom Meier. There you see 3 High Elves, 1 Wood Elf and 3 Bushwoolies.  Now I've heard the smack talk going around about High Elves being haughty, but these boys have the right to be full of themselves.  The lines on these sculpts are exquisite, perfect and graceful.


I also got this 54mm Highlander and this one forty-eighth figure Sheriff from Thunderbolt Mountain.  (the slash on my keyboard doesn't work).  The Highlander is flawless, not a mold line to be found anywhere and I got the Sheriff free.


And finally four figures from Hell Dorado by Cipher Studios. I got Anna Bogna Pavlova first and liked the figure so well that I went back and got the Damned Rank and File. These are some unique figures, lots of attitude and seriously heavy chunks of lead.

In part one I accumulated 50 new miniatures and I'm not going to reveal yet how many more I bought. If you're not a gamer or a painter you probably think that this is a lot of miniatures. You're wrong, it's not. It's merely a foothill on what I hope will turn out to be a true Mountain of Lead.

In other news, I recently joined Benno's Figures Forum and can't figure out how to load an avatar, so if one of you can help me out I'd appreciate it.  I don't plan on doing much talking (audible sigh of relief from many of you) but I do plan on learning so I can become better at the hobby I've come to love so much.

It's Monday folks and the beginning of what could be a truly horrendous week. So if you can find a moment of joy inside the madness we call life, grab hold of it.  I know I will.








89 comments:

  1. Well this is a nice pile of figs and would keep anyone entertained for a while, have fun with them!

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  2. That's a lead pile to be proud of Anne!!!!! Happy Painting!!

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    1. Just wait until you see the other half!!

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  3. That's not a bad collection of models. Your off down the slippery slope now Anne!

    I know that if I painted full time for the rest of my life I would never run out of things to paint – unfortunately my wife knows it too!

    Indeed the first four days of thins week could be horrendous, but on Friday I'm off to San Francisco – yay!

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    1. I've only got two boxes full right now and to me that's perilously close to having none! The Hubby will require special counselling to help him understand this strange affliction.

      You'll love San Fran. Just remember to take a jacket because the water coming off the bay gets cold!

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  4. Damn good purchases cailin, I have some of the figures from the Hell Dorado range myself, looking forward to the highlander being painted! Just ask on the forum as there good guys especially to girls!!!!!!!

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    1. I really like those figures from Hell Dorado and I want to get more. They are pricey though. I love that Highlander and I'm glad he's to be my first 54mm figure.

      On my profile page I asked people to be nice to me as I'm sensitive. I hope they're not mean to me on there!

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    2. I hope not. If they pick on me I'll let you know and you can yell at them!!

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  5. Blimey!!!! That´s one heap of metal!
    I´m jealous about the thunderbolt mountain figs...they really are lovely minis.
    You already have your avatar uploaded.

    Cheers
    paul

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    1. I just got the avi up right before posting and forgot to take that bit out. I wrote the post hours ago!

      There's some great figures there. I want the French-Indian War next and after that it's the Arthurian collection.

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  6. It's going to be great to see this all being put together from scratch Anne, I can't wait to see how the rest of this turns out, looking forward to the next few parts Anne, you're getting better and better at this hobby, I'm getting pretty proud of you.

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    1. Thank you so much for saying you're proud of me Matthew. Truly I'm touched by that.

      This is just so much fun and so relaxing to do. The world just disappears when there's a paintbrush in my hands.

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  7. How long do you need for one figure? Also they look minuscule - you must have a big deal of patience!

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    1. They are tiny. They range anywhere from 15mm to 32mm. It takes me way too long to paint them and that's all I'll admit to!

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    2. WOW! There wouldn't be anything stopping me flinging them into the wall...I am truly impressed how you manage making them look so pretty :)

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  8. Nice foundation stone for your mountain ;)

    I have to get some of those bushwhoolies, very fun!

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    1. It's a decent start, but that pile has to get higher!

      I do like those guys and building terrain for them will be loads of fun.

      Thank you Ferret!

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  9. What a great start to the foothills of your very own lead mountain :)

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  10. I've tried to tell The Hubby that this isn't a proper mountain yet, just a tiny hillock. He doesn't understand the logic yet!

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  11. I hope the week isn't too bad Anne, I really do. I would suggest this is a lot of miniatures but I've seen Fran post tens of figures in one go, that he painted all at once. You have a veritable lead mountain, but you can get beat it soon enough. I also like that it's mostly fantasy figures :D

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    1. The pro's paint up to 40 figures in a weekend and they've got drawers of mini's left after they do it. I can't compete with those guys.

      I'm going to be doing a bit more historical miniatures. The hard part is deciding which period I want to focus on.

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  12. Great start to the mountain Anne. Some very cool fig's in there. You will have hours of enjoyment with the brush!

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    1. I tried to get some diversity in there. And I have more mini's that I'm waiting to come in the post. The mountain must grow!

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  13. Cripes thats a fair mass there Anne. Make sure you don't go swimming with that lot in your pockets!

    We will all look forward to the end results.

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    1. I'd wind up sleeping with the fishes! My mini's and I will stay on dry land!

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  14. Tread carefully, remember what happened to the mash potato mountain in the film Close Encounters? :-)

    Jason.

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    1. That was a great scene. I'm beginning to get about as demented as Dreyfus did in the film!

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  15. That's the spirit Anne! But be carefull, before you know it you will be sitting on a mountain of laid figures, that you will never be able to paint. I've got that mountain in plastic :-D

    PS: Welcome on Benno's!

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

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    1. I'm building a small plastic one on the side. I only have four resin figures right now but I see that number going up in future!

      Thank you Peter. It will take me some while to figure out how to navigate the site, but I'll learn!

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  16. Hola
    GUAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU PERO QUE CANTIDA,pero no te preocupes esa enfermedad la tenemos todos los que pintamos jajaja acumulamos mas que pintamos.
    un saludo

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  17. Enjoy your painting, that's a lot to paint. XOXO

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    1. It is a lot and it will be gone before I know it. I'll have to keep buying more xoxo

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  18. A lead mountain is the trademark of a serious wargamer. No-one worth their salt has no unpainted lead around!

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    1. I'm addicted now and there's no way out for me!

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  19. Happy Five-O, you're still a hottie!! XO

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    1. Thank you Bama, you're a real Southern gentleman xoxo

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  20. oooooh, horses glorious horses and also some elven people! What delight, darling!

    I will be thinking of you and the hubs later this week, Annzie, finger crossed and the justice will prevail!

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    1. I've wanted to do horses since before I began. Those are what caught my eye first off. I've got a start on one of them and I hope it turns out okay. He's to be a grey. The elves are such gorgeous sculpts-so elegant and I hope my brush can do them justice.

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    2. just don't forget that elves don't like strong and extreme colours :) they are people of forests and air not of rainbow :PPP So, tender shades and colour combinations. Refined and subtle.
      And I bet horses will be glorious. Do they have unicorns too?

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    3. I haven't settled on a color palette for the elves yet. The High Elves are a bit more showy than the Wood Elves who like earth colors.

      Yes, you can buy unicorns. I found one I wanted but the shipping on it was three times the price of the figure. I may just end up turning a horse into a unicorn by sculpting a horn for it.

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    4. Devin says that happens quite a bit, the shipping is more than the figure and sometimes, not always, but sometimes people try to profit off the shipping rather than the figure. At least on ebay...

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  21. That's going to be quite the undertaking, but I'm very excited to see them all finished. You're right, to me that is a lot. I can't imagine painting 50 of those. Instead, I paint 50 stupid little MSPaint panels, which most people can't imagine doing. Funny how that works.

    Also, we hope you're enjoying zombies. Thanks again for the help with the Kickstarter!

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    1. You should see the pictures of what the other guys have. Christ, it beggars the imagination. If I had about 2,000 I'd have enough.

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  22. Next you must show us the teeny-tiny brushes you use to paint the miniatures with. I still can't believe you don't have a huge magnifying glass to work under. My Gawd, woman, you must have the eyes of a hawk.

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    1. My vision is horrid. I'm legally blind in the left eye and the right eye is a -13.0. I hold them very, very close to my eye. I'll have to put some things in to show scale. The tips of those brushes can be really small.

      I will do a unicorn one day as I've found one that I want. It's just very, very expensive.

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  23. I love the name of this: Hell Dorado - it made me laugh! Dark Sword...as in the same company that does Drizzt, right? How exciting.

    So, I guess when seeing my hubby's case (tackle box) of mini's with dozens of warships in them, I shouldn't be shocked? I'll try to keep that in mind.

    Anne, I will hold your Hubby in my thoughts and prayers this week. I'll email you in a bit. xoxo

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    1. Is it sad the cat agrees with old one eye on the Hell Dorado thing? haha

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    2. Damnit! Now I'm very suspicious of you cat. All this niceness and now agreeing with me? I'm scared, very scared...

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    3. They've got some really cool stuff at Hell Dorado, but they are expensive. No Devin is perfectly normal for a gamer. This one guy posted a pic of mini's that he'd had since the 80's that he's never got round to painting. There had to be over 500 of them.

      Cat you must be ill, have you been poisoned or is this a trap.

      You're right Elsie, he must be up to no good.

      Now feck off cat!

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    4. Are you sure the guy who posted the picture wasn't Devin? LOL No he isn't that bad...yet...well, maybe. I keep telling you one day I'm going to email you a picture =PP

      Hmmm, you think the cat is up to no good to, huh?

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    5. The cat will never tell until all you can do is yell

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    6. That feckin' cat is always up to no good. He's been talking about that Viking woman of his again. It's horrid, the images will damage you.

      Cat, feck off!

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    7. I think the cat is planning something quite devious, Anne. Perhaps a sneak attack? All this niceness, ooey gooey love, I don't believe it for a second. The cat isn't capable of such things! Hmmm, maybe the Viking woman is in heat??

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  24. Good morning Anne!
    That's not a bad start to your lead mountain. Your's is probably bigger than Fran's right now since he actually ran out of things to paint a couple of weeks ago. Still just a drop in the bucket but you are getting there!

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    1. I can't hassle you anymore Kris and that's a shame because I had so much fun doing it! Now you can give me a hard time about buying more than I can paint.
      How are those Normans coming along.

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    2. Ah, the Normans. There are 17 knights, and 60 some odd infantry of different types there and I have finished the prep work on about half of them. The nice thing about them is I can finish them and put them back in their box and check it off so I don't have loose minis all over the place. Well at least competing with the other loose minis on my desk. If things go well this week they will be ready for primer by the end of the week.

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  25. You are officially addicted I will say. That's not a lot either? Geez the cat is sure out of the loop when it comes to such things. Pretty bleak outlook on this week, hope nothing goes up the creek. But yeah crap seems to keep flowing down on a lot of people in blog town.

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    1. The potential for a shit storm is high right now. The forecast shows prevailing winds at 80 miles an hour. It's coming in hard and it's coming in fast. Take shelter!!

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    2. Damn, I need to get started on that bunker fast.

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    3. Duck and cover Cat, duck and cover!

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  26. Yeah, I'm not a gamer but I follow Ray and Angry and I know this is NOT a mountain. I honestly expected more, somehow. They do look like they'll be a lot of fun though.

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    1. This is only part one D4. There's a part two yet to come. But even that won't rival what most guys have. One day, one day....

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  27. Very many happy returns and let me compliment you on your bourgeoning lead pile. There is something quite reassuring to know that there is a ton of base metal causing undue stress and strain on the floorboards of the homestead. I've tried to convince the Saintly Mrs Awdry that I am in fact adding to the value of 'Awdry Towers' but she doesn't seem over inclined to buy into that story!

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    1. It does help one sleep at night doesn't it. I have to pity our spouses sometimes, but we're all lucky that they tolerate our hobby. The Hubby is good about it as he likes seeing me happy and I've a feeling the SMA feels the same about you!

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  28. Be careful not to stub your modeler's-toe. Your eclectic side is showing, Anne. You have rightly joined the Fellowship of the Lead Addiction Collectors of the World. welcome to our mania!!

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    1. Thank you Jay and I'm glad to be a part of it. Hey, I did a little sculpting and I hope to post it on Wednesday. If it's okay with you I'm going to tell people that your sculpting inspired me and include a link back to your page.

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    2. Thanks. What's not to like about that! Maybe the putty-thing is a likeness of a certain Generalissimo who will remain anonymous.

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    3. He never remains anonymous, it's not in his nature. He's hard enough for me to handle as it is let alone if I did a sculpt of him! Can you imagine what Ray would say about that!!

      I have a cunning plan....

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  29. You should see the boxes and boxes of unpainted minis I have. It's kind of shameful. Especially since they're just inhabiting those boxes at the moment.

    Not knowing what's up with your week, I wish you the best one you can have. May you find some peace in your brush.

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    1. You'll get around to it one day Andrew. Between teaching and writing you don't have a minute to spare.

      I always find peace in the brush and thank you so much!

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  30. I see your a little busy the next few days. Wonderful first part of your collection. Looking forward to see the painted Highlander and the tartan.
    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. The Highlander is going to be a tough one to do. I'll have to get that tartan spot on. I'm going to practice it on something else before I do it on this figure.

      Thank you Bruno!

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  31. Yes a good pile to be going on with, but then again you hae another pile as well!

    The great thing about a good sized stash is you have great choice i what to do next. Cath accepts my pile of lead as I know how much cross stitch gear she has, then again I have some of that as well!!!


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    1. I hope to have the rest of my loot by the end of the month. Dwarfs, flying monkeys, orcs and goblins in that lot!

      It helps when the spouse has a hobby as well because then they understand why you spend time and money on yours. The Hubby and I have the same agreement except his is with musical instruments.

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  32. Ahh welcome to the joy and frustration of the wargaming modeller and the ever present lead mountain. Soon you too will experience painting miniatures you bought years ago and finally got around to painting or even worse selling them for less then bought them for to fund a never ending new project!:-)

    Christopher

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    1. I've been seeing a lot of posts recently where people are painting mini's they've had for 3 or 4 years and one bloke was painting mini's he bought in the 80's. We're a mad lot!

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  33. A real diverse bunch of figures, both period and scale. I look forward to seeing how you get on with them!

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    1. I don't want to get stuck in one scale or one area. Even when I do historicals, I want to try different periods. I'm really into the idea of Medieval common folk, the French Indian War and Highlanders from Essex. I also want to paint both resin and pewter. It will keep things interesting I think.

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  34. Good luck with the project Anne ~ It looks like a lot of work to me, given my poor eyesight too ~ Wishing you a happy and fruitful week ~

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  35. Have fun with the new toys. There's something very satisfying about feeding the lead pile.

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  36. nice..you got a good variety...the sheriff one is really cool...also i love the fantasy ones...so i look forward to seeing what you do with these....

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  37. Nice haul.
    I'm looking forward to some pics of the Essex figures since I'm thinking about buying some 15mm ACW stuff from them...

    Cheers
    Monty

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  38. :D
    I own a plastic mountain! Is that worth less? ;)

    //Mojo

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  39. Looks like you're going to have a lot to keep yourself occupied with in the future.

    I'm also guessing you're not a fan of the 40k figurines, unfortunately, those are the only ones I'm familiar with. :P

    Also sorry to hear about the troll, hopefully he'll get bored soon.

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  40. Sounds like a good start. I can't wait to see what you do with them!!

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  41. A mountain of lead?...And no plastic miniatures boxes? Sooner or later they' ll arrive...;-)

    Which army for the European 15mm?

    British...red?
    French...grey or blue?
    Prussians...blue?
    Austrians...white?

    :-)

    Marzio.

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