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Friday, September 14, 2012

On The Painting Table

When I began painting a few months ago I only worked on one figure at a time and I thought that was the way I'd always do it.  But as you go, you get advice, you learn some things and you change your approach.


Right now I have eleven figures on the table and there is plenty of variety to keep me interested. The figures are from FoundryHasslefreeDark Sword and Essex. I'm painting 15mm, 25mm and 32mm scale at the same time and doing that is improving my brush control.

I am also building terrain for these figures. I will be building and designing 9 pieces for dioramas for these figures. Currently I have three of those on the the workbench.

Also, I just finished sculpting my first four pieces. Now these are small pieces and will be used for scenery so they are not figures. They are however whimsical and fun. I will be posting those after I get them painted along with a "how I did it".

I will also be posting Part 1 of my Birthday Mountain of Lead and yes, it will take more than one post to get it all in. Once I got started, I just couldn't stop and really I blame the Ferret for a lot of it.  Those flying monkey's, I just couldn't resist them and I kept going back and buying more. It was like being in the grips of some horrible disease and I was helpless. Yes, it' was the Ferret's fault.

It's Friday folks and time that you'll never get back has passed. So make the weekend count for something. I know I will.



90 comments:

  1. Wow what an eclectic mix of figures! I particularly like the look of the red cloaked figure with wings. I look forward to seeing how they and your terrain comes out.

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    1. I've been having fun painting these guys and I'm almost done with most of them. The three I'm working on now are coming along and I'm doing one piece that is total fantasy-strange colors, weird vegetation and who knows what else.

      Thank you Scott!

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  2. An interesting hobby Anne...If it keeps you happily busy, why not ~

    Enjoy your weekend ~

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  3. Tons of great figures there, but of course the God stands out, oh how the cat will never let you live that down hahaha

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    1. He's coming along really nicely now and I'm getting to do the fun stuff-the face and all that lovely gold.

      Feck, I'll never live this down. You know I shouldn't have drunk that entire bottle of gin in one go as this is the kind of shite it leads to. There's to be one more god in the story, but you know who he is. Don't tell because it's Top Secret.

      Now feck off Cat!

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    2. Geez tell the cat not to tell and then you go and be all mean about it. The cat might just tell for spite, but then he's missed the mean at your site, so he'll cut you some slack. After all he'll be going on the godly attack.

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  4. Lots of interesting and finely adorned characters. Very nicely painted, Anne.

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    1. Most of them are going into the story, so you'll see them again. And so will your character!!

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  5. I have such painting envy, right now! Especially for whatever that is with the wings.
    >sigh<
    I kept telling myself "soon... soon..."

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    1. It's type of demon cat and it's really neat. The scenery that goes with him is going to be really fun to make.

      Clean out that garage and set up a paint bench Andrew!!!

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    2. I have to finish this book, first! And, probably, the other one, too. I have kids asking me -every- -single- -day- if I'm finished yet.
      heh

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    3. I know that's your priority and really, I wish you would finish it as I'd like to read it!!

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  6. Very bright and cheerful work Anne. Plenty to keep your mind and hands busy.

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    1. They do keep me busy. As my children are grown I have to have something to mind and these little guys don't talk back!

      Thank you Paul!

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  7. Your figures and skills are increasing exponentially. Do you know of a vendor yet who will craft a figure based on specifications? Because I'm dying to have a Pickleope figure.
    Holy crap am I selfish! A character flaw I shall work on. In the meantime, I await your progress reports and hope you too have a great weekend.

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    1. If I ever get good enough at sculpting, I'll sculpt a Pickleope for you and then create a world free of stupidity for you to rule over!

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  8. Nice variety of material there Anne, especially like the elves

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    1. Thank you Al. I don't think I'll ever settle on painting just one type of miniature. There's a whole world out there to explore and I want to paint as much of it as I can afford to!

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  9. Blimey Anne, you've really got the bug!!! Some great looking figures and such a mix as well!!!

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    1. I've been bitten all right and have a raging infection that can only be calmed with the buying and painting of more figures!! You do know I got into this because of you and Fran, so technically all of my spending can be blamed on the two of you!

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  10. Well what to say. As mentioned above yor coming on in bounds. I don't think I could do that mix justice painting all at once so hats off to you. Sometimes I get figures part painted and it'sa bind to finish them, even though I then have fun when I do finally get round to it (well mostly)

    Pat yorself on the back, richly deserved

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian. I've made a rule for myself "I will not start another figure until I completely finish three of these" I've just got so many that are exciting, I can't wait to start in on them.

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  11. "Once upon a time and Irish woman who likes to see the works of figures painters.
    One Day, she decide to start in the World of the Minis.
    A lot of adventures and difficulties she must encounter, but she's never discouraged.
    A lot of friends she meet and all give her advices and help her to find her own way.
    As she's a talented Irish woman, she do improvements very quickly.
    And a lot of men, some of them who are Great Masters, begin to be jealous because she could be another Great Master!...."
    (to be followed)

    (but a question: is the wolf a Dark Sword's direwolf from the Games of Thrones range? I've just bought Jon Snow, but I've missed Ghost!)

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    1. That is one of the sweetest, most touching comments I've ever gotten Pascal. Thank you so much.

      No this one isn't from the Game of Thrones. It's a Dark Sword but think it's an Easley Masterworks. It could be used as any of the dire wolves I think. You'll be seeing me post some Game of Throne mini's soon.

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    2. You know that strange feeling about something of which you can say:
      "that"s what I must do!" it was one!

      I will be nice to see a G of Th figure: so rare!
      (Tom Meier is a Great Sculptor !)

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    3. That's a great line of mini's that Martin drew up and there's no better sculptor to do it than Tom. His work is flawless and I'm going to do a post about him in future.

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  12. A nice varied selection there, plenty to keep your interest and prevent you getting bored doing the same sort of figure over and over

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    1. I do like working with this variety and I've ordered figures from a lot of different manufacturers for my Mountain of Lead. The Essex is a huge departure for me and very exciting.

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  13. Nice work..never saw this kind of creativity...
    It must be needing a lot of hard work for sure !

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    1. It's a great deal of fun.
      Thank you Garima.

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  14. Those are coming on splendidly Anne :)

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  15. It does sound like a good idea to paint several things at once. I do it with other things, it stops you from getting overwhelmed by one thing, or just getting bored of it. The figures are looking good too, so your work hasn't suffered any.

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    1. It does help keep me motivated to plow on and get more done. It also cuts back on headaches as I can always switch to working on a less detailed part of another piece.

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  16. I love what you said about the weekend Anne. My weekend actually looks quite busy, I'm going out on the night time and watching my favourite team play in the day time so hopefully I'll be able to enjoy myself. I love the figures as well, you're getting a nice little army going which is awesome to see!

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    1. Manchester United right. Have a good time Matthew and forget all your troubles and be happy!

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  17. Hola Amiga
    Que buena cantidad de figuras,una buena colecion,me gustan la pinta del caballero con capa roja y la señorita de delante que he visto que la as pintado dibujos.
    Atento al final de las pinturas.
    un saludo

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    1. Gracias
      Mi colección está aumentando. Me estoy divirtiendo.

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  18. Figures are looking lovely Anne. BTW it's perfectly normal to buy heaps of lead! We all do.

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    1. Thank you Rodger. Now can you explain to the Hubby that I haven't lost my mind!

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    2. I could try but I must say that my track record of trying to convince my better half has not worked once in nearly 30 years!

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  19. Love the Colours! I like to try out your approach for my paintings, lets see how that goes!

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    1. Just put a canvas all over the room and fill a palette with paint and stay awake for day!!

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  20. That is a great little bunch of characters there. I think some of them are going to need their own articles and more in depth shots to show them off better.

    And welcome to the club of more than you require! Its a downward spiral from here.. just so you know ;)

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    1. Thank you M R Lee. I will be posting them in small groups as they're completed. Most of them are going into my story The Wyrm of Connemara.

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  21. it is so lovely seeing you happy when you paint and have a brush in your hands, Annzie! Hope you will be having a relaxing weekend.

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    1. I will do my best darling. I hope to spend most of it painting and puttering about in the gardens. I've still got blooms and the weather is marvelous.

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    2. that's lovely. We've been having lower temperatures during night down to 12 degrees, so the tree leaves have started falling off and getting yellow, but it is still above 20 degrees during the day.

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    3. It looks like we're to have our first light frost tonight here. Not enough to harm my flowers. Our leaves won't begin to turn until October, but with the drought I fear that we won't have much color.

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  22. I think you like the color blue. ;) XOXOXOXO

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    1. I do love blue as it's the National color of Ireland. Have a good weekend Bama xoxo

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  23. One of us! One of us! One of us! Never paint one when you can paint two, never paint two when you can paint four. That little mantra is why there are 40 musketeers on my desk right now! Keep it up Anne, they are looking great.

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    1. I can't yell at you anymore Kris! I'm not letting myself start another until I've got three off these off the table though. Then I'll add five to the table to keep me from panicking!

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  24. Those are so great! But so IMPOSSIBLY tiny! Do you paint them under a huge magnifying glass? You must!

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    1. No magnifying glass at all. I just hold them up close and squint!

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  25. I wonder....does one of those represent me? They look great!

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    1. One of them does and I featured it last week, but you missed the post!!

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    2. What? I never miss a post! Must've been one I didn't comment on cause sometimes I do that. Either I forget to comment or have nothing to add. It's the plaid guy amiright?

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  26. Glad to see you're expanding your horizons with regard to painting your figures, sis. There should be an email in your inbox from me.

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    1. My collection is growing. Until I have grandchildren, these are it. I'll check post haste Sis. xoxo.

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  27. I too would think one at a time is the way to go.. unless you're doing a set or something. I'm glad you're finding your swing of things!

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    1. I did at first, but this way is actually much better for me. Less eye strain and it keeps me motivated to paint more and more.

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  28. I love that you have evolved a bit in how you are taking things on...I am sure you will continue to do so. And I love that you are sharing it with us!! I can't wait to see the posts about the mountain of lead. VERY excited that its going to take multiple posts too...that made me smile!

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    1. To me it is a huge pile, but I'm curious to see what the guys think. These guys have boxes and boxes full of unpainted mini's. I only have two boxes full. I have to catch up to them!

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    2. Girl power! You can do it!!!

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  29. Once one is infected with the model virus, you get him never go again.

    Anne I admire your great progress in this short time since you start to paint figures. This is a very nice selection of figures and what I see painted at this stage delighted my eye. Congratulations!

    I look forward to your announced posts.

    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. Thank you Bruno. I know I'll never stop buying now, I'm hooked!!

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  30. Well just reading what you've got on the production line rather puts my meagre efforts of late to shame. Fabulous array of miniatures on display too.

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    1. But you work many hours a day Michael and I have more time free to sit around with a brush in my hand. It's the weekend and time to get cracking!!

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  31. Nice and very, very colourful Anne!

    Christopher

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  32. When you say you're going to do some painting, you're really going to some painting! I love the vast difference in the figures, Anne. The silver-haired lady caught my attention, as did the figure in green with red cloak.

    ~Enjoy you're weekend, Anne. Our weather will be perfect, so once this Migraine lifts - I'm outside!!!

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    1. The green with the red cloak is someone we know quite well. Let's just say he's from Serbia and is sweet as a cream pie and no one will know who we're talking about!!

      I hope that Migraine goes away-we're in the final stretch of the good weather and we need to get it while we can! Have a good weekend!

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  33. great job Anne, I already know who will be the next friend (after Pascal and Paul) that i will ask to collaborate in the painting of the figures for my dioramas ........ as long as it makes you pleasure. Congratulations on your lovely work!

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    1. I would be most honored to see figures that I paint in one of your dioramas Michele.

      Thank you so much!

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  34. The ferret's a sly one, great looking progress on those!

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    1. He posted those bloody kickstarters and I couldn't resist them. Those flying monkey's are so cool and right now I can't remember just how many I bought!

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  35. Lots of nice looking minís to be getting on with.
    You are after the thunderboltmountain figs by Tom? His Arthurian ones are brilliant!!! I asked him a while back about getting the range...basically with the transport costs and the import etc..I need a 2nd morgage to get them :-D
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. I've bought 9 figures from him for my birthday. He sent me a free figure that isn't in the catalogue-it's a figure of a western US sheriff-very interesting sculpt.

      The Arthurian collection is a lot of money to put out all at once, but my plans are to buy the whole lot. It's much less expensive here though. The Hubby is owed a great deal of money and as soon as we get it, I'm buying the entire collection as a whole.

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  36. nice...i really like what i see so far in that pic...and there is def some variety...as long as you are having fun you know....

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    1. I'm having loads and loads of fun Brian!

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  37. That's a nice little collection you're building up there Anne. You'll be needing display cases and carry cases soon.

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    1. I've just filled up one carry case and am starting on the second. Storing the terrain is becoming a bit of a problem though!

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  38. Improvement, improvement, improvement!
    You are becoming a great painter Anne...I like your work.
    Please, show us your other things you mentioned above....pls....:)

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    1. Thank you Thanos. I'm posting my Mountain of Lead on Monday and as soon as I paint my little sculpts I'll post them. The terrain is still being worked on but I hope to have that up week after next.

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  39. I just noticed this post, but thurs-friday was a pretty bad 36 hour for me, a lot went past my notice.

    very glad I helped contribute to your failure to resist temptation ;)

    Nice start on these- looking forward to seeing the 15mm closer up.

    and that kingly lion looks especially fun

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  40. That's a very nice mix of figures Anne! Eleven is a nice start of a lot more of figures who will jump on the painting table before you know it. Then it will twenty or maybe more, just like every other painter/moddeler! :-)

    Looking forward to the progress on these figures!

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

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