Friday, November 9, 2012

Melanie the Seer of Ireland

When a dragon returns to Ireland. bringing death and destruction, the people of the village need answers.  "From where did this horror come?" and "How can we possibly hope to defeat this evil?"  They turn to the only person who can help them find the knowledge they seek-Melanie. the Seer of Ireland.

This is a 32mm scale figure from Dark Sword and was sculpted by the late Dennis Mize, the man whose sculpts Dark Sword was founded upon.  It was a pleasure to paint a figure sculpted by him.




She turned out to be an important piece for me. Finally, I got the highlights high enough and I felt confident for the first time when I was drybrushing. The sculpt itself had beautiful lines and as always the casting at Dark Sword is superior.

Without the talent of the sculptor, we who paint are nothing. The great sculptor, Tom Meier, recently did a tribute sculpt for Dennis. Please do yourself a favor and click on the link to see this magnificent piece of work --Tribute Sculpt.  I cannot post the picture on blogger because part of the sculpt features a fully nude female. It is tasteful, I assure you.

It's Friday folks and we've all survived to see the end of another week.  So get on out there and shake your tail feathers this weekend.  I know I will.

77 comments:

  1. Beautiful work Anne. Wonderful sculpt, for sure but your painting has made it into a masterpiece!!

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  2. Really nice , and good paint Anne .

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  3. Lovely work as always Anne. that is a great sculpt and you have certainly done it justice.

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    1. Thank you Tamisin. I'm going to be sending you a note. I have two sculpts that I want you to choose from for your figure. They are very different from one another.

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  4. I love this sculpt so much Anne, Melanie is awesome!

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    1. Oh yeah and I adore the story behind it too. Even if it does involve the death of our people!

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    2. I'm the only Irish person who dies in the story. The rest of the death is limited to live stock!

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  5. Nice work indeed. Like how you did the pink on the dress there.. great job!

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  6. Nice. The photography brings out the subtleness in your painting style. And the "trademark" floral background immediately brings to mind that one is viewing the handiwork of the one and only...Anne O'Leary.

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    1. Thank you Jay. Alas, with the change in the weather I'll be shooting indoors and I'll have to come up with new backgrounds.

      I'm digging that new avi of yours!

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  7. It looks great and I know Melanie is going to love it :) The figure is very important too, so the better the sculpt the better the finished result is going to be. It's a shame the genius who made that is gone.

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    1. She's seen it and she loves it. And it looks like her too. I didn't know that when I bought it. The resemblance is uncanny.

      He died of a heart attack and is sorely missed.

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    2. I do love it Mark. I think I tell Anne every chance I get!

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  8. That is one great looking miniature and your paint job more than does it justice. I do know what you mean about great sculptures making us painters live easier.

    Keep it up Anne your doing great at this painting lark.

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    1. Thank you Brummie. I've got quite a few pieces by Tom Meir as well and I hope like hell I can do his work justice.

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  9. I really like the expression in her face and your paint job has really brought it out. Nice work Anne.

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    1. I loved the way he sculpted the lids on her eyes and the way she has her hand to her face. It gives her a soft and wistful look.

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  10. Hola Amiga
    Una buena pieza,con un colorido MAGNIFICO me gusta,y la historia de la vidente me encanta leerla
    UN SALUDO

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    1. Gracias a mi amigo.

      Los colores eran perfectos para este sculpt.

      Slainte!

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  11. She has nice boobs and that is always a bonus! Your painting makes it that much more appealing!

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    1. Thank you Dan and the lady Mel will thank you as well. Her ta tas are as bodacious as this sculpts are!

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    2. That was the first thing I noticed...and it was funny because the picture that Anne saw of me had zero cleavage! And I thank you!

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  12. Wow, nice all the way from sculpt to painting...even the photography is amazing with the color mix.

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    1. Thank you Styx. I love colour and enjoy a world that is full with it.

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  13. the shadows and highlights are beautiful, it really looks great, I also like the colour scheme, I am a sucker for blue and red tones!

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    1. I like the colour palette as well. Really enjoyed working on this one.

      I'm getting ready to paint a monster up in pale pastels. The guys will freak out and call me a traitor!

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  14. I reckon she will defend us with her bare breasts :)

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    1. Those breasts could stop an army!

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    2. One lift of the shirt and they would fall over.

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    3. yes, Mel, don't bend too much :)

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  15. Beautiful work, Anne. And just a word to the dragons -- don't tangle with Melanie the Seer of Ireland, for her tongue is even more fiery than yours! She will unleash one of her mighty Fuck It Friday rants upon you and scorch you black! There. You have been warned.

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    1. I know, she can spit out a rant better than anyone I know. She's fearless I tell you, fearless!

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    2. I just love you guys. You know the way to my heart!

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    3. we all shake and tremble and live in fear of her Effit Fridays :)

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  16. Wonderful painting on a great figure Anne!

    Christopher

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  17. Lookin' good. But I caught a semi-colon in your name on the first image.

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    1. Bloody hell I did didn't I. That's what I get for working into the wee hours and being blind as a bat to boot!

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  18. Very nice. Love the highlights on the skirt.

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  19. That's some seriously nice work Anne! I might try to bring the highlights on the face a bit more, but you knocked that one out of the park. Great Work!

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    1. Thank you Kris. There are more highlights than what the pic shows. The sun was setting when I took these shots. I spent hours on the face, especially the eyes and the eyelids. I even got highlighting on the lips this time, though this pic doesn't show it.

      I'm going to be sending you an email to talk to you about using yellow highlights on red for my Bonus Babe figure.

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  20. Wow that's a great figure Anne, some very nice painting indeed! Your getting quite a dab hand at this painting malarkey!!

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    1. Thank you Ray. You and your horses are largely responsible for getting me into this malarkey!!

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  21. I love this one!!!!!
    the figure is really beautiful and your painting is great.... like always!

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  22. Nice jugs, but the face looks a little manly.

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    1. Oh Heff what you lack in class and sophistication you make up for in ignorance.

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  23. Superb painting lets you see here Ann...

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  24. Nice color scheme there. Good work!

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  25. Really intriguing miniature ;-) Anne...and you' re a perfidious and sensual painter and photographer :-)
    You painted a metal miniature and she came to life. And your third pic is really dangerously sexy :-) :-) :-)
    I saw different women and their painting works but they mostly check the exact colour shade,instead you think the essence of the miniature...good work!

    Marzio.

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  26. Nice job, I like the colors in her face, good subtle work there :)

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  27. Another great figure by you. And she looks all smug too. I guess that is what seers are. Some cocky little Irish woman that can see away. Pfft pails in comparision to the god at Canada's bay hahaha

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    1. You're being nice to me? The Mayans must be right-the world is ending!

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    2. Pffft a little over a month and that damn crap will be done with too, no more world ending crap with the mayans will come due.

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  28. Frickin eh!!! She´s lovely!!! Lovely choice of colours..the tones and highlights just perfect!! I Take my hat off!
    Cheers
    paul

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  29. Gorgeous, gorgeous piece!I love the beautiful colors you chose. I think you should do a whole fantasy chess set. I would totally buy it.

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  30. What a fabulous result Anne, she is a stunner; have a great weekend Anne.

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  31. And it was a pleasure for us to see it painted by you Anne! Beautiful. :)

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  32. Very nice work Anne. it is a wonderful sculpt and so is that tribute. as For the weekend... my sisters having her birthday party (early) so while she is off to Hamilton gardens, I am here to study and look after our dog.

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  33. I love the colors you chose for her, Anne. The detail in her hair is amazing, I almost expect to see her hair blowing in the wind. Another great job, my friend!

    As for the weekend....painting for me too =P

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    1. There you are!! I hope you finish that room soon. We miss you out here!

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  34. First of all, you can thank the ridiculous migraine that hit me while grocery shopping after work as to why I didn't get on here and comment any sooner. My computer never went on today...anything done online was from my phone and I HATE commenting from my phone because they auto correct always gets me and I sound like a total idiot!

    I know I have told you a bunch of times how much I love the beautiful job you did on "me". Every time I see another picture I am more amazed with the outcome! I'm also totally touched that you included me in the story.

    AND....I am going to take this opportunity to tell you how wonderful I think it is that we have become friends. I don't know what I would do without a little Anne in my day! Love to you!!

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  35. Great work there Anne and the colours are a real knock out. Top Draw

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  36. wow your getting good Annie, im painting years and im not that good, she does look Irish brown hair and blue eyes is the look of the Celts, all my family have it. Is the Seer a real legend?, i never heard it before

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  37. Excellent job Anne! Love this one.

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  38. nice...it does have great lines...and i love the expression on her face as well....you color scheme is very nice too...really well done anne

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  39. Well isn't she just lovely! It's fun seeing her, I can't wait to follow the story along. What holds me over is these comments, I got myself a good chuckle!

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