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Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Four Horses of Essex

Remember way back when I was talking about painting some Essex figures? Well I haven't forgotten. They're amongst the ever growing hodgepodge of a pile that it my painting table.  I've previously posted one from a set of four and here are the other three in the set.

These are 15mm horses from Essex European Armies 1660-1745.  They came with a limber, which I painted but can't post because I lost the bloody wheels.





Too show the difference in scale between a 32mm and a 15mm I thought I'd show this picture.


It is finally getting easier for me to work with different scales. I now paint 15mm, 18mm, 20mm. 25mm, 28mm and 32mm.  That leaves 6mm, 10mm and 54mm for me to learn one day.

And I'd like to say

THANK YOU

 
To Thanos over at Mininiatures and Terrain for nominating me for a Liebster Blog award.  

Those of us that follow Thanos know how talented he is and we know how creative he is when it comes to scratch building terrain.  I've gotten to know him through comments and through Facebook and was surprised to discover that he does not consider himself an artist.  And those of you who know me know that this kind of a response generally prompts me to do something. 

I've written a character into my story called Thano's Muse. She's a stunning figure sculpted by the renowned Tom Meier and I'm putting my heart and my soul into her. Perhaps she can help all of the great painters that I follow and learn from understand that what they do is art.

Well it's Sunday folks and that's the day I give thanks for the life that I have, the roof over my head and every scrap of food that's on my plate.  So get up off that couch, turn off the telly and do something that makes you feel alive. I know I will. 

 

87 comments:

  1. Nicely painted Anne, your talents know no bounds!! Shame about the wheels though.

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    1. I blame it on the dog! Truly I've set up a painting station in bed so I can paint while my leg heals and the damn dog jumped on the bed and bounced the wheel off somewhere!

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    2. Very nicely done! Walk around the room in your bare feet and you will be sure to find the wheels!!

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  2. I like the 3rd horsey, it has a real come hither look about it.

    Lovely work Anne.

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    1. She has that look that says "Ride me big boy"

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  3. Well done on the award Anne, richly deserved.

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  4. very nice horses and well done on the award!

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  5. Very nice horses Anne. However, you missed a few scales you haven't painted yet - 2mm, 3mm, 40mm, 75mm, 90mm *grin*

    And congrats on the award from Thanos :)

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    1. 2mm-that's the head of a pin! Shoot me know, just shoot me!

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    2. *Bang*

      lol - here's some: http://www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/indexes/2mmindex.htm

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  6. Beautiful...colorful...wonderful...
    Well done on the awards!
    Phil.

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  7. Great painted horses and the lion king is awesome! Congrats on the award. Seems to me you collect them as I collect modell kits ;-)
    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. Thank you Bruno and I was just at your place to congratulate you!

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  8. Nice horses, and like the woman touch in the photo's as wel (flowers)
    The comparison with the 32mm lion reminds me of te story of Robin Hood, so will you make a stage-coach for these horses?
    Cool work, Anne!

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    1. I love my gardens and I love colour so I try to fill the frame with it! No, these horses really were just for me to learn on. I'm doing a regiment in Essex figures. Next project though as I'm juggling two right now.

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  9. Wow Anne, I can't believe the size of the horses in comparison to the other ones, they're such a great job especially when you consider how fiddly that they must have been. Congratulations on the award too Anne, you definitely deserve it!

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    1. It's small isn't it and some people paint them at more than half that size. Next post I'll try to put a coin in the picture for scale reference.

      CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR JOB MATTHEW!!!!!!

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  10. I do consider this art. If you can paint a 6mm figure then you're quite talented. I didn't know they came that small. Until then though the horses look great, I just don't think that the 32mm figures should be riding them.

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    1. Hahaha, I didn't think of that Mark. It would kill the wee beastie.

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  11. Oh how I love horse figurines. I used to collect them, but have since lost them in various moves. You have such a eye for color and detail. These are gorgeous. :)

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    1. Thank you Melissa. One of my Aunts and Uncles breed Arabians and I grew up on a farm with work horses and I rode quarter horses as well so I've been wanting to paint them. I can't ride anymore because of the accident. Miss it very much.

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  12. Top work on those horses. They rock.

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  13. Very nice Anne. I especially like the job you did on the light tan one. The comparison shot looks cool. Like the King has miniature ponies. Might be a fun idea for a fantasy setting.

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    1. That's a great idea. I've got some winged monkey's that might be the right size to put on the back of one of these. You've got me plotting now!

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  14. You really did great with those horses, I am sure you have put more time into them than most of us do (certanly me) and it shows

    Ian

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    1. I put a ridiculous amount of time into painting my figures Ian. I have to get quicker though as I want to get through these 3 projects sometime before the end of next year!

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  15. A great job with the horses Anne. The lion king is amazing. Good luck with your projects before the end of the year

    Slainte!

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    1. I will probably only be getting one of them complete by years end. The other two will run into next year.

      Slainte!

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  16. Yeah see the cat is amazing, as said above. Damn, gods get so much love. I will rule all with ease and give all my enemies fleas on their knees. The horses are grand too. But I don't want any of those, as they just go around and where ever they fell like it poo. Too much work for such a beast. Plus a god has no need and would rather feast.

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    1. You are capable of traveling through time and space at a whim Cat. You need no beasts of burden for that. Your half brother the other God should be making his appearance on Friday this week. Your feline friend the female Pirate is giving me fits. I'm determined to do her coat in purples and had to get advice from Kris on how to paint in that colour. Me thinks she will have to have her paint stripped more than once till I get her right.

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    2. Damn, see the cat was easy to do. It's those females that have to takes hours upon hours to get right haha

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  17. 'Grats on the Liebster Anne, and nice to see you scale stretching. On a completely unrelated note, I like your flowers. They're pretty.

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  18. Great Ge Ges there Anne and your painting skill have increased. Congrats on the Leibster Award

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    1. Thank you PK and I wish that your current series would never, ever end!

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  19. What cute wee horses! And the Liebster Blog Award is well deserved!

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  20. I've never painted anything smaller than 12mm. I didn't know there was anything smaller than 12! Interestingly enough, it kind of gets harder the bigger you go.

    I just have to say: I don't miss painting tiny horses.

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    1. 32mm has become my comfort zone I think. The closer I get to 20mm the harder it is for me to paint and to photograph. The 54mm will take buckets of paint.

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  21. Your painting skills on such a small scale are pretty amazing. And your advice, the sentiment there at the end, is really inspiring. Wait, why am I here commenting? I gotta get outside!

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  22. Definitely some nice work on the horses. I have no problem painting smaller than the 25/28mm stuff its going up in scale that gives me a hard time. Bigger scale miniatures are so unforgiving of mistakes. I think that's the reason that a good chunk of the larger scale painters use oils, it gives them a lot more time to get it right.

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    1. I've seen them use oils and many of you use airbrushing on the larger scales. I have one 54mm in my possession and have no idea how to approach it. It's also a resin piece. I have reading to do before I paint him. Expect emergency emails from me when that time comes!

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  23. I am in the tube at the moment, and I've turned red from blushing. People are now staring at me.
    That's your work Anne, your artistic touch to a somewhat gloomy train wagon. :-)
    Thank you for kind words, it's rather hard for me to express my gratitude to you. :-)
    And lastly, I feel very proud that I had the opportunity to get to know you in this 'nut-house' as I may like to call our blogosphere. :-) privileged and honored.
    P.s: that's some greatly painted horses! :-)

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    1. Thank you dear Thanos and it's been a pleasure to meet you as well. Your Muse has basecoats on her and the colour of her gown is a deep teal. I'm going to free hand white and gold shamrocks on the hem. Her name will be Niamh (that's an Irish name pronounced knee-of)

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  24. far as I can learn from your painting! These small horses are absolutely delicious and the colors Anne style.

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  25. you know, as a kid, I had a lot of plastic horses, they were my fave toy to play with when I could afford to buy them. But I'm sad that these have harnesses on them because I don't believe in using horses as toiling animals :(

    Oooh, so nice of our Greek hunk Thanos to give you an award, Annzie :)

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    1. I know how you feel about animals darling and I share your feelings, but these represent animals from the 1600's and there was no other choice but to use them. Some horse masters treated them well and some worked them till they died from exhaustion.

      I'm a lucky girl am I not?

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    2. did you hear in the news this weekend that somewhere near Pyongyang they found a gravesite of unicorns?

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  26. Nice work on these Anne they all look really good. I'm amazed at the detail especially the bridals? etc

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    1. Those were a bit hard to do. I used Pure Black by Reaper and then highlighted with a True Silver. Also used a bit of Blackened Steel in places.

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  27. Beautiful little horses. The bad thing is, now I'm checking out all those Essex figs and wonder how would some be squeezed into my budget.

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    1. Essex is really inexpensive especially compared to the boutique minis I usually buy. Great value for money with these guys.

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    1. You're asking for it with those dot dot dots aren't you? Push my buttons and then watch me spin like a top. Bloody hell you haven't been out of the doghouse for very long and now you're going right back in!!!!

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  29. Great work Anne, lovely to see you using so many subtle variations in your painting and so instinctively. Very many congratulations on the latest award too.

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    1. Thank you Michael. I'm going to be posting a plea for help on painting your Knight. I'm determined to keep him a clean nice gold but I'm having trouble with getting depth.

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  30. Lovely work Anne, really well detailed horses

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  31. Great work on those little horses Anne! Now we just have to find you some 15mm wheels for that limber! Must be possible in this blogger world, no? What size (in mm) have they? Can you or someone else tell me?

    PS: congrats on the award!

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

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  32. congrats for the award!
    (I didn't nominate your blog: more than 100 followers!!!!)
    The Thanos blog is a great one and I know the quality of his work!

    ... but..

    your minis are fantastic! loose the wheels ? funny but something which happen often with me !!!
    as it's seems that I've missed another one of your Master-Wooks, which is the 32mm in the last figures? a very proud Crusader!

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  33. makes a nice pet miniature horse for a 32mm lion :)
    always annoying to lose a vital part, but that's motivation for conversions!

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    1. I'm thinking about what I could do with these now. Pets for my Orcs maybe or a mount for my goblins?

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  34. Congratulations on the award my friend!

    I had no idea just how tiny some of the figures you paint truly are until I ordered some myself. My goodness, Anne, the patience you possess, the steady hand and eye for detail - it's truly amazing. It's something I know I'm unable to do myself. Putting the figures next to each other really puts it into perspective.

    You do outstanding work Anne!

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    1. It was nice of you to buy those figures from Ray. You know how tiny these are as your hubby is a gamer. Now the question is are you going to tell Devin you bought figures from someone else after you made him sell his on e-bay?

      You probably should keep it a secret!

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    2. His Warhammer figures aren't nearly as tiny as the ones I just sent off for painting, they are like the ones you just painted (I guess, don't ask me about mm!) All will be revealed to Devin Christmas morning, including the fiasco at the post office where they tried to charge me $88 to ship the figures overseas to Ray. I almost passed out right then and there LOL

      No secrets after Christmas, he already knows Ray and Fran's blogs because they are gamers. I asked them not to say anything about the figures on their blogs in case he visits.

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    3. It costs more to ship things from the US overseas than visa versa. The Royal mail only charges £2.70 to ship to US. The same weight from US to there is about $8.00. If they're 15mm they won't work with Zombicide as those use 32mm which is the size of the Cats figure.

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    4. Are you freakin' kidding me? I can't type the words running through my head right now. We've got the game up in the closet and I suck with measuring so I didn't take the figures in the box back down but geez louise...that's half the damn size - hmmm, dang it. Well, we can still use them as substitutes or just onlookers. *eyeroll* That sucks! I think he'll still love having them as part of the game in some form or another. We will figure it out.

      If not, I can put them next to my Drizzt and Bruenor figures in my shadow box =PPP

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  36. i am hoping the cat king is not looking for a ride...that might hurt the horse...smiles...i like your horses...the change in colors of the coats...and some of the variation you do even in the coats of the horses....nice done, esp on that scale...

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  39. Wonderful job with the horses. They look great, even if they're too tiny for the king to ride. Maybe he can just strap two of them to his feet like roller skates?

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  40. Your limitations knows no bounds! You continue to improve with each figure you paint!

    But for me, Sundays are for football so there is no way I'm turning off my TV! I will get up out of my seat when I need a beer or when my team scores, but my ass is planted on the couch!

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    1. It's where my FIL spends his day and I know there's no way you'd want to do anything else. My MIL finally stopped fighting him on it and now she enjoys it with him. He drinks beer and she drinks Bailey's.

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  41. They look great Anne! (I'm sorry I didn't get here sooner because I was baking ALL DAY LONG yesterday!) I'm so glad you are back...so happy you are feeling better!

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    1. I went out today and bought my holiday ingredients at the grocers today. There's not room for all of it in the kitchen and there are only the 3 of us. I've gotta stop reading your blog at the holidays!

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    2. Noooooooo! It's ok! I promise! Don't leave me!

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  42. I will always be impressed by the difference in scales. Go you, Anne!

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  43. Your work is very careful and neat. I love it. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  44. The size difference is quite something. I'm glad you showed them like this, it helps me understand just how small these figurines are.

    You have an eye for detail and colour - do you use a magnify lamp or glasses...I'm guessing you do, but thought I'd ask!

    Congrats on the award, you are deserving of it!

    Also, I really like how you end each post - with a thought provoking sentence. Very cool! :)

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