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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Project Updates and a Rant

The St. Patricks Day goods have hit the shelves in the USA and I'm about as happy as this badger...

Really, green mohawk wigs, kiss me I'm Irish t-shirts and leprechauns as far as the eye can see. We do not have pots-of-gold coming out our arses and we have no luck at all. Please, please people open a history book.

Onto the updates. The final two figures for "Suzie Swagger and the Zombie Apocalypse" have base colours on them. I need to build three pieces of terrain and then it's done and ready to post.

I'm closing in on "The Wyrm of Connemara"  Lord Ray Himself is going to post on Monday. I've got some pieces that have given me fits. Sir Michael is going into paint stripper for the fourth time.  The next time around, I will nail it.

Fran the Dragon Slayer is painted, but I can't get the arms to stay on it. So I'm swapping it out for a different piece sculpted by Tom Meier. There are two other figures for him that are from Tom's Arthurian collection. I'm using Lancelot on foot and Lancelot mounted for the scenes where Fran battles the dragon.  I have yet to begin The Sainted Mrs. Awdry. And I have yet to begin my Dragon.

Well it's Saturday folks and that means I'm sleeping in so this is on Autopost. Hopefully I'll feel less like this fecking badger when I wake up and visit your blogs.



69 comments:

  1. Now that is one angry badger! Good to hear that the projects are progressing well, even if Sir Michael is proving problematic to nail - probably could have phrased that better! Have a great weekend Anne.

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    1. Oh that does sound a bit naughty doesn't it? But truly, the figure looks like an easy one, but it's not. I have invested in some Secret Weapon washes and that should solve my problems.

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  2. It must be a right royal pain in the arse with all the St Padraig stuff about, its something that only a few Guinness posters over here in the UK have, but I do wish that people would only there history books and read. The history of the Irish people is one that is forged in blood and rebellion and not the Disney image that we see today. Mind you its only three years for the celebrations of the Easter Uprising and a few more for the founding of the Irish State and maybe then people will realise what the Irish had to go through. Its the hundredth anniversary of the Irish Citizen Army this year.

    Anyway I am looking forward to seeing the Wyrm of Connemara come to life and your next lots of tales Anne

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    1. Thank you PK. I don't know where this silly cartoonish thing originated from. And not knowing the history-well there's no excuse for it as it's recent history not ancient history. And like many people from Cork I lost family members in the wars to free us. My own Uncle used to take me to the exact spot where he saw his father put against a wall and shot to death. My great gran took me to the place where my great grandfather was shot and died. And my great gran last two husbands. So when I see this stuff, I go into a rage and it gets more insulting every year.

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  3. Looking forward to seeing your work. The badger is pissed coz I pulled some hair out to make a new dry brush.

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    1. Be careful for the badger has a nasty bite :)

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  4. I too feel like that badger, only because I work with that useless fecker Fran!!!!

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    1. Piss off poo breath, I'm feeling a little Irish myself today Anne, looking forward to figures!

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    2. Put your boot up his arse Fran. I hope I'm good enough as a painter to do those Arthurian figures of you. They are exquisite sculpts and I wish I could send one to every gamer on here, just so they could see the quality for themselves.

      Oh and I have your wolf FUBAR painted up too. He will post with your figure.

      Ray-stop picking on Fran.

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  5. Oh dear, I hope for everyone else's sake your in a better mood.

    Ian

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    1. I'm in a better mood now Ian, no worries :)

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    1. Poor badger...;-)

      Your project is almost ready Anne...and the next one?

      Marzio :-)

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    2. The next one is for my one year anniversary as a painter. It's especially for me and is dedicated to the lost little girl that lives inside me to this day.

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  7. Can't get his arms to stay on? That's a little funny. And last time I look (Hubby is Irish), my husband didn't have a pot of gold out is arse, either.

    Now that would be a trick.

    Cheers to you and have a groovy weekend. I'm off to work where I get to play with food.

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    1. I know, the fecking arms won't stay on. It's two arms holding a huge battle axe and I've ruined the figure trying to get them to stick.

      If we could pull pots of gold out our arse, we'd have Merkel paid off already and there'd be no Austerity Measures :)

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  8. Sorry to hear about your troubles with the figures. As for all the commercialised, Disneyfied claptrap surrounding Paddy's day now, I'm in full agreement. Get out and learn the history and forget the bol***ks it's become.

    ps - that is one p***ed off badger

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    1. Yeah, that badger is pissed. Those things can kill a hunting dog they're that ferocious.

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  9. Nothing to do with your rant, but I did some research yesterday, completely unrelated to models, painting etc, and during a picture search the rabbit (top left) popped up. Made me smile :-D

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    1. Now that is neat. My little rabbit shows up as an image on a google search. You just made my day.

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  10. That was just a mini-rant. I was hoping for full blown rage-athon. The Irish stereotypes are alive and kicking. It would hurt your brain to hear how people pronounce"Celtic" here. But if there is a bright side, at least the Irish in the US were able to overcome systematic prejudice that prevented upward mobility and the bigotry has been reduced to cartoonish depictions of...not a consolation, you're right.

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    1. I've seen the signs that used to hang in windows-No Negros, No Dogs, No Irish and Irish Not Apply. I didn't know we weren't allowed to use the same loos as Americans but we weren't. Yeah we overcame it and built New York and Chicago for you.

      Do they use the soft C like when they talk about that basketball team?

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  11. LOL that badger is certainly feisty looking! Talk about bad stereotyping but whats worse is people buy into it!

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    1. The green beer is the worst and then the bartenders put shamrocks in the foam when they pour Guinness-now that's a hanging offense!

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  12. Oh hey yeah it's that time of year again. Better brace yourselves, I guess.
    But eh, you're still having fun working on those sculptures, right? As long as you're having fun, it ain't that bad if not all goes as planned sometimes.

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    1. Working on the painting is good. I'll try to take it on the chin this year.

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  13. That is one pissed off badger, yeah time for the idiots to run around, people believe all the crap too, showing how wise they are.

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    1. What surprised me last year was the blogs that people wrote. I unfollowed about four people on that day. I'll do it again this year I imagine.

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    2. haha well the cat knows how to scare you away..lol...Think I only ever mentioned it as saint me day and that was it.

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  14. You are so right, it's way over the top here in the US. You don't want to step into a bar on THAT day. Just get in your car and go home.

    I don't wait for one day of the year to celebrate Ireland. Just last night I was singing The Irish Rover, much to the annoyance of my kids. Seriously, the historical types know the history of Ireland and it isn't celebrated with green beer and a green wig. Hope all goes better next week!

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    1. You gamers know your history. I really don't know why it's celebrated anywhere outside of Ireland to begin with. People here even paint themselves green. Really I think it's just an excuse to get really drunk and act stupid. But I thought that was what the Superbowl was for :)

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  15. I usually just have a beer and I have some shamrock stickies on my door at work to show I am Irish but well when you first two parts of your name is Patrick Wallace what other origins can you be....well besides the French derived last name and the Native American genestock....

    I do agree St. Patrick's day is really an excuse to drink and party. It is over done when it comes to products and such, few actually even know what St. Patrick ACTUALLY DID (or rather, everyone claims he did) that made him famous. I will tip a beer at my patron saint either that day or before for sharing the name with me.

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    1. I don't celebrate it here as there is no use in it whatsoever. I have met a girl here whose mother was full Irish and whose father was full Native American. She's a beautiful girl. She has the Native American bone structure and skin tones and our eyes.

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  16. I hope me is not the dragon he slays. I don't approve of dragon slayers :) We dragons are timid creatures and we spit fire only when we have sore throats :) And when it's cold outside and the little shrooms and bunnies in the forests are freezing so we have to heat them up....

    That Sir Michael is quite a stripper, isn't he? :PP

    Oh, since I'm not sure what is allowed or not and what is a fake symbol or not, is it forbidden for me to use shamrocks as my Irish layout theme next month, or not? :) I beg for official approval :)

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    1. No darling, you are the knight in green and gold. This dragon is a baddy as he comes to Ireland to lay waste to it. So he must be slain. Can't have him burning up me gran's fields now can we?

      The shamrocks are fine darling and no offense is taken at all. You, Mel and the Whisk will have them and it's sweet :)

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    2. I'd put Ronan's or Eoin's naked bums as the theme of the layout, but me is scared Blogger would close down my little chaste and totally innocent Hollywood convent :)

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    3. They would not understand that those bums are as sacred as the breasts of The Virgin Mary. You is as sweet as a little lamb:)

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    4. speaking of breasts of the Virgin Mary, I'm currently watching Tom Fontana's BORGIA show (that's the European production, not the awful one with Jeremy Irons from Showtime) and in the last episode the Pope was on his deathbed and they brought him a breastfeeding mother who gave him her tit to suckle on and feed on her milk since he wouldn't eat anything else in his condition and they needed him alive for few more days before they plot all the plots on the new Pope LOL I didn't know whether to laugh, scream or cry when the old Papal goat started to suckle on her boob.... disgusting...

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    5. Hahahaha. Oh I have to see that. I love the way you put that darling "the old Papal goat" you are brilliant when you are catty darling :)

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    6. I will most probably spotlight the show soon over at HOLLYWOOD SPY :) I'm kinda sorry I've missed it before, it already has two seasons and is much more fun than Showtime's THE BORGIAS if you don't mind all kind of weird accents in the cast :)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruLjbR0wUBw

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  17. Look on thr bright side; you get to celebrate a new Pope! ;)

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    1. Hahahaha. The Hubby and I are making all kinds of Pope jokes these days. I'm going on a sin-a-thon while the seat is vacant :)

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  18. Oh yes, I know how tawdry paddy-whackery annoys the true Irish! Hold on -- it'll all be gone in a month!

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    1. It does get under the skin. It does get worse every year though, but then again so do all the holidays. Pushing product to make money. It's going to be a long month!

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  19. What? All that Irish stuff isn't real? But NYC has a parade and everything so it must be true!!! =PPP

    *Thank the gods she's asleep, it gives me time to run!*

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    1. I know they do and with the full support of the Irish-American community. Very strange that. They must be making money off it somehow or they've taken leave of their senses.

      You don't have to run, it's not you I'm irritated with. I'll try to manage my temper better this year. Pray for me, pray for me....

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    2. speaking of praying, dahlink, did you hear that the Unholy Prada clad Pope will be getting as much as 6,000 euro for his monthly retirement? It would take me six years to save that much.....

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    3. Phew, I don't have to look over my shoulder =P

      I don't know why they do it, I can only tell you, part of my extended family is Irish and they fall right in line with the parades, the colored beer, the shamrocks - all of it. For them, it's an excuse to take the day off from work and have fun. Then, then next day it's back to normal. I never understood it.

      I'll pray for you, my friend!!

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    4. @Dez it's shocking isn't it. But I really think he will be taken out by the powers that be. If what I hear is coming does come, they won't be able to afford to have him alive. A living paedo-Pope will not go over well.

      @Elsie-I know they do on the East coast and in Chi-town. I've never understood it. I watched the parade in NY one year and had to restrain myself from throwing a brick through the thing. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

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  20. I hate when I can't get a mini to stay glued. Freaking pain in the butt. It's like some minis come with an anti-glue coating. That said, what kind of glue are you using?

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    1. I'm using super-glue. But the arms and a huge battle-axe are all in one piece and it's heavy. Plus the figure is in a forward leaning crouch. Gravity does work against me on this one!

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    2. Get some of the super glue gel. Make sure to let it air dry, um, I think it's 30 seconds? (check the package), before you attach the pieces. The gel works way, way better. It's pretty much all I ever use anymore.

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    3. Dammit, I saw the gel at the Hobby Lobby yesterday and didn't pick it up. I'll get some next time because the glue really doesn't work well for me.

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  21. I'm with you Anne, America's perception about our country can sometimes be as wide off the mark as possible, we definitely have no luck, although hopefully that'll change against the Scots tomorrow. Then again my boss was speaking to Craig Gilroy the other week who outright told him that he believed the Scots would destroy us so maybe we're not that lucky.

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  22. you probably would not like my YODA tshirt with him in a green suit saying Pinch me You will not...sorry....smiles...i will visit a pub and drink what will probably be americanize import beer for you...and it will probably be green...sorry again...smiles....dang i am no help...happy saturday...

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  23. I love the hell out of that badger!! And I can understand your "love" for all of the Americanized crap lining the shelves. We do have a tendency to completely destroy anything we get our hands on...and I use the term "we" loosely, and not all of us agree with such practices! Personally, I just like to see all of the green right about now...you know, after looking at all the grey and brown and WHITE out the window for several months now! (I just got sick of winter this week.)

    As I am officially back, I look forward to updates!!

    Kisses!!

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  24. I don't know how I could say in english, but in french , "badger" (blaireau) is not a very kind word which we use for someone which is not very clever!

    ... maybe St Patrick's day in US is done for "badgers" people !

    Waiting for the figures...

    (why some people in the world have to suffer so much???????)

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  25. We can still drink the green beer, though, right? :P

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  26. Maybe if the arms won't stay on, Fran the Dragonslayer will be more like the knight on the bridge in Monty Python and the Holy Grail?
    I wonder how the world views us? Gun toting cowboys?

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    1. "Tis but a fleshwound" hahahaha.

      You really don't want to know how they see you Alex. trust me.

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  27. I think the best luck the Irish had was getting out of the show! Good to see some progression Anne, and may the badger be at bay when you awake.

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  28. Ah...tomorrow is another new day.

    You might try drilling a hole into the arms and the torso, insert wire, and super glue. Even a dab of green-stuff feathered out around the joins, after the glue has dried, should keep the arms on for now and through many gaming times.

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    1. I'm scared to do the drilling as I feel certain that I will split the figure. I need to have someone first person show me how to do it as I can't afford to destroy figures learning!

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    2. Drill small, not too deep. If the join fails again: drill a little deeper. Sorry I can't demonstrate. Youtube has some how-to-dos on this subject. You can do it!

      Also, I use brass wire to hold the pieces together.

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  29. I feel your pain Anne: we Dutch do not all wear clogs, we do NOT all live in windmills and we do not all stand perpetually with a finger in a dyke! So bugger everyone who thinks in Stereotypes!

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    1. You guys get that cartoon shite stuff too. Why, I ask, why?

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    2. Yeah why? If you're seriously getting into Pirates be sure to check out Black Scorpion Miniatures as well! Oh and thanks for joining the blog.

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  30. We do get really stupid about St. Patrick's Day in the US. I'd love to celebrate in your country sometime, or would that mean risking my life?

    Take care, Anne.
    xoRobyn

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  31. Just started following your blog, really nice minis!
    I always felt that St Patrick's Day was a dirty Anglo trick into celebrating the crass method of how they kept the Irish...and my people... from taking over the world. Firewater! The only way to tame Native Americans and Irish!
    I had a hangover from green beer once, the dye colored what I drained in a urinal and almost succeeded in scaring me sober! ;)

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