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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ain't No Sunshine....

I have completed three new figures and have two new terrain pieces to photograph them in. But I have no sunshine.


And without sunshine I cannot get proper photograph of my completed work. Yes, I'm aware that there are tutorials available on how to photograph indoors in less than ideal light. I have read them and thus far have been unable to get good results. I will not post my figures unless they can be shown in a way that satisfies me.

Last year after I began painting, I had to make a decision. Was I going to completely join the painting/gaming community or would I try to occupy two worlds? I chose to embrace the painting/gaming community and I cannot go back.  I no longer enjoy blogging about anything but the hobby I have come to love.

Therefor, I will not be posting again until I can photograph my completed work. This could be one week or it could be two weeks.  You'll know I'm coming back because I will begin to comment in earnest 2 to 3 days prior to my next post.

Now onto something fun. There is a Giveaway over at The Happy Whisks place!  She has posted her 444th post and is doing a Bundle Giveaway. What is she giving away you ask? Click on the link to find out.


You folks have a great week. Me, I'm off to paint some sexy Pirate Babes and then get a little shut-eye.

77 comments:

  1. Now I have another reason to look forward to the sunshine! And watch your inbox... one way or another, I'm young to have news for you this week!

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    1. "I'm young to have news for you" ? Oh technology... You can be such a bitch! GOING to have some news. Hopefully good, though I'm really glass half empty right now, so we'll see!

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    2. I could use some good news. I hope this is the really good news you've been waiting on.

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    3. Grrrrr....did you get the email I sent you...just a little while longer...I HOPE!

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  2. Totally converted eh? Can't wait for the sunshine so we can unleash the latest creations. Have a great week Anne.

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    1. Oh yeah, the fat lady has sung. There's no way out of lead mountain for me now!

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  3. Sunshine is sunshine. Even I prefer daylight ;-)

    And remember Anne...paint, paint, paint...and enjoy :-)

    Marzio.

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    1. I'm painting every day. Great sculpts on the table and some really fun, quirky things to come.

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  4. Actually I love winterly or stormish weather. It's just perfect for a nice cup of tea and a painting session with some Ice Hockey in the background. But under this very special circumstances I hope for some sunshine. :-)

    By the way welcome to the group of lead addicts. Finally we assimilated you... Resistance was futile. ;-)

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Yes, I'm a hard core addict now. I'm finally painting my first infantry and have even ordered some figures for The Seven Years War. If I enjoy painting them, I'll buy the whole set and learn the history.

      I need sunlight like I need air. Winter crushes my spirit something terrible.

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    2. SYW is great. Actually I would love to paint some FIW miniatures for M&T or some other "Last of the Mohican" style thing. Unfortunately there are already so many redcoats on my workbench with Napoleonics and AWI...
      :-(

      And for Ireland some sunny days, dear Anne!
      Germany (at least Bochum...) turned into a sunny valley of spring during the last two days. Way too fast for me though...

      Cheers
      Stefan

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    3. The really scary thing would be painting the French and getting it right. The boys would slaughter me if I got that wrong.

      Right now I'm living in the States with my husband. He's quite ill and is getting his medical treatment here. It's as rainy here as home though, but not as pretty.

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  5. Looking forward to seeing what you have been upto Anne. Roll on the sunshine!

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    1. A real mix of things. A Hell Dorado figure for Ray, an Elf Pirate Babe, a Wizard, a Zombie priest and a Game of Thrones Figure for Fran. And my top secret Infantry.

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  6. I too look forward to the figures so hope you get your sunshine.

    I too hope to have some good news as early as tomorrow, so you need to keep popping back to get the gossip from all of us ;-)

    Ian

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    1. I'll be sure to check your blog Ian. No sunshine in the forecast this week. I need at least 3 good hours to get these shots.

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  7. Hola Amiga
    Pues que pena no poder fotografiar y ver a tus minis,pues tendremos que poner unas velas al astro maguico para que salga por tu casa y podamos ver tus creaciones
    te estaremos esperando ansiosos
    UN SALUDO

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    1. Hola Amigo,

      Estoy impaciente con este clima. Debo tener sol muy pronto!

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  8. Your figures! You know what lighting works best for the photos. Will wish for blue skies and sunshine soon so you can get a photo of them.
    And yes, Whisk is giving away some awesome books! Oh, and one of mine. Three out of four's not bad.

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    1. I am hoping to win your book Alex. If not, I shall buy it!

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  9. There is nothing bad about being committed to just one thing. If you just want to blog about painting, more power to you. :thumbsup:

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    1. It really ended up being the community that I'm most comfortable with. Felt like coming home when I hooked up with this group. Very much suits my real personality and painting, I am so hooked on it.

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  10. You need that shine, wait until summer comes and then you'll be posting every day.

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    1. I'll be out of doors gardening then and will be on here even less! My goal for the year is to post 100 or less blogs in 2013.

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  11. well i hope the sun finds you soon enough...and i have thoroughly enjoyed watching your painting develop...and the stories you come up with allow you to tickle other areas of creativity as well...

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  12. I love that part of day when it's at the end, and the photos of flowers come out so nice. Thanks bunches for the mention, Anne. You are one rockin' chickie.

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    1. That and right after dawn is when I get my best photos of my garden. I've lived here long enough now to know exactly where that sun will be at any given time of the day. Now I just need it to show it's face for more than five minutes. I need my flowers back!!!

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    2. I tell ya, I was out with the pups this afternoon and the sun was out and I thought if I could just bottle this stuff and teleport it to Anne.

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  13. Shame about the lack of sunshine but we're starting to get quite a bit now so hopefully it won't be too long. Well done on getting those figures painted though.

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  14. Come on bloody sunshine, I want to see the figures!!!!

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  15. Looks like Florida on some days...the weather is never what you want it. I needed to primer this week, we actually get a cold snap into the 40's....when you want it cool, it's bloody hot and humid....*gah!*

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    1. I know I will be fighting the humidity in the Summer. I may try using a wet palette then as I hear that works very well.

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  16. Maybe play George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" to encourage Old Sol to show up!

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  17. Come here in Belgium Anne, for the moment, a sun shining with 16 °, soon your figurines ;)
    Slainte!

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    1. If I came to Belgium you would have to be my teacher. You would need the patience of a Saint for that task!

      Slainte!

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  18. when I take photos of my dishes and cakes I usually do it under neon light in my kitchen, neons give very lovely, strong but yet soft light, so if you have it in the kitchen maybe under your kitchen cabinets ......

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    1. My biggest problem with indoor is that my ceilings are 13 feet high and the interior is always gloomy. It's a Victorian build in 1848, so you can imagine the horrid feel of the place. I have full spectrum lights and I just can't get the shots. I am shooting macro as well and that's a whole nother ball game.

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  19. Anne, where you are is the sun I tought... ;-)
    Here in Holland it's shining so you could come here for the pictures, you are welcome!!
    Hope there will be better wheater there soon, so we all can enjoy your work!

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    1. Soon you will have so many beautiful flowers in bloom. It would be a dream to drive the roads and see them. And to visit the flower farms as well. I could spend eternity in such a place.

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  20. What? no more irish air or booby affairs? Geez you dissapoint the cat, have to go dig in your gardens at your mat and leave you a surprise. Then maybe you'll give other cries hahaha

    But yeah fun to see the creativity and the stories as well. Be great when you can finally get the big one ready to tell. For the cat god will rule all and even give a gassy call.

    Guess I'll have to bug old one eye even more, to get my digs in at my shore haha

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    1. I'm pretty close to being done with the figures. The ones I have left are really complicated pieces though. Generally those wind up being stripped at least once before being done.

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    2. Sounds grand, can't wait for it to be told in your land.

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  21. Take all the time you need Anne, I know the feeling. When I photograph my mini's half of the times the pictures do not do the minis justice. So wait until you find the situation ok. We will be here when you come back!

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    1. It drives me batty. After spending one or two weeks on a single figure, I need those photographs to show all that detail. One of the figures I've done has this gorgeous flaming red hair. I want the highest of those highlights to show up.

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  22. My advice is to keep painting and wait for the sun. Once it arrives photograph more than you need and "Drip feed" it onto the bolg. If only I could take my own advice. And also welcome to my blog (Anything but a one). Best wishes Clint

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    1. That's what I'm hoping to do. If I could get at least four ahead, I could pull this off. But I'm such a slow, slow painter. For me speed painting is four days!

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  23. Try to not let the lack of sunshine bother you too much Anne. Seriously, we're like brother and sister when it comes to this kind of thing, remember it is a slow burn but each day is getting better and better, it's part of the fun to slowly watch it get better until it reaches its peak. Try and just keep your mind positive and realise that things are going to get better. Keep on painting too, we all love what you do on here!

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    1. I think you're doing better than me this year Matthew. Rationally, I know Spring will come, but emotionally, it doesn't seem possible. It's like being dragged down by my heals. We'll both get through it and like you, come high Summer, I'll begin dreading Winter!

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  24. wait for the sun. I am sure it will come for one simple reason... the geese are going north. summer is coming your way on their wings and hopefully bringing you the sun!

    I hope the geese take you all the sun because we have enjoyed so much that the grass beneath our hobbit friends feet is brown and dry. a drought here is never a good thing. Oh and do not fear being tied to lead mountain, its only mildly toxic and if you do fear it the ropes can be put up around the posts upon the larger plastic mountain.

    Welcome to the hobby anyone is free to leave at any time (bulls**t those gates are magical and only provide entrance) may you enjoy being in our community, (remember that being one of us does not require you to not hurt us... you know who I mean)

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    1. I have seen the first of the flocks returning and they don't make mistakes when it comes to Spring. I'm really waiting for the arrival of the local woodpecker and for my owls to build their new nest. When those things happen, I will get excited again.

      Those gates slammed shut behind me and locked after I painted my third figure. The weasel Rousell is going down that slide for sure!

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    2. I wish you the best with your entry proper into the hobby. Best of luck that the simmer approaching you is a nice one. unlike our dry one, if the price of milk and dairy products goes up for you then its probably because we cannot supply enough (we supply 1/5-1/3 of the globe with dairy products little kiwi New Zealand is punching well above her weight).

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  25. I want to paint!
    It doesn't even have to be sexy pirate babes...

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    1. There's some really cool stuff out there right now. One day you will have time again. Perhaps over Summer break.

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  26. Totally understandable cailin, welcome to the dark side!

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    1. I am very happy here Fran. Painting stills my mind and soothes my troubled soul.

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  27. Until I met you and Andrew, I had no idea people were out there painting these figurines for a hobby. Seriously, I can be kind of ignorant. But I see how a person could get sucked into collecting and perfecting them. It's a whole other world.

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    1. I always knew about it as my grandfather painted historical pieces. He even did the unthinkable and let me play make-believe with them. These guys are serious though and they play wargames and RPG games with them. I have no one to play with here, but maybe one day.

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  28. We actually had some sunshine today here in blighty! Lets hope the sun starts over the pond soon!

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    1. I'm glad you did. Nothing but horrid, dark skies here. Maybe three days of sun since January. Raining to beat the band right now.

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  29. I commend you, Anne. You made yourself a promise and you're sticking to it rather than settling for less. Good for you! Only do what makes you happy and that's painting and then taking pictures in the beautiful (and much needed) sunshine. Lord, may it come soon!! For the both of us xo

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    1. I've posted a few in the past that I've taken indoors and regretted it. The colours!ren't true and the detail doesn't come out. It's not unusual in this community to publish only when you have something and only when you feel like it. It's one of the things I like about it. No schedules, no pressure to post.

      You need to be able to get to the beach! And you need the transition from Winter to Spring to be done. Those shifting fronts are murder on our Migraines.

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    2. That should say your Migraines!

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    3. I'm so happy you've found your painting community, Anne. They understand what's its like to want to see quality and unless you want to invest in one of those lighting hoods, which I don't think is the same as sunlight, it robs it somehow, you'll have to wait. I'm glad the pressure is off.

      As for the Migraines, I'm in a bit of a conundrum right now. I won't bore you but the next few months will be hellish for me. I'm entering into acceptance and knowing things could be far worse health wise and cherish the days when the pain isn't at a high level.

      Enough of that crap, time to change clocks on the 10th! One step closer to warmer weather and the beach!!

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  30. There is no Doctor, real or imagined, who can straighten your bent for your miniature painting! Once bitten, always smitten! Hoorah!!!

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  31. Anne! I feel the pain of no sunshine. Here in Minnesota, the sun goes behind gloomy grey skies for days on end during the winter. It's bad enough that if you don't pop Vitamin D, you'll likely get deficient and all the bad crap that goes with that. Like chopping through a locked door, sticking your head through and yelling "Here's Johnny!!!"

    I still struggle with indoor lighting and agree that au natural is the way to go!

    ;-)

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  32. It's also a good excuse to make a road trip to where the sun DOES shine, isn't it? Maybe it's just me. Hopefully the sun will shine on your pieces sooner rather than later.

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  33. Indoor photography can be tough unless you're willing to spend the big money on special lighting equipment. The worst part about that, of course, is finding a place to store everything so that it doesn't take over your house.

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  34. Must admit the best lighting I have come across, without rigging up loads of angle-poise lamps, are the fluorescent tubes in my games room, at night when there is no interfering daylight!

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  35. So I guess telling you I got a tanned neck and ears digging a flowerbed here in sunny Hampshire won't go down too well?

    Still - it was sunnier in bloody Herne Bay again...it's always Herne Bay!

    Hugh

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  36. Only right you should choose your passion. Hope you get your sunny days soon. Not only good for photos but also good for the soul

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  37. Sexy Pirate Babes, oh I am there, count me in please!

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  38. I miss the sunshine as well, but for other reasons. It seems like it's been gray for much too long.

    Also, thanks to your title, I'm now singing some Bill Withers. My cat seems impressed, but she's not that hard to please.

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  39. Cool, I look forward to seeing your work. Thanks for checking out my book!

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  40. Anne! I apologize for using the feedback for a quick message but I don't have any other way to let you know your feedback this AM was hilarious. When I went back in to reply, it was gone! Not in the spam folder or anything. So, Blogger being weird and nothing more. Hope it's warming up in Ireland and there is a bit of sunshine coming your way. And I won't drink green beer next weekend but I will be singing old Irish standards soon enough. ;-)

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  41. So it begins, the 1st army eventually leads to a never diminishing pile of lead.
    I look forward to this event and long may your brushes stay wet !!

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  42. One of Us, One of Us! Mwwwwha ha. See what the gift a paint set will do to you? Oh and today (St Patrick's Day) It started off nice and sunny, a little yard work was in order. Then the sun went behind a cloud, the temperature dropped 20 degrees in 5 minutes or less, it started to hail, then turned to snow. By the time I dried off the very wet dog, it was sunny again and the temp was back up 20 degrees.

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