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Friday, March 29, 2013

Fran the Dragon Slayer

When Francis came into the world, he came in quietly. As an infant, he rarely cried and as a boy he rarely spoke. "The lads a thinker" his mum would say. "The lads plotting revenge. Has been since the day he was born," his father would respond, beaming proudly.


When he grew into a man, Fran took up the sword, determined that one day he would be a great warrior.


Driven by an anger that simmered just beneath the surface, he charged head long into battle without regard to the odds of his winning or losing. 


There was in fact only one thing that scared Francis. And that one thing was matrimony. "Commitment. I hate that fecking word" he would say. "You won't be able to escape it forever" his friend Vinnie would reply. "Just watch me" Fran would answer. "I've gotta go kill something" and picking up his sword he'd storm out into the woods muttering under his breath "Damn women, they do my head in."

This is a 30mm figure from Dark Sword Miniatures sculpted by Tom Meier. It is part of the George RR Martin Masterworks collection and is Martin's conception of the character Bronn from the Game of Thrones.

This is the first of the Fran series. Fran will have a wolf companion named FUBAR after his own dog and I'm working on painting that for the second time now. I will also be painting up the Lancelot mounted and foot figures from Meiers Arthurian collection to represent Fran when he battles the dragon.

This is really a sad time for me as it is Easter week and I miss my home most over this particular holiday.  Doing this blog giveaway has helped to distract me from my inner feelings and have made things more bearable. So I'd like to give a sincere Thank You to all who have visited my blog over this past week.


87 comments:

  1. That matrimony quip is a little close to the bone cailin, he's a handsome fecker though Anne, I'll be doing a little 1916 thing on Sunday to remind me of home.

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    1. Well, you know I was trying to get the real "flavor" of your personality Francis :)

      I'm doing one too on Sunday.

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  2. You've been talking the the miserable ol' sod far too much. You've got him off to a T, apart from the slimness of the figures, just wrap around a tub of lard and it'd be perfick!!

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    1. Well you know how he is better than any of us Ray, but I know he's really a teddy bear!

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  3. FUBAR - funny! Did he ever actually kill anything though? Nice detail on the chain mail.
    And sorry you're so far from home this Easter.

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    1. I'm living Stateside with my husband and haven't gotten home since last Easter. And it doesn't look like I'll make it this year at all as the Hubby has two more surgeries to go.

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  4. Hola Amiga
    Bonita figura,y bonito emblema el del escudo
    Animate que siempre hay que mirar para alente,a un que te queme el sol,cuidate.
    UN SALUDO

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    1. Estoy muy feliz de que te gustara el emblema. Es la primera vez que he hecho.

      Slainte!

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  5. Lovely painting Anne and as Ray said he is a bit on the slim side! Happy Easter.

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    1. It's nice to have you back Rodger! You have a Happy Easter as well!

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  6. I'm glad you have a distraction Anne and that you can go back to the homeland one day. I like the way Fran looks but I can't agree with Dragonslaying. I do admit it would be a brilliant way to avoid commitment though.

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    1. There are quite a few of you that don't want to see the dragon killed. I just bought some figures of baby dragons hatching from eggs and they are adorable. I may have a way to get around killing the dragon.

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  7. Looks great Anne very nice work on the face and eyes.

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  8. That figure is great! Well done!
    But I am quite puzzled by the scenario. Fran doesn't seem to fit with ground and wall...

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    1. The terrain that I would normally use for this figure got destroyed by my kitty Fang and the figure didn't work with any of the plain coloured background that I have.

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    2. But it looks an interesting piece of terrain... show more, please!

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    3. This was the first piece I ever made. I have 3 others that I use to take photo's. Very soon I hope, I will be making more as I've got some pirates to paint and I'm going to be getting into the Wild West.

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  9. Nice work Anne! Sorry about the bum of being away for Easter but I am sure there is tons of cool stuff going on in were you live. Family is where you make it.

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    1. I'm going to the Hubby's family for Easter. The thing that is hard is this is a very special time for me and my sister Leilon. So many traditions that we share that bring joy to us. And I won't be able to attend Mass because I'll be travelling to their house.

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  10. Very well done, and FUBAR is a great name, story of my life

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    1. That's the real name of one of Frans dogs. Cool isn't it.

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  11. Fran's poor head must be full of dread as women sure can do it in. Like FUBAR as a name too. Hope your easter is grand enough, being so far away from home must suck indeed.

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    1. I'll try to make the best of it. Usually I just go off by myself when the Hubbies family gets together. They do have a house in the woods though, so if it's warm I'll take a long walk.

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  12. Lovely figure and lovely painting Anne, but as others have said, he isn't quite as cuddly as the real Fran.

    A thought for your storyline - you could always turn it into a romcom for us (and a horror story for Fran) by having his commitment phobia tamed by one of the female characters ;)

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    1. I'm planning on bringing in the SWMBO for him at the end. He falls dead in love with her, but they have no plans to marry or have children. Heaven for Fran!

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    2. Fran - is the "WTF?" about the cuddly or my suggestion for a storyline change?

      If the former, I was simply not being rude (unlike some others here)

      If the latter, well it would seem that Anne is righting a romance plotline for you (as opposed to a bromance with Ray of the Vicious Bowelitis)

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  13. Looks great Anne very nice work , another one more time really nice colors
    Slainte

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    1. Thank you Vincent. This one needed a more traditional, subdued colour palette. It's nice to go from the outlandish to the classical.

      Slainte!

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  14. Perfect !
    I like those Dark Sword figures, I've one (John Snow)but didn't take time to paint it.
    I suppose that his dog FUBAR will be from the same range?

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    1. I love their figures. And yes, the wolf is from Dark Sword as well. Very nice figure and this time I'm going to be working from a photo of a wolf to get the face just right.

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  15. Great looking warrior Anne!
    Phil.

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  16. That's the dogs danglies, oh the painting is very good too ;-)

    I do think that as powerful and heroic this Fran is, he's not half the man the real Fran is (maybe our Fran gobbled him (all up?)

    Ian ;-)

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    1. I think he's paying you back for your post today Fran!

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    2. Anne - it's a different Ian :)

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    3. Oh silly me. Just one more brick in the wall of evidence that I'm a ditz!

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  17. Looking very good Anne. I like what you have done with him. I definitely like the freehand on the shield, that's looking sharp. I think I would go back and glaze the shield with a deeper green (be careful of your freehand though)its looking a bit chalky.

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    1. I wanted to put a layer of colour over the top to blend the design with the background, but was afraid I'd much the whole think up. I'm not entirely satisfied with how the design came out as I tried to give it depth and ended up with too many inconsistent layers.

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  18. can't wait to see mounted Lancelot! Hope you didn't miss the knights I sent you at Facebook in messages, darling :)

    Will the kids be at home for Easter, darling? Do you celebrate it?
    I will ignore it just like I ignored Christmas!

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    1. I haven't checked my messages recently. I'll look at them later today.

      We're going to the Hubby's family this year. Only the Spawn will be going with us. I do celebrate the holiday and it means more to me than Christmas. No Mass this year as his family are Protestant.

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    2. ooh, at least no cooking and messing around the kitchen for you this year, let the mother in law do it all :P

      My mom asked me today ARE YOU GOING TO PAINT THE EGGS THIS YEAR? And I was like ARE YOU CRAZY LADY? I'M BARELY ABLE TO COOK MEALS FOR MYSELF LET ALONE FUSS AROUND THE EGGS....

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    3. The insensitivity of your family is beyond the pale. They ignored you as a child and now that you're an adult they expect you to forget about that and shoulder burdens for them. I have never understood women who don't feel a strong bond with their children.

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  19. This is really great Anne. I like how you went and did the freehand on the shield there especially! Nice work!

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  20. Hi Anne, you did a nice work adn specially I like the shield

    Slainte

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  21. My "home for the holidays" is gone... burned up... I try not to ever think about that. Except, well, now. Bah!

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    1. At least you'll get a bit of time off work. Unless you're stuck grading papers that is.

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  22. I don´t reckon it is fran..the sword Looks too big :-D
    Nice painting Anne.

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  23. Very nice looking figure. Well done.

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    1. Thank you Sean. I enjoyed painting it.

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  24. Nicely done! I like the way you depicted wear and tear on the shield.

    Bob

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  25. A handsome chap indeed; tall and brooding! A fantastic paint and an uncanny likeness to boot.

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    1. This is one of those figures that when I saw it, it appealed to me on some indefinable level. Something about the angle of the head and the hint of musculature under the clothing. He's a good one to represent our Fran I think.

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  26. Very nice figure with great shadings on the clothes and good weathering on the shield.

    Regards
    Bruno

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  27. Lovely painting skills there Anne and the colour palette is quite amazing. Have a great Easter there yourself and remember that home is always where the heart is

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    1. Thank you PK. My heart lies in Ireland and always will no matter where I roam. You have yourself a good one too PK!

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  28. Great job with the story Anne, interesting that he fears marriage, I can relate to that one!

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    1. There are a lot of men out there that fear it. And it's not about meeting the right woman either. Fran's girlfriend is his right woman, the man just won't marry.

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  29. What a fantastic job, Anne. You've really brought him to life, and I didn't even realize it was Bronn. Darksword does some good sculpting though. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The truly interesting thing about the line is that they are representations of how Martin saw the figures when he was writing the books. He had creative control over the finished product.

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  30. I like Generalissimo Francisco the dragon slayer. I knew he must have come from a long line of brave battlers for freedom. Nice work, Anne.

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    1. If Fran had been born in the late 1800's or early 1900's he'd have been fighting for our freedom. I've not doubt of that at all.

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  31. Fran is very lucky to be so well represented, in both story and figure! Is that green eyes I see? And his shield is tops. Hurry up, Fran and go kill something before RR Martin kills you off.

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    1. Yes, the eyes are green. I'm surprised anyone could notice because the eyes are pretty small on this figure. This is my first shield and it could be better. I keep meaning to buy a bunch of shields and then I forget.

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  32. There's nothing like the word "commitment" to make a man want to grab his sword and start killing stuff. :)

    And Happy Easter, Anne.

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  33. I like the chainlink effect in Fran's pose Anne, well done. I will have a few eggs and hot cross buns to make you feel better.

    Here's hoping thats the end of your better halfs ill's.

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    1. I keep hoping that each surgery is the last one, but the initial damage to his back was so violent that all the small fractures are giving way and the spinal cord winds up being compressed in new places every few months.

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  34. oh commitment will certainly jack you up...much easier facing an ogre or dragon...ha....cool bit of detail work on him....

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    1. At least with an ogre or a dragon a man knows exactly where he stands. Thank you Brian!

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  35. Nice job Anne. Interesting shield design too. Whats with the little mirrored plaque thing on the wall behind him?
    Is there an inscription on it or not - I couldn't tell with the reflection?

    Just a quick tip on your basing, which is coming on well... I like to give the gravel/sand a wash of brown wash to tone it down, then dry brush it with mid brown and a final very little touch of a cream colour.

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    1. My kitty Fang, got into my terrain pieces and shred up the one I normally use. This is the first one I ever made, so it's really got no meaning to it.

      I'm still extremely weak at my basing. It's not tidy enough yet and there are those details like dry brushing that I'm missing out on. It's the one part of doing figures that I don't have much patience for, but I'm going to have to knuckle down and learn to do it better as it makes a difference in the presentation of the overall piece.

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  36. as always your colours are lovely.Love your way to paint!

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  37. Woah Fran's a badass. And cautious too, I like him.

    VIsiting your blog's no chore, it's always fun to see what you've got going on. Thank you for keeping interesting!

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