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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Gandalf the Groovy

An incomptlete manuscript written by Tolkien was recently discovered in my attic.  Somewhere between Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White, there was Gandalf the Groovy.

Scholars have already dubbed this as Gandalf's "Psychedelic Period", a time marked by the wizard's wearing of colourful attire and  his inexplicable use of the phrase "Peace man" whenever he cast a spell.


"We all know the wizard liked his pipe-weed" said Dr. Fatbottom of Oxford University in an exclusive interview. "What we have yet to discover is precisely which weed he was smoking.


Currently a panel of experts have convened at Shenanigans Pub to try to solve the "Riddle of the Weed". The dominant theory is that Gandalf may have stumbled upon a secret stash created by Tobold Hornblower for his own "personal use".

This is a 30mm figure from Dark Sword Miniatures and was sculpted by Jeff Grace. It is not sold as Gandalf, I just felt like having a bit of fun with the figure.

Okay folks it's Wednesday and it looks like my odds of getting to 80,000 pageviews anytime in the near future are slim and none. So this is what I'm going to do. I'll draw the names on Sunday and post the winners next week.

I'll still have some fun with this between now and then, so if you haven't entered you can still do so HERE.



78 comments:

  1. Great use of colour Anne and certainly stands out from the crowd

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  2. Nice work Anne, very nice highlighting! You'd have thought you'd been a painter for years.

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    1. I had my one year anniversary on March 14th!

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  3. Seriously Anne, I must click over onto your page at least 1000 times a day! I can't believe you aren't close yet!!! And I am totally digging Gandalf the Groovy! He looks like he knows how to party!

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    1. I really don't get many pageviews per post. Usually around 400 and most of those come from TMP and not from blogger.

      You're my number one commenter on the giveaway btw. I'll be doing a tally post before I do the prize draw. Keep entering!!!

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  4. Very groovy cailin, very groovy!

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    1. Thank you Francis! The colours were fun to use. I'm done with your figure now and I just have to get some sun to photograph it. He looks smashing!

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    1. Thank you abdull and it's nice to see you!

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  6. "Turn on, tune in, drop out"

    He smoked Weed? I do hope that Parsley, Sage, Bill and Ben are out for vengeance.

    Lovely work Anne and great use of colour :)

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    1. Those Hobbits got him hooked on the stuff. Nasty hobbitsess...

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  7. Oh I do like him, that fire and the face are so very great. I don;t think he will be passing any stalk hide rolls any time soon.

    Oh head over to my blog, some free cash going begging and you don't want that great lump getting any of it do you?

    Ian

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    1. I just entered! I do hope I win that one as free lead is the best thing in the world.

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  8. Very nicely painted and he does look groovy indeed!

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  9. He has mentioned "Old Toby" when talking about pipe weed. At least I think he was talking about pipe weed and nothing anatomical.

    Nice and unusual choice of colours. And of course well painted.

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    1. Hahaha. Gandalf, the serial killer. Now that sounds like a movie PJ would love to make.

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  10. Excellent Anne excellent !! Great paint i like your colors , great work on this
    Greetings

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  11. Gandalf going all hippy, now there is a movie.

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    1. PJ will have to pay me for the right to it though. I could use the money...

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  12. Very nice, Anne! I like staff especially!

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  13. You are a master storyteller. And damn fine artist. Weird how we would both use the word groovy in our posts today. What does it mean...?

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    1. I commented on another page that used that word. Now that's three of us today and most people don't use the term anymore. Could it mean that we're all very old and feeling nostalgic today?

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  14. Why do I get the sense that every time Gandalf the Groovy cast a spell, the song "Love Rollercoaster" played? I think your choice of color is great. Also, I think David up there saying "I like the staff especially" makes me laugh, especially given the topic of your last post.

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    1. Now I have the song stuck in my head. It was a good one though. Now put this one in your head. "The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain..." It will loop through your mind all day-guaranteed.

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  15. I think you should honestly wait a little when it comes to the giveaway Anne. You're so close and the more you post the more viewers flock in, I reckon you'll have it in no time in all honesty, regardless 72,000 viewers is quite an impressive achievement! I love this Gandalf too, good to know that I'm not the only one who had that phase, peace man.

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    1. Actually I'm planning on taking a blog break beginning middle next week. So doing the giveaway before then will be a nice note to end on. People will be less likely to forget me if I've given them free stuff!

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  16. Good enough he came to sense before the siege of Minas Tirith. The painting is quite excellent.

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    1. It would not have been good if he'd been handing out flowers during that one!

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  17. Geez going to give up on the 80,000, the hippie dippy gandalf got the better of you? Did he whack you with his big stick? Hmm that sounds bad, if a gutter mind is had. Great job indeed, adds some color to the old coot in the hobbit and such haha

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    1. I knew I wouldn't hit that target at the outset as I really don't do anywhere near the business that the rest of you guys do. It's okay though, I'll be the little kid on the block and still have fun.

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    2. The little kid on the block you say, does that mean we get to pick and give you swirlies all day? lol

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    3. Yes it does. But it also means that I can stick my boot up yer arse!

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    4. Not if you want that boot back.

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    5. Your arse is like a black hole. It's mass is so great it swallows anything that comes near it.

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  18. Nice painting and writing. Plus I like a wizard who can twirl the way Groovy does his thing.

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    1. I originally painted this up for The Laughing Ferret, but he's stopped blogging so I had to come up with an alternate story. This popped into my head last night, so I went with it.

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  19. Gravy baby! I like him, and why wouldn't he sit down and shmoke a pipe now and then, wizadry must be exhausting

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    1. The guy deserves a little "down time"

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  20. Love this title and painting.

    PS: The guys are siding with Tim on the ten ice cream cakes. They are so funny.

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    1. I'm not surprised. My Hubby would do the same thing. I mean really, where do they think you'd store ten ice cream cakes? Silly men, but what are we gonna do?

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  21. Great work on this.. and groovy indeed..
    Echo what Ray states though, your highlights and contrasts on the model leave me green with envy here! Nice work!

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment. It is greatly appreciated.

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  22. I think I may have partied with Gandalf the Groovy back in the 80's but it's all a bit of a haze and faded memory.

    I love, no dig, the bright colors you're using Anne!!

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    1. I went to a Floyd concert with him in the 70's and it was trippin'.

      "I can dig it, you can dig it, we can dig it, can you dig it baby..." That's the first song that popped into my head when you used that word. God I'm getting on in years!

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  23. Gandalf the Groovy rocks, LOL! But just WHAT was Tolkien doing up in your attic? And why did he leave a manuscript behind?

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    1. Shhhh don't tell anyone, but Tolkien really fancied me back then. It was sort of a May/December kind of thing.

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  24. A new Gandalf? Great idea Anne, and great looking figure...you seem to have wonderful treasures in your attic, mine only contains some old figures ...
    All the best,
    Phil.

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    1. I just got a bunch of stuff in the post today. For the first time ever, I have too many figures for my plastic container! I'm almost one of you guys now!

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  25. the way Gandalf looked at those little Hobbits in LOTR, I've always suspected he was a bit gay :)

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    1. Well you know he spent a lot of time with those dwarves as well. Thorin would be enough to turn any man :)

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    2. dahlink, you must visit Mel's place today, she has a post dedicated to you :)

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    3. I did darling. My comment is still in moderation. I'm giving her a special prize in my giveaway. I bought her some scented candles today.

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  26. Somehow this reminds me of that movie Zorro the Gay Blade.

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    1. There are rumours that he got heavily into interior design during this phase.

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  27. Very Groovy indeed. I'm almost finished with Fladnag the Beige. Hope to post him soon.

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    1. Hahahaha. I'm looking forward to seeing that one!

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  28. What a nice surprise, Gandalf!!
    Wonderful, Anne!

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  29. ah Now I see why he said that he'd gone through that whole magical experience after he killed the balrog.... everything makes so much sense now.

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    1. There may have been some strange mushrooms that grew only in the dark and he ate them to survive after he fell. Thankfully my pub is open 24 hours and we're still discussing possible reasons for this change.

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  30. I actually like that look for Gandalf - it must've been before Sauron came and caused all that trouble and made everyone crabby and worried.

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    1. It was a quieter, more gentle time in Middle Earth.

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  31. LOL, and I just watched The Hobbit over the weekend. Synchronicity!

    I love his wild side. Everyone goes through an experimentation phase and you've captured Gandalf's perfectly! Your work on the staff and the flame are extra groovy.

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    1. It just came out on DVD. I've got to get to the store and buy it. My daughter saw it over the weekend and she loved it.

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  32. LOL very cool, you're certainly enjoying those new paints you got eh? !

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    1. Actually I did this one a while back using Vallejo and Reaper. I should have the new GW paints in the post by weeks end.

      Remember I told you about buying the brushes from Army Painter? Only one of them came. The others I ordered were sold out. Can't find any brushes here at the moment. Not on any online store, all are out of stock. I'm getting desperate.

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  33. This made me giggle. "which weed", ahaha

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  34. Colorful Gandalf is awesome! I like so much reading your short stories about your small characters :)

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  35. haha groovy gandalf is pretty cool, and he is incredibly springy..perhaps he is casting a spell to get rid of all this snow....ha....might need to check his pipe...smiles.

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  36. A very nice take on Gandalf Anne, love the colours, and the painting.

    Steve

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  37. Catchy title Anne and well done on the figure!

    Christopher

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