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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tom Meier/Thunderbolt Mountain WIP #1

For myself and for many people who paint fantasy figures, the name Tom Meier is spoken in tones reverent. As one of the founding sculptors of Ral Partha, his figures loom large in the childhood memories of many a gamer and the impact he has made on the industry will endure beyond his lifetime.  It has taken me over a year of painting to find the courage to lay brush to some of his lovely sculpts.

I am currently working on a series of vignettes using sculpts from Thunderbolt Mountain.  My approach will be that of myself as a little girl who read fairy tales and dreamed magical dreams. The dreams of a child sitting outside in the woods playing make believe by herself. I will be scratch building my own fantasy terrain.

This is a beautiful sculpt of a classic Goblin. The face is highly detailed and the musculature is exquisite. I have laid down a base coat of Reaper Meadow Green and applied a light wash of Reaper Face Wash mixed with a small amount of Secret Weapon Black wash. I will slowly build up the layers to add depth of colour and to bring the musculature into sharp relief.

These are Ballerina Princess Fairies that Mr. Meier sculpted for his daughter Nora. I have laid down base colours and just begun to do a little highlighting.


I have only laid down base colours on these three.

The contrast between these two figures is striking. The Goblin is large, bulky and fierce, while the Ballerina Princess Fairy is delicate and seemingly fragile.


These figures are much smaller than what I am used to working with and will be quite a challenge to me.

This is a picture to give scale. Look at the detail in that face. Those down turned lips and those pudgy cheeks tell me that this figure is the Ring Leader and not to be messed with.

I have two other major projects that will be presented as WIPs and I will be posting one of them tomorrow.

One last thing. Don't forget this number-257,599. Why you ask? I will only reveal this much right now. There's a wager going on, and I intend to win it.  More details on that next week.

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  1. Looking forward to the big reveal, those little ones are coming along nicely, good colour palette!

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    1. Me too. And here's to you winning.

      PS: Love the penny next to it. Wow.

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    2. Thank you Fran and I'll be telling all next week. I don't like to lose so I've got loads of work to do!

      Whisk-the penny really puts things into perspective doesn't it.

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  2. Great WIP stuff Anne. And great detail on that last fairy ballerina - definitely not to be messed with :)

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    1. It's amazing how much expression he's gotten onto these tiny faces. Truly exquisite figures.

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  3. Nice ! a Beautiful Goblin ! (we called them" orcs " here in the Shire but no matter !)

    Tom Meir ils a great sculptor that's right . I have some figures 'Ral Partha' which are the same than Mithril ones but I've seen the signature of Tom Meier under the base :it's a mystery !


    I love the little fairies and I'm 100% sure that your painting work will make them absolutely Beautiful !

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    1. Tom owned Ral Partha and he sculpts for other companies as well. If his name is on it, he sculpted it.

      I hope I can do justice to these!

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  4. Like the Gobbo Anne, a great shot of the WIP

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    1. He's cool and I'm going to have to pick up a war party of these guys. And get some mounted of wolves.

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  5. This is a great piece Anne, a whole lot of talent went into this for sure.

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    1. Just wait till you see his Wood Elves and High Elves. They are the stuff of dreams.

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  6. A fairy and a cowgirl...it could be an intriguing movie ;-)

    Marzio.

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    1. It would indeed. Would you like to write the script for that one?

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    2. Uuuhhhmmmmm...let me think.... :-p

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  7. They are so TINY!!! You are off to a great start and I can't wait to hear about the wager!!

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    1. The wager is public in a forum, but I'm going to wait until next week to announce it here. I want that number to change first.

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  8. Wow, those are really tiny. Excellent job.

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    1. These are going to give me eyestrain.

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  9. So far so good. Looking forward to the secret wager. (Intrigued). If you win would it be that Fran has to dress up as the Fairy Ballerina Princess? (No I thought not but at least you smiled)>

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    1. Yes, I did smile and I laughed a good bit too. Oh, but wouldn't Ray love that.

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  10. They are so small, not sure my eyes could take it.

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    1. These really will cause me some pain to do so I'll be working on some stuff at a larger scale to give me a break.

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  11. Great start so far Anne, I know what you mean about painting children sized figures its like painting a smaller scale! I had similar quibbles when painting the Hasslefree miniatures Juveniles set.

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    1. These are going to be a challenge. I have to get the same level of detail as I would on something that is 25mm. I anticipate having to strip paint from a few and start over to get it right.

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  12. Excellent work so far Anne. Look a wee bit too small for my old eyes to paint up anymore!

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    1. They're going to be tough for me, but they are so exquisite I couldn't resist them.

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  13. WOW good luck with those, would cause my eyes woes. they look great though, surely need the zoom button at your show haha

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    1. Yeah, they'll cause me severe headaches from eyestrain, but I don't care. It will be worth the pain.

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    2. Need one of those huge magnefying glass things that people use

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  14. Yeah, Meier's stuff is good. Have you seen his elves, or the Game of Thrones stuff?

    FMB

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    1. I bought all that. It's in a box marked "Sacred" I may put a Wood Elf into this vignette, just so people can see how brilliant the man is.

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  15. I'm blown away by how teeny-tiny those new figures are! I couldn't believe how you could paint the "bigger" ones so beautifully -- and now THIS?

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    1. I love these little girls and they'll be worth the effort when I'm done.

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    1. Very nice detailed sculpts and detailed painting. Well done, Anne.

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    2. Thank you Jay! I love your new banner!

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  17. Nice to see more Meier sculpts on the web, especially his "kid tested, kid approved" line.

    How's that Lounge bet going? :)

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    1. So far the numbers are just normal for what I do daily, but I'll be out working the forums here in the next couple of days and will herd people in this direction. The pageview number is in the top right of the sidebar. Keep an eye on that!

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  18. 257,599? How much I´ll get paid (daily) when I get a Job? Probably true..judging by the amount of time it´s taking to find a Job and the Inflation rate that will be the going rate for a poor bugger like me.

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    1. It would be nice wouldn't it. The economy today is rubbish and it's like winning the lottery to find a job. I know, I'm not helping.

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  19. love the Goblin shade of green, dear! And it's shocking to see how extremely small those figures are!

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    1. I love that Goblin and I got him and a smaller one free. Had no idea I'd find them so much fun to paint until I held one in my hands. Now I want the whole Goblin collection.

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  20. They're so tiny! You must be cross-eyed by the time you're done painting those. But they are fabulous. And I love how you fall into a fantasy world while painting your miniatures. :)

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    1. I have to have a story or a setting in mind when I paint. It's the storyteller in me I think and of course the little girl. Before I became a hellion that is.

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  21. Its amazing how a simple coin can show people how truly small the stuff we paint really is. Looks good so far Anne, keep that paint smooth!

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    1. You know I'll be coming to you for advice on these girls. Getting the separation between areas on these is going to be key and getting the highlights right as well. Oh and I got new brushes, so the slop should decrease.

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  22. Nice one Anne, the figure in the last pic looks like my youngest Nieve! A right bloody handful! Ask Fran!

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    1. She's got attitude doesn't she? I love her little pig tails and the detailing is so good each hair is a separate strand. Stunning sculpts.

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  23. Great start on an interesting project. Looking forward to seeing more. Best, Dean

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  24. This is very excellent work! Great set yet again.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  25. holy crapola!! How tiny is that, do you sit there with an magnifying glass? How many gins do you need to drink to have a steady hand?

    But it is a beautiful job!

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    1. Some people do use a lighted magnifier. I just take out my contact lens, close my left eye, bring the figure up close to the right and paint one-eyed.

      This one will require tequila!

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    2. I am really trying to picture this...the lengths you are going true!

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  26. Fantastic little figures. I was going to say, they look like my size, sitting there on the bottle caps.

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  27. Wow, they're tiny! You've done great work with them.

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    1. I'm getting a good start on them. The hard part is yet to come.

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  28. This sounds like a stunning project, already seeing really splendid results,

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    1. I'm really excited about building the terrain to go with them.

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  29. Are the Ballerina Princess Fairies in 15mm?

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    1. There is no scale listed for the girls but they would fit as children in 25mm scale I think. The Goblin is 30mm scale and done to proportion with a human.

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  30. I think the goblin flesh looks good the way it is. very dirty and grubby. However, I am wondering why you chose yellow as a base coat for the bow.

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    1. I've got several days worth of work yet to go on his skin. I'll be laying down about 5 different layers yet to get to my highest highlights. He'll still look grubby, but he'll have depth of colour and that face will come to life.

      The yellow will look very, very different when I'm done. I'll work down from this colour instead of up and will add striping in red or in black.

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  31. Great looking Goblin!!
    Phil.

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    1. He's so cool and now I want to paint loads of them. He's my first Goblin ever!

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  32. oh those are little bitty...love the poses on them...ha....look forward to seeing the finished ones...the goblin is def cool anne...

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  33. Anne! Love the start, and I love getting to see your WiP. I have a hankering to paint fantasy every time I pop over here.

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  34. When all the facial features are smaller than Lincoln's on the penny... wow. I can't wait to see it finished.

    Let's see if I remember the number!

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  35. Beautiful stuff; the size comparisons are very telling. I know that number, it's the number of Napoleonic figures I have yet to paint.

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