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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Ancient Celts from Warlord Miniatures

You might be feeling discombobulated right now, you may be asking yourself "Is this Anne's blog?" or you might even be wondering if I've become a pod person. But no, the title is correct, I am quite sane (well as sane as I get) and I have painted up some Ancient Celt Civilians from Warlord's Hail Caesar Collection.


It's like this, I was hanging out at the LAF and there's less than nothing going on in the Fantasy boards so I found myself drawn to the Historical boards where the more talented painters can be found. Alex had organized an Ancients 100 Club and let me tell you, it was full of 28mm goodness. Single figures, shot close-up and there was some amazing brushwork to be seen. So, I thought I'd toss my hat into the ring and paint up some Celts to offset the preponderance of Germans and Romans.

These were all submitted as singles first and then I did a group photo. God only knows what they thought of all these flowers, but the boys were very kind and I had loads of fun.

And these will not be my last historical figures as I plan on participating in Curt's Analogue Painting Challenge this Winter. It seems as if you guys have finally corrupted me after all this time. I lay most of the blame on the weasel Rousell.

Hey folks it's Wednesday and we're at the beginning of a new month. So find some wood, knock on it and say "Things are going to be just peachy from here on."  I know I will.



79 comments:

  1. Great paint on this Anne , really nice models , good colors and good effect of light .
    Slainte!
    Vincent

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    1. I shot them out of doors. The best way to light a mini is with natural light I think. I'm not so good with indoor photography.

      Slainte!

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  2. Hmmm, maybe as shorthand you could refer to him as Ray Weassell? *ducks and covers for when he reads this*

    Those figures look great and there's nothing wrong with using flowers as a backdrop. Historicals are definitely the way to go Anne :)

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    1. These were really hard to paint as they don't have all the detail that Fantasy figures have sculpted into them. It's a different experience and I learned a lot from doing them.

      I've got Wild West, Vikings and some Normans right now. I'd like to pick up some Byzantine's as well.

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  3. Welcome to the dark side cailin, they are beautiful work, what great faces.....fecking stunning!

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    1. As long as I don't get into Napoleonic's I'm safe. But Holy Christ, if I ever get into that shite, hire sniper and take me out.

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  4. Nice Work, Anne! Those miniatures look great.

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  5. Good to have you back Anne and great work on the figures!

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  6. Nowt wrong with Napoleonics, so long as it's done in a dark, secret place between consenting adults...having said that, I'd like to see what you could do with some of those fancy costumes they call uniforms!

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    1. I've often felt like doing something crazy like painting up Napoleon leading troops of Orcs and posting that on the Napoleonic boards at TMP. Oooh imagine the stifles I would get. Don't think Bill would Dawghouse me for that though!

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  7. So beautiful colors and minis!!

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  8. Uhhhmmmmm...I' m planning to paint an all brunette Amazons army to invade your Irish folks... :-p

    Really good painting work Anne ;-)

    Marzio.

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    1. I will never live those jokes down will I? You go right ahead and paint those hideous brunettes up. I'll counter them with and army of blondes with massive boobs and we'll have a vote as to which troops the men like best:)

      I sense the potential for one of Anne's Epic Painting Challenges here Marzio. Are you game?

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  9. Very well done! And even a dog. The flowers give it color, Anne.

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    1. The dog was the figure the guys liked the best. He got rave reviews!

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  10. They look like characters from a Richard Dadd painting (which, if you like mad Victorian artists like I do, is a good thing).

    Regards,
    Matt

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    1. He was so far ahead of his time wasn't he. You can see his influence in the digital art of today. So I will take that compliment and say Thank You!

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  11. I like the flowers (and I am definitely male) :) Nice work and its really cool to paint EVERYTHING one likes without caring where the stuff comes from. Chapeau!

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    1. That is the key thing about the hobby. Having fun with it and there are times that I forget that in an effort to conform to other peoples expectations. And painting a wide variety of figures makes one a better painter I think.

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  12. Beautiful painting Anne! Really like those highlights. Historical really is the way to go.

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    1. I'm going to do both as there is something to learn in each field. I got into this hobby by following a bunch of wargamers and have admired their brushwork for such a long time. And truly I understand you guys as people so much better than I do the people who paint Fantasy. That said, I've a Troll up next!

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  13. Sweet work Anne, you are dead right about natural light. I think the flowers are a nice touch myself, it just proves that you can be girly and paint a solid product.

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    1. Photographing outdoors makes such a difference. There's no way that artificial lighting can replicate that. I'd like to think that I can express myself through the painting and the photography. And colour is my thing. The brighter, the better!

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  14. Hola
    MAGNIFICA escena si señor,con un colorido precioso
    un saludo

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  15. i like peaches...i rather like the pups...though i hope they are fast as i hear the old lady has a pretty good throwing arm....

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    1. These are Celts so I'm sure she could wing that stone with accuracy!

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  16. They are very nice but be careful, it's a slippery slope with the historical figs.

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    1. I know it is. After I painted these I found myself cruising the auctions looking to score some more Celts. I'd like to get some of the ones from Foundry.

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  17. If feels like you have come a long way with these figures.. As Fran says the faces are really good. Do not be afraid of decorating the clothes though. A simple different coloured band at the hems or cuffs all the way up to fully embroidered cloaks. These people did not have TV and did relish decoration. So little fabric from this period is in existence that you can pretty much have a few rein with the amount of decoration you would want. But needles to say Nobles would have more opportunity to spend hours on their clothes than those more closely teid to the land.

    Really nothing wrong at all with what you have done though, so just keep doing what you are doing. Big thumbs up mate.

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    1. These were really hard for me to paint. I'm used to sculpts that have all the detail already carved into them. I looked at a lot of pics of Ancient Celts and saw that they used stripes a great deal and wanted to give it a go. But I'm telling you, I spent more time on these than I do on a Fantasy figure and I was afraid to mess up what I'd already done. I need to practice free hand a lot.

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  18. They look ready to bash something, nice job

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  19. I like that you put the flowers in, it shows you put thought into the framing of the picture, not just the painting. Good job.

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    1. It's not something that should be done. It goes completely against convention and on some boards I'd get my hand slapped for it. But, I tend to do whatever pleases me and thumb my nose at what's expected of me. That's how I get into ridiculous bets with people on forums. Which I always win.

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  20. first of all delightful flowers from your garden, I presume, dear :)
    One of them has a foot like a Hobbit :)
    What is that granny holding in her hand, or throwing from her hand?

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    1. They sculpted huge feet on all these Celts. I was kind of upset about that as I felt is was insulting. Jaysus, if I'd painted hair on their feet I could use all of them as Hobbits.

      Oh yes, they are from my garden.

      She's holding a rock. These children were up to no good. Reminds me of myself they do.

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  21. Hahahha, on the finding some wood, part.

    Love the flowers in the photo. Very fun.

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    1. I like to shoot outdoors in the gardens when I've flowers in bloom. Thanks!

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  22. Hi, Anne. Nice work with the paint and brush, and the scene. I'd run as fast as I could too, if Grandma caught me playing in her flower garden.

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    1. Running away is a skill required by most farm children. There's not much to do except get up to no good!

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  23. Anne! It's so good to see your work again. =)

    I love the flowers with the figures. It makes their color stand out a bit more. Your painting looks great, Anne. I really like the dog. I especially like the faded color in the folds. You've done a great job highlighting. Well done, my friend.

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    1. My painting table is quite crowded at the moment with a pretty big variety of things. I'll be posting a lot of W.I.P.'s in the weeks to come.

      These were not my best work, but I did learn how to paint for the table top. The dog was my favourite and he has so much charm as a sculpt.

      I can't believe we posted on the same day. It's been an age since that has happened.

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    2. I'm happy to hear your table is crowded. That means you are one happy camper! I would imagine the dog would be hard because of all the detail in the fur.

      I can't even remember the last time we posted on the same day. It really has been forever!

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  24. You've told a little story with those figures. Can't tell if they're running away from something or running toward something. But the one holding a rotten turnip in her hand suggests they're after someone. I'll imagine it is the village idiot. Well done. :)

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    1. They're definitely running away from Gran. God only knows what the little bleeders got themselves into. My Gran would say "they had it coming"

      Thank you!

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  25. only.......D E L I C I O U S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Great painting. I love what you did with the warrior Bunny in your sidebar (the lone painter). Have a lovely time of creating. :-)

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    1. The Rabbit Ranger is my emblem as I have no one in my real life to paint or game with. I think he was my fifth or sixth figure. Thank you!

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  27. I haven't replied to your comment on my blog, yet (I will), but I wanted to make sure you saw it, so I'm replying here, first.
    I was in no way ridiculing people that work retail or that want to be in management. Management can be a sweet gig, and, certainly, the manager at our local movie theater (whom I kind of know) earns a much better living than I do. That was not the point.

    My point was that, when I was growing up, I had friends that sold themselves short by thinking, "Well, I'm only ever going to work at Wal-Mart; maybe, I can one day be a manager." That became their aspiration, their greatest aspiration, because they had decided that that was all they were cut out to do. And that attitude has always bothered me.

    One of my best friends had that attitude for years. And years. I was on him about it all the time. In fact, I harassed him all the way into taking college courses. It took him a long time, and he did spend some time in retail while doing it, but, today, he's a music teacher, and he -loves- it. But he's only a music teacher because I wouldn't let him settle on an aspiration to one day, maybe, be a manager at Wal-Mart. Although, heh, he would probably be making more money as a manager at Wal-Mart.

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    1. No that was not your point. You did not tell the story of your friend. You mocked those who aspire to be managers at Walmart as if to have that aspiration makes somebody inferior. Again it is interesting how you use the words "that is all they were cut out to do". This implies that being cut out to be a manager at Walmart is in some way deficient, not good enough in your estimation.

      If that is not the point you wished to make, rewrite your post and put the story of your friend in it. Because as it stands my estimation is correct.

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  28. Actually, none of that was the point of my post, so I won't be re-writing it, because this aside has nothing to do with that point.
    The "all they were cut out to do" were always their words, not mine. Like my friend who felt he wasn't any better than a life at Wal-Mart.
    I do think there's a problem when people have the attitude that the only thing they are good for, as a -career-, is an entry-level position at a minimum wage job. My issue is not with the job; it is with the attitude. Being someone that has spent a large portion of my life working with teens and kids, I -hate- that attitude.
    Again, there was no ridicule involved, but I will put that attitude down for the rest of my life.

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  29. I like the old lady throwing the rock. She's my kinda gal!

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  30. Wonderful arrangement and picture. Great painting on the figures. Some close-up pictures would be nice.

    Regards
    Bruno

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  31. Love the colours on these Anne. "Flower children".

    FMB

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  32. Lovely colours (and painting) The flowery Background fits really well..the only small Thing..the dog is a bt camouflaged which doesn´t Show off the really great painting. Love the Girls hair..excellent shading.

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  33. They are beautiful and colourful. Your skills at painting have come on leaps and bounds and your use of the colour palette is top notch.

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  34. Very well done. You realize it's just a hop skip and jump from Byzantines to Napoleonics!

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  35. A dog and not a cat, how rude is that? lol great detail as always at you sea and yes that woman is very scary.

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  36. Lovely stuff Anne. The faces are especially good!

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  37. Great looking figures Anne. I'm glad to see more of your work.

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  38. Great work Anne, you're really nailin' the shade and highlight now!

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  39. If I take the time to read the comments I actually learn a lot of interesting things. There's just SO many comments. Like the lack of details making it harder, and how you paint lines to go about making that easier.. I think that's fascinating. I can just imagine the depth you can give a basic 3d object like that.

    I should have paid more attention to the artists in my family as to be less wowed right now.

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  40. Simply lovely, Anne, just lovely. Good to see you posting again. Best, Dean

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  41. great work Anne! excellent stuff, may I say the colours on the figures are excellent and that the flowers look very nice also. I would say that its nit to see the joys of summer especially when your in the cold winter!

    great stuff and yes as part of the declaration of unofficial human rights it is perfectly acceptable for you to put such blame on Ray.

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    1. I usually blame the weasel Rousell for as much as I possibly can. The man loves the attention!

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  42. Lovely work here, Anne, and I do love the setting! These have so much life to them and I do think historical gamers sometimes forget the family behind each warrior. If a battle gets to an old woman throwing stones, that can't be good.

    I'm excited to follow along as you set out in historicals. I think we should take a page out of your book and paint up outside of our comfort zone.

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  44. happy 4th to you and yours as well anne...smiles...
    hope you have a wonderful day

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  45. Very fun :) love the happy dog ;)
    hell, some day I have to get around to painting my celt army.

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  46. Great selection of miniatures Anne and you've painted them beautifully!

    I find LAF a scary place indeed and limit myself to viewing only 4-5 boards as wondering can be dangerous to the wallet and your sanity!

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