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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fulimbar the Fabulous

Fulimbar Badnickel was a dwarf of some renown amongst his people. Working tirelessly in the mines he was the one who always seemed to strike the richest veins of ore.  Fond of brew and battle, Fulimbar was in most ways a dwarf's dwarf.

However, according to his wife Isibeal, he had one very annoying shortcoming.


Fulimbar like colour and the brighter the better.


"Every time we go above ground you embarrass me!" Isibeal would yell. "No self respecting dwarf goes around dressed in blue." she spat the word out like it was a bad piece of tobacco. "We live below ground, where it's dirty, smelly and brown! One of these days the Fantasy Police will come along and take you and your painter away in shackles!"


"Let 'em try!" Fulimbar would roar. "Between my hammer and her temper, those boys don't stand a chance!" And so it was that despite the pressure exerted on him by his wife and the threats of imprisonment of his painter by the Fantasy Police, Fulimbar strode proudly above ground garbed in the brightest of blues.

I have an update regarding my Painting Challenge. There were a number of people who felt like it would be unfair not to have a gorgeous Red Head painted up for the competition.  And they were right. Paul from Paul's Bods offered to step into the breach and paint up a 28mm Red Haired beauty.

So now we have what Clint has dubbed The Neapolitan Challenge! ( Not to be confused with the Napoleon Challenge which just winds up in a lot of childish bickering).

Okay folks it's Thursday and that's not the same as Friday. So play make believe if you have to and pour yourself some tequila and put on a little Salsa and dance like you've got the weekend in front of you. I know I will.

 


91 comments:

  1. Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate. I am tempted to do Pistachio but as I don't want to get sucked into this challenge at this time I'll keep my mouth shut now!

    Fulimbar has a great sense of style and colour absolutely nothing wrong with blues for dwarves, in fact I think it's quite dashing! And if his missus don't like it she can always put a red sock in the wash basket!

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    1. Pistachio was the first thing that popped into my mind right after I read that comment. I almost suggested that you do it too.

      I did the red sock thing by accident once when I first moved into my own place. The sad thing was, it was my own clothes that turned red!

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    2. Although not up for this challenge I would be prepared to enter another challenge with you. But let's get this out of the way first. WE can sort it out later. All the best mate.

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  2. Stunning, stunning work Anne! Just gorgeous facial details and I love the subtlety of the blues - wow!

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    1. Thank you Michael! The face on him was a pit tough as some of the BONES models have pits in them. Made for a bit of chalky application on the first two layers.

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  3. He's a nice dwarf. I don't mind his clothes being colorful.

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    1. Thank you! You know me and my love affair with colour, I can't help myself!

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  4. Very nice work :)
    I always thought blue was good for dwarves :)

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    1. This was a bit tongue in cheek as there are a load of self-appointed Fantasy Police trolling around the LAF accosting people who dare to use colour on Fantasy Figures. Particularly dwarfs. They hate it, so naturally I have to do it:)

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    2. but that's the nice thing about fantasy.. supposed to be completely free from the button-counting mentality... I can understand the impulse for historical accuracy, but fantasy means complete freedom, or it should ;)

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  5. Great work! He does look quite fabulous, but it's his rather luxurious beard I like most. How have I missed this blog until now? Always nice to encounter another Irish mini fan.

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    1. You're from Connaught then? I'm a Corkster but in a few years I'm hoping to have a home built somewhere outside Clifden. I've been Stateside with my husband for the past 2 1/2 years and let me tell you, I'm miserable here. My advice-never leave Ireland, never. The rest of the world makes no bloody sense at all.

      It's grand to meet you!

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    2. Well, from Wexford originally, but firmly a Galway man now. Clifden is pretty great, hopefully you'll make it back to the West!

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  6. Lovely work Anne, and there's nothing wrong with blue dwarves. At least, that's what the elf I saw leaving a dwarven mine with a cyanide canister told me ;)

    This is one of the Bones figures you won from me isn't it? It looks really good painted up.

    I'm looking forward to the Neapolitan Challenge.

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    1. Yes, he's a BONES figure. That's two down and 6 to go! I'm really enjoying painting these up. A bit different from metal, but they really are perfect for tabletop gaming and the price is great too.

      Paul will be doing your Red Head and I'm betting she's going to be a sexy lady.

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  7. Another lovely paintjob, and dare I say it, probably your best to date. Great colour saturation and detailing. Nice to have a little 'back history' as well, it all adds to the colour.

    Regards,
    Matt

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    1. Thank you Matt. Since I don't game I really need to give my figures a story and a personality. It helps me to find the right way to paint them.

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  8. He looks sharp in his blue! Just let the Fantasy Police try something.

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    1. The Fantasy Police can kiss my arse:)

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  9. It's nice to see a colourful Dwarf for once. They really don't offer many colour options for the guys. I'm still waiting to see one with a blue beard though. That will be a Dwarf amongst Dwarves. Until he's exiled that is.

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    1. Thank you Mark. I'm bloody tired of looking at brown dwarves. So very boring and they all look exactly alike.

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  10. Wonderful colours on the dwarf Anne! I'm also looking forward to the challenge.

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    1. Thank you Rodger. My figure is one from Patrick Keith's Bombshell Babes. And she's a cutey. I hope you guys like her!

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  11. He really is fabulous cailin, a cross between Gimli and Liberace!

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    1. Hahahaha. One day Fulimbar will come out of the closet, but it's tough for a dwarf being fabulous. I don't think the dwarf community is quite ready for him!

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  12. The blue really stands out. I think the fantasy police should just walk the other way

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    1. I do wish they would just fall underneath a moving vehicle at times:)

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  13. Hi Anne, this a nice figure and a good painting.

    Slainte

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  14. Fine paint and nice colors , beauty model Anne
    Slainte!

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  15. I loved the story even more than the figure. It was hilarious. Why can't a dwarf color-coordinate in pastels? Fulimbar is not just a dwarf's dwarf, but a fashion pioneer.

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    1. A pastel dwarf. Oh the temptation is almost too much to resist. That would get those brown lovers knickers in a bunch. I must do it, just to see how badly I can piss them off:)

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  16. Some of your best work I think Anne. The story really makes the pose matey.

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  17. Dwarves are my favourite Fantasy figures and I like em bright nice work Anne

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    1. It's strange how trends occur in Fantasy and how vehement people can get about colour. It's not historical painting, it's Fantasy for Christ's sake.

      The Old Skool people on forums despise me. They paint everything in one shade of brown and brag about how Old Skool they are. But they seem to be ignorant of one important fact-Old Skool used colour. Silly, silly pompous twits.

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  18. ha she embarasses him, come on...a little colour never hurt no one, it adds to the world...i think he is fabulous...ha...he is cool, i always like dwarves...

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    1. The Hubby wears mismatched clothing out in public. Jaysus, he's a train wreck, but it doesn't embarrass me. Rather it makes him more charming. And it also ensures that no other women will want to take him from me:)

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  19. I like the colors here. Looks good. Happy Thursday - almost Friday. Though for me that means a long weekend ahead in prep. But I requested the last weekend off, so fingers crossed.

    You have a good one.

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    1. Be careful at work Whisk. 13 hot burners and lifting. You will be knackered when it's done.

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  20. Liking colour isn´t a shortcoming surely!? ...Farting in c sharp...now that would be a bit of a shortcoming.
    He does look good, especially the Skin colour.

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    1. The trend in Fantasy right now is some sort of Gritty Realism and for some figures that's fine. But some silly twits think they can tell me how to paint my figures. Not likely that will happen.

      I always fart in D Minor as I find it to be a very moving chord:)

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  21. Be loud and proud, Fulimbar! Flaunt your love of colour!

    And hooray for the Neapolitan Challenge! Great name.

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    1. Fulimbar doesn't fear the scorn of society! He's making a statement and he's proud!

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  22. ooh, I do like his name, although us Elves don't really care much for nasty little Dwarves and them Hobbitses....

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    1. I just got a figure that you're going to love. It's a female Elf and she's lithe, gorgeous and she's bare breasted. She also comes with a familiar that is a little walking tree with a face. I'm going to do her in turquoise and gold.

      It will be a while as I've got two competition pieces on the table and then the Neapolitan Challenge Babe.

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  23. Very good looking miniature. Of course a dwarf will wear colorful clothes; they are flamboyant and loud!

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    1. I think so too. Why should they always be dirty. Smelly yes, but not always dirty!

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  24. Nice work Anne he looks great, I really like the colours use very vibrant and suit fantasy figures well :o)

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  25. Nice one! That dwarves don't wear color is only bad propaganda :-)

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    1. These young people have let Peter Jackson define what dwarfs, elves and orcs should look like. He made a good film, but his vision had nothing to do with Tolkien's. Except for the Hobbits and Gandalf. I think he got those spot on.

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  26. Great characterization! I'm a friend and defender of all Dwarves. Dwarves rock!!

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    1. I like them too. I've got some really nice ones from Stonehaven and will paint them up one day. Some of the nicest dwarf figures I've ever seen.

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  27. Other than that he's a little glossier than I like my dwarves (or elves), he looks good!

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    1. That's something to do with the BONES material I think. I didn't use any varnish on him and no washes or glazes either. Lot's of people are using loads of Dullcoat to dampen the shine, but I don't have the time to fool with it right now. With two competition pieces on the table, this guy was just for fun.

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  28. I think the blue gives him a majestic look. Royalty or some other high power.

    Salsa and tequila?! Anne, have you been stalking my dreams?

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    1. Salsa and tequila have long been two of my favorite things. Patron is my tequila of choice. Goes down so smooth it doesn't need a mixer or salt or a lemon.

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  29. Another great one.

    Have you seen the Erin line from Alternative Armies?

    http://www.alternative-armies.com/ER03_Milesian_Champions.htm

    They are Irish mythological figures ranging from humans to stag headed folk.

    Bet you could really do these justice.

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    1. I had never heard of them. Very, very cool figures and I'd like to get my hands on some of them. Thank you for the link!

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    2. Good company to deal with too. Love their figures.

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  30. Hola
    UN GRAN ENANO
    me encantan
    un saludo

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  31. Nothing wrong with blue, plus when you are as scary as he is in view, you can wear what ever the hell you want and no one will make fun of you, to your face at least haha nicely done under your sun. Lets hope I don't go to spam.

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    1. Thanks Cat! I know I've a bit of a temper and believe it or not, I'm much tamer than I used to be and I haven't broken a dish in years. I do still slam doors though. Scares the hell out of the Hubby when I do it. And as an added bonus the children are so scared they come out of their rooms and start cleaning the house.

      Fran's comment went to spam as well. Lord Google is definitely confused about the people I like. I think I shall kill him.

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    2. haha that door trick is a good one. Kill lord google I'll help!

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  32. That's some damn fine painting Anne!!!!

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    1. Woot woot! There you are you Ray! It's so grand to see you out and about again as I've missed your presence on the blogosphere. Are you going to be able to make the game on Saturday with Fran?

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  33. Love it Anne, expertly crafted as usual!

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  34. Another stunner Anne, you keep pouring it on :-)

    ian

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    1. For me this is fast painting. I've gotten 6 figures done in about three weeks and that's a record!

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  35. Your work on the blues and yellows is really impressive, Anne...Another great work!

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  36. Wow! This one caught my eye as I trolled through my favourite blogs tonight. Lovely work Anne, with vibrant colours that aren't 'over the top'. Very classy!

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  37. Very eye catching guy, that I would rather avoid

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  38. He's great Anne, full of typical bravado!

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  39. Anne, really a nice BLONDE dwarf... :-p

    By the way...choosing among three persons can lead to a ten years war... ;-)

    And I' m choosing my Amazon for the Epic Neapolitan Painting Challenge :-)

    Marzio.

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    1. All right! I hope she's a real hot babe! Mine of course is beautiful!

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  40. I love your work on this fine figure, Anne. Your shading and highlights on the beard are tops, as is your color selections and highlights everywhere else! You've loaded this fine fellow with a ton of flourishes.

    I've been out of fantasy for a very long time but I'm stunned to hear people think dwarves can't/shouldn't have color. What. The. Hell?

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  41. Can I have him? ha ha I adore Fulimbar!! Blue and all! It's about time a dwarf was bold enough to wear some bright colors aside from a bright red beard. You know I'm a sucker for dwarves. You did a fine job with your painting, Anne and another wonderful tale to go along with him.

    I hope you have a great weekend with your hubby. Mine will be spent painting. Not minis, rooms. Enjoy!!

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  42. Very nice paintjob there Anne and I love the colour palette and your use of colour which is excellent

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  43. Is this one of the kickstarter figs Anne?

    FMB

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  44. Speaking as That Guy Who Always Plays The Dwarf In The Party, the Fantasy Police can go climb a stump. Re-read the Hobbit chapter where Bilbo first gets introduced to the Dwarves - their wardrobe color choices make a rainbow look tame. Can't argue with Tolkein, no sir. :)

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  45. Cool! I LOVE fantasy figures, being a D&Dr player.

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  46. I love Fulimbar and his fabulous armor. A good warrior should be seen, and has no reason to blend in or hide.

    Also, I'm glad to hear the redhead will be a part of the battle!

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  47. Really like the colours on this one Anne. Excellent work!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  48. it is amazing ....... Paul with his boundless passion for 1/72 scale, Pascal with his hobbits and you with your beautiful and colorful fantasy creatures I've opened a wonderful world. Nice work Anne! greetings

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