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Monday, July 22, 2013

Like The Dust....

"Get in here child!" the grandmother yelled from the back porch. "Just look at you covered in mud.  And your hair! Jaysus, it looks like rats have been sucking on it!"  "But Gran, I don't want to come in. The night is just setting and there's magic out there" the little girl said, sticking out her chin and pointing towards the muddy fields behind the house. "I don't want to hear it! Do what I tell you, or the devil will take you in your sleep!" the grandmother yelled, balling up her fists and shaking her head at the heathen she was left to raise.

So the little girl climbed the broken steps up to the loft knowing that she'd sneak out later that night and the devil be damned.


"Ralph, Ralph. Do you smell that?" asked the little creature.  "I don't smell anything Harry." responded the other.  "Well I do. And it stinks of human." said the first one.


"Wait, wait" said Ralph as he raised his nose towards the sky and took a big sniff. "Yes, yes, it's her. It's the little one." and a smile lit his eyes. "Oh well, no bother then. She's one of us." said Harry.

And the little girl, feet wet with nights dew, squatted down to peer beneath the nights cap and breathed dust that fell like magic to the ground.

These little guys are Jackalopes from Reaper Miniatures and were sculpted by Julie Guthrie. They stand at about 10mm and despite their small size, were quite an easy paint.  These are not BONES, they are metal miniatures.

The mushrooms were sculpted for me by a lovely gentleman by the name of Al, who is from Texas. You will be seeing more of his mushrooms in future and some of those mushrooms have faces. They are quite unlike anything you have seen before.

I based this on a cap from a pint of milk using ballast, flowers from Scenic Express and fallen leaves from Secret Weapon.

Well folks it's Monday and I don't know about you, but I'm glad to be upright and vertical. So spend some time today enjoying the feel of the blood rushing through your veins, for one day, it will stop.


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  1. Nicely done Anne. Lots of colour and contrast.

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  2. Very cute! great base work too. wouldn't mind living there with them.
    I want one.. a real one, hopping around the house & yard ;)

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    1. Wouldn't it be grand if little critters like this were real. Peek beneath a flower or a shroom and find a secret world that exists outside your mind. Now if you eat the shrooms, that just might appear to be true:)

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  3. Very nice dio, Anne.

    And the parcel should be on the way today ;)

    cheers

    Seb

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    1. I'm looking forward to finding out what it is! Thank you ever so much Seb!

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  4. Great work Anne full of colour and plenty to see!!

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    1. I crammed as much as I could onto that tiny base!

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  5. Anne, whoa! Your most amazing creation yet. That is stunning.

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    1. These little critters were just so cute, I had to build them a place to live.

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  6. Awesome! They look a bit like the german Wolpertingers :)

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    1. It does a bit doesn't it. But alas, these have no wings!

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  7. Fantastic colors Anne , great diorama and great paint , love it .
    Slainte !

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  8. Nice mushrooms and "creatures" and I really like your floral basing... :-)

    And I' m vertical and upright too...ready for the week... ;-)

    Marzio.

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    1. When you say it Marzio, it sounds a wee bit naughty:)

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  9. Nice looking critters! I really love the base as well. They make me want to visit the States and get a gun and go shooting the wildlife! Please remind me when are "Jackanapes" in hunting season?

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    1. If you do go to the States to go hunting, don't take Dick Chaney with you:) Jacknapes, like the coyote, are considered pest animals and can be hunted year round. You don't even need a license to kill them:)

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  10. Great work, Anne the Magician of the colors!

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  11. What a lovely looking vignette Anne and a wonderful little tale to accompany it :)

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    1. Thank you Tamisin! I hope the heat has broken for you guys and you're able to get back to the brushes.

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  12. Very nice job Anny. They are cool looking creatures as well

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  13. Ahhh the mighty Jackalope. They have a lot of detail for such a small size and that's true of the paintjob too.

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    1. It amazes me just how much these sculptures can get into these mini's. The steady hand it must take to do such a thing is beyond me.

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  14. Nice work there Anne, and yes.. the Jackalope! Ah memories of America's Funniest Home Videos springs to mind when one says Jackalope! Great paint on them!

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    1. I haven't seen that show in an age and I'd forgotten about it.

      Thank you!

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  15. Great work, I keep meaning to pick up some packs of flowers for my own basing. This AI wouldn't be DeafNala from LaF, would he?

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    1. Yes, it's DefNala. I'm going to post this over there for him today so he can see his shrooms in a setting.

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    2. Great stuff. His terrain is fantastic, and obviously, his mushrooms!

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    3. He's painting up some Reaper Faeries right now and I can't wait to see them in Spooky Woods.

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  16. Great work, a jackalope is quite entertaining

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  17. Hola
    MAGNIFICA escena
    muy bien llevada,y con una buena distribución
    Y un pintado muy colorido,me gusta
    un saludo

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  18. Very nice groundwork. Those 'skillz' will come in handy with other miniatures in the future.

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    1. Now that I've worked out this much, I can finish my Tom Meier project. After all the competition and duel painting anyway.

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  19. smiles...nice story to go with it....so you built the little scene out of pieces...on a milkcap....thta is pretty cool anne...nicely done...

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    1. I now save lids of all sizes just in case I can use one for a base somewhere. Gotta budget with this hobby!

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  20. Reading the fluff I was reminded of Terry Pratchett's "The Wee Free Men" you should really read that book!

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    1. I love Pratchett and thought I'd read almost everything he'd written. I'll have to check that one out.

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    2. It's a series of 3 or 4 books about a little girl Tiffany who with some help turns out to be a damn good witch. http://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/index.php/books

      Accidentally Microart do a great range of Discworld mini´s http://www.shop.microartstudio.com/discworld-miniatures-c-48.html

      We could do a challenge one day perhaps...

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  21. That must have taken an exceptionally long time. I know you said the jackalopes were easy to paint, but what about the flowers and the grass? As a huge fan of "alopes" I certainly applaud your efforts here. I also loved the story as usual. Great job.

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    1. The flowers were a bit of a pain as they have to be put on one bit at a time using tweezers. I'll have to talk to the folks at Reaper and tell them they must create the Pickleope!

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  22. Excellent use of colour.
    Jackalope..."bound bound bound and Re-bound"
    (not good Quality but it´s the only full Version I could find)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXfW3Qq94i4

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    1. That is so cute. I've never heard of the film before, but there he is a Jackalope!

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  23. Great colour Anne, the whole thing comes together really well, nice pictures too

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  24. Oh, this is absolutely SPECTACULAR, Anne! And yes, love those mushrooms!

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  25. Great arrangement and awesome colours. Looks like it just got out of an fairytale. The only thing missing is a gnome in fancy pants dancing and singing: "I feel pretty, oh so pretty...."
    Joke aside, I like it very much probably because I don't make or paint such vibrant things.

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    1. I've got a box of gnomes to paint up from Stonehaven and some of them are female. I could make them dance.

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  26. I think this could be my fave figurine you've ever done, Annzie, it's so cute, balanced and lovely. Love the Jackawhats? :) and the little leaves and flowers ... 'tis just so perdy.... I can smell Irish fields there....

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    1. and you know how much I'd love to live in a shroom!

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    2. They are a mix of a jackrabbit and an antelope. Look at their tiny little antlers. They are so cute and they needed their own special home, so I built them one.

      We need to build ourselves a hobbit house one day. We'll keep all the ugly of the world at bay.

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    3. So it's a rabbit with antlers? And they're for real? How very strange!
      A whole shroom village where we would hold arborial parties for forest creatures and make jam from wood berries! And brew rosehip tea in the winter for little shrooms and bunnies!

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  27. The Jackalopes are cool and all, but I love the colorfulness of that base. It's absolutely beautiful. Also, I wish the plantlife around here was that vivid and colorful. Everything's still dead. Blah.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that things are dry there. I remember last years fires and hope that doesn't happen again.

      We're pretty lucky, my gardens are more colourful than this right now. And my peppers are producing a high yield this year nom nom nom.

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  28. So much tiny detail in that. Wonderful. And Jackalopes live around here. We see them all the time...well, mostly in the gift shops. :P

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    1. It's surprising how much you can cram into a space as small as this. The figures take less time to paint than it does to build up the base.

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  29. Wow awesome job, just like a kid too. I tried to feel the blood rushing too, hard to do lol

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    1. These are the stuff of dreams Cat.

      If you can't feel the blood rushing, try standing on your head. Seriously, it works.

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  30. Wow! This is the full deal; quality painting, imaginative basing and creative photography - there is nothing stopping you know Anne.

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    1. It's past time that I did a stand alone vignette and these figures were perfect for a first time.

      I've got some pretty cool things coming up in the next few weeks. I hope they all work out as I've got them planned. We'll see if reality can equal what I picture in my head with them.

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  31. The earlier Pratchett comment is bang on. Reminds me of some of the older covers.

    FMB

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    1. I copped onto him pretty young, but this one book I don't know. But you know, it was so very long ago, I may have read it and forgotten. At my age, one tends to do a lot of that.

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  32. I like this, what patience to place everything on that base. Love the mushrooms.

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    1. When I get to the tweezer part of things, I tend to do a bit of cursing as it gets a bit tedious. The shrooms are excellent and I've some much larger ones with faces and the most amazing caps.

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  33. Nice work on this piece Anne, it's also good to see another Dark Sword lover too.

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    1. Thank you Dave. I learned how to paint on Dark Sword mini's. For about the first 6 months or so, I didn't paint anything but them. The first thing I bought was their frogs and one day I'll have the technique I need to paint them.

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    2. I have a few of the critters range but I done anything with them as yet. Jims video with Marike Reimer has a very good section with the frogs, well worth getting hold of.

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  34. Nice work! Love the color detail.

    I'd rather be horizontal then vertical, myself. But that's just me. Maybe it's cause you're older now and being upright is more of an accomplishment! Ba-zing! You can bash me later for that! lol

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    1. If you didn't zing me I'd think you didn't care, so fire away!!

      How are things with you and the family? I hope all is well!

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    2. Doing good! Been a busy summer with both kids in ball this year. Grilling like a mad man of course!

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  35. Howdy, Anne. Great figure characterization to draw us into the vignette's sphere of mystery. You clever lady, you! I find this work very original and beautifully constructed in all of its parts. Well done.

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    1. Thank you Jay. I've got 7 figures on the table right now that are for competitions and I needed something light and easy to paint. This was so much fun to do and a great distraction.

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  36. Lovely vignette! Very colourfull and a nice story!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thank you Peter. You are younger than me btw!!

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  37. Splendid work Anne. Nice basing and painting.

    Jan

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  38. Fantastic vignette Anne. Great story too.

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  39. Nice job!
    I have some Guthrie minis... somewhere.

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    1. Guthrie, Garrity and Klocke did all those early classic figures. You've probably got loads of those as well. They're worth a good bit today as OOP figures.

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  40. This is magical Anne, really great work

    Ian

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  41. What a great story cailin, the times I had to be found and dragged indoors when there was so much still to do or game, lovely minis and basing, fecking lovely!

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    1. There you are! When I see your face in my +1 I know you've been to see me and it makes me so happy.

      We'd have gotten up to lots of no good as kids Fran and probably spent most of our time getting switched for it!

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  42. That is a great little scene there Anne and the use of colour is faultless. I love those mushrooms and I cant wait to see more of them

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    1. As soon as I get through these next couple of critical posts, I'm going to do a group shot of the mushrooms so everyone can see just how cool they are. You can't buy these things either, as they are hand made by just one person.

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  43. Didn't know Reaper had those little jackalopes. Pretty cute. Really liked the story you wrote to accompany the miniatures. Great work Anne.

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    1. They've got such a big catalog that it's easy to miss a lot of what they've got. I just got some tiny servo bots and an Illyrian agent that I've never seen anyone paint. They'll be up next week.

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  44. Wonderful vignette, Anne! Your story, basing and colors, and the wee fellows. It just sings! I must admit that I'm partial to jackalopes, having lived in Arizona for some years.

    I love the fact that when I drop in here, I never know what I'll get to see!

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    1. I didn't know until today that there were legends of jackalopes. I thought it was just something that Julie Guthrie dreamed up. Oh God, I'm so blonde!

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  45. I really had to stare at this for a while to see where the picture was aimed at.. and what I was looking at. Then I gave them little Munchkin voices and that made everything that much more interesting.

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    1. I know, I crammed a whole lot of stuff into that scene didn't I? The eye has a hell of a time knowing what to settle on in this.

      I hear them with deep, booming voices:)

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  46. heck yeah you got to budget, leads not cheap...smiles...using lids is a really cool idea....

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  47. That is an awesome piece Ann! I love everything about it. Jackalopes are definitely a pest out here in the west although you mostly just see the "Does" around here. In the GW world a red mushroom with white spots is suppose to bring luck to the painter in competitions. You certainly hit the mythologies with this piece!

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    1. Thank you so much Kris! I think I'm going to enter this one in the Open Single Figure competition. With all the talent at Reaper, I need luck!

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  48. Hellooooooooooooooooo! Its me!! I've missed you Anne! LOVED this and the story. I've said it before and I will say it again...you've got some skills!

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    1. Thanks Mel! I haven't been around much for the past two months. Between me being ill and the Hubby having a hard time, it's been difficult to keep up.

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  49. I love this sculpture, Anne! It's so detailed and colorful. It's amazingly alive somehow, if that makes any sense. Your color choices are so vibrant. Your story could keep on going. It left me wanting to hear more.

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    1. I know what you mean by "alive" Because I paint in isolation and don't get to game, I overcompensate by trying to give my figures personalities and stories. They call it solo gaming!

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  50. Lovely work, I'm as impressed by the detail on the jackalopes as I am with the custom base - those things are some seriously tiny models. I painted my pair with one in similar colors and one albino. FWIW, if you want more sculpt variety, Wyrd does a more dynamic jackalope in their Arcanist Malifaux range. More than twice as expensive and a bit larger, but it would work well with the Reaper ones.

    "Well folks it's Monday and I don't know about you, but I'm glad to be upright and vertical."

    I'd rather stay in bed most Mondays, but I haven't been ill lately. Glad you're feeling better.

    "So spend some time today enjoying the feel of the blood rushing through your veins, for one day, it will stop."

    Maybe. Need to see some hard proof of that before taking your word for it. Human mortality is merely a statistical trend as far as I can see.

    Besides, I know at least one gal who insists I have icewater pumping around my system. Not my most amiable breakup ever, that one. :)

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    1. I considered an albino, but wasn't sure if I could pull it off. White's tough even on large figures. I'll check out the Jackalopes at Wyrd as they've got some killer stuff. The prices on their stuff is so high though.

      I hope I'm mortal. Jaysus, what would I do if I lived forever and how hideous would I look? The thought frightens me!

      Now, now, she must have been a right bloody bitch to have said that about you:)

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    2. I went with an off-white base and titanium highlights, which made it look more natural - "real" albino jackalopes wouldn't be pure white, they're not house pets and dirt and dust really shows in white fur. Smaller figs are easier to do in bright colors IME, especially ones with texture.

      None of us know we're mortal till we are, at which point it doesn't matter anymore. Wouldn't worry about your looks - I'm holding out for the medical community to crack aging, at which point we can all take our boosterspice analog and live forever. If they hadn't held up stem cell research so long we'd probably be close already. Instead I'm going to have to be stubborn and refuse to die the hard way.

      And no, she had good justification. I was a right proper bastard in my youth, and an idiot to boot, and she took a lot of unintentional cruelty from me before we split. Finally grew out of it, but it was too late to do her any good.

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    3. I almost died when I was hit by that tram in the parking lot and that changed almost everything about how I see life. Literally, one misstep and BAM you're gone. Just like that and it's over. Took me years to be able to walk again and for a while, being dead sounded good. When it's time to go, I'll go. Just hope it's quick!

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    4. Ah, but you did pull through, which I'd expect from a tough Irish gal. Every day you're not dead you're beating the universe at the only game that matters. Even if you're not the competitive sort, there's always the other people in your life to consider. I don't care to leave grieving survivors behind me, even if it won't matter to me personally come the day.

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    1. Reaper has a platypus figure and I really like it. I think Dark Sword does too. They're such queer looking animals. The Hubby says God must have been stoned on the day he created them.

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    2. I think Mega Miniatures still has a platypus too, although it may be one of the molds they sold. Can't have enough beaverducks.

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    3. I think their cute in a fugly sort of way.

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  52. Oh, I truly love this piece, Anne. Wonderful arrangement and colors. Best, Dean

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  53. Hi Anne,
    This miniature is lovely. Love the mushroom , story and color. Pretty magical and so fairytale like. Platypus I am sure always wishes for Jackalopes to be real. The background how did you do that? Do you do professional photography? I remember your first post about miniature painting ie painter Anne wet behind ears and this one beats works of a pro. Great job Anne.

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    1. I got your other comment and you've not said one thing wrong. I understand your being self-conscious about how you say things. I do it all the time and then worry like hell about it. I think we are very similar in many ways. You and I are just fine-don't worry.

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  54. Ooooooo I really really love this!!! You're so talented, I really can't believe how you get so much detail into those tiny things.
    xo

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