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Friday, July 5, 2013

Trolgar the Toxic Troll

Trolgar, a Cave Troll,  lived in County Cork where nothing ever happened and a happy Troll he was.  Why Trolgar could hunt wild game at his leisure and sleep the day away if he chose. He even had his own still where he brewed a powerful poteen. All was right in Trolgar's world until one day something happened that was so strange it was never foretold in any of the ancient prophecies.

The Irish economy boomed. Before anybody knew what was happening the Celtic Tiger was loose and rushing across the whole of Ireland, building housing developments, shopping centres, cultural centres and even swimming pools.


This influx of people and equipment disturbed the Trolls way of life, putting him in a mood so foul it changed the colour of his skin.


Trolgar tried to tell the Trolls of Ireland that the boom spelled disaster for them. "Money doesn't suit the Irish! Just wait, this will all go bad!"  Trolgar yelled. "That's the old way of thinking. It's a new day in Ireland and there's even a place for us in this booming economy" the other Trolls said. And they shunned Trolgar.


Then one day, just as Trolgar said it would, the bubble burst. All the other Trolls lost their caves as they had mortgaged them to build homes. But not Trolgar, he neither gained nor lost as a result of the boom. For although he was toxic, Trolgar wasn't stupid.

This is one of the figures that I won in Tamisin's 100,000 page views Give Away. He's a BONES figure from Reaper Miniatures and he was loads of fun to paint. You can paint these figures right out of the box with no priming and the paint goes on smooth as silk.  I didn't get in on the Kickstarter as I couldn't afford it at the time. But after painting a few of these guys, I'm definitely going to be loading up on some BONES when they become available in the Online Store.

Right now I'm working on a Dwarf that was also part of the Give Away and I hope to base him on the lid of this peanut butter jar with Trolgar as a little battle vignette.

Well folks it's Friday and if you're reading this you've survived to live another day. And even if the day is not perfect, you're breathing so make the most of it. I know I will.

77 comments:

  1. That's lovely brushwork Anne and a great back story - who'd a thunk it? A morality tale where the troll is the good guy? :)

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    1. It's a whole new direction in story telling for me. I'm calling it "Urban Fantasy Fables"

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  2. What a cool figure and I love that green colour!
    It's Gremlins meets He-Man's Battle Cat.

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  3. My liking for trolls is ever increasing, especially being inspired by this one. Looks very toxic indeed. Why Hungarian folklore has no trolls, I often wonder.

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    1. We don't really have them either, but I thought we could use them, so I made this up. Generally we're just limited to Faeries and Leprechauns, but I thought it was time to move us into the 21st Century.

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  4. He looks pretty awesome and I think I'm going to refrain from a comment on the boom and bust economy. It does suck a lot though how many people seem to lose when a bust comes along.

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    1. Well you know, it's so bad that we have to laugh about it. Laughter and alcohol is all we've got going for us right now.

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  5. a wily old troll indeed and beautifully painted. I had heard that some of these were a tad flimsy but he looks big and strong to me. Have a lovely weekend Anne.

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    1. They are bendy, but not flimsy. I actually did try to see if I could break one and I couldn't. I bent this guy over so far he was kissing his toes and not a crack in him. I'm really sold on these BONES mini's now.

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  6. The Celtic tiger now toothless and old, wrecked my homeland but at the time it was rampant and we all got the bug but the Troll is fecking excellent and a perfect representation of the current Ireland cailin.......spot on and have a good one!

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  7. He sure looks like one mean fellow, nice job

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    1. He's not really mean, he's just misunderstood:)

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  8. Wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley

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    1. You wouldn't be able to miss him as I think he'd glow in the dark:)

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  9. Great painting Anne! Have an awesome weekend!

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    1. Thank you Rodger. It's to be a painting weekend, so I'm looking forward to it!

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  10. I love the toxic, but not stupid part. You have a good weekend as well. I'm soon to be back to work in prep. Long weekend ahead. But thankful that I had yesterday with Tim.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

    PS: Tim won the iPod money and bought me the pink iPod, a few years ago now. It's even got a radio and video camera on it.

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    1. That iPod is so pretty. I didn't know they came with camera's on them. You can take pics of the world as it goes by you when you're out jogging!

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  11. The bubble burst and now all the Celtic Tiger cubs don't know what to do!

    I love the toxic green colour of the troll, it goes really well with the purple!

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    1. Everyone is still waiting for that magical day when the diaspora returns to buy all those empty houses:)

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  12. I liked your "Urban Fantasy Fable". Well told. Despite coming out on top of this new economic reality, I think Trolgar needs to get those lumps on his back looked at, they may be tumors.

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    1. Those are nasty looking aren't they. Methinks they are full of putrid puss.

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  13. Wow that is a bright troll! Taking nothing away from your painting skill at all, but by golly is it bright! And for a "Toxic" troll maybe Bright is the way to go. Nice one mate.

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    1. I used a mix of Reaper Pale Green and Reaper Saffron Yellow to get that. I interleaved it with SW green wash. It took 7 layers to crank the colour up that high, but I did it!

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  14. Never thought about the economy having such an impact on trolls.
    He looks really great, Anne!

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    1. You know, it's sad really. No one ever stops to think about make-believe creatures in times of tragedy. And really we should. If the Trolls suffered like this can you imagine how hard times must be for a Dwarf or an Ogre?

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  15. Economic times are really tough when the trolls even get affected. No wonder they charge tolls under a bridge haha great job as always, looks like he stand out in the dark.

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    1. They've had to increase the amount of the toll due to the decrease in tourism over the last few years. Combine that with the loss of traffic due to emigration and you're talking about severe economic pressure on the entire bridge toll business. Factor in the loss of tax collected from that revenue and we're looking at never being able to pay off our debt. Jaysus, it's trickle up economics and that's a bad thing for the poor.

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  16. Nicely done - I like the color scheme very much

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  17. Great painting and great cautionary tale that applies to all of us, trolls or no. I do feel a bit like this fellow looks at times.

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    1. I really felt like he looks the other night. The Hubby and I ate two pounds of bacon between us and then topped that off by splitting a chocolate pie. That was one long and miserable night, I'm telling you.

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  18. and that is when trolls moved from nature and caves over to the internet :( Remember those nasty trolls that used to attack our sites?

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    1. I'll never forget those arsemonkey's. I haven't had a good attack in a long while though. Oh the memories of those days when I was popular enough to attract the attention of the desperately needy:)

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    2. yes, I even remember receiving death treats from some of the evil (presumably teen) trolls.... ah, those were the days. We are no longer attractive enough to have private maniacs :)

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    3. 'Tis sad I know. We are old timers on blogger now, not the fresh meat we were when we first began. You know how those trolls like them-young and juicy:)

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  19. Aren't the Fimir kind of trollish? That green pops right out Anne, nice. Question about the Reaper, did you have to wash the figs, i.e., is there a release agent?

    FMB

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    1. Yes, I did wash him. What I found out is that they really need to sit in soapy water for 2 days or they will repel the paint and the first layer will be "patchy". After a 2 day soak, the paint went on perfectly straight out of the bottle.

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  20. Hi, Anne. Like the glowing prophet Trolgar, this parable shines as a light in the darkness of today's world. Most enjoyable read.

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    1. Thank you Jay. We can learn a great deal from mythological creatures!

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  21. I like it! The colors are perfect and it looks so...cute ! I do like its feet and hands, great work Anne!

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    1. I think he's cute too. I know strange that a troll could be cute, but he is!

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  22. That's a good looking miniature that's making me kick myself again over missing that Reaper thing. Is that why they're called "kickstarters"? You did a good job with it, too. I like painting monsters. You can have a lot of fun with them.

    This is not my reply to your comment, but I just thought I'd state it: I don't have any specific grudge against the Catholic church. I think it's just as good an option as any other church. In truth, I wish some Protestant churches would employ some amount of the liturgy of the Catholic church.

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    1. You can buy this one in the Online Store. They're super cheap and you should pick up a few.

      I know you don't Andrew. You simply used the analogy to make a point about standard publishing vs. Indie publishing. And you opened your piece by stating that nothing you wrote had anything to do with reality.

      I wish my MIL had your attitude!

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    2. Well, I grew up in the Protestant equivalent of the Catholic church: the Southern Baptist church, and I often don't see a lot of difference between the two from a practical standpoint.
      Then, I have the degree in religion and a lot of experience in different types of churches.
      In the end, it's just which traditions we want to bind ourselves up in. Which is not to say that traditions are inherently bad. I don't think that. I do think we should always ask the questions about those traditions, though.
      "Why do we practice this?"
      "Is this useful?"
      "Is it harmful?"
      People don't ask enough questions.

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    3. I agree Andrew. Dogmatic thinking is dangerous to a society and we have to teach our children to question any philosophy they encounter in life.

      For me my faith is simple, but complicated at the same time. My belief in God is simple and constant, a sure thing that I no longer need to question. My refusal to give up my Catholic faith is much more culturally bound. Because of what my family suffered through and what they did to end that suffering, I will never become Protestant. My daughter does not bear this burden because I have not passed it on to her. But it is my responsibility as the oldest O'Leary female to carry it until my death. Then the past can die with me.

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  23. I like the contrast of the colours. Jolly good work sweet Anne! :)

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    1. It's great to see you my dear Thanos!! I've missed you terribly!

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  24. You did good there Anne, I am looking forward to seeing the Dwarf and him do battle

    Ian

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    1. The Dwarf is coming along nicely. I have a rough idea of how I'm going to do the base, but I'm lousy at those kind of things but you know, I've got to start somewhere.

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  25. Excellent....That really is a toxic looking green

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    1. That Pale Green from Reaper is one of my favourite colours and mixed with the Saffron Yellow makes it even brighter. Bright colours aren't "in" today, so I consider myself a Retro Painter and a rebel!

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  26. I thought I was looking in a mirror for a moment Anne lovely work

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    1. Good one Andrew and I really hope not!

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  27. great stuff. he does look very toxic! great stuff Anne.

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    1. He got pretty upset when the other trolls shunned him. I don't think his temper has quite cooled yet:)

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  28. That is really bright and actually rather difficult to pull off well and you have done that. Lovely figure

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    1. Thank you PK. It took a lot of colour mixing and layers to do, but I kept going until I got it up pretty high. I could have gone one level up, but I thought "No, this is quite silly enough"

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  29. I would say the chap is lively and seems quite menacing.

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    1. He was so much fun to paint. I love these BONES, they're inexpensive and easy to work with.

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  30. I absolutely love his story, Anne. What a great job you did narrating it too. Very well told! Made me miss your writings. I love his color. It's so bright and vibrant. Quite the eye catching green. I wonder if he's friends with our pal Guido?

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    1. You remembered Guido!! I hoped somebody would and I almost made him my Guido, but so many people now don't know of him. I miss those free wheeling days when I could do drunken Anne anytime I wanted to.

      She and Guido may make a brief appearance if I ever bother getting around to celebrating my blogs second anniversary. It was last month-ooops!

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  31. Best explanation of the Celtic Tiger's rise and fall that I ever read!

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  32. Trolgar, the only Troll both philosopher and economist...by the way...I accepted the "Amazon Challenge" and it' s official at http://fogsoldiers.blogspot.it/2013/07/images-from-past.html ;-)

    Marzio.

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  33. I really like that one Anne. I might have gone more purple and pink on the pustules but he's a magnificent troll.

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  34. I really like him Anne. I might have gone more purple and pink with the pustules but he is a magnificent troll!

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    1. Thank you Kris. Yes, purple and pink would have been better as it definitely would have made them look more pus filled and gruesome.

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  35. Yeah he definitely looks toxic.. but what I really love is his BACK. Is that a spine? The stitches and those big round things that could be giant mutant warts or who knows what. I love it!

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  36. Very fun :) I could imagine him glowing phosphorescent in the dark.
    Hmmm... perhaps reckless dwarves youth, bored on weekend nights, dare each other to sneak up on him while sleeping and lick him! Since I'm sure he secretes a hallucinogenic toxin.

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  37. I really liked the colour in this one!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  38. I love the way those colors pop. Very well done. That's a perfect shade of "don't lick this or you'll get really, really sick" green, ala the poisonous tree frog.

    (Don't ask. I went through a "phase" in high school)

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  39. really nice job on the musculature....i like the stressed yellows in the green skin as well...his warts are a little dark he might want to get those checked out...smiles.

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