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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Betty, Version 2.0

Some of you may remember Betty, the Space Heroine aka Astrogirl and the hideous base that I had her on. I requested critiques and you guys gave me such good advice, I decided to listen to you.

This is the figure that I submitted to the Pulp Themed Competition at Reaper Forums.






I put her on a less complicated base from Micro Arts, but I had to do some modifications to it. There was a huge mouth with teeth in the middle that I had to file off and cover with Green Stuff and ballast. I also had to sculpt a rock onto the side to act as a shelf for her demon. I stripped him and changed his colour completely.

To provide scenery I used the pod from a dried poppy to make the small alien plant in the front. Dried grape stems were used to make the alien thorn bush in the back. I also added a bit of pink that I snipped off from an aquarium plant.  

I brought orange in as a contrasting colour and used it on the ballast, the biomatter and on her demons gun to tie it all together. I used an Amethyst wash on the rocks to draw the eye towards the purple in her outfit

I think she's much better than she was and I'd like to at least place in the competition. Winners won't be announced until after August 19th.

One member of the Reaper Forums opened a Miniature Rating site yesterday. It is a place to show your miniatures and have your work assessed by other painters and to learn from their critiques. Further trolls will not be tolerated on this sit.  If anyone is interested here is the link to The Minirater

 Now it's time to stir the pot by posting some Brunette Jokes.

Q. What's the real reason a brunette keeps her figure?
A. No one else wants it.

Q, What's a brunettes mating call?
A. Has the blonde left yet?

Q. Why are brunettes so proud of their hair?
A. Because it matches their mustache.

Q. What do you call a good looking man on a date with a brunette?
A. A hostage.

Okay folks it's Thursday and the grass is growing under your feet. So get on out there and mow the lawn. I know I will.

95 comments:

  1. Much improved, she looks great.
    Good colors, definitely looks like an alien world.
    I like the idea of the grape stems, I'll have to use that in the future.

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    1. I got that from a gent on Reaper Forums who makes some really incredible scenics.

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  2. Hi Anne,

    that's an excellent paintjob!
    Very nice figure and the base looks rather spooky and spacy.

    Well done!
    Stefan

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  3. Stunning Anne ! Great work and great paint , i like very much .
    Cheers
    Vincent .

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  4. Great miniature Anne but, if I don' t make a mistake, she' s a brunette...isn' t she?... :-p

    By the way...psy ops...we like brunettes, we like brunettes, we like brunettes...

    Marzio "the Brunette painter"... :-)

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    1. She's not a brunette, she's a raven haired beauty.

      You are so going to pay for that Marzio :)

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  5. OMG, Anne. I do NOT have a mustache!!

    Anyway...now that I see the finished product, I can tell the difference and she really looks great now!!!! All kinds of luck to you!!

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    1. Also, I am happy to report that I can once again view your page from work...they had you blocked for a minute because the word "gaming" was mentioned too many times. Pffft. Like I'm getting paid to be here...wait a minute...

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    2. I can't believe my silly little blog got banned for using the word "gaming" too much. I have to wonder what type of gaming they thought was going on here.

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    3. I'm also banned at some working places and they once kicked my site out of some blog catalog site saying they don't accept porn blogs! When did I ever publish any porn? :)

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    4. Gaming.. well all that promoting street urchin blood sport was bound to come back to haunt you

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    5. Dez...I'm thinking it was Ewan without his pants on...although my workplace let me have a look at that!!

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    6. yes, either that or Tom Hardy showing his pubes, or Svetlana Kodchenkova covering her tender southern region with a hand or Ryan Kwanten showing parts of his bush :) But none of that hardly qualifies as porn :)))

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  6. She looks much better now! Toning down the colors on the base helped, even if you had to do some serious filing.
    Jokes were funny!

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    1. This is more cohesive and not as garish as the first go 'round.

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  7. Dried grapes stems. That's creative and it works fantastic. You've really got this down. Betty looks great. Happy Almost Weekend :-)

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    1. The best part about it was that I had to eat all the grapes first nom nom nom.

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    2. That is the best. I recently made grape juice. Oh my gosh. I never liked grape juice from the store, but homemade? Forget'about it. So flippin' good.

      You have a groovy weekend. I'm off to do chores.

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    3. I have wonder how many many grapes that took. I want a juicer.

      We now have Twinkies at my local grocer. I could have done cart wheels down the aisle!!

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  8. Betty looks fantastic Anne. Very very nice work on the base.

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  9. She looks great Anne and the base looks much better!

    Christopher

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  10. Looks much better now. Your eyes are now drawn to the miniature instead of the base. I still think though that the skin and base color are too close together. Maybe this is just the picture which seems to have a small yellow tint on my monitor.

    But since I am not able to produce something like this at all perhaps I should just shut up ;)

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  11. Definitely improved with the new base, far better balance. Good luck with the competition.

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  12. I like it Anne! She looks a pearler with the touch up.

    Best of luck with the competition mate.

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    1. Every girl needs a little make over now and then!

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  13. HI Anne, she looks wonderful, and the base is perfect. Good luch with competition

    Slainte

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  14. oooh, 'tis a lovely base, it is! So many crazy little details and I loved the story on how and with what you've made them!

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    1. I knew I needed something, but had no idea what. Real plant things work well if they have an odd shape to them and if they are small enough in scale.

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    2. and the green background is also lovely, dear

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  15. She looks fantastic, Anne! I love this new base. It brings my attention straight to Betty rather than the base but still has plenty of detail work and color on it. Great job. Good luck with the competition.

    Oh, and my mustache is coming in nicely as I grow older, thankyouverymuch!

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    1. I like this version better. I just hope the judges like her. I want free lead!!!

      Just wait till you see the redhead jokes. Those make these look like compliments.

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  16. Betty is about to blast you with that demon gun for those brunette jokes. :P

    Wonderful job! And so creative to use the grape stems.

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    1. She can blast away, but she'll still be the one sitting alone on a Friday night without a date :)

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  17. Hahahahahaha, I enjoyed those brunette jokes! Although there's so much grey in my hair these days, I'm getting to be almost a former brunette. And I'm not just talking about my 'stache!

    Lovely work -- good luck in the competition!

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    1. My sister-in-law has a 'stache and the older she gets the more often she has to wax the damn thing :)

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  18. Nice basing and painting of the miniature, Anne!

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  19. Hey Anne, you did her up a treat! The base, and the work you've put in it, really enhance the mini. From the entries in the minrater I gather you do really make a chance of ending in the comp, perhaps even in the top 10!

    Hope you win and will be cheering for you. cheers Sander

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    1. Thank you Sander. I need free lead!

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  20. I think you could've gone with the other base, but this one looks great. Nice inclusion of elements from all the suggestions. "Matches their mustache". Ouch.

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    1. I still have the other base and will use it for something else. It needs a figure that is darker. A grey alien perhaps.

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  21. Okay - the base looks great, but the previous version was not bad either - just a different flavor, so to speak. Great work as always and should be a top contender. Best, Dean

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    1. The only reason I want to win, place or show is for the free lead. I love free lead, it's like crack to me.

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  22. She looks great, better than before and the monster guy looks like an evil version of Slimer, nice job. Poor brunettes lol

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    1. I like the demon better this colour. Nobody ever says "poor blonde" when there's a blonde joke told. They just say "yep, that's a blonde"

      The redheads are really going to get it!

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  23. complimetary base and Background and she Looks Way better,

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  24. The figure and base are both well executed. I do like the "vegetation" on the base; looks good and inventive.

    The lovely Liz is a brunette, so I did not laugh at your jokes, although I did smile.

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    1. Thank you! I'm a blonde and I always laugh at blonde jokes. I don't write these things, I just get them off the internet.

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  25. The new color selections work much better than the original, a real improvement.

    As for your comedy routine, it's pretty much what I'd expect from a blonde, although you obviously had help from a brunette or a ginger in spelling the harder words correctly. :)

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    1. I take a brunette with me everywhere I go to act as an interpreter for me and I employ a ginger as my "spell checker" I pay them by going out in public with them so men will at least come within arms length of them. They appreciate my help :)

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  26. ha. i hope brunette jokes catch on...smiles...so is the blonde done yet?
    very nice improvement on the pulp girl...like the range of color...really cool reading on how you put the base together...love the creativity.....

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    1. I haven't even put paint on my blonde yet. I do have her, she's a Bombshell Babe by Patrick Keith.

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  27. But we don't have any grass...
    I'll have to try to drop by that rating thing later. On my way out the door, right now. Biking for coffee...

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    1. It's brand new and we're still feeling our way. It won't be like CMON where you compete for points. We're there to learn in a supportive envirnonment.

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  28. Yep, I like this version loads more. Seems more balanced, if that makes sense.

    FMB

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    1. Colour balance is one of the main components in the judging criteria and the one I was most concerned with as I paint by instinct.

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  29. It's almost another figure and now the figure commands the scene.

    Hope you do well, you deserve too

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian. Free lead, free lead, free lead!!!

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  30. Better version as the previous one! Great work Anne!

    Love the jokes!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  31. i love how the demon matches her boots, like he is an accessory. In addition, it all looks properly tide into one big colour concept. Fingers crossed for the contest. Also the base is some craftsman ship...seriously painting and crafting, this is a multi skill profession.

    Just as a bit of rambling:
    When I colour I sometimes just like to keep it to 3 - 4 colours to make it interesting but I don't know if you can translate that to painting sculptures. Also colour wheel - it helps so much in finding colours that go together and uh those colour cards from the home depot...maybe it helps you.

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    1. Colour theory does translate to painting figures. The best painters are very well versed in theory and use it to great advantage. When looking at Master Painters work it's obvious.

      Since the contest I've been doing some online reading on the basics. I need to learn how to mix colours and how to blend them on the mini to get a third colour that transitions smoothly. At that point, you begin treating the mini like an artist would an oil or acrylic painting on canvas. I've a ways to go on that yet.

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    2. I am in the same boat as you. I feel the more I learn tho the more I think about it too much. It is overwhelming.

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  32. Joke 3 made smile, the base is far better now if that was possible, cracking work cailin!

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  33. Damn, you just killed it. And you make it look effortless. Painting, colors, basing, creativity, photography...you got it all going on.

    I'm frankly in awe of anyone who willingly posts up a miniature in front of a room full of critic. I'm going to peek over there and see what that's all about. Good luck, Anne!

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    1. Towards the end, suicide looked like a viable option. It took me longer than I thought it would with that base.

      I will never post on CMON or on WAMP. Those places are vicious and it's about competing and being "top dog" I could care less about those things. Becoming a better painter with the help of other painters, now that's constructive. And the "no trolls allowed" policy makes it friendly. I can't take trolls, as I can't control my temper.

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  34. I though the previous one was good but the new and improved version is even better superb work!

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  35. I can't believe that I forgot to comment on the Betty #1 post.

    She looks really good, and the basing is great. It might just be a trick of the light, but her left eye looks a little off in the photos.

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    1. You spared yourself from retinal damage by not seeing the first one. It was hideous.

      Your right about the left eye. The lining is too heavy around the eye and I lost too much of the white. I'd had a spill over of white, corrected it, fiddled about with the iris and fecked that up, fixed it, then had white spill over. Finally I just lined it again and said to hell with it!

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  36. Well, FWIW, I like the figure and can't see why it shouldn't get a place, but what do I know? Like you, I'm not competitive about lead painting - it's supposed to be a hobby for me. BUT I do think decent work should get the recognition it deserves - this being a case in point. So bloody good luck!

    BTW, my wife's a blonde so I sent her your jokes - big smirks all round.

    :O)

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  37. Nice figure Anne, enjoyed the jokes too!

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  38. Sorry I'm a bit late on this Anne, but just wanted to add my own heartfelt congratulations on this superb result! Love the toning down of the base and the clever additions, it really unifies the miniature - stunning job M'lady!

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  39. Hola
    Pues con un poco de retraso ,mis felicitaciones,a ganado un montón,y esa base parece a autentica,de las sacadas de las pelis de ciencia ficción,de esos bosques vivos...
    un saludo

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  40. This is very nice work Anne, the new colours are a lot more sympathetic.

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  41. Great job, wouldn't want to mess with her. then on the other hand maybe I would

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  42. Upgraded betty really looks ravishing Anne. If Betty 1.0 had been blonde this could have been called a downgrade.
    I always thought Brunettes don't date because of choice now I understand that it is not because of their choice.
    Your replies are funny Anne.

    moral of the story: not that blondes don't have moustache but blonde moustaches and armpit hair blends in with their skin.

    I think raven haired Indian women are worst combo I guess we have blonde's brains, five o clock shadows of brunettes and soullessness of gingers.

    so, drinking Starbucks blonde roast would make me hot or drop my IQ?

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  43. Wow, I have a hard time believing you've only been painting for a year or so.

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  44. I'm sorry Anne, but I wanted to post a comment about your work and didn't have time!
    "Later is better than never" maybe?

    1-I love your painting work !! the painting of the details, the shadow-and-light art,
    the colours: all is perfect!

    2-good base in my opinion, nothing to say about it
    ... except:

    3-More I see such sort of figures, more it appears that there are not my "cup of tea" ... in other words: I don't like them !

    That's the first time that I say something like that but I think that your painting skill deserve other figures!

    Enjoy your week-end, maybe that's what I will do ..

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  45. That is working much better Anne, the base is not competing with the figure for attention as much as the first. I have been flicking between the two and the first base is drawing the eye almost immediately. Changing the colour of the lil do-hicky chap to turquoise (same as the boots) is a smart move, it reduces the overall pallette and ties the base and figure together. Another great leap forward mate good work.

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  46. whoops late again... maybe its my hair colour, and yes and the moustache does match, have to shave it off though, schools rules around that are stuck in the 60's

    Great painting Anne! looks excellent.

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  47. Great job! I love the wild assortment of colors.

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  48. I mean it's all awesome and stuff, but that demon is SO well done it catches my eye right away. I like it, I just don't know if that's the point.

    I'm a frequent hostage, Anne. I need be pitied :/

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  49. That looks a lot better! The figure really pops, as she should. It sounds like a lot of work you put into this, and we both hope you win (or place)! Good luck!

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  50. Your 'progress' is simply extraordinaire! Terrific work sweet Anne! :)

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  51. As always, the colors are great, realy impressive...As always, basing is excellent and original...As always, you did a great and inspired work Anne!

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