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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Two Orcs and a Ferret

These two bruisers are from Reaper Miniatures and were sculpted by Tre Manor. These were a joy to work with and without a doubt the most fun I've ever had painting thus far.

I chose to do use dark skin rather than the vivid green for my Orcs as these guys just seem to call for it. Also I wanted to learn to paint in a darker palette.










Now that takes care of the Orcs, but what about the Ferret?  


I have good news for you today. There Ferret is having a Give Away. Yes, that's right folks, I said the words we all love to hear, the words that make our hearts beat faster and spur us on to comment and support our fellow gamers/painters.  

I started following The Ferret almost a year before I began painting and I've learned a lot from him. His painting skills are second to none, he's intelligent and he's witty.  One of my favorite posts was his Thanksgiving Bloodbowl AAR of last year. It was Primates vs Reptiles which had such fun figures and a creative write up.

So to enter his Give Away of 11 prizes go to THIS POST.

Well folks it's Thursday and the heat is high. So have a cold drink, relax and do sod all. I know I will.

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  1. Fantastic work with the colors, as always, Anne...I like especially the shields and the clothes!
    Phil.

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  2. I am really impressed with your continuing improvement and technique Anne. I can almost smell 'em!

    Knockout work girl!

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    1. Thank you Paul. Truly these guys have the foulest of odours and their table manners are atrocious.

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  3. Stunning Anne , great paint , great choice of colors love it .
    Slainte!

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  4. I love the darker skintone. Well done.

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  5. Thanks for the overly kind words :) That was a great Thanksgiving, one of my two best: both of which were spent with the same friend, just a couple decades between the two times.

    I like the dark orc skin. For the longest time I painted orcs only with grey skin, because that's how I always pictured them from when I read Lord of the Rings. I guess couldn't go with green skin with the orange armor he has, but with the dark skin it works nicely. the second one.. "why do I always hear someone scratching at a door?"

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    1. It was a toss up between that post and Las Vegas with Babba O'Riley. And I meant every word I said Ferret.

      I didn't think these guys wanted to be green as it's not ferocious enough for them. And I needed to work with a darker colours. I've got some pieces that will be in palettes that are radically different for me. One of them is very trippy and will have blue skin.

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  6. These are lovely Anne. As Ferret says Grey/black skin is very Tolkien and thus to me better then green GW skin. I find it hard to paint orange so I have to take my hat of and say well done for that. The whole colour palate with the dark skin is very much to my taste.

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    1. I wasn't sure if I could handle the dark skin tone, but it turned out to be easier than the green. Also I like the look of it as it makes them look meaner. I've some "cartoony" Foundry Orcs that I hope to paint in a dark purple. One is soaking in soapy water right now.

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  7. Good paintjob Anne!
    To be honest I'm not sure whether I prefer green or brownish orcs but anyway yours look pretty excellent. And as Clint said: With the orange clothes it comes out were well balanced.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. For me the colour of the Orc is dependent on the sculpt. I like the green ones I've seen and I like the dark ones. Also I've seen some done in a mouldy green that work really well.

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  8. Neat orks I must say, they look like proper orks. The chainmail+animal skins are a nice combination and very smartly painted.

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    1. I like Tre's sculpting style. He's a signature look to his figures and one day I'd like to pick up some of his goblins.

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  9. Realy nice painted orcs! You've done a good job with the shadings and highlights. Keep on your good work!

    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. Thank you Bruno! Keep working on that ship!

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  10. Nice to see something other than green skin! Lovely work too, they look splendid.

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  11. I like the ashen grey skin tone - goes well with the burnt orange.
    I was waiting for a joke with that post title = 'Two orcs and a ferret walk into a bar...'

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    1. I know. I hope someone would catch it as that was what I was thinking when I did the title.

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    2. Two orcs and a ferret walk into a bar and the blond waitress asks...okay, I don't know the rest, but there's gotta be a blond joke in there somewhere too. :P

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    3. You're right, there's got to be. I'll think about it and see if I can come up with one. I love blonde jokes and my sisters and I collect them. Some of them are so close to the truth you just have to laugh.

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  12. I love your work here, Anne! The joy of painting these 2 fellas shines through. Great work with a challenging color and you can scratch "work with a darker color" off the list.

    I'm thinking this could be the start of your own Bloodbowl team! ;-)

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    1. I've got a female on the painting table who is wearing a very dark blue/black catsuit. She's taking me a long time as hitting the mid tone will be tricky. It will take 7 layers to get to the highest highlight.

      I want a Bloodbowl team so badly. I've two Dreadbowl teams in the lead pile but haven't gotten round to painting them yet.

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  13. Great work Anne :)

    I never understood where the vivid green skin for orcs came from. When I was a teenager, my orcs were painted a brown tinged with green (a sort-of swamp mud look)

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    1. I think the vivid green came from the GW people. I've seen some with the swampy brown or mouldy look and I like them.

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  14. Indeed great work here. I only keep staring at that large darker grey spot on the first Orcs's inner arm, but aside from that top shelf work all around! Especially the bases! Let's not forget them as they look perfect with the color scheme you did on the orcs!

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    1. Your right about that dark spot, I should have blended that in better. It jumps out from the figure. I thought about fixing it, but I'm selling these at a tabletop quality price so there were some things I didn't bother tidying up.

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  15. Interesting color scheme, especially the armor shades. Are those figures metal or Bones plastic?

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    1. I meant to mention in the post that they are the metal mini's. I don't think I could sell a painted BONES figure and right now I'm painting strictly for selling.

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    2. I'm uncertain about Bones' viability as paint-for-pay figs. Assuming you pick ones with comparable levels of detail, the lower base price of the figs should make them a little cheaper for the buyer, although obviously they take as much time and effort to paint as metals, so that part of the cost stays the same. Will have to experiment with a couple and see how they do.

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  16. I love these characters. Well done. I like your choice of colors and I love the way you paint wood and your attention to detail on the base. Cool figures painted awesomely. I'm curious what you do with all these figures?

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    1. Because I don't game, they have no purpose and they just sit in a protected box. From now on I'll be selling all my work as I should be moving and don't want to haul them with me. Truly they should be on a gaming table being played with and not in a closed box never to be looked at again.

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  17. Firstly, I love, love, love, that orc. He is very frickin' cool. Secondly, what's do a sod all? I'm learning so much from you bloggers, it's great.

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    1. Sod all means doing nothing. I'm being a lay about today as it's too hot to move around here without sweating my arse off.

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    2. Ohhh, I learn so much from you Annie. Sod all. I thought I was going to do that today but gosh, I started doing all the blankets in the house, whilst it's nice enough to dry them outside.

      Hope you had a groovy weekend.

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  18. you did lovely job on them, dear. Their monster moms would've been proud :)
    I also always love your backgrounds for the figurines.
    How is hubs, dear?

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    1. Thank you darling. Their moms are very proud of them as they've collected the heads of over 200 goblins :)

      The Hubs is doing great. He's sticking to his diet without my having to put my foot down. I'm quite proud of him.

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  19. Nice to see something different done with those Orcs Anne very nice work

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  20. Doing sod all sounds like a plan, if I didn't have to work, so not a perk. The first one is my favorite, he looks way more threatening.

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    1. The first one is my favourtie too as he looks the meanest. These are some big, chunky figures. Your figure has been attached to the base I built, which is pretty elaborate for me. She also has base coats on her. I took pics of her in the dark with a single light source to find out where the highlights should go and it's going to be tricky as hell to get it right because of her pose. She's the hardest thing I've done to date.

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  21. ha. i really like how the fiery armor pops against the grey skin....def would not have had the same effect with green...and the hand on the shield, lol...that is cool!

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    1. I love these guys and wish I'd bought more of them.

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  22. They are great Anne, the faces are so animated and ugly and ooze hostility and contempt! Fine work cailin.

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    1. I looked at loads of Orcs before I picked these and I picked them because they look so aggressive. They're also huge pieces. I've finally got one of my Foundry Orcs on the painting table!

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  23. Those both look amazing. I love the detail on the wooden shield especially. Also, I was wondering the same thing as Pickleope. Where do you put all of these? Do you have an area to display them or do you have to keep them stored away somewhere?

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    1. They're stored, but from now on I'm going to be selling them. They take up too much space and I need to thin the herd before we move. Figures like these are meant to be gamed with not stored away like I have been doing.

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  24. Man, those orcs are fierce looking critters! I think the dark skin is very effective at showcasing their muscles.

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    1. I thought these would be really hard pieces to paint but they're so well sculpted it turned out to be pretty easy.

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  25. I can tell you had fun with these. The colors are amazing, and the figures are so animated. Love their weapons and shields. :)

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    1. I wish now I'd bought more of them. I usually paint only humans but these guys are winning me over to wanting more monsters and such.

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  26. The colour combinations work well and make these figures really pop out, lovely stuff.

    Regards,
    Matt

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  27. The Orcs look pretty awesome. In the Warcraft mythos they were actually turned the brighter green by corruption I do believe, and were originally the muddy brown colour you used.

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  28. Nice effect on the wood grain, looks weathered as hell.

    FMB

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  29. I am lost for words. orcs are supposed to be ugly, but Anne this fine one here looks pretty macho and tasteful with vibrant colors and perfect attire . If I am a princess locked in a fortress I want this man to rescue me over horsey prince charming.
    Your work looks that of a pro.
    When you say Orc, I would expected the orc to be placed in dining table when your hubby is tasting unhealthy food to create aversion, but after looking at this guy I say put veggies and Orc in same table. Hubby is gonna start loving the veggies.

    Reverse os clock work orange. So, no hate mails from your competition yet? It just looks like yesterday you started painting miniatures now your works are masterpiece or say masterpieces. Brao, great work Anne.

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  30. Oh Anne, these are marvellous! Tremendous job with the dark skin, whilst still maintaining the intensity of colour elsewhere - brilliant!

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  31. Wonderfully painted Orcs - I like your choice of skin color too. Very unique, but looks so appropriate. Best, Dean

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  32. Great looking orcs! You have a knack for making bold color choices look good.

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  33. Hola Amiga
    Bonitas y me gusta que te pases al lado oscuro de las pieles típicas jajaja,ya sabes que yo suelo pintar mis pieles en diferentes tonos,nada convencionales,lo que te recomendaría si puedo para estas pieles es que uses colores como el violeta,magenta o purpura para dar filtros quedan muy bien.
    UN SALUDO

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  34. I do like the Orc's colour and the blaze of colour that goes with him, sets him off perfectly

    Ian

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  35. Those are nice looking orcs. I've never liked the vivid green look and have never painted any goblins/orcs that way.
    I did do a really nice unit of black orcs for a guy one time. Those were fun.

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  36. Those Orcs are very nicely done. (I won't tell Rick Priestley if you don't!)

    ;O)

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  37. Nice work, Anne. There is a lot for the eyes to take in on these ugly nabbits. And I especially enjoy the dry brushing on the ax handle.

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  38. Good work on these, very good as a matter of fact. Earlier comments are correct that Orc skin changed to green with GW. The few Orcs I have painted over the years do not have green skin. As they say "Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one."

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  39. These are fantastic Anne I really like them a lot.

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  40. Ahh a Mordor Orc I see and not GW. He looks great Anne and looks like he means business!

    Christopher

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  41. Totally rocking paint job! I like the skin tones, great job!

    tom

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  42. I have a question...that Archer Rabbit on your front page....is that a Ral Partha Rabbit warrior..forgot the exact name. I almost bought a pack of those rabbits a few weeks ago. For what reason I can not give.

    Tom

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  43. Wow my friend, wonderful and amazing figurines. I love the painting and I think it is the first time I see Orcs not in green. Good

    Slainte

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  44. Outstanding Anne! Those are impressive Orcs, I love 'em. If you could get some deeper shadows in the fur they would be just about perfect.

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  45. Very impressive painting Anne. Love the natural wood look on the shield!

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  46. Love the first one, second looks battle worn and great to.

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  47. Wonderful and amazing figurines Ann,great job!

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  48. Great looking Orcs Anne, definitely like the shading and highlights. I need to figure out how to get over my fear of painting darker (Non white European) skin tones.

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  49. Sounds like a Sinatra song: "Two orcs and a ferret. That's what my love gave to me..."

    Nicely done as usual!

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  50. Hoi Anne, well I'll be brutally honest: the paintjob on the Orcs is just about brilliant, but the green on the bases is off imho. It's a bit too cartoonesk for me, I'd tone it down a bit so to prevent it from taking the attention away from the mini's themselves.

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  51. I really like the gray. It makes them seem tougher. Perhaps they come from a more mountainous region? I love the detail in the chain mail. It's outstanding!!! Great job, Anne!!

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  52. I like these colors! I can almost feel the character. I really like the depth in the muscles, kinda feels like if you'd painted them in 2D it'd still pop out.

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  53. Anne

    Awesome job here and a beautiful basing.

    Jan

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