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Friday, September 13, 2013

Stonehaven Gnome

Gnomes are a reclusive race, shrouded in mystery and most of the races did not believe in their existence. Humans thought they were Hafling children, Haflings thought they were slender Dwarves (silly I know), and due to their pointy ears, Dwarves thought they were pygmy Elves.

Only the Elves it seemed knew of the true existence and nature of the Gnomes.


Despite their diminutive size, their love of the forest and their innate need to aid in the balance of nature, Gnomes can be fierce fighters. Gwen Wimslow chose to become a Paladin in order to protect her people from invasions by Kobolds and Goblins.


While Gwen sometimes takes comfort in the simplicity of life she prefers to spend her time crushing the skulls of Goblins.


Gwen is a Stonehaven Dwarf from the Heroes of Sprocketshire Collection. I've placed her beside a Dwarf from Reaper to indicate scale. In my opinion, the folks at Stonehaven have achieved the correct scale for the Gnome race.

She is one of five that I am doing on commission and I must say I am enjoying these little guys. This is the first time as a painter that I do not have creative control over the project and that is taking a little getting used to.

I'm considering doing a set of 6 Elf Archers for someone and that would be a real challenge for me as they are a unit and would require that I learn how to maintain uniformity of colour for all the clothing.

I also need to finish my Siren as she is for the Hubby. Time is running out for me here on blogger and I hope to have a more definite date for my leave taking towards the middle of next month. Please understand that while I am still physically here, my mind and my heart are increasingly elsewhere. I guess I feel a bit like Bilbo Baggins looking at the road and anxious to put my feet upon it and go.


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  1. I have literally just come from Brummies blog and he's just painted a Gnome as well. (As you know because you were first to comment if I remember correctly). Anyway You don't see a Gnome for ages and then two come along at once! She looks tiny compared with the dwarf. For me though the base is just right, absolutely spot on. As nicely painted as ever.

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  2. It was funny when I went to Brummies and suddenly there's a gnome. I don't see them often anymore either. According to the lore, Gnomes are to be 90-105 centimeters tall while a Dwarf is to be about 138 centimeters. So a Dwarf should be a foot or so taller. I think the scale in the figures is okay and the Stonehaven Gnome could be used with any D&D figure.

    There are five in this set total and I've almost got the next two complete. So you'll be seeing more Gnomes!

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    1. As long as they don't have fishing rods and want to sit in people gardens I think I will enjoy seeing more gnomes!

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    2. No Garden Gnomes in this group! One of them has a bomb and an artificial limb. He's going to be interesting to paint!

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  3. I'm sure you're going to be walking down that road soon enough Anne. I'll be sad to see you go but I know you'll end up in a better place. The figures look great. It can be kinda tough to do something for someone else but it is good practice and a good challenge.

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    1. I'm really feeling the sense of things winding down now. It most likely will be Spring before I go, but I feel like one foot is already out the door. Not a bad thing though as I'm past ready for this move.

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  4. Fantastically done she is a beaut! As you say perfect size as well. I hadn't heard of this miniature range off to investigate!

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    1. These aren't available for sale yet but I think they will be by years end. Stonehaven is a new company and they do fantastic work.

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  5. Very fun gnome :) The blue accents are nice, ties her in with the dwarf.
    This country is weighing on me like a blanket saturated in wet cement, so maybe I can understand a bit about what you're feeling. I do hope it all leads to something good for you, along with some time for gnomes, elves, dwarves & aliens.

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    1. It's weighing on me as well. We may have a problem with going home though as the IRS has given itself some new powers which would force us to pay taxes to both countries right away. There used to be a 3 year rule where you were tax exempt. I'll know by the end of next month if we'll have enough disposable cash to afford taking that big of a hit. If not, I'm getting out of this hell hole of a town and make the best of it. We can always go home and stay for 6 months and come Stateside for 6 months to avoid taxes.

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  6. Very nice work Anne, but is she a laughing gnome? :)

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    1. Gnomes are mischievous and love to pull pranks. Gnomes are at their most dangerous when they are laughing as it usually means they are about to do something horrid to you:)

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  7. The metallic effects and shading on her armour is splendid! I enjoy playing paladdins they can whoop ass, it isn't too bad working on commission, it can be sort of inspiring!

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    1. Metallics are really hard for me to get the hang of. Silver I can handle, but the golds still give me fits.

      It does force me to do things in a way I won't usually do them. I'm not sure about taking on those elf archers though. They're highly detailed figures and may be beyond my current skill level.

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  8. I really like the paint job on her armor.
    Will be sad to see you go next month, but you have to do what's best for your husband and yourself.

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    1. I won't be leaving next month, but I will have a better idea of when I am going. Right now I'm living for October 19th. Pray for me Alex!

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  9. Very nice work Anne, and superb detailing

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    1. I've still got to bring up the contrast on that shield and on her sword. Also I think the base is too bare, so I'll put some fallen leaves on it. This is just a test pic, but I'm on the right track with these little guys I think.

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  10. She´s nice...are you sure you don´t want to paint the red head...I´ve got two real life models here at home but it´s proving feckin impossible to get it looking right!!! :-D

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    1. Heck no, you're stuck with the red head. I know it's hard to get it right. That dwarf up there was supposed to have red hair, but he came out more of a chestnut brown. I gave up on red.

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  11. Wait, gnomes are NOT pigmy elves? Oh man, I've been so racist against gnomes for so long.
    I like it, well done.

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    1. There's no PC in Fantasy world, so you're safe!

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  12. a pigmy Elf, how positively delightful!

    So the move is definite, dear? The house is already sold and found and bought? The money is yours? Or is it just all still a plan?

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    1. I won't have a final dollar amount until October 19th, but it will definitely be 6 figures. The Spawn and I are getting this house ready to put on the market now by clearing out all the furniture in rooms we don't use anyway. But we won't be waiting for it to sale in order to move though. The market is so sluggish homes can sit for 6 months or more before selling. I'm willing to sell at a huge loss just to unload it though.

      If we have to live Stateside, I've already found a University town that I like with plenty of homes for sale. The time between now and the move is dependent on how long it takes those feckers to pay what the court orders them to.

      I'll let you know via FB about specific details before I post anything here darling.


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    2. thanks for the info, dear, I had been a bit confused with all the sudden data!
      I will keep my fingers crossed for you to manage to move to your homeland, but maybe it is better to find a nice city in USA since health care for the hubs and you is better there than back home, I guess....

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    3. I'm just thinking positive thoughts out loud. I'm trying to make peace with living Stateside. In a University town I won't stick out like a sore thumb and there's theatre, art and good dining. I don't ever want to teach again, but I could do some tutoring in the Sciences for foreign students and I would do it gratis. That would make me quite happy.

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    4. that would be lovely for you, dear, to be in the business again at least to some extent. Maybe even write science articles for papers, or work in some related business if the time at home allows? And you could always give private lessons at your home too. Oh, I'm so looking forward to this as if it is happening to me :)
      Will Spawn go with you too?

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    5. I feel like I'm getting let out of prison. I can tutor from my home and sometimes go to campus as the Hubby will be getting Life Alert. I looked at 3 lakefront properties that are only 1/2 an hour from campus. The Hubby and I would be able to buy a pontoon again and float out on the lake talking and listening to music like we used to in the old days.

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  13. Anne that Gnome is just great. You come such a long way very quickly. I see a couple of things that could be tightened up a bit but everything ties together so nicely on this piece.

    Six here and six there, just like Persephone then. I'm guessing your six months here will be winter and six months there will be your spring.

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    1. The shield and the sword need work still and I'll fix those. Not enough contrast on the back of the hair either.

      The only other option I can think of is sneaking the Hubby in as an illegal alien, so we only have to pay taxes to the US:)

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    2. That's a thought! Nothing like a little "sneakin".

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    3. A friend of mine did suggest he sneak come in on a 6 month resident VISA and then just fail to leave. We could get away with it as long as he never works and the Garda never stop him for a driving violation.

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  14. Absolutely lovely little Gnome Anne. The eyes are especially striking.

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  15. Very nice paint job Anne!
    Many of my friends come from Stonehaven, in Aberdeenshire but none of them look as cute as this, they are more like Ogres or Trolls.

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    1. Thank you!

      There's nothing in the world like a big strong Scotsman from the wilds. I love their vicious tempers.

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  16. I do like the Gnome...so cute!

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  17. I love her! It's good to see your work and I'm going to miss it once you've made your move. I know it's for the best but it still saddens my heart hear you're preparing for it.

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    1. I am crossing my toes and fingers, hoping she'll come back after a bit and say howdy. But like you, I understand as well.

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    2. whenever we start to miss Annzie, we shall imagine her happy in some cute happy little town with the hubs and our hearts will feel better

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    3. Now that I feel like it is safe to hope without being hurt, I'm spending more and more time away somewhere else in my mind. I'll probably stop in to comment now and again. But if I'm truly happy, I will no longer feel the need to blog.

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    4. Really? See, I'm a pretty happy person, and I still dig blogging. It's great fun. And also, sometimes pretty funny. Like when Ray and Lurker go at it. So much fun.

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    5. I can fake happy here on blogger pretty easily, but in real life it takes work to seem happy for the Hubby. It exhausts me and at the end of the day, I paint and try to forget reality.

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    6. Ivy, Annzie will probably still read our blogs and sometimes comment while drinking her morning coffee... :P

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    7. I'll cruise in from time to time and read you guys and comment. But I gave up coffee about 10 years ago. They drove the prices up for no reason, that pissed me off and I protest by giving up the product.

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    8. wise from you, dear, it's not good for your heart and pressure anyway :) Stick with tea like I do :) And occasional cappuccino :P Those instant ones, of course, I'm too cheap for the real thing....

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    9. I do sometimes have a latte for a treat, but it's rare. Tea, I can't give up. I'll even drink that iced and with sugar. They do that in the Southern United States and they serve it like that at restaurants. Have you ever tried that before?

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    10. I drink black tea, usually Lipton's Yellow Label (we don't even have it here, but I have people who smuggle tea and cosmetics for me from Hungary LOL) with sweetener or honey and with half a lemon squeezed :) That's the continental way, I think Brits hate us who do it that way :) And in the summer I make ice tea from fruit flavoured black tea.
      Sometimes I put a black tea bag in my mug together with acai berry tea bag just to get that powerful vitamin intake from acai.

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    11. You'll just have to pop in every so often and let us know how you're doing...we'll miss you terribly!!

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  18. Hi, Anne. Very nice painting on both figures. The misty/foggy special effect behind the Gnome warrior is sweet! It really helps the background "not to" compete with the figure's presence in the picture.

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    1. I got these backgrounds free from Gerrie Schenck at Corvus Miniatures. I have a red and a blue as well and I really like them.

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  19. I love the hair and the little mushrooms. I understand you leaving but will miss you on blogger, that's for sure.

    PS: In answer to your comment, no, I won't be moving anything. Just doing the sorting and organizing of stuff that just doesn't fit in this room anymore.

    Lots of tossing, too, I think.

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    1. Glad to hear you're not going to be lifting anything as that would set you back. It's kind of nice to do a big clear out as it seems like you have a whole new room. And then you can re-decorate!

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    2. No, no heavy lifting for me. But I did great a great deal done in the kitchen today. Rotated cups, plates, did dishes, sorted inside the fridge and freezer. Started late, but pretty happy with what I got done today.

      How's your cleaning things out, going?

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    3. It's going well. We've almost got the largest room in back completely empty. Rubbish day is Monday, so we'll start hauling more out tomorrow. We've also got to clear out the garage and the attic.

      Good to hear you're feeling satisfied with what you've accomplished. I always sleep better at night if I can look back at the day and say "I got this, this and this" done.

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    4. Wow, sounds like things are coming along well on your end, too. That's good news. I love going to bed feeling that way as well. And then waking the next morning, I sneak into the office like it's Christmas to take a peak before I eat. Makes me smile.

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  20. Great job as always, although she doesn't look that threatening, the sword is bigger than her hahaha Have to hit the road, see where things end up, way to be at your sea. But the cat would wager a bet you'll be back one day. Whether months or years. until then old one eye will get all the flack lol

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    1. Gnomes can fool you. They seem sweet and safe, but truly they are deadly to mess with. Very closely related to the Fey. And no one in their right mind would mess with them.

      I won't delete the blog, just in case I feel like blogging again. Truly I'm hoping to have friends again one day and to get out and go places, have some real fun. But, you know how it is, blogger is addictive, so never say never.

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    2. Could just go to once a week, to stay in touch and such. At least with online friends you can turn the computer off when they annoy lol

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    3. It's the people I've come to know that would make me come back. I can always comment, just pick one week out of each month and chat to everyone. And if I feel like posting, I could post within that one week.

      As it is, I rarely post more than 7 times a month, so once a month wouldn't that large of a cut!

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    4. That would be the way to do it, then no pressure or nothing just come around a bit and have some fun

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  21. doing that unit would def be an interesting challenge....the uniformity but also still using your creativity....cool pieces...thanks for letting us see the commission piece...

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    1. For me it would be brand new. The wargamers do it all the time and you have to work on all of them at the same time like in an assembly line. This bloke asked me about 6 months ago and I said no, as I thought the figures were too difficult for me. He just got hold of me again via PM to see if I'd do them now. I'm thinking about it.

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  22. High elves or wood elves? Because you don't need as much uniformity in wood elves. What brand miniatures?

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    1. They're wood elves and all six are identical archers in the same pose. I think they would be used in a skirmish game(?). They're Thunderbolt Mountain and they're not OOPs figures, so they are very complex.

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    2. Still, with wood elves, unless the guy asking you to do the job is saying otherwise, I'd differentiate what they're wearing. Same color scheme, basically, but used differently. That's really more "wood elfy."

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    3. I think these ones are wearing mainly mithril chain mail, with leaves woven through. Changing up the pattern of colours on the leaves could give them each an individual look, but still be part of a unit.

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  23. Nice work Anne! That's a real great painting!

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  24. I need to read up a bit more on Gnomes.. I like what you've done here, she's really cute!

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    1. Gnomes are pretty cool. I didn't know people gamed with them much until recently. I only know standard lore, but I have no idea about what kinds of powers and abilities they have in D&D.

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  25. I think she is one of the better figures you have painted up to date so your showing consistent improvement

    ian

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  26. Great work Anne, always a real pleasure to see what you've been painting.

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  27. Beautiful work on both of these, Anne. They look like something from a wonderful story book. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean. I'll post the rest of them next week. They are very cute indeed!

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  28. That is a very nicely painted figure there Anne. I love the colour palette you use and the base brings it to life. I love it

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    1. Thank you PK. I've got to make some mushrooms a bit smaller than those for the base of the other female in this group. She's the cutest of the bunch.

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  29. I like the hair and shield, Anne, some subtle work there.

    FMB

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    1. The shield still needs some work. There's not enough contrast there, but I'll fix it up.

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  30. I like the Gnome, Terry Pratchett uses them in his stories as part of the flying squad in the City Watch.

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  31. I like those little gnome!
    I'm sure that it's another breed of Hobbits!
    I've read some books in the Hobbiton Great Library about a fourth breed of our race... as everybody here knows, the three others are Harfoots, Stoors and Fallohides.

    It's difficult for every one to go away ... best wishes, Anne!

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  32. Very cute figure. Beautifully painted and photographed as usual. Love the nice big magic mushie on the base - don't be tempted little gnome! ;-)

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  33. Delightful work as always Anne .
    Slainte!

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  34. I like this one; you're absolutely right about the size. I also like the look of the rock, hope she doesn't fall!
    Glad to hear some positive news; an escape from an unhappy place is always welcome.

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  35. Wow, that looks awesome! I love the coloring on her hair. So vibrant. Also, there's always a soft spot in my heart for those Super Mario colored mushrooms.

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  36. I have to say I really enjoyed the paint job on this one!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  37. I think I saw these two in Killarney National Park on Monday!

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