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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Aithne the Priestess

Aithne was born into a world filled with strife and bloodshed. When she was but a youngling, her village was attacked by a band of Kobolds and she looked on helplessly as members of her own family were slaughtered.  Others in took to the Sword to fight in the Kobold Wars, but fighting was not in Aithne's nature.


Aithne wisely knew that there was more than one way to fight against evil so she became a Priestess. For there was an evil that did not kill with a blade rather it killed by filling a Gnomes heart with hate. And so it was with Faith, that Aithne guarded the people of her village.

Aithne is from Stonehaven Miniatures and is the second of the Heroes of Sprocketshire collection. 

The stone that she's standing on was made from a small piece of garden mulch, the mushrooms I sculpted onto the head of a pin and the tall plant came from what used to be a stalk from my lavender bush (I dried it then painted it).  The flowered tufts come from Scenic Express and the leaves are from Secret Weapon.

Just to remind you all that the Neapolitan Painting Challenge begins on Monday October 7th. I look forward to being soundly trounced by my fellow painters Paul and Marzio and to finding out if gentlemen really do prefer blondes.


100 comments:

  1. Breathtakingly good Anne.

    Really impressive work.

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  2. Simply Amazing work Anne, I love this!!

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    1. Thank you Andrew, she was such fun to do.

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  3. Fabulous work as usual, both on the painting of the figure and creating a base for her. There is also more than one way to fight evil and far too often are people far too quick to take up arms.

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    1. And the bigger we make the guns, the quicker we are to use them it seems. Maintaining peace by building weapons is ignorant, that is the way to perpetuate wars, but we don't learn it. There's money to be made in building a vast military complex. None to be made in peace time.

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  4. Really nice work. The vegetation on the base looks very realistic.

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  5. Very very nice Anne!!! Love the painting and the base work on this young lady.

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  6. That is a very cute figure Anne! You painted her excellent and very colourfull! Also the base is absolutely fantastic! Love it !

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. I'm taking such pleasure from these Gnomes. So simple, so sweet and very well cast I might add.

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  7. The detail is great. Even down to the back story you give her. Though I look at her and see a mischievous teenager. Maybe it's the pigtails. Now that I know you create the bases, I'm even more impressed.

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    1. She is a gnome and they are known as mischief makers, even at their best. She does look like a teen whose been up to a bit of no good and been caught sneaking back in the house past curfew.

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  8. What I like about your work is that it is for display and not play. As such you can and do make an amazing job of not only the figure but also the bases. As a wargamer I do admire this approach of making each miniature a little work of art.

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    1. Now that I'm getting serious about basing, I'm seeing that I can make a little piece of art with each figure, no matter how small. It takes longer, but adds to the fun.

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  9. I have to say, Anne, your basing has been pretty hot lately. Looks good.

    FMB

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    1. I'm going to be doing some pieces from Warmachine here soon and the basing is going to be a challenge on them. One of them is 50mm and that's going to seem like a whole lot of space to fill. God help me!

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  10. Fantastic colors Anne , great paint !
    Slainte!

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  11. This is one of my favorites, Anne. I love the mushroom! But, I love the spray of flowers on the base the most. Especially knowing they are from your own garden. That really makes them so unique. The figure is so colorful, it really catches the eye. Her story is great and I love that she guards with Faith.

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    1. I keep a bits box full of dried flowers and herbs from my garden because you never know what might come in handy.

      All the other Gnomes from this group are aggressive and I'm glad they included her to balance that out. There's a Druid, but he's not necessarily peaceful. He's done and I'll post him next week.

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    2. I really like that idea. I don't know if that's common or not but using dried flowers added character to it.

      The Druid are quite powerful. I hope he's got at least some peaceful elements in his make-up. =)

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    3. In times of peace he would, but these Gnomes have had a spate of raids by Kobolds and Goblins, so he's packing a pretty big weapon!

      The next one is a little cyborg Gnome who's carrying a bomb. He's pretty trippy looking!

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    4. Cyborg Gnome? Now that sounds interesting. Your worlds are getting more and more intriguing, Anne. I'm still waiting for you to write a novella with all your minis in it.

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  12. So colourful and so beautiful...great paintjob!

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  13. Fantastic there. Love the basing as it really build up the atmosphere for the model indeed. And again I say.. your painting style and skill are just getting better and better! Congrats!

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    1. Thank you. I'm about to come up against a round of very challenging figures in the next weeks. I may ask for your advice on at least one of them if you don't mind. I may have bitten off more than I can chew!

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  14. love the base again! :)
    Has your problem with not appearing in blogrolls disappeared, dear?

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    1. It finally seems to have done so and I'm glad. It was driving me mad.

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    2. yay! Glad to hear the poltergeist is gone :)
      Oooh, just remembered to post something on your Facebook, dear, I found you a house!

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    3. I saw it. I want to buy it NOW!!!

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  15. Anne

    Although I appreciate your painting, I especially like your basing. It is all so inspirational.

    Jan

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  16. She is stunning Anne! Its amazing how far you have come in so short a time. About the only thing you can do to her is add a very small bit of white highlight to her hair to create that classic "halo" effect.

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    1. I did put some white highlights back in, but they don't show well. I think the base colour in the blonde is too light to get it to come off the right way.

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  17. Another masterpiece, Anne. You pack so much lovely detail in your work. Best, Dean

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  18. That's amazing work! I love her hair - it makes her look so deceptively cute and innocent.

    Also, we're both really looking forward to the Neapolitan Painting Challenge. I feel like a kid in a(n adult) candy store.

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    1. She does doesn't she.

      The Challenge will be fun and loads of eye candy for you boys!

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  19. Simply stunning girl, things get better and better, good story too!

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    1. I'm waiting for them to make these available in their store so I can buy the entire collection. Just love these little guys.

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    2. Dahlink, I noticed the downgrade to "girl" The dog house awaits you.....

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  20. So adorable! You have the rare ability to take a model and bring it to life with your brushes, basing and storytelling. Your scratch made bits just make it shine.

    As for the Neapolitan challenge, I may not be much help because as my wife puts it, I can "find a redeeming feature in any women." I'm sure I'll love them all!

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    1. Thank you Monty. But,and I'm serious about this, you must vote! It is your responsibility as a member of this Great Gaming Community to participate, to keep it fun and to encourage me to be silly :)

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    2. Done! You all rock, that was the coolest thing to see 3 figures done in such different styles.

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  21. Great model painting. The project's " gentle touch" of the inclusion of scratch built mushrooms is a delight to the BPSI (Blog Post Scene Investigator)! I am a card carrying member of this august society, and hereby pronounce this post as a noteworthy addition to O'Leary's Adventures in All Things Pertaining to Miniature Figures. Congratulations, M'am! Your Honorary Membership Certificate and Card are in the mail. Flaunt it proudly!

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    1. Thank you kindly sir!! I shall await in eager anticipation for the arrival of my Membership Card and will proudly hang my Certificate on the wall and build a shrine of miniatures around it!

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  22. I think I'm kind of mad at you. All this base work you're doing is making me feel bad about my very basic bases and giving me the need to be more elaborate in the future. Thanks a lot for that. :P
    And great figure.

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    1. For gaming purposes this kind of basing isn't needed and I don't think many people do it or want it done. So far non of the pieces I've sold have ever been used in games, except for eye candy. Although the pieces I'm painting for the give away won't be based by me at all. Now that's going to be tough for me to handle!

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    2. Well, yeah, but I never game anymore and didn't, now, to do more individual type figures rather than units. When I'm painting. Although I do do some of them to be "worthy" of being hero figs for gaming.

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    3. There are times too when you don't want to base like this even when the figure isn't being used in a game. Some times the sculpt is so good, basing just detracts from it. I'm still learning to find the balance. At the moment I'm keen on learning new basing techniques so for a while I'll be a bit over the top.

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  23. She´s lovely!!!! I´m not really into 28mm Fantasy /sci-fi (clue?) but It was real fun painting the mini I got for the neopolitan challenge..I´ll have to find me some more.

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    1. I can arrange for you to have some 28mm Fantasy/Sci Fi to paint quite easily and would be most pleased to do so!

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  24. Looks fantastic Anne the basing is just phenomal once again.

    I have got some of the Stonehaven miniatures Dwarves rather coming from good ol Lord Siwoc so after Zombtober I'll shall have a go.

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    1. I think you'll like them Simon. I have the Dwarves too. I'm waiting rather impatiently for them to release the Gnomes on their retail store as I want ALL of them.

      They'll be doing a Kickstarter this month for their Elves and if I have to sell one of the children to get in on it, I will :)

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    2. Yeah the Gnome I want as well but I'll have to say no them tricksy tree huggers! Well maybe

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  25. Very nice indeed, looking forward to the three way battle

    Ian

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    1. I'm excited to see what the other guys have come up with.

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  26. Very, very nice work Anne! You moving from strength to strength.

    Christopher

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  27. Great looking mini, the basing is top notch,and nicely photographed.

    Jason.

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    1. I think I've finally gotten a decent photography rig. It's taken me long enough!

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  28. Fantastic figure Anne. Congrats for your work!

    Regards
    Bruno

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  29. Very nice, she looks great, love her little story too

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    1. For some reason they didn't have a character bio for her, so I had to come up with a name and story for her.

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  30. Impressive as always. I really love those "small people" something you don't see that often in the blogoshpere (or at least where I look) :)

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    1. I don't see them often either. The occasional Hafling can be found since LOTR and The Hobbit, but I've only ever seen one other Gnome besides her. They are under represented me thinks.

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  31. Lovely work, Anne - you know how I love a good base!

    An excellent colour palette on the figure, bright without being garish; I know from experience how hard that is to achieve!

    Well done!

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    1. You know sometimes I cross the line a bit in the colour department. I keep telling myself "You must learn to use muted palettes" and then I find an excuse not to use them.

      I've got a figure coming up that needs a really special base and I'm blocked. I can almost "see" how it should be, and then the idea skitters away. One day I will grab the idea before it escapes me and that base will be a good one.

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  32. Well painted. Your bases are becoming very creative and very one of a kind.

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  33. Great detail, the base really stands out too. Blogger still doesn't show your new post sat my zoo, how rude. Stupid google.

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    1. No worries Cat, it's working on everyone else's blogroll.

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  34. I think she's cute. I like the sculpt, I like her hands behind her back. Makes her more harmless. Also, I would've been terrified of the end of her left braid at the end there mixing with everything. But then I have no experience.

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    1. You'd be surprised at how often I don't find those little things until I've painted them the wrong colour. And sometimes I don't know it until I photographed the piece and then it jumps out at you.

      Gnomes are supposed to appear friendly and harmless. While they're not "mean" in the sense that Goblins and Orcs are, as relatives of the Fey, they can be dangerous. One does not trifle with a Gnome :)

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  35. Simply charming, well done. Your skills have really come on Anne, most impressive!

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  36. I always love the stories you come up with to go with your figurines. She's a keeper. :)

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  37. Fantastic Anne. You pack so much detail into such a little character. I love it!

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  38. Stunning in its detail Anne. Looking at some of your earlier posts it is obvious your painting has improved to the point you're at now. Inspiring

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  39. I am really awed by how you do your base, they are always amazing!

    The figure is so cute and charming, I love everything about it!

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  40. I love this figure it looks so nice and characterful and your painting skills have brought out the best in it. The base is amazing and I love the way that the base is as important as the figure is. Top Draw

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  41. smiles...she looks sweet....like the hair....she might be one of those though that if you mess with her, you will remember it...ha

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  42. Priestesses? The story is pretty interesting Anne. Love the colors and the base and the painting job. Work of a pro.
    So, what's the answer ? Do gentlemen prefer blondes? Boobs over blondes or blondes over boobs?

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  43. I love this one. I'd even paint it. Love the little flowers and grass. Very very fun.

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