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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Griffith the Elk

As a youngling, Griffith despaired of finding his true calling as a Gnome. In his dreams, he saw himself as a warrior cleaving the heads from grinning Goblins and skewering Kobolds with arrows from a mighty bow.  As it turned out, Griffith was clumsy with a sword and downright dangerous with a bow.


One day while reading tea leaves, Griffith's gran saw his true calling. Griffith it seemed was born to be a Druid. He would use his Second Voice in battle to call the beasts and the trees of the Forrest to aid his people in the upcoming wars.


I have the next two Gnomes on the painting table and hope to have them done shortly. I have had several people ask me when Stonehaven will be making their Gnome collections available for sale. From what I understand they will be available sometime this month.  As soon as they are available I'll post a link to the store.

88 comments:

  1. Brilliant paint job but the base is amazing!

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    1. Thank you Kasper! I made it out of children's Play-Doh and ballast. Super cheap!

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  2. Hola
    Magnifica me gusta un montón,es muy colorido y muy majas las tres
    un saludo

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  3. Great paint Anne , better and better Congratulation .
    Slainte!

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    1. Thank you Vincent. I keep trying!

      Slainte!

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  4. Another excellent paint job there Anne

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  5. Lovely work as always Anne and a wonderful backstory :)

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  6. Fantastic stuff again Anne! Really enjoying your work!

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  7. Druids are still mighty respectable. In some mythos they can even transform into animals as well as call them and that is pretty damn awesome. A warrior's life gets kinda boring too. It's always "Hack this, slash that". As a druid it's more like "You hack this, you slash that, I'll be over here chatting to some trees." Trees lead very interesting lives.

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    1. Down time would certainly be more interesting I'd think!

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  8. Very nice Anne. It is clear you paint what you enjoy and enjoy what you paint.

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    1. I wouldn't do it otherwise Clint. Thank you!

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  9. Really coming together as a set. And every party needs a Druid.

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    1. What's a party without a Druid? A gathering?

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  10. Excellent paintjob Anne, beautiful colors and great basing!!

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    1. I based him using Play-Doh! It's my new cheap fix for everything.

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  11. Damn lovely work on the little fella Anne!

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  12. Awwww yeah! You KNOW I have a deep love for all things antlered, so I this may quickly rocket up the list of my favorite figures you've painted. Awesome job, you have done the antlered elite well.

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    1. He's one of your kind Pickle! Hope you're doing well my friend.

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  13. Lovely. You´ve got a definate style going ....I love the colours

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  14. I love your Gnomes Range !! this one is as good as the others... I mean: VERY good !
    Perfect base in your so original "own style". And the backstory is interesting.

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    1. These guys are just the most fun. I wish Stonehaven would hurry up and get them into their store. I want to buy all of them. They're my favourite figures thus far.

      My basing style is born of desperation and poverty :0)

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  15. Crumbs these get better and better

    Ian

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  16. I love the Elk! You've really brought all the wonderful Gnome sculpts to life and once again, your basing is tops.

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    1. This is my signature "Play-Doh" base. Seriously, it's what I've used. My basing style stems from three things. One-poverty. Two-desperation. Three-I don't have a hobby drill and can't pin things. Just wait till you see what insane idea I came up with for the next guy.

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  17. I always wanted to rule the beasts and trees of the forest, dear :)
    I had a cat named Griffin, almost as same as Griffit :)

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    1. I thought they already answered to your call darling :)

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  18. He does look ready for war. I think he's my favorite one of the three

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    1. I think you'll like the next one better. He's carrying a bomb!

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  19. Just lovely, Anne. Beautiful art coupled with a wonderful story. Best, Dean

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  20. Staggeringly nice work Anne :) this latest piece is just superb and I love the basing it complements the figure well.

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    1. Basing these little guys has taught me a lot. I couldn't just stick them on a tiny 20mm plain base and say "done"

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  21. You really are a master of bases. He looks awesome, and very menacing. I definitely wouldn't mess with a guy with antlers and a big ass glaive.

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  22. Another awesome paint job Anne. The basing just keeps getting better and better.

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  23. nice...i am glad he found his calling...and druids are so cool as well...big things in small packages you know....and using the power of the forest he def can over come that...smiles.

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  24. I like this one quite a bit. But, I'm not sure what look you were going for on the top of that staff or spear. Is that metal? I think I would have gone with a bone color on that, far more appropriate for a Druid and it kind of looks like a jaw bone with some teeth still in place. Otherwise, a lovely job.

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    1. You're so right, I don't know why I saw this as metal. It would have been so much better as bone.

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    2. I think your style has definitely emerged with these gnomes. They are all different but the style of painting tells me that they were painted by you. I'm pretty sure that I could pick an Anne O'Leary piece out of a lineup now.

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    3. The thing that's worrying me now is that I'm stuck in a "style" and won't be able to escape it!

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  25. Oh, you know you can post those over on the Reaper Forum, people would love to see them over there.

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  26. Another great figure. I do like the mushrooms; as well as the rest of the base.

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  27. Absolutely beautiful Anne, a real triumph in every respect.

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    1. Thank you Michael. I figured out how you did the photo's on your 6th form and stole the idea!

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  28. Anne, would you please do a basing tutorial for us? I really like the stuff you've put out lately.

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    1. I'm starting a base for a Scibor Dwarf King tonight and I'll take pics of it as I go. If it turns out okay, I'll post it as a tutorial.

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  29. Another very nice gnome! great job :)
    I was raised on D&D so I still have some internal voice crying 'but a druid can't use a metal weapon' but i guess he can if he wants to ;)

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    1. You're right Ferret, Kris caught my screw up already. See I don't game, so I don't know these things :)

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  30. I love that butter knife. And the antlers. And the shading on the cape seemed very real to me, nice.

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    1. Butter knife! That is what it looks like!

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  31. There he is, Griffith the Druid. I was worried for a minute when he had no skills with his weapons. Good thing his gran read his tea leaves. (my gran read mine too). Another great figure, Anne. The antlers on him are a great added touch. I love that last picture with the purple background. Not sure how you did it, but it came out great.

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    1. I did that last picture by using the Collage feature on Picassa. Right pain in the arse to figure out!

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  32. Lovely work, Anne, and the basing is perfect. In my experience, some of the very best bases are made with found objects and whatever is to hand, and this is no exception.

    Good thing he's not three feet taller though, he'd find birds wanting to nest in those antlers!

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  33. That is a wonderful model there Anne, the figure, the base and the colours are all working so well and together. Your base work is truly stunning and brings the figures alive

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  34. A very good show of brush work Anne!

    Christopher

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  35. Excellent painted figure! And the base is top class!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  36. Anne

    Very nice work, as always. Thanks for sharing with us!

    Jan

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