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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Primed and Ready

This is my first time participating in The Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge and I must admit that with 5 days left, I'm getting a bit nervous. It seems audacious of me to think, after only painting for a year and a half,  that I have the right to play with the big boys. Although I am only in for 200 points, I must admit to being a bit nervous.

So am I ready? 


I have cleaned and primed about 3/4's of the figures I plan on painting. I have also mapped out palettes for all of my work.  As a fickle painter, I know that I am capable of changing my mind on a whim about what I'm in the mood to paint and I've allowed myself some room to do that. 


I also have some rather large figures on the table. The female Cloud Giant is the one I'm most excited about. My inspiration for the palette is the night sky. Her skin will be done in grey scale, her hair in midnight blue and her clothing in the colours of the Northern Lights. 

Half of my points will be from historical figures and the other half from fantasy and sci fi. I intend to complete four dios, six vignettes, some grouped singles and a unit of Vikings whose shields will be done free hand.  Further, I have dates set for the completion of almost every project. Only three bases have been built as I do not base my figures until they are complete.

There is one more critical thing yet to be done. And that is cooking. You see, I do not have a wife or girlfriend to cook for me while I paint.  Therefor to buy me time in the first week I am cooking and freezing, in advance,  a lasagna, a pot of chili, a pot of vegetable soup, 2 roast chickens, a turkey, a ham, a chocolate pie, an apple pie and a pumpkin pie. This should keep my tribe at bay for a week while I'm holed up in my room painting. 

The rest of my plan involves cleaning and sleeping. I have to go into this with a clean house and a rested body. Why so much planning for a mere 200 points? I'll tell you why. This is more figures than I paint in six months and I have never done a vignette, a dio, nor a big giant figure. 

I am prepared for the battle ahead and I wish all who participate the best of luck in the coming months.

85 comments:

  1. Great figurines nice look Anne .
    I wish you good luck and win
    Slainte!

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  2. Hola
    Madre mia en que te as metido......tu con calma y como se dice con buena letra,animo y suerte,que te apoyamos como se dice en espíritu.
    UN SALUDO

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    1. Thank you my friend. I need all the support I can get!

      Slainte!

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  3. Good luck Anne! I hope you achieve your goal!

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  4. Don't let the time you have been painting (1.5 years) daunt you. In that time you really have done splendidly well and I can say from first hand knowledge you are a very talented painter. I do look forward to the giants the Vignettes and dios.

    I will be painting the Can Can Girls you gave me as part of the challenge (non combatants week). To squeeze a few bonus points out of Curt!

    Best of luck, I am sure you will not need it and I suspect you will sore far above the 200 mark. But should you not, who cares, It will be a pleasure to be in the same challenge as you.

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    1. I was hoping you'd paint the girls!! I'm doing the non-combatants as well. A small medieval dio with three figures, one of which will be mounted. I hope you get massive points Clint and give the gang in the 600 club a run for their money!

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  5. Good luck Anne.
    You clearly have chosen some pretty nice minis, which will score you a lor of points, surely.

    Have fun

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    1. For historicals I have a good mix. Vikings, Medieval, Pirates, Western and French-Indian war. The fantasy has a bit of everything in it as well.

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  6. May you start the battle refreshed and with the fridge and freezer full.
    You can do it!!!

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  7. Anne with the quality you produce, you have every right to be dancing with the big boys you have a wonderful creative eye and use great thought and planning in all your work. Good to see that everyone will be getting proper food while you hide in the bolt hole :)
    Enjoy your challenge and have some fun, I for one am looking forward to what you reveal in the coming months
    Regards
    Loki

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    1. I followed this the year before I even began painting and I was gobsmacked by the work that was churned out. The year after that, I watched again with envy and last year I vowed to participate. I hope I do a good job and even if it's not many points, I hope people enjoy the figures I do complete.

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    2. Every point you do is a step towards your target and we all have them, no matter how big or small they are. You can always increase the target if you need too!! but whatever the case I will still enjoy seeing what you show us.
      Loki

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    3. If I do more than one of the bonus theme's I'll up my goal by 50 points. I want to do the first one, but that's a dio with three figures and I'm not certain I can do that.

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  8. You will have no problems Anne and I for one look forward to seeing what you produce.:-)

    Christopher

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  9. I' m intrigued by the female giant too...even if I would use other colours... ;-)

    Marzio.

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    1. You're not going to believe this, but I painted a red head recently. I did about 9 figures while I was away and will post them as "fillers" while I'm painting for the Challenge.

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  10. Dam I'm hungry now! Nice looking figures I'm looking forward to seeing the giants painted most of all. I've admired them for ages and quite fancy them in the bones material.

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    1. The casting on the giants was good and the detail is excellent. I'm definite on the Cloud Giant, hoping for the Fire Giant and if I'm luck, I'll get the Griffon done. The wings may take me too long and it could get scrapped.

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  11. Best of luck Anne… and enjoy – look forward to seeing the results

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    1. Thank you Mike. Where are you guys in the move? And is there definite news in the other happy event?

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  12. You will do fine Anne, you have a game plan and well prepared. The only thing you missed on the checklist was sex....guess painting will have to count!

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    1. Sex? I've been married for 25 years and I'm not sure if I even remember what that is.

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  13. An interesting variety of genre and size in this project. May you be one with your brush, and smiling from ear-to-ear.

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    1. On some of the pieces I've got planned, crying may be more likely :)

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  14. Good luck Anne, looking forward to seeing the results.

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  15. Look at all that food! Two roast chickens!?! Are you feeding a voracious viking hoard back from looting and plundering a village? My lord that's a lot of food. Also, how do they judge? Isn't it subjective?

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    1. I know, it's loads of food but The Hubby is 6;5" and eats a tremendous amount of food. I call The Spawn a land shark and if The Boy stops by, well he could all of this in 2 days.

      No, it's not subjective. Points are earned based on the size of the miniature. For instance a 15mm figure is 0.5 points while a 25mm is 5 points. I'll need to paint around 30-40 figures. While some of the heavy hitters will paint anywhere from 200 too 2,000 figures.

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  16. Pies can be frozen, dear? Midnight Blue is one of my fave colours!
    And I love that horse, dear!
    Don't forget to feed the cat while you're caught up in this shenanigans :)

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    1. Darling, you must freeze the pies before they are cooked in the oven. The chocolate however just needs thawed.

      That horse goes with an elf and I have a few other horses I'm thinking about doing as well. I won't forget to feed kitty Fang as it is Winter and she'll be sitting right on top of my painting mat the whole time!

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  17. Hi Anne,

    as long as your producing such high quality paintjobs you have every right to limit your output or be a bit fickle here and there. The choice of miniatures looks very interesting. Some very nice figure which I'll love to see painted by you.
    I found the episode with the advance cooking very nice. To be honest I just imagined pots and pots of Oirish Stew to be frozen and carefully sorted vouchers for various restaurants and delivery services. Sounds like a complete plan for the challenge. Much more multidimensional than my simple adding of miniatures to a list... ;-)

    Good luck and all the best
    Stefan

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    1. Since I don't game, I have loads of variety in the lead pile and this is a good excuse to do some of the more daunting figures.

      The Hubby wouldn't stand for take aways or delivered food. He's very old fashioned and has definite ideas of how a wife ought to treat a husband. However, I am going to ask that he warm up his own food for a week and I'm buying paper plates so I don't have to wash too many dishes.

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    2. :-D

      I presume it'll be great fun to share the painting challenge with you, Anne. I'm delighted to meet you there!

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    3. I'm looking forward to it Monty!

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  18. You go, girl! The figures you've chosen are awesome!!

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  19. Fabulous! Your planning is tops, as are the figures you've selected. Along with being an excellent painter, you're also a superb cook. 3 pies in a week and it's not Christmas? Your family has it GOOD!

    Make sure you have fun, because I know I will as I follow along!

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    1. Pies and home baked bread are the norm here as are massive meals. Christmas dinner would be a turkey, a ham and three pies all in one go. Along with sides.

      Hey, I haven't seen you post for a long time. Are you okay?

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    2. Yes, all is good! I must not be updating in blogger. That seems to be the thing any more. Sigh. No worries though.

      Here's wishing I could drop on by for Christmas dinner! That is quite a feast.

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    3. You haven't updated on my blogroll for two weeks, but you did tonight. I commented!

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  20. I think you are seriously well prepared for this one Anne! I would have just primed every mini in reach and just started in, but you have it down to the colors you want to use on each one. I think you can hit 200 points easy.

    Had I not been traveling I was going to jump in for 500 points, figuring 100 WWI Marines and Western minis would have been pretty quick paintwork.

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    1. You're also doing a piece for Gen Con aren't you? And do you have another competition piece you're working on?

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    2. I have an 54mm Alice in Wonderland piece that I'm doing for Genghis Con in February, and probably one other that I haven't decided on yet. I have to think about ReaperCon in April as well. Lot more time will be going into those.

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  21. Great looking models Anne, I'm looking forward to seeing your finished work.

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  22. Great looking figures Anne, good luck!

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  23. Cry Havoc and let slip the paints of war......good luck cailin!

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  24. Very fun, Anne. I wanted to paint the angels from Doctor Who, but haven't yet. Thinking about getting back into quilting though. I like that little work.

    Hope you win.

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    1. You should do up those angels as you might get hooked on the hobby. I can't sew to save my own life and my gran found that terribly frustrating. I can't knit or crochet either.

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  25. Good luck and most important, have fun. I suspect you are more prepared than some of the competitors..

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    1. As long as nothing goes hideously wrong in my life, I just might survive this thing!

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  26. Looking good Anne. I´m going to have to dip out of the challenge this year..no way i can cope with it alongside my other Projects.

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    1. At 1/72 you'd have to paint thousands of figures. And truly starting anything else admist what you have going would seriously derail you.

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  27. Well all that sounds like a fabulous plan and I wish you the very best of luck, very excited to see what you produce! Like you I'm the chef of the house, but I should get a good week in before Christmas to get the ball rolling. It is going to be a blast whatever happens, for me it was all about the fun of the event and I didn't worry too much about hitting my target - just took my time and enjoyed what I did.

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    1. You did a great job last year Michael and your painting improved immensely as a result. The scary thing is that in the year since, you've gotten even better. One of my goals is to place third behind you in at least one area.

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  28. Anne:

    Your talented brushwork is on par with the best of the challengers. BTW, that griffon looks great. Best, Dean

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    1. I like that Griffon as well. The wings will take ages to do and he's the last one on the list. Also he won't be a stand alone figure. I'll have to have him on a big base attacking a party of Dwarves for him to work.

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  29. You are being quite thoughtful and deliberate in your planning, I'm very impressed. I must admit I'm trying to do much the same (sans the cooking). I expect to be very busy keeping everything on the rails so I need to have my hobby desk well ordered and ready for launch. It's going to be completely mental.

    I look forward to seeing your first volley!

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    1. I don't know how you do it Curt. Truly I think you are a mythical beast, somewhat like the Unicorn. We all truly appreciate the sacrifices you make to put this on each year. And again, thank you for allowing me to participate.

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    2. My pleasure! Happy to have you among us Anne.

      In regards to relating me to a mythical beast, my wife would probably suggest something more akin to a bridge troll, storm giant or satyr (depending on the day/mood). ;)

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  30. Sometimes a girl could use a wife around the house. They should rent them by the day.

    And I love your plans for the figurines. The Northern Lights will be tough to pull off, but such a vibrant choice. Can't wait to see the Vikings and their shields too.

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    1. I have practices the techniques I'll need to do that figure. The grey scale skin is tricky, but I just did that on an elf, which I'll post later. And the colours for the Northern Lights will be done in a series of very thin glazes, something I've done before. It will be all about getting my blends smooth.

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  31. Good luck with the contest, your up against some tough competition, but its always good for some new blood to mix it up

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  32. Sounds like you are getting ready for war. Cooking in advance, cleaning and rested up. All ready to paint away and win. Good luck to you, the cat will send you a special pringle can if you like for motivation to stay alert lol

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  33. I'm impressed. That's a lot of planning for some painting time. People should take lessons from you for NaNo!

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  34. Your preparation is stunning, you cooked THAT MUCH in advance! And pies too! I'd say you've thought of everything, so good luck with it all. Wishing you the best!

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  35. Good luck from me to Anne! You can do it! I like that drunken cowboy! What size is he?

    Greetings
    Peter

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  36. Best of luck Anne, it will be good to see you joining the challenge this year.

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  37. Good luck there Anne and all the best with the challenge, but with your painting skills I think you will do a grand job

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  38. Wow some great looking models you have ready Anne. I look forward to seeing how they come along
    Peace James

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  39. Good luck and courage for this challenge !!
    I see some nice figures here : I'm sure that you will do amazing work !

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  40. That's a lot of food you're preparing…can I come for dinner? =P

    Good luck with all your painting. I have a feeling you're not only going to have fun painting but you'll also excel in the challenge. I hope we get to see everything as it progresses.

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  41. You are an awesome painter Anne, so I have no doubt that you will produce worthy stuff for the challenge. I think you have far more right to be in it than myself, but I just want a kick in the rear to finish things. I have no illusions about being anywhere near the skill level of you or the other contestants. And I highly recommend a wife and/or girlfriend ;)

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  42. It's all about fun Anne so keep your eye on that and you won't go far wrong.

    Few of us will get everything we want done in the time period we have but all of us will push ourselves in one way or another,

    It's the support and banter that keeps me going and the chance to show off my work to a larger audience.

    Good luck and more important, good fun

    Ian

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  43. I am so excited for you! Good luck with everything! I can't wait to see the end result!

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  44. We have something in common, it seems; I don't have a wife or girlfriend that will cook for me either (I do the cooking in this household).

    Precooking all of that food is hardcore. Good luck! It's odd to see those figures all so... so bare. And so white. Looking forward to seeing how they all turn out!

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  45. Great to see you back at the workbench, Anne! I stand amazed at the scale of the projects you and your fellow Challengers of the Feckin' Impossible have set yourselves. May your brushes remain pointy and your paint never solidify in the pot!

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