Tuesday, April 30, 2013

All Together Now

After several months and many side journey's I have finally completed my Pirate Crew with HRH and Suzie Swagger at the helm.

HRH and Suzie are now ready to set sail for their new home in Canada. They will be residing in the home of Debra and her Rare One. Thank you Debra for your generosity.

These lovely lasses are ready to cross the Atlantic to their new home. They were a private sale with a gamer who contacted me by PM at TMP asking if he could purchase them.

And before I packed them up, I took one final photo of them all together. For me, they now reside in memory and in my new banner at the top of the page.

The background that I used was one of several that I have custom made for myself using Art Rage and/or Photoshop.  I am making more and testing them to see what works and may make some available for a limited download in future.

Goodbye my Ladies, I shall miss you.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mariel Twinspar, Pirate Babe #3

Mariel was a saucy wench and found herself pulling taps at The Dirty Pony when she was but 16 years of age after both of her parents died from the pox.

When the publican, Fatty Arsebottom, tried get forward with her, Mariel quit the pub swearing she'd never be at the mercy of a man again.

Turning her back on The Dirty Pony Mariel boarded ship with HRH and her all female crew.

She spent the rest of her life sailing the seas, robbing and pillaging in many a foreign port. And a happy wench she was and better for it.

Mariel is 25mm, from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by Patrick Keith.

Well folks it's Monday and the beginning of a new week that is sure to be full of perils and pitfalls. So walk in a zig zag pattern this week to increase your odds of surviving. I  know I will.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I'm a Character In a Childrens Book!

Author Pat Hatt wrote a children's book titled Tune at High Noon and that book spent some time at the top of the Amazon Bestseller's list.

Mr. Hatt portrayed me as the sweet Goosy Air who opens the story and I was touched by his decision to do this. The story takes place in an Old West Town and is a classic tale of good vs evil and is done with rich and colourful illustrations.

A gamer of some renown also appears as a character in Mr. Hatt's book and he comes in at the end of the story. Now don't you want to know who that gamer is?

Well, you'll just have to buy the book to find out. You may click on the Link which will take you so Amazon where the book is available as a Kindle download.

Because I'm extremely tired and not thinking clearly/ such a nice person, I will give this book as a free gift to the first three people who ask for it.  If you are one of those three, you can contact me at I will only need your email address and you will receive a gift notice from Amazon for this book.

I'm off to the Land of Nod and will see you all when I wake up.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Total Immersion

March 14th marked my one year anniversary as a painter and while I am pleased with the progress I have made, there are things that must be improved upon.  To that end I have spent the last two weeks completely immersed in the world of miniature painting and photography.

After reading a great many tutorials on the photography aspect of our hobby, I decided to apply some of the things that I learned.

No, you haven't seen her posted. This is a teaser for later.

I have a new set-up for lighting that consists of an overhead florescent desk light and two angled lights aimed at a central point.  After viewing a multitude of photos I realized I needed to utilize a hi-def background to shoot my figures against.  After hours and hours of downloading, printing and photographing, I found several that I can utilize.

Cruising all around the blogosphere and multiple forums, I spoke with many a talented painter who was willing to answer questions and in some cases to write and to post tutorials for me. The results of these lessons will be evident in the figures of the O'Leary Cowgirls I will be posting. I will be mentioning some of those names in upcoming posts.

When I was not reading or studying, I was painting. There were times when I stayed awake for 48 hours straight and forgot to eat. I am still in the middle of this intense learning phase and will not be back to posting full-time until next week.  Please understand that this is something that I must do.

Further, the name of my blog has been changed to reflect the content of my blog. Anne's Attic has been dismantled and in it's place stands O'Leary Miniatures.  In order to get people accustomed to looking for me on their blog rolls under the new name, I will republish this post throughout the day.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I Didn't Go To Salute!

Some of us were not able to attend Salute yesterday and really I think we should all write a post about what we did while the rest of you were having fun.

After I got done mowing the lawn, I painted. Since then I've been commenting on Salute posts and boy are my fingers tired!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gone Painting

This is just to remind people that I'll be away.

The brushes are calling to me and it's time to get cracking on some figures.

See you all on or about April 19th.

Please, do not feel as if you need to comment. Wishing you all warm weather and blue skies.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Come and Claim Your Booty!

It's time to announce the winners of Anne's Epic Giveaway!

Now before I get started, I'd like to announce the winner of the double-triple-secret prize. Now this prize was so secret, even I didn't know about it until later. I got a huge outpouring of support from my friend Mel over at No, Really, You Can Eat It so I'm giving her a special prize.

M&M scented candles! No, Really, You Can't Eat It Mel, but I hope they fill a room with their lovely scent.

So onto the other prizes.

Chasing The Sandman by Brandon Meyers goes to Pickleope.

Zvezda 1/72 Samurai goes to Sean.

Blue Moon WWI figures go to Wargame News And Terrain Blog.

Tom Meier 54mm Highlander goes to Kris.

And finally The O'Leary Girls go to Monty.

The winners need to contact me at: so I can get your addresses. This is just a temporary email that will be closed after everyone has received their prizes.

I've had loads of fun doing this, but now I need quiet time to just paint. I'll be taking a break from Blogger until about April 19th. I'll be in to comment today and will post a simple reminder of my absence tomorrow.

Have a good weekend everyone. I know I will.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Knuckleduster-I'm Addicted!

Hello, my name is Anne O'Leary and I'm an addict. Yes, I'm a leadhead and I've found a new manufacturer to supply me with figures to quench my nearly insatiable need.  And that manufacturer is Knuckleduster.

It started innocently enough, with the winning of a prize draw from Patrick at Dice of Legends for a voucher in the amount of $16.50.  Initially I planned on getting just an upright piano with a piano player.  I began cruising through their site and within minutes my shopping cart was full of 28mm Wild West goodness.

I got Cowtown Chaos, Sidekicks, Working Men, Singing Cowboys and Cancan Dancers.

In Vignettes I got, a Bank Scene (yeah, there's going to be a hold-up), a Faro Game and the Piano Set.

I also got a Billiards Vignette and finally the one thing no girl should have to do without-a Gallows.

These figures are just beautiful too. Full of character, well sculpted and well cast with no flash and very few mold lines. A painters dream..

The man who owns the shop and also does all the sculpting, Mr. Forrest Harris, is a fine gentleman. He contacted me by e-mail the day after I placed my order and I ended up getting both the Bank Scene and the Gallows for free.  My order arrived in 3 days-excellent service.

I have settled on the American Wild West as my historical period!!! What I'm most interested in is finding out what day to day life was really like. What did people eat, what were their clothes made of, what was the social structure like, what kind of music did they write and play, how did they spend their leisure time, how did they survive in harsh conditions, what was the price of goods, where did supplies come from, what roles did women play, what was the average life-span and on and on.

If any of you have now of reliable source material, let me know. Inexpensive books would be fine and free, but reliable web sources would be great as well.

Tomorrow I will be announcing the winners of my Prize Giveaway, so be sure to tune in.

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