Saturday, August 31, 2013

How to Meet and Date Irish Men

Another post in Anne's Silly Blog Birthday Celebration Weekend Series.

My most popular post remains "So You Want to Meet an Irishman?" Over 2901 women have visited that page and continue to arrive at my blog daily, some of whom leave comments on that post. My two favourites are "My friend wants to have an Irish baby. Can you help her?" and "I'm not asking this for myself, I'm just doing research for a paper, but how can I meet and date Irish men?"

Well ladies today is your lucky day, because I, Anne O'Leary, a certified expert in Irish men am here to help. The best way to meet an Irish man is to go directly to the source-Ireland. Why the island is fair to clogged with them.  You can find them in grocers, at malls, in cinemas, in pubs, at restaurants and they can even be found strolling down the street.

"Anne, I've met an Irish man I'm interested in. Now what do I do?" you ask.  Well that's a complex question that requires a complicated answer. This blog is just too small to handle it. But don't worry! I can still help you.

With my book you can learn to catch and keep an Irish male. All of this can be yours for one low payment of  €50.00. VAT not included in price, shipping and handling extra, rush order delivery available upon request.  PayPal accepted.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Anne's Top 5 Chick Flicks

Currently there is a trend sweeping through the gaming community. People everywhere are listing Top Ten Movies in the monster genre. Well I thought I'd get in on the fun, but in my own unique way. Today I'm listing my top five favourite Chick Flicks.

Many of you men have always assumed these movies were for you. Well they're not. They are all Chick Flicks disguised as macho male movies.

Number 5 James Bond

James Bond. Hollywood began early in it's efforts to delude men by bringing 007 onto the big screen.  Yes, they threw in some scantily clad women for you, but no one gets more screen time than the always sexy James Bond.  

Number 4 Wolverine

Yes, men think this movie is for them and we women allow them to because by doing so we get what we really want. Hugh Jackman. Now if this movie was for men, they'd have picked someone like Nick Nolte to play the lead.
Number 3 Iron Man

Yes another movie based on a comic book hero from you men's childhood. The comic may have been for you, but the movies are for us. Robert Downey Jr. is dead sexy no matter what film he's in. This fact alone qualifies Iron Man for Chick Flick status.

Number 2 Thor

Chris Hemsworth. Chris Hemsworth in that sexy costume, Chris Hemsworth sweating, Chris Hemsworth without a shirt. Need I say more? No, this is a chick flick.

Number 1 300

Men around the world were deluded into thinking this movie was for them.  What gave them that idea, I will never know. Just look at this for Christ's sake. How could this not be a chick flick. Jaysus there's 300 half dressed, sexy men sweating on a really big screen. 

Did I mention that Gerard Butler plays the lead role?  Clearly God loved women on the day he created this man, making 300 the best Chick Flick in the history of film.

So next time your woman goes to the cinema to see an action film with you ask yourselves this question. "Do women find the lead actor sexy and does he take his shirt off?" If the answer is yes, you just might be going to see a Chick Flick.

This post is part of the belated celebration of my blogs second birthday, which will continue throughout the weekend. And truly these posts are designed to make me smile, so if you don't want to comment or read them, I will not be offended.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Painting a Siren-Tutorial, Part 2

Today I am going to cover painting the wings and the hair of the Siren from Harwood Hobbies. She was sculpted by Sebastian Archer and is from the Sinbad Collection.

I chose to do her wings using a variety of hues from the Coral family and to wet blend those hues out from the center of the wings to the tips.   As I do not own any Coral paint, I found it necessary to mix my own. 

All paints used are from Reaper.  I wanted to work with at least four shades of Coral in order to produce the desired effect. 

To obtain the darkest Coral I mixed Brilliant Red with Pure White to produce a medium pink. Next I added Fireball Orange to the resultant Pink to create my darkest Coral (first on far left).  In order to create a lighter and more true Coral, I added Saffron Yellow to my darkest Coral (second from left).  A lighter Coral was produced by adding Pure White (third from left) and the lightest shade was produced by adding more Pure White.

Highlighting still remains to be done on her wings.

If you recall, I wanted to do her hair in shades of green that would compliment the blue of her skin and be reminiscent of the green in my inspiration photos.  

I also wanted to produce gradients within the hair that would flow from one colour to another using wet blending.  

I began doing the hair going from dark to light.  I wanted Mint Green (first colour top row) to be the underlying colour, but it does have a strong blue bias.  In order to bring some of the green back into the mix, without losing the blue I added Bright Turquoise (second from left top row). To create my darkest hue that contained the strongest green, I added Forrest Green (far right). The resultant colour is in the bottom row on the far left.  I now had a base colour from which to work.

I applied the darkest colour to the underlayer of the hair in back to provide a strong contrast between the blue of the skin and the green of the hair.

I began making lighter versions of this green by progressively adding larger amounts of Saffron Yellow (third from left, top row).  to my darkest green.  For my lightest green I simply added Pure White until I came almost back to the Mint Green.  

The front of the hair is done with the lightest colour. For her pony tail, I simply blended the last three colours down and through the hair.

The next installment will deal with the basics of wet blending and colour theory. After that  we will move on to applying highlights and creating custom washes.

Once again a fellow blogger has reached a significant milestone and is gearing up for an Epic Giveaway.

At the moment, he is presenting teasers of what items might be included in his Give Away.  Day 1 can be found HERE.  

Well folks it's Thursday and the week is on a slow crawl to nowhere.  So pick up some lead, put a brush in your hand and pretend you have something to live for. I know I will.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Painting A Siren-Tutorial Step 1

Today I am going to begin a tutorial on how to paint the Siren from Harwood Hobbies.  She is 37mm to the top of her head and is quite an unusual sculpt.

In this installment I will be dealing with choosing a palette and mixing the colours needed to paint her skin.

Because she is a Sea Creature, I chose to paint her skin in a deep Aqua Blue, a colour I do not have in my possession. Therefore I chose to custom mix the desired colour.

All colours used are Reaper unless stated otherwise.

In the top row from left to right are Brilliant Blue, Pure White and Saffron Yellow.

The first step is to mix BB and PW to obtain a medium blue (second row on the left) Then mix small amounts of SY until you achieve Aqua (second row, right).  Because I wanted the base coat dark, I added back a small amount of BB (bottom), which gave me a deep Aqua.

In order to choose an entire palette that would work with the Aqua and would be representative of ocean colours, I searched for pictures of sea coral for inspiration/

From these pictures I determined a palette of Mint Green, Coral and Coral Pink would work well with the Aqua. 

In segment 2 I will cover painting the wings and her hair. Colour mixing will be discussed as will the technique of wet blending on the miniature itself.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Two Orcs and a Ferret

These two bruisers are from Reaper Miniatures and were sculpted by Tre Manor. These were a joy to work with and without a doubt the most fun I've ever had painting thus far.

I chose to do use dark skin rather than the vivid green for my Orcs as these guys just seem to call for it. Also I wanted to learn to paint in a darker palette.

Now that takes care of the Orcs, but what about the Ferret?  

I have good news for you today. There Ferret is having a Give Away. Yes, that's right folks, I said the words we all love to hear, the words that make our hearts beat faster and spur us on to comment and support our fellow gamers/painters.  

I started following The Ferret almost a year before I began painting and I've learned a lot from him. His painting skills are second to none, he's intelligent and he's witty.  One of my favorite posts was his Thanksgiving Bloodbowl AAR of last year. It was Primates vs Reptiles which had such fun figures and a creative write up.

So to enter his Give Away of 11 prizes go to THIS POST.

Well folks it's Thursday and the heat is high. So have a cold drink, relax and do sod all. I know I will.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Hubby Has A Heart Attack

Yesterday whilst at the doctors, The Hubby had a minor heart attack. It was so minor in fact that had we been at home when it occurred, we would have dismissed it as indigestion. The Hubby has bleeding ulcers, he falls down frequently and he is always in pain, so it is easy to miss something like this. The doctors think he may have been having a series of them over the last few weeks.

I want to stress that he is in no immediate danger and that this was a minor event. The Hubby is feeling fine and the only thing that is bothering him are these horrible words uttered by the doctor "You have to change your diet."

Within hours he was trying to convince me that it is okay for him to still eat homemade cheesecake, lasagna, ham, bacon, ice cream and one of his favorites-fried pork chops with milk gravy and mashed taters.

"It was a minor event" he tries to tell me, "I don't have to give up everything." "Are you insane man?" I ask him. "I married you for your milk gravy." he laughs. So yes, as long as he's willing to fight me, I shan't worry ever much.

I know I was late getting to your blogs yesterday and I may have missed some of you. Also I'd like to thank you all for your encouraging comments on my Tool Bots. Although I don't have time to reply, I want you to know those comments meant a lot to me.

I'll be off blogger for about 3 days, but barring any unforeseen circumstances, I'll be reading blogs again on Sunday. I don't want to take time off blogger right now as I've got some vicious looking black Orcs on the painting table and I really want to post them.

I won't be in today, so you don't have to comment if you don't feel like it.

Have a nice weekend all and I hope to see you Sunday.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

15mm Tool Bots

This my entry for the Team Competition at Reaper Forums. They are 15mm Reaper figures, sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.  Now when you look at these remember I'd had no sleep for 48 hours when I was finishing them.

I know what you're thinking. "Anne, what's up with those bases? This is a competition piece and that's all you could come up with?" And I would say "Yes."  By the time I got to this point I was subsisting on a back of crisps and a pound of cheddar cheese. I hadn't bathed and the odour coming off me was so foul, even the dog wouldn't come near me.

So why turn in something substandard for a competition? The answer is simple. Prize draw.  At the time I submitted this, there were only 10 entry's and I felt I might have a chance at the Random Prize Draw. The lure of free lead is too great for me to resist. That's the whole reason I submitted in 3 categories. I don't give a fig about being a winner in a competition. I'm in it for the possibility of free lead. And I'm willing to stink to get it.

Now it's time to do a little bit of pimping for a really sweet girl named Mel. She runs a food blog and she's giving away-you guessed it-food! Goody baskets to be precise. And for those of you who have never eaten a Twinkie, this is your chance.

The rules for the contest can be found on her blog HERE.  Don't forget to tell her I sent you because I get more points and we all know how I love give aways!

Well folks it's Tuesday and this is being autoposted as I have an appointment. There may be a delay in my arrival today, but I will be in when I return.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Betty, Version 2.0

Some of you may remember Betty, the Space Heroine aka Astrogirl and the hideous base that I had her on. I requested critiques and you guys gave me such good advice, I decided to listen to you.

This is the figure that I submitted to the Pulp Themed Competition at Reaper Forums.

I put her on a less complicated base from Micro Arts, but I had to do some modifications to it. There was a huge mouth with teeth in the middle that I had to file off and cover with Green Stuff and ballast. I also had to sculpt a rock onto the side to act as a shelf for her demon. I stripped him and changed his colour completely.

To provide scenery I used the pod from a dried poppy to make the small alien plant in the front. Dried grape stems were used to make the alien thorn bush in the back. I also added a bit of pink that I snipped off from an aquarium plant.  

I brought orange in as a contrasting colour and used it on the ballast, the biomatter and on her demons gun to tie it all together. I used an Amethyst wash on the rocks to draw the eye towards the purple in her outfit

I think she's much better than she was and I'd like to at least place in the competition. Winners won't be announced until after August 19th.

One member of the Reaper Forums opened a Miniature Rating site yesterday. It is a place to show your miniatures and have your work assessed by other painters and to learn from their critiques. Further trolls will not be tolerated on this sit.  If anyone is interested here is the link to The Minirater

 Now it's time to stir the pot by posting some Brunette Jokes.

Q. What's the real reason a brunette keeps her figure?
A. No one else wants it.

Q, What's a brunettes mating call?
A. Has the blonde left yet?

Q. Why are brunettes so proud of their hair?
A. Because it matches their mustache.

Q. What do you call a good looking man on a date with a brunette?
A. A hostage.

Okay folks it's Thursday and the grass is growing under your feet. So get on out there and mow the lawn. I know I will.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Coming Up for Air

For the last week I've been finishing up my figures for the Pulp Competition over at Reaper Miniatures. In total, I painted 7 figures and competed in three categories.

I submitted the last entry just a few hours before the deadline and in order to make it I had to stay up for 48 hours. Then I collapsed into a heap and slept.  

This is why I've been absent from blogger. But I am so very glad to be back as I've missed you all. I'll be back to daily reading and commenting today and hope to have a proper post up on Thursday or Friday.

And just to remind you all that the Neapolitan Painting Challenge is still on, I'll leave you with a Blonde Joke. 

 A Police car pulled alongside a speeding car on the motorway. Glancing at the car he was astonished to see that the blond behind the wheel was knitting! Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the cop rolled down his window and shouted "PULLOVER!". The blonde rolled down her window and yelled back "NO, IT'S A SCARF!". 

We will have a date for you as soon as Marzio receives his sculpt from the manufacturer. I fear he's having Degra custom sculpt one for him because it's taking so bloody long for the thing to arrive.

Well folks, I think it's Tuesday but it could be Friday, I really don't know. So take it slow today and be sure to look both ways before you cross the street. I know I will.
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