Monday, September 30, 2013

Miniature Bids and Building A Base

We've all bought and sold figures through evilBay eBay and if you've sold anything you've probably been disgusted at the fees they charge. These fees not only reduce the amount of profit earned by the seller, but also increases the cost to the buyer. eBay has gotten away with this because up until recently, it has been the only game in town. But those days are now over.  

Miniature Bids, an auction site dedicated solely to our hobby,  is now open for business and it charges NO FEES to the seller. That's right, no fees for listing, no fees for selling. To increase the visibility of your auctions you do have the option of purchasing advertising packages and these are reasonably priced. Their auction site can b found HERE

Last week I posted my Secret Agent Babe. She is from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by Jeff Grace.

I wanted to do a quick walk-through on the basing of this figure as it was custom built and also I thought it might be interesting to the non gamers who read this blog. 

One of the things I like most about her is the dynamic pose and I really wanted to enhance that when I did the basing. The best way to do that in my opinion was to elevate her and have her raised leg appear to be  hanging in mid-air. 

First I stacked three tiles that I picked up at the Hobby Lobby and glued them together, attaching the figure to the top.

I then covered that with  fine, buff ballast.

Next I gathered rocks in a variety of sizes from my backyard and glued them at varying heights around the tiling, This was covered in a mixture of fine buff ballast and medium brown ballast. 

The ballast was painted in Reaper Olive Green and highlighted with Reaper Turf Green mixed with white up to the highest points. The rocks were painted in Reaper Military Grey and highlighted with Reaper Ghost Linen while the recesses were darkened with Vallejo Black Ink. I used flower clumps from Scenic Express and Autumn Leaves from Secret Weapons to add colour and interest.

There are many things I love about this hobby and one of them is starting out with something that looks as crude as that and making it look like this.

And tomorrow she will find a new home when the winners of my Give Away are announced. 

As of this writing, there is still time for some of you to put a hex on Ray to prevent him from winning. That may not be necessary as the word on the street is that the Dice Gods abandoned Rousell in yesterdays game.  The little weasels luck may have finally run out.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thank You

I would like to say a sincere Thank You for your overwhelming support of my give away. Both myself and Pat Hatt are touched by your response.

The genesis of this give away began many months ago when I contacted Pat to commission him to do the Dettol Wars Video some of you saw over at Fran's place. Pat agreed to do the work, but he refused to allow me to pay him for it. Making that video cost him more money than did this give away, yet he gave of himself freely.  It was then that I offered to paint a figure to promote one of his books to compensate him in some way for his work.

We agreed that he would donate one copy of his book and I the figure and that would be it. Now Pat knows what you all mean to me and a few hours before going to post I got an email from him. "Anne, these are your people and I can't expect them to help me out like this, so I'm going to add a $50.00 gift certificate." I tried to explain to him that gamers don't need that, they help because it is in their nature to do so. He would hear nothing of it and so the give away is as stands.

Now the silly fool of a man still feels like he has taken more than he has been given. Would you please help me put his mind at ease by stopping briefly by his blog today and simply say "Hello Pat".  Perhaps then, he will feel, as I have come to feel, that he is an adopted member of our community.

Pat can be found at his blog It's Rhyme Time where he posts 365 days a year. Did I mention he's a workaholic?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Let the Double Triple Secret Give Away Begin!

Today is the day that more of Anne's Double Triple Secret Give is revealed. This thing is so secret even the NSA didn't know about it until last week when I wrote my first post about it. For those of you who haven't read that post, you can find it HERE.

Unbeknownst to all of you this Give Away is being done in conjunction with fellow blogger and writer Patrick Hatt and he is being very generous in his sponsorship of this event. Now onto the prizes!

Bundle Number One and the Grand Prize:

A $50.00 Amazon Gift Card

A copy of one of Mr. Hatt's Science Fiction Novels,

And to spice things up a bit, I custom painted a miniature to represent the main female character in the book. 

Sexy isn't she? And you want her, you know you do. But we're not stopping here folks, no we're not.

Along with all of the above I will include one Surprise unpainted figure. You will not know what that figure is until you receive it in the post. That's part of the Secret Give Away. I will tell you this though. The figure will be tailored to suit the winner. Now if you are not a gamer, I won't include the unpainted figure.

Bundle Number 2.

This Gallows from KunckleDuster

A package of six 28mm Working Men from Knuckleduster.

And finally two Secret unpainted figures. Again, these will be tailored to suit the interests of the winner and will remain secret until you receive them in the post.

Bundle Number 3.

The entire starter Trontek 29ers Dreadball Team, consisting of 8 figures.

Dark Elf Warrior from Dark Sword. Unpainted and still in blister pack.

Plus two unpainted secret figures tailored to suit the winners interests.

Bundle #4

My humble services as a painter. I will paint only 25-32mm figures full stop.  

You have two options. I will paint 5 figures at table-top quality or I will paint one figure at studio quality with a custom base.

The rules are as follows.

1. You DO NOT have to follow this blog to participate.
2. You can get a single entry by commenting on this post. Open ID has been enabled for this purpose. 
3. If you know me from a forum, you can PM me to enter.
4. Please indicate which item you are interested in. You can list more than one item, but cannot win more than one item.
5.  You can gain 5 bonus entries by doing a promo about this contest and including a link back to this post. Your link MUST include the following information about author Patrick Hatt.  
"This give away is being sponsored in part by author Patrick Hatt. You can find Mr. Hatt's Amazon Writers Page at"
6. Provide me a copy of your promo. You can do the promo on your Facebook, on Blogger, on a Forum or by any other reasonable creative means.

Winners will be announced on October 1st. You must visit that post to be notified of your winning.

Some folks have been busy this weekend by doing advanced promotions. Those people have earned bonus entries as a Thank You.

I want this to be fun so I will be giving additional, spontaneous chances to earn bonus entries later this week. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Yet another test

I've made the changes Pat suggested and I'm posting this from The Hubby's computer to see if that is fixing the problem.

Because we gamers and painters really do use our blogrolls, this horrid glitch is costing me over 1,000 page veiws a day.  Some gamers think I quit blogging.

I have to keep trying to solve this problem as it won't "just work itself out".


This is just a test post to see if I have been able to solve my problems with blogger updating my posts.

No need to comment.

Thank you.

My Blog Isn't Updating

I've  been having trouble over the past few weeks with my blog updating. I post and it will not show up on blogrolls or on the dashboard for 4-7 hours after I've published it. And when it does come up, it's buried underneath a mountain of other posts. It won't even show up on my blogroll or dashboard for many hours and when it does, I'm buried underneath all the blogs that have recently posted. Which means, I am never at the top of a blog roll. And blog rolls are the life blood of gamers.

This little glitch has cut my page views in half. I have to get this fixed before my Give Away on Monday and certainly before The Neapolitan Painting Challenge.

I've tried posting from different servers, logging out and logging back in and going back in, changing one small thing and the re-posting. Nothing works.

Does any one have the solution to this?

I'm posting now for the third time. I started doing this at 6:00 a.m. BST.

Anne's Double Triple Secret Giveaway

Before we talk about my Double Triple Secret Give Away, there are some people I need so say Thank You to first.  I've won several give aways recently and have also been the beneficiary of some kind gifts.

I won some lovely 28mm Harlequin Archers from Millsy at Canister & Grape and I recently won a 28mm Dwarf Lord by Scibor Dwarf from Mr.Lees Painting Emporium.

And in the post I recently received a gift from James at Exiles Wargames Painter. He sent me a painted Amy Pond figure along with a couple of Daleks.

After this windfall I thought to myself "Anne, it's time for you to do a Give Away to prevent people from lynching you give back a bit to the community." So that's when I came up with the idea for my Double Triple Secret Give Away which began last Thursday.  

Without your knowing it, some of you have already received bonus entries for the Extravaganza that will commence on Monday (that's what makes it Secret).  Anyone who left a comment on my Thursday and Friday posts last week, on the date of posting, has already earned a bonus entry for each comment they made. 

Further anyone who leaves a comment on today's post by the end of today, will receive another entry in the Give Away.  Yes, it's like pre-entering for a Give Away that hasn't happened yet. 

So what's on offer you ask? I won't be specific, but the Secret Agent Babe in the picture is a clue for one of the prizes. The prizes will not be single items, but will be gift bundles consisting of multiple items.

 The official Give Away will begin on Monday, September 23rd and there will be more opportunities for multiple entries for those interested. The rules will be given in that post as well.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Stonehaven Gnome

Gnomes are a reclusive race, shrouded in mystery and most of the races did not believe in their existence. Humans thought they were Hafling children, Haflings thought they were slender Dwarves (silly I know), and due to their pointy ears, Dwarves thought they were pygmy Elves.

Only the Elves it seemed knew of the true existence and nature of the Gnomes.

Despite their diminutive size, their love of the forest and their innate need to aid in the balance of nature, Gnomes can be fierce fighters. Gwen Wimslow chose to become a Paladin in order to protect her people from invasions by Kobolds and Goblins.

While Gwen sometimes takes comfort in the simplicity of life she prefers to spend her time crushing the skulls of Goblins.

Gwen is a Stonehaven Dwarf from the Heroes of Sprocketshire Collection. I've placed her beside a Dwarf from Reaper to indicate scale. In my opinion, the folks at Stonehaven have achieved the correct scale for the Gnome race.

She is one of five that I am doing on commission and I must say I am enjoying these little guys. This is the first time as a painter that I do not have creative control over the project and that is taking a little getting used to.

I'm considering doing a set of 6 Elf Archers for someone and that would be a real challenge for me as they are a unit and would require that I learn how to maintain uniformity of colour for all the clothing.

I also need to finish my Siren as she is for the Hubby. Time is running out for me here on blogger and I hope to have a more definite date for my leave taking towards the middle of next month. Please understand that while I am still physically here, my mind and my heart are increasingly elsewhere. I guess I feel a bit like Bilbo Baggins looking at the road and anxious to put my feet upon it and go.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Neapolitan Challenge and Commission Work

Yes folks, the bugs have  been ironed out and we now have a solid date for the Neapolitan Painting Challenge aka Blonde vs Brunette vs Redhead.

This Epic Painting Challenge of Enormous Proportions will take place on October 7th. Paul, Marzio and myself will be sure to post reminders between now and then as many painters and gamers are currently taking blogger breaks.

As I am known to be as rotten as the day is long a fair person, here are some pics of some equally gorgeous women.

At the moment my painting table is terribly crowded. I am working on a small commission project along with completing a figure that I have spent weeks working on for a friend (a non-gamer), so posting has been impossible recently.

I have several people to write thank you posts for and barring any unforeseen circumstances will do that this weekend.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Anne's Belated Blog Birthday!

The actual 2nd birthday of my blog was on June 22nd and as The Hubby was going through a bad patch, I was not in a celebratory mood. So today I've chosen to celebrate my blogs second birthday on a weekend when few people will be around, so as not to be much of a bother.

I have a rich fantasy life.

I debated on whether or not to even do a little celebration as it is so far past the actual date. But then I realized that it is unlikely that I will be around to mark a third anniversary and the decision was made to "do  a little something even if it's just for myself."

And as this is a Sunday and only 5 or 6 people will see this and there will be no notice of it, I can say that I will be leaving blogger eventually. This could happen by years end, or most likely early next year.  

There is nothing further that can be done to improve The Hubby's life. We are at the end of that road and therefor have no reason to remain here.  Financially there are some things that have to be worked out and when that happens, we will begin preparations for a move.  

But as there is still time yet, I want to continue to paint and have some fun here on blogger and to say Thank You to everyone who has visited my blog and made this a good experience for me over the last two years.

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