Thursday, January 16, 2014

Evil Warrior vs The Unconcerned Kitten!

I've begun an exploration into painting weathered metals so this is very new to me. Also I rarely paint aggressive manly man figures preferring to express my feminine side when painting miniatures.


I've seen this figure painted many times, but I've never seen anyone do it with a kitten. This gives a common figure my own personal touch.





I am beginning to work in earnest on my freehand painting. I did this skeleton head on the shield as I felt it would compliment the heads on his clothes.

This is a 28mm heroic scale BONES figure from Reaper Miniatures.

What I like most about doing weathered metals is that in order to do them correctly you must be sloppy when building up the layers. And that set me free. Normally I spend a great deal of time trying to neatly build up 5-7 thin layers to get depth of colour and try very hard to keep things neat and tidy.

This is the second post in one week from me and I feel terribly guilty for asking people to visit my blog again so soon. But to offset this I won't be posting for another two weeks as we finally have running water again and I will be busy getting the house back in order. Also I am going to be doing a rather large diorama for my Heroes entry and I am already a little behind on it. My Vehicle entry is done except for basing and fine tuning my highlights.

Please understand if I am not in to comment next week.




72 comments:

  1. Wow great work Anne , as always i love your unique colors , beautiful .
    Slainte!

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  2. Wonderful execution Anne- I always cheat with rust and use Rust Effect from Modelmates- the lazy man's solution, then again, I don't have half your talent!

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    1. This method is super easy and doesn't take long to do. All you do is start with black, then use a blunt cut brush and stipple a layer of dark brown, then medium brown, then light brown. Finally just stipple over that with gold. Then go back with a black brown wash and it's done. The stippling gives you the texture that makes the metal look and feel gritty, just like rusted up metal.

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    2. Excellent information- thanks Anne!

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  3. Look forward to seeing the dioramas.
    That set up is funny. You know the kitten will win, right? He'll turn around and give that warrior a Puss-in-Boots look and it will be over.

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    1. The cat will win for sure. My kitty Fang was out in the garden with me when this dog came charging at her across the lawn. She turned around calmly and looked at the dog, stopping it dead in it's tracks. Then it ran away. My dogs also obey her. She is the dominant animal in the house.

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  4. Wicked colours Ann, really nice bit of painting there

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  5. Beautiful work Anne, love the colors!

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  6. You're probably one of the few people who would feel bad posting twice a week. Some people post twice a day. I'm glad you have running water again, and that you gave a giant beast of a manly man a kitten. We all need kittens. Even Sauron probably had a kitten.

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    1. My goal last year was to do less than 100 posts and I only did 86. I want to cut that down to 50 a year and I'm pretty sure I can do it. Sauron probably had a herd of kittens!

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  7. I think the kitty looks much more evil.

    Lovely painting on this vignette Anne :)

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    1. I really like this technique and I always wanted to do weathered metal like you wargamers do and now I can.

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  8. ha a cat works for the cat, nice addition at your mat. What?????????? Two posts in one week? Oh my, not sure how I'm going to handle that. It's too much for me, don't ever do it again, such strain.....

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    1. I knew you'd like this one Cat. I know it's weird for me to post twice in one week anymore, but that's probably it for the rest of the month. I think I can hold out till February 3rd before I do it again.

      Honestly though I don't think I have enough interesting things to say to make it worth peoples time to come here that often. Half of my posts last year were worthless and never should have seen the light of day.

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    2. Bah, just say what you want to say, it is your bay. But try to say more than have a nice day

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    3. It's possible that I just bore myself to death :)

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    4. Anne you have a lot to say so please don't feel stifled. I blog 3 times a week most weeks so twice is definitely not too much.

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    5. Truly I don't think I'm all that interesting and people would get readers fatigue if they had to come here too often.

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  9. Hola
    Muy buena esa pintura y esos metales,pero si te puedo dar un consejo,perfilaría las sombras de los metales,a si le daría mas profundidad
    un saludo

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    1. I found that out after I'd taken the photos. The metal tends to swamp the camera so heavier lining is needed. I should probably do test photos as I go along on these.

      Slainte!

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  10. Nice work, Anne.
    Esprecially the kitten caught my eye... That evil smile...

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  11. oh, blessed the Gods for giving back water to the house, dear! I can't imagine how you survived. We have a city in Serbia which has been without water for two weeks now since they've found some toxic algae in the system and I can't imagine living like that!
    Love the kitten element :))) Could be my tomcat, he is pure ebil!

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    1. It was horrid. I've finally gotten the dishes caught up but it's going to take several days to catch up the laundry. I also bought loads of bleach to clean non porous surfaces as I can only imagine the bacteria breeding in that mess.

      Some people here still don't have water as they didn't shut down their main and drain the pipes. Ours turned out not too bad as all the pipes under the house are intact. It was the upstairs and only where brass fittings were used. Those are now replaced with PVC.

      Kitty Fang has given this work her approval.

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    2. Is heating still a problem? I don't sleep well imagining you freezing in a cold house without heating, darling :(
      Long live PVC! I even prefer PVC windows and doors to the wooden ones!

      I imagine Fang is inside all the time now when the snow has covered you??

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    3. The heating will always be a problem due to expense. I don't know if I've mentioned that the house is a Victorian built in 1849. It has 30 windows, 13 foot ceilings and is 3,000 square feet. At todays prices no one could afford to heat this monstrosity unless they were rolling around in money.

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    4. if the freaking trial continues and those idiots refuse to pay... could you be able to rent the house to someone and move with the hubs and Spawn to a smaller flat or apartment with central heating?

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  12. Wonderful work again, Anne. The weathered metal looks good, and the little kitty out front neutralizes the big guy. Best, Dean

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  13. Super work Anne, the cat stole the show though with its nonchalence

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    1. I love that kitty as his attitude is so "feck off", I'm better than you:)

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  14. Well Anne you know I am a fan. Everyone else has commented on your Kitten, so I will not. This figure is well up to your usual very high standard. That base is great despite the feline!

    Glad water is restored and I hope normality returns quickly.

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    1. I enjoyed this figure a great deal and when I've a bit of money I'm going to look for some more like him.

      It's going to take some time to get the house back in shape. It's a disgusting mess still.

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  15. That's quite the contrast. And the freehand on the shield is neat.

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  16. Because I haven't gotten to comments on my own blog, yet:
    I'm not saying that that's my view, I'm saying I think that's what the popular view is. Because it used to be of a dude sitting in his underwear, but, these days, the view is more of women doing the self-publishing thing (because they dominate indie publishing), so it was kind of a pondering as to whether that view is of women sitting around in the PJs, so to speak. I know that I see that talked about a lot, so I wonder if that is the new popular view.

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  17. Very nicely done Anne, The freehand on the shield is great.

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  18. Weathered metals are fun and you have done a great job with them on this guy. The freehand is looking good as well, I think you will quickly pass me by there. The kitten is a nice touch although that orange makes him look just as aggressive as the bad guy! I think you could pop the horns higher up to white just to give some contrast but other than that he is looking good!

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  19. So much to like on this, the weathered metal, the free hand shield work, the palette - really super stuff Anne, but I think your bath is calling!

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  20. I love the work you've done here Anne. It made me smile...which as you know, I have not been doing a lit if lately.

    And I am so relieved to know that you have water again!!! What a relief. I still need to get the name of that heater for you...I haven't forgotten :)

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  21. Your personal touch with the kitten gives this figure another dimension. Now it looks like he's the protector of that kitten! Fantastic work Anne!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  22. Hey Anne - I always enjoy your posts. No matter how many you do. Or don't do. It's all fun to read and I LOVE the skeleton face. Well done, you.

    And woohoo to having water back. Where I live, we've gone many times without it and I tell you, it sucks dragon balls.

    Until next time, boogie boogie.

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  23. Beautiful work Anne, see you when you get back!

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  24. Great work, 2 posts a week is a good track record

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  25. I like it! Your style is unmistakable. And the Kitty is a nice touch to your multiple height base.

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  26. Another lovely vignette, Anne! The metalwork is tops and your colors fabulous. You're clearly having fun at the painting table. :-)

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  27. I like that shield, Anne. If I'm remembering correctly, the Brush Thralls had some good tutorials on weathering metals. Might be worth digging up.

    FMB

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  28. I painted a lot of tanks and stuff when I was younger, that's always so entertaining :)

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  29. Very very nice work Anne! The kitten is a nice touch!

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  30. Thank the heavens above for running water. I hope you'll be spending the next couple of weeks in a nice hot bath. The figure is great, especially with the kitten. I could see an angry warrior needing a kitten to temper the rage.

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  31. Adding the kitten makes this a very fun figure; kudos. The freehand skull is very well done. And your metal technique as well.

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  32. Beautiful work once again Anne!!!

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  33. I'm not sure what to think about the kitten in the shot. Due to his pose it looks like he's going to squash the poor thing any moment now.

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  34. As always the colors look amazing, but I love that bone shield. So bad ass. And anyone that looks like him and has that bone shield can have all the kittens he wants without sacrificing his epic manliness.

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  35. Really nice work Anne! The Shield is cool... but the kitten, well--must taste like chicken! *wink*

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  36. It is good to know that the mighty warrior also has a soft side...I think. Love the skull, if I had done it there would jittery lines all over the place. The metal look is awesome!

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  37. Very impressive, Anne! I love the added touch of a kitten. Very you. Your skills just keep getting better and better. A freehand skull? What's next? Making your own molds?

    Glad you got your water back!!

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  38. A really agressive kitty... :-)

    Marzio.

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  39. a truly personal touch of paint. hello Anne

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  40. Looking good Anne, those metals can take a bit of mastering... tricky little beasts.

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  41. Hey Anne - Came by to tell you that I just finished decorating Tim's blog for Valentine's Day. If you give the page a minute to load, you'll see two different falling hearts and one Valentine Boogie Dude.

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  42. Wow, your painting skills seem to have skyrocketed. You should try cloth designing. I love your skill in juxtaposing right combinations and creating beautiful shades and your photography seem to compliment that as well. Hope you and hubby are doing well.
    The figurines look badass. Great job Anne!

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  43. we haz seen ya commint a few over at orlin N cassie's....bee in curiouz az catz iz....we dee sided ta stop on over....yur werk iz rockin awesum....da tabbies

    and now in language understood by most...saw you comment a few here and there at Pat's ...your work is beyond awesome anne...your painting is damn great !!!

    I envy your skill ~~~~

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