Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Guinevere the Queen

Those of you who are participating in the Painting Challenge have seen this so it's old news. But many people may think that I've been doing nothing for the past month. Quite the opposite. I have painted 12 figures in 21 days and my normal average for that period is 3 figures. I am a very slow painter so for me this is like painting on cocaine.




These are 30mm figures from Thunderbolt Mountain and were sculpted by Tom Meier. The base is 4" X 4" and was scratch built by myself. With this work I did accomplished two things: I painted a mounted figure and did my first diorama. 

I did win 2nd place with this but was completely unaware of it until over a week later.  Whilst commenting on an entry by the Badger I noticed that I had a lot of new points so I sent Curt an email telling him there was a mistake and asked him to reduce my points back down to 76. He called me silly and gave me a link to the post where the winners were announced.  

As of this writing I am close to the 300 points I committed to and I hope to have an entry for each one of the Bonus Themes.  No, I have not become point hungry and I do not enjoy painting competitively. I want more points because we are also competing for the highest average per country. Ireland will most likely not win but I would like to spare us the shame of being dead last.

Okay there are too many words on this already and I can hear the sound of rapid scrolling to get to the end so I'll just say this.  If you have running water in your house, be thankful.



49 comments:

  1. Nice. I like the balance between the figures you provide on the base. It makes the scene work well.

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    1. Thank you! There was a cup bearer that came with the set, but I couldn't find a way to make him fit without throwing everything off.

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  2. I love it .
    Great work and great painting Anne , it is a pleasure for the eyes to see all these colors .
    This diorama is great !
    Slainte!

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    1. Thank you Vincent! You know what a fan I am of your work so it honours me to have you say you like it.

      Slainte!

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  3. Well done Anne, you look good on that horse!

    Nice production figures my girl. Keep it up.

    Good luck with the H2O issues as well.

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    1. If I don't straighten my hair with heat it looks exactly like that and like all women, I hate my hair.

      Hopefully a plumber will show up today, because it's getting pretty foul around here.

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  4. Great work and beautiful colors Anne!

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  5. The whole scene is amazing.
    Great stuff about the points. No dead last for Ireland - speak it!!

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    1. Right now we're less than 100 points behind the UK and those guys go in for massive points. James B. is hoping to get over 4,000 points all by himself. And there are loads of them that are going for thousands of points. And painting for Ireland, well there are only three of us.

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  6. This was certainly one of my favourite entries to date and justly deserving of the bonus points!

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    1. Thank you Michael. I'm doing an insignificant piece for Vehicles, but I've got a big 4 figure dio planned for heroes. And guess what? It has dinosaurs in it and I'm copying one of the palettes you used on yours :)

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  7. A positively regal piece Anne – that could be you sat up on that horse!
    Fantastic.

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    1. I used to ride when I was younger, but never wearing a dress. I have no idea how women sat a horse properly in a dress.

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  8. splendid work !! like always beautiful colours and a perfect work on the base !
    I like the figures too.

    do you know that CSN & Young had a song called" Guineverre" ? A beautiful one !

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    1. I remember that song and I'd quite forgotten it till you mentioned it.

      Thank you Sam Wise!

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  9. It may be old news but its worth looking at again

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    1. Jesus Christ, you're still awake? I've been up all night as well, but I'm going down like a sack of taters now.

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  10. Second place? Not too shabby. Congratulations. When you say "like painting on cocaine" do you mean that you're actually painting on cocaine? I can think of worse things to do on cocaine, like talking to anyone at a party about music, ugh, those people are the worst.

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  11. This was a beautiful piece of work Anne and your second place was well deserved. Your painting and composition of figures in groups like this is exquisite :)

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  12. Still no water, dahlink? Is it still very cold? I'm constantly worried about you.
    Oh, Queen Guinevere even has her royal trumpeters!
    Hope Eire wins at the competition!

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  13. Wow! Amazing work there, colors just pop and the basing/scenic work just add to it. When I was looking at my blog feeds it leaped right at me and read LOOK AT ME! Great work!

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  14. Look at you go, awesome kinda robin hood scene is what I first thought of. 2nd is grand as well, as the points rack up, maybe the water will swell

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  15. Oh no, you're water pipes are frozen? I'm so sorry to hear that, it's awful!

    Congratulations on second place. I'm so happy for you. I love that you make your own bases. This one has so much color and detail. Job well done, Anne!!

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    1. They were frozen but at 40 below zero some of them burst and we've been without water for 10 days now. There are hundreds of people in this county alone in the same situation.

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    2. Oh my gosh, Anne! That's horrible. I can only relate on a small scale. We had an ice storm in Louisiana that killed our water but it was only a couple of days. They seemed to last a lifetime. I hope it gets repaired soon!

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  16. You are a master with those bases. A master baser, if you will. But really, congratulations, they look amazing, they have such wonderful colorful, and this all is news to both of us. Enjoy those well deserved points!

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  17. Congratulations on your first diorama. Your modeling is a delight to see and enjoy.

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  18. That's a stunning piece Anne and a well deserved award. Proper ladies never sit astride a horse, they ride side saddle, although I have no idea how that works! Fingers crossed that your plumber arrives today, burst pipes suck.

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  19. Lovely Job Anne a visual feast for the eyes!

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  20. Great work Anne, don't worry we'll show well at the end!

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    1. At the moment you're carrying Ireland on your shoulders Fran and I'm almost dead weight, but I plan on making that up and doing us proud.

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  21. I don't think Ireland will do too bad points wise. I suspect you will be surprised how high it gets. I do like your work Anne and seeing it twice is always good. Hope you get the water pipes sorted out soon and that the weather returns to normal.

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    1. The weather is better, but there are so many people without water right now the plumbers are all booked up. We're hope that tomorrow we'll be next on the list.

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  22. Beautiful and colourful miniatures...Perfidious Blonde... :-)

    Marzio.

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  23. I adore this diorama and think it's one of your finest pieces! Color, basing, spacing and pageantry...you've got it all. 2nd in a field of 60 talented painters is a huge achievement. I'd say kick back and put your feet up to celebrate but then there is the issue of no running water to take care of. Good luck with that!

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  24. I´ll second what Monty´s written, an excellent dio.
    When I was a nipper..we had no heating but were lucky enough to have running water..it ran down the inside of the Windows, the walls, the........................................

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  25. First, congrats and also, your line about hearing the scroll down, was funny. I enjoyed that bit.

    As for no water, oy. Been there so many times where we live. Hope yours is up and running soon. I share the pain.

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  26. This must be a world-wide epidemic since we were cut off today as well! Anyway your painting keeps improving Anne, as this masterpiece clearly shows. If I might be a tiny bit critical: I find the base a bit too busy and thus distracting from the equally colourful figure itself... Besides that: two thumbs up, 2 year old my lad, aptly called Arthur... likes her too!

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  27. Those are great minis, although I don't know what the point stuff means. I guess I'm not paying enough attention, lately.

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  28. Top of the draw painting Anne!! Just love all the vivid colours!

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  29. Oh please, as if this post could be too long. Congratulations on the second place! And I'm sure you'll do Ireland some justice, Anne. Hope you're enjoying painting on cocaine... or.. hm.

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  30. This remains one of my favourite entries to date Anne. Everything about it captures the eye. The colours, the basing, the composition. Absolutely gorgeous. No wonder it scored so well.

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  31. Beautiful paintwork Anne! I love the basing too, just awesome!

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  32. Congrats again you silly, talented girl. Bravo!

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  33. This is just awesome work! The painting of the figures, the base, the whole composition is just perfect! And it had my vote!

    Greetings
    Peter

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