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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A New Direction

After the rush of the Analogue Painting Challenge, I enjoyed some lazy painting time. Just pushing a bit of paint around on a figure here and there until I managed to actually complete something.  Further, as a result of the Challenge I've decided to make a few changes in the type of sculpts I paint and in the palettes I use.

First up is Baron Simone LeCroix, Voodoo Master, a 28mm sculpt from Reaper Miniatures.  I carved the base using Super Sculpey.



This is about as subdued a palette as one can get. A complete departure from my normal high voltage colour. The base is colourful because the design is appropriate for the subject and serves as a contrast to the figure.

This next figure is Enda, the Crazy Cat Lady. Another 28mm sculpt from Reaper Miniatures. I also sculpted this base from Super Sculpey.



Yes, it's Pat, the Arse Licking Cat

My vision of Edna was of an old lady who smokes 3 packs of unfiltered Camels a day and drinks copious amounts of gin straight up.  In order to convey this, I painted her skin in a greenish-grey pallor, which I echoed in the drab green of  her skirt and in the grey on the linoleum floor.

In an effort to explore new areas in painting, I have been restocking the lead pile with Pulp Noir, Pulp Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Survivors and I've just bought my first Zombie.  The Pulp Sci-Fi will be done in bright Pulp Era colours and the some of the Steampunk will be bright.  With the other figures, I intend to work with more subdued and desaturated palettes.

Everyone have a fabulous day and if you can't do that, knock back a pint or two and tell yourself "life is good, life is good" until you believe it.









82 comments:

  1. These are exceptionally nice pieces of art Anne, the contrasting floor on the Baron really works well :)

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  2. Great jobs on them both. Love the bases.

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  3. Great stuff. Love Pat the Cat!

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  4. Two beautiful minis Anne, great paint job...and great looking bases!

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    1. The bases are coming out a bit thick, it will take some practice with the Sculpy to get things just right.

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  5. Great work on these. Love them, and the bases especially! Looking forward to the direction you take now with models.

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    1. I'm enjoying these sculpts and I don't miss all the massive weapons, belts, buckles, pouches and fiddly bits to paint.

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  6. Both figures are nicely done. Good color choices. And crap, that cat really is licking himself...

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  7. Wonderful looking models Anne! Fantastic bases too.

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  8. I have to say that I really like this departure Anne, top quality! Everything is really coming together, the basing, desaturated palette and of course the photography that is really setting them off perfectly.

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    1. These colours are a bit different to work with and it cost me a fair bit in new paints as well as new sculpts to try out some new things. I have to learn to paint zeds as well!

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  9. The bases are great Anne along with the painting, love the Pat reference!

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    1. Takes me back to those early days of blogging and insulting that fetid feline!

      Thanks Fran!

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  10. I'm so glad you posted!! Yay!!

    Baron Simone deserves to have a story written about him, Anne. He's the perfect character. I thought of Pat the second I saw the cats. I figure that's his perfect mate - right Pat?

    I love this form of painting. You say it's subdued but not to me. It seems to make the minis take on more of a personality. Almost like the distraction of bright colors isn't there. I have to pay more attention to the finer details and appreciate them even more.

    I can't wait to see your survivors and zombies. I hope you post them here, on Blogger!!!

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    1. Pffft nothing beats chewing the fat of the viking woman

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    2. Using these colours is a bit different as light behaves differently with them. So getting the highlights and shadows right takes some getting used to. I'm glad you like them and now that the Challenge is over all my new stuff will show up here.

      You're disgusting Cat, now feck off!

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    3. Yeah, cat - you're despicable!

      I'm glad you'll be back to share your work here. I really miss seeing how talented you are and miss your mini-stories.

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  11. Nice work Anne. Both figures are great. Loving the controlled palette! Nicely done.

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    1. Thank you Clint. I know you prefer these types of colours over the brights. I've loads of new paints to try out and am quite liking it myself.

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  12. Great models Anne. Loving the experimentation and change of gear. Stunning work.

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    1. I'm enjoying the new types of sculpts. Some of them are very basic, just nice clean lines without a lot of frippery. I needed a change as I was in a bit of a rut.

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  13. Two very nice paintjobs and a good advice for this lousy office day...

    Enjoy yours, dear Anne !

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. It's pissing rain here, has been for weeks. So I may be knocking back one or two with lunch today myself.

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  14. Lovely painting Anne, liking the new direction in style,

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  15. Hola Amiga
    Que buenas las dos minis,las dos bases te las as curado muy bien me gustan
    Si tengo que elegir me encanta la loca de los gatos,te as lucido
    UN SALUDO

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    1. Thank you j.d. I've wanted to buy her for some time now as the sculpt is so interesting. It reminds me of a quick pencil sketch done in the late 50's style by some of the great commercial artists.

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  16. Have I mentioned how impressive it is that you create your own bases? Because it is. Of all the gremlins, gnomes, ogres and sword wielding fiends you've painted, none are as terrifying as the cat lady.

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    1. Buying pre made bases costs a fortune, so I'm saving a ton doing it myself. I think her skin tone adds to her creepiness.

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  17. Who does not like a crazy cat lady!

    Top notch work Anne!

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  18. Amazing models once again! Gotta love the cat lady. Great sculpt and a great paintjob :)

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    1. She was a fun one to paint. Loads of character in that sculpt.

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  19. This might be a new departure for you, but they're fantastic paint-jobs! I look forward to seeing how your more pulpy figures turn out, but am glad that you're not going to give up the 'high voltage' colours entirely.

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    1. I'm almost done with some Pulp Sci Fi and a Steampunk Babe. Both of those are done in bright colours. The Pulp Noir will be very, very subdued though.

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  20. Look at you back to post and a dig at the cat too haha, he can lick his arse like that with ease. You captured the magic of arse licking well haha

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    1. Your Viking woman craves the scent of arse breath. It's a match made in heaven the two of you. Disgusting, but kind of touching in a perverted, makes you want to vomit kind of way )

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    2. hmmm vomit could make thing slick, could go in and out quicker

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  21. Very well done Anne. Nice tones on the suit.

    Christopher

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    1. I used Reaper Dusky Skin for that. It's my new favourtie colour.

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  22. Ah, nice job on the subtle color scheme. Love the way the voodoo master's shirt and trousers show shadows.

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    1. Thats an amazing triad of colours and I like the way they lay on the figure. Almost has a silky feel to it.

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  23. Terrific work with the textiles and lino, Anne, and wonderfully expressive faces on these characters as well.

    I can only assume that Spring agrees with you!

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    1. I HATE Winter and am most glad to see it go. Just waiting for the flowers to make their appearance en masse and I'll a happy camper.

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  24. Really nice work! Personally, I think it's a change which augurs well. Great paintwork and good imagination.

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    1. My brush control should improve with these types of figures and with the colours as well. Fingers crossed.

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  25. Dame Edna doesn't really need to wield that stick, she can just throw a cat at enemies :)

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    1. PS my own cat, Lutzbahar Sultan, is pregnant, very much pregnant....

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    2. Oooh you is going to be a grandpapa. We will want pics of the babies you know.

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    3. if any of them survives :( All of her kids died last year.

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  26. Both of these are so great! Hey, do they even make unfiltered Camels anymore? I can't remember the last time I've seen anyone smoke an unfiltered cigarette.

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    1. I don't know if they do make them. Probably not with all the pressure put on the tobacco companies. The only time I see people smoke unfiltered is if they roll their own.

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  27. Hello Anne two new works very great paint , the light and shadows is perfect , my favorite in Enda great paint on cats too .
    Compliments .
    Slainte!

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    1. Thank you Vincent! I like her as well as she was loads of fun to paint.

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  28. These look fantastic. I especially love that base on the Baron. The contrast with the dark details on his clothing and the vivid coloring of the base is really eye catching.

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  29. Lovely work on both, is there any chance the crazy cat lady was based on my neighbor?

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  30. Love em..especially the cat Lady :-D

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  31. Brilliant work Anne :)

    I'm looking forward to seeing your re-stock getting painted over the next few months

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  32. AWESOME work Anne; on both pieces....I can relate to the crazy cat lady !

    looking forward to seeing the zombie

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  33. Catwoman is like my ex mother-in-law.
    This stick and facial expression its similar

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  34. Those are cool figures. I really like the voodoo guy and the job you did on the kitchen floor for the cat lady.

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  35. Oh my God that Cat Lady is amazing and crazy all at the same time. I love the use of colours on both figures and the atmosphere is wonderful

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  36. Two great looking figures Anne, making your own bases as well now???? What's next on the O'Leary bandwagon!

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  37. Hey Anne - I love how you painted these but also, I really dig the way you shot the photos. Well done, you.

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  38. I like your sculpted bases. I really like the juxtaposition of the muted figure with the bright base. Your take on the crazy cat lady is good. "Gin, it's not just for breakfast anymore!" I look forward to seeing your noir stuff.

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  39. Fabulous painting, Anne! I was just looking at your challenge work and thinking every time you pick up a brush, you're off in a new direction. It puts us one direction painters to shame. ;-)

    I love your big bad voodoo daddy best. I had to say that on account of his voodoo.

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  40. I really like your old style, it is all your own and you do it so well.

    However I also think this new style is bloody good too!!

    Ian

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  41. They look great Anne! Looking forward to seeing your expanded work in the future! Hope all is well!!!

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  42. I love these two so much, I'm not even delving deep into it to see why they're amazing. They tell stories, I can feel them, empathize with them.

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  43. It' s Zombie time...perfidious Blonde... :-p

    By the way...nice work :-)

    Marzio.

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  44. They both look great Anne. I think you pretty nailed the skin tones on the Baron. I have a couple copies of him laying around that I need to get to.

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