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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Anne The Assassin

I painted this figure for a gent I met on the LAF who goes by the name DeafNala. She is to occupy his world as part of his epic The Last Hurrah Project, which you can find in its totality HERE.

She is to accompany a male assassin by the name of Seedy John who can be found in the Cemetery, which is currently under construction. Her name is Anne, her preferred method of killing is the garrote and her kill signature will be a potato.



She's a 32mm figure from Bombshell Babes and was sculpted by Patrick Keith.  

This is the first time I've tried to use a sheer effect on stockings and although it is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction.  Also, I used a different approach when painting her face. I worked down from the highlights into the shadows. I'm not sure if I like the effect, but I'm going to try it out for a while longer.

I can hear some of you thinking "Oh no, she's gone back to her bright colours"  Let me settle your nerves just a bit with a WIP pic of something that is currently on the painting table.


He's from Hasslefree and I'm still at the very early stage with him.  I'm custom blending my own colours for his skin tone as there is something specific I am going for here. If he turns out the way I'd like him to, I'll share the recipe. He won't be up on the blog till next week as right now, I'm sculpting a base for another figure that will post later this week.













129 comments:

  1. Anne? Her name is Anne? Well, hope Anne we know is not an assassin...but, for sure, the Anne we know is an excellent painter, love the 'blue and red' colors you used, really nice, and you managed a great basing too, very inspired work once again...Anne...the painter...

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    1. No, this is Evil Anne, my evil twin. . I'm nice, but she's a nasty piece of business out there with her garrote, killing for money and skulking round cemeteries'.

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    2. Here I am reassured...

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  2. Wonderful work Anne and the signature potato kill is a great touch to the back story for this. BUt oh my that work in progress cant wait to see this one completed :)

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    1. Ya, she leaves a potato by all of her kills as she likes to be sure she gets credit for the work :)

      I'm enjoying working on that Hasslefree figure. I'm almost done and really hope I don't ruin the skin tone with the next round of layering.

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  3. Hhhmph! Her name is Anne and she leaves potatoes! I'll let everyone draw there own conclusions. The guy in the Mohawk looks good I am already looking forward to seeing more. Nice work all round Anne.

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    1. I fell in love with Kev White's sculpts and the Mohawk guy is the first in a series of Survivors I'm going to be doing. I've not decided on a design for his base yet though.

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  4. Very nicely done on both figures Anne! A potato is a interesting choice for a kill signature.

    Christopher

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  5. Potatoes???...Fried potatoes?... :-p

    Good work Anne :-)

    Marzio.

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    1. Potatoes are deadly when Anne spits on them, drool. Beat you beat you!

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    2. No, not fried, raw. Once a tater is fried, it's sacred to her and she'd never leave that behind. She'd eat it :)

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  6. Nice job on both.
    Potatoes? There has to be an interesting story behind that...

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    1. It has to be, but Anne isn't telling because then she'd have no potatoes to make her full, beat you beat you

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    2. There is, she's Irish and she likes potatos.

      Cat, expect the coppers to find a tater lying by your dead body in the morning :0)

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  7. Very impressive work. I love the look on Anne's face. I can imagine her thinking "should I kill you or shouldn't I? Best kill you just to be on the safe side" :-)

    Cheers, Paul

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    1. Anne would kill, just throw old one eye in your face and all would feel ill, beat you beat you

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    2. Her policy is when in doubt, garrote the bastard, before he garrotes you.

      Cat, you're a gobshite.

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    1. Yippee for Anne
      Beat you beat you

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    2. Thanks R!!

      For fucks sake Cat, I can't keep up with you.

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    3. He's everywhere and nowhere that damn thing!

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  9. Awesome work on Anne, Anne!! I really like the spud idea too.Brilliant!

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    1. Anne Anned up Anne! Beat you beat you

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    2. Seem to have a thing for wanting things to go up the cats rear lol

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    3. No cat, we all know that it's you that likes thing up your arse

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  10. I love the little tid bits of a back story that you provide with your figures, Anne. I imagine they come to you as you work on the piece. Maybe it helps you paint, create each one? Actually, it didn't even cross my mind about the bright colors. Maybe it's because it wasn't overwhelming or it's been a while. Not sure. Love that you're sharing them here though! Thanks, Anne. I really did miss seeing them here. Gushing over! Now on to the A-Z =)

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    1. This one had to match the story of Seedy John, whose kill signature is an apple core. She doesn't really look like me, but she does fit into The Last Hurrah Project setting. She's Victorian Steampunk. I've not done bright colours in a while and let me tell you, they are much harder to work with than the subdued colours.

      Cat, I'm going to kill you.

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    2. Get bent, cat. You're luck this isn't my blog or I'd tell you how I really feel about you!

      Ah, I get it. Johnny Appleseed. The guy who planted appleseeds, gave clothes to people who needed them and such as that if I remember correctly. Hmm, I would have thought the brighter colors to be easier to work with.

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    3. What, afraid to tell the cat here? Geez, poor old one eye

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  11. what is the symbolic behind the potato, dear? Is she taking a revenge on the ebil Brits?

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    1. Oh dear, still ahead I fear

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    2. Yeah, she's Irish so she's leaving behind a potato. No, she'll kill anyone of any nationality if the price is right.

      Cat, feck off!

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    3. so many nations have survived on potatoes, dear, I like it as her symbol!

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  12. Potatoes you say? Well they are as nasty as can be to me, but what does she do, poison them? Death my potato, what a way to go. Both look great indeed, bring the bright fine for my sight. Same name as you too? Hmmm and you say the cat has an ego haha

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    1. Talking to myself now! "feck off cat" beat you beat you

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    2. No, she doesn't use poison as she's a girl and that would be expected. She chose the garrote as it's unexpected and therefor very effective.

      Go ahead and talk to yourself, you maple syrup eating bastard.

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    3. My, I type with one hand, can talk to myself and still remain ahead, the cat is so grand

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    4. Your a pain in my arse right now Cat. Is this payback for the whole "Candadian" thing?

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    5. haha never meant for payback, but when I came back for a look I saw you just started replying to all and the race was on

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    6. I had fun that night, but it took me a long time to come up with all of those insults. I actually had to think before I typed. You're such a snot, it just pours right of you non stop.

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    7. haha just flows out at my sea, with my 120 posts ahead what more do I have to do lol it's almost fall on my blog now haha

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  13. Her kill signature will be the potato? Erin go bragh!

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    1. Potato gun to the head, oopsy still ahead

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    2. Viva la Ireland!

      Jesus Cat, how do you type so fast?

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    3. One handed too
      Shame on you

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    4. Oh God, for the first time in my life, I'm hoping I don't get any more comments.

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  14. Now you see, I rather like your bright palette and this is a beauty.

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    1. Bright as can be, geez so slow at your sea

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    2. Thank you Michael!

      Holy Mary, Mother of God Cat. I can't keep up with you. I'm laughing and pissing myself over here.

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    3. Umm eww, that would make the cat go the other way

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    4. Now I know how to get rid of you. You foul fetid feline!

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  15. Masterful use of colors as always, Anne. Very impressive.

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    1. Masterful = Anne, my you are a fan

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    2. Thank you Dean!

      Cat, I'm running out of insults for you.

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    3. haha running out of insults you say, got you on the ropes

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    4. I can hold my own against most people in a smack down contest. But not with you when you're on a roll.

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    5. Rile up the cat and he'll go all crazy

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  16. Nice, she looks like a character you might learn - too late - to distrust in London Below...Gaiman's Neverwhere!

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    1. Never trust anyone named Anne, that is a solid plan

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    2. She's a sneaky one she is. In one hand she holds friendship and in the other she holds death.

      Cat, remember those surface to air missiles? I'm having some made that can fire looooong distances.

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  17. Great work again Anne. Does this mean that you are our Killer Queen?

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    1. She can kill with a bit of spit

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    2. Yeah, definitely. If you need someone whacked, I'm your woman :)

      No I can't Cat. I'm mean, but I'm not venomous..

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    3. Guess we have got a dream team here. Empress of the Universe Tamsin the Great and Ann'O'L, the Killer Queen. Damn, that sounds like two quite mean charakters from some SciFi TV show. Yeah!

      But afar from that: Great work again!

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    4. Can't ruin my streak, I see you posting out of sync, winner!

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    5. You are right! I am the winner! Thank's for catching that!

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    6. Tamsin and I could do some serious damage. She's got her loyal Swiss and I've got my garrote.

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    7. That cat has no fear, he has a polluted rear

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    1. Looking grand, I win in your land

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    2. Thank you Jay!

      Cat, I'm choking on my own spit now.

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  19. Damm, your brush is on fire! Great job

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    1. On fire and my streak gets higher!

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    2. Thank you Styx!

      Cat, you're going to have fire coming out your arse when I stick a lighted fire cracker up it.

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    3. Fun, the fourth of july out my arse, yippeee for me!

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    4. Cat, you'll be singing The Star Spangled Banner in a falsetto voice when I'm done with you.

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  20. Anne is a beautiful-colourful figure !!
    and I like the Mohawk-guy !
    Congrats !

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    1. Mohawks you say, they can get stuck in the door way! Streak alive!

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    2. Thank you Sam Wise!

      Cat, I'm surprised you didn't mention Brian when you saw the Mohawk guy.

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    3. The gawker was too easy on that one

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  21. Anne; I like the colors....especially the turquoise on her dress, and the orange in the boot brings the eye down to base level....great work on the base....and being third generation Irish...4th generation, can't keep track of my own family...I love the potato signature.....its about time the spud got its due..Guinness did...why not the spud

    meowloz two kitty fang

    slainte !

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. So where in Ireland did your family come from? Did they leave due to the famine? We've got almost as many leaving now as we did then. According to the statistics, on average, there is one Irish person leaving every 6 minutes.

      Kitty fang raises her paw to you!

      Slainte!

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    2. Cork, Clare, Limerick & Carlow that I know of; sadly, no one asked questions of the living or showed interest until it was to late. I do know Owen Barry left as a school teacher; though WHEN I'm not sure.

      When he got to the states, he was told he wasn't "allowed" to teach school to any kids here.... F that and the person who said it to him....and if he wanted work he needed to work the RR.

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    3. Excellent! I'm a Corkster. I understand about not asking questions as they probably wouldn't have answered them. When it comes to the past, getting people to talk is like pulling teeth.

      I know how how they treated us. They had signs in the windows saying No Negroes, No Dogs, No Irish. They worked us to death building the railways and we built their cities for them. Much of the history is being re-examined and we're seeing that people when we were brought over by the British we were sold like slaves. They called it indentured servitude, but it was slavery all the same. But America did allow us to climb out of the trenches and make something of ourselves eventually.

      You'll have to find a way some day to go for a visit, even if you don't know exactly who they all were, you'll feel at home.

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    4. stopped by to say have a great week end !!! hope the rains have quit...God His self knows you don't need any more after the flooding this winter..

      and before my rotting carcass is tossed in some hole some place...I will be touring Ireland.... Owen was a Corkster !!

      my grandparents went to Ireland for their 50th wedding anniversary...and my grandmother...nicknamed Weezer...was bound and determined she was going to try and trace our heritage...the Barry name for starters..

      .this was back when phone books were still available in phone booths...she came home with the entire Barry section ripped out of a phone book....God help whoever needed it there in Cork....what the hell she thought we were going to accomplish is still a mystery....

      she also came home with a rock, stolen from God knows where...I still have it ☺

      da tabbies say meowloz to Kitty Fang and

      heerz two a wild whitefish week oh end ♥♥♥

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    5. It's still raining and cold. Will likely do through the weekend and I've got my veggies to get into the ground!

      Usually if you've got a name, a date of birth and the County a person was born in, you can get a lead on the family and trace back from there. Parish churches often still contain records from way, way back if all else fails.

      For me the West is where the heart of Ireland lies. You'll have to visit Connemara when you go as it's wild and beautiful and has the most native speakers in the whole of the country.

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  22. I don't care for the first figure, but that has more to do with the figure than the paint job.
    The second one has promise.

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    1. Buy yourself some mini's and paint them.

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  23. Hola
    Buena muy buena la señorita me gusta esa paleta de colores elegidos
    El pelos de punta tiene buena pinta también
    UN SALUDO

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  24. Anne The Assassin, the title had me wondering if you were in a new line of work.

    I love her! These Bombshell Babes and your paintbrush are a perfect match. Her stockings look great, I have no idea how to achieve that effect. I suppose I can google women's stockings and see what turns up. ;-)

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    1. Stockings for santa, that works

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    2. I love these Bombshell Babes and I've gotten used to that 32mm scale. I've tried to do sheer stockings before and it was a complete mess. You still can't see enough of the leg behind the stocking, but they have a sheer look about them. It's all about glazing in very, very thin layers. If you Google that, make sure the wife knows why you're doing it.

      Cat, I've got a stocking here that I'd like to stuff you in.

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    1. Indeed it is Fran, indeed it is :)

      Cat, you've just used up your 8th life. Only one more left!

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  26. Phwoar! She can "assassinate" me any day of the week.

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    1. Watch out, it isn't pleasant

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    2. Thank you Michael. I'll send her round for a visit :0)

      Cat, go back to your Viking woman!

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  27. A potato?

    She sure is a bombshell. Well done, you.

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    1. Yeah you, well done you, you well done, you

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    2. Hey, Pat - Good to see you having fun.

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    3. Ya, he's having loads of fun today here at my bay.

      Cat, I'm sending you Pringle can full of poo!

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    4. Good to see fun being had. That's the only reason
      I blog. Because of the fun of chatting and laughing
      with all you groovy bloggers.

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    1. Cheers, where everybody knows your name?

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    2. Thank you!

      Cat, everyone knows your name and they run away when they hear it.

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  29. More great work, noticed the base is not pulling the eye till after the figure gets the attention so that's great

    Ian

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    1. I'm trying to tone my basing down a bit so they don't compete so much with the figure.

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  30. Hmmm? An Irish assassin named Anne who likes potatoes? I better not be reading about you in the news!

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  31. Great work Anne , congratulation .
    Slainte!

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  32. Wow Anne, I have been so busy traveling and wrapping up jobs and projects that I have been missing your posts. You have been doing some really fine work and you are getting better with every piece. I like the assassin, although she could be a little sharper in some areas. I love the dwarf boar rider though, I think you nailed that one.

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  33. You can enter my Salute draw now you have followed my blog, if you want. Last day tomorrow to enter!

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  34. Thats another amazing paintjob there Anne and actually I light the bright colours that you paint in.

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  35. I'm now catching up...I love this. She's a total hottie!

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  36. Lovely figurine Anne. You should post a picture of yourself in same costume like all the girls with look like me toys. Mohawk guy is hot.
    You working is excelling we all are running out of superlatives Anne.

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  37. deer kidz oh my mom
    whooz name bee Anne
    Mom wantz sum mini’s
    N eye don’t meen a van

    eye haz en closed a linx
    two an on line store ( Reaper )
    a purchase wood be nice…
    ore may bee twenty four

    coz itz moms day again
    in de month of May
    sew buy her sum minis…
    with yur charge card ..pay

    am eye talkin funnee
    yea itz called cat slang
    N eye love ewe mom
    frum me…. kitty fang

    ~~~~~~~~ happy week end Anne...Enjoy....I have a day off from work tomorrow...to do yard work ????
    ..hope your garden is in.........Laura

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  38. There's bright colors here, but it's balanced out. I thin it's fine, dig it. I really dig the other sculpt though, looks like fun.

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  39. "Ugh, doing bright colors AGAIN."

    Uhhh, no, neither of us are saying that. It looks great, and I'm partial to bright colors (maybe it says something about my pea brain, who knows?).

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  40. lovely stuff.
    I have nominated you for a Liebster award (play along if you want to)
    http://bandit86.blogspot.com/2014/05/liebster-awards-par-2.html

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  41. Anne; many thanx for the compliment on our blog....it DOES take a while to understand "trout" !!!
    we try our best to be funny; or maybe just insane...hope your weekend is good...meowloz to kitty fang
    Laura and the crew ♥

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