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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cave Woman vs The Giant Spider

In an effort to broaden my understanding of the Pulp genre I decided to expand my painting experience beyond the realms of Sci-fi. With this piece I ventured into the exciting, action filled world of Adventure Pulp with a little diorama.

The figures are from Bombshell Babes and were sculpted by Patrick Keith. The Spider is from the Counterblast game and is an Edo Trapper. For those of you who are not aware of it, Counterblast and Bombshell Babes are the same miniature company.






For the large plants I used Aquarium plants and painted them using acrylics. The scale works quite well for over sized Jungle plants, but are a bit of a pain to do. The paint has a tendency to crack unless sealed immediately after painting.

This project took a bit of work and has left me in a bit of a painting slump. Right now I'm lazily pushing paint around on a few figures in the hopes that eventually at least one of them will be finished. It seems that many of us are in such a state at the moment. These things go in cycles and I am certain mine will pass and a flurry of activity will begin again.








76 comments:

  1. So courageous and sexy...I'm in love with her! I have to look at my aquarium plants, this is a beautiful result, but I'm afraid not for 15mm. Anyway, that's an excellent job Anne, very artistic!

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    1. The aquarium plants are a staple in Pulp gaming, which is where I got the idea. They'd only work with 25mm and above figures.

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  2. The base is fantastic, and I live how you "broke the frame" with the spider.

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  3. Nice painting and composition. I have a large aquarium decor piece I have stripped of all the green things - they will be used for jungle terrain. The rest could be painted for 15mm gaming, it's like a huge dwarf fortress.
    I'm on the other side of the painting motivation scale as I have completed a lot of troops during the previous two weeks - hope it will last.

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    1. Sounds like what you've got will work. You can cram these things onto a base and make a lush environment with them. I need to buy more so I can get a wider variety.

      I've just come out of a period of high activity and what goes up must come down!

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  4. What an awesome setup! With the spider crawling up the base, it gives it even more depth. Excellent paint job. And yeah, I can imagine the aquarium plants were a hassle.

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    1. Cheap plastic repels paint like broccoli repels a child.

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  5. Seriously cool, awesome finish on the base there too Anne

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  6. Excellent work. they both work very well together. While I do like Roco art and the breaking of the frame that constrains it I would have liked to have seen a reson de'etra for the spider to be there. Maybe a small hole that was it's lair. Yes I know I am being picky it really is absolutely splendid as it is.

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    1. There is a way that can be done on a small plinth like this. You burn one of the corners and cut it away, but that's a more advanced technique. That would have made it look like the spider was crawling out of a lair. I've a piece planned where I'm going to attempt that. God only knows how many plinth's I'll ruin in the process.

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  7. Superb work - I really like how the spider is coming from "offstage" in the scene

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  8. Great piece.. I really like how busy but focused it is.. great job!
    Am just coming out of a painting slump at the moment.. so I know the cycle well.. looking forward to seeing more from you!

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    1. I've been trying to apply some of the things I've been learning over at Massive Voodoo. Those tutorial Roman has been doing this year are of great help and I hope to improve as I go along.

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  9. Stunning brushwork and basing Anne! I really like the artistic aspect of your work!

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  10. Oh my Anne, that is a tremendous piece of work! Although all impressive, the way that you've managed to get those cheap plastic plants to fit perfectly in truly inspirational.

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    1. I'm going to be needing more when I do my Dinosaurs. Yes, I said Dino's. I shall be shamelessly copying your work when I get to those!

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  11. I think that's the some of the best foliage I've ever seen on a base.

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  12. I think you have done a great job of entering the Pulp world. Enjoyed this piece very much.

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    1. I do enjoy Pulp and can't quite understand now why I ever painted Fantasy.

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  13. That base is awesome indeed. Would not want to mess with her, might get a spike in my little rhyming rear haha And there you go, you have your once a month post in hahaha

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    1. She'd club you over the head and drag you back to her cave. You just might like that.

      Hey, I did three posts last month and I just might do two this month. I said "might", don't want people to think I actually blog :0)

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    2. The cat may like that, especially if he can chew some fat lol

      Wow, two! When those worms come out you'll get up to 10.

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    3. Guess your "might" was a big fat no!

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  14. hope the spider doesn't eat her, dahlink! So many lovely details in the base!

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    1. That spider doesn't stand a chance against her. She's as tough as a Serbian woman and not be messed with.

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    2. Poor spider, then :)
      Hope it's not getting too cold over in your realm, it's very cold at nights here already. And chrysanthemums have started blooming!

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  15. I think what I really like about this piece is that you were willing to think outside the box and have the spider coming up over the edge. I love vignettes like play a bit outside the lines. The whole piece has a fairly "yellow" feel to it, like early morning sunlight. I'm sure she is wishing that her day started off with a cup of coffee rather than a spider though.

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    1. To be absolutely honest, the placement of the spider had more to do with the realization that the base was too small. I was in a bit of a pickle and thought, "Okay, just stick it on the side and hope for the best" I'm so relieved that people like it.

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    2. Most of the time your first reaction is the best! Go with your gut so to speak.

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  16. Most excellent work, Anne. The lady caver is beautiful and that creepy crawly thingee is fantastic. Amazing basing as always too.

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  17. Looks just great Anne and that basing is wonderful!

    Christopher

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  18. Hola
    Que bonita si señora muy buena esta escena que te as trabajado
    Muy a lo barbara
    Esto va por rachas,no te agobies todo pasa
    un saludo

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    1. She is beautiful but deadly. Well, most women are a bit dangerous don't you think.

      Thank you my friend!

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  19. Beautiful dio. I appreciate a woman who goes out to battle giant spiders with their makeup on!

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  20. Very nice and vibrant dio. Glad to see you're at it again!

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  21. holy $hit Anne; I can see why you needed to take a break....this piece is amazing; the detail is.....

    { don't screw this up translator} iontach..... ♥

    can't decide if I like the view best on 2; or 4....

    well done !!!!

    nose taps to kitty fang from da tabbies =^..^=

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  22. Absolutely wonderful Anne. This tells a real story.

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  23. That looks awesome. The spider being out of "frame" so to speak and the base having those aquarium plants is just so cool. It sets the perfect scene.

    As for the battle, my bet's on the cave woman, but I have a feeling it's going to be a hell of a fight either way.

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  24. That's a freaky spider-thing.
    Pushing paint around. heh I know the feeling.

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  25. Very cool that you are expanding your painting.

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  26. WOW! Your painting is superb and you nailed the challenging skin-tones in this piece. I love how you used the entire piece for basing and telling a story. After knocking it out of the park, you must put your feet up for a bit.

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  27. Congratulations my friend! Spectacular cave woman but I am surprised with the spider. How it looks and the way you stick on the base.

    Slainte!

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  28. Amazing work! Especially on the base! The aquarium stuff really does the trick. Really takes the whole model to a whole other level! Amazing stuff, it's all I can say :)

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  29. Great work, it really works well with the plants and the position of the spider. Well worth the effort

    Ian

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  30. That base is insane, Anne, I love it.

    FMB

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  31. You have become one of the best Anne, I love your work! :)

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  32. Love that lush, tropical base! And of course the scantily-clad babe.

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  33. You've really done a great job with her, she looks very powerful.

    Sometimes some of my best projects come to fruition after very lazily pushing it along. Too much work on the same kind of thing can be taxing, but a little bit of dedication here and there still shows.

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  34. Fantastic paintjob and modelling of the base is superb but that spider really gives me the creeps!

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  35. Great work and paint , and base composition Anne .
    Compliments .
    Slainte!

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  36. Anne;

    check out this site; I stumbled upon it when looking for "robbie"
    site: scale model news.com...... "robbie robot from polar lights"

    I don't know the first think about scale;

    { except the crap on my faucets because of the hard water around here }

    he is listed at 1:12 ....and he is NOT sculpted; has to be put together ???

    didn't know if he would interest you or not

    enjoy your day ~~ nose kisses to kitty fang ♥ !!

    Laura

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  37. I really like your style. Awesome as always!

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  38. I'm a mixture of emotions. I love the variety of colors and the cave women is stunning. But, that spider…gah! Creepy looking guy.

    I love how you set this one up. It looks like she just smashed him in the face and he's trying to climb back up again. Well done, my friend!

    Elsie

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  39. Hi Anne! It's been a while, but you're still as talented and creative as ever. :) Hope everything is well!!

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  40. Just came over trick or treating, dahlink. Do you have any chocolate or candy for this lil' frozen coon?

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  41. Gorgious but dangerous, that's how she looks! Wonderfull work all over Anne! Good idea with the aquarium plants!

    Greetings
    Peter

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