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Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Dinosaur and a Diorama

Today I'm posting the last two pieces of work I've completed prior to the Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge which begins on December 5th.

In honour of Michael Awdry's Dinovember, I decided to paint my first dinosaur. The figure is from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by Denis Mize.

I decided to put the dinosaur on a base of human skulls. For some reason I found the idea of putting a dinosaur on top of a pile of human remains quite funny. The base is from Micro Art Studios.





As I plan on doing several small diorama's for the Winter Challenge, I decided to attempt a piece as a learning experience. The figures are 20mm and are based on a 1 inch X 1 inch cube, maing this a truly small dio.

The spaceship is from Hydra Miniatures and was sculpted by Steve Meli. The remaining figures are from Counterblast and were sculpted by Patrick Keith.





I found the little dio to be quite instructive. Now I know just how many figures I can cram onto such a small base. Also I have learned how much contrast I will need on figures this small and photographed from such a long distance.  

For this years Challenge I am participating in a side bet.  Sander from Modus Reg Magni Momenti challenged me to a Femme Fatale Painting Duel which I gladly accepted.  Sander has chosen a figure from Freebooter miniatures, whilst I have chosen a figure from Dark Sword Miniatures.  According to the terms of the duel, the loser agrees to send their figure to the winner. This duel promises to add yet another element of hilarity to this years Painting Challenge.

Hope you're all priming and building bases today. I know I am.










83 comments:

  1. Simply stunning painting on both. Love the dino base and the look you've managed to give him by painting his eyes. Your sci-fi diorama is just as fantastic. Lovely looking yellows - must have taken quite a time to build their highlights up and make, what I find a horribly difficult colour to paint with, look so clean and bright. Great post and really looking forward to your Pulp offerings during the Challenge. Good luck with the side bet as well :-)

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    1. I found the perfect triad for doing clean yellows. It's Reapers Golden triad. It's got a darker ochre, then a lighter yellow gold, then a pale palomino. It does take a while to work those layers up, but it's worth it.

      I love painting duels as they can be so much fun. Competitions are stressful, whilst duels promote camaraderie.

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  2. Beautiful work Anne, you're getting far too good at this malarkey!!!

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  3. Lovely brush work and the colors you used are striking... Marvelous!

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  4. Hola Amiga
    MAGNIFICO trabajo con las dos escenas
    La del dino esta chula,pero la de los robot y la nave es mi preferida
    Estas haciendo un gran trabajo
    un saludo

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    1. The bot is my favourite as well. I've a 25mm version of him that I'm doing for the Challenge using the same palette.

      Thank you my friend!

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  5. Your first dinosaur is a masterpiece Anne, no doubt...I love the terrific base! And I must repeat myself, but your choice and use of colors is really amazing in the space ship...In one word, all is perfect!

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    1. Not quite as good as Sir Michael, but hopefully I'll do better on the dino's I've put back for the Challenge. I've another of those ships and I'm going to try a black and red palette for it.

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  6. Wow Anne they are amazing and I thought the Dino was good and couldnt be topped but then the SciFi scene, wow, that is so cool. The colour palette that you use just works so well for both but for the SciFi scene it just "pops".

    Good Luck with the painting dual.

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    1. I've been exploring palettes for my larger Counterblast stuff and I do like this one. You'll be seeing more of it in the Challenge as I can now handle those colours.

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  7. Wonderful work on both dios Anne.

    I don't think I've got myself into any sidebets yet for this year's Challenge (and hope to avoid any!). How will the winner of your with Sander be determined? Public vote?

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    1. Ya, we'll put up a poll either on the Challenge website or on one of our blogs with a link directing people to it.

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  8. That'll show 'em! In your face, old Earth geologists!
    ; )

    I love the colour gradients on the machinery, that's been done with so much skill and subtlety.
    Great work, Anne!

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    1. I thought the reversal of humans digging up dino remains to be a fun one. Base is a bit large though.

      I think I've got the layering technique that I want to use on future pieces down at last so it won't take me as long for later pieces.

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    2. Professor Ichthyosaurus would agree!

      http://faculty.humanities.uci.edu/bjbecker/RevoltingIdeas/week9e.html

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  9. Top notch work - I really enjoy the color palettes you choose for a project - they are consistently a nice balance of "bright" and really fit the character.

    Superb!

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    1. Pulp does allow me to still use some of the bright palettes that I like. But it does get balanced out more with a darker shade to provide contrast.

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  10. You keep growing and growing as a painter, excellent work

    Ian

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  11. Good luck with the duel!
    Both figures are awesome. Partial to the science fiction figures, but really dig the dinosaur. And dinosaurs and humans together isn't as far-fetched as it sounds...

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    1. The Hubby has a degree in theology and he would agree with you on that last thought.

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  12. Lovely work! You sense of colour always opens my eyes to new combinations.

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  13. That saucer is ace, Anne, love that deep yellow. Nice work.

    FMB

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    1. I really like doing spaceships now and I've a few more in the lead pile that I'm itching to get at.

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  14. such lovely colours on that dino, dear, although the skulls do scare me... tell me they're from our trolls?

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    1. Ya, those are the trophy skulls of our trolls. Guido polishes them up for me after we've starved them to death in our dungeon :)

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    2. I knew you had dungeons in your basement, dahlink :)

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    3. dahlink, did you 'blackfriday' me anything today? :)))

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  15. haha the dino is awesome as it stomps on the human skulls. I guess it chewed all the human fat and more huh? Awesome sci fi one to. That brain must get top heavy.

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    1. I expect that little alien will need a neck brace when it gets old. Kind of like back support for women with massive ta-tas.

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  16. "The Rise of the Saurs!" A startling and mysterious glimpse of ancient reptiles doing what they did in ages past, and what they are effectively doing today everywhere across our planet!

    Very nice diorama. The composition is easy for the eye to follow and enjoy.

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    1. You could add a Space Dino to your world Jay. Then it could battle your flying pig squad!

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  17. Dinos and space ships, now you are talking my language. Both are excellent, as I am sure you already know as you do paint to an ever so high standard. Too high for your own good.

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    1. I'm pretty much content with where I'm at as a painter and don't plan on pushing to acquire more skills as that can take the fun out of it. If I can be consistently clean and tidy with my brushwork, I'm happy with it.

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  18. Charming, simply charming! Good luck in the Femme Fatale Duel!

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    1. My female isn't a babe this time. I'm going for simple, clean elegance. Which probably means I'll lose!

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    2. Wait till you see what mini I have chosen! Besides, seeing these latest paintjobs of yours makes my morale sink alarmingly, so you'll probably do better than you'll anticipate.

      Cheers Sander

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    3. I've done two duels to see what men prefer. Babes or simple beauty. They go for boobies every time!

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  19. Superb work, Anne. The human skulls are a nice touch. Lends a lost world/pulp vibe to the mini.

    The color choices on the little, sci-fi diorama really pop. Yellow's a tricky color to work with. You've really done a great job with it.

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    1. I'm totally into Pulp so that's what I was going for.

      After discovering that Reaper Triad, I'm no longer afraid of yellows. Oranges however are still a problem. And I have to learn those for a Hasslefree piece I've got.

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  20. I like the skulls. Very ironic.
    I think I need some dino minis.

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    1. Have your mini's from the KS come in? I've heard that some people have gotten theirs now. But it depends on what faction you bought.

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  21. Yey a dinosaur and a real stunner too! Fabulous, fabulous work Anne.

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    1. Now we both know my dino doesn't hold a candle to yours. I'm going to try one in browns for the Challenge. I've another one by Denis Mize and I'd really like to try a more exotic palette on it. But I'm not sure I can handle the blends on the colour transitions.

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  22. I like the dino a lot, I think you could have gone a little whiter on the skulls, I missed them till I read your blurb.
    I love the small Sci/Fi dio. Yellows are tough, those look great! I'm using the two robots in one of my displays.

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    1. I agree with you on the skulls. I rushed this piece a bit as I've got to get busy priming and building bases for the Challenge.

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    2. I understand about rushing on the basing, I have done that a time or two! On the diorama I'm working now I'm really going to concentrate on getting the base done first without rushing it. Setting the scene properly will really help sell the story.

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  23. I like them both! Excellent work Anne!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  24. Those are both wonderful. May I impose on you to tell me how you get such vibrant colours? Is it white base and glazes or some other technique?

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    1. I do prime in white as that will retain the vibrancy of the colours. I start with my darkest colour and layer up slowly from there. The space ship took about 7 layers up from the base to the highest highlight. When I'm done with that, I make a thin glaze from my base colour then apply it to create a smooth blend and depth of colour. Subdued colours are much easier to work with as they don't reflect light so much as absorb it. Those can be done with only 3 to 5 layers.

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  25. Excellent work Anne and very creative!

    Christopher

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  26. Wonderful work Anne. You've got the positioning on the minis in the dio spot on to tell a story.

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  27. These are just breathtakingly awesome. The coloring on the dino was great with the red/green combo, but then the coloring on the sci-fi scene... just fantastic. Everything just pops off the screen. Also, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who finds human destruction funny (as long as it's not my own destruction).

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    1. As you boys know, the stupid must be annihilated!

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  28. They are both fantastic. Lovely paintwork on them all!

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  29. That dino is a real cutie your vivid colors continue to impress. The diorama is nice but might be a wee crowded?

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    1. Ya, it is too crowded. I ended up having to hang the ship off the edge of the plinth because I had too many figures. The next two that I have planned at this scale only contain three figures so I will have some negative space to work with. Then I hope to attempt a full scale dio in January.

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  30. Wonderful work, Anne.
    I'm very much looking forward to seeing your entries for the challenge.

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  31. Cool dino! Add a caveman to the next one eh?

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  32. A couple of great looking masterpieces there Anne! The colours on both are fantastic! Good luck with the challenge!

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  33. Amazing work as always! I love your colour palette. Those slightly muted colours keep it very colourful and interesting without going over the top.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with during the challenge!

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  34. Groin grabbingly good Anne. Fantastic use of the colours.

    Ultra impressive.

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  35. The skulls are a perfect touch to your dinosaur. Love them! And the space themed piece - fantastic! So much detail and great touch of colors. Perfect, Anne.

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  36. Fecking beautiful cailin especially the bot base, such crispness of colour!

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    1. Thank you Francis!

      I know how hard it is for you to get to a computer, so I really do appreciate your stopping by.

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  37. That dinosaur is awesome! You promised us dinosaurs and you delivered....in such high quality to boot! Well done!

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  38. Brilliant, I laughed the minute I saw the human skulls! And the Sci-Fi piece is a fantastic counterpoint to the dino. Working on a 1 x 1 is a reall challenge. What a great pairing!

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  39. Oh my good gosh, what fun. I love dinosaurs. Great work, you.

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  40. Great works and paint Anne . Compliments i love it !
    Slainte!

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  41. How in the hell did I miss this post; other than I'm not online on weekends.....


    FANTASTIC work Anne on both pieces, having a hard time deciding which I like the best

    the dino...looks real...and the skull base is awesome...nice choice of colors; shows up very well in # 2,
    and skulls are what dino's do....snack anyone... !!

    the spaceship...again...great choice of colors, # 4 really picks them u...p flippin grate paint job on each piece
    on this

    YOU NEED TO SELL YOU STUFF ON ETSY MY FRIEND..... !!!! your store would be a huge hit

    nose kisses to kitty fang ~~~ ♥

    laura



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    1. Thank you Laura! Honestly these things don't sell well at all. Gamers will buy them, but they won't pay you much more than the cost of the figure. Most figure painters lose money selling or have to paint entire armies to make a decent amount.

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  42. Wow - can't believe I missed this post earlier, Anne. Yes, the dino is fantastically painted, but that little diorama is unbelievably nice. Until I read how tiny the base is - I would've thought the whole thing would be a lot larger. Beautiful piece and certainly deserving of praise and recognition in the Challenge. Best on your duel with Sander - a worthy opponent too.

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  43. Nice one! And finally I know where those Dinos are from. I have some of them in my bits-box and always wondered if they are from Ral Partha or someone else :)

    I love again the yellows from your robots. Catches the eye. Only thing is that it also blurs with the tone of the base.

    Keep it up, always looking forward to your stuff :)

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