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Monday, December 8, 2014

My First Challenge Submission

Although it left me with tired eyes and a blinding headache, I managed to get my first submission to the Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge submitted on Saturday night. The initial landslide of submissions began Friday night. Caught up in the excitement I decided to rush mine across the finish line.

Both figures are from Bombshell Miniatures/Counterblast, are 25mm and were sculpted by Patrick Keith. I sculpted the base insert for the bot from Super Sculpey.








The bot turned out pretty well. The seeker however was a speed paint and isn't quite up to snuff. But as I spent only an hour and a half on it, I don't mind.

Last night I had my first disaster whilst working on my diorama for the first bonus round. After spending hours and hours carving and painting the base, I snapped the thing in half. To make matters worse, it happened after I had painstakingly done the snow effects. Thank God, I didn't wait until Thursday to start working on this or I'd be properly fecked.

As I'm flustered and a bit tired, I will be sleeping in tomorrow. I'll be around but it may be later in the day than usual.


73 comments:

  1. Well worth the effort Anne, these are painted to a very high standard

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  2. Hola Amiga
    Pues con dolor de cabeza,que espero que se te pase pronto,te a quedado unas piezas magnificas
    un saludo

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    1. I'm taking most of the day off painting so my eye strain can back off a bit.

      Slainte!

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  3. Awesome looking minis Anne! A great start to the challenge. Hopefully not too many more disasters!

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    1. Well Rodger, if there's not one with my mini's there's bound to be one in my life before this thing is all over.

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  4. Love them! That first robot is great especially! Wowzers!
    As for the diorama.. if there was not a hickup in the process it wouldn't be awesome when all finished!
    Go go go !

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    1. After I went to bed I realised it was a good thing. The base as I'd sculpted it wasn't right and I knew it, but didn't want to take the time to do a complete rebuild. Now I'll build it right the second time and it will be better.

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  5. Oh well one Anne. They look superb!

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  6. Sorry to head about the diorama, but the yellow bot looks fantastic as usual. Love those yellow bots!

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    1. I adore this style of bot and the yellow seems to suit their cute look. Also I can now do yellows without swearing :)

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  7. Gorgeous! Colors are wonderful...

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  8. Fabulous work on these Anne. Great choice of backdrops for the photos as well - they really set the miniatures off :)

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    1. I get my backdrops from Corvus Miniatures and they're free to download. Here's a link if you're interested.
      http://corvusminiatures.blogspot.com/2010/04/cloud-backdrops-for-your-miniature.html

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  9. I think they both look great but it's become apparent I'm not really a judge of these kinds of things. It's a real shame you ended up breaking one too.

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    1. Take my word when I say the second one is shite!

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  10. Sorry about the base. Can it be glued?
    From my perspective, speed paint or not, the second figure is wicked!

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    1. No, it can't be glued. I'll have to start from scratch and sculpt out a new one. But I'm doing it differently and hopefully the composition will work better as well.

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  11. Great effort on these fellas! Really good looking paintjobs on both of them even if the other was a speed job!

    Too bad for the base, but at least you have some time to fix it before.

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    1. It's one of those "don't wait till that last minute" life lessons. Especially not on a bonus round entry!

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  12. Very nice job on these. I had to rush paint my Bombshell. to get it in the post this afternoon. Hopefully on Curt's blog tonight or tomorrow/

    You have out painted me on these and that's for sure.

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    1. I'm very much looking forward to seeing which one you chose Clint. I'm guessing it's the Wombat?

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    1. I look forward to seeing yours Sir Michael!

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  14. Nicely done, Anne. When I see your paintings I picture you with steampunk style goggles on that have a series of glasses that you flip on and off to zoom in closer.

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    1. If they had those, I'd wear them. As it is I have the hold the mini about an inch from my face and squint through my right eye. The left eye is nearly blind.

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  15. Lovely models and great paint job Anne .
    Slainte!
    Vincent .

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  16. Hopefully you can disguise the brake with more snow?

    As mentioned I think the Bot is excellent

    Ian

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    1. No it's a complete mess. I'll be sculpt another one and start from scratch. I didn't know snow effects took so long to do. But I did find out that Super Glue Gel and Powdered Sugar are perfect for creating snow.

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  17. I love the warmth of the yellow in the first one, dahlink! It radiates energy

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    1. He lives on dandelions and sunshine dahlink:0)

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    2. Speaking of dandelions, dahlink, I'm extremely excited with your plans of becoming a beekeeper :) Always wanted me a honey producer in the family!

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    3. I'm only going to start with one hive to make sure I can do it right. Truly I'm doing it just to help save the honey bee as they are facing extinction here. Well, that and the honey I will rob from their hive.

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    4. will you buy all the needed machinery and equipment too? OMG if they get extinct nothing will grow over there :(

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  18. They both look marvelous to me. Hang in there!

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    1. I will Debra. It's tough for the first month as you scramble to get those first ones in, then it levels out.

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  19. These look good but also, I like the way you shot the photos with the backing, too. Well done.

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  20. Great start, Anne. I like the bot and the way you sculpted your own base. Bummer about breaking the diorama base - I'm sure you'll fix it though.

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    1. I like the Super Sculpey pretty well. Next year I'm going to buy some Green Stuff and do some more complex things.

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  21. I was going to do my bot in yellow! Now, I'll have to come up with another color scheme. Nice work Anne!

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    1. You can still use yellow. I've got another bot that I'm doing in monochrome using ghoul skin. It's a bit harder than I thought it would be. But a nice learning experiment.

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  22. Second one looks awesome indeed, speedy or not. First one really stands out as well. Can't you just super glue the base together?

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    1. The ship was really just an experiment with developing a palette that would compliment black. I'm working on another one in black and it's much better. Going real slow and careful on that one.

      Nah, the base is shattered. I overbaked it and it was too brittle so it was more of a shatter than a break. Live and learn.

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    2. Ahh shattered to pieces, yeah not much you can do with that.

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  23. Damn, enjoy your rest! I'd say you earned it. Those both look awesome, speediness aside. I just love that yellow color you use on bots. In contrast with the gray, it really pops.

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    1. It took me over a year to learn to use neutral colours on my bases. Everything from figure to base used to be a riot of colour. The more sedate look of the base works so much better in getting the eye to focus on the mini.

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  24. Another fine job and salute to the mechanicals who serve faithfully in the Rim Worlds for multitudinous sentient beings and causes. (Or so I imagine.)

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    1. I tell you what, I'm not letting Kasster anywhere near my bot. God only knows where he'd end up!

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  25. Lovely stuff Anne, I especially like the first one - and still think you're doing yourself a great dis-service with the quality of the second one. Genuinely sorry to hear about your dio disaster. I'm looking forward to seeing it as your previous ones have been visual treats. Hopefully it can be salvaged.

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    1. I ended up resculpting the entire thing. It actually looks better as I decided to do a cutaway on the corner of the plinth so I can have snow falling down over the edge of it. I'm looking at it as a happy accident right now.

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  26. Lovely models especially like the bot and what a fantastic paint job on both.

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  27. It's too bad you can't fix the base. I hate when things like that happen.
    I like the color scheme on the ship even if you don't think the paint job is up to snuff.

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  28. Anne...

    wide awake and ready to take on the world I could not have painted the seeker any where NEAR as well...great painting on both...the seeker looks real...I mean like real metal...and the bot...awesum...he has an attitude and it's expressed in his stance and in the way you painted him..totally kick ass in view one...

    sorry about the base...a wee bit of glue and maybe you can make it look like... cracked ice ??

    the best of fishes to you !!! nose kisses to kitty fang ♥♥

    laura

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    1. I did think about the cracked ice idea, but I've a built up rock section that the spaceship is flying in over and that has to be attached to a whole piece.

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  29. I know you don't like the accents on the bot but I think they look very much like electronics or exposed circuits. It's a nice effect.

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  30. Adorable bot Anne, I could use one around here!. By chance does he paint? ;-)

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  31. Anne, these are great. I actually really like the effect you achieved on the seeker. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  32. I'm so sorry you snapped that piece. That must've been incredibly frustrating. Yesterday, like a moron, I closed out of my fictional book and didn't hit save. Lost a shitload of changes I made over the last week. Grrr!!

    I love your bot and the flying machine looks perfect to my untrained eye.

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  33. I like both of these. The green on the bot is great; looks about right for 1807 Russian Jaegers. Good luck, get some rest, paint on.

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  34. Sorry to hear about the project troubles.

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  35. Sorry about the base, Anne, but on the other hand, again, that yellow! How are you getting that intensity?

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  36. Lovely work on them both fair lady! I hope you can fix your base or something.

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  37. They both look great Anne. "Speedpainting" or no, I quite like the seeker.

    I really do need to pick up snazzy backdrops. You regularly achieve some very dramatic effects with yours.

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  38. Now that's some difficult colours for painting, for us, but not for you Anne. Wonderful job! :)

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