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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

And While I've Got You Here.....

You may be asking yourself "What does the title of that post mean?" Well, I'll tell you that later, but while I've got you here, you might as well look at a figure I painted for The Analogue Painting Challenge. It was for the Femme Fatale Duel I had with Saunder over at Modus Reg Magni Momenti.

She's 32mm, from Dark Sword and was sculpted by Tom Meier.



And now that I've got you here I need you to answer some questions for me. 

1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?

2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?

3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?  

4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?

5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?

6. What paints do you prefer to use?  Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?

7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?

8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?

9. What is your favourite colour?

10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.

Please give me your answers in the comment section. If you need time to think before you answer, feel free to do so.  

And if you're not a gamer or a painter, what is your favourite kind of tea? I'm serious, I need to know what your favourite kind of tea is.





167 comments:

  1. 1. World War II. And I game it in several scales -- 6mm for those big tank battles, 20mm for company infantry actions, and 28mm for platoon skirmishes. But there's always bouts of megalomania where I try to get in a tank battle in 20mm or company actions in 28mm...

    2. Not so much manufacturor as sculptors: I love the Perry Twin's style, be it their old work for Games Workshop or Wargames Foundry as well as the stuff they do for their own company now. I also love Kev "Goblinmaster" Adams work as well as Kevin White of Hasslefree.

    3. I would love to game the classical period, ancient greece and all that. I have some 10mm stuff but would love to do it in 28mm. Don't know what manufacturer I would chose though.

    4. Pulp or Steampunk sounds like fun. If I do that I'd go for 28mm.

    5. I can't stand synthetic brushes, they splay and get small "bends" at the tip all the time. So pure sable, kolinsky, or marten hair for me. I prefer size 0 or 1 for most work.

    6. The "old" GW range that is now made by Coat D'arms paints are my favourites; the same factory also make the Wargames Foundry and P3 range of paints.

    7. Too little time to read right now, I have a huge backlog of stuff, fiction and non-fiction, I want to read.

    8. I love almost all stuf the Too Fat Lardies put out, I usually get it directly from them. But I would like to try out the new Open Combat rules.

    9. Purple. (I don't wear it and seldom paint it, but I think it looks pretty.)

    10. Oh, pretty please with sugar on top?.

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    1. Oh, and that's a very pretty miniature!

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    2. I didn't answer the Tea question, because I'm a gamer AND a painter, but I see everyone else did, so here goes:

      I drink mostly coffee, but when I drink tea I either go for plain Earl Grey, or something green and japanese that goes well with Sushi. When I'm sick I go for sweet tea with honey and ginger.

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    3. I didn't know that Coat D'arms makes the old GW paints. I'll have to try them out. And I can't use synthetic brushes either. There was a two year period where we couldn't get Sable here and I managed to make my Rosemary and Co. go a long ways. But then a nice person sent me some just before the Challenge. That man saved my life.

      Thank you for answering!

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    4. PS. I make my own ginger and honey tea every day. It's very good for your immune system and gives you loads of energy. I swear by that stuff.

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  2. 1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?
    WW2. 6mm, 20mm and 28mm.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?
    Perry Brothers, but Red Star Miniatures are growing on me.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?
    Moderns. I'd like to get a whole load of Empress modern forces.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?
    VBCW or rather A Very Moderate Swedish War. Ådalen Miniatures make figures for that.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?
    I use cheap no-name brushes from the local craft store.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?
    A mix of Vallejo and Coat d'Arms. Paints for Desert, OD and various German camouflage patterns are vital.

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?
    Freely I Served by Mj Gen Sosabowski.

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?
    Secrets of the Third Reich, probably best bought from West Wind themselves.

    9. What is your favourite colour?
    Blue.

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    1. I don't know how you guys paint in so many different scales. Particularly 6mm. However it helps me to know that people do have a broad range of what they'd like to have. I know about VBCW but I'd not heard of A Very Moderate Swedish War. Now that sounds interesting.

      Thank you for answering!

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    2. It is run by fellow Swede Dalauppror. Here is his blog:
      http://dalauppror.blogspot.se/2014/04/a-very-moderate-swedish-conflict-aar-11.html

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    3. I know of Dalappror as I've seen his comments round abouts. He's a very respected gent in the community. Thanks for the link!

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  3. Nice job with the figure, especially the hair.
    I painted when I was a teen, but it's been so long, I don't remember what I painted. (And it was all D&D figures.)
    Favorite color is black.
    And I don't like tea. Or coffee.

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    1. Yeah, the figures have changed a lot since then. You're too busy with writing and music to get back into this now.

      Black is The Future Son In Laws favourite colour as well.

      You don't like tea or coffee? I don't drink coffee anymore, but I'll never part with my tea.

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  4. Beautiful painted mini, looks like it has been completed using pastels.

    1.Medieval using 28mm.

    2. Plastics - Perry (but their metal castings are decidedly average) Metals - Bill Thornton (Footsore Miniatures)

    3. WWI Scarab Miniatures 28mm

    4. Think I've already dabbled in most. Have decided to focus on what I already have.

    5. I have dozens of brushes from everyone from Winsor & Newton to pound shop efforts. Sizes doesn't matter as long as the brush has (and maintains) a decent tip and if it doesn't I use it for terrain painting.

    6. Again all sorts, used to be mainly Citadel foundation but have been impressed by the newer Formula P3 paints (Privateer Press).

    7. Heraldic Badges in England and Wales - Michael Powell Siddons but at £350 will have to wait until I win the lottery.

    8.Some of the lastest Osprey publications, probably pick them up from a show like WMMS or Derby.
    9. Black (as it reflects the inner torment of my soul - either that or because it doesn't show up my dinner stains as much).

    10.Tease

    Tea - English Breakfast

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    1. I like the Formula P3 as well, particularly their Blighted Gold. Heraldic Badges is definitely the book for you, but at that price it's nearly untouchable.

      I tell you what, it's hard to wash black clothes. They need a separate load and washed in cold cycle. When The Spawn went through her "Black phase" it wreaked havoc on my laundry. Gamers are all tortured souls, but it could be worse. We could play cricket :0)

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  5. 1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?

    --18th Century 15mm scale I love the color and the mix of troop types. I also like the gentlemanly aspects of war in this period even if they are a bit more myth than reality.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer? Blue Moon

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale? I would like to get in to World War I but can't decide on the scale.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale? I'd like to do more Sci-fi naval gaming throwing big ships around the sky is great fun.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes? I use Army painter mostly 0 to 15/00 size some times a bit bigger.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it? Can't think of any, or more can't settle on 1.

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?
    I'm a big fan of all of Sam Mustafa's war gaming rules. I don't own Blucher yet.
    9. What is your favourite colour? Green no blue AAAAAAAAHHH! (couldn't help my self)

    10.

    Tea- Yogi tea used to make a Egyptian Licorice that I loved, but can't get any more. I also like green tea.

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    1. There was an aspect of "here are the rules of engagement" and we will "honour our enemy as we battle them" I'm sure much of it was myth, but playing with gamers who hold such values makes for a good experience.

      I've been seeing some of the Sci-fi Naval stuff and I'm tempted as well. The style on the ships is so cool and that's something I'd like to try as well.

      I was hoping someone would get the Python reference!

      Egyptian Licorice sounds fantastic and I'd have loved that. I do a lot of green tea as well.

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  6. Firstly let me say what a lovely looking paint job. Now for your questions. Thay are all hard for me to answer as I have Wargames ADHD and can't settle on anything to long.

    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?

    That all depends on the mood I am in. But probably sci fi,(15mm and 28mm) WW2, ( 20mm), Wild west (28mm). Modern (20mm)

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?

    Ahhgh that depends on so many different things and what ranges they do, Black Scorpion, Pendraken and Crooked dice

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?

    I am currently looking at "Back of Beyond" interwar asia as pretty much everyone is involved including fantasy. As for who makes the figures Copplestone, Foundry, Artizan, etc... depends on which force you want to do. For example if you choose Tibetans the choice is limited but If you choose British (including Indian troops) the choice is very wide!

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?

    I am also looking at 7TV (Crooked Dice) for some 60's-70s retro sci fi skirmish and Across the dead earth for some Post apocalypse skirmish games as well.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?

    I never buy brushes for myself as I always ask for them for Christmas and Birthdays. So I can only say new brushes with a point and quite small but not tiny.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?

    I use a bit of everything depending on what I am painting and the colours I need and If I have them. But I do like Valejo!

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?

    As for books I am dyslexic so it has to be an easy read. Currently reading "Shogun" By James Cavell (For the third time) if that helps.

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?

    Now this really is the ADHD time. I am currently looking for "Body count" by TTG but they are long OOP. But would like a set to cover the Back of Beyond period at a skirmish/squad level.

    9. What is your favourite colour?

    I never have had a favourite colour. I like some shades and tones of every colour and dislike some shade and tones of the same colour just as much! And I don't mean that as a cop out even though I know it sounds like one.

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.

    As for your reasons I will just assume they are of good intentions and leave it at that.

    As for Tea and coffee. I just don't like cold drinks (Including mulled wine) yes, even in winter with snow on the ground!

    I hope that fully answers you queries. Cheers From Kent UK

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    1. I'm well aware of your ADHD, but that what makes visiting you so much fun. I never know what I'm going to get. Keeps things interesting to my way of thinking.

      I want some 7Tv as well, but can't find any I can buy on this side of the pond. International transactions can be a bit of a pain in the arse.

      I read Shogun when it was first released. It was an excellent read. Well worth another sitting I think. Everyone knows my favourtie colours are intense hues, but I've changed that over the last year. Now I just can't seem to have enough brown!

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    2. If it is a single crooked dice figure you want, next show where they are I'll pick it up for you. Just let me know.

      If only a general figure I currently have a couple "spare" so let me know and I'll see what I can do!

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    3. Thank you Clint. I'll go look at everything they've got now and let you know. They've so much fun stuff it's hard to decide.

      You are such a sweet, kind man.

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  7. Nice to see the femme fatale again.
    1. Varies but at moment colonial, ask me again next week fro a different answer. Only play in 25/28mm
    2. Varies but Aventine at moment, Lovely sculpts, very muscular, and Hasslefree, very curvy.
    3. WW2 and later. Not a big fan of massive instant death. I'd rather see the whites of their eyes
    4. Ottoman Renaissance and TAG miniatures
    5. Dunno as long as the bristles aren't too springy and it keeps its point but sizes 10 0, 5 0, 0 and 1 plus a good dry brush
    6. Varies depending on the colour but mainly Vallejo (most available) and Foundry - bought a huge box a few years ago.
    7. Not at moment. Not a great historian, I tend to battle historical fiction such as Cornwell, Riches and Cameron (my personal favourite)
    8. Not really, tend to write my own by openly plagiarising and then simplifying others.
    9. Green
    10. PG Tips Tea, accept no substitute. Don't like coffee nor poncey "fruit" teas

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    1. I love Hasslefree, but I paint the male figures by Kev White. In my opinion he is the best sculptor of the male form anywhere in the business. I just ordered two modern soldiers and there is such grace in the poses and the lines are beautiful. I also sprung for one of his Resin Masters.

      I've a lot of Vallejo and Reaper. I've not bought Foundry, but I should check out their khaki greens for uniforms. The stuff Reaper sells just isn't right for uniforms.

      I don't do coffee either. I love espresso, but only if it's made in Italy in an Italian shop by an Italian. They make stuff they call espresso here and I've no idea what it's supposed to be.

      If I had to pick one colour, it would be green as it is the colour of living things.

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  8. Such lovely shading work, dear, and the colours too!
    As you know green, violet and midnight blue are my fave colours. Older history I prefer more than the more recent one. When it comes to historical books I'd love to have all the books from Glyn Illife's KING OF ITHACA series, because I'm friends with him at Facebook and I translated the first ones,but never got to read the others ones because my publisher didn't buy them. His style is brilliant.

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    1. ooh, and you know me likes strong black tea :) Mostly Lipton Yellow Label.. I have great difficulty finding blends which aren't too weak :( I once got Black Tetley from somebody and it was nice too.

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    2. I can't do recent history either dahlink. We've become rather more uncivilized over the centuries. I'll have to check out the King Of Ithaca series. Since you did the translation on the first one, it's nice that you've gotten to know him. Why didn't your publisher pick up the rest? Lack of sales?

      Getting tea strong enough is difficult for me as well. What I do is use three to four bags and let them steep for a good hour. You must know I asked this question especially for you dahlink :0)

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    3. Yep, lack of sales... bad cover... who knows... Now I came upon THE DINOSAURS LORD book from Thor Publishing and have been begging my publisher to buy it for me, but she won't :) It's about an army of saddled up dinosaurs ridden by knights LOL Imagine, such freakish craziness...

      I figured it out, dear :) Did I tell you that our friend Blue sent me two parcels with tea last winter :) Crazy man. I said OK, you can send me one box of tea (thinking of 20 bags) and he sent me about 20 or 30 boxes. Sadly, they're all very weak, but I still enjoy them each morning and will have supplies till the end of the year. There's one black Lipton's with marigold petals in it... it's kinda like drinking hand cream LOL

      Did Spawn call us after Mother Days, dear?

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    4. That was so very nice of him to do. There are places round here where one can buy some good imported tea, mainly in the health food stores. Some very exotic stuff. Do you have a kettle that is built to brew with the leaves alone? If you do, this is the best way to go as you are in control of the ratio of water to leaves.

      The Spawn showed up the next day with a lemon pie. Which is my favourite. She never knew that I cried on Mothers Day as I didn't want to make her feel guilty.

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    5. I prefer teabags, dear, 'tis easier... and I don't really have access to the kitchen except in the very early morning hours when everybody is sleeping, so I have my electric kettle for boiling water which I use in my room.

      And you shouldn't... let her not know it :) Did she schedule new wedding dress shopping day?

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    6. *Crosses loose leaf tea and new pot off list* What are your favourite flavours? Would you like to try something other than Lipton?

      We had a day scheduled for this week. The Future Son-In-Laws great auntie passed away and they had the funeral today. Also The Hubby's car broke down and is in the shop. Nothing serious, but it has put our plans on the back burner.

      I've never used guilt on the children as I was raised on it and it made a mess of me. i decided that the bad parts of my culture needed to die with me and not be passed onto another generation. It's time for that to all end.

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    7. I try new teas whenever I find them and they're not too expensive :) Lipton no Lipton it doesn't really matter. During summer I usually don't drink hot tea, but ice tea, so I always try to find fruit flavoured black teas for that occasion. But I usually hate it when the base is not black tea. Lemon, orange, raspberry, blueberry,bananas... I lurv them all during summer. But since I always drink my tea with squeezed lemon, I can't stand milky aromas such as caramel, vanilla, cinnamon in the tea etc. What is your fave, dear?

      What, hubby didn't buy you a new vehicle? :) Sorry to hear about son in laws,auntie :( Is hubby's father OK?

      That is wise, dear. The reason I'd never have children... wouldn't want to give them any of our family genes....

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    8. My favourite is orange. I like a crisp citrus for my teas. I do iced tea in the summer as well. One can take a big glass jug, throw a huge load of tea bags in and sit the jar out in the sun for the day (a hot, sunny day). Then bring it in and refrigerate. It's lovely that way is it gets so deep and rich.

      Ya the Father In Law is still hanging in there. He's well enough to be feisty and is driving around in his golf cart. I'd like to have him around for another Christmas Season.

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    9. I adore orange, dear, both in tea and in anything else. I drink two oranges every day... Lemon, orange and tangerine are the best in ice tea. Both as a flavour and squeezed in. I once mixed one mashed banana with a cup of camomile tea, some honey and an orange, and it was delightful... and extremely healthy.

      Keeping fingers crossed for Father in Law! May he patrol the city in his golf cart for years to come!

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    10. They've these wonderful fresh mandarin oranges here and I eat those every night.Those along with grapes and Prunes with Orange extract are my favourite snacks. Lemon goes in my tea every morning and I use the remains of the lemons to clean stainless steel with. After I've squeezed half a lemon, I go to town on the kitchen sink with what's left. I also use it to get the soap scum off my tub.

      I shall have to try the banana, camomile, honey and orange mixture. Many people don't think of mixing fresh fruits and herbs in with their tea and I've no idea why. In the winter one can put a bit of dried red pepper in with ginger and honey and it really warms you up. Also a small amount of crushed fresh mint is nice with many teas.

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    11. Those are all lovely usages of lemon, dear, you can also use it to clean your fingers after cutting some staining veggies or onions.... Sadly, these modern lemons are mostly sprayed with chemicals to last longer in the supermarkets so they can't be used anymore that freely for cakes and desserts unless you have lemon trees over there and can buy them organic.

      The tea that warms me up most is elderberry flower and linden too. I make my own elderberry tea for winter by drying some flowers in the summer. It's the best tea for flu and cold and it is also a strong diuretic and cleans you up from toxins. Linden too... I make my own cherry tea too sometimes... you just save the stems and dry them in the sun. I mean sour cherry.

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    12. One can't buy good produce anymore darling. I'm sitting here in the middle of a place that consists mainly of fertile fields. But do they grow produce that could be sold locally? Produce that would be healthy and feed the community in which they live? No. They grow genetically modified corn and soybeens. And as you know, once that stuff has been in a field, nothing else will ever grow there again. Oooh it enrages me.

      I've not tried elderberry or lenden. I'll have to give it a try.

      Now I'd really like to try to make cherry tea like you said. But the price of cherries here is insane. Also I'd love to get the pure cherry juice for the pain in my joints, but again, the price is too high.

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    13. Dahlink, the worst thing is that those feckers are using force and aggression and politics to make the rest of the world produce GMO too. They put HARPs near your border, destroy your weather, ruin your crops and make you switch to more resilient GMO seeds which they sell you.... Our government (in the deal with USA) is now selling our water springs too... nobody does that in the world. water is the last thing you should NEVER EVER sell to foreigners.

      I haven't eaten cherries nor strawberries in years due to their extreme price. Sour cherries are usually cheaper and you don't need much... it's better if you can find them at neighbours because you need stems.

      Annzie, you haven't told us what you are doing with the house? Are you putting new heating and plumbings? Are you changing anything else? Painting walls and exterior? Buying furniture? What about the kitchen, bathrooms? Are you going to show us photos once?

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    14. Darling, why don't you plant a cherry or sour cherry in your garden? You would have fruit for cakes and juice and tea and the tree is also gorgeous when it blooms in the late spring.

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    15. They are such beautiful trees. I don't know much about the different species. Some I think have to be planted in orchards as they need to cross pollinate in order to bear fruit. Oh but it would be nice to just go out and pick fresh cherries straight from the tree.

      I've strawberries and blackberries though. The strawberries do quite well. My blackberry yield is quite low though. Mine are now in their third year, so production should be better this year. I like going outside to work, take break, grab a handful of berries and then get back at it.

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    16. yes, berries bare berries :) quite quickly and you have more each new year. I have a raspberry but my family keeps cutting it down so that I wouldn't have a handful of raspberries every few days during summer :( It grew back again this spring, and I even put a few lines there so that I can have support but they will probably cut it down again as always as soon as they see it :(

      You can plant both cherry and sour cherry without cross pollination, just one tree!

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    17. How horrid for you darling. Why would they do such a terrible thing to you. Just to deny you a small pleasure such as this is wicked. Do you guys have communal gardens? We've them back home for people who live in cities. The city buys empty lots and sets them up. Everyone pays a small fee and works their own plots within the group. And there are little plots you can rent outside the towns where you can grow your own food. I think England has such things as well.

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    18. yes, I've heard of communal gardens in UK, dear,don't you remember than Rodney and Del Boy had one in ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES? Del Boy found a sewerage pipe there and decided to bottle it and sell it as expensive mineral water :)
      We don't have anything communal here... which is strange given how long we was communists LOL Life was much better under communists here, by the way..... especially during Tito....

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    19. Annzie, have you seen this, almost brought tears to my eyes :(
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3085247/Troubled-star-Jonathan-Rhys-Meyers-looks-worse-wear-disorientated-s-pictured-drinking-bottle-vodka-London-street.html?ito=social-facebook

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    20. It's devastating, the sight of him like that. He looks like he's been sleeping in the gutters for weeks and he's oblivious to what's going on around him. For someone like himself to be drinking vodka from the lid of a bottle is tragic. The drinks got hold of him and it's not letting go. When a man is like this there's no talking sense with him and mostly they just don't change. So very sad to see him this way.

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    21. and he dropped the lid on the street and then took it back and probably licked it :( And he said before that he started addiction because he is lonely..... imagine that.... I pray we don't lose him too.... He's been to rehab four times.

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    22. I saw him pick up the lid and lick it. Surely he's hit rock bottom.

      When I saw those pics the first thing I thought was "We'll be hearing about his death soon." If the drink doesn't kill him, he'll die doing something crazy whilst drunk. Getting sober is on him though. Rehab won't help unless he really wants the help.

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    23. Dahling, speaking of health, you didn't tell me how is hubby doing after the victory at court? Did you manage to use some of the money for some new treatments or doctors?

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    24. Well, we got the monies for the punitive damages when the US Marshalls went out and arrested their Chief Financial Officer. They were to fund his Medical account a month later. Guess what. They didn't do it. So, we've had them back in court for that last month. if they fail to fund the account by August, the Marshall's will go out again and arrest them. Then they will have to pay us and the Court another $20,000.00

      They would like us to pay for treatments out of our own pocket, that's why they are delaying. It's called "cost shifting" and it's illegal. Right now, this type of behaviour is the topic of much investigative journalism and the Courts are in the mood to make examples of them. We will win again, I've no doubt and the Hubby will get what he needs. And if they wait until after August, well, I'll get new kitchen cabinets and marble counter tops.

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    25. I thought they would confiscate their company and everything they have if they don't pay! How long can they do this shit, dear? I thought the police takes over and takes over their belongings after the court gives the decision.
      Dahlink, I have terrible problems with the power in parts of my house so my internet went down last night and might again... god forbid... I have trouble finding an electrician to come and fix the installations.... so if I don't post anything today either, you know what it is

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  9. 1. WWII without a doubt. Currently gaming with 6mm mini's

    2. GHQ - Their 6mm stuff is insanely detailed. Just superb quality.

    3. Nope. Being part of the Rejects means I have had a chance to play all sorts or periods in all sorts of scales, and off the top of my head I can't think of anything we haven't covered at one time or another.

    4. I love the Weird War 2 stuff in 28mm. There are plenty of great games and manufacturers in this field so I wouldn't have a problem laying hands on some mini's but I'm not sure who makes them.

    5. Windsor and Newton Series 7's are the best I have ever used. All my fine detail work is done with Triple 0's and double 0's

    6. Vallajo paints. I've tried others but for me these are the best.

    7. I'd love to get my hands on a signed copy of The Longest Day. A great book and a gripping good read.

    8. I'm not a rules man myself but I am tempted by "I ain't been shot Mum" by 2FL. I guess I'd buy them online

    9. Currently Red

    10. No idea lass.... its a mystery yet to be revealed!

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    1. The Weird War 2 stuff is something I'd like to buy as well. Clint games in that so I'd ask him where he gets his mini's. Eureka has these Nazi's riding on Dinosaurs that I want so badly, but the shipping costs from Australia have stopped me buying them

      Windsor and Newton Series 7 are the best, but boy are they pricey. Hold their tips for a long time from what I hear.

      Best not to try and figure me out as you'll just wind up with a headache!

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    2. Anne - Eureka have a US outlet: http://eurekaminusa.com/

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    3. I've gone to the online store and in order to make up for the huge cost of them shipping they've had to raise the base prices accordingly. Just one of those Nazi on Dino figures is nearly 25 dollars. Every time I've gone there, put it in my cart and went to push the Finalize Purchase button, I've backed down. That's just so much money for a single figure.

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  10. 1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?

    If I have to commit, 18th century, although ancients are a close second. I like the smaller stuff, 6mm and 15mm.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?

    Nicest figs in 15mm are AB, with Xyston second.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?

    The later Mongol wars, when hey went into Russia and India. Not sure who makes stuff for that.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?

    Non-historical, you mean? No really.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?

    W&N size 1

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?

    I use a huge mix - GW, P3, Vallejo, Delta Ceramcoat craft paint, etc.

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?

    All of them.

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?

    Not really. I've liked every game Sam Mustafa's done, but there's no "white whale" of rules.

    9. What is your favourite colour?

    Red.

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.

    Tease.

    And if you're not a gamer or a painter, what is your favourite kind of tea? I'm serious, I need to know what your favourite kind of tea is.

    English Breakfast. Although, out here, they call it "Maritime breakfast".

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    1. i do like the Ancients and there are some guys on the LAF that can paint those like masters. Love seeing those figures.

      I like your answer to number 7. Spoken like a true wargamer!

      Now if I told you why I'm doing this, it just wouldn't be as much fun for me :0)

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  11. 1. favourite historical period = Medieval. scale = 1/72nd
    2. favourite manufacturer? Valdemar
    3. period I would like to Game? None
    4. a genre I would like to explore ..Steampunk
    5. favourite brushes ? Anything that get´s the paint onto the bods..and the size? size isn´t everything..it´s the tip that Counts (as the actress said to the Bishop)
    6. What paints ? Cheap and cheerfull. At the end of the day, 99% of them are made by the same manufacturers..then decanted into Little bottles with brand names slapped on. Serves two purposes, to push the Price up and lend to borish "in the know" bragging. To Paraphrase KOH Do brandnames make someone a better painter ? Only the answer in this case.. -NO! (same goes for the brushes)
    7. historical book that I would like to have? The Making of the Middle Ages by R W Southern or A People's History of the World by Chris Harman
    8. particular set of rules ..None
    9. favourite colour? None
    10. Do I want to know why you´re asking these questions? Fun ?

    ....and I drink coffee

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    1. I know your preferred scale and maker Paul. You're on of the top painters in that field.

      I'd like to see you do some Steampunk. Lead Adventures has some really cool stuff I'd like to have, but the exchange rate is putting them beyond my reach for the moment.

      You're right, a brand paint doesn't make one a good painter. That's down to practice, brush control and technique. Now Reaper does make their own paints and develops their own colours. It's all done by Anne Forrestor and she's a master at that. The reason I like Reaper so well is the way the paint flows. I've rarely got to water them down.

      Can't do without my tea. I used to drink coffee then they drove the price so high it made me angry. There was no real reason for the increase either. So I quit in protest about 20 years ago.

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  12. Lovely mini! It makes me wonder why she's "fatale" but then I'm the sort who ends up with daggers in the back while I ponder such things.

    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?

    By biggest collection is 28mm Napoleonics, but my interests are all over the map. As a professional historian, my interests lie in wherever I am discovering something new and interesting.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?

    For individual fantasy figures, Reaper all the way. For historicals, I'm partial to Front Rank and Perry.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?

    I would love to dip my toe into the pike and shot period (Elizabethan and Restoration fashion is just so swag), probably in 15mm and I would like to remember the "Forgotten War" in Korea by gaming the period in 28mm.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?

    I became a gamer because of my love of the fantasy genre, but apart from the occasional D&D figure, I have not indulged it as an area for my miniatures hobby. I would like to start moving into colorful mass battles with giants and dragons and wolf-riders and wizards and elementals...

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?

    The variety pack. I tend to get very attached to brushes that hold a very fine point for a long time. When they finally wear out and I have to throw them out, I get a feeling like I'm putting Old Yeller down.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?

    Vallejo all the way. My tubes last me for years. As for the color palette, if not bound by historical uniforms, I prefer bright primary colors (hence my love of pirates and Napoleonics, I guess)

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?

    A medieval illuminated Book of Hours. Gotta say my prayers in style. :)

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?

    I'm happy with the rules sets I have now, but there are some retro board games that I long for.

    9. What is your favourite colour?

    Is there a way to answer this that does not riff on Monty Python?

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.

    I always do what the Internets tell me to do.

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    1. Just look at her. She's one high maintenance woman. She's the kind that will drain your bank account and then leave you for your best friend :0)

      Ya, Reaper makes the best fantasy figures for gaming. And they've a massive collection. However, don't buy those BONES figures. They are wretched.

      I managed to get three years out of a set of Rosemary & Co. Moderately priced, hold their tips and have a nice, full barrel. Value for money to my way of thinking.

      I like Vallejo as well, but not their skin tones. I go to Reaper for that.

      Now that's one pricey book!

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  13. Lovely work Anne.

    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?

    1. Favourite Genre is probably Post Apocalyptic gaming. Fallout, Zombies, any other similar themes. 28mm

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?

    2. Tricky I have a few Hasslefree, Studio miniatures, Rogue miniatures and Dead earth games. Post apoc lets you borrow a lot from different ranges. If I had to choose one it would be Hasslefree just for quality and variety.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?

    3.I'd like to game a lot of things. I quite fancy 15mm sci fi I have a handful of stuff but never really pushed it. Various but GZG, Khurasan, Armies Army.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?
    I have fingers in most pies so can't really name one unless Its something totally new that I haven't seen yet.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?
    I just use the cheap synthetic brushes I can get from my LGS works for me.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?
    I don't tend to buy a lot historical books. If I was to get one I'd borrow from my local library.

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?
    To many to answer. One thats top of my list is the Batman rulebook from Knight models. I tend to pick them up direct at shows or If possible through my local LGS

    9. What is your favourite colour?
    Blue

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.

    Intriguing!

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    1. Ya, post apoc does let you mix from different manufacturers and I like that. Hasslefree is my current favourite and I'm slowly buying up their line of Moderns.

      I've got something totally new and it's post apoc. So I'm really glad you told me that.

      I've tried synthetic brushes, but I can't find any that hold a tip. There always seems to be stray strands and I can't do detail work with them.

      You know me, an International Woman of Mystery :0)

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  14. Your Femme Fatale is beautiful and I'm waiting for those breasts to pop right out! My fave tea is Earl Grey (Tetley's, to be precise).

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    1. She does have a gorgeous pair. The gal who painted her for the manufacturer is a master painter and when she did this figure, she painted the dress transparent. It is just stunning, but a technique I've not mastered.

      I think Tetley makes the best Earl Grey as well.

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  15. Excellent figure!

    I'm a solo 15mm pulpish-scifi modeler and gamer. And newly resurrected cartoonist.

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    1. You are drawing cartoons again? Whoopeee!!!

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  16. 1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?
    That’s hard to pin down. For the moment lets go with ACW in 15mm. It’s the largest and most finished army that I own and I tinker with it on a regular basis.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?
    In 28mm; Perry Brothers. In 15mm quality depends a lot on the time period so its pretty much whoever makes the nicest minis for that period

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?
    There are lots of periods that I don’t game, but at least right now I have miniatures for all the periods I want to game.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale? I go back and forth about getting into the pulp genre. The three 28mm manufacturers that I’m looking at are; Pulp, Blue Moon and Copplestone, perhaps Wargames Foundry

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?
    DaVinci Maestro series 35, I use the 0, 1 and 2

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?
    I work with a lot of different paint. Reaper Master Series and the HD have been my mainstays for a long time, but I have been acquiring more and more Scalecolor by Scale75 lately. Specific palettes depend more on the genre I’m painting but I do try and work with more limited palettes

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?
    Mmm tough one. I tend to buy all my references for a period up front. There are a couple for the AWI and for WWI that I want but I can’t think of the titles off the top of my head

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?
    As a gamer I’m also a bit of a rules junkie, always looking for the next set of rules. That being said I’m currently happy with the rules that I have and I’m not currently looking for something new

    9. What is your favourite colour?
    Reaper MSP Burgandy Wine, useful on just about every mini

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.
    I’m dying of curiosity

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    1. I'd like to paint some Perry Borthers WWII Eastern Front British troops, but I want to use Reaper paints. Any idea of what triad I'd be needing?

      I'd love to own some Da'Vinci brushes, but can't afford them. We can get them here now?

      I'm not familiar with Scale75. What is it about them you like?

      I've Burgandy Wine, but have had trouble getting a good, even base coat with it. And I don't really know what to mix in order to work up from it.

      All will be revealed in time my good man :0)

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    2. For the uniform I would go with 9127 Uniform Brown, 9128 Ochre Brown and 9129 Faded Khaki (Triad 9743 Khaki Brown)
      For the webbing (belts) there are three options depending on how green you want them:
      Option 1: 9121 Khaki Shadow, 9122 Terran Khaki and 9123 Khaki Highlight (Triad 9741)
      Option 2: 9220 Olive Skin Shadow, 9221 Olive Skin, 9222 Olive Skin Highlight (Triad 9774)
      Option 3: 9148 Ghoul Skin, 9149 Moldy Skin, 9150 Bloodless Skin (Triad 9750)

      Dick Blick seems to have received restocks on all their Kolinsky brushes, so you can order DaVinci, Raphael and W&N from them again

      I actually like how their sets are put together and how it shows you to use different colors to achieve affects. They are re-formulating right now, the initial line was very thick and took some getting use to. The fantasy line is much better out of the bottle but still needs some thinning but handles easier than the other line. They take a step beyond the triad concept and introduce colors that you may not have considered using in the shadow and highlight process. Sometimes I like them a lot, other times I have to put them away so the jury is still out. Their metals though are killer, maybe the best metals I have used.

      I don't use it alone, I use it either as a shadow or added to a shadow color. Particularly useful as a glaze if you want to get a cold skin look.

      I'm an impatient man, I hope you aren't going to keep us in suspense to long. Oh and Earl Grey is my main tea when I drink tea, the occasional green tea finds its way into my cup.

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    3. I don't have Triad 9743 or Triad 9774. I was a hair away from buying the Olive Triad on Sunday when I placed on online order. That's okay, I've some monies left so I'll pick up these two.

      I've read so much about the Perry figures for years and I've wanted to give them a go. And I want to use Reaper as I know what their paint will do. Most people doing these don't use Reaper and I'd no idea how to translate from one brand to another. So thank you so much for that.

      I'll have to give those paints a go sometime. I like the idea that they go beyond the triad as I'd like to introduce a new colour (like using purple over rose), but still don't know enough about how to do it.

      So glad to hear Dick has got the brushes again. Hopefully the initial rush to buy them has passed and he'll have some still in stock. I'd like to try out W&N Series 7.

      Earl Grey is a classic that can't be replaced by anything else. Green tea is a favourite of mine as well and The Spawn drinks it by the gallon.

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  17. Good work mate, you have got the hair down to a T it looks beautiful and my favourite colour. I'm a bit of a Dark Sword fan not least because of Tom Meiers work, Jamie and Cerce are great figures and the thief of hearts range are wonderful.

    1. Probably 18th C
    2. Cant pin this down I dont feel any manufacturer is totally consistent across their range so I pick and choose
    3. Dark Ages, buying from a few manufacturers at the moment, West Wind seem to be right up there and Foundry (although a bit fantastical but hey I'm no purist) make some nice consistent figures. 28mm
    4. Feudal Italy and the Investiture, haven't explored figures although there is going to be plenty of scope for conversions which I quite enjoy. 28mm
    5. da Vinci's Restauro range 1 & 0, followed by Raphael same sizes.
    6. Reaper and Vallejo, muted natural colours if not following uniform details Model Colour is great for this.
    7. Hmmm dont know, there must be half a dozen but cant single one out at he moment, something dark agey
    8. Just bought SAGA today so probably Dux Britannia or the new Impetus. I buy 2nd hand usually, so forums or facebook swap/exchange pages bring and buy etc
    9. Cool reds, Vallejo carmine is awesome sauce
    10. Not really, happy to think about these things for my own amusement as much as yours.

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    1. Patrick Keith recently did a new line for Dark Sword. They are gorgeous figures. You'll have to check them out.

      Foundry makes some really good figures. Full of character. They discontinued their Orcs just as I was getting into them.

      I've not seen any feudal Italy, and I think it would be nice to. I know absolutely nothing of the period.

      SAGA is very popular and gets good reviews from gamers so I'm aware of it.

      I've been using Vallejo reds that have a brown bias in my basing. Put Nulin Wash over the top of one of those and you've got great depth of colour.

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  18. What is my favorite period? Damn, there is more than one type of period? When did that happen? Is it fancier than ....?

    My favorite man facturer? Umm, you do know how babies are made right?

    Back to the periods? I thought you hated the .........

    Can I explore a genre? I try but opening a book doesn't let me explore. Just gets crinkled under my feet.

    So size truly matters?

    Getting kinky now, watch some of those paints, they don't come off easy

    A book? One that is worth a lot of money please

    Rules? I'd like it be so that I never have to work but still get paid. That is a good rule, right?

    An easy one, blue.

    The cat doesn't want to know because the cat already knows, you want to secretly learn how to chew viking fat. Go ahead, admit it.

    Tea? That makes me pee. Just water for me.

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    1. Hahahaha you fetid feline! Ya there is more than one period, but only the one where you don't want to be wearing white trousers on that "special day".

      Man facturer hahahaha. Ya, I do know how babies are made and that's why The Hubby wrapped that rascal till it was time to have The Spawn. However you had the snip-snip, so thankfully there will never be any mini-Cats for me to deal with.

      Hey I've got a first folio of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream. How about I just make a gift of it to you?

      Pfft to the Viking fat. You can crawl around in those folds looking for teats to suckle, but leave me out of it!

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    2. Hmm, I'll take your word on that period from way up here at my sea.

      Hmm, the cat could go to the same breeder and get a half brother or something, so still possible to have another in the family.

      But the folds are so nice and comfy, you'll sink in and never want to leave. Better than old one eye's massage chair lol

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    3. You know what? You should go back to the same breeder next time you want another kitty. It would be interesting to see how alike the personalities would be. As much as I despise you, you've got some pretty markings.

      Jesus you disgust me. I can actually picture you purring your way through those folds, working your claws in and out in a state of ecstasy.

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    4. I'd be tempted but they aren't cheap and he'd have a fit if I had another cat like him that wanted attention 24/7 lol

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    5. They do get possessive. And when you've got a stable group of animals, bringing in another one can throw that harmony right out the window. You could come home to torn curtains and pee in your shoies if you brought another one like him in.

      Thanks for coming back by Cat.

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    6. lol bringing in another human can result in harmony out the window too. I had one gf run away because she couldn't handle Orlin hahahaha

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  19. Gaarrrhhh! Typed my answers, clicked "publish" and lost them all - my internet connection had dropped!

    That femme fatale was the tops Anne :)

    And while you've got me here:

    1. I'm interested in (and enjoy gaming) all periods of history. If pushed I'll say Ancients & Medievals It's such a broad "period" that there should be something for everybody. It's also the era when soldiers had to get up close and personal to win battles.
    For scale, mostly 15mm with some 28mm and 6mm.

    2. No favourite as such, although if you define it as "which manufacturer has taken the most of your hard earned cash?" then it would be Donnington Miniatures - all my Sarmatians, Scythians, Swiss, Mongols, Bulgars and Thirty Years War figures are from them.

    3. At some point I'd like to do WWII, but have so many other projects to finish up first that I can't see myself doing it for several years. On top of that there is a question of theatre, phase of the war and scale to consider. I'll wait! :)

    4. I can't think of any at the moment.

    5. For figure painting I mainly use W&N Series 7 brushes, with W&N Cotmans used for metallics, vehicles and 6mm figures. For terrain and drybrushing I mainly use ProArte Polar brushes. Oh, and there are my Iwata airbrushes as well :)

    6. Mostly Vallejo Model Color for figures with some Game Color and Army Painter. For airbrushing I'm using Model Air, but might try some Game Air colours for an upcoming project. For terrain i use craft and art acrylics; matt emulsion for larger areas. I still have some Revell Aqua Color acrylics which are good for drybrushing.

    7. I would love to have one of the original hardcover editions of "The art of Warfare on Land" by David Chandler. I borrowed that book from the library so many times as a teenager. There were glorious colour photos to illustrate 3 of the battles discussed in detail (Daras, Waterloo and Gettysburg) where they used some lovely wargaming figures from - I think - Peter Gilder's collection.
    I do have a copy of the 2000 Penguin paperback edition, but it seems to be a OCR scan of the original text and those wonderful colour photos are now rather poor black and white scans :(

    8. No rules I can think of at the moment.

    9. Now that depends on time of day, the day of the year, mood and so many other variables. Back in my clubbing days I was sometimes referred to as "the Purple Princess" and it is still one of my favourite colours :)

    10. What? It's not a question? And you aren't going to tell us why we've been giving all these answers? Oooh, you tease! ;)

    Tea? Plain, boring old PG Tips I'm afraid.

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    1. The internet cuts out on me all the time when I'm in the middle of commenting. Drives me batty.

      For the last year or so I've seen you paint things over such a broad range. From Pirates, to Gangsters to Sci-fi. You grew tremendously as a painter through that journey and I'm wondering if that's what led you to get into airbrushing.

      I can't imagine the Penguin edition would be satisfying. Is the hardcover still in print?

      Now, I'd kill to see a pic of "The Purple Princess". My imagination is running rampant with visions of black high heeled boots and purple bustier's :0)

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    2. The hardcover is long out of print sadly and second-hand editions are quite expensive when they do come up on Amazon or Ebay. :(

      Your imagination isn't far off the truth! :)

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    3. I'll see if I can find any - they'll need to be scanned as I didn't have a digital camera back then. Well, I did towards the end, but I've got no idea what happened to the files.

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    4. Oh yes, please. If you could get those scanned, I'd love to see them. And to hear a bit of what you were up to in those days. Nights out dancing and such would be very fun to hear of.

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  20. 1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale? I have several but WWII is probably the most consistent. I game in 15mm.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer? Peter Pig but there are a number of good ones out there.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale? Not really. I can easily be swayed though. Anything I attempt will end up being 15mm.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale? I want to dig deeper in 1980s Cold War games. Scale 15mm. I am not thrilled with the minis that are out there though.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it? I use Vallejo but more out of habit than purpose.

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it? The second Desert Air War Christopher Shores book.

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?
    I think I am good with rules at the moment. Depends if something new comes along.

    9. What is your favourite colour? Plaid. Being partially color blind, I really struggle with color. That makes me more of a paint by numbers guy.

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet. No.

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    1. Fran used to paint a lot of Peter Pig so I'm familiar with them. I've seen only a smattering of Cold War being posted and would like to see more. I didn't know there was a dearth of quality figures though.

      Most of us can be tempted away from our norm by some shiny new lead. Which for me is no big thing as I'm not painting armies. That get's pricey for you guys though.

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    2. I just reread your question 10. Reading is fundamental. Yes I am interested in why you are asking. What I answered was "Do you know why I'm asking you these questions." Terribly sorry. Rereading this made me feel rather rude.

      15mm has loads of nice miniatures across the board. But, as for Cold War minis, not much that is not Soviet. I guess you need an active shooting war for folks to make miniatures about a period.

      Khurasan has come out with some excellent Soviets. They have some very modern US. But Cold War US troops are in short supply. Peter Pig does some Marines that are suitable for the late 90s but not for the 80s in Lebanon. Their French Foreign Legion are good though. Quality Castings has some Cold War US but they are only OK.

      I have a destroyed Syrian T-55 that Fran sent me in one of the Christmas exchanges from the year before last and I really like his work.

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    3. I wasn't sure what you meant by that. But I wasn't upset so no worries.

      Ya, I can see why there would be a death of Cold War figures. But I love reading about that period. The transition from WWII to the Cold War is utterly fascinating. In my opinion, the Brits had the best espionage in the world I think. Those early listening posts they had off the coast in Scotland would make for some great figures and terrain. You could have the underground bunkers built and the men with headphones listening for the Soviet Subs and trying to pick up transmissions. And just think of all the cool missiles you could have for the nuclear weapons race. Then there's buildings for the Kremlin and for MI6 which would be loads of fun. The only way I can think of to game it would be with a board game. Different scenario's in various cities involving gaining intel, spreading disinformation, uncovering moles, activating sleeper moles, making dead drops each with a different end goal. The figures could be really nice for a game like this as well. You could have figures for the heads of the KGB, for British Intelligence and for the C.I.A. throughout the whole period. They'd be like generals making decisions for what happens in the field. It's not like we don't all know who they were so the figures could be accurate.

      I'm hoping Fran will be back soon. He says he's doing well, but doesn't have internet yet. I do miss him terribly.

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    4. I am thinking of gaming in terms of old Harold Coyle novels with platoon sized engagements in Europe. That, and Israel v Syrians in Lebanon. But the stuff you describe would make for a great game as well. I could see that being great fun as either a board game or an RPG.

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    5. I can see why you'd have a hard time finding enough armed figures then.

      I think a Spy vs Spy type of game based on the Cold War could be fun. One day someone will come up with the idea and do a KS on it!

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  21. Lovely brushwork, Anne - on an equally lovely sculpt. Now, I'll try to decently answer the questions.

    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? Hmm tough to pick one - but maybe top three, Medieval (HYW mainly), Ancient (Trojan War), Napoleonic. Scale definitely 28mm.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer? Lots of good ones, but I'm very happy with Redoubt's Trojan War range.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale? Renaissance - forget the company (apologies), but the one which was going to release a set of plastic 28mm Landsknechts. Until then, I have my GW Empire guys ready.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale? Maybe Steam Punk/VSF in 28mm. Not sure of all of the makers, but I think Eureka makes some.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes? Ah, something I am quite clueless about - in fact, something I need to research more on - so far, I've only used craft store stuff save for one Army Painter Insane Detail brush which has since withered away.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it? Vallejo is the only "name" brand I've used. I have some craft store stuff like Americana and Ceramcoat for colors like Lampshade Black and Dark Brown. I mix primary colors (Valljeo) for most of my stuff - metallic are also Vallejo. My preferred bronze is about a 50:50 mixture of Vallejo Copper and Bronze - gives a warm tone.

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? Hmm, I have most of the stuff already - in fact, sold off many as I tend to get stuff of the internet nowadays and don't have enough attention span for reading books proper. That all said, Ospreys are usually enjoyable enough for a once through.

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? I already have a core set of fairly simple rules - Black Powder, Hail Caesar, Bolt Action and most recently Lion Rampant. And with the first two, I've simplified them a lot. Not very interested in rules, but enjoy books with nice pictures ;)

    9. What is your favourite colour? For actual clothing, black - Levi blue jeans being an exception. For miniatures, the more color the better. An example would be the French 9th Hussars - sky blue and red.

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these questions? Not really, but I'm happy to oblige as it fit into my "schedule" perfectly :)

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    1. I like the Landsknechts made by Lead Adventures. The sculpts are highly stylized and give a painter loads of room to be creative. I want some of those one day.

      Steampunk and VSF seem to be scattered around a broad range of manufacturers. Again, I'd direct you to Lead Adventures. Reaper has some as well, but you really have to dig through the catalogue to find them.

      Lots of love for Vallejo here today! I use craft store paint for terrain and for much of my basing. I know people who use it exclusively and they do great things with it.

      I don't wear much black, but Levi's are my favourite jeans. 505's if I can get them. Haven't worn anything but jeans for about 20 years. Unless I go to a wedding or a funeral and then it's whatever dress I can dig out of the back of the closet.

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    2. Ah, didn't know about the Lead Adventurers' figures - cool looking character types. Thanks for the tip, Anne.

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    3. They've got a sale on one of their Post Apoc groups right now. I've spent my figure budget for the month, but I want to get those next month.

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  22. Anne....she's awesome !!! very nice painting job ~~~

    love the dress......looks like real cloth..... especially from the back... and her hair....I wish my
    own could look as good.... ☺

    ~~~~ couldn't paint the side of a barn if a pro was standing next to me

    am totally OLD SCHOOL when it comes to gaming .... haven't used the game boy in several months though cubis rocks on the ipad

    and tea...no thanx.... { my ancestors are a turning in their graves; saying....faaaaaaaaa.....what the be jesus is wrong with ya }

    nose kisses to kitty fang from da tabbies...hope she brought you a great gift on moms day !! ♥♥♥

    laura

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    1. Painting folds in clothes and capes is terribly difficult for me and generally I avoid them. But sometimes on must face their nemesis.

      You know what I don't like? I absolutely hate corned beef and cabbage. And colcannon, I despise it with every fiber of my being. As a kid I'd do anything I could to get out of eating it. Do you know how much potato you can smear on the underside of plate without your gran knowing it. Well I do. And it's not enough to clear that plate.


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  23. That's a great looking figure Anne, the blue really pings!
    Now what are you up to???

    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?
    My favourite scale is of course 15mm, and period has got to be The Lace Wars circa 1685-1780's

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?
    Essex for 15's all the way.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?
    I once owned a 15mm Minifigs American-Mexican Wars army, but had to sell it. So I'd like them again one day or Romano British and Saxons??

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?
    Hmm? Not really between all the Rejects we've got most periods covered.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?
    Windsor & Newton are nice, but bloody expensive, I mainly use ProArte Prolene brushes, in all their sizes.
    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?
    Like most people nowadays, its gotta be Vallejo, they're just easy to use, no essential palette for me?
    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?
    There's a great looking new book out soon about Sedgemoor, I'm very interested in that!
    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?
    None that are out now, but soon Barry Hilton's releasing his long awaited Irish supplement book to Beneath the Lily Banners...now this I want and I want it NOW!
    9. What is your favourite colour?
    Green always has been?

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.
    Yes I do want to know??
    And I don't do coffee, I'm a Tetley's man!

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    1. As usual I'm up to a bit of no good.

      I know what your favourite period, scale and manufacturer are. And truly you are in your element with Essex figures.

      Oooh now I'd like to see someone paint up some American-Mexican War figures. Don't know that I've seen any thus far.

      I believe I remember when you and Postie were testing Beneath the Lilly Banners. Are those the ones you did over several posts a few years back. I didn't know there was an Irish Supplement. Knowing you, you'll have your grubby hands on them soon enough :0)

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  24. Ok Anne ! I don't visit your blog since a long time so I think I can take a few minutes for this "quizz" !
    A- I love the figure !

    B-
    1. favourite historical period = Old West. scale = 1/72
    2. favourite manufacturer? none! I've favourite sets from different manufacturers
    3. period I would like to Game? I don't game ...
    4. a genre I would like to explore : 15mm scale
    5. favourite brushes ? the only ones I find in my little town, don't know the brand, size 00 to 0000 for the figures, cheap brushes for great areas and sceneries.
    6. What paints ? Revell acrylic (the only ones I've found in my little town when I've started painting) and Citadel for some special colours.
    7. historical book that I would like to have? I don't know exactly which one ... something about civilian Medieval life maybe ? with a lot of pictures !
    8. particular set of rules : I don't game: no need of rules!
    9. favourite colour? turquoise ! but I don't use it a lot for my figures! so the Revell "brick red" I have: a warm colour, good with all my usual palette of ochres, browns, and brighter colours
    10. Do I want to know why you´re asking these questions? Yes ! Of course !
    (Thanks to Paul Bod's for the reduced questions : very useful !)

    C- I don't drink a lot of tea, I prefer coffee and beer !

    Cheers !

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    1. I don't post much so you haven't missed much of anything!

      Oh ya, I know your scale and period. You do nice work in it.

      I've some Revell and some Citadel. I like them both, but Revell's metallic paints are not my favourites. The Citadel I do have, I like a great deal. There is one tiny hobby store nearby where I can get a limited selection of them.

      Civilian Medieval life is something that interests me as well. It's the common folk that interest me the most. Unfortunately they didn't write and it's their thoughts and feelings I want to know about. I'm terribly fond of town folk figures from that period as well.

      No coffee for me, but beer-it's the stuff of life itself!

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  25. That's a corking bit of painting. A hell of a nice job!
    OK, questionnaire:


    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in?
    I suppose it's got to be the Napoleonic Wars, but the ACW rund a very close second. Managed to discipline myself to just 15mm.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?
    Hmmm . . . 15 mm Napoleonics has to be AB.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?
    The road to hell! Mid to late C19th, particularly the wars in Italy and the Franco-Prussian War. This period is one of those ideal for 6mm and Baccus seem to do the best range.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?
    As a navy lad, WWI or WWII Naval has always been a temptation. The Navwar ranges seem to be best value for this.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?
    Favourite have go be the W&N Series 7 down to ('000'), but the Rosemary's Brushes Series 33 (mostly '30', '70') are good value.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?
    I generally use Vallejo, but I also use Liquitex, Galleria and a variety of craft paints. My basic palette changes quite often depending on what I'm painting and the mood I'm in. Yes, I'm that consistent ;O)

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?
    So many books, so little time! Probably Mike Embree's 'Radetsky's Marches' or Alistaire Horne's 'To Lose a Battle', but ask me in an hour and it'll have changed ;O)

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?
    Bruce Weigle's '1859' set. Probably pick them up from Caliver.

    9. What is your favourite colour?
    Although I like a variety of colours, I always seem to come back to a nice golden yellow.

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question?
    Not really. I'm partial to a bit or head scratching as I makes me wonder what I really do prefer.

    Oh yeah, tea. I don't quaify for this question, but there's currently a lot of snobbery about tea so I ought to put in a vote for Assam, or really the Assam blend(s) known as English Breakfast Tea. Unpretentious and refreshing. Don't get me started on beer though, for God's sake!

    :O)

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    1. Ian paints up a lot of 6mm Baccus. And the 6mm terrain he paints has so much detail it's astounding. Don't know how you guys do that scale though.

      I use Rosemary and Co., but I am determined to try W&N if the sticker shock doesn't kill me first.

      My palette changes as well. At any given time I'll be having a romance with just one colour. I've just gone through a period of exploring blacks with different colour bias. Blue bias, purple bias and even a really strange green bias.

      I just painted the entire interior of my house in yellows. Ranging from a pale, creamy yellow, to a canary and a mustard yellow in the bath room.

      I find more snobbery in the coffee drinking bunch now. Every one fancies themselves a barista it When I did drink coffee I used an old fashioned percolator or a simple french press. Those days are looong gone it seems.

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  26. Excellent work on the maiden! She reminds me of Guinevere from King Arthur or something of that nature.

    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?

    I would say Horse and Musket 18th/19th Century with American Civil War topping the list, but I also really enjoy F&IW, SYW, AWI etc. I prefer 28mm, but have some 15mm as well.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?

    Well that's a tough one as I have many, but generally I like robust figures with well raised detail making things easy to access and plenty of character in the figure. Examples are Redoubt, Musketeer/Footsore, Front Rank, Anything by Coppelstone, Artizan, Aventine etc. If I had to pick an absolute favourite then I suppose you could say Redoubt ACW is my all time favourite line.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?

    Well I already game the Lace War period, but in the later 18th Century so I would also like to explore the earlier 17th Century . Manufacturers would be Front Rank and North Star.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?

    I'll assume you mean outside of ones current genre which is historicals for myself. Umm..... I have been thinking of trying some steampunk/VSF or post apocalyptic.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?

    Typically 0 before switching to a fine detail brush of 0.5.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?

    Wargames Foundry followed by Vallejo.

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?

    Anything by Don Troiani I either already have or if not then I want it.:-)

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?

    Not really looking for rule sets at the moment as I already have rules I enjoy for the periods I play.

    9. What is your favourite colour?

    I suppose blue.

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.

    Yes, I'd like to know.

    I drink coffee. I occasionally drink tea, but not frequently enough to give a preference.

    Christopher

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    1. She's actually one of Cersei Lannister's Ladies In Waiting. There's been some lovely dio's done with her and Cersei.

      I like looking at the F&IW and I really need to learn more about ACW. I've learned loads about the Americans in WWII, particularly the Pacific Theatre, but just can't get into the Civil War. That might be down to there being so many fantastic documentaries with original footage available.

      Copplestone and Artizan I know quite well. I'll have to look up the others. I do know Front Rank and North Star as well.

      It's good to see another person who would consider steampunk/VSF and post apocalyptic. I've some steampunk yet to paint. Right now I'm into post apocalyptic. Mainly Survivors from Hasslefree. However I just got in about 75 post apocalyptic figures from a new manufacturer. Games not on the market yet, but they sent me a box with all the figs in it.

      I've not tried Wargames Foundry paint yet. But Vallejo I know quite well. It seems to be the most widely used here today.

      It's interesting to read you guys AAR's and the various rules you use. Particularly when you're testing out a new set and comparing them to another.

      My reason will be revealed in due time, in due time....

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    2. Maybe a good starting point for your ACW research might be the role of the Irish in both camps during the war. I have been watching the first 2 seasons of Copper (a detective series set in 1864 and onwards) and it has a smattering of ACW but loads of Irish in the US history and had me doing some more googlin' research ;-)

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    3. I love Copper!! I can't wait for the next season to come out. I'd no idea they would use Irish as cops because as far as I know we weren't liked in those days. But then again, there were the Irish gangs and the fighters so who better to knock heads when heads needed knocking.

      For some reason, I can't "picture" ACW in my head. Every other war, I can vividly imagine, but not that one. And I've seen tv shows and movies on it. We were never taught it in school and it doesn't involve other countries, so it feels isolated to me. The FIW, I understand and have no trouble understanding. They've just celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's death here. Every town and city that the funeral train passed through is draped in mourning for the month. Now that, I found fascinating. There's a great book about it that has drawings of the train cars and explains in detail how they kept the body fresh for that long. I picked that up at a local Antique store and talked to the ladies for hours about it. They new every single detail and you guys would have been impressed with them.

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    4. To be sure: I dabled in the ACW for some time but the spark didn't catch me either. I find the period and the history mighty interesting, just not as a gaming or modelling subject. The book I mentioned (http://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Encyclopedia-Military-Uniforms-Century/dp/0754819019) has quite a lot of pictures of pre-war and specialist units which had very exotic and off-the-beat uniforms. Perhaps you could do a vignette with just a small amount of mini's like one of the Perry's command groups or so. Just to see how it feels. You don't need to invest heavily right away.

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    5. When you bring the Perry twins into it, it sounds much more interesting. I've got to paint some of their sculpts.

      One of the other things that confuses me about ACW is how it all got started. People from the North say it was about slavery. People from the South say it was about State's Rights. The Hubby who is from the North agrees with the people from the South and says it was about States rights. All of which leads me to believe that television and movies are only telling things from the side of the North. So how do I know what's true?

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    6. I guess basically the truth is somewhere in between. But as a teacher in History, who actually did follow a specific course in American History a long time ago, I guess it actually was a clash of cultures and economics and later people focussed on goals which were part of the cultural and economic causes, in order to make it understandable what they were fighting for.

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    7. We do like to make causes for wars "short and sweet", which they never are. So many complex things at work. History, unfortunately, is written in retrospect.

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  27. G'day Anne!

    Wonderful figure! Your ladies are some of the loveliest I've seen. Here's my answers...

    1. Napoleonics in 15mm.

    2. Artizan Designs.

    3. Boxer Rebellion in 28mm. Redoubt Miniatures.

    4. Darkest Africa in 28mm with Artizan Designs.

    5. Leeman Hobbies 00.

    6. Forumla P3. No particular palette as I paint to many different things.

    7. Does a 1st Edition of Little Wars count?

    8. Pike and Shotte from Warlord Games.

    9. Red.

    10. You're getting ready to move overseas to esacpe a capital crime and looking for an appropriate identity to steal?

    PS. English Breakfast every time.

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    1. I like those Darkest Africa figures from Artizan. Several blokes on the LAF game in that period and do a great job painting up the figs.

      I've got some Formula P3. Their Blighted Gold is my favourite.

      1st Edition of Little Wars is better than 1st Edition of Little Women :)

      You guessed my purpose. I've got this neighbor that is working on my last nerve. And if that woman turns up missing they're coming straight for me. Currently I'm considering changing my first name to Michael.....

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  28. Hi Anne. I answered this as honestly as I could before I read any others answers.
    Cheers from here.

    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?
    Tricky to pick a fav. It was WWII as my top pick (15mm) because I like the idea of tanks going hard at it. However at this point in time my favourite period would be from Dark Ages to Late Medieval (28mm). Skirmish games like Saga or big unit battles like Kings of War (for historicals perhaps but, I have a thing for Dwarf Armies).

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?
    Perry Miniatures Plastics War of the Roses. Followed closely by FireForge plastic Mongols. It may change to Gripping Beast Plastic Arabs soon though. Fav scale is 28mm. Seems that it’s best suited to my painting style/methods I think.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?
    Azincourt and the battles around that period 28mm. Perry Miniatures Plastics. Hopefully they expand the options in the future.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?
    Perhaps Sc-Fi. Dead Zone (28mm) by Mantic or with Judge Dredd substitute figures (28mm) from Warlord.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?
    Winsor & Newton. Size 0 and a size 1.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?
    I prefer Vallejo and Army Painter. I like a natural toned palette. I would say it’s essential. It imitates natural pre-synthetic dyes. A selection of WWII drab colours is incredibly useful for this. The brighter natural looking ochre colours work well and I also like to have a bit of mud/dust on boots and legs.

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?
    Not any one book in particular at the moment. I actually prefer Historical Novels over dry history books. Perhaps Kokoda by Peter FitzSimons. I really enjoyed his Tobruk book. Educational.

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?
    To the Strongest. Available online. It’s an Army battle game for historical ancients. Has certain simplicity that appeals to me. Simplicity does not mean that tactical options are limited. Kings of War has taught me that clear basic rules actually increase the tactical play without the worry about how it’s going to translate in rules. I dislike too many off table aspects during games. Wounds tracked by tokens on the table over tracked on a stat card are my usual preference as well.

    9. What is your favourite colour?
    Red. I would like to say Black but when it comes to light Black is not a colour. It’s just the absence of light.

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    1. I like to see a well painted tank and there are some top notch dios out there by some pro's. There's a group of Irish painters that specialize in tank dio's and their stuff just knocks my socks off.

      Gripping Beast makes some seriously good figures. I like their Vikings a lot and I've heard good reviews on their plastic lines as well.

      W&N seems to be stealing the show today. Everyone swears by them so I've got to try them out.

      I've enjoyed painting straight up Sci-fi and Pulp Sci-fi. It's the ships I'm into the most, well that and bots. I love bots. I've seen the Judge Dredd figures and those are really popular right now and easy to find online.

      There are so many rules out there and I've no idea how you guys decide on which ones work best. I see a lot of people using SAGA as those rules seem to be adaptable. I can see why one would want tactical decisions to play the greatest role in outcomes. Bad decisions, lead to casualties and that leads to low morale. I've read some AAR's where morale seems to be assigned independently of how the battle is actually going.

      About my patio. I've got the pavers picked out for my grill station and am going to buy those this weekend. However I'm waffling on the pavers for the main patio. There's a York Wetstone that I really, really want. Those pavers feel so good under your feet. But they want a fortune for them. Nearly 5 dollars for a 16" X 16" Now that's fine if all I want is 100 square feet. But for a proper space I'd need more than that. And then there's the cost of the sand and everything else.

      I've almost done the lighting outside and it looks enchanting when the sun sets. However, I think I need more small hanging lights and a few more tiki lamps. I've grilled most every night for the last two weeks and am loving it. Now I've to convince The Hubby that I need a wet bar out there. And a fireplace.

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    2. Tiki Bar RULES! Loving the space we have and been BBQs galore. Very nice that it's now winter here and dropping to 20c overnight. Brrrrr! :)
      A firepit wouldnt go astray perhaps. cheers

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    3. Here on the other side of the equator we're finally feeling some warmth. Winter was so cold again it damaged my roses and killed my butterfly bushes.

      Hope your Winter isn't too hard.

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  29. 1. Ancients, EIR, Celts and Romano Brits are my favorite historical period. I play in 28mm except for Sci/Fi,which is 15mm.

    2. I love the Warlord plastics but in metals there are just so many great manufacturers.

    3. I would love to game naval, WWII, Age of Sail, galleys. I love it all.

    4. I'm pretty excited about Frostgrave right now. Fantasy wizards with campaign play. It sounds good fun and should be perfect for playing with my boys.

    5. I really like the Winsor & Netwon series 7. My two main brushes are 00 and 000.

    6. I use Vallejo Game color with a handful of their Model colors and some GW washes.

    7. I buy books when I want them. They are sacred, and therefore immune to budgeting.

    8. As above, I'm excited about Frostrgrave from Osprey right now. I think it will be something that my boys can really get into, rules complications aside of course.

    9. Green. Deep dark green like the grass in Ireland.

    10. I assume it's your natural curiosity about me. I'm devastatingly interesting after all. Wait, other people replied? I'm stumped then.

    As a bonus my favorite tea is Lapsang Souchong.

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    1. Do you game All's Quiet on the Marian Front? They've some figures I'm keen on and I would haven gotten into the KS, but they wanted too much money to get to the pledge level where you got the Martians.

      WWII Naval would be my favourite ships and WWII my favourtie period all round to learn about. The footage of those huge fleets of battleships is amazing. I do wish someone would do a dio set in the latter part of the Pacific with a Kamikaze plane crashing into the deck. I watched some footage of that a few days ago and it was absolutely jaw dropping.

      I've not heard of Frostgrave. Is it new a new board game?

      Irish green. You clever boy.

      Of course this was all about you. I just used these other people as a ruse to hide it :0)



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    2. Frostgrave is a kind of Mordheim-ish game set in a Wintercity with all kinds of wizards with their gangs battling it out. It is produced by North Star and Osprey http://nstarmagazine.com/FROSTGRAVE.htm

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    3. Thank you Sander. I checked out the site and I can see how this would get popular. Some good deals on there as well.

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  30. So nice to see a post from you, Anne. I hope everything has been going well.

    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?

    I've been a wargamer since 1975. My favorite period by far is World War II. I play in 20mm and have a large collection of plastic and metal minis. In the past five or six years, I've gotten back into building paper tank models in this scale. You can see some of my work in the title pic of my Pouncing Tiger blog: three paper Panther tanks I built. You can see more of my work at http://www.papertigerarmaments.com. Probably my next most favorite would be any sort of science fiction/fantasy.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer? I have such a large taste in minis, this is a hard question to answer. Lately I've been doing Vikings from Gripping Beast and Foundry, but also I've been collecting some of the Bombshell minis as well as some Hasslefree. I tend to do a lot of conversions regardless of the manufacturer. Most important to me are the dynamics of the pose and the quality of the casting.

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to? If so, who makes the figures you want and in what scale?

    I haven't done Old West yet. Great Escape Games and Foundry have some very nice figures for this.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale? Getting more interested in Counterblast. I just joined their latest kickstarter in a modest way.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?

    I always try to get the best quality brushes I can, but try to find them on sale. My favorite brush of late has been a 14/0 sable, but it's wearing out. I also use 0s and 1s for covering larger areas. Regardless of the actual size, it seems that the quality of the brush point makes the most difference in my painting quality.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?

    Funny enough, I use the cheapest acrylic craft paints available from hobby stores: Apple Barrel, Ceramcoat, and Folk Art are a few of the brands. They come in decent sized bottles for under a dollar and dry perfectly flat. I also put in a drop of Liquitex Flow Aid when mixing my paints to help break down the surface tension of the paint and make it flow better. Of late, I have also been experimenting with Minwax Polyshades Polyurethane stain (the infamous "dip") for shading figures. Works wonders but can make them look dirty. I have a huge palette of paints and use them to mix all sorts of unique colors. But I admit I tend to favor greens and tans/browns.

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?

    I have four bookcases full of historical books from ancients to Samurai to American Civil War to World War II and everything in between. If I get one more book, they will collapse. =P

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?

    Dead Man's Hand from Great Escape Games.

    9. What is your favourite color?

    Yellow! Since I was a little kid. Although Green and Orange run a close second ;)

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.

    ?

    Please give me your answers in the comment section. If you need time to think before you answer, feel free to do so.

    And if you're not a gamer or a painter, what is your favourite kind of tea? I'm serious, I need to know what your favourite kind of tea is.

    My favorite tea (and I am a BIG tea drinker) is roasted green tea, although Earl Grey runs a close second.

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    1. For the first time in four years, things are pretty good in my life Don. Hence my absence from the Internet. I'm too busy being happy and having fun to stop.

      WWII is my favourite period of history to learn about. I just watched a series "WWII in High Def", it had colour film and they also had writings from the men and women who served. It was fabulous. Generally I watch documentaries when I paint and WWII is my favourite with WWI being next.

      Gripping Beast, Foundry and Hasslefree are all fantastic. I'm hoping that Patrick's Bombshell/Counterblast ends of being as classic as those are. You do a mean job with conversions!

      I saw the recent KS and didn't get in as it was a bit rich for my blood. When the figures come out, I'll buy them though. Not looking like he's going to be able to get funded though.

      I wasn't able to bring all of my books with me when I moved here, so I lost a huuuge collection. Very sad that. But as it was, I'd of soon been needing to have a library attached to the house. I have to do e-books now as my vision is so bad.

      I'm a big tea drinker myself and have rarely met a tea I didn't like. However, I am very picky about how it is brewed.

      Sometime next month, I'll let you guys know what I'm up to.

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  31. P.S. I absolutely love the figure. Simply awesome paint job!

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    1. The dress was the only hard part as I hate doing those kind of folds. Hence I avoid cloaked figures at all costs!

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  32. P.P.S. Pouncing Tiger = Me, Don Bailey. =)

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    1. Hope all is well with you and yours Don!

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    2. All going relatively well here. Still drying out my basement after the heavy rains here in Colorado. None of my stuff was damaged but my hobby and game rooms are in a state of complete chaos. Had to cut out a bunch of dry wall unfortunately, but nothing I can't patch back up myself.

      Thank you for the compliment on my conversion work. My space lizards are still awaiting final touches. Not sure when I'll get back to them now. And, I have a big backlog of pics, etc to post to my blog.

      Glad you're finally having time for fun. :)

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    3. I'm glad to hear none of your hobby stuff was damaged. Now you've got me wondering if insurance would pay for such a loss. Can you imagine the cost of replacing everything? It would be massive!

      I love your space lizards and I do think someone should make castings of those one day. They would fit in with several genres.

      Ya, I'm painting again finally and will take pics soon. I hope to post a WIP next week. But I say that every week and never do it!

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    4. Insurance doesn't cover squat since it's all " ground water" as they call it. Luckily, I've learned how to repair dry wall. I don't even want to think about the cost of replacing my game stuff -- but then, it's just stuff. As long as Patty and the kitties are okay, I suppose I can get through pretty much anything (though this episode has been pretty frustrating).

      And thank you for the nice comments on my lizards. 😊

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  33. Great work on the Dark Sword mini, my favourite fantasy mini supplier

    so the questions, that light is sure bright that your shining in my peepers

    1. At the moment my fav period is Ancients in 15 and 6mm, really getting into the Hail Caesar vibe

    2. In 15mm good old Chariot Miniatures, nothing says I have arrived better than their massive pikes in the phallanx. In 6mm Baccus, always Baccus

    3. Actually I am struggling with new periods so no new periods I want to get in. I have just gone for old periods in new scales in both ECW and Ancients, go figure

    4. Fantasy in 28mm with more true to life weapons, hate the massive weapons with no place to sheaf them. I need some reality with my fantasy

    5. I should say Windsor and Newton series 7 and whilst I really like them and use them I still have Rosemary & Co series 33 as my staple. Size 1 and down baby

    6. I have almost exclusively Vallejo but once back in work (minor blip I hope LOL) I am going for some of the Coats d'Arms brighter colours, I have their linens and such colours. A friend who is a full time painter swears by them.

    7. Theres lots of historical books I would want to have but none that are springing to mind for some reason.

    8. No rules as I have just got into a new set but I am after the Hail Caesar Biblical and Classical army list from Warlords.

    9. Red is my fav colour, bugger to get right on figs though.

    Now what is that bucket of water and electrical cables for? ;-)

    Ian

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    1. Dark Sword is your favourite Fantasy Manufacturer. I shall remember that.

      I've been with you long enough that I know what periods and scales your into. It's been over three years now I think.

      I'm with you on the over sized weapon thing on Fantasy Figures. I don't know when that trend began, but it gets more ridiculous all the time. I'm also getting tired of the overly done females. That's gotten a bit out of hand as well. Kingdom Death is a good example of how that can become so extreme it's actually creepy.

      W&N wins again. You boys sure have some expensive tastes! I'm still married to Rosemary & Co. They've become like old friends in my hands by now.

      The bucket of water and electrical cables are here just in case Rousell should ever hop a plane and come by my place :0)

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    2. At least three years, I think, good news is I got a job offer today so will be back in the swing again :-)

      Kids are getting into good old D&D so will be painting up a few figures soon.

      Yes the women figures for boys and men who have yet to try the real thing LOL.

      Rosemary & Co remain my favourite go to brush for just about everything so if I had to give up own it wound be W&N without a second thought.

      I am thinking about doing a whip round for Mr Rousell, do you think he would guess the plan?

      Ian

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    3. So glad to hear you're to be going back to work. You guys have had a rough couple of years.

      It's so nice that the kids are gaming and are painting as well. What are their favourite figures? Gobbo's, Orcs, Skellies, Wizards? And who is the DM?

      Pfft, Rousell is such a dimwit, you could do anything you wanted and he'd be none the wiser :0)

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  34. Oh wow Anne, what a post! First off you've won fair and square and it was a pleasure to meet on the duelling ground.

    Second, here are my answers:

    1. Napoleonics and 1:72 plastics

    2. In plastics HäT and Zvezda battle each other for supremacy. In White metals (28mm) I think it would be Hasslefree or Foundry.

    3. No I am pretty much set for periods...

    4. I am considering "Back and Beyond/ Darkest Africa" kind of games and games but can't make up my mind on this. Crooked Dice and Pulp Figures have very nice stuff in their catalogues.

    5. Rotmarder-Kolinsky brushes (3/0) from the German producer JR Products.

    6. Valejo Model colours. I use quite a little amount of paints and mix my way through.

    7. I'd like a decent book on Crimean War uniforms of all competing armies with colour plates. I have the Digby Smith book but it isn't just dedicated to the Crimea but to the 19th century as a whole.

    8. At the moment I am looking to get Osprey's "A Fistful of Kung Fu" or "Daisho" but can't choose.

    9. Blue (Dark Blue)

    10. Whatever your use for this information; it got me thinking about my own hobby and that can't be bad now can it?

    11. When painting mini's I drink buckets of tea and yes sometimes i get it wrong and clean the brush in my cuppa. I haven't yet drank from the cleaning water but it might happen. At the moment my favourite brand is Twinings and anything from their classic flavours range will do, i.e. Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Ceylon, Darjeeling etc.

    Cheers Sander

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    1. You've good taste in figures. I've things from all those manufacturer's except for HäT.

      I've seen a lot of Crooked Dice painted up and those figures look nice. Murch makes some classic figures that I think you'd like. I don't know how close the two are in scale though.

      I've priced some of those types of books and they are expensive. But I think they would be worth the money.

      I have drank my paint water before and it doesn't taste good at all. However, my cat seems to like it. She now won't drink water out of a bowl, so I had to buy her plastic cups. And they have to be the same kind I use for my paint water.


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    2. LOL! This is a tale my missus will love as well! The Classics are indeed very nice, I also like the new Cylons very much.

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    3. Murch is working on a line of Eastern Woodland Indians. He's got some on his site and whoever did the brushwork on those is fantastic. i've on of the figures and would love a tutorial on painting it.

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  35. Hola Amiga
    Lo primero me en canta la figura los colores elegidos
    1-vikingos y zombies(si muy dispares lo se jajaja)
    2 indiferente
    3 de los de guerras
    4 romanos
    5 del 0 y 1 ,marcas de pelo de marte,
    6 model color
    7 no
    8 no
    9 rojo negro
    10 si claro que lo quiero saber jajaja
    un saludo y buena semana

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    1. Hahahaha. If you posted Vikings vs Zombies on a serious wargaming forum they'd have a screaming fit. Oh, you should do it.

      You're brush size is pretty much like mine. I'll go as high as a 2 sometimes, depending on the figure. I've seen your painting table and read your WIP's so I know what paints you tend to like the best.

      If I'm going to use a red, I'll begin with a deep Crimson. Not quite black, but dark enough for me to work up from.

      But I shall not tell you...yet :0)

      Slainte!

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  36. kitty fang....we hurd sum bass terd burds iz tryin ta inn vade yur terra tory
    N inn deed caushun iz all ways wise....but de burdz yur mom toll uz bout
    canna pick up mor than 4 pounds.....sew stay plump!!!! they iz most lee fish
    N small tinnee prey carnivorez....yea...takin R fish iz what they R all a bout....
    faaaaaaaaaaaaaa~~~~~~~. nose kissez. XXX

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    1. I was going to check and see what they hunted on Google tonight as I've been terribly worried for Kitty Fang. Since this morning I've spoken to several people and apparently there is a significant population now in the area. As they were once so endangered that is a very good sign.

      I've bird feeders in my yard, but somehow I don't think I'll ever find a crowd of them eating from it. Now maybe if I built a big Koi pond.....

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    2. kitty fang.....it bee uz....da tabbies....did ya heer...ya mite bee gettin a KOI POND......how....kewl...wood...THAT...be....now yur talkin livin large & in charge ♥♥♥ N ya could put a force feeld over it ....ta keep out bass terd burdz ☺

      happy week end to you as well Anne; enjoy the reunion; that's one thing I'll never have to attend
      if I live 1100 more lifetimes as we all hate each other; no BS...no joke....been that way for at least ....4 generations ~~~~~~ safe travels ♥

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    3. Oh my, you all hate each other? Sounds just like my step fathers family. They hated me and I hated them. And none of them like each other much either. I'd probably hate my dad if I knew who the hell he was. But I loved my mother and grandparents and miss all them as they've passed.

      Try to have a good one!



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  37. Great and Fine paint Anne , i love it .
    Slainte!

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  38. First off, she is lovely! Your skin tones are superb and she does wear that dress well. You could even say its practically painted on her. ;-)

    1. Dark Ages in 28mm are my favorite right now but honestly, I'd play anything.
    2. Footsore Miniatures.
    3. Napoleonics in 18mm by Eureka.
    4. I'm always tempted by Warhammer fantasy in 28mm but I understand that path leads to madness.
    5. My Winsor & Newton Series 7 000 is my workhorse. My Raphael 8404s are a very close 2nd.
    6. Vallejo is my favorite. Love the dropper bottle and the pigmentation.
    7. Living with a librarian, I can round up almost any book to read.
    8. I'm thinking of trying Sam Mustafa's Blucher. I buy most of my wargaming stuff from Architects of War.
    9. Red.
    10. Dang it! I'm very curious.

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    1. I am utterly shocked to hear you say you like Warhammer. But you don't want to go there. There's the expense and there's the supporting the evil overlords that own the place thing to consider.

      I know W&N are the best, but I didn't know so many people could afford them. This could complicate my plans a wee bit.

      I like red as well, I just don't like painting it!

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  39. It was really a nice entry!

    1. Napoleonics in 28mm. Bit strange as nowadays nobody at my club does this in 28mm and I've been forced to paint in 15mm which I don't particularly like.

    2. Perry Bros

    3. Microscale (3-6mm) Moderns in brigade scale engagements. GHQ seems to make the best stuff available

    4. Naval gaming in WW2. No idea of any good manufacturers or rules :)

    5. W&N Series 7 in sizes 0 for 28mm and 00 for 15mm.

    6. Vallejo Model colour. Though I'm starting to use more and more of their Game Colour range.

    7. No particular. At the moment I'm really interested in diaries and memoirs of soldiers and officers from the Napoleonic era.

    8. Blücher. Mostly online and usually from Caliver Books. More "exotic" wargaming stuff is pretty much impossible to source locally here in Finland.

    9. Dark red. (Red wine)

    10. Just tell us already!

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    1. Hello Samuli, it's nice to see you!

      Perry Brothers, yes. I'm going to attempt some myself this year (fingers crossed).

      Microscale? You've got to be kidding! I've seen 6mm, but never 3mm. I have to wonder how someone sculpts at that scale, let alone paint in it. At 15mm the eyestrain gets to me.

      I like looking at the WWII Naval games, but I've no idea who the manufacturers are.

      Living in the back of beyond like I do, everything I buy comes from an online shop. I rely on blogs and forums just to find out what is even available. There are no painters or gamers anywhere near me.

      I'd love to tell you all, but if I do, something will go terribly wrong. So I'm going to wait until I have my ducks in a row and tell you all then. Hopefully next month!

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  40. This Lady is absolutly beautiful, excellent job...as always!
    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in?
    Ancient, 15mm.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?
    Essex, Old GLory, Corvus Belli...

    3. Is there a period that you don't game in yet, but would like to?
    Old Wide West...

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?
    Well, not enough time to play our diffenrent periods...so no!

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?
    Those which are not yet worn ...

    6. What paints do you prefer to use? Is there a particular palette that is essential for most of your work? If so, what is it?
    Citadel.

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?
    No, I prefer Novels...historical novels...

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?
    No...
    9. What is your favourite colour?
    Blue...hey, an esay question, love that...wait a minute...may be yellow!

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.
    mmmmmm....
    All the best Anne!
    Phil.

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    1. I've seen some nice Old West games out there. Not only are the figures cool, but the towns these guys build are stunning. The laser cut buildings you can buy now are stellar.

      There was a period of almost two years where we couldn't get Kolinsky sable here. Thankfully Edwin came to my rescue and sent me some from England. I was down to like a single hair on my detail brush.

      I like the pigment in Citadel paints, but I don't like the paint pots. I end up wasting too much paint and am afraid, that my cat will knock a pot over before I get the lid shut.

      If things don't go tits up in the next two to three weeks, I'll tell all.

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    2. Agree with you for the Old West towns...and for the Citadel pots...but I don't have any cats, that helps!

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    3. Dave D. and Kris M. have the best Old West towns I've ever seen. I admire them so much, but I don't have the skill (or the dosh) for something like that.

      Kitty Fang just doesn't respect my painting boundaries.

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  41. Love the details on this one. The flesh tone is really vivid, and... um... is there any right way to say the boobs look great? Well, they do.

    It's not everyone's cup of tea (groan) but I like oolong milk tea.

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  42. Ya, you can just come right out and say "Her boobs look nice." Perfectly acceptable.

    I've not tried oolong milk tea. Will have to check it out.

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  43. Anne!!! Looks gorgeous! I wish I could answer some of those questions for you, but....you know me...anyhow, I just wanted to say HI! I'm still alive and I hope all is well with you and yours!!! xoxox

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  44. ANNE O' ~
    Finally found some time to do some a-visitin' (since I have now officially given up on finding a job in my new city).

    Dang! You are quite good (and this is some following you have here!) Now I'm even MORE interested in seeing the Jazz Quartet when they're done.

    Well, it took me two nights to do so (time, Time, TIME ain't on my side - no, it ain't) but I did watch 'WAKING NED DEVINE' again in its entirety. It was just as good as I remembered it and - Hokey-Smoke! - that was a lot of pints 'n' whiskey. Even I was impressed (and I've known a few pints and whiskeys meself).

    That part where the flying witch meets her demise, the string breaks, and everyone cheers is one of the most brilliantly directed sequences in movie picture history!

    Now, how about the movie 'THE COMMITMENTS'? Tell me you dig that one, too, 'cause I do.

    OK, I don't really paint miniatures but I'll answer some of these Qs anyway:

    1. What is your favourite historical period and what scale do you play in? If you don't paint historicals, then what is your favourite genre and what is your preferred scale?

    My favorite historical period is The American West of the 1800s, and in keeping with that, my favorite movie genre is the Western.

    My favorite scale is the one that lies to me and says I've lost 5 pounds while drinking like a fish and eating pasta.

    2. Who is your favourite manufacturer?

    God.

    3. Who makes the figures you want and in what scale?

    Victoria's Secret catalogs have the figures I want, and the 36-24-36 scale isn't something I'd turn up my nose at.

    4. Is there a genre you would like to explore? If so, who makes the figures and at what scale?

    See the last answer. Plenty to explore there.

    5. What are you favourite brushes and brush sizes?

    I usually go with the full size and firm to medium bristles for those hard to reach places between teeth and at the gumline.

    6. What paints do you prefer to use?

    Oh, I'll pretty much sniff anything that's available. I'm not overly particular about that.

    7. Is there a historical book that you would like to have? If so what is it?

    No. I'll wait for the movie to come out.

    8. Are there a particular set of rules you would like to have? If so what are they and where do you buy them?

    I'm not a big rule-follower. My friend FarAwayEyes says I'm a "Mutineer" who was born to rock the boat. There may be some truth to that.

    9. What is your favourite colour?

    Green. (Hey, whadaya know? Another "real" answer, finally!)

    10. Do you want to know why I'm asking you these question? Of course you do. But I'm not going to tell you why just yet.

    Why aren't you going to tell us just yet?

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Welcome to my place Stephen! You're presence is most welcome and appreciated. I'm working on the Jazz musicians right now.

      Ya, The Commitments was most excellent. You should try The Wind That Shakes the Barley as some of that was filmed where I grew up. Now you may need subtitles with that one as the Cork accent is a bit thick.


      I don't know much about real American history during that period, but I love Westerns. John Wayne was a huge deal for my grandfather. Although it took us almost a year to get the movies, we went to the cinema when they came out. I remember waiting for Chisum to get to us and it seemed forever. I just watched a film last night called The Homesman, set during the settling of the West. It was brutal. But I think the reality for those people was harsh. If you don't mind dark movies, you might give it a go.

      I need a pair of scales like that myself!

      There are some female figures out there that you'd really dig. There are some figures very much on par with the Victoria Secret Models. I'll find a link to some good ones for you.

      I'm more of a glue sniffer myself as I find it to be a much cleaner high.

      Ya, I've noticed you're not terribly into following rules, but I think most people that are familiar with you are just fine with it. You'll take some getting to know though!

      I like green as it is the colour of living things. I despise Winter and get horribly depressed throughout.

      Oh I can't tell because things can go tits up at any time and I don't want to make promises I can't keep. Hopefully I'll be able to in a couple weeks.





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    2. ANNE O' ~

      Ah-ha! Here we be. I've got Wes Montgomery's 'SMOKIN' AT THE HALF NOTE' playing 'cause I figure you'd approve.

      >... Welcome to my place Stephen! You're presence is most welcome and appreciated. I'm working on the Jazz musicians right now.

      Thanks, Anne! And I think I can hear them playing as I type.

      Uh, no... wait. I think that's just Wes and the Wynton Kelly Trio. Oh well.

      >>... You should try The Wind That Shakes the Barley as some of that was filmed where I grew up.

      Thanks for the recommendation. I WILL check it out, when I have NetFlix service again, which I will sign up for once I have a job and some income coming in. I saved the title in a Word File so I won't forget / lose it. What's the name of the place where you grew up?

      >>... I love Westerns. John Wayne was a huge deal for my grandfather.

      You can't go wrong with John Wayne! He's my favorite. If you do a Google search of "Virginia City, Nevada' you'll find the main reason I'm living here in Reno. VC is about a 25-minute drive from here and I love that place. Have loved it since I first saw it in about 1973.

      Did you see the movie 'TOMBSTONE' with Val Kilmer playing Doc Holliday? That's a really good one, primarily because of Val Kilmer who gave an incredible performance. I've been to the real town of Tombstone many times, as it's about 2.5 hours or so from where I lived in Phoenix for 20 years.

      >>... I need a pair of scales like that myself!

      I'm eating pasta as I type this. Ain't got no booze though. I could really go for an Irish Coffee right now (minus the coffee, of course;-)

      >>... There are some female figures out there that you'd really dig. There are some figures very much on par with the Victoria Secret Models. I'll find a link to some good ones for you.

      Ha!-Ha! I'd appreciate that. (However, I was kinda joking. Just playing the part of "Typical Guy". In truth, I'm more attracted to the skinnier, less bosomy women. You gotta take a fair amount of what I say with a shaker of salt.)

      >>... I'm more of a glue sniffer myself as I find it to be a much cleaner high.

      HA! There ya go. I like it when someone plays along with me.

      >>... Ya, I've noticed you're not terribly into following rules, but I think most people that are familiar with you are just fine with it. You'll take some getting to know though!

      Well, I have no qualms about following all the rules that I agree with. :-) And if you've been lurking around my blog activities for awhile, you should already have a pretty good idea of what I'm like. I'm sort of like the pre-1983 Tom Waits but with a better voice. I'm the sort that a girl can take home to mother. Not right away, maybe, but I clean up pretty well.

      Nice meeting with you at your place for a change.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    3. The place where I'm from is outside Cúil Aodha. It's a tiny little place in the back of beyond where no one cares to go. Which is perfect for someone like myself.

      Ya, I saw Tombstone when it came out and really enjoyed it. Did you see The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance? I loved that movie and for some reason it stuck with me. I saw that one on the television many years after it was released. I also liked Silverado with Kevin Kline and John Cleese. And I loved all of Clint Eastwood's Westerns.

      It must be horrid to try to find a job today. I don't know what the market is like in Reno, but here abouts there is nothing. All the factories have closed so there's nothing but retail jobs. And those jobs go mainly to teenagers and people in their twenties. Four years ago this little town wasn't too bad. But now it's wretched.

      Tom Waits, now that's not helping me much as he's a mysterious one. It's not easy to get a handle on that man. But then again, that would aptly describe yourself. I'm not even going to try to figure you out completely as it would do my head in :0)

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    4. >>... It's a tiny little place in the back of beyond where no one cares to go.

      That sounds like where I wanna move next.

      >>... Did you see The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance?

      It would be hard for someone to think of any Western I haven't seen that was made prior to 1995 or so. And, yes, I have 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' on DVD. It's a set which also includes the classic 'SHANE'.

      >>... And I loved all of Clint Eastwood's Westerns.

      I'm not a Clint Eastwood fan but I liked 'High Plains Drifter', and back in the day, I must have seen 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' about 15 times in the theatre.

      >>... Tom Waits, now that's not helping me much as he's a mysterious one.

      Ha! That's me: Mr. Helpful.
      Well, Waits was quite a bit different pre-'83, but he just got too weird for me.

      There are actually jobs to be had in Reno (for one thing, there's all these casinos), but I don't want something I'll hate doing inside of 3 months, so... the search continues...

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    5. I don't know anything real about Reno, just the things one sees on television. Places are never what they seem in the media.

      I like small, rural places with small populations. And I must be able to walk a short distance and be able to see cows grazing the fields. I lived in a city once and nearly died from the horror of it. No trees, no open spaces, no flowers, no wildlife, no variety of insects. Just people, crammed on people, crammed on people. And all in a hurry to get somewhere with a barely concealed rage running under their skin.

      It's important that you like the job you do as it takes up such a vast amount of ones life. To be miserable for that many hours of our so short existence is a dreadful thing.

      Best wishes on your search!

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  45. Phew! I don't feel left out now. Let's see, my favorite tea is Earl Grey for hot tea and half & half for cold tea. Arnold Palmer's is the best.

    I hope all is good in your corner of the world!

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      Thinks are pretty great here. It's Spring and the weather has been giving me fits though. Everytime I think it's going to stabilize, it gets cold and I'm stuck back inside. Hence my ability to muck about on the internets!

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    2. An "Arnie Palmer" is named after the golfer's favorite drink, half iced tea, half lemonade. =)

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    3. Thank you for telling me that. I though someone was taking the mickey by making a play on the word "tea" as "tee"

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