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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blog Birthday Give Away!

It's been four years since I began this blog and although I'm not around a whole lot, I have had a wonderful time getting to know you all.   To celebrate this year, I decided to do a give away as I have not done one for several years and I felt it was time.



I am well aware that the biggest supporters of this blog have come from the wargaming community and I am truly grateful to you all for accepting me into your group. Hence this give away is geared heavily towards the specific interests of historical gamers.  

I am also grateful to those non gamers/painters who have stuck with me these many years and have chosen something special for you as well.

Further this give away is limited to only people who are followers of this blog prior to the date of this post. I have absolutely no desire to grow this blog. To that end, I ask that NO LINK BACKS be created for this post.

In order to construct this give away in the best manner possible, given my budget, I asked you all some questions a few weeks ago.  Your responses were varied so I chose to purchase some gift vouchers along with some other specific items.  

Let's get on with it.


A $20.00 gift voucher from Warbases


A $20.00 gift voucher from The Warstore


Scenic package includes: Woodland Scenic Apple Trees (5.08cm-7.62cm), The Army Painter Battlefields Moss Green and Woodland Scenics Early Fall Foliage. 


Cars: A 1906 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and a Ford Model T (both with original boxes).


From Lead Adventures Victorian Sci Fi Collection, The Queens Engineers

AND FOR NON GAMERS/PAINTERS

A $20.00 gift voucher from Amazon.com

Winners will be chosen from a random draw and  will be announced on June 16th.  Rules for participation are as follows.

1. Be a follower of this blog prior to the date of this post.

2. Leave a comment requesting which item(s) you would like to put your name in for.

3. In the comment section tell me what one of  your favourite black and white films is. 

One of mine is Citizen Kane by Orson Welles





117 comments:

  1. Hola Amiga
    Que buena iniciativa,eres muy grande
    Pues estoy con tigo una gran película .Ciudadano Kane de Orson Welles
    Pues las figuras Sci Fi plomo aventuras victoriana, The Queens Ingenieros,nunca e pintado una de esas,y cruzaremos los dedos jajaja.
    un saludo j.d

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    1. Hello my friend,

      It's good to see you out and about today! Hope your foot is on the mend.
      I've got you down for the Queen's Engineers!

      Slainte!
      Anne

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  2. Deary me, have 4 years really gone up and passed? Well I certainly have enjoyed both your serious (painting related) posts as well as your antics (mostly with Ray and Fran) a lot, so thanks heaps!

    All the prices are great so I have no specific one in mind, should I win ;-)

    Hmmm black and white movies eh? Well they're really from before my time but I remember as a lad watching this series on the tellie and it's black and white

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBFX9jDkhGU

    I could sing along with the tune even though I didn't understand one word of it.

    Cheers Sander

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    1. I know that series and I know all the words as well. Now the song is stuck in my head!

      Got you down for all of them Sander!

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  3. Happy 4th blogday Anne! :)

    Please put me in for the Warbases & Amazon vouchers and the scenic package.

    My favourite black & white film? Oooh, now that's a tough one. I think I'd have to say "In Which We Serve" but there are so many classics that deserve to be up there.

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    1. There are loads of films I was thinking about. All the Chaplin films, Kurosawa, Mary Pickford films, all the film Noir, Buster Keaton and on and on. I was just curious to see what sprang to peoples minds.

      Got you down for those Tamsin!

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  4. Congratulations on four years!
    I keep coming because you are my friend and it's fascinating to see what you create and why.
    The car and the figures are rather cool. I'll go for the Amazon gift card though - at least you don't have to spend money mailing it.
    Favorite black and white film? I guess I would say either Nosferatu or Metropolis.

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    1. I'd forgotten about Nosferatu! Lead Adventures made some figures from the movies and people have painted them in grey scale. Just gorgeous.

      Got you down for the Amazon voucher!

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  5. 4 years comes around very fast. Happy 4th Blogday Anne.
    I would love to be in on the Warbases and The Warstore please.
    A favourite B&W movie for me is Red badge of courage! Also Invasion of the body snatchers was cool the first time I saw it!


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    1. Oh yeah! Those were great movies that I'd forgotten about. Gotta watch them again now. You guys do know I'm just using you all to develop a list of movies for The Hubby and I to watch again.

      Got you down for the vouchers!

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  6. Wow! It's been 4 years already! Time sure does fly! Happy B-day for your blog Anne.

    Please put me down for Warbases, Warstore, Scenic package and Amazon.

    For Black and White would be Laurel and Hardy films as a whole.

    Christopher

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    1. They were brilliant weren't they. I liked their tv shows as well. Don't know as you can still get those shows, but I'm going to look for them tonight.

      Got you down for those Christopher!

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    2. I recall the old days when I was a kid in the 70s where mom would rent the mm film and projector to watch movies at night downstairs, we would have a sheet up on the mantle. We would watch Laurel and Hardy, Three Stooges, Chaplain, Abbot and Costello, Tarzan and other great movies....wow...

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    3. I didn't know that could be done. That sounds like great fun. Turning down the lights, hearing the buzz of the film hissing through the reels and maybe eating popcorn popped in a pan on the stove. Your mom was smart to be making such great memories for you guys.

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  7. Happy bloggy birthday Anne! I'm happy with anything should I be lucky enough to win, how very kind of you :-)

    As for a favourite black and white film, has to be The Seven Samurai.

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    1. Kurosawa's films are some of the best black and white ever made. I think my favourtie scene in that movie is at the end when that fight continues in that downpouring rain. It was brilliant. I also loved Ronin.

      I'll put you down for all of them Paul!

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  8. Blimey, Happy Birthday!!!!!!! Four years of good stuff - won't say any more cos it looks like I'm creeping . . . ;O)

    Favourite B&W film has to be The Third Man.

    Please put me down for Warbases and Amazon.

    And best of all, I beat Ray to the punch! ;O)

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    1. Carol Reed was stunning in that movie. That medium really showed what good bone structure she had. Someone should sculpt a figure based on her as it would make a great Noir figure.

      Rousell will be along soon enough as the man can smell a give away in his sleep!

      Got your down Gary!

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  9. Happy blogday Anne, keep them coming!

    Please put me down for Warbases, the scenery pack and the Queen's Engineers.

    There are so many good black and white films, and I was going to say the Seven Samurai, but as that was already mentioned I'm going for Dr. Strangelove.

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    1. I was waffling between Citizen Kane and Dr. Strangelove. That was a brilliant movie and one I've watched many times.

      Got you down Leif!

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  10. Hi, Anne!

    Happy four year blogiversary to you, my dear friend! I feel guilty entering a giveaway so soon after joining you but, if the rules say that I qualify, then please submit my name for the Amazon gift card. Thank you!

    Citizen Kane is a great film. I studied it at college in a course on the history of cinema. Two of my favorite actresses, Teresa Wright and Cathy O'Donnell, appear in one of my favorite black and white films, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

    Once again congratulations on four years of blogging, dear friend Anne!

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    1. That would have been a tremendous course to have taken as there is so much to learn from those. The cinematography in the best of them was top notch. The use of light and shadow could add particular meanings to any scene.

      That film was such an important one as people just did not want to talk about the themes it dealt with at the time. After the war men were just to go back to their lives as if nothing horrid had happened to them. I think Myrna Loy did a superb job in that film as well

      I've got you down for Amazon Shady!

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  11. Happy Blog Day!

    Put me in for Wabases, Warstore, the scenic package and Amazon.

    favorite black and white film... hard to chose(I have to say several of those mentioned above are excellent) but lets go 1930 All Quiet on the Western Font.

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    1. Oh God, I can't believe I forgot that movie! It's back on my list of movies to watch as The Hubby and I are writing out a list of old movies we want to see again.

      Got you down Adam!

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    2. Glad to have come up with one you haven seen in a while.

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    3. We decided to go on a black and white spree and hit a wall after just a few. When you're not thinking about it, you can come up with scads of them. We were stymied after about five or six. You guys have come up with some great ones.

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  12. Happy blogday, Anne! I'd like to be put in for the Warbases/store/woodland scenics / amazon draw, please!

    FMB

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  13. Very generous gift Anne, put me done for the Queens Engineers or the gift voucher from Warbases please.

    Favourite B&W film would have to be 12 Angry Men. It's a good job I've never done jury service because I think I'd try and emulate Henry Fonda!

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    1. Fonda was one of the all time great actors. Glad I've never had to do jury duty myself and I'm glad of it. That movie was excellent and I saw it as a stage production when I was at University.

      Got you down Matt!

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  14. Four years? Has it been that long already?! Thank you for all the great posts and pictures over the years. Here's to many more!

    If I had to nominate a prize, I'd have to say that a Warbases voucher sounds good, but the scenic pack and the Amazon voucher would be nice as well!

    Black and white films, eh? There are so many great ones out there; I could nominate James Whale's 'The Bride of Frankenstein' and Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' for their atmospheric cinematography and effects, Eisenstein's 'Alexander Nevsky' for its editing and its wonderful soundtrack by Prokofiev, or the Marx Brothers' 'Duck Soup' for its anarchic disregard for common sense.

    But Mel Brooks' 'Young Frankenstein' has to be one of my faves; it perfectly nails the atmospherics of the old Universal horror pics and turns them upside down in an affectionate tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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    1. Oh shoot, I should have thought of Young Frankenstein as that is one of my all time favourite movies. I can do most of the lines from that movie by memory.

      Metropolis was so far ahead of it's time and the Germans did more to develop film in it's early days than anyone else. Hollywood didn't get anywhere near a production of this scale until the MGM musical years. I've found a version of it on YouTube with the music rescored and I've added it to my watch list in Youtube.

      I've got you down Evan!

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    2. Thanks Anne!

      Claire and I were lucky enough to see a restored print of Metropolis at the Sydney Opera House with the soundtrack performed live by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra a couple of years back, an unforgettable experience!

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  15. It's so nice to see that scenic package... never knew how you people do the nature and you know I always love to see those green touches in your works :)
    I always forget to celebrate my bloggiversary... I think we're well over six years, maybe even seven.... And I always think I've known you for longer than four years :)

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    1. They make so many wonderful things for us to use for scenics and I don't own a fraction of what I'd like to have.

      I forgot to celebrate mine last year so I'm making up for it this year. I think we have known each other in another life time dahlink as we is simpatico :0)

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    2. We probably met in hell, dear :) Before Lucifer threw us out :)
      How are the in-laws, is father in law better?

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    3. Hahahaha. We were just too hot for him to handle dahlink :0)

      He goes into surgery tomorrow to have an automatic defibrillator put into his heart. If his heart stops or goes into arrhythmia, it will sense that and automatically shock his heart to save his life. The Hubby and his sister are going over tomorrow to be with him before and after. I'm staying home as too many people would just add stress.

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    4. OMG! Hope his surgery will go well! Anything heart related fills me with dread and fright as you know I have a poor ticky ticker too and can't do a thing about it.... I do try to eat healthy but due to my job I don't exercise at all and I live in absolute stress due to the family situation.

      Did Spawn made a wedding plan after all? :)

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    5. None of us are thrilled about this procedure as he's been stable. Anytime a surgeon goes in there poking around thing can go horribly wrong. I'll have my phone on me all day long.

      I remember that you've a bad heart and recall the worry during your surgeries a few years ago. That was such a dreadful time for you darling. Eating healthy is a key thing and I know you are very conscious of that. At the moment there is nothing you can do about the exercise or your family, but perhaps one day things will change. If I met your family darling, I fear I'd slap them so hard all their ancestors would fall down.

      The Spawn has a touchy nervous system and the whole wedding planning is overwhelming her. I suspect that they will just go to a court house and get married there without any fuss. I've told her if that is easiest we are fine with it. Then when they are ready, they can have some sort of family get together to celebrate.

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    6. Hope your hubby will stay strong during the surgery.

      Yep, and it ain't getting better even though I've been taking beta blockader pills and aspirin for a year now. I mostly feel like a retired very old man physically and can't do much around. I might change it will long walks every day if I ever manage to move... but.... if.

      Why don't you plan it for her, dear, I know you'd enjoy it :) I thought Irish mums are more pushy :)

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    7. The Hubby called and Jack came through the surgery just fine. Those first 48 hours are always the rough part. After that, you know what you'll be dealing with.

      How I wish you could move darling. You need your own flat with a small garden just for you and your kitties. When the heart doesn't work right, you just don't get enough oxygen to your cells and you feel depleted. How I wish you could take walks as it would help you so much.

      There's no way I'm going to plan that wedding. I don't know his family well and if I did the wrong thing and made them angry, I'd pay for it for the rest of my life. Me is not push, me is just clingy :0)

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    8. Glad to hear it! Hope all goes well this week for him!

      Dahlink, I watched the first episode of VICIOUS second season it was hilarious :) Celia Imrie guest starred as Violet's snobbish sister so Violet made Derek Jacobi play her husband and Ian be their butler so that she would look richer than her sister :) It was hilarious I almost died laughing. Ian and Derek have such catty remarks for each other :)

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    9. Ooooo I'm jealous. Ian as their butler. Oh God, that must have stuck in is craw like dry crust. I love the banter between the two. They say such scathing, horrid things to one another, it's brilliant. When the season is done The Future Son In Law will have them all for me. I'll most likely watch them all straight through in one night like I did the first season.

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    10. Dahlink, I shall send them to you as soon as I get some free time to burn them all... I'm currently barely breathing since I've just finished two books, I have two waiting and the foreign publisher just told us they've sent us the wrong, old version of ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL so I have to go through it again, even though I've already gave the translation to the publisher, in order to find changes and additions and translate them too.... utter mess....

      Ooh, the episode begins with a wonderful banter between the two of them whilst they are coming back from grocery shopping and Derek is doing all the carrying while Ian walks like a diva :)

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  16. Congratulations, Anne. keep your mind limber and nimble, and your paint brushes pointed.
    It has been a pleasure to follow your enthusiasm and progress in the things pertaining to the modeling and gaming genre of entertainment.

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    1. I think you and I are the leaders of the entertainment industry in this hobby Jay!

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  17. Happy Blog Day Anne! And thanks for sharing your art with us :D

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  18. Happy 4th Blogoversary, Anne! I'm not entering the giveaway since I'm not a gamer of any description, but thank you for giving me a wee glimpse into the fascinating world of miniatures, painting and all that goes with it. The miniatures you painted of HRH the Pirate Queen and Suzie Swashbuckler are sitting on my computer hutch right now, guarding the commemorative box in which HRH's ashes lie. I look at them every day.

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    1. I am so touched that you would keep them with HRH's ashes. She was one great feline and I know you miss her still. I know we all appreciate the laughter she brought to us with her travels and her antics.

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  19. Congrats on 4 years. 4 years of cat torture, and you lasted, that has to be a record lol viking fat chewing and birthing spawn and everything in between for that cat, been a fun ride indeed.

    Lots there too, amazon gift card be great for my zoo. No backlinks though? Missing out, when you did that book post for me way back, one of the best promos I had in blogland. Lots of backlinks for the book, worked awesome.

    Black and white you say. Citizen Kane was a good one. It's A Wonderful Life comes to mind. And To Kill a Mockingbird.

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    1. Somehow I've managed to go the distance with you Cat! Don't know how I've done it, but I'll think I'll be Sainted by the Church after I'm dead.

      Oh yeah, that was an epic promo. I think we did 10,000 page views in the first three days of that and I've not seen any writer out there top that as a book release. That was a lot of work though and I was exhausted by weeks end.

      I was hoping someone would bring up It's a Wonderful Life. I just watched To Kill A Mockingbird again a few weeks ago. Also there's a documentary about Harper Lee out there that was fantastic.

      Got you down for Amazon Cat!

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    2. lol You may lose your sainthood if the cat scares you away. Have to keep up the battle.

      Damn, that is a ton of page views indeed. Worked awesome.

      Never knew about the documentary.

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    3. Pfftt, you'll not scare me away now Cat. I've seen it all by now and even though I know you can get even more foul, I think I can handle whatever you toss out of your litter tray.

      Ya, the doc was on Netflix. The documentaries are just about my favourite thing. They just put up Hidden Kingdoms, a doc by BBC. It's about the small animals of the world and is filmed so you can see the world from their vantage point. You can experience the trauma of an elephant turd falling on your home and wiping it out first hand. I think you would like it as it is so well done and the animals they choose are cute as all get out.

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    4. lol oh I can go deeper into the foul bin, but I'll wait until you least expect it.

      I'll have to see if it is on the canada netflix

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    5. It's about time you put up something so horrid that it when it pops up on our blog rolls, we'll scream "NOOOOOOO"

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    6. lol maybe fiverr scary guy once more? Want an encore?

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  20. Congrats on 4 years, Anne!
    Put me in for the Wars tore and the scenic package prizes.
    I would have put Citizen Kane for my choice of black and white film, yet that would omit other great films. The original The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Manchurian Canidate are my closely favorites for second place behind Citizen Kane. Young Frankenstein is secure in third place! ;)

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    1. I've not seen The Day the Earth Stood still and will have to see if I can get it. The Manchurian Candidate was an excellent film and it's going on my and The Hubby's list of movies to watch again.

      Got you down David!

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  21. Happy blog birthday Anne
    Put me down for the gift cents.
    Favourite B&W movie is Notorious
    Cheers, PD

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    1. I've been waiting for a Hitchcock film to be mentioned. He was a genius and I enjoyed every one of his movies.

      Got you down Peter!

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  22. Congratulations!
    Put me in for the scenics pack, cars and the Victorian SF figures.
    Fovourite B&W movie - well I like Chaplin and both Modern Times and The Great Dictator are really good. When I have to chose its going to be The Great Dictator

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    1. The Dictator was my favourite Chaplin film. I think he was a great man who had a lot to say and it was tragic how he was deported and then mistreated by the film industry in America for so long. The biography on his life was brilliant.

      Got you down Joakim!

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  23. Congrats on four years of blogging. Here's to many more years.

    I would be fine with Warstore, Warbases, Scenics, Victoria SF figures or the gift card.

    One of my favorite Black & White films was Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Loved the classic monsters, mayhem and comedy.

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    1. You just couldn't go wrong with Abbott and Costello. I think their work, along with that of their contemporaries still holds up today.

      Got you down Thom!

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  24. Congrats Anne, and Happy Blog birthday!
    Put me in the Scenic pack please...
    All the best,
    Phil.

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  25. Hi Annie Happy Blogday! I do hope I am following you in an official, trackable way. I read all my blogs via feedly so I'm not always sure.
    Please put me down for Warbases, Scenics and Amazon, in that order.
    Favourite B&W is easy. Angels With Dirty Faces.
    There are plenty of really good ones, but not one that comes close to Angels.

    Cheers/Thomas

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    1. Oh I love those gangster movies and Cagney was the best. All those movies are great inspiration for painting Gangster Pulp figures. That style of film is so distinctive.

      I've got you down Thomas!

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  26. Four years eh? Good for you (more painting) hope you have plenty more to come. A B&W film I would enjoy... at the moment it would be the Seven Samurai or maybe Clerks.

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    1. I've not seen Clerks before and will have to look it up.

      Thank you!

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  27. My name is Dan and I'm a giveawayaholic. Whenever someones offers free stuff I'm always there, hoping to win something....anything.....like that Amazon gift card.

    I too, have been blogging for about 4 years. And, like you, my presence is limited and I post less frequently. I have been a follower of this blog since near its birth. I once drew a naked version of yourself and have plastered it to my blog that links back to this blog. It remains there still to this day. I followed your ups and downs along the way and offered some kind words when needed.

    Therefore, I shamelessly comment for the sole purpose of winning a $20 gift card for Amazon. I have endured your babbling nonsense for far too long. I have had to witness one horrible painting after another. It's time all the wasted hours reading finally pays off!

    And you and I both know that I'm just kidding. Your paintings are awesome!

    Oh, and my favorite black and white movie....which is probably the only one I've ever seen....."It's a Wonderful Life"

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    1. Oh God, I remember the old days, the early days. I had no idea what I was doing. I thought I was funny-I wasn't. I thought I was clever-I wasn't and I thought I was interesting. I wasn't any of those things. And then I found out I am a painter and I've been happy as a blogger ever since.

      If I had to stick to a schedule or try to think about what I was going to be as a blogger, I'd have quit long ago.

      Thank you for the memories Dan!

      Got you down for the Amazon voucher!

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  28. Congratulations on the Bloggerversay! Anne. Your prizes are very tempting. In the spirit of your generosity I would like to throw my hat in with the competition.

    1) Yes!

    2) Gift certs for either WarStore or Amazon

    3) Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

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    1. That's one of those movies I've known about and haven't seen yet. It's on YouTube and I just added it to my Watch List. Thanks for that, I need some new ones.!

      Got you down Dean!

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  29. Well Anne, a celebration this is!
    4 years of good work and sometimes bad news about hubby...
    But I am glad to say I could take part of enjoy your work several times!
    Just a congratulation from me to you!
    Ohw and my favorite BW picture: The Dambusters!!!!

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    1. I tried to watch that one about a year ago on Youtube. It was listed and when I went to click on it I got "Not available in your region". Really ticked me off as there were some other great British WWII films on that site and none of them could be viewed.

      Thank you Remco!

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  30. Neat idea, ANNE O' ~

    A $20.00 gift voucher from Amazon.com would be most to my liking. (I'd probably used it to buy a black & white movie on DVD:-)

    I love SO MANY movies "In Glorious Black & White".. In fact, they are some of my all-time favorites.Well, you didn't say to name my FAVORITE movie in B&W, but rather "one of" my favorites, so that leaves the field wide open. I think today I shall mention 'TORTILLA FLAT' starring Spencer Tracy, John Garfield, and Hedy Lamarr and one of my Top Ten movies of all time, black & white OR in color!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. This isn't actually my idea, it's a tradition amongst gamers and painters. We do it when we reach milestones on our blogs. I've won loads of stuff from other people and it's high time I gave back a little to the group.

      Oh yeah, that's a good one. John Steinbeck is one of my favourite American authors ever. I remember when I first discovered his books. I practically lived in the library and read my way through everything he wrote. When I grew up, I bought most of them. The Winter of My Discontent had a big impact on me.

      I've seen Tortilla Flats, but it has been many years. I'll put that one on the list for me and The Hubby. Thanks for the reminder.

      I've got you down for Amazon!

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    2. Thanks!
      Yeah, he's one of my very favorite writers, too.

      (The movie was quite different from the book in many respects.)

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    3. It's been years since I've seen the film or read the book. But yeah, the movies are often very different from the book. As long as it's not too far off the mark that doesn't bother me.

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  31. Oh shinny, I would love the Warbases voucher, stocks are running low LOL

    Regards the film, I have quite fond memories of Hurrah for Harold Lloyd but that's shorts rather than films but even so it gets trumped by Ice Cold In Alice, read the book and the film was close enough to be a joy to watch

    Congrats on four years, it's gone real quick

    Ian

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    1. When we get down to our last couple hundred of anything we panic and think we're running out. Warbases has some really nice variety and the quality of everything is excellent. I felt this gave people lots of options to buy what they really wanted.

      You mean Ice Cold in Alex? It can't be gotten anywhere online here as I checked. They've got little 2 minute clips available and that's about it. I can get all the great American films and the great German films, but for some reason I can't get the best of England.

      I've got you down for Warbases Ian!

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  32. Anne;

    Congrats on 4 years and we hope you're around another 4 !

    We have the Cat & Pat to say thanx to, for introducing your blog to us; glad he did and glad I can call you friend

    Admittedly I dont know jack about painting but have enjoyed your posts, envied your talent and have welcomed your comments at my blog { that makes no damn sense...period ......not even to me and I write the damn thing !! }

    The best oh fishes as da tabbies say to everyone; this contest is way cool...oh, how's the beetle seek and destroy journey going ?



    laura & da tabbies with nose kisses to kitty fang

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    1. and a few thoughts to add to your movie list, check out the web site
      bnwmovies.com sometime. along with the mentioned hitchcock, and the day the
      earth stood still, some favs here included bells of st mary's at holiday time,
      shirley temple just to reminesce about simpler times, charlie chan and vincent
      price make for a good mystery, the mummy series, creature from the black lagoon
      series, and two psycho thrillers, the haunting of hill house and the bad seed
      but do NOT read the plot line for the bad seed as you might see a spoiler about the
      ending, the ending is one of those where you say WTF!!!

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    2. Ya, the Cat is a pretty great guy and he's been a great friend over the years. Just don't tell him I said that or I'll never live it down. I'm glad we found each other as well. Your humour is so spot on and you know I love kitties, so it's all good.

      The buggers haven't arrived yet, but I expect they will any day now. I'm on patrol.

      Oooh you're reminding me of so many good ones! I thought Vincent Price was great when I was a kid. Remember The Pit and the Pendulum? I'd read the short story by Poe, but the movie still scared me witless. And I love the old monster movies. Do you watch Mystery Science Theater 3000? The best of the worst black and white sci fi and horror is on there.

      I've not seen The Bad Seed and hadn't heard of it. A quick glance through Google tells me it's one I should have known about, but didn't. I'll definitely put that on our must see list and I won't read anymore of the films description.



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  33. FOUR years? That's gone by like lightning! Congrats on everything you've achieved since you kicked off Anne. You've got some truly wonderful work in your portfolio now and I never regret visiting.

    Favourite black and white film? Hmmmmm.... Put me down for the 1935 Errol Flynn version of Captain Blood.

    And put me down for the Warbases and Woodland Scenics stuff please!

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    1. Captain Blood was great and put Flynn on the map. How do you feel about The Charge of the Light Brigade given they got the history so very wrong?

      Got you down for both Michael!

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  34. Congrats! Wow, I think I may have been one of the early birds for your blog! Congrats!

    Put me down for: Warbases Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, Warstore voucher and the two vintage cars!

    Favorite Black and White? Nosferatu



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    1. You were here when I first began painting and when I was still afraid to talk to very many gamers. Don't know what I was afraid of as you all are so very nice.

      Have you seen the Nosferatu figure at Lead Adventures Miniatures? It's very well done.

      Yay! You want the cars! I've got you down for all three choices!

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  35. I can't believe it's been four years. That's quite an accomplishment. It's been great watching you progress in your painting over that time. You've made much more progress than I have, which is inspirational.

    Please put me down for the Warstore, Woodland scenics and Amazon. I feel like I should have gone for the Warbases, just to keep the W theme going but I'll leave those for others.

    Thank you so much Anne.

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    1. Warbases is pretty popular around here. Can't blame people as the prices are so good and the variety is amazing. I really wish I could afford to buy about five of those to give away.

      Got you down for the others!

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  36. Hi Anne! Dropping over after seeing your comments on so many other sites. Congratulations on your 4 years of blogging. I don't know about wargames. but I do like black and white movies. A favorite? Gosh so many that it's hard to decide. One big fave is Kiss Me Deadly a detective Mike Hammer film noir from 1955. I wasn't following here prior to this post, but now I am.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Arlee,

      You've no idea how pleased I am to see you here! I have long been an admirer of yours and have spent quite a few hours lurking on your blog. I share many of your views regarding music, believing that no one musical form should be "hated" or "discarded" as unworthy.

      One of the most striking things about you is your ability to handle the most difficult of situations in a calm and reasonable manner. And given the number and variety of people you interact with this is quite an accomplishment. Having control of one's emotions whilst online can be a difficult thing, yet you manage it beautifully.

      Oh yes, Kiss Me Deadly is another great. As I paint Pulp figures, film Noir is something that I find enjoyable. It's link to the Golden Age of Pulp is undeniable, giving us many a colourful character and fantastic story line. There is a line of Pulp figures called "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" that are taken directly from film Noir. I think you would enjoy those!

      Again, thank you so much for coming by and for following me.

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  37. Congratulations on the 4 year anniversary and on the great prize draw. Put me down for either the Amazon vouchers or the Warbases vouchers, either would be fine for me.

    My favourite black and white film has to be Cassablanca closely follwed by Ice Cold in Alex.

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    1. And the other shoe finally dropped. Cassablanca! I was wondering what was taking so long for someone to mention that one. I've recently bought a mini to portray Bogart in the film. Great film.

      Got you down for both Lee!

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  38. Congrats on 4 years! Wonderful content to be had throughout all of them!

    Favorite black and white movie is a tough choice. To make my choice a bit easier I'll stick to wargaming related subjects :) Schindler's List would be a pretty obvious choice, but technically it's not completely black & white. Of foreign film's I'd go with Dam Busters. Can't even count how many times I've seen it. Brilliant stuff. And being a Finn there's no way I can't mention Tuntematon Sotilas (Unkown Soldier) based on a book that had to be censored in the fear of Soviet authorities after the war. I'd guess after the war it was a great way to vent out some of the frustration etc. and nowadays it's one of the classics of Finnish cinema that I'd guess everyone here has seen multiple times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRvHsbrkJws

    I'll skip the raffle and leave it to someone who might need those things more :)

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    1. I'm not familiar with Tuntematon Sotilas but those films made after the war that told of the human cost were extremely important. It wasn't all bravery and gung ho out there. Men were damaged and lost their friends. Afterwards much of Europe was asking "What was it all for?"

      No problems with skipping it. I've won so many, I rarely put my name down anymore.

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  39. Many congrats to your blog birthday, dear Anne !

    How time flies... I remeber that your blog was one of those that caught my attention from first sight. And now, years later I'm still glad to come here and spend some time with your news and results. It's always nice to meet some well-known faces here.
    All the best to you and your blog for many more years to come !

    My favourite black/white movie?
    Difficult... Honsestly there are a couple of masterpiece which I admire: Psycho, Twelf Angry Men, Schindler's List, High Noon, To kill a Mockingbird, The man who shot Liberty Valance, All quiet on the Western front...
    But I think my favourite is the German movie Die Feuerzangenbowle (The Fire-Tongs Bowl) from 1944. A comedic story of a famous writer going undercover as a student at a small town secondary school after his friends tell him that he missed out on the best part of growing up by being educated at home. Wonderful movie with Heinz Rühmann.

    Please put me in for the raffles for the Amazon voucher, the Warbases voucher and the scenics set.

    Many thanks
    Stefan

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    1. It's been a pleasure getting to know you as well Monty!

      I was just talking to someone about The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and it was that conversation which prompted me and The Hubby to compile a list of black and white movies we want to watch. I don't know of Die Feuerzangenbowle, but I found it on Youtube and have put it in my Watch list.

      I've got you down for all three!

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    2. Many thanks, Anne.

      Enjoy the Feuerzangenbowle!
      It's a wonderful movie.

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  40. Hey Anne! Congrats on 4 great years!

    If I win, I'd pick the Warstore voucher.

    Favorite B&W Movie.... I know it isn't a "traditional B&W film" but Sin City is probably my favorite.

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    1. Oh, thanks for mentioning Sin City. I hadn't thought of that one and now it's on my list!

      Got you down for Warstore Paul!

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  41. Happy 4th BlogBirthday Anne!! I remember the old blog, what was it called?? And of course I'd love to enter the giveaway as well, I'll like so many others put my name in for the Warbases prize and the Amazon prize!
    As for the Black & White films I'll go for any Laurel & Hardy film, be it the shorts or feature films, my fav has got to be Toed in he Hole. I'll also add "A Matter of Life and Death", which I shouldn't really as it's both B&W and colour, but hey ho, what can you do?? Or what about my 2 fav Dickens films Scrooge and Great Expectations?

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    1. Hey Ray! I was Anne's Attic in the bad old days before painting. Holy Christ, how did you put up with me? Don't answer that ::0)

      I just watched Great Expectations about a month ago and I think I've seen every Laurel and Hardy film that is available.

      I've got your name in Ray!

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  42. Happy Blog day lovely lady.

    hmm random selectometer would be Queens engineers.

    Favourite Black and White movie. Night of the living dead!

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    1. Hello Simon!

      Night of the Living Dead-alright! I'd forgotten that and now it's on the list. You guys are really helping me out with all these movies. The Hubby and I won't run out of things to watch for months.

      Queens Engineers it is!

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    2. Can't beat some classic zombie action :)

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    3. I'm almost disgusted that zombies have become main stream now as they used to belong to just a few of us. Oh well, at least it's resulted in us getting loads of cool mini's sculpted for us.

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  43. forgot about these classics...

    THEM, Black Scorpion, Tarantula, Deadly Mantis, Beginning of the End, Godzilla, The thing, It Came from Beneath the Sea, The Forbidden Planet...just to name a few

    cant remember if all are filmed in B/W tho, Forbidden Planet I know is in color; watched a lot of movies on rainy
    Saturday afternoons hosted by the " vampire in the coffin dude "

    good times !!

    and as an after thought...my reunion post...all true with the exception of the "looks of the cast of characters" !!

    nose kisses to kitty fang from da tabbies ♥♥♥

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    1. Sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I've been ill.

      I don't care if those films are all in black and white-I love them! They used to be on a Saturday night for us. My gran would make us chips and we'd stay up late watching them. That's how I saw The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Those movies seemed so real tome back then. Oh God, we were easily pleased weren't we.

      Oh I believe you as that dialogue rang true to my ears. I could picture the whole thing, but with humans.

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  44. You rule, Anne! Please enter me in the drawings for the gift certificates from The War Store, Warbases, and the apple trees. Thank you so much for doing this.

    I recently, and for the very first time, watched "To Have and Have Not" with Bogart and Bacall. Now I understand why it's a classic. The dialog! Oh my goodness! Another of my all time favorites is "Sahara", another Bogey classic.

    :)

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  45. This is so cool of you. We're just here for love of the game, not because we want anything.

    My favorite b&w film: Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin. I can still watch that movie and laugh, and his blindfolded rollerskating on top of a ledge routine is just breathtaking.

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