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Monday, August 31, 2015

Hasslefree Moderns-Widow

I actually finished and photographed this figure some time ago and then forgot all about it.  So I thought that before I take off again I'd post the figure lest she disappear into the mist of my feeble memory.

This is Widow from Hasslefree's Modern collection.  She is 28mm and was sculpted by Kev White. The base is from Bombshell Babe, is cast in resin and was sculpted by Patrick Keith.




This was a very nice sculpt with clean lines and she was a real pleasure to paint.  

I spent much of the weekend doing research for my 101st Airborne figures and found myself gripped by the story of Operation Market Garden.  There is a lot of research readily available, a lot of action, some spectacularly bad decisions and a lot of brave men to learn about.

So I think I've made my decision on what to focus on.  Rather than paint just one army, I would like to focus on these series of battles which will allow me to paint American, British, Polish and German troops.  And yes, I will rewatch "A Bridge Too Far" with Michael Caine and Sean Connery.  

This makes two posts in a row for me and that's my limit.  I hope to post again by the end of September. However, take that promise with a grain of salt as we all know I can go without posting for much longer than that.  I will pop in from time to time to read blogs, but I won't be in every day.

I hope you all enjoy the last dregs of Summer.






104 comments:

  1. Gobsmackingly good stuff Anne with lovely work on both the model and the base. In fact I think they work exceptionally well together. You've put some serious work in on all the model's details too I see, with buckles, laces and straps. Painstaking stuff I try to avoid at all costs. I may well give those bases a look myself :-)

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    1. The buckles and straps end up adding hours of work to a figure and those get tedious. I like the base quite a bit and am going to remove her from it then use the base to practice weathering, mud effects and chipping on.

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  2. love the crates she's standing on and you did such lovely shading on her, dear!

    Sent you something today it's in the post already :) Let me know when it arrives to Indiana... hope nobody steals it along the way. Had to charm the man in the post so that he wouldn't open it before sending :)

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    1. That's why you is so sweet darling. I need your address and I've not a working email for you (I don't use FB anymore). Email me at olearyanne 4 at yahoo dot com I need to know what teas you need.

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    2. you will see the address on the back of the envelope, dear :)
      And whatcha mean you don't have my email address, it's there up under my banner in CONTACT button :)

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    3. I don't have mine posted anywhere so it never occurs to me to look for other peoples on their blogs. I'll get with you to find out what you need then!

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    4. I have it up there because that way the companies and celebs can contact me for a chitchat :) Seriously, I had people from the industry contact me like that... and companies too.

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    5. Oooh now that must be nice. If you ever hear from Gerard, send him my way.

      If I put mine up there, the only people that would contact me would be serial killers :0)

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    6. Oh, there are those too :) Russian brides, viagra sellers, Indian porn spammers :) I sometimes even get emails from China from some company that produces equipment for cutting diamonds... only heavens know how come they know that I deal with diamonds?

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    7. I don't list mine as there are just too many weirdos out there and real life is weird enough without inviting any more in. But you has a business and people need to be able to reach you.

      Now if only the Chinese would send you the diamonds.

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    8. How was your Labour Day weekend, dear? Everybody came home alive and sane? :)
      Did Fang guard the house? Did the kids gave you a grandkid over the weekend? :)

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    9. We made it back in one piece and we had a good time. Jack is doing pretty good and really needs the company, so it was great.

      They better get married before they put a bun in that oven!

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    10. DAHLINK, I know your birthday is tomorrow, but me wanted to be the first one to congratulate you! :) Happiest of B-days, dear, may it be peaceful and filled with love this year and every upcoming year as well. Hope your family shows love tomorrow and fills you with warmth!
      I'd make you a big cake if me was there :) Will send you a cake at Facebook tomorrow, though :)
      And, dahlink, it's the 35th, yes? :) You don't look a day older!

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    11. Yes, dahlink it is my 35th. I just love that number!

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  3. She looks nice!
    Excellent to focus on the series of battles.
    Enjoy your September.

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    1. Thank you Alex! Looking forward to the big announcement on Wednesday.

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  4. She looks very good indeed.

    Operation Market Garden, was a much bigger success then many people realise as it did achieve 80% of it's objectives, But because the book and the film tend to focus on a Bridge to far it is seen as a failure and not the true success that it was. Just my opinion of course, others may differ.

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    1. I don't view it as a failure at all and I haven't seen the movie in over 30 years. There were some bad decisions though. Ignoring the intel from the code breakers regarding the size of the Panzer divisions was a mistake that cost a lot of lives. There were delays that allowed the Germans time to prepare and dig in and the SS wasn't anywhere near ready to give up. Further, para's carried little in the way of heavy weapons and expecting those guys to take and hold those bridges whilst ground troops were delayed was unrealistic.

      I did watch four excellent documentaries over the weekend. One Dutch, three British and one American. All of them had the soldiers who fought and the local Dutch telling their stories and that is what has gotten me so hooked. It's those first person accounts that make things so meaningful.

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  5. Wonderful! Love the base, very cool! Also looking forward to the new project!

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  6. Hola Amiga
    Que buena mano estas teniendo con estas figuras
    un saludo

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  7. Very nicely done, the shading and highlighting is just right. The creases on the uniform are spot on and yes even the crates are painted to enhance the overall look. A very nice piece all round

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    1. I think I could have gone a bit deeper on the shadows. I've got two other Modern Military figures like her and will add a bit dark brown to the base colour so they'll pop a bit more.

      Thank you so much Russ!

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  8. Fantastic. Market garden is a good choice. Lots of interesting figs and characters to paint. Watch band of brothers TV series, bit too anti British but lots of ideas

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    1. I've heard of the show, but I don't have television. I looked for it on Netflix but it's not available for instant stream.

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  9. That is a sensational piece of work Anne, you really are on fine form at the moment. Brave decision regarding the 'Operation Market Garden' project, but will certainly give us plenty to enjoy - best of luck.

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    1. That project will span a year or more. I'm a slow painter and I'll be doing other figures in between. The research on this is gripping and will give me plenty to think about.

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  10. Amazing paintjob again Anne! Nice work all around.

    Can't wait to see what you paint up in your Market Garden project.

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    1. My first purchase for the Germans is to be the 88mm flak gun from Blitzkrieg Miniatures and the crew from Perry to go with it. Initially I'll want some British ground troops with jeeps and tanks but I'm not sure if I'll go with Warlord or Perry on those. The Polish Airborne will come from Warlord as will the American Airborne troops.

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    2. My favorite ww2 troops are from Artizan you might look in to them.

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    3. I will have to check them out. How do they scale with Perry and Warlord? Close enough so I can mix them in?

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    4. Yes though some of the very old packs are a little smaller.

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    5. I've seen some of them painted up on peoples blogs and thought they looked a little bit smaller. Those may be older models though. I do know they are less expensive so I will check them out as this could get costly.

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  11. Enjoy what's left of your own summer Anne. Maybe the more you get into grips with the history behind the figures the more you'll get interested in the battles side of miniatures and start recreating old battles, or coming up with new ones.

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    1. I've been looking at buildings and such, but the prices on those are horrific. That kind of thing will have to be done a little at a time and spaced out over months. But one day, yes, I'd like to have some of those things.

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  12. I second the Band of Brothers suggestion. It may just be my perspective as a Yank but I would call it more Pro-American than Anti-British... that does sometimes mean some less than complementary comments about the British.

    Great looking figure puts me in mind of the Stargate TV series.

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    1. I didn't know that there was that kind of slant to the show. If they are ragging on the British I won't watch it as it will just make me angry. There's no way anyone can study that war and not respect the British and everything they did.

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    2. Its nothing too offensive, and mostly its the sort of stuff you would expect from soldiers who are working with soldiers of another nation with their own attitudes and ways of doing things. Over all I would say its far more positive than negative, There is a great scene were Easy Company works with a team of British airborne officers to get the last of the Red devils back to the friendly side of the river. Nothing but respect there on both sides and its followed by both groups getting falling down drunk together. As I said its less anti British than pro American...

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    3. That sounds like pretty normal stuff then as there was always some bitching about one another between troops of different countries.

      Netflix doesn't have it and neither does Youtube. One day Netflix will stream it and I'll watch it then.

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    4. Its a great show Anne, you need to watch it.

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    5. I've gotten so spoiled with getting television free that when confronted with paying for it, I'm at a loss. If I can find it at a decent price I'll get it.

      Nice to see you Ray!

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  13. Hello again, dear Anne! These images reveal more of your magnificent work. I agree that the figure is beautifully crafted and I love her pose. Once again I thank you for your faithful support of SDMM during your absence from blogging in general. Please take good care of yourself, dear friend Anne. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

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    1. Kev White has a way of sculpting the human body that gives it such elegance and it's what attracts me to his work.

      I'll be by to see you Shady as I love music and am curious to see how long our voting streak will last.

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  14. Really nice work with the limited palette on that one Anne. The hair could still come up a bit and maybe tone the lips down a bit. Kev's stuff is always a delight to paint. I have a bunch sitting in a box from ReaperCon that are waiting for some attention.

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    1. There are quite a few shortcomings on this one Kris. She was one of the first things I painted after I'd been away from the brushes for a few months. Big mistake that.

      I remember that you won the Hasslefree paint competition at ReaperCon. You've got to find time to crack some of those open and paint them!

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  15. Lovely work again Anne. Is it just me, or is there a bit of a Joanna Lumley look about her?

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    1. You're right, she does look like Joanna. The haircut and the angles of her face are nearly the same. Now I wonder if that's where Kev got his inspiration from. I've got to watch that show again.

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  16. She turned out great. Wow, you've got a lot of painting ahead if you are going to do all of those. 2 posts in one month is your limit? Woweee the cat is so impressed hahaha he's only doing posts for April now, you showed him up. haha enjoy the ass end of summer.

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    1. I can't see myself ever blogging on a regular schedule again. It doesn't fit in with my life and I find I enjoy posting more when I don't do it so often. Also, with my few posts I'm not asking people for a lot of their time, which leaves them free to focus on their own blogs.

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    2. true, if I had a life I'd focus on it more too haha if I wasn't so far ahead I probably wouldn't post every day. But I still enjoy it as the voices in my head need to have their say.

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    3. As long as those voices don't start saying "Kill Anne, kill Anne", I think it's just fine to let them have their way.

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  17. Nicely done Anne, nicely done!

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  18. Gorgeous brushwork and lovely basing. Really grounds the figure. Great stuff.

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    1. Thank you Herbert and nice to meet you!

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  19. Don't be late for a date with her is my motto! Beautiful paint work, Anne.

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  20. Quite nicely done, as always. I wish I had the eye and hand for detail that you do. Or for shading. Or for color palette. Or for... well, you get the drift.

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  21. >>... I hope you all enjoy the last dregs of Summer.

    For the first time in recent memory, today feels kind of cool, and the light has a softer look to it. Not quite so harsh and blinding. I think maybe we've made it through the hell.

    Enjoy your free time, too, ANNE O'.
    (But don't forget about those Jazz blokes. Ha!)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. It's getting late in the season and I don't want to miss a minute of that dying light. The Jazz Band will be the first thing I post when I come back.

      I'll swing by tomorrow to see what you've got up for us. I hope it's a really tough one to vote on.

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  22. Another brilliant figure. You never have had an off day, have you? ;-)

    Market Garden is a superb choice. "It Never Snows in September" is a fabulous book from the German POV. There are some eye opening moments, like the German officer challenging his WW I (!) era vets to get up and charge the paratroopers. A fascinating story from all sides.

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    1. I have loads of off days Monty. And I have a shelf of shame that has more than a few figures that will never see the light of day sitting on it.

      The only side I haven't gotten at least a glimpse of yet is the German side. I just looked at Amazon and they have the book so I'll order it. The stories on these battles are so interesting and each person remembers things like it was yesterday. I'm going to really enjoy this one!

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    2. A shelf of shame...I bet anyone but you would love that shelf. ;-)

      After years of reading the Allied side, I enjoyed reading about the German side as it was such a disaster with them scraping the absolute bottom of the barrel to try to stay in the war.

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    3. I'm going to get that book along with A Bridge Too Far this month for my birthday. I don't know much about the German side of this one. I'd like to find out how the soldiers felt knowing they were coming to the end, yet still fighting on so hard. I have some idea of what the German Command was dealing with knowing it was hopeless and dealing with Hitler's declining mental state. It had to be absolutely desperate for them.

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  23. Anne....I can tell you enjoyed painting this; does this sound silly....because it's totally awesome; every aspect of this figure ROCKS.....from the colors to the shading to the base....it flippin ROCKS.....great job my friend !!! enjoy your break; nose kisses to kitty fang.....I hope all the roses bloomed profusely this year.....frankly I'm looking forward to fall as I despise summer with a passion.....♥♥♥

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    1. I love this sculptors work so much I've bought a couple of his resin masters. They were pretty expensive, but worth it.

      For some reason this State doesn't seem to have an Autumn. Since I've been here, it goes from high 80's in September to near freezing by mid October. The leaves don't turn, they just turn brown and drop dead on the ground. The only season I hate is Winter and it's a struggle for me to emotionally survive it.

      I'll pop by and see you from time to time!

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  24. Excellent painting on this fine figure. cheers

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    1. Thank you! Now get those Nellies painted!

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  25. Great painting and the detail even in the boxes she is standing on is wonderfully painted. My ex who knows quite a bit about tanks, outfits etc... stated that Saving Private Ryan was spot on for the outfits they wore including the colours and the tanks. He mentioned that in older films they often used tanks etc.. from other places since they could not find the right tanks for that battle. Savings Private Ryan is not one of my favourite films but I respect what my ex said about the outfits and tanks and such. Love A Bridge Too Far.

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    1. I've done some reading and the uniform changed in September of 1944 with the men wearing a darker green. As that's when Market Garden took place, that's what I'm going to go with. I have come across so many people arguing over the exact colour of uniforms it's mind boggling.

      I liked Private Ryan if only for how well it portrayed the hell of those beach landings. The rest of the story was okay. Now A Bridge Too Far is more up my alley.

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  26. Great work on the figure cailin, I have that same unpainted figure around here somewhere?

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  27. I really like your work on this one, looks to me you got her perfect

    Ian

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    1. You know how it is with us painters-I can still see the flaws.

      Thanks Ian!

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  28. Stunning Work Anne !
    I love to see the evolution of your work and the evolution of your technique. Always of more and more beautiful and a great mastery of painting... You are going to give the competition a your friends modelers ;) . Bravo!
    Slainte
    Vincent .

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    1. I'll never be any competition for you Maestro!

      Thanks you my friend!

      Slainte!

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  29. Lovely work the cloth colors are so well blended I can't wait to see what you do with your market Garden project. A Bridge Too Far is he movie that symbolizes the movie for me. The Market Garden plan like many famous war plans more ambitious than it should have been. If you are looking for a war movie with an authentic feel watch The Big Red One it was directed by a veteran of the war.

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    1. It was an audacious plan and when I look at the alternative, I think I can understand why Monty pushed for this. We can't know how many more casualties there would have been if there had been a broad front. Either way, it makes for a great telling.

      I checked out The Big Red One. Youtube has it but I'll have to rent it. I'll have to rent A Bridge Too Far as well though.

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  30. Lovely lady trooper, Anne. I like how her eyes peek out from under her bangs.

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    1. She's just such a beautiful sculpt. I've a male by Kev, who is called Woody that's a Modern Military. He's in a kneeling position and there's something so provocative about that pose I couldn't resist it. I'll get round to painting him one day.

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  31. That's some top painting there Anne, great work!

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  32. Amazing detail. I'm impressed about how you can paint things that small.

    Hope you're getting lots done with your cutbacks in blogging.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I'll never go back to blogging full time so this is pretty much going to be my norm. I find blogging more enjoyable if I don't spend an enormous amount of time doing it.

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  33. Another masterpiece, Anne. Even the pictures are fantastic. I'm so happy to hear that things are going well with you and yours and you're enjoying your summer. You deserve it, my friend!

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    1. It's been a long, hard haul but for right now things are great and I'm happy. Hopefully things will stay good throughout Winter as well.

      It's great to see you again!

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    2. It's great to be back.

      Ugh. Winter. Autumn I can handle but winter is such a drag. Short days can be so depressing.

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  34. Great work, Anne.

    It's been more years than I care to think about since I read "A Bridge Too Far", but I recall it being filled with all sorts of details that didn't make it into the film.

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  35. I don't have to tell you that Widow looks awesome. Great attention to detail. The shading is awesome. But now I've googled Operation Market Garden and I'm stuck in a vortex of online reading when I should be working. So. Fascinating. Can't. Stop. Must click one more link... If I never return, tell my family I loved them.

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  36. Excellent work Anne she looks great!

    Christopher

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  37. Excellent job. Anne great figure as well on my too long to get list :)

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  38. Anne; God's blessings to you and your family as well, and may St Francis bless Kitty Fang with~~~~ happee nezz & heatlh az de tabbies say ~~~~~ ♥♥♥~~~~~~~ for many years to come ♥♥♥

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