Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Farewell for Now

I have enjoyed playing around a bit on blogger over the last couple of weeks, but as most of you know, real life does not permit me to linger long.  The Hubby and I have some new music we would like to record and I've still some painting outdoors to get done. I hope to return by the end of July, but one month often turns into two, so I shall make no promises on when I will return.

I have, however, managed to get a few pieces off the painting table this week.

This is a 28mm figure from Reaper Miniatures Deadland Noir collection and was sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.

A gentleman from Lead Adventures Forum requested that I paint up a Fantasy piece for him. I agreed, but only if I had final say on the figure.  This is a 28mm heroic scale from Tale of War and was sculpted by Simon Remis.

This little gal was sent to me by Clint last year. It was a figure he got at Salute and although she doesn't look that complicated, I've had to strip the paint from her twice to get her completed.

She reminds me of myself when I was a little girl.

For quite some time now I've been knocking about the idea of painting some WWII figures. Finally, I have given in and made a few purchases.  These are British Forward Observation Officers from Bolt Action. They have plenty of detail, loads of character and should be fun to paint up.

I have also purchased from Perry Miniatures, Vickers machine gun and four crew.  As one would expect, I am quite pleased with the figures and look forward to working on them.  I'm also quite keen to paint up some German Afrika Corp figures and vehicles.  Now, I do not plan on making a switch to painting all historical figures. Rather I would like to add them to what I already do.

As my Jazz Quartet is nearly finished, they will be the first figures I post when I return,. I also have some Hasslefree figures that are nearly done and will complete those. Shortly after that, the WWII figures will be posted.

I hope all of you enjoy your summer as I intend to enjoy mine. I may wander in from time to time and say hello.  But for now, I shall say farewell.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

And the Winners Are....

Before we get to that I want to apologise for having missed reading some of your posts over the last few days. On Friday I spent too much time working out of doors and wound up in hospital with heat stroke.  It wasn't a big deal, they just replaced fluids with an I.V. drip and sent me home. However, it left me feeling worn out for a few days.

Now onto the point of this post!

Ray Rousell out for a night on the tiles. Photo courtesy of his missus.

1. Warbases gift voucher goes to Rodger.

2. Warstore gift voucher goes to DeanM.

3. Scenics package goes to David Bromley.

4.  Classic cars go to Styx.

5. The Queens Engineers go to Sander.

6. The Amazon gift voucher goes to Pat Hatt.

Contact me at olearyanne 4 At yahoo dot com so I can get the information necessary to get your prizes to you. 

I'd like to thank you all for answering my question regarding your favourite black and white films. The Hubby and I wanted to make a list of the best of them to watch and thanks to you, we've enough to keep us busy for weeks to come.

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


A $20.00 gift voucher from

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

Monday, June 1, 2015

On the Painting Table

After taking about two months away from painting, I picked up the brush to finish off a few pieces.  Much to my dismay I discovered that during that period I had lost some of my fine brush control skills.

Rather than muck up figures that were so near completion, I decided to work on some new figures, hoping to get things back.

After a week of painting I'm glad to say that I am now back to where I was before I took time away. Hopefully I will have at least two of the figures from the top picture completed by next week. My Jazz Musicians will take a good bit longer than that to finish.

I've included this picture to indicate scale for my friend at Da Trout Talkin Tabbies. I can't remember if I've done this for you before!

Now some of you may remember the horror I experienced last Spring when Dinosaurs invaded my garden and began attacking my rose bushes.  So as you might expect, this year I've been keeping a watchful eye on my roses and have seen no evidence of the Dino's. I thought I was safe,,,,

....until I went to water my Petunias'...

....and found the bastards had returned to plague me again this year.  Can you imagine how you would feel if one of these came at you from one of your planters? No, you can't because it hasn't happened to you.  Hopefully Kitty Fang and I can contain this infestation for another year. And if we can't, well just be careful where you walk because that may not be dog poo your stepping in.....

Remember a few weeks back when I asked you guys a load of questions?  I was hoping to tell you why I did that today, but I can't.  There's a manufacturer out there holding me up and when I hear from them, I'll let you know. 

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