Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thank You Secret Santa!

Last week I received a gorgeous figure from my Secret Santa and I would like to thank that person for the time and the effort put into painting this most lovely figure.

The brushwork on this figure is clean, tidy and the highlights are just perfect. I learned a great deal from having a figure painted at this quality in my hands as I do not have an opportunity to see other peoples work in person. And would you just look at that base? It's gorgeous.

The Annual Secret Santa is sponsored by Ian at The Blog With No Name and I was pleased to be able to participate in this years event.

As far as the Challenge goes, I am on track. My Bonus Entry was completed on time and that was a huge relief. By the end of this month I plan on completing a small Western Vignette and my Villain for the next Bonus round.

Unlike the rest of the Wild Bunch, Christmas will not hamper my progress as the Hubby is to weak to make the trip to his parents house. So while you guys have pressies in your hands, I will have a brush in mine.

Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Boneyard the Death Knight and a Give Away

Although I did not post while I was in the grips of depression, I continued to paint. All together I painted seven figures, with five of them being for someone else. Several people have mentioned in recent comments that they miss seeing my work. So today, I'm posting one of the Stonehaven Gnomes I did.

This is Boneyard the Death Knight and is done in my typical style. The other figures I painted were done much differently. Rather than reflect the world as I would have it be, they reflected the world I live in. They are dark and they are grim. I will post those as filler during the Challenge.

Currently I am on course with my painting goals. My three figures for the Non Combatants themed entry are complete. I am doing them as a dio and work on the terrain has begun. The entry is Queen Guinevere riding a horse and her two heralds.

Was there something about a give away in the title? Yes, I believe there was. This give away is being done by my friend Dez from The Hollywood Spy. One winner will receive a $50.00 gift card from This is an American based company and entrants must reside within the United States.

I will most likely be late in getting in this morning as we have an appointments and I cannot get The Hubby into the car by myself so I have to hire a handicap van to pick us up. All of which adds a great deal of fuss and time to the outing. He will likely be exhausted on our return and after I get him settled, I'll be in to comment.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saddle Up Boys!

It's time for the Wild Bunch to pick up their brushes and paint because this is the first day of the Analogue Hobbies 4th Annual Painting Challenge .

I wish all of the Challengers the best over the next three months and am looking forward to seeing all of your brushwork.

So saddle up boys, for today we ride!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Primed and Ready

This is my first time participating in The Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge and I must admit that with 5 days left, I'm getting a bit nervous. It seems audacious of me to think, after only painting for a year and a half,  that I have the right to play with the big boys. Although I am only in for 200 points, I must admit to being a bit nervous.

So am I ready? 

I have cleaned and primed about 3/4's of the figures I plan on painting. I have also mapped out palettes for all of my work.  As a fickle painter, I know that I am capable of changing my mind on a whim about what I'm in the mood to paint and I've allowed myself some room to do that. 

I also have some rather large figures on the table. The female Cloud Giant is the one I'm most excited about. My inspiration for the palette is the night sky. Her skin will be done in grey scale, her hair in midnight blue and her clothing in the colours of the Northern Lights. 

Half of my points will be from historical figures and the other half from fantasy and sci fi. I intend to complete four dios, six vignettes, some grouped singles and a unit of Vikings whose shields will be done free hand.  Further, I have dates set for the completion of almost every project. Only three bases have been built as I do not base my figures until they are complete.

There is one more critical thing yet to be done. And that is cooking. You see, I do not have a wife or girlfriend to cook for me while I paint.  Therefor to buy me time in the first week I am cooking and freezing, in advance,  a lasagna, a pot of chili, a pot of vegetable soup, 2 roast chickens, a turkey, a ham, a chocolate pie, an apple pie and a pumpkin pie. This should keep my tribe at bay for a week while I'm holed up in my room painting. 

The rest of my plan involves cleaning and sleeping. I have to go into this with a clean house and a rested body. Why so much planning for a mere 200 points? I'll tell you why. This is more figures than I paint in six months and I have never done a vignette, a dio, nor a big giant figure. 

I am prepared for the battle ahead and I wish all who participate the best of luck in the coming months.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fifteen Dead, Ten Injured

The BBC and Fox News reported early this morning the spontaneous deaths of fifteen people. Ten others were taken to casualty due to sudden bleeding from their eyes and one man lies in a coma.  In an unprecedented global investigation a common cause was found.

On the evening of December 3rd, Irishman Francis Lee posted a picture of this man on his blog.  It was a picture of Ray Rousell, a man so hideous  that the mere sight of  him can cause rats to flee in terror.

When asked why he did such a terrible thing Francis had this to say "I only meant to frighten people, not kill them. I mean, I worked with this fecker for years and I'm still alive." Mrs. Rousell was asked in an interview how she has managed to stay alive for so many years. Her response was "I had special contact lens made that filters out the worst of it. I really can't see him clearly, he's just a blur."

Charlie Fatbottom, Director of the World Health Organization had this to say, "We know what it is and we know how to deal with it. Our best scientists are working on a containment field to put around this Rousell character. For now the public has been warned to look away, just look away."

Now a word about Blogger. Most of us are aware now that blogs are not updating and that the problem is persistent. We really can't have this happening during the Challenge, so maybe if we all submit polite complaints we may get it resolved before December 15th.

For now, go forth and prime!!!

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