Friday, December 27, 2013

From AnneO'L: 28mm Cowboys & Thief (17 points)

Anne submits her fist non-thematic entry with this brilliant cowboy vignette and an elf thief.

From Anne:
I began painting miniatures a little over a year and a half ago and for me, the greatest part of the Challenge is not the acquisition of points, rather it is to push myself as a painter by doing things I have never done before. 
These are 25mm figures from Knuckleduster and I had a grand time painting them.  They are smaller than the 28mm heroic figures I generally paint and have less detail. Therefor I had to adjust my technique somewhat to accommodate that. They required more contrast than I am used to using and they required the use of washes which is something I never use.  The main shortcoming on these figures is that I did not push the highlights high enough in several places. Hopefully, I will do a better job on the next batch of Knuckleduster figures I submit.
This is a 28mm heroic figure from Reaper Miniatures. It is a metal miniature and was sculpted by Bobby Jackson.  You may notice that the face is a different colour than the hands.  This is an elf thief and Bobby sculpted a highly stylized mask on the face. I chose to paint it in a dark greyscale to emphasize those pronounced features.  I painted the dagger a glowing green as I wanted to try doing Object Source Lighting. You can see this as the green glow that is transmitted from the dagger onto the side of the cloak. I was a bit heavy handed with the technique, which should be more subtle.  On the back of the cloak, I painted some freehand blue flames. While this looks fine on a table top, it is too sloppy for photography. I failed to highlight within the flames and I did not have enough distinction between layers. However, this was a first attempt and I learned something from it.

Wonderful stuff Anne! I always enjoy seeing your work as you have a very vibrant, high-contrast style. Your first attempt at source lighting is quite good, especially as it can be a tricky effect to pull off. As a suggestion, I find 'source lighting' usually works best when the figure is painted in muted 'shadow' tones in order to set up a better context for the chosen light source. I also really like the blue flames on the back of the thief's cloak. I find it reminiscent of  some of the psychedelic album covers of the 70s (as you can tell, I spent way too much time in my parents' basement listening to the hi-fi) - very cool.

These three figures will give Anne as base of 15 points but I'm adding a couple more for the vignette and paint effects. Great stuff Anne and I look forward to your coming entries!


  1. Great work Anne and bravo to you for pushing yourself to try new things I have long wanted to have a go at OSL but never built up the nerve. I am really looking forward to seeing what you offer us next
    Peace James

  2. Anne these figures are superb the colours are fantastic , a really wonderful job

  3. Beautiful work as always, Anne. Great entry to the comp.

  4. Awesome work Anne - beautiful stuff

  5. Thanks guys!

    Curt, I think we must be of the same age. Reminds me a bit of the cover of Disraeli Gears :0)

    1. Haha, yes, we may be of a similar vintage indeed. Great album by the way!

  6. The elf thief is just lovely ( he says checking his wallet). And Cowboys well you know I like Cowboy figures. As every a vibrant palette and great brush work.

  7. Wonderful work Anne. I do agree that the Challenge is personal to each entrant - for some people it is about seeing how much they can paint, for others it is about getting projects done that have been sitting around, for you (and a few others) it is about pushing your limits and developing as a painter.

  8. I always enjoy your stuff Anne regardless of subject. I think that's partly because it is so different to how many of us paint i.e. the gamer fraternity. There's a lot to be said for being new to something and without preconceptions.

  9. Awesome painting Anne!! love the vibrant colours!!

  10. As always, your work is fantastic and as usual you wish you could do better.

    I think a few more paint brushes have been snapped in two by old hands as they read "I have been painting a little over a year and a half"

    Keep them coming and I love that cloak

  11. Truly inspiring! Love the colour palette you used.

  12. You have a wonderful style of painting, Anne. Your use of the colours is FANTASTIC!
    Really nice figures.


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