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They are DELIGHTFUL Little Spooks. Your BEAUTIFUL brushwork & inspired palette add immeasurably to the charm of the pieces. VERY WELL DONE!

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These guys look great. Your paintwork really suits them.

Id like to pick up some myself sometime, when the hobby budget allows.

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