Yes, the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is back for it's 7th year (I know, time flies). Better and bigger than ever, with 100 participants!
And this time, I'm ready! No house move, no health issues, nothing to stop me from reaching my goal of having my best challenge to date. My target is 550pts, which is basically my record, but I really hope I can break that glass ceiling! And I'm paint starved, really, having spent most of the last few months working on the house and such.
I've always been a bit lazy in the Challenge preparation, doing some but never enough and preferring to keep painting like a dumbass while the Challenge start date loomed large. But this year I've really step up my prep game.
In the coming three months, on the Fantasy and Sc-Fi side of things, I've identified three main projects I want to work on.
1 - Finish my second 28mm Sci-fi outfit; it's a small project, around 13 figures so I can play some skirmish Sci-Fi games. I'd like to start with this and get it out of the way fast. I just finished gluing them and they are in the priming room. I'll show the complete force at the same time, and I'm not telling!
2 - The Halfling bonanza. In a fit of crazyness, I funded two Halfling projets this year! The Westfalia Halfmen army and Stonehaven's Halfling Adventurers Miniatures . I received Stonehaven offering first and most of them are reading for painting. I, ahem, bought the whole freakin' range, so that's a lot of little guys! Not sure I'll paint them all in the Challenge but I'd like to have enough of them to play some skirmish games. Should I have enough time (I doubt it very much) I'll start the Westfalia ones.
|The first twenty odd StoneHaven Halflings; clean, glue sand, prime, repeat|
3 - The 30K Epic project (and accompanying duel). Last year Greg from Fawcett Avenue Conscripts used the challenge to start an Epic 30K project (and it was epic), and influenced me big time. I've been wanting to do Epic for quite a while and finally took the plunge and amass enough figures to keep me painting for a few months (I think). This should be my main project for the next three months. To keep things even more interesting, I entered into a 30K side Duel with four of the maniacs from the Challenge asylum;
Rules: Most points of painted miniatures in any scale
Prize: A painted single 28mm 30k or small formation of 6mm 30k figures from the defeated participants
|All the vehicles are primed, glued, based and ready to be painted.|
Do I have a chance to win? No, I don't think so! But it's going to be a lot of fun nonetheless. Greg is a 30K freak as are the other guys, and it should be fun to see what they all come up with.
4 - There's a 4...kinda. I'm leaving room to add a few Oldhammer pieces to break things up. Probably some Chaos Knights and Nurgle Champions who've been sitting on my painting table for way too long.
And of course, I intend to participate in at least a few of the Bonus theme rounds...
January 8th - Armour
January 22nd - East
February 5th - Terrain: 'Home'
February 19th - West
March 5th - Character(s) and/or Scene from a Movie, TV program, Book or piece of Music
In the coming weeks I'll discuss my 30K and my "LeafGrave" projects in more depth. And then we are off to the races!