Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Fifth Analogue Painting Challenge

The Fifth Analogue Painting Challenge has sadly drawn to a close, so it is time to stop neglecting my humble blog.

It seems fitting to restart bloglife with a quick retrospective of my Painting Challenge, so today I got everything out on the table just to see what I had managed to paint in the course of the Challenge.

As you can see, it was a pretty eclectic bunch of figures I painted, with everything from a German dinosaur to 6mm ECW. Battlegroup predictably took some of my attention, with some German forces painted up for Barbarossa and Fall of the Reich.

The largest single subject I focused on were Islamic troops for use in such games as Crescent and Cross and Lion Rampant, but other early medievals also got a look in with Picts and Bretons.

Probably the most enjoyable parts of the Challenge for me were the Bonus Rounds, and I was chuffed to win second place with my Dino Rider in the rider and mount round.

The only figures I painted that aren't in the photo are missing because I ate them. I speak of course of the Viking ship cake I made for the mini duchess back in December, which won me 10 points!

All in all, the Challenge was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring experience, in which i felt a great sense of camaraderie with similar lunatics all around the world. I finished in 8th place with 2032 points, which I'm delighted with ans I was keen to improve on my 13th place with 1349 points from last year. I also just scraped a win against Tamsin with our race to 1500 points, although I'm pretty sure she beat me with the number of points completed of 6mm figures.

So here's a massive thank you to Curt for organising the Challenge. What a huge amount of work he puts into it! Just reading some of the posts about the importance the Challenge has in some of our lives shows what a great public service he is fulfilling. It certainly does wonders for my mental health.

In my next post: plans for the rest of 2015.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Aufklaerungsaurus los!

For the 'Mount and Rider' bonus round of Curt's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge I submitted this figure from Eureka of a recce dino rider, somewhere in Russia in 1943. And blow me down if it isn't currently tying in second place in the voting, with less than 24 hours to go! I put this success down entirely to my decision to add a number plate to the dinosaur.

I'm chuffed that people like the figure, particularly in the company of some truly stunning entries. Check them out here!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Enchanted Dice

My Christmas present from the Duchess was this beautiful little wooden chest of dice. Since there are five of them, and Warlords in SAGA roll five attack dice, I plan to intimidate my opponents by only using the dice for that purpose. When the warlord enters the fray, the dice chest is produced. Mwahahhaha!

Happy Yule and Christmas to you all, and thank you for visiting my humble blog.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Painting Challenge So Far...

Curt's wonderful Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is off to a roaring start this year, and I've been having a ball getting my entries in and trying to keep pace with Tamsin as we race to 1500 points.

I'm away with the in-laws now until after Christmas and suffering painting withdrawal. I'll take this opportunity for a quick recap of what I've painted for the challenge so far.

I got some runs on the board early with a platoon of 15mm Volkssturm figures for Battle Group Fall of the Reich.

I'm really pleased with how they turned out, especially now that I've given them a second spray of matt varnish. Next up was my entry for the first bonus round, on the theme of 'Cold'. I painted Northstar's figure of Thor confronting Fenrir which was part of the Mini-Duchesses' 8th birthday present.

Speaking of the mini-Duchess, I cheekily entered the birthday cake I made her for the challenge, and Curt was kind enough to give me a few points. You might notice a theme here - my daughter has been getting into Norse mythology in a big way recently, and I couldn't be happier.

Sticking with the Early medieval period, I painted a unit of Breton warriors for SAGA...

...before doing up some Saracen archers, warriors and nobles for SAGA: Crescent and Cross.

That's nearly everything so far, and I'm currently sitting on 292 points while we wait on the scoring from the first bonus round. I've finished a couple of other things as well, but I can't reveal them yet. One is for a future bonus round, and the other is waiting on some decals to arrive from the UK until I can submit the entry to Curt.

As always, it is a real pleasure taking part in the challenge, and seeing the talent of the other painters out there as well as the great spirit that characterises the challenge.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

At My Signal, Unleash Paint!

School is done and dusted for the year, and the 5th Annual Painting Competition begins in just over seven hours. I've set myself the insane target of 1500 points, and have side duels going with Curt and Tamsin. This is going to be fun!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pro Gloria Plastic Landsknechts! You Know You Want To....

Pro Gloria's Indiegogo campaign to fund a box of plastic Landsknechts is ticking along pretty well, with over 12.000 Euros of the 30.000 target raised and 24 more days to go. If you haven't seen these already, check them out - the greens look stunning.

Imagine, if you will, a mass of these guys tramping across your tabletop in their wonderful gaudy costumes. And think of how with the money you save buying them in plastic you can support them with lovely metal figures from the likes of Artizan. Personally, the moment they get funded I will be buying a bunch of gendarmes and archers from Eureka.

I'm pretty keen for this to get funding, so hopefully I've caught some of you in a weak moment. Here are four steps to a wonderful weekend.

1. Play some loud 'Landsknechty' music. In Extremo will put you in the mood, but basically anything that implausibly blends metal and medieval with some growly German vocals will do fine.

2. Drink some German bier.

3. Find your credit card.

4. Look at all the shiny things! You want them!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Battle Group Barbarossa: Soviet Armour

Having finished morphing my Battle Group Kursk Soviets into a late war force, I've now pretty much done the same for Barbarossa. Adding to the 20 T-26 tanks I finished painting last week, I've just finished 7 BT-5s and a monster T-35.

All the models are 15mm Zvezda kits from their Art of Tactic game. These are great little kits. Very easy to put together and with lovely crisp moulding. The biggest down side is the lack of open hatches and crew figures, and all the tanks look very clean and Spartan, with no stowage items. Of course, I could have just added tarps etc made from Greenstuff, but decided not to on these as Soviet vehicles from 1941 generally do look pretty lacking in clutter from most photos I've seen.

Nice stuff, Zvezda. And what a beast the T-35 is!