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.

9 comments:

  1. I think the cake was the best submission of the entire Challenge! Well painted and Tasty is something that has never been said of any other Challenge submission.

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  2. Congrats on a great placing mate - well done indeed. You were up 650 point on last year's total too (which in itself totally blew me out of the water in our side challenge).

    Eclectic? I prefer to think it wonderfully reflects your/our diverse tastes in gaming/genres/scales! The Dino is my favourite of your entries too, but those teeny tiny Regiments of Foote and Horse have me most excited!

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  3. It was good fun scrapping with you in our race to 1500 points, even though I lost - perhaps I should have said 1500 points *excluding* the theme round bonuses ;)

    Congrats on 8th place and breaking 2k :)

    And, yes, I'm pretty sure I won the teeny-tiny side bet with you and Curt :)

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  4. It has been great watching your work roll in. Congratulations on 8th place!

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  5. Great bunch of painted work you managed to achieve. Excellent variety as well.
    Really cool to get bonus points in the Theme Challenges. cheers

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  6. Some wonderful stuff there Dux and such variety! Congrats on a top 10 spot.

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  7. Soooooo many nice toys. Looks like deus vult may get another look in. Barbarossa's toys will also work with Blitzkreig, no doubt on order.

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  8. Congratulations on a very strong showing in this year's challenge, milord Dux. I thought your entries were always very fine, and while I can never forget the Nazi Dino Dude, I was always inspired by your Berbers/Arabs. They were fins specimens of freehand work, which I shall crib for my next batch of Ottomans.
    Best,
    Michael

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