Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Challenge Begins


It was about this time last year that I became fixated by an online competition run by the charming Curt Campbell of 'Analogue Hobbies' fame.  The painting challenge runs through the dark, winter months and was conceived as a way to motivate like minded souls maintain their painted output of wondrous, shiny things.  

So taken, was I, by the camaraderie of the competitors that this year I've decided to throw my hat into the proverbial ring.  Now given my 'snail like' painting pace, I'm under no allusions with regards to competing for a top spot, but I am hopeful that the competition will encourage me to remain focussed a little more than usual.  




Today is the first day of the competition and its commencement goes some way to explaining the lack of regular posting on my behalf.  We were permitted to prepare and prime, but no more until today and so that is pretty much what I've been up to.  I have to confess that the preparation side of things is my least favourite part of the hobby, but it has been rather exciting watching the massed ranks of unpainted lead swell before my very eyes - the arrival of new additions helped too!  

Although the competition is open to other scales, I'm sticking to my beloved 28mm and drawing from familiar periods, including the Indian Mutiny and the Crimean War; that said expect one or two surprises along the way!  

As an addition to the competition this year, Curt has asked us all to set a personal 'par' score.  After a little head scratching, I deduced that over a similar period last year I would have amassed 420 points ,(using the current scoring tariff - the link to Curt's blog at the top of the post gives full details.) it therefore would not seem unreasonable to hit a modest target of 500 points, now would it?

Here is wishing the very best of luck to all the fellow competitors; let the fun begin!  




40 comments:

  1. Very good to see you sticking with your 28mm and I'm certain that you will maintain your usual high standard of painting.

    I'm off blogger until after the Holiday, so I'll wish you and yours a Happy Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Anne, certainly want to keep a consistency with the painting, but looking forward to perhaps pushing the output a bit more. Have a wonderful Christmas yourself.

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  2. Good luck with the challenge. Looking forward to following your progress, and seeing lots of new and shiny painted figures.

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    1. Thank you Matt and good luck to you too.

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  3. Good luck Michael, I'll look forward to seeing more of your lovely figures!

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    1. Thank you Ray, all the best to you too.

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  4. good luck will be standing by with plenty of help and stick in equal measure :)
    Peace James

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    1. Thank you James, the help is always appreciated, but not sure about the stick! Best of luck to you too, it is great to have you back in the blogosphere.

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  5. Good luck Michael and Happy Christmas ;)

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    1. Thank you Vincent and a very Happy Christmas to you too.

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  6. That's quite a collection of metal you have there!
    I'll be watching the progress with interest – the best of luck Michael.

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    1. Thank you Mike, certainly looking forward to another challenge; you may have created a monster! ;)

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  7. Good luck Michael, it's a great event I have been waiting for the last nine months.

    PS your behind me ;-)

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, I have to confess I've become a little excited about the whole thing myself!

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  8. Looking forward to seeing your figures come to life and good luck in the challenge!

    Christopher

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  9. Good luck and Merry Christmas. AS I intend to take part next year I shall be following all progress closely. Once more good luck.

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    1. Thank you Clint and a very Happy Christmas to you too!

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    2. Great blog by the way, now following!

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    3. Praise from the praise worthy is above all rewards.

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  10. Have fun. It's been nice knowing you.

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    1. Thank you Jay, but do you know something I don't?

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  11. Good luck Michael and look forward to seeing the the fruits of your labours!

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  12. Good Michael, thats a fine haul you have ready for the off!

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    1. Thank you Scott, but it has taken an age to get ready!

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  13. Good luck Michael and I look forward to seeing your entries as you go along.

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    1. Thank you Pete, really looking forward to it!

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  14. Good luck mate. I've also gone with 500pts being a first timer and having no idea where I will really finish. Looking forward to seeing your stuff!

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    1. Two first timers together then, best of luck my good man it should be fun whatever the outcome!

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  15. Very best of luck Michael - that's a terrific pile of stuff to get started with!

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    1. Thank you Sidney and the very best of luck to you too.

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  16. Good luck Michael. I'm sure whatever comes off the painting blocks will be up to your usual high standard.

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  17. Best wishes to you and all of the competitors. We're all looking forward to seeing your updates. Happy Holidays, Dean

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  18. I paint to slow to join this kind of competition! I wish you all the luck you can have!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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  19. Look at all those wonderful toys! :-)

    Best of luck Michael!

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