Saturday, 24 March 2018

Paint Table Saturday#229

...my Challenge.
It seems like an age since I posted on a Paint Table Saturday, and I had to check to see what number we had actually reached!  This morning, I was sorting out photographs for a couple of upcoming posts and happened across a series of images detailing my progress through the recent ‘VIII Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge’. Nothing hugely earth shattering, but a sneaky peak at possible future posts, here at ‘28mm Victorian Warfare’ so I thought that I would share them here.
I had gone from not entering this year’s challenge to taking on Minion duties in what seemed like a blink of an eye, but nonetheless it was great fun as usual.  I had deliberately set myself a low par score this year, but was, once again, was lured in by the prospect of easy points by entering each of the bonus rounds.  Where possible, I tried to use miniatures that I already, although I confess that there were a couple of purchases over the three months of the challenge.
Pre-Challenge tidy.
One of the reasons for the more restraint showing this year was a combination of a particularly busy time at work and the commencement of some much needed refurbishment here at ‘Awdry Towers’.  The work took all of January and was ongoing into February meaning that the painting table had to be re-sited to the spare room, along with everything else that had to find a new home – lets’ just say that it was a tad cramped!
During the Challenge, even more plastic and lead arrived with the fulfilment of my pledges to Smog: Rise of Moloch and the Hasslefree's  most recent Kickstarter.  Both of which have been safely stashed in the wardrobe of shame, until I manage to sort out the spare room.
I was also fortunate to win one of the bonus rounds in the challenge and to my absolute joy discovered that this had, in turn, been sponsored by 'Mr. Lee's Minis'.  I have had the pleasure of meeting Kyle a couple of times at various trade shows and have always found him to be one of the most enthusiastic and generous bloggers out there.  This generosity extended to a veritable horde of resin goodness that dropped on to my doormat and I can't tell you just how thrilled I am, thank you so much Kyle.

25 comments:

  1. Splendid to see you back posting, Michael, and plenty to see and anticipate in these photos :-)

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    1. Thank you Simon, that means a lot. I had a good challenge and looking forward to sharing it on the blog.

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  2. Great stuff Michael, lots on the go there, and plenty of goodness to come by the looks of it!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger, hopefully one or two things that you might enjoy.

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  3. Lol, seeing your kickstarter pile increase makes me feel less guilty about my own :D

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    1. Now I would like to blame you entire for my plastic addition, but I'm worried it might have been me that started it off? Didn't show the Green Horde box either! :D

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  4. Looking forward to seeing all the bits hinted at in the photos being shown in full, sounds like you've actually managed quite a bit even with the less than perfect surroundings.

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    1. It was like been back in the bedsit, surrounded by all my toys - I'm trying not to look too happy by the fact that I have colonised the spare room. :)

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  5. Lots of interesting stuff there for the future!

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    1. Thank you, but I need to catch up on all your wonderful Boxer stuff too.

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  6. I see you have expanded from the draw to wardrobe Michael:-)
    Looking forward to seeing what you turn out over the coming months.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Oh dear me Stuart, I can't tell you how much trouble I'm in if The Saintly Mrs. Awdry goes looking for her cocktail dress!!!

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  7. Blimey! That is a busy table Michael. Just make sure you are not side tracked when you reach for your mug of tea and not that cup of dirty paint water.

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    1. Now I have to tell you Pat that on more than one occasion, I have rinsed my brush in the Earl Grey!

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  8. Thanks for the peek into the master craftsman's workshop, Michael! Very inspiring!

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    1. I'm not sure about the master craftsman bit, but hopefully more to see soon.

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  9. Good to see you back in the saddle, sah! I must get a grip and post something myself...☹

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    1. Thank you my good man and yes you must! ;)

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  10. Nice to see you back Michael and what wonders you are going to treat us with.

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  11. Mr Awdry, may I ask where your paint rack comes from? It’s rather nice. Good luck with your projects!

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    1. Yes of course, I have had it while now, it is from Sphere Products:
      http://www.sphereproducts.co.uk
      Looking at their website mine must be the Large 2 Tier Rectangular Rack, although without the fancy perspex that you can have. They seem a lot more expensive than I remember, but mine has lasted me for a good many years and perfect for my tiny workspace.

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  12. Good to see you back! A lot of interesting stuff in the pipeline it seems!

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