As of six o'clock this morning we were 'good to go' for the challenge here at 'Awdry Towers', there has been much prepping, priming and posturing in preparation for the challenge, but now, my friends, it has begun! Yesterday saw me clearing down my little corner of the dining room table in readiness for what I hope will be a productive first week before the Christmas festivities take over.
It was always my intention that the winter challenge would see a return to all things historic, particularly after a long summer of zombie and dinosaur related posts, but then Curt went an threw a curveball with the themed rounds this year. These are the sort of distractions that I find so very difficult to resist and while I had hoped to resist the temptation to buy any new miniatures for the challenge, I just felt that I had to have one or two late additions - purely for variety you understand.
The challenge itself is a hugely enjoyable and rewarding event to participate in, the added theme rounds bring an additional element that should enhance the experience further, but if that wasn't enough we also have the addition of side challenges and duels. It would seem that I have managed to get myself embroiled in two such battles, the first to make an entry for all the themed rounds that include,
December 22: Non Combatant(s)
January 5: Villain(s)
January 19: Vehicle
February 2: Hero or Heroic Group
February 16: Casualty / Casualties
March 2: Favourite Character
March 16: Last Stand
As for content in these rounds, I am afraid that will have to remain a closely guarded secret for no other reason than to prevent me the embarrassment of failure if one doesn't submit as planned - so see it is all about fun with me.
The second to battle it out against PhilH and GregB to see who can accumulate the most points in painting Victorian-themed entries. As luck would have it most of the preparation has been based around this very theme, but as the crack from the starter's pistol reverberates around the quiet, grey streets of our little village, I am shocked at just how much there is still to do! So here is wishing my fellow contributors the very best of luck and please feel free to follow the fun by clicking the button at the top of the right hand side-bar. So without further ado…