Along with another forty nine, slightly barmy bloggers, I've signed up for The Fourth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge Curt very kindly offered previous entrants the chance to sign up for the challenge last week and I'm stoked that I had managed to get a place on board.
Curt has introduced two big changes this year; by allowing non-historical figures in the challenge for the first time and by introducing themed bonus rounds. The diversity and quality of last years challenge was immense, widening the field can only be a good thing! I've already picked out some figures for the first bonus round; non-combatants.
The entrance fee this year is to provide Curt with "a single 28mm figure that is inspired by a Sam Peckinpah film." I use the term "fee" loosely as Curt actually donates cash to a local charity for each figure he receives. For the third painting challenge, we were asked to paint up a 28mm Samurai figure for him, my entry was this guy:
There are definitely no cowboy or similar figures in my lead pile, so looks like I'll have to hit the 'Bay to find something appropriate. Of course, that sounds like the perfect
excuse opportunity to pick up the Dead Man's Hand rulebook while I'm there, maybe some extra figures too...
The challenge is points based, awarded for each painted figure based mainly on scale and how generous Curt is feeling! Although he puts up a league table, the only competition is with yourself. In fact, the most enjoyable aspect from last year was how supportive the participants were. I'm going to aim for the same points tally I set for last year, 1000 points. It's ambitious, very ambitious, but it's probably what I need to kick my painting mojo into action again.
Although the challenge last year started well enough for me, my progress never recovered from a string of bad news that began last new year (enough about that though, I've adopted a no-whining policy from now on!) This year, I think I'll be able to plan a lot more and learn some lessons from last year.
The first big task for the next few weeks is to prep everything that might possibly be entered. Last year, I totally misjudged this and was still sanding, filing and basing long after I should have picked up the paintbrush.
Next up is some sort of schedule of what to paint and by when. Having a list and some deadlines written down should help me stay on track and keep the motivation levels up.
Lastly, I need to find an easy(ish) and effective way of taking pictures of figures. At the moment, the pics I take are either washed out from too much light or are tinged from the coloured lightbulbs in the house. Add into the fact I hate taking pictures, something set up, ready to use will save a lot of headaches in the coming months.
Best of luck to everyone entering. Best get preppin'