Well as they say… all good things come to an end and so did the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge last Thursday.
So how did it go? Well I would say not too bad. Although I found less time to paint this year than I did last year, I actually managed to raise my points total. All in all I became 16th out of 61 participants being sandwiched between two regulars on this blog Samuli right above and Ray right below me on the standings. Top spot went to another regular on this blog Andrew (aka. Loki) who came out top with a massive output, which by itself was impressive, but got even more so taking into account the quality he managed to produce.
The only sad thing for me is, that I ran out of time in the end. I had two troops of Shermans on my table that only needed the tracks and weathering done and 15 Bauhaus Hussars for Warzone that only needed their weapons, gloves and bases done. All in all I guess another 6 or 7 hours of work and it would have been 195 points more (which would have brought me to 11th place).
But on the last night I got too tired and decided to do it properly instead of just doing it fast to get the points in. I have to say that I am very happy with that decision. For example I spend Thursday afternoon redoing the hessian tape camo on one of the Shermans (far left of the front row) that I had not been happy with anyway and will now do some extra details that I would have skipped otherwise. But I guess you will see that in the coming days!
This being my second Challenge participation I have to say I immensely enjoyed it. For one thing it has given me a huge boost over the cold months here. For example, I have meant to paint my WWII British for three or four years now and had gotten nowhere so far. Now they are about 70% done. The only things missing are the riflemen, scout cars, Cromwells and Churchills and I have a full platoon of Infantry will all support elements and transports as well as four troops of tanks of various types. I doubt it would have found the motivation to do so otherwise. Plus I still found the time to do and paint other stuff (mainly through the theme rounds). I found these to be a great thing. As I said in the past I think it best to change topics from time to time to keep motivated and these allowed me to do so with a mix of Napoleonics, SciFi and other stuff. What I really enjoyed was painting the ACW trooper, since I had not touched that subject in over a decade.
Before I give you an outlook of what is to some on this blog, I would like to take the time to say a few words to my fellow Challengers and Curt.
To the Challengers go my thanks for the good company and comradie you have given me. It was great to receive your feedback and the quality of the field was so great that it served as a constant motivator. One could not ask for a better band of (painting) brothers (and sisters)!!!And a very special thanks goes out to Curt for hosting this event. Even if he says he enjoyed it, I still imagine that it must be a huge drain on his personal time catering for the entries of 60 other people for a quarter of a year. For this he has my most heartfelt gratitude! And above all this, he does it for no personal reward. While we all have to enter a mini (or in some cases by our own choice a selection of minis) as an entry fee of sorts, he donates 5 Dollars for every mini to a charity against animal abuse. I guess he has the most heartfelt gratitude for this from many a unknown puppy or kitten! Thanks a lot Curt for doing this!!!
I personally would be most honored, if I was to be allowed to participate in the next installment, if there is to be one!
So what does the future bring now? Well obviously I am going to finish those Shermans and Hussars next. After that I will begin the terrain building phase I had planned for this year. As I said before, I have concentrated on minis so much over the past few years, that my terrain has not really kept up and now is the time to remedy that. There will be lots of small items like hedges, dances and fields to medium sized ones like a new bridge for my river boards, some new houses to large ones like the WWII inner city ruins. For those who chose this to follow blog for the minis… do not despair. I obviously will finish my WWII Brits soon (no use in dropping the ball now, right) and I plan a paint minis in between every step of terrain building. One to keep me entertained and two to make sure I do not loose my edge for painting minis!
So stay tuned tuned!