Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Challenge: Two Weeks Down, Eleven to Go!

'Yes, superglue Kent's fingers together! Excellent!! Now, the rest of you, get painting!'
Hi All! The Painting Challenge is just finishing it's second week and we've already had over 60 entries from talented hobbyists from all over the world. The Challenge has generated over 8 thousand visitors and is climbing daily. Along with the excellent and varied submissions, I find that the good-will, good-humour and mutual support has been pretty awesome. Though it's a bit a scramble to keep on top of, it has been a rush watching it progress.

My vacation ends today, and while it's been great to be able to post stuff pretty much when it arrives I really can't sustain this schedule. (These annoying things called 'careers' - whoever invented them should be shot.) So starting today I will start posting batch updates of each day's submissions during the evenings. I may be able to get some posts up during daytime hours, but it will be sporadic.

On to more fun stuff. At my initial announcement of the Challenge I stated that there would be prizes for the top three finishers who've accrued the most points. Well, in addition to this I've decided to add to the fun and so announce that we're going to have awards for several other categories as well:

Challengers' Choice: This award will be determined only by those taking part in The Challenge. At its conclusion all participants will be asked to secretly vote for their favorite entry (and, no Ray, you cannot vote for your own...)

Judge's Choice: Pretty simple, this will be my favorite submission. Bribes, gifts and overt favours will be duly taken into account...

People's Choice: This will be a poll that I will issue at the Challenge's conclusion for our visitor/commentors to vote for their favorite Challenge submission.

Sarah's Choice: This award is being sponsored by Sarah, my better half (well, more like 7/8s), who will give out a prize for her favorite historical female figure.

So there you have it. Lots of treats and incentives for all to aspire to.

We will now resume our normal programming....


  1. Lies lies its all lies!!!!
    Sarah - Can I just say the lovely Bear I painted is a female, after all Frances is a girls name!!!

  2. Great job so far Curt - well done. Work , work , work, don't ya hate it. Good job I am now off for 4 weeks! Not all of it will be painting time ..... I promise.

    Female figures - hmm now I much check the lead pile , sure i have a Medusa somewhere!

  3. You have done a great job, Curt. Many thanks.


  4. I'm sending you a female Viking over for your warband now...My best chance at an award :-)

  5. Ahh very nice ideas and great job you've done. That's a nice twist adding a female figure to the challenge and the Viking is almost finished.....btw he likes beer.;-)


  6. Curt, you are doing a great job with this Challenge, and these news are very interesting for me (I think I´m not going to left the rearguard but now... there are other options!!).
    Probably I have a female model that can "challenge" that angry Fran/Frances...

  7. I guess 20+ Bodacea's and one bear with it's dangles filed off!!!!

    You have done a great service to us all. I am sure I would not have managed the output I have so far if not for the comp.


  8. Keep up the great work and thanks heaps for putting such a great challenge and bringing together such awesome talent
    Kent G

  9. Well done keeping us updated Curt.
    A female figure eh?, I have 3 just waiting in the wings - it will be a refreshing change from halftracks...

    Oh and if anyone can steal Kents paintbrushes, the rest of us might have a chance! ;-)

  10. Great job Curt. Like Ian said, your competition has spurred my painting production to one gear above snail-like!

    We will all need to conspire a clever plan to slow Kent down, so us mere mortals can catch up!!!


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