Friday, December 7, 2012

We Have Our 47 - The 3rd Annual Painting Challenge Begins in 13 Days

C'mon y'all, let's do this thang...
Well, the title says it all. 

Like the 47 Ronin who assaulted Kira's stronghold in 1703, we have the same number now preparing for 2013's Painting Challenge

Schweet! This is going to be great time.

For their eternal edification, below you will find the Challenge Roster which lists all of this year's participants, along with their associated blogs.
Challenger (Nationality)
Blog
1.       AndrewS (UK)
2.       BenG (Australia)
3.       BurkhardS (Germany)
4.       CarsonG (Canada)
n/a
5.       ChristopherS (USA via Germany)
6.       ChrisP (New Zealand)
7.    MichaelM
8.       DaveD (UK)
9.       DaveR (USA)
10.   DavidL (USA)
n/a
11.   FranL (Ireland via UK)
12.   GregB (Canada)
13.   IanH (UK)
14.   IanW (UK)
15.   IannickM (Canada)
16.   JaccoK (Netherlands)
na
17.   JamesB (UK)
18.   JohnB (Canada)
n/a
19.   JohnM (Newfoundland via USA)
20.   JuanM (Spain)
21.   KaweWZ (Germany)
22.   KevinH (Canada)
23.   KevinS (Australia via USA)
24.   KevH (UK)
25.   MarkB (USA)
26.   MichaelA (UK)
27.   MichaelF (Netherlands)
28.   MikeP (Canada)
29.   MilesR (USA)
30.   NicolasC (France via Canada)
31.   PeterD (Canada)
32.   PhilB (UK)
33.   PhilH (UK)
34.   RayR (UK)
35.   RobP (Netherlands)
n/a
36.   RossM (UK)
37.   SamuliS (Finland)
n/a
38.   SebastienG (France via UK)
39.   ScottB (New Zealand)
40.   ScottS (UK)
41.   SidneyR (UK)
42.   MikeW 
n/a
43.   StefanoS (Italy)
n/a
44.   SteveM (USA)
n/a
45.   SylvainR (Canada)
n/a
46.   TamsinP (UK)
47.   TimG (UK)
As the Challenge progresses this roster will be featured on the main page sidebar with each painter's points tally to-date.

So, over the next few months I encourage you all to come back, see all the fabulous painted figures, and give encouragement to the Brush-Ronin who will be furiously working on their individual projects.

'Okay, just give up this Ray character and we'll leave without a fuss...'

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    1. Yes indeed. A battle royale!

      'I can't charge you for a full seat cause you're only going to be sitting on the edge!'

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  2. Am into a seriuos prep-o-thon ATM, have dug out every historical figure in my lead pile and preping them have also informed the old man if he wants anything painting be had best send it on down.
    I wish all my fellow Ronin good luck and God speed (just not as much speed as me :) )
    Peace James

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  3. So, 13 days to prep, then it is all on?

    Looks like I need to open some boxes of miniatures....

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    1. Yup, get cleaning and priming mon ami!

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  4. That's an impressive amount of entrants! You sure will have your work cut out for you Lord Curt! This looks to be very exciting!

    Putting on my glasses armour and gathering my paint ashigaru's and samurai brushes to battle the other Daimyo's in the Sengoku paint war! Will there emerge a new Shögun of the brush this year or will the despot Ray retain his brutal regime? :-)

    The honourable Fran san already has hired out ninja assassins to remove Ray's Samurai guard to enable him to sabotage Ray's paint's on the 19th to level the field a bit and weaken the evil Lord Ray.>:-)

    Christopher

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    1. 47 will be a handful but it should be manageable. I've learned to streamline a few processes from last year.

      I look forward to see what comes off your paint desk over the next few months.

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  5. Really looking forward to this year. I think hopes of cracking the top 10 may be dashed with so many entrants. A prepping I shall go

    Ian

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    1. Ah, don't sell yourself short, Ian. Slow and steady often wins the race.

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  6. 47!!!!! And who is this Ray character that everyone seems to love?
    From Ronin No 34

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  7. 47 will be a handful for you Curt - remember you've get to do some painting too!

    Ronin 33.

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    1. I have a pretty realistic idea of what my output will be over the next few months. :)

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  8. Good Luck Curt a full 47 will need some managing.
    My files are out and a large pot of Matt black on the go with 13 days to get as many figs prepared as possible.

    Ronin 1

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    1. Good lad! The trick will be sustaining a reasonable pace over the 13 weeks. Looking forward to it!

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    2. I have two battalions of 36 French and 12 skirmishers prepared and a lot of Vikings to get sorted out. I could probably sustain 13 weeks prepping :D

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  9. Ronin #2 say when the wind is in the east and the chicken clucks at dawn, so too does the fearful man expect nothing (errrr....wtf? The dubbed translation didn't even match my lips let alone make any sense!)
    :-)

    You'll have a whole army of samurai figures at the end of this, Curt!

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    1. Ha!! Good one!

      Well I should be able to do a good skirmish game at least. (And the collection will be such a great momento!)

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  10. Ronin #29 Reporting in!

    I use the painting challenge to kick-off the big project for the following year. This year it's 28mm American Civil War so two boxes of the new Perry Plastic Confederate Infantry are sitting on my work bench awaiting assembly.

    It's a little known historical fact that confederate soldiers painted themselves completely grey (equipment, faces, even beards). It was eerily similar to today's grey auto spray primers. I'm sure it's in an Osprey book somewhere. Just wanted to put that on the record before I make any submissions, you know for, ummm, historical clarity.

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    1. Not just 'the boys in grey' but 'the boys DIPPED in grey'! Ooh, you're a crafty one Mr. Reidy.

      I look forward to seeing the historical reference to this little known fact... ;}

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    2. you will find stored next to tarten paint in your local hobby store don't ya know

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  11. OMG, 47 participants!
    I must confess I'm just along for the ride, and if my most likely Tolkienesque offerings are accetable, I may score a few points too!
    Good look to all, may your sable stay fine, your water clear, and your paint flowing.
    And most important of all, good luck to Curt for managing this craziness! ;-)

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    1. Yes, I am curious have you made a decision about LotR figures yet Curt. Not that I do not have tons of other figures to paint!

      John

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    2. You lads are on. It seems just wrong for ANY self-respecting wargamer not to honour the world of The Hobbit this year. It is a part of our geek-history.

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    3. That's excellent news! Thank you Curt :-)

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  12. I wish you all luck. Hope to join the throng next time round. All the best Clint

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    1. Yes, I hope you throw your hat in next time Clint.

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  13. Nice job Curt, 47 contestants and some of them crazed, you have your work cut out for you.

    John

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    1. Indeed! I may have to take some stress leave from work.

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  14. You have no idea how excited I am about this; although I have I've just discovered that I am actually slower at preparation than I am painting! Good luck to one and all.

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    1. I can sympathize completely Michael. I know I'm positively glacial compared to many on this roster.

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  15. Good luck to all of you, Ronin (and good luck also to that ninja with a very special mission...).

    You are going to have a lot of work, Curt!

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    1. I look forward to your first 'volley' Juan!

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  16. Woew that is some line up, good luck all , Curt more power to you for organising it all

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    1. Yup, its mad I know but it'll be great fun. I'm quite eager to see the little gems you create over the next few months, Dave. I'm sure you have your soldering gun white-hot preparing conversions!

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    2. too right my friend ..... lancers!

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  17. Good luck everyone! Let's pray for something bad to happen to Ray ;))

    Fran, I hope you've hidden his brushes;)

    Cheers

    Seb
    Ps: just kidding Ray

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    1. Oh I know. I just don't want Ray to jinx me;)

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    2. Living about 12 miles from the honorable Fran San and Ray San. Accidents could be arranged (nods as good as a wink... Yakuza Clint!)

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    3. Seems like Ray might want to hire more guards!

      Christopher

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  18. I should be preparing my figs instead fo reading all your comments. I am kind of exited about all this. Good luck to all and to you Curt!

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing the kick-off of your new project!

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  19. "Ireland via UK"......immigration by the way of nomad, thanks mate!

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    1. I thought you'd appreciate the careful distinction. :)

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  20. 浪人頑張ろう!!!
    This is going to be a fun activity for the next three months.

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    1. Umm, 'work hard Ronin'? Or is my translator off...

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  21. [Ronins, let's do our best!!!]

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  22. Right, I am starting to get my projects organized and prepped. Those that are already along will hopefully get done before the 20th. Glad to see above that Tolkien figures are ok, I have a few of those to paint.
    May God speed our brushes!
    Mike

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  23. As said previously, thanks a bunch Curt for taking the time to manage the craziness and best of luck to everyone involved.

    I'm well pumped up and brimming over with plans. Time between now and the 20th will be agonizingly slow... Who would have thought Chrimbo could come any slower? ;-)

    Cheers,
    Millsi

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    1. My pleasure! I'm very much looking forward to it as well (though I think I may have taken a big bite with this one...)

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  24. Found a couple of blogs I aren't following yet, good stuff.

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    1. Welcome Dan! I hope you enjoy the show.

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  25. Wow, 47! Competition will be fierce. It should make for a fun couple of months!

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    1. I sense quite a few F&IW will come off your desk in the next few months...

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  26. Ronin #46 here, reporting for duty and wishing all my fellow Ronin the very best of luck for this year's challenge. May your brushes keep their points, your paints flow freely, your flat black spray cans not be mistaken for matt varnish and your bodies be free from accidents involving Dettol!

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    1. Very good Tamsin! I hope you find the challenge invigorating and good impetus to all your projects!

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  27. Hello from Ronin 40! Can I be Jean Reno? Oh, wait, wrong Ronin!

    Looking forward to the challenge, good luck everyone (esp you Curt, you must be nuts!)

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    1. Barking mad, yup.

      That is a great film btw...

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  28. New brush purchased, not that it'll make my painting any quicker. Trying to finish off any urgent non-historical projects in the next week or so before the competition starts.

    Looking forward to this immensely.

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  29. All i can say is go the madness and go ray it sounds like everyone is out to bring you down but i know don't how hard that really is
    cheers
    Kent

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    1. Yes, last year it was an epic clash of the titans between you and Ray. Now we'll see how he fares with this group of challengers.

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    2. I think for someone to match Kent's 28mm output would be exceptional indeed not to mention Ray painting little guys like a factory! I'm not sure I could even spray undercoat miniatures and give them a quick one colour dry brush as fast as you guys! You two where amazing last year and to be treated to another colossal battle of the same calibre would be a real treat again!

      Christopher

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  30. Ronin 23 signing in. Quite an honor to be wielding my brush amongst such august company. I've been waiting for just such an excuse to get back to the painting table. The hour is nigh!
    Digger

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    1. I'm delighted that the challenge is providing fuel for the fires of industry. Looking forward to seeing your upcoming output.

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