Friday, November 15, 2013

'Let's Go' - The Fourth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge Begins


This coming year will be the 45th anniversary of one of my favourite films, Sam Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch' and, coincidentally, 30 years since the director's death. 

'The Wild Bunch' remains as one of the most iconic films in the Western genre and still holds up amazingly well after all these years. Peckinpah marched to his own drum, setting his own goals and challenges, with little concern to critical acceptance or popular acclaim. A great sentiment, I think, to set the tone for this year's Painting Challenge. 

So, as the days grow cold and the nights stretch out, I extend to you a challenge to reduce that pile of unpainted toy soldiers you've managed to accumulate over the past year. 

For those who are new to the Painting Challenge, here is the basic format (with a few highlighted additions):



The Rules
The Challenge will extend from 12:01 am December 15th through to the first day of Spring, 12:01 am March 20th CST (Central Standard Time).
Figures can be prepared and primed prior to the start date (Dec 15th), but no colour can be applied until the 15th. In order to be scored the figures have to be based and their groundwork completed. The figures have to be painted by you. The honour system will be followed in the completion and entry of figures to the Challenge. Again, great dishonour goes upon anyone who shames themselves in the time-honoured craft of painting toy soldiers!
The subject matter can be in any scale and in any theme, including sci-fi and fantasy.
In order to be scored, photos of all figures/units along with a short descriptive note must be submitted to me for posting on the Analogue Hobbies blog. Up-to-date scoring will be maintained on the main page.   
The Judge (me) will participate, but my score (typically negligible) will not have any standing in the Challenge. 


The Scoring
6mm foot figure = 0.5 point
6mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 1 pts
6mm vehicle = 2 
points
10mm foot figure = 1 point
10mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 2 points
10mm vehicle = 3 points 
15mm foot figure = 2 pts
15mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 4 
pts
15mm vehicle = 6 
pts

20mm foot figure = 4 
pts
20mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 8 
pts
20mm vehicle = 12 
pts

28mm foot figure = 5 
pts
28mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 10 
pts
28mm vehicle = 15 
pts
40mm foot figure = 7 pts
40mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 15 
pts
40mm vehicle = 20 
pts 
54mm foot figure = 10 pts
54mm mounted figures, artillery piee or crew served weapon = 20 pts
54mm vehicle, limber, etc. = 30 pts 
Other scales and miscellaneous models/figures will be scored on a submission-by-submission basis. 

The Challengers' Point Targets
Same as last year, each Challenger will have to declare his/her points target that they hope to achieve by the March 20th deadline. Many have found this a great incentive to help maintain the pace over the three months of the Challenge. I encourage Challengers to pick a target that is a bit beyond their comfort zone, but still achievable. 


The Fortnight Theme Bonus Rounds
Okay, I've shamelessly nicked this idea from the fine folks over at the Lead Adventure Forum's Painting League. For an added bit of fun, this year we will have 'Fortnight Theme Bonus Rounds'. Each 'Theme Bonus Round' challenges Challengers to enter a submission that illustrates that particular theme. The Bonus Rounds are not mandatory, they are just a little bit of silliness to mark the path of the Challenge.
Any Challenger who manages to submit an entry for a 'Fortnight Theme Bonus Round' will get an extra 50 points on top of the regular entry tally. No scales less than 15mm will be eligible for the Theme Bonus Rounds but they can be of a historical or fictional subject.
The Bonus Themes along with their submission deadlines are:
  • 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
Submissions need to be submitted by 12:01 Sunday (CST).
For each bonus round I'll post a poll listing all the round's entries so visitors can vote for their favourite. 


The Angle

As previous years, I ask for a small memento from each Challenger. Last year's entrance fee was a 28mm painted figure of a Ronin and so in keeping with this year's 'Wild Bunch' theme, the entrance fee' for this year's Challenge will be a single 28mm figure that is inspired by a Sam Peckinpah film. The figure will be supplied and painted by the entrant. This miniature can be submitted any time up until the end of the Challenge. Again, same as last year, for each figure I receive I will donate $5 to the Saskatchewan branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).



The Call

Unfortunately, being a one-man show, I have a limit to how many folks I can administrate through the Challenge. As a big believer in loyalty and continuity, I have reserved a large proportion of spaces for previous Challengers, so I only have room for a limited number of open slots. If you're interested in joining in the madness please drop me a comment below. It's first come-first-serve, so don't shilly-shally about soldier! I'll place notification in this space when all the participant slots for the Challenge have been filled.



The Wild Bunch Roster


Challenger
Initial Points Target (not current)
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1.                    
AaronH
600
2.                    
AlanD
500
3.                    
AndrewS
1000
4.                    
AndyM
1000
5.                    
AnneO’L
200
6.                    
BenD
750
7.                    
BenG
600
8.                    
BrendonW
600
9.                    
BurkhardS
1000
10.                
ByronM
600
11.                
ChrisP
1000
12.                
ChristopherS
500
13.                
ClintB
600
14.                
DallasE
250
15.                
DaveD
600
16.                
DaveR
?
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17.                
EdwinK
500
18.                
FranL
600
19.                
GillesW
500
20.                
GregB
1000
21.                
IanW
1066
22.                
IannickM
590
23.                
JaccoK
500
-
24.                
JamesB
4500
25.                
JamesL
500
26.                
JeremyM
500
-
27.                
JohnM
1500
28.                
JuanM
500
29.                
Kawe
200
30.                
KentG
1500
31.                
KevH
1000
32.                
KevinH
300
33.                
KevinS
2000
34.                
LeeH
600
35.                
LordH
1200
36.                
MarkG
1000
37.                
MartinN
400
38.                
MichaelA
600
39.                
MichaelF
501
40.                
MilesR
1500
41.                
Millsy
1250
42.                
PaulJ
500
43.                
PaulS
600
44.                
PeterD
500
45.                
PhilH
?
46.                
RayR
600
47.                
ReneV
1045
48.                
RobH
200
49.                
RobP
500
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50.                
RossM
585
51.                
SamuliS
1200
52.                
SeanS
500
53.                
ScottB
600
54.                
ScottS
1000
55.                
SebG
800
56.                
SidneyR
700
57.                
StefanK
600
58.                
SteveM
?
-
59.                
TamsinP
1200
60.                
TimB
2000
61.                
…and Curt
700

185 comments:

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    1. Excellent Ray, me as well. With you no longer having that sweet job that allowed on-site painting what will your points target be? I anticipate sand already being hoarded for the final bags...

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    2. Not a lot I'll have to work it out but I guess around the 300 mark??

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    3. Oh pishaw, pishaw. From you, a veritable GIANT from past Challenges, even in your denuded state, I would expect nothing less than 500 points! I would say something witty about your alleged recent budgy smuggling but I still can't get my head quite wrapped around it...

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    4. your starting early I see Ray, 300.... more like 3000 I say

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    5. Already Ray is sand bagging...

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    6. He's going to smuggle sandbags in alongside the budgies? *shudder*

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    7. He's such a liar....the cheating, snoring git!

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    8. Just think we have not seen any Ray painted minis for months reckon he is stockpiling in the budgie smugglers for a big finish

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    9. I was thinking the very same thing. Shameless!

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    1. Millsy!! It's great to have you along again for this edition. I'm certainly not expecting a submission to equal your Ronin from last year - but it definitely would be nice! ;)

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    2. Is that so sir? AlI can say is... WATCH THIS SPACE ;-)

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    3. You're mad! Just remember, mate, you have to ship the bloody thing half-way around the world! ;)

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    4. Good point! This should do I reckon...

      http://www.containergroup.com.au/admin/upload/images/20ftHighCube.jpg

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    5. Sweet Jayzus, just don't sent it COD...

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  3. I can feel the banter building already, this challenge has led to so much this year being a part of this challenge community directly led to Bloggers for Charity and Blog-con so thank you for that.
    BTW I have about 200 Zulus to prep ready for December
    Peace James

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    1. Speaking of past Challenge Giants! It's great to have you with us again James! I followed the recent Blog-Con with great envy and Bloggers for Charity is such a superb initiative that I am humbled to have had some small part in their creation. Fantastic work.

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    2. You may have a bigger part I have plans for you Curt :)

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    3. Ooops! I knew I should have kept my head down!

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    4. OK Curt, I guess I cant hide my intentions so my par Target this year is 4500. I guess this year we will be painting Cowboys not Ronin.

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    5. Whoah! Now, there's a number to mull over. 4500 points... Now, the gauntlet has truly been thrown down. Excellent stuff James!

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    1. Greg, I can tell the interior of your garage is going to be in a fog of black primer fumes!

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  5. I'm in. And the bonus entries are a good idea. Now to find some Peckinpah inspired figures.

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    1. Excellent stuff Seb. It's great to have in the Challenge for this year.

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  6. Now I need to find a western figure, just sold them all, ok count me in time i did some painting

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    1. Excellent, a veteran of Season 2! Welcome aboard Kent!

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    2. Great stuff Kent is coming out to play

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    3. Lol... I sold my Wild West minis off in 2012. I have a loophole here though! ;-)

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    4. Welcome back Kent! You knock Ray off is perch...

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  7. Hello Curt, please count me in for one of the open slots if any are still available. Looking forward to this. I'll spend the morning looking up some Peckinpah films, but "Cross of Iron" is an immediate runner.

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    1. Sounds great! Drop me a note with your contact information and I'll get you on the roster. curtcampbell_at_mac_dot_com

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    2. Good stuff Curt. I've just fired off an e-mail to you. Thanks.

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    3. P.S. mark me down for 1000 points. A bit of an ambitious target for me as I'm a slow painter.

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  8. Yeah.. Count me in.. I need to get those brushes twirling again after a less than productive year with one thing and another..

    There is a lead mountain needs clearing , a new projects being planned for. Really looking forward to it.

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    1. It's wonderful to have you along again Dave. I look forward to seeing what conversion magic comes off your new hobby desk.

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    2. I will go for a conservative 600. Things have been a tad hectic recently, but I am working hard to get the man cave up and running shortly!

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    3. A good target for a busy chap. I look forward to seeing some more photos of you MC once it's complete.

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  9. You know I'm in Curt and looking forward to it!:-)

    A question about the theme. What is the minimum figure count? I'd recommend normal points for each figure + 20pts. for the theme to keep it reasonable otherwise 50pts. is too much or too little depending on the size and how many figures you enter the theme.

    Christopher

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    1. Always a pleasure Christopher!

      In regards to the Bonus Themes I've placed it at 50 points on top of regular points for the figure(s) as I want to encourage participation for all scales. So, for example if someone wanted to submit five 28mm mounted figures for one of the Theme rounds they would get 50 points for the five mounted figures (5x10, per normal) PLUS they would get an additional 50 points for the submission as a whole, so 100 points total. If it was five 15mm mounted figures it would tally as 20 points for the standard submission, plus another 50 for the Theme (so 70 total). I really don't want to make this too complicated to administer so I'd like to keep it to one points award number across-the-board. If people feel strongly one way or another I will consider modifying it.

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    2. Yes, 50pts will for sure encourage participation. I need to clean and prep soon and who knows I might actually be able to stay focused on a project(I know....yeah right). If I can break 500pts. I'll be happy!

      Christopher

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    3. You'll do it Christopher - I know you'll pull it off.

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  10. Well really looking forward to this one (already contacted Curt in late summer about it).

    Anyway I think it is great that we will allowed SciFi minis this time as well, as I still have some 40K Tau and Warzone minis to paint (although the aim is to do mostly historicals again).
    The bonus themes are a marvelous idea, although the first one will put me under some reassure. I have some minis for that, but those will have to go on a larger diorama base... Let's see if that can be done within 5 days. :-/

    No as to the points. Well last year I started with a goal of 500 and raised that to 750. Now this year I shall aim for 1000... let's see how that goes!

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    1. Burkhard, it's wonderful to have you join us again this year! Sami can keep you company while you beaver-away on your upcoming projects. 1000 points? An excellent goal! I'll have that logged in for you.

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    2. He sure will. I just hope he does not find as much interest in them as he did this week. On Monday he learned how to open the kitchen door, stole one mini and chewed the base, tap and one hand off and we spend four hours at the vet while he tried to get the parts out with an endoscopy. :-( Unfortunately he did not catch the hand (with sword attached and I spend the next day going through his poo looking for it. Everything is fine now, but I really hope this will be a one off.

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    3. Yikes! That sounds a bit harrowing. Our Great Dane ate several of my minis but he was so big that it went through him with no issues. (Though, like you, I was waiting at his rear-end with a catchers mitt to see what would emerge!) The things you go through when you're a dog owner...

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  11. I'm in in a wink, sorry to say I will not be hanging with the top boys and girl this year and will have to give some serious thought to what I can produce.

    This year though will see a real mix of scales I hope

    Ian

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    1. I know you'll treat us to a variety of great stuff, Ian. Delighted to have you aboard again.

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  12. I am already on with the preparations, although my target will not be as high this year! But I will give it my best shot at stopping the sandbagging budgie smuggler!!

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    1. Ray needs some schooling, to be sure. Its great to have you with us again Andrew. I look forward to seeing the variety of wonderful stuff emerge from your hobby desk.

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    2. Curt I am going to set my mark at 1000 points, I realise this is below last years score but Napoleonics take far longer than Vikings and I will inevitably be a touch slower bin doing them.

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    3. A 1000 points of Napoleonics will be a great achievement Andrew! They are beautiful to do but can be a slog at the best of times. I look forward to seeing them come off your table.

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  13. Count me in Curt. I don't know anything about this Peckinpah thingy but I'll have a look out for some ideas.
    A maybe silly question though:
    As a habit I do the basing along with prepping and priming the figures when I buy them (No paint only sand, gravel etc.), is this ok?

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    1. I think you should check out 'Cross of Iron' as it may be right up your alley.

      Base prep is just fine, no worries there.

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    2. Hell... sometimes I'm a bit dorky. 'Cross of Iron' was one of my favourite war movies for quite some time. Didn't really care bout who directed the movie though. In German it's called 'Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz'. I think I have the appropriate figure for you already at hand.
      Btw. I'll aim for a total of... say 350 pts.? I'm a lazy painter you know.

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    3. It's one of my favourites as well. The slo-motion combat scenes are quintessentially Peckinpah. Its also probably the best role Coburn had. (I also have a real soft spot for James Mason, who was brilliant in that film as well).

      300? Okay, but I think you'll manage more... Time will tell.

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    4. Ok... so nobody can call me a sandbagger I'll go for 400 pts :-)
      That's well outside my comfort zone^^

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    5. Done! From the quality of your work that will be a very nice 400 points worth. Now, get your figures prepared for the start!

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  14. Hi Curt, is there room for one more? No worries if not.
    Thanks

    Lord Hill

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    1. It's great to have you join us Lord Hill. I'lll drop you a note to confirm coms. Do you have a sense of what your points target will be?

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  15. (my email is stapleton_cotton@yahoo.co.uk)

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  16. Yes I will return for my 4th Challenge.

    John

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    1. Excellent, John! You are the one of the few which has participated in all four Challenges so I'm very happy to have an 'old campaigner' on the roster. Any idea on points?

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    2. I am still thinking about that Curt,I have one question. I have scanned through the emails and your replies but can not find the answer, in respect to primed what do you mean, just black or white or can you use the various colour primers?

      I am also still thinking of what to do, I am really hoping to reduce the Napoleonic lead pile by half (it is not the big to start), feeling in some gaps in my brigades.

      I am having enormous fun with Chain of Command and finding it harder and harder to resist doing an eastern front campaign in the snow, your 15mm project is making it irresistible.

      I have to finish off the dwarves from the hobbit box.

      I am also being drawn to some steampunk myself, but have yet to commit.

      Anyway, it looks like you have a full challenge again, I will submit my planned points once I hear about the primer.

      Personal regards, maybe the spring in Montreal.

      John

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    3. Hello John! Colour primer? Good question. Sure, no problem. I should probably change my rules to reflect this...

      You've got a lot of things on the go! Awesome. We're very much enjoying CoC as well. Great set of rules. I find that 15mm is a good scale for it as its quick to do, not very expensive and the scale looks nice on the tabletop.

      For steampunk make sure to check out the castings form Lead Adventure - brilliant stuff.

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    4. Thanks Curt, I think I will be going with 20 mm for WWII, as I have already started with that.

      I am sort of attracted to Empire of the Dead: Gothic Horror/Steampunk Genre.

      So put me down for 1500, but I may bump it once I see I I go.

      John

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  17. Count me in Curt.
    Although Iv' no 54mm this year.
    James has already raided the foundry store.
    I do have some new armies to start though, so this should hive me a kick up the butt.

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    1. Great stuff Kev! Its wonderful to have one of our top finishers join up again - keeps the rest of us on our toes.

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    2. Thanks Curt.
      I better get some prepping done then.
      It's gonna be a lot harder this year.

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  18. You can count me in Curt. I doubt my output will reach the level of last year as I want to avoid the painting burnout I suffered afterwards.

    Non Combatants as the first forthnightly theme? Hmmm, methinks this is a good excuse to get my SciFi civvies painted up. Or maybe some civvies for my pirates. Or both.

    Now to go and remind myself of Peckinpah's films to come up with an idea of what to paint.

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    1. I completely understand. The Challenge is great in getting things done but it can create painter burn-out once Spring arrives (I'm actually quite proud to be an author of this malady).

      Peckinpah didn't actually do that many films (compared to many of his contemporaries). Notables are 'Straw Dogs', 'Cross of Iron' and, of course, 'The Wild Bunch', but he was quirky and did several films with odd themes such as 'The Ballad of Cable Hogue' and 'Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia'.

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    2. I'm setting myself an initial target of 1200 points for this year. If it looks like I'll bust through that early on then I'll up it like I did last year.

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    3. A healthy target! I hear you and Ian are running mates which is great news - always good to have a pace car!

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  19. Looking forward to starting on this and it ties in pefectly with the gangs planned Dead Mans Hand.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Brilliant Ross! Can I expect a cowboy figure authored by your hand? How many points do you think you'll manage this year?

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    2. I am looking at figures today and my point tally will hopefully be 585 points worth of 28mm figures.
      Cheers, Ross

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    3. Great, I'll mark you down for 585, Ross. I know you'll be able to crack that off.

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  20. Curt
    Count me in - points goal to follow.

    Peter

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    1. Excellent and duly noted, Peter. I anticipate ships and figures for SAGA from you (and perhaps some of those wee aircraft for General Quarters III).

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  21. And so it begins! Really looking forward to it again and I think another 500 point tally should keep me busy!

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    1. It's wonderful to have you along again Michael. With the bonus themes you should have a good chance of exceeding your points goal. I think I can speak for all of us in saying that we look forward to seeing what emerges from Awdry Towers over the course of the Challenge.

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  22. I would like to participate this year if you still have slots open. Thanks.

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    1. Excellent! It'll be great to have you join us for this mad run into spring. Please drop me a note with your contact information so we can set up coms.

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    2. Couldn't find a good way to reach you, so, abhunt at earthlink dot net.

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    3. Thanks, I just sent you a note.

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  23. Oh I do hope I can be in This year !!! Last year because me being ridicilously late was condemned to do a solo painting challenge, so looking forward to go against real people instead .....

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    1. In my solo quest I was able to score just over 800 points so with that in mind and the fact that we won't be doing family holidays with Christmas and february, I will set my target a bit more ambitious and will try to amass 1045 points. 1000 just because it is a nice number and the 45 well too obvious to tell.

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    2. You're on Paint-In! Welcome aboard. I'll drop you a note so we can set up our coms.

      ...and 1045 is a great target!

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  24. Curt > r v d assem at home dot nl would be the best adress to drop me a note....

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  25. If you have any spare spaces, I would like to give this a go as it sounds like the perfect challenge to help kick start work on the plastic mountain!

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    1. Welcome aboard, Paul! Drop me a note at curt campbell_at _mac_dot_com so we can work out particulars.

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    2. Thanks! Email sent. I do have one question though. You say that the models must be based and grounded... I tend to base my models on transparent bases now so that they work with any board or table

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    3. No worries. If that's how you roll then that works for me - I just want to avoid figure submissions that the Challenger would not consider 'finished' for their normal day-to-day tabletop use.

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  26. I like a lot the idea of the Bonus Themes, and I think I have all the models needed...
    Very hapy to participate in another Painting Challenge. I expect to reach a 500 points mark this time!

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    1. Great to have you with us again, Juan! I don't think you'll have any problem meeting your 500 point goal, especially if your can nail-down the Theme Bonus rounds.

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  27. Looking at last years points I am going to go for 1066 but can always up if it looks like I will get there.

    Tamsin has kind of challenged me to a race as well so I hope to breach the 1200 Tamsin has set but lets stick to 1066 for now

    Ian

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    1. 1066? A bad year for Anglo-Saxons but a great target for Ian. It will be fun to see how you and Tamsin keep pace with one another.

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  28. Hi Curt,

    My nickname is thefrenchjester on the blogosphere, I'm mainly an Army painter not a collector painter.
    I'm living in France, and painting 15mm and 28mm figures.
    I would like to participate to your challenge this year.

    my goal would be of 400 or 500 points, I hope to paint 100 points each month as a kick ass starter.

    Best regards

    Gilles " thefrenchjester unmasked "

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    1. Happy to have you join us, Gilles! I'm all about the 'kick ass starting'. :) I looked at your blog and, collector or not, your painting is very fine. I tell you what, let's pencil you in for 500 points as I think with the bonus rounds you should be able to achieve that total quite easily.

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    2. Oh, and can you send me an email so we can set up communications: curt campbell_at_mac_dot_com.

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  29. Hope you do not mind curt have just set up a FB page to let guys swap banter and ideas, as well as on the blog
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Analogue-Hobbies-Winter-Challenge/1393956474179741

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    1. Brilliant! I'm not a 'Facebook person' (my wife tells me that I'm the last holdout) but this will provide another great way for folks to chat and banter about their projects, ideas and how chinsy I am at awarding points. :)

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    2. Hah, and I thought *I* was the last one!

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    3. I thought that was me... No Fb for me yet.

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    4. Must admit, I wasnt a huge FB fan , I just maintain a hobby ID there... its kinda fun...

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  30. Good luck with the challenge Curt! I'm not joining (I paint figures but I don't base them), but will be following the competition and enjoying all the great contributions!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Hey thanks Peter! If you wish you can still enter but we'll just adjust the points for the absence of basework. Just let me know.

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  31. I'm not going to enter, but this sort of thing does 'push' people to clear their desks of unpainted metal, resin and plastic even if they are not 'competing'. Best of luck to you all. Nige

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    1. Thanks for your well wishes Nigel! I hope you come and visit from time-to-time to see how everyone is getting on with their goals.

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  32. I am pretty excited by this. Stuff the DIY, I've prepping to do!

    I like the 15th Dec start date - means ill get an entry in before Chistmas has me gallivanting around the country. The idea of bonus rounds is great too!

    Thanks again for offering you time and enthusiasm to run the the challenge.

    Best wishes,
    Phil

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  33. Excellent to see this starting up again. Tamsin's efforts last year were very inspiring, although not enough for me to actually paint. I was planning on "playing along at home" this year but maybe if a spot is available I should just go for it? Not sure if my skill is up to par but I can get some paint on. And now that Fantasy is allowed I can get my stuff going.

    One further question, which may have been asked above. I build up the base with clay, goop and sand before priming. Is this okay?

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    1. Sean, you should definitely kick in with us. As for basing, yup, you can get stuff prepped (sand, gel, goop, whatever) before priming - I do the same. Let me know if you want to pull the trigger.

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    2. What the hell, I'm in. I'll have to go and order more stuff because of course I might run out of things to paint. I'll have to ponder a bit with a calculator to figure a point goal. I'll look around for your email.

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    3. Eeexcellent! I officially have you on the roster - welcome aboard!

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    4. Oi! Don't you go blaming me for making you want to take part Sean! ;)

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  34. Hey Curt,

    I have already been getting things cleaned, prepped, and ready for this for the last month!

    Are there still spots open?

    Byron

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    1. I already had a spot reserved for you as I knew you're A Man With A Plan. How many points do you think you'll crack off goint into Spring?

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    2. I was thinking about 500 points as that is 100 figures in roughly 100 days. Not sure I can manage more than that, but we will see...

      Since Sci-Fi is allowed this year, my 40k, sedition wars, and even my Cthulhu stuff could all sneak in and up that count. With that in mind, maybe let's go 600.

      I'd feel better setting a goal and beating it than not making it at all.

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    3. I think you'll manage 600 points just fine - I'll mark it down.

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  35. I was wondering when this would start back up again.

    I'd like to officially enter, if there's space, and hopefully actually complete something during the contest!

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    1. Sure Rob! Drop me a note to make sure I still have your email addy and we'll get things sorted.

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    2. It's rob herrick 22 at gmail dot com - all one word, no spaces.

      I'm thinking 200 points is possible, but, given that I got nada painted last time, maybe set it at 100, or even zero!

      May be time to see if Major Dundee is on Netflix.

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  36. Hi Curt! I'm in like Flynn with a fairly pedestrian target of 300 points.

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  37. Hi Curt! I would like to give the challenge a try this year, if I may, with a target of 500 points.

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    1. Oh, and my email is alan_dearn(at)hotmail.com

      Just to clarify - by priming you mean undercoating?

      Cheers,
      Alan.

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    2. Fabulous! Welcome to our merry band, Alan! I'll drop you a note in while so we can set up coms.

      Yes, 'priming' to us folks (well, us in the Canadian prairies anyway) is the same as undercoating.

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    3. I'm in too Dux - let the games begin good Sir!
      Bwahahahaha!

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  38. I would love to participate but this is right in the middle of getting ready for two painting competitions. I just can't commit to getting anything beyond the 10 minis I have on my plate for those.

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      What painting comps are you getting ready for?

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  39. I'd like to enter if there are any slots left. As a first-timer I need to sit down and do some sums in order to come up with a target. When do you need a number?

    My e-mail is diplomatist2 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's wonderful to have you aboard, Edwin! I'll drop you a note soon so we can set up lines of communication.

      No rush on the target number. I'd just like to have something before kick-off on the 15th.

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  40. OK. I totally blame Mr Willey for this but, yes, can you put me down please? I'll need to have a serious think on that I can achieve but as I have a big game coming up in May it makes sense to have a driving force!

    Email address is: andy AT belisarius DOT org DOT uk

    Hope I'm not too late!

    Andy

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    1. I'm already going past my target number but I'll tuck-in a few more Challengers. Welcome aboard Andy! I'll drop you a note in a little while to discuss details.

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    2. yep all my fault, I have broad shoulders LOL

      Ian

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  41. Hi Curt, if there any spaces left I think I'd like to take part for the first time this year.

    My painting output is often slow but the challenge will give me an incentive to get stuck into my project list. Unfortunately most of that project will be more 6mm stuff so very small figures for very smal points. I do have some recently aquired 28mm models to paint as well so maybe they can boost my tally a little....so put me down for a very modest 250 points. If it looks like I'm going to race past that I may revise the target upwards but at the moment this seems like a challenging but achievable target for me.

    My email is BigLeeH at Gmail dot com

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    1. You're on Big Lee! Delighted to have you join us. I'll mark you down for a 250 target, but I'm sure you'll achieve that in quick order (I'm a great admirer of your 6mm WWII collection - lovely work).

      I'll drop you a note later to connect.

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    2. I remember some 28mm Cowboys leaving Foundry in your hands...look forward to seeing them painted

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    3. Yes, the cowboys will certainly add a few points to my tally, and the Challenge will ensure they actually get painted rather than being left sitting on the upper slopes of my Lead Mountain!

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  42. I'm in - lets go with 1,500 points for me!

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    1. Excellent! As my stats tell my you finished with 1284 points last year, I think 1500 is an admirable target, my dear Uber Geek. Bravo.

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  43. Another year, another Challenge! My output is likely to be erratic through the period of the challenge, but I'll give it my best shot.
    I like this years more open format and the idea of the fortnight themes, I think I may be able to work that in, and have a few figures in mind that will work out... and I even have a few cowboy figures lying around for a project that never got started so that's bonus too!
    You can probably expect some figures for FoW, EotD, LotR, and perhaps SAGA from me, depending on what I get up to...
    I'll aim for ~600 points as before, but how close I'll get to that, I don't know!
    Good luck to all!

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    1. It's great to have you aboard again Scott! I agree, I think the open format will add a bit more variation and fun to the proceedings. I look forward to your steampunk figures and your LotR stuff is always brilliant. 600 point target? Got it logged and loaded!

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  44. I'd love to be a first time participant if there are spots available! Its would be great incentive to get me back in the painting saddle after my six months deployed in the Middle East.

    I'll match Dux Homunculorum's 500points, upon which we will have a little side wager!

    pauljamesog at gmail dot com

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    1. You're on Paul! Its great that you and Dux will be pacing for one another. I'll drop you a note soon so we can chat.

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    2. One question: will terrain be eligible for submission and consideration on a case by case basis?

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    3. Re Terrain: No, sorry Paul. I like to keep it to figures as I find its very hard to award points for custom terrain pieces in a variety of scales. During the Challenge I typically get 3-5 submissions in a normal day so I like to keep things as streamlined as possible.

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    4. Fair enough - I'll focus on getting that completed in the next few weeks then! thanks Curt

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  45. Hi Curt, Paul of the Mancave has challenged me along with Dux for 500pts...is there still room please ? I co-write with Paul on his blog. My email is braveheart at iinet dot net dot au.

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    1. A triumvirate of Aussies competing together? How could I deny you. Welcome to the madness. I'll drop you a line soon.

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    2. By my count there are at least five Antipodeans on board now. I don't feel nearly as lonely as last year!

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  46. I'm in, obviously!

    It's great that fantasy is now allowed as I have just embarked on a Oldhammer project. Good timing Curt ;-)

    As for the point target, I'll drop you a line as I have a few question for you. I'll be the annoying one asking you how much pts for Trolls, Jabberwock and the likes!

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  47. Hi Curt. I would like to be included this year. I fully understand if all the places are already taken or if you need to "bump" me for a regular. But if there is still room I would be grateful for inclusion. I will not be one of the big hitters in terms of production but hope to contribute what I can.

    I can be reached on
    ClintBurnettagain(at)msn(dot)com.

    Thank you for putting the challenge on even if I am unsuccessful this time.
    Cheers Clint

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    1. Your on Clint! You've come just under the wire as I was just about to 'close the gates'. I'll drop you a note later so exchange addresses.

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  48. Ok! I'm hoisting the white flag of surrender - no more!! We've filled the roster and I'm afraid I have to close the doors for this Challenge. Thanks for your interest and support! Please come back in a months time to watch the start and cheer on The Wild Bunch through the winter months!

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  49. Luckily (for you, not for me) I'm too busy this year- I'd love to enter this at some stage in the future. I shall be following with interest!

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  51. Good luck to all participants! As every year I'll be following closely the challenge. May be next year I'll enroll

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  52. 50 entrants? You must be madder than last year!!!

    Best of luck to everyone participating and extra luck to Curt who has to sit and post each entry!!

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  53. Dang it! Too late to get in this time round. But if you open up more slots let me know.
    Good luck everyone. It's a great idea.
    Cheers

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    1. Sorry Kiwi, please keep an eye on this space around this time next year and you'll be sure to get in. Nonetheless, if I have any cancelations I'll let you know.

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  54. Arrrgh... I missed it again. :-(
    Just three days of inattantion and the next challenge is announced and closed out. Next year I'll try it again... Third time is a charm. ;-)

    But good luck and first and foremost a lot of fun to all entrants and organizer Curt alike !

    Cheers
    Stefan

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  55. I am sad to see that I am too late and I understand that you are above capacity and cannot accept any more people. Having been away, I missed this post. Sadly I have been saving up historical figures all year in hopes of participating and quite a number of Knuckleduster figures.

    If anyone drops out, would you please consider allowing me to take part? I would be in for 150 points.

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    1. Not a problem Anne. I'm at 57 now and I have a few others waiting in the wings so why not make it a nice round number, eh? :)

      Welcome aboard, m'lady! I'll mark you in for 200 points... ;>

      Please drop me a note at curtcampbell at mac dot com so we can chat.

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    2. Thank you so much. 200 points!! I'm a slow painter you know, but I'll accept the challenge!

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    3. Bravo Anne! I have a feeling that you'll pull it off.

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  56. I realize it's almost new years already however I'm in for painting up 700 points of 1/72 minis by the Sping solstice if it's still possible to join in! I have an entire Roman Army that has waited a year already for paint!!!

    ~GameDaddy

    http://www.gamedevonline.net/wordpress/

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    1. Sorry Dirk, all the participant slots are filled for this year's Challenge but please keep us in mind for next year.

      Bests,

      Curt

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