Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Ronin of the 3rd Challenge!


As we head into the last week before the kickoff to 4th Painting Challenge I thought I'd provide a retrospective of some of the wonderful figures I've managed to extort, er, gather over the past few events. Last week I featured the wonderful Vikings of the 2nd Challenge, for which it was great to have them all arrayed for their photo shoot, and so this week I present the figures of the 3rd Challenge for you all to enjoy 


Last year's Challenge had a central theme based around the Japanese folktale of the attack of the 47 Ronin. The figures I received were absolutely stunning and, as you can see below, many of the Challengers put an incredible amount of time and effort into their submissions. Like the Vikings of the 2nd Challenge, these Japanese warriors have a very cherished place in my hobby cabinet. So with no further ado I give to you the Ronin of the 3rd Painting Challenge.

Millsy's Archer and Temple(!)

MichaelA's greyscale Seven Samurai
RayR
JohnM
JuanM 
AndrewS 

GregB 

PhilH

RobP
BenG 
MilesR 
Gotta love the Godzirra sashimono!
BurkhardS
KevH 

SylvainR
SamuliS
FranL

NicholasC
ScottB

TamsinP 
MichaelF
TimB (who was not in the 3rd Challenge but sent in a figure anyway!)


MichaelP's Lads
JamesB



DaveD 
IannickM 
ChristopherS
RossM
IanW
KevinH 
JaccoK
KevinS

SebG's Archers
...and my own Samurai-themed entries from that Challenge

As a final note, for a bit of fun, I've added a notice board of 'Side Challenges' on the right-hand navigation bar of this blog (below the points roster). I've put this up to keep track of the various duels, challenges and races that have been issued by participants for the upcoming event. So Challengers, if you have a grudge-match you'd like to broadcast just drop me a note and I'll broadcast it! 

...But remember, once you unsheathe the sword you'll have to throw away the scabbard and see the matter through!

44 comments:

  1. What an outstanding collection. Great to see them all.

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    1. They are rather lovely, aren't they.

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  2. The chap with the red hooded jacket with yellow 'tri-spots' and upraised staff is mine (ScottB) though it reached you late (sorry!) ... the challenge had officially ended... I'll try and be on time this year! Cheers, Scott

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    1. Excellent! Thanks Scott. I was rebasing him and pondering where he had come from. I really like the animation of that figure and your paintwork was brilliant. I added a tree stump and a couple bamboo shoots for him to run past as I imagined him hoofing through a forest.

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    2. Thanks, the basing has set him off wonderfully :-)

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  3. An excellent collection. They look great.
    cheers

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  4. Absolutely fantastic to see them all together and individually Curt. Thanks for posting this.

    As for the sidebar, I believe that there are at least 2 others that I know of:

    TamsinP and IanW competing for points
    Clint and Big Lee are in the 600 club with Ray and Fran

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    1. Thanks Tamsin. It was great to get them out all out and together for the photos. And thank you for the head's up on the additional grudge matches!

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    2. It would be nice if Clint would come out on top in the 600 club. He should quietly sandbag and then slaughter Ray at the finish line:)

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    3. Now, that would be entertaining!

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    4. Yes kindly attaché me to the Fran, Ray & Lee Fray. I will not be sand bagging or acting in any way under hand. Not the activities of a gentleman!

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    5. Curt - for me and Ian it's less of a grudge match and more a friendly rivalry as we were so close last year

      Anne - well, if Clint should fill a sandbag with unpainted lead, one swing might well slaughter Ray

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  5. Nice too see the family getting together at Christmas time ;-)

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    1. Nothing says Happy Noel like a well-swung naganata!

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  6. They great all assembled together! I suppose you should have no trouble playing Osprey's Ronin either!

    Christopher

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  7. It's a joy to see this much good painting all in one place. Take a short break before next week Curt!

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    1. Thanks Anne. Yes, I feel quite spoiled actually. It's all such wonderful work.

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    2. Spoiled?!? You more than earn your "gifts" mate....

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  8. WOW! What a beautiful collection! It's great to see them all together! There are some really amazing models in there. Every last one of them is very well done!

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  9. What a wonderful array of Samurai Curt, Thank you for sharing with us. It's really nice to sit back and just be able to admire all the uniqueness in the collection as you go through all the images.
    Regards
    Loki

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  10. Fantastic looking collection; its great to see all the figures individually and the different styles of painting!

    Cheers, Ross

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  11. Thank you for showing such an outstanding selection of fine work. I hope you do as well if not better this year for hosting such a fine challenge.

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  12. Fantastic collection, Curt. All together, they are really nice!

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  13. Loads of gorgeous loveliness!! A great collection Curt!
    And I think that gobby Oishwomen belongs in the 600 pot along with me Fran and the others...................just for being Oirish and Gobby!

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    1. Always picking on people......bully!

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    2. Hmmm, especially since Anne's target is only 200 points! We'll see how she responds...

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    3. Lee's target was also only 200 points as well but he's upped his to 600. No matter how many points Anne decides on she will still be a worthy entrant!

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    4. Oh, no doubt about that! When I say 'only 200 points' I merely meant that for her to pick up the gauntlet it will require a 300% increase in her points output. Of course she could make this up if she decides to do the Theme Bonus rounds... Ray's such a mean little man!

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    5. Ray you are a horrid little weasel.

      I plan on doing two of them. But one of them is the first week and it's a dio. I'm a very slow painter but I'm going to do my best to get it in on time. And if I do two, I will raise my points goal, but not to 600!

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  14. Excellent collection!
    Each and every piece is a nice piece of craftsmanship.

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  15. What a treat! Fabulous to see them all together like that and it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside seeing something I painted on the other side of world!

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  16. What a fine collection of exceptionally painted figures; and such a wide variety of makes. Best, Dean

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  17. Thy all look fab together, a good choice for a levy on us motley crew of painters, I think!

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  18. Great stuff dude - thanks for assembling them all into one post! They look great.

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  19. Wow, those are fantastic. I still feel like the Greyscale 7 are my favorite, but there were so many good entries. The Godzilla Sasimono I missed before. "I am Godzilla, you are Japan!" - Things to do in Denver when you're dead. And I see, much to my chagrin, that I am down for 1000 points!?! I'm thinking that maybe I just need to suck it up and go for it.

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    1. Ah, I think that was an accounting error on my part. ScottS has claimed 1000 (which I placed in your column) but I know you've been mulling over 500. Did you want to go for 1K?

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  20. WOW.
    They look awesome all together Curt.

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  21. Lovely and great to see them all together.

    It is amazing. I would have thought, that that with so many painters and different styles and different manufacturers, they would look off together, but actually they are quiet amazing!

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  22. A very fine and noble collection. "If you want to know who they are …. they're the gentlemen of Japan …."

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  23. Fantastic collection! Just love it!

    Greetings
    Peter

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