Monday, December 2, 2013

The Vikings of the 2nd Challenge!


Over the past two Painting Challenges I've had the pleasure of collecting a wonderful assortment of figures from talented hobbyists from all around the world. I've been asked a number of times to put up a 'rogue's gallery' to display my ill-gotten booty, and so to answer that request here is the first instalment of my past Challenge fee submissions: The Vikings from the 2nd Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.



As you can well imagine, I'm very proud of this collection. It's quite eclectic while still having a great central theme. I decided to add a sprig or two of yellow flowers to all the bases in order to mark them as 'Challenge Vikings' within my Dark Age collection. This way, when I have them out for a game, I'll know which figures will be the real fire-eaters. :)


From AndrewS
From RayR
From FranL
From MichaelF
From JuanM
From DaveD
From MilesR
From JohnM (actually from a related contest but I include him here)
From TimB
A Viking Descendant: A Norman Milite from KentG
SylvainR
ScottB

RossM
PhilH
In a spasmodic fit of hobby-room reorganization I shamefully lost the provenance of who painted these fine fellows seen below. Actually, I believe I have a good hunch of who-painted-what, but if past Challengers can help me identify the brushwork on these lads it would be greatly appreciated!






This last photo features the whole warband with my shameless addition of 'Hrolf Heldrid', a warlord vignette that I put together during the Challenge that year. A force to be reckoned with!


60 comments:

  1. very nice to see them all together and a great keepsake

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    1. They are a fabulous keepsake to be sure!

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  2. great Warband you have there.
    Peace James

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  3. Absolutely superb and justly deserved for all the hard work you put into the challenges.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Yes they are a wonderful group of models to which they have a place of honour in the display cabinet.

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  4. Nice selection bad connection!

    I guess last years group shot will be more interesting due to a greater variation in style. Looking forward to seeing those!

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    1. Yeah, the poster theme tie-in only kicked in on the 3rd Challenge. Frankly I never thought I'd do more than one of these...

      I love these vikings but, you're right, the number of upcoming Ronin are very impressive.

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    2. Hmm, the "bad connection" from the original post was meant to read "great collection"... freaky auto correct there!

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  5. Very nice idea Curt, I was going to ask for all the Samurai together, but I am sure you are working on those photos now.

    John

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    1. Yes, I hope to get them up later this week as a lead-in to this year's Challenge.

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  6. These are great! Can we ask for a before/after photo to see the modelling skills as well? Love your vignette base. Always great when you can tell a story with a 28mm base!

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    1. Thanks Cincinnatus! I'm afraid I don't have any before-after shots for the vignette - nonetheless, here is the link to the original post where it was featured:

      http://analogue-hobbies.blogspot.ca/2011/12/from-curt-28mm-anglo-dane-warlord-hrolf.html

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  7. What a cracking collection. I quite enjoyed playing "got that one, got that one, not got that one" as I looked through them all...

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    1. They are rather spiffing, aren't they. The lads really did a wonderful job with them all. A wonderful addition to my collection.

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  8. What fine looking band of ruffians. Great to see them all.

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    1. Thanks Dave, it is nice to see them all out together.

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  9. Excellent looking Warband!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  10. Some very nice characters there!

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  11. Great stuff Curt and good to see them all. The chap with red hat, raised axe and ship on his shield is the one I did. Cheers ScottB

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    1. Excellent! Duly noted, thanks Scott!

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  12. wow - the basing on my Viking has been significantly improved.


    I do like the whole "Santa-Norseman" look go the figure

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    1. You're right, he DOES look like he's yelling, 'Merry Christmas!'

      ...then he beheads a hapless monk, takes their monastery's gold and drinks their eggnog... ;P

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  13. I did the Viking blowing the horn.

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    1. Viking blowing the French Horn? Got it. Thanks Sylvain!

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  14. They look awesome.
    Sometimes next year we will see a posse of western movie miniatures.
    cheers

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    1. Thanks Kiwi!

      Yes, a posse would be great thing to behold.

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  15. A fearsom bunch indeed, and the Viking Warband are pretty scary too...

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    1. Haw! How very droll, BL. Good one!

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  16. What a terrific idea. Putting them on display like that. I particularly like the fact you have identified the painters where possible. I realise that would be a tricky and time consuming job should you do if for the Ronin . Very nice to see this warband. Excellent.

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    1. Thanks Clint! Yeah, the Ronin post will be a tad bit bigger to be sure. It was great to have them seen all together in one group shot.

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  17. Typical of course that Ray's is blowing his own horn.....

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  18. Very nice band of Vikings; fantastic collection. You have put them in beautiful bases.

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  19. Great to see all those axe wielding full bearded loons put together!

    Christopher

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    1. Yes, 'Loons' is an apt description. Love that word...

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  20. HI Curt,

    The Viking with the Dane Axe was painted by my fair hand. Great to see them all in all their glory! A quick question for this years challenge - do you want a particular type or size of base for a more uniform approach?

    Cheers,
    Ross

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    1. To save any rebasing that is.
      Cheers,
      Ross

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    2. Thanks for the comment Ross and for identifying your Viking - much appreciated!

      As per the basing, I typically use 25mm circular bases but I'm not too fussed if they are a bit bigger or smaller.

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  21. Some nice and ferocious vikings you have there!

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    1. They're a great shield-gnashing lot to be sure!

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  22. Mine is one of the mystery ones. Fancy hazarding a guess at which? ;-)

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    1. I would guess the fellow wearing the quilted jerkin and sporting a magpie on his shield. :)

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    2. Spot on! The whole group looks very fine all based to match. A unique collection!

      Will we see the samurai as well before Challenge start?

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    3. That is my plan, yes. Not sure if I can do the level of detail but we should see some nice group shots.

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  23. Great to see them all together Curt!! Looking forward to seeing the Ronin now.

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  24. What a Motley looking bunch.
    They would sure scare the hell out of the local Saxons

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    1. Their smell, at the very least, should strike terror into their foes... :)

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  25. Excellent collection. Some very nice pieces of art which the participants contributed. I'm looking forward to seeing the cowboys of the next challenge...

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thanks Monty! Yes, it will be great to see the variety of submissions for this year. Since its based on Peckinpah's films we could see quite a variability!

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    1. Yes indeed and I love your Big Bruiser 'Franz'.

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  27. Great individual and group shot. I was going to ask the base question as well, but you answered it I think. 25mm round.

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