Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Challenge VII Ends

Well another Analogues Hobbies Painting Challenge has come and gone.  What a grand event of 3 months of painting madness.

I'm pleased with my showing this year as it was a personal best coming in at 4,125 points.  That was 800 or so points better than last year and managed to secure first place for me again, just barely edging out MatinC.

What's even more impressive is the production of all the other participants - this year's Challenge really was the best one to date with 96 active participants, fantastic painting and great comradeship.  It remains, by far, my favorite hobby event of the year.  Well done Curt and gang.

I put a lot of effort into the Challenge and use it as a motivating factor to get all my minis that need to be painted for the summer convention games done and managed to accomplish that this year.  So how much did I paint to get to 4K?

 Point Summary       
 28mm     Figs   Points   Percent 
   Infanty     476.5  2,382.5 58%
   Cav / Guns     6  60 1%
   Vehicles     28  425 10%
   Infanty     297  594 14%
   Cav / Guns     6  24 1%
   Vehicles     53  318 8%
 Bonus       321 8%
  Totals    4,125 100%

As usual, 28mm scale stuff dominated my workbench, but there was a nice showing from 15mm as I completed armies for FOW Pacific and Team Yankee.  I didn't get any ship models done, which surprised me.

I look forward to next year's Challenge but am thinking about approaching it less from a "quantity" objective and more from a "quality" one.  A lot of this year's submissions are true works of art - far better than my meager skills can manage.  I think I'd like to focus more on improving my painting technique rather that further testing the load bearing quality of my storage shelves.

There will be a few week break from the painting desk and then I move into terrain making mode for Historicon.  More on that in a future post.

I may have a Viking funeral for the Winsor Series 7 brushes I used through the competition.  They served me well in 3 months of intense painting and deserve a better send off than being consigned to the "terrain making" brush pile.  


Martin Cooke said...

Great challenge and a worthy victory. Next year it should be who can paint the least to the highest standard

TamsinP said...

A truly heroic level of output Miles :)

I think I might join you in painting less next year. My Koreans are now pretty much complete so I doubt I'll have any of those and I think I might complete my SYW Russians later this year. Which leaves me with no major projects for the next Challenge :o

Hmm, maybe it could be an all spaceships season for me?

Paul O'G said...

Congrats on the 1st place but more importantly the personal best as it is, after all, a challenge only against yourself! Your productivity was quite amazing, and I'm not sure how you kept that up consistently for the whole period. Looking forward to seeing a pic of your submissions all together!