Monday, December 21, 2015

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge - 6th Anniversary

Year after year ( at least for the past 6 years ) Curt over at The Analogue Hobbies painting blog has been holding a painting event to help clear through the yearly collection of models. Each year I attempt to join, but end up far too late to catch the sign up phase.

This year I watched his site like a hawk since beginning of November, waiting for the announcement so that I could be a part of it. There being a good reason for this as well.. I have a lot of unpainted, unassembled, unused plastic, metal and resin kicking about that needs work! And with my playing more and more these days ( as compared to the past few years ) now in UK, I think getting some of my table top pieces completed would be a grand thing to have!

Officially it kicked off yesterday, but I don't really like posting on the weekends, and thought it might be a better thing for a Monday morning read through :)

What I can also say is that the past 3-4 weeks I have been feverishly building, gluing, and assembling all my waylaid models lounging in my cupboards as of late.

Below are some of the photos of the work that I have started in on to get going on this..

With my basing materials in hand, and some decent shows on Netflix, I sat down to a few marathon nights with the Mrs in the living room getting everything prepped up here.

First up were some Bauhaus Warzone models, alongside a lone lost German WW2 model. These have been sitting around since my first conventions in UK almost 2 yrs ago..

This group is a mad dash of Raging Hero models for a one Mr Zzzzzzz who has been waiting patiently for them to get finished up. So they are all based now, and will be in the first batches to get painted up.

Above is an Odd Mix of models.. Some Ronin Samurai pieces, some Western models, some more Bauhaus models, some civilians... a real mix of randoms that can work for a variety of gaming systems..

My relic Knight Kickstarter models. There is a painted Noh Hound there, but I will be repainting him to match the rest of the unit. Some of these are still great models, but a lot I cannot really stand. But it would be nice to have 2 full teams painted up, and to give the game a go. Only been sitting around for what can be described as forever now.. and it seems that there is a bit of a community in UK for them. So they might see the light of day at some point!

And then a recent acquisition here in the form of a USMC Bolt Action force. Spent far longer assembling them lately to get the right gear on them than I anticipated, but they will be a nice change of pace compared to playing with my Japanese forces.

And I still have some more to assemble and add to the list.. and I suspect a few random busts and showcase pieces will be added to the lot as and when I have the chance to get them done. Would be a nice break from line painting at times I am sure!

And to see them not in black and white.. here they are now stuffed into 2 large plastic containers ready for prime and paint..

You can catch a few more pieces available there as well which have been assembled long before, but needed some paint. I might even go and finish off the Open Fire FOW boxset I bought last year while at a visit to the tank museum.

Overall though the final list of pieces to be painted ( hopefully ) over this contest are:

  • 105 USMC Infantry models
  • 3 Sherman Tanks
  • 2 Chaffee Tanks
  • 1 M3A1 Halftrack
  • 7 Chaos Marines ( dark vengeance )
  • 20 Cultists ( dark vengeance )
  • 1 Cult Leader
  • 2 Infinity models
  • 35 Catachan Girls ( Raging heroes )
  • 36 Iron Sky Girls ( Raging Heroes )
  • 3 Mini tanks ( FOW )
  • 1 Ork Commando ( Kromlech )
  • 1 Space Commander ( Kabuki models )
  • 3 Western Bio-mercs ( Maulifaux )
  • 1 Macbeth ( Saga )
  • 3 Ottoman Soldiers
  • 3 German HQ ( Warlord )
  • 1 Brit Soldier ( Salute model? )
  • 23 Bauhaus Troops ( Prodos )
  • 1 Bauhaus Walker ( Prodos )
  • 12 Western Models ( Black Scorpion )
  • 18 Ronin
  • 14 Civilians 
  • 8 Tokens ( Soda Pop Miniatures )
  • 25 Doctrine Troops ( Soda Pop Miniatures )
  • 1 Mounted Hero Doctrine ( Soda Pop Miniatures )
  • 17 Noh Infantry ( Soda Pop Miniatures )
  • 1 Mounted Hero Noh ( Soda Pop Miniatures )
  • 1 Plague Daemon Hero ( Forgeworld )
  • 1 Plague Daemon Skidekick ( Forgeworld )
  • 1 Noh Super Dungeon Explorer ( Soda Pop Miniatures )
All told, if I have my math right for what they are worth ( as many of these are larger than 28mm scale ), it should run me for about 1945 pts out of the 2500 pts I was aiming for. Guess I will need those extra models afterall, and also to participate into some of the bonus rounds. Time to put my thinking hat on and see what I can come up for that then!

Anyways.. lots to do now.. holidays are fast approaching.. so the time to line paint and do the mad long hours is upon us! Let's hope my airbrush is up to the challenge and doesn't fall apart on me at the worst moment!

Enjoy the last week before Christmas!


  1. I wish you well in the challenge it all looks very prepared and ready, and that would be the problem for me! I would just look at it and wonder where to start it is such a scary list!

    1. Best place to start is at the beginning and work your way to the end ;) In this case it is the USMC Bolt Action army cause it will get almost immediate use at the club in the new year.
      Painting has started and a post on the comp blog will come soon enough..

  2. You sir are crazy. i foresee only madness ahead o_O

    1. Yes, most likely.. let's see how far the madness takes me before I burn out :) Upside could be that I have lots of lovely painted models to play with for a while until I wish to paint again! :D

  3. Great to have you along this year nad that is an impressive looking start you've made there.

    1. Thanks Micheal, hope that I can get through it all and hit my target. Let's see.. might need some blogger support to get through it all :)

  4. That's an impressive list. Hope you have time for the big painting comps!!


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