Thursday, 2 December 2021

Paint Duels & Side Challenges


The calling out of paint duels, side challenges, and grudge matches extends from the earliest editions of the Challenge, and have become a time-honoured tradition - an established part of Challenge lore. 

These affairs de la brosse are meant to keep participants motivated over the three months of the Challenge, and create a fun atmosphere of smack-talk, brush-baiting and ridiculous paint vendettas.

For those who are new to this silliness, the paint duels allow a pair of individuals or small groups to test one another against a self-defined set of criteria. Maybe it's to see who can paint the most points of a specific type of model over the length of the Challenge (i.e. The Ship Challenge), or who can paint the most figures in the most periods/genres (i.e. The Squirrel Duels); other side challenges might be created to see who can reach a specific points threshold first (Points Race). The sky's the limit - really, it's up to your imagination.

Simply issue your challenge down in the comments and see if other Challengers take up your gauntlet. I suggest that those involved keep close track of their duels themselves, producing updates on the blog to keep the rest of us informed and amused. If there is enough interest, we may assign a minion to help provide periodic updates on the duels (casting my eye over the oar benches...) on our special page dedicated for this! You can find the link to the Duels page on the top navigation bar to see previous year's events.

Okay folks! Let's have some fun with this! We all want to see blood and feathers (and spilled paint) before March 20th. :)

Next up: This year's Challenge roster along with posting day/minion assignments. 

- Curt

Saturday, 20 November 2021

The Twelfth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge


Hey y'all, it's November 20th, and you know what that means: Well, yes it's getting close to winter, but it's also time to register and start preparing for that event that will make it more tolerable and fun. Yes! the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge!   

For this Painting Challenge, our 12th edition, we'll be charting our way through the 'Challenge XII Sector', a constellation of planets on the outer rim (of good taste) originating from film, TV and literature. More on this below. 

The Basics

The Challenge will extend from the first day of Winter, 12:01 am December 21st, through to the first day of Spring, 12:01am March 20th, Central Standard Time (CST). 
Miniatures (i.e. figures, vehicles, artillery, terrain, etc.) can be prepared, assembled and primed prior to the start date, but you cannot start painting until December 21st. In order to gain full points, the figures should be based (if appropriate) and any planned groundwork completed. The figures have to be painted by you. 
The Challenge follows the honour system in the completion and entry of figures. 
Miniatures can be in any scale and in any genre (pulp-adventure, science-fiction, fantasy, etc.).
In order to be scored, participants will self-publish photos of their submissions along to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge blog. Up-to-date scoring (or as up-to-date as we can manage) will be maintained on the blog's main page. 
I will send out an email to all Challengers a few days prior to the event with further details on submitting your entries.
All participants must have an entry submitted within the first four weeks of the event (i.e. January 21st). Failure to do so will result in being dropped from the Challenge roster.
I will participate, but my score will have no standing in the Challenge (except to serve as a rather lame beginning pace car for participants).

The Scoring

Below is the scoring that will be used for the Challenge. 
6mm foot figure = 0.5 point
6mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 1 point
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 points
15mm mounted figure, artillery piece or large crew served weapon = 4 poin
15mm vehicle = 8 points

20mm foot figure = 4 points
20mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 8 points
20mm vehicle = 15 points

28mm foot figure = 5 points

28mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 10 points
28mm vehicle = 20 points
40mm foot figure = 7 points
40mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 15 points
40mm vehicle = 25 points
54mm foot figure = 10 points
54mm mounted figures, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 20 points
54mm vehicle, limber, etc. = 30 points 
Other scales, miscellaneous models/figures will be scored on a submission-by-submission basis. 

Terrain Submissions

We'll retain our imperfect-but-it-works  6" cube format. Briefly, if your terrain piece (or collected terrain pieces) fills a 6" cube, you get 20 points. If your terrain would 'fill' multiple 6" cubes, then multiply 20 points for each cube of volume. 

Terrain filling the 6" cube on the left would be worth 20 points. The composite group on the right, made up of eight cubes, would be worth 160 points.

Example 1: I've painted three 28mm barrels and six trees. They would roughly fill a single 6" cube. I would get 20 points for this. 

Example 2: I've constructed and painted a large 28mm manor that is approximately 12" wide, 14" long and 10" high. All in all, this would roughly take up 8 cubes worth of volume. This would give me 160 points.

Submissions of terrain should be sent in with a picture illustrating the scale of their work (a ruler laid alongside should do the trick). This will give your hard-working Minion a basis for scoring. Extra points for extra detail, scratch-built insanity, etc. will be left to the Minions to adjudicate as they see fit.  

Changes to the Challenge

Okay, Here are the list of changes to the Challenge program:

1) The participant cap is set at 90(ish). 
Covid has put a damper on all of us in getting together with friends, so I'm increasing the participant cap this year to allow more people in on the fun. 
For all those wishing to participate please send me an email, providing: 
1) your full name,
2) your country of residence
3) your blog address (if you have one), and
3) your points target for the three months of the event.
My email address is:
curtcampbell at mac dot com 
I will post a comment below when the roster has been filled and will follow-up with an email in a couple weeks detailing the specifics of the event.

2) Back to Scheduled Submission Dates
We're going to return to our traditional scheduled submission dates, with participants being assigned a day of the week when their draft submissions will be scored and posted to the blog by our friendly band of Minions.


3) The Theme this year is... 
With Sidney Roundwood's help we've departed the terra firma of Challenge Island, and The Chambers of Challenge, to give you 'The Challenge XII Sector'!

Welcome to 'The Challenge XII Sector'!

Those doughty Challengers who wish to to test their mettle can explore 'The Challenge XII Sector' by tackling the mind-bending assortment of hobby tasks to be found in that dread star system. Remember, participants do not need to embark on this journey of madness to enjoy the Challenge, it is a voluntary diversion for those wishing to try some theme-based challenges.

The constellation of planets will feature a varied assortment of locations which participants can explore by completing a themed hobby task. Once they finish their task at a location they get bonus points and will be allowed to travel onto the next location. Each 'orbit' requires that four planets be explored before continuing to the next orbit. Ultimately participants will make their way to the planet 'Challenge XII' to face their final task!! 

In the next week or so I'll followup with another post laying out the specifics of 'The Challenge XII Sector', its final layout, its rewards and a more detailed map. (Yes, I am awaiting the return of that Rogue Trader, Sidney Roundwood, who is still acting as our vanguard, charting the system for our travels and travails.

The Minions

Keeping to form, I will serve as the Dungeon-Master-of-Ceremonies / Tormentor-in-Chief / Dread-Dork-Lord, etc. etc., but I will also have a happy group of 'Minions' to keep this adventure moving along. Here are the wonderful folks who have 'volunteered' to assist me for this year's Challenge:
  • Monday: PeterD
  • Tuesday: TamsinP
  • Wednesday: GregB
  • Thursday: Barks
  • Friday: DaveD
  • Saturday: Millsy
  • Sunday: Curt

Personal Targets and Duels

Upon signup, I ask that each Challenger provide me with their name, nationality, blog and declare his/her points target which they hope to achieve by the March 20th deadline. 

Many participants have found the personal points targets to be a great incentive in maintaining their pace over the three months of the Challenge. I encourage participants to pick a target that is just beyond your comfort zone, but still achievable. As a rough benchmark, 300 points is considered a manageable amount for someone who is new to the the event and/or has a busy work/life schedule. Also remember that a significant amount of points can be secured by adventuring in 'The Chambers of Challenge' (more on this in a later post).

Relating to the points targets, many folks have a lot of fun issuing 'duels' to other participants in order to race to meet a declared target, paint the most figures for a specific period, etc. I leave this to the participants to dream-up, organize and keep track of.

The Cost of Entry

In past years I've asked that Challengers offer a donation to charity of their choice. This year I would like to see our generosity felt on one specific organization. Accordingly, the cost of entry to the Challenge is a donation (in the amount of your choice) to the Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, a charity based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan which provides a safe place for injured and orphaned wild animals to grow and mend until they can return to their natural habitat, while also encouraging public tolerance and understanding of wildlife. 

If you can, please make note in your donation that you are a participant of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Thank you!!


Challenge XII starts at 12:01am December 21st!

Now, sign up, and get some miniatures prepped - I'll see you at the start line in a month!

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Noel Williams

Yesterday I received the very sad news that our friend Noel Williams had passed away this August.

Fellow participants of the Challenge know Noel well from his wonderfully creative, loquacious and hilarious submissions to our little event (he was a poet after all).  I always knew, that when a Noel entry was posted, that I'd be entertained by his great wit, impressed by his furious industry and invigorated by his ebullient enthusiasm. 

He will be greatly missed.

Wishing you smooth sailing and open skies, Noel.


Friday, 30 April 2021

From TeemuL: Challenge XI Collection

Time just flies... But anyway, earlier this week I caught up with the Challenge posts, I have now managed to read all of them (expect some of the group photo posts). I was a  bit behind the whole Challenge and thus didn't comment on many of them purely because I was so late (I'm not a wizard, you know). The first two and half weeks of the Challenge I was on vacation, which meant I had very limited time for hobbies. Before the Challenge we also bought an old house which we started to renovate late last year and finally week after the Challenge we moved in. It is far from ready, of course. Old houses, like so many other things in life, are never finished...

Here's all what I managed to paint during the Challenge (missing S.N. Owl-Ord for obvious reasons and Sylvaneth trees because they in a different cabinet behind all the other Sylvaneth). But other minis I have dug out from the moving boxes and here they are. Not that much in the end, but managing to complete the Chambers of Challenge I gathered quite a lot of points in the end.

Here is photo of the halberdiers which Snowlord asked from me, this time they have their shields decaled and they have two friends. The paint job doesn't exactly match, but the colors do (except the the shield motif). Now, if anyone knows where to get command figures for this unit, please let me know.

My Lotr (or MESBG) eagle got a lot of notice, here's two photos with the latest one with frieds. There's now three plastic ones and metal Gwaihir, all painted very quickly with Citadel Contrast paints.

No photo of me this time, unfortunately, but since I'm still participating in the Vaccine Challenge, I might post something there!

Thursday, 29 April 2021

From PeterD Challenge Wrap Up


I am of course late out of the gate on this one.  But here are my wrap up photos.


Naval Stuff

All the ships were from WW2.  I had planned to add some Anglo Dutch Wars ships which only got part painted and some from the War of the Pacific which only got primer.  I gave Adam a reasonable chase in the early going of there Naval Duel but got left in everyone's wake at the end.  For some reason I decided that I needed every destroyer that fought in the Med in 1941-2, but I had fun researching the various classes, modifications and camouflage patterns applied.

Land based stuff

A true variety pack -  a new 10mm NYW project, Dorky Orky tanks, Women of WW2 and Beowulf!

Dooffus in charge with my Meadhall background from our Beowulf DnD sessions

January through March is a busy time for me.  I basically end up working 60% of each of two jobs so the challenge is a sanity break for me.  It's great to see everyone work and looking forward to next year.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

The Awards for Challenge XI

Welcome back Challengeristas and loyal viewers! Finally, the awards of Challenge XI! 

As per tradition, every year we gather in late April to celebrate the efforts of the our intrepid participants, and to give special recognition to those who particularly impressed us with their skills with the brush. Today we have the picks for Challengers' Choice, Sarah's Choice and SnowLord's Choice.


Challengers' Choice

A few weeks ago I posted our nominations for Challengers' Choice and created a voting poll for us to make our selections. Here are the results.

If anyone wants to see the full poll data just drop me a note.

For our honourable mentions we have:

Ray's Ottoman Collection

Jasper's Body of Work

and Curt's Body of Work

In Third, we have Ken's bellissimo Italian Legion Project

In Second, Christopher's favaloso 3rd Century Romans

Well done Ken and Christopher. The two of you provided viewers with a Roman extravaganza. Bravo, bello!

And finally, the Challengers' Choice for a second consecutive year is Sidney Roundwood with his spectacular body of work! Congratulations Sidney!!

Sarah's Choice

What a treat this AHPC has been.

The variety of painted muses, demons, witches, hags and crones, elves, fairies and adventuresses presented has been thrilling to watch.

Some of the femme fatales show questionable wardrobe choices while others are perfectly accessorized.

All are worthy of the challenge and if I could trophy’s to everyone, I would!

Honourable mentions to PeterD, PeterF and PaulSS for their ladies of the army: the cantinieres, camp followers and the women’s’ army of pilots, land girls etc. (Diana Quicks character in The Duellists is a fave of mine).

PeterD's Lumber Jill

PeteF's Napoleonic Camp Follower

PaulSS' Vivandière

Also, honourable mention to Sander for his whimsical mousling sorceress. So very cute and charming!

Sarah’s Sorceress 2021: The Baba Yaga, painted by SimonG.

The fantastic elements of the Baba Yaga in the Russian Fairytales are some of my favourite stories.

Simons’ painting is vibrant and bold, the figure & hut are dynamic and one really gets a sense of the Baba Yaga swirling through the landscape.

Thank you Simon, well done to all Challengers!

Keep safe, get the vaccine and be kind!

- Sarah

Snowlord's Choice

As per every Challenge, I was absolutely spoiled for candidates as we have so many talented people in the group. I often like to pick entries that have a personal, or interesting human interest aspect to them. Trouble was that there were so many to choose from this year! The 'Hall of Ancestors' location, in particular, really treated us to many wonderfully touching and personal stories. I was stymied for many days, mulling over dozens of entries, and in the end I decided to feature two submissions that especially resonated with me.

Martin's 'Mary Anning' I found to be absolutely fabulous. 

I really enjoyed the history of this early female geologist, and Martin's basework, featuring ammonite mudstone, a part of Mary's history, is truly inspired.

The other choice is from Benito. His grandfather, Abuelo Paco, silently fought for the Spanish Republic and later endured the rule of Franco and his victorious fascists. I found Benito's writing poignant, and his representative figure very fitting. A wonderful entry Benito.


Challenge XI is a wrap folks! 

Thanks again to our Minions who were absolutely indispensable in helping me manage the Challenge. Finally a deep bow to you all for being such wonderful participants and great supporters of the event. 

I'm no great fan of Winter, but when the snow flies I will be very much looking forward to joining you for the next edition of the Painting Challenge.

Best wishes.

- Curt

Thursday, 22 April 2021

No, really, it's coming soon...


Sorry folks, life (i.e. Covid, work, WS&S deadline (fun!), f*cking plumbers) ambushed my hobby time. I hope to have the Challenge wrap-up published shortly.

Thanks for your patience.

- Curt

Monday, 5 April 2021

Please Vote for YOUR Challengers' Choice of AHPC XI

Hello Everyone!

Below are the 20 nominations for Challengers' Choice!

For those who were nominated for numerous submissions, I took the liberty to aggregate their nominations into to a single 'Body of Work' classification, with a sample collage image.

Please look through the gallery and feel free to follow the links to the original submissions.

Due to the increasing costs of SurveyMonkey, I've shifted to using a new app for conducting the voting.  It does not easily allow for single-use submissions for online polls, so in order to better control the responses I will be sending an email invitation to all participants to secure their votes. If you were an observer, and wish to participate in the selection, please send me an email: curtcampbell at mac dot com and I'll add your votes. 

On April 18th I will post up the top three selections for Challengers' Choice, along with my SnowLord's Choice and Sarah's Choice.