"Good morning Ladies, Gentlemen...and Ray. My name is TamsinP and I will be the Senior Librarian for your browsing in the AHPC Library. As we have a number of first-time readers and some who are returning after a gap (also because there have been some changes to how we are doing things) I have been asked by Curt, the Director of Library Operations, to write a guide on how to submit new works to the Library. I hope that this instructional post will help."
Tamsin's Terribly Terrific Tutorial To Challenge Posting
Before You Post
Just a little checklist for you to consider:
- Have I taken photos of everything I am including in the post?
- Are there at least 3 photos of everything, taken from different angles?
- Have all the photos been resized to a maximum of 1000 pixels in either direction?
- Have I worked out how many points I am claiming?
If your answers to all four questions is a resounding "Yes!", then you may proceed.
A Request On Behalf Of The Minions
"Given how many budding readers we have this year, please (please, pretty please) try not to overwhelm your poor, suffering, wretched minions with hundreds of posts every week. If you can combine multiple entries into a single post, that would be very helpful. That being said, you might want to do a separate post for "Library" submissions."
"Remember, the minions are all volunteers and doing the minioning stuff does take them away from their own painting."
*Important Note 1: This post was originally written for AHPC XII and examples shown may reflect that.*
(aka - it took me the best part of a day in 2021, plus a few more hours to update in 2022, so I'm only amending text parts)
*Important Note 2: This cannot be repeated enough, and it makes sense to begin with it.*
The above message will be repeated at the relevant point in the post.
How to Create a New Post
1. Open the Challenge Blog (linky-link)
"NB - The first and last few days of the Challenge are, traditionally, "free-fire" and you can post submissions on any day of the week. Curt will advise you as to when the "free-fire" rule applies, you do not need to include [day] in your post titles during frefire periods."
"Phew, that's the Title done with. Onto the main bit. Which should be quite quick and painless***."
"NB - the points summary is possibly the most important part of the post from the minions' point of view as without it scoring your submission may be difficult (we don't want to spend an hour working out from your photos how many figures you are claiming). "
- Photos that show how many figures are being claimed - if you are claiming 5 x 28mm orcs, we want to see a photo of the five orcs together.
- Photos taken from different angles.
- For odd-sized models, you might want to include size comparison photos to assist the minions
- Close-up photos if you dare!
"There you go, wasn't that simple and clear*. Now you know how to add photos to your blog post, so that we can all see your lovingly painted miniatures!"* amended from "clear and simple" to avoid confusion with a brand of soap
"Okay, so we have the post titles, scoring summaries, post text and photos covered. That just leaves one very important thing to cover before we go on to saving and (not) publishing your post."
***I might have been slightly "economical with the truth" when I suggested "quick and painless" at the start of this section.
- all posts written by TamsinP
- all posts for a particular AHPC Library location
- all posts that qualify for entry to the "Sarah's Choice" prize
- all posts with Orcs
- etc, etc, etc
- Your "handle" (linky-link) (eg TamsinP), as per the Post Title
- Scale of figures (eg 28mm)
- Period (eg WW2)
- Army/nationality/faction (eg Space Marines)
- Manufacturer (eg Warlord Games)
- Library location if applicable (eg True Crime)
- "Sarah's Choice" if applicable (ie a female figure* is part of the entry)
- Anything else that you think might be helpful for people searching the blog
"Is that all clear? Jolly good - we can move on now to saving and (not) publishing your post."
NB - you can click "Save" at any point while you are writing your post. It might in fact be a good idea to do so every so often if your post is quite long.
Phew! I do hope that I'm getting paid overtime for doing this as it's taken me much longer than anticipated*, what with all the screen captures and photo editing.What's that Curt? I'm doing this for free?!?!?!?! Again?!?!?!?!?!?!Yikes!!!!!Anyway, that's enough from me for today. I hope that you have found this post useful. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.Toodle-pip!Tamsin
* (2022) We'd originally agreed that Curt would include a link to my post from last year in one of his admin posts and I would add amended text to the joining document he will be sending out.
(2023) Curt suggested that he was going to tweak my 2022 post himself, which I assumed meant "Tamsin, I think you really ought to tweak it yourself so that I don't make a complete mess of it. By the way, do you think this new bicorne suits me?"