Well I have announced elsewhere that I was preparing a sort of a Point-Bomb, I would like to explain a bit more as to the how and why. Last year's Challenge was my first and it was absolute big fun from start till end, but I went about it all wrong for my doing. Somehow I had convinced myself I positively had to enter all theme rounds and that put the pressure up. Besides that I was aiming for a humble 500 points and reached that pretty easy, but then I went and upped that amount twice and in the end didn't achieve the target and that bugged me no end. The "Femme Fatale" side challenge was great fun but added to the pressure as well. In short when the Challenge was finished I had completely run out of steam and fell into a huge painters-block. So much so in fact that I totally missed I had, mysteriously, won one of the targets and gained a giftcard, yup I missed out on that but that didn't matter since I gained quite a lot of new friends and experience. The AHPC FB page people were actually mostly the ones that got the juices flowing again due to their warm comments and support.
Anyway, this year I decided to take a more relaxed approach and so have only entered those Theme Rounds I had a clear plan for in mind, ignored the side challenges for this year, and took last years amount of points as target which I hope to reach today with these posts.
To do this I will be posting two separate entries in order to gain the remaining points needed and since I have found my mojo and do not want to loose it, I am NOT upping the stakes this time round. I'll stop entering stuff for the Challenge but will stick around to see you great folks end it all.
First part of the point-bomb will be a Napoleonic bomb the other one...well we'll see about that later.
The units shown below are all part of the 1:72 plastic figures I really wanted to paint during this Challenge. First up is a French HQ stand for the Old Guard infantry. The grenadiers and dismounted officer are Zvezda figures, the mounted officer (actually a Marshall but will function as Generale de Division) is an Art Miniaturen white metal figure.
Next up is an HäT Bavarian Line infantry regiment.
The next 3 regiments are Portuguese regiments of the Peninsular War. The blue coated line infantry are New Line Design white metals. The officer is actually a Belgian Line infantry officer in white metal from Art miniaturen and the drummer boy is an ESCI conversion.
Both the cacadores regiments are basically Revells British Rifles. These were part of a second-hand swap. One of my friends had switched from 1:72 plastics to 28mm and so I got these based and primed ready.
This line infantry regiment depicts the 21st regiment of the Portuguese brigade which was part of Picton's Fighting 3rd Division.
The larger Cacadores Regiment depicts the 12th, also part of the 3rd Division
This smaller regiment is painted as the 9th Cacadores Regiment, I am still thinking about adding a command stand.
To finish it all a group photograph:
These 91 figures should be worth 364 points, I do hope you like them. Now what would be up for the last installment?
A Napoleonic points bomb in 1/72 - lovely! Napoleonics are a wonderful subject, but I particularly enjoy these submissions of 1/72 figures as I can just see Curt looking at all of this and deciding to start this period in yet another scale :)
And what an assortment of nations and figure sources - I had no idea there was such diversity to be found in 1/72 Napoleonic figures. From France to Bavaria to Portugal, and three different manufacturers, the discerning 1/72 Napoleonic gamer is clearly not lacking for choice. Excellent work on these fellow Sander - great painting.
This is indeed a healthy-sized points bomb - and, apparently, only "part one" at that, so obviously Sander has some further shock and awe in store for later today. Your preliminary calculations are correct, but I think you missed the one mounted fellow and the extra horse, so to my eyes this earns you 372 points. Ka-BOOM...lets see what the Sander Air Force has in store for us later today...