Sunday, 20 March 2016

From TamsinP - At Salutesville City Penitentiary (20 Points)

I made it - just. Well, they still need to be varnished and the black rim of the base touched up, but they're good enough to post as is for my 25th entry in the main part of the Challenge.

Over the last couple of years, I've been posting various denizens of Salutesville, the fictional city for my Mob Wars project. Now any city with criminal gangs and a tenacious police department will inevitably have hoodlums being found guilty and sent to jail. And prisons need prison officers, so here are four officers from Salutesville City Penitentiary:

"There is no truth behind suggestions that our prison officers accept bribes from inmates" Mayor Reidy, 21 March 1926

The figures are 28mm from Copplestone. That will be a final 20 points added to my tally. I've got nowhere near the points levels of the last two years, but much higher than I expected going in - my initial target was 1000 points and these should leave me just shy of 1800 points. I might have actually got past 1800 points if I'd had time to paint these handsome chaps:

but I simply ran out of time (it's just after 1am here and I do have to go to work tomorrow morning!). Still, it does mean that I now have the opportunity to fix a small problem with the middle figure - hint - the shield is upside down.

And so, my Challenge ends. I've had great fun once again and managed to complete two whole armies - my 6mm Rebs and my Crusties, as well as making good headway on some other projects.

If all goes well this evening, I should manage to get another entry in before the deadline. However, in case I don't get that far I'd like to thank:

Curt "Snowlord" Campbell for putting on this grand event again; sorting out sponsors; herding the cats; and for giving us all the opportunity to come together.

Lady Sarah for allowing her husband to do all the above once again

My fellow Minions - for not leaving the adjudication chamber in too bad a mess (except for Peter - all those takeaway cartons I found on Tuesday mornings made the place look like a student dorm).

"Reverend" Miles Reidy for setting up the spreadsheet we've been using and for the statistical mumbojumbory he's done throughout the Challenge

Byron for keeping track of the various side duels.

The Tuesday Troublemakers Troop for being such good eggs and not making my life too difficult.

To all my fellow Challengers for your great contributions over the past three months. The quantity and quality of painting is always astounding.
Bravo and Brava!

Thanks again for putting up with hosting us Curt!

Ooh, these are great Tamsin. I like that you're returning to Salutesville City for your wrap-up as it's such a great project. Your break from the standard cop blue is inspired - the green is absolute ace - they have an almost Guardia Civil look about them. Very cool.

Well, it's been a great run Tamsin. You managed to fight your way up to 5th place - BRAVO!! Well done m'dear.
Once again your enthusiasm and good will has been an inspiration to us all and let me give you my deep thanks for all your help with the Tuesday mob. I know we all enjoyed the antics of Challenge Flight 06 and Head Stewardess Piper. Until next time Miss P. - it has been a pleasure. :)


  1. These guys are really fab. It's been a pleasure watching your work this year. Until next time

  2. That green is fantastic, these will be great guards.

  3. The guards are great Tamsin but your words ring even more true, well said indeed and thanks heaps for all your efforts!

  4. What a great set of Bulls, as they would be called in Salutesville and a great way to end the Challenge. As always, it's a pleasure to be able to interact with you during the challenge. I'll be in London the first week of April so lets grab dinner again

  5. Absolutely brilliant, Tamsin. You've hit the ball out of the park this year, and these figures are wonderful as well. Incredible performance!

  6. Not mucking about, these are the best things you have painted all challenge.

  7. Very well done on the prison guards, Tamsin!
    That is a nice shade of green. I like the billyclubs, especially on the one fella with his hands behind his back...I bet he is daring someone to have a go!;)
    That you for your Tuesday minion duties, it is a bit off not being able to read a new post on the flight this morning! ;)

  8. @ Curt - thank you! I did think of going with cop blue for them, but as the uniform is different to the other cops I decided to make them "bulls". That meant either grey or green and I preferred the green :)
    It was a pleasure to help out with this Challenge and I will be back again. I'm glad you enjoyed my Tuesday cabin announcements :)

    @ Martin C - cheers! :)

    @ Fran - thanks! :)

    @ Samuli - cheers! :)

    @ Jamie - I wasn't sure the green would come out how I wanted it to, but it seems to have done the trick :)

    @ Sander - thanks! :)

    @ Miles - cheers! Always a pleasure, never a chore! We'll definitely have to meet up for that meal :)

    @ Sidney - thanks! I worked out that this is my highest placing and my second highest tally (adjusting for the shorter time frame this year) so I'm very pleased with what I've achieved :)

    @ Clint - cheers! The best things I've painted? Better than the various character figures? Wow! :)

    @ Christopher - thanks! :)

    @ Barks - cheers! :)

    @ David B - thanks! It was rather odd not having to do the Tuesday passenger announcements today and last week :)

  9. Stunning painting Tamsin! It was a pleasure to follow you through the challenge. A shame you didn't come round to those bears! They look like fun.