Friday, 1 April 2016

Paul'Ss Challenge - Closeout

Well, that is the end of another year's challenge, with some fantastic painting and great community from everyone... I'm just a bit sad it is over and that I never got to all the things that I wanted to finish. Sadly work and life got in the way again. Maybe next year I'll just book off all of December or January and lock myself away to only paint. I'm sure I said that last year...

Another thing I said last year was that I wanted to actually have one project to work on for this year's challenge.

The challenge-end collection looks pretty impressive when it is gathered together like this. Sadly we're in the middle of decorating, so taking more photos won't be happening any time soon. Anyhoo.

The projects that ended up being worked on were:

1) Dungeon Saga - This one was about 5 figures shy of finishing the core box. Unfortunately every time I started painting these 5 I lost all inspiration and had to move on to something else. On the plus side, I did also cross off lots of additional figures from the KS including the critters and demons. Must try and finish those last 5...

2) WW2 Germans - This little group of figures were prepped for last year's challenge and were never started. It was nice to get them done this year so I now have 3 little starter forces for Bolt Action. One day I may even get to play a game somewhere!

3) Shadows of Brimstone - Some more creatures were crossed off the Brimstone list. There are still some left, but we're getting there. I may even finish the core boxes before the rest of the KS arrives...

4) Zombicide - I had a pile of zombies (normal and Black Plague) all undercoated for this year as they should have been quick to blitz through in the B&W sheme... but I forgot. Thankfully I at least got the crows done

5) Wild West - This was a new project that I never really intended to start, but shortly before the challenge we got to play the Fistfull of Lead demo at a show and too many ideas for terrain clicked in my head. It helped that some ideas for the side challenges fitted with this theme.

6) Saga Vikings - These were one of my secret santa presents from last year and something I'd wanted to do for ages. I'm really pleased that this one got finished as I now have a playable force that should work reasonably well.

7) War of the Roses - I thought this project was dead in the water, but this year's kind secret santa reignited things and another unit appeared on the painting table.

8) Pulp - 7TV figures are always in the painting queue, so for a few to sneak in is no real surprise.

9) Frostgrave - With all the other fantasy bits in here, how could we forget the Frostgrave side challenge and the extra figures painted for that?

That "one project" thing didn't really pan out did it? Must try harder next year!

There has been an impressive collection of beards on show from most people involved. This me and my beard from my work profile photo...  Can't remember what was on the ipod, most likely Curve or PWEI. It is about the only one you'll ever see of me as I hatehatehate photos of me :)

Onwards and upwards to the next challenge!


  1. Beards Rule!

    Great work Paul. I think my favorite was your Cthulhu tentacly tongue guy. He was very groovy in a very icky sort of way. And I liked the murder of crows too. :)

  2. A very successful challenge I think

  3. Great output ... And elegant beard too :-)

  4. A most impressive hoard of minis and a classy work photo

  5. A wonderful collection there Paul - great output! :)

  6. Great collection of work there Paul.

    Cheers, Ross

  7. A nice bit of butterfly there.. But hey they all got painted.

  8. Great collection, the big chap at the back right is truly icky.

  9. Great work especially on the Frostgrave stuff you really gave me a run for my money.

  10. Very sharp work on them all, Paul! I played a lot of demos at Adepticon. The demos just heightened the shinyitis affliction and added to the pile of unpainted! ;)

  11. Some really excellent pieces there, Paul, well done! The assorted horrors at the back are especially good.

  12. Great bunch of work Paul. Cheers