I've made a really poor start to this year's Challenge, and if I'm honest I'm not sure I'll make as dramatic an improvement as I'd like from here on. One of the reasons has been the safe and happy arrival of my wife and I's firstborn daughter earlier this month. The parents among us will understand that the arrival of little ones can have something of an impact on both time and energy for hobbies. But all is going well, and that's what is important. The start of the Challenge was a whirlwind of preparations, on top of hosting Christmas for the first time, so I didn't get a quick fire entry in, and just found snatches of time to work on these.
My Challenge entries were actually supposed to be taking a new direction this year, a new project I've been saving for it. But a bad can of primer put a catastrophic halt to that, and I've had to strip them all back to bare metal and start over. Pretty frustrating, and a further sap on available painting time to sort it out and start re-prepping them. But these hints happen. Hopefully I'll get back on course and at least some of them ready towards the end of this Challenge - there's a very fitting theme round later in the Challenge.
Anyway, onto the entry. Three Carlist Requetes: a standard bearer with a very colourful flag from Flags of War, and a Chaucat light machine gun team. The berets have been head-swapped to give them he obligatory jaunty berets.
Three 28mm miniatures for me. Empress Miniatures sculpts with head swaps for berets. And, I believe their points will count for the little SCW side duel..?
Sorry to hear of your issues with a bad can of primer - I'm sure a lot of folks in the Challenge will be able to relate to that. I still refuse to touch any product made by Krylon after my own bad experience years ago.
We are thrilled to get a submission from you. It's always a treat to see the results of your incredible brushwork, featuring lovely smooth highlights and subtle shading. Looks marvelous, and your submissions are one of the treats I look forward to to in the Challenge every year.
Most important, congratulations from all of us on the new arrival to your family!
That's 15 points for you, but let's make it 18 for the berets and the banner...