Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Seventh Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge Awards

Let's see if we can do this a bit better...

Well, all the votes are in for 'Challengers' Choice', Sarah has made her selection for 'Sarah’s Choice', I’ve done the same for the Judges selection and we’ve made the prize draws for the six points thresholds. Whew! It was a busy week!

This year we had 43 nominations for this award with 63 people voting. It was wonderful to go through the gallery of nominations as it provides a wonderful sampling of the three months of the Challenge.

For those wishing to see the voting results, they can be found here.


Challengers' Choice

Honourable Mentions go to RodF's Whompers, DaveD's Viva Zapata and Curt's Spanish Rodeleros.

Rod's 'Whompers of the 1st Royal Regiment of Hoppers'
Dave's 'Viva Zapata!'
Curt's 'Spanish Rodeleros'

Third Place goes to AnthonyO's 'US Airborne'. Anthony will receive a gift voucher from Barrage Miniatures. Wonderfully done Anthony!

AnthonyO's 'US Airborne'

Second Place is awarded to ByronM's whimsical 'Steampunk Mary and Bert'. Byron will receive a free 1-year subscription from 'Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy'. Congratulations Byron!

ByronM's 'Steampunk Mary & Bert'
First Place for 'Challengers' Choice' goes to my Francis I at Pavia. Okay, wow. I'm incredibly honoured to get the nod for this vignette, so thank you very, very much. I'll be donating the the prize to Nina and Valerie of 'Sarah's Choice' (see below). 

Curt's 'Francis I at Pavia'
Judge’s Choice
Honourable Mentions go to ByronM's, KyleC's and MichaelA's collective submissions, absolutely masterful work sirs. 

ByronM's 'Arena Rex Beasts'

ByronM's 'Rail Golem'

KyleC's 'Afro Samurai'

KyleC's 'Dwarf Alchemist'

MichaelA's 'Grail Knights'

The Judge’s Choice goes to BenF's AWI fabulous Highlanders. Though some may raise an eyebrow to the Campbell connection (ahem) I know nobody can deny the excellence in the brushwork and basework exhibited by these figures. Well done Laddie! Ben, I'm delighted to give you a gift voucher for a 3x3 gaming mat from Deep Cut Studios.

Sarah’s Choice 
I spent a lovely Saturday evening curled up with iPad and a glass (or two) of wine, perused all the varied and terrific entrants for the most coveted of AHPC awards, the Illustrious Sarah's Choice. :) From ginger haired Stormtroopers to lady assassins, Spanish Civil Wars milicianas to gangster molls, fantasy clerics and 40K Sisters of Battle, the roster was wonderful and eclectic. I applaud you all!

Honourable Mention to the Tribe of Bromely girls, Nina and Valerie.
Well done ladies! I love Valerie's wood elves and especially your TreeWoman. Nina, your Litch queen is terrifyingly lovely. If either of you girls decide not to continue with your painting, (but you should, because there is real talent there) I believe you both have a future in storytelling... I am looking forward to the next installment of both your armies adventures and I wish to give you a gift certificate from Dragon's Den Games (your Dad and Curt can work out the details). :)

Honourable Mention to Ray R
Queenie from Blackadder is divinely imperious and you have captured her spirit so well. (confession; I have a weakness for all things Blackadder)
With this figure, you have "erased" the She-Bear entry from the lore of past AHPC entries. Well done!

The award for Sarah's Choice goes to AlanD for his Women from the Retreat from Moscow.
As I have lived with Curt for twenty plus years (yikes!), his love for the Napoleonic Era has been absorbed into my own interests and your Retreat from Moscow really just blew me away. Wow! So evocative and your colour choices, basing etc really conveys the cold, perilous and uncertain journey these women would have experienced.
This was my favourite as it is so thought provoking and I found myself thinking of these figures/scenes at the oddest times.

Congratulations Alan!

Bravo to everyone and I am looking forward to having Curt back from his painting desk. Oh wait, he's signed up for the Lead Painters League.
Oh well, coffee, wine, Netflix and two dogs will keep me entertained. ;)

Until next time,
Best to All

ps: I'm still waiting for someone to paint Empress Josephine...

Thank you my dear, and congratulations to Alan on his Sarah's Choice! Alan, you will receive a 30 Euro Gift Certificate from Barrage Miniatures.

Points Threshold Prizes

Next we have the Point Threshold prizes. These are a random draw awarded to participants who broke through the six points barriers over the course of the Challenge.

Threshold I / 500-749 points: IsobelS
(24 paints of choice from War & Peace Games)

Threshold II / 750-999 points: MichaelP
(Gift Certificate from BigRedBat Ventures)

Threshold III / 1000-1499 points: ClintB
(Gift Certificate from Diplomatist Books)

Threshold IV / 1500-1999 points: SanderS
(20 GBP gift certificate from Warbases)

Threshold V / 2000-2499 points: SteveM
(Skirmish figures from Murawski Miniatures )

Threshold VI / 2500+ points: EricM
(30 Euro Gift Certificate from Barrage Miniatures)

Also, Idesigns Hobbies requested met to award a prize from them to an appropriate hobbyist working in the Epic 30K/40K genre and I can see no better recipient than JohnM for this new foray into this period. Enjoy John!

Finally, I think it only proper to give some prizes to our Paint Titans who dominated the points roster:

3rd in the Points Standings: GrahameH: (Figure Voucher from Orinoco Miniatures)

2nd in the Points Standings: MartinC (60 GBP Gift Certificate from Barrage Miniatures)

1st in the Points Standings MilesR (100 GBP Gift Certificate from Westfalia Miniatures)

Congratulations to all the prize winners and thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us. Please contact me to work out the details of your prizes.


Another Painting Challenge, our seventh, is now behind us.  I’d like to thank all our Challenge Sponsors for their generous support of the event. The sponsors are listed on the right sidebar, so if you have a free moment please visit their sites, see if something strikes your fancy and consider giving them some trade.  As I frequently say, the Challenge doesn’t need prizes for it to be a success, but it sure adds a little fun to the proceedings. Again, my great thanks to all our wonderful sponsors!

Finally, and I really can't say this enough, I want to thank all our Challenge participants. This event would be nothing without you. It is your industry, your excellent humour and most of all, your good will  that makes the Challenge what it has become. Bravo to you all.

I bid you all a fond farewell. Until the wind chills next autumn..




  1. Curt, thank you for a great winter. The standard this year has been truly magnificent as seen by the winners and the fact that both me and Miles have decided to go for quality to quantity next year. Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you for my prize, i'll contact you shortly

  2. Thank you so much, I am really humbled by this. To be voted third among such a high field is really remarkable and unexpected.

  3. Another memorable and outstanding challenge. Well done Curt for running it and to all the participants for the high standard of entries this year.

  4. A hearty congrats to all the prizewinners :)

  5. All worthy winners in my book. Well done everyone!

  6. All worthy winners in my book. Well done everyone!

  7. Sadly this is the last time we get to congratulate all the winners with their stunning and deserved achievements for this Challenge! Thanks need to go to all sponsors and Challengers but of course most so to the Minions and Curt and Lady Sarah for keeping us on our toes and having so much fun this winter I can't wait till next year! Oh wait, on a more personal note: I did not expect to win the 1500 points threshold, I don't know how I did this but thanks I am greatly honoured!

  8. Thank you Lady Sarah! I am honoured to receive the coveted Sarah's Choice. Congratulations to all the prize winners - what an inspiring bunch of entries we have had this year! I have been too busy to pick up a brush since the end of the Challenge, and I feel bereft. Thank you minions, frllow challengers, and Curt and Sarah most of all.

    1. ...and of course it was remiss of me not to thank our excellent sponsors! I am looking forward to buying some lovely things from Barrage Games for our FIW campaign. Thanks guys!

  9. Congrats to all the winner! Some amazing brushwork shown by each and everyone of you!

    Next edition can't come soon enough!

  10. Its been a blast people. Thanks to the cast of many, and the generous sponsors. Time to buy new toys and start preparation for Challenge 8!

  11. Congratulations to all. The submissions in the gallery were all excellent and posed a hard challange to me in deciding which were best. Curt many thanks for the organisations, I have really enjoyed participating in my second Challenge.

  12. Congratulations everyone on some well-deserved recognition!

  13. well done everyone.
    And a Big thanks to Curt. (and Lady Sarah)

    And a big thank you to all involved as well. (Without participants there would be no challenge!)

  14. Well done everyone, top performance all round.

  15. Great work this year, Everyone! Thank you for all the kind comments on my submissions, and hope to see everyone back next year! Oh, and thank you again to Curt for his hard work, Sarah for putting up with it, and all the sponsors for the prize support!

    OH, and thank you to all the other participants for all the great eye candy!

  16. I will add my thanks to all the above. It's a major event of my year and so my sincere thanks to Curt, Lady Sarah and the minions that make this happen


  17. Bravo one and all, what a fabulous year it was.

  18. Thanks to Curt, Lady Sarah, and all the sponsors for making this another Challenge to remember! See you next northern winter!

  19. Yet another fantastic Challenge - thanks to all the participants and curt for letting me tag along yet again. The Challenge is the highlight of my hobby year and I'm very grateful to be allowed to participate.

    Time to start rebuilding the lead pile!

  20. Congrats to the proud winners. cheers all and thanks to the prize donors...big cheers to them. cheers

  21. Thank you very much Curt, i'm absolutely honoured to receive the judges choice! Congratulations to all of the winners, its been a fantastic experience and i'll most definitely be back next year :)
    Thanks to Curt, minions, and fellow challengers!

  22. Congrats to all the winners, but also to all those that put models in, helped run this, and especially Curt for organising it once more. Now onwards to another year!

  23. Great work from everyone again this year, with some very scary totals at the end from *some* people. Thanks for running it again Curt!

  24. Congratulations to all the very well deserving winners, and thanks to all the generous sponsors for their support.

  25. Lovely miniatures. Congrats to all the winners and many thanks to the organizers.

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  27. Congratulations to all. The submissions in the gallery were all excellent and posed a hard challange to me in deciding which were best. Curt many thanks for the organisations, I have really enjoyed participating in my second Challenge.


  28. All Fantastic Hobby Work.
    To my eyes all are winners so congratulations
    to everyone concerned.
    Keep dipping those paint brushes! BB