|Let's get old school.|
Hey, it's November 20th. Here in the Canadian prairies that means that the snow is in the air, the frost is on the trees and this hobbyist is ready to take solace in the warm indoors, his hobby desk and some good company.
For our 11th edition of the Challenge we'll be adventuring through the dark vaults and dim passageways of... 'The Chambers of Challenge'. <cue ominous organ music>
The Challenge will extend from the first day of Winter, 12:01 am December 21st, through to the first day of Spring, 12:01am March 20th, Central Standard Time (CST).
Miniatures (i.e. figures, vehicles, artillery, terrain, etc.) can be prepared, assembled and primed prior to the start date, but you cannot start painting until December 21st. In order to gain full points, the figures should be based (if appropriate) and any planned groundwork completed. The figures have to be painted by you.
The Challenge follows the honour system in the completion and entry of figures.
Miniatures can be in any scale and in any genre (pulp-adventure, science-fiction, fantasy, etc.).
In order to be scored, participants will self-publish photos of their submissions along to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge blog. Up-to-date scoring (or as up-to-date as we can manage) will be maintained on the blog's main page.
I will send out an email to all Challengers a few days prior to the event with further details on submitting your entries.
All participants must have an entry submitted within the first month of the event (i.e. January 21st). Failure to do so will result in being dropped from the Challenge roster.
I will participate, but my score will have no standing in the Challenge (except to serve as a rather lame pace car for participants).
Below is the scoring that will be used for the Challenge.
6mm foot figure = 0.5 point
6mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 1 point
6mm vehicle = 2 points
10mm foot figure = 1 point
10mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 2 points
10mm vehicle = 3 points
15mm foot figure = 2 points
15mm mounted figure, artillery piece or large crew served weapon = 4 points15mm vehicle = 8 points
20mm foot figure = 4 points
20mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 8 points20mm vehicle = 15 points
28mm foot figure = 5 points
28mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 10 points
28mm vehicle = 20 points
40mm foot figure = 7 points
40mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 15 points
40mm vehicle = 25 points
54mm foot figure = 10 pointsOther scales, miscellaneous models/figures will be scored on a submission-by-submission basis.
54mm mounted figures, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 20 points
54mm vehicle, limber, etc. = 30 points
|Terrain filling the 6" cube on the left would be worth 20 points. The composite group on the right, made up of eight cubes, would be worth 160 points.|
Example 1: I've painted three 28mm barrels and six trees. They would roughly fill a single 6" cube. I would get 20 points for this.
Example 2: I've constructed and painted a large 28mm manor that is approximately 12" wide, 14" long and 10" high. All in all, this would roughly take up 8 cubes worth of volume. This would give me 160 points.
Submissions of terrain should be sent in with a picture illustrating the scale of their work (a ruler laid alongside should do the trick). This will give your hard-working Minion a basis for scoring. Extra points for extra detail, scratch-built insanity, etc. will be left to the Minions to adjudicate as they see fit.
Changes to the Challenge
Okay, Here are the list of changes to the Challenge program:
1) The participant cap is set at 80(ish).
Covid has put a damper on all of us in getting together with friends, so I'm increasing the participant cap this year to allow more people in on the fun.
For all those wishing to participate please send me an email, providing:
1) your full name,
2) your country of residence
3) your blog address (if you have one), and
3) your points target for the three months of the event.
My email address is:
curtcampbell at mac dot com
I will post a comment below when the roster has been filled and will follow-up with an email in a couple weeks detailing the specifics of the event.
2) Self-Publishing to The Challenge blog (Sacre bleu!).
This is a big shift for the Challenge. Instead of minions posting people's work to the Challenge blog, we're going to use the same format as the spring Quarantine Challenge where participants self-publish their own work to the blog. The minions will check the points, adjust the Challenge spreadsheet and then update the points roster on the blog.
3) The Theme this year is...
With Sidney Roundwood's help we've extended the adventures of Challenge Island to give you 'The Chambers of Challenge'!
Please be aware the map below was sketched from an adventurer driven insane from his time in the Chambers. Keep posted for a more finished rendition.
Welcome to 'The Chambers of Challenge'!
The labyrinth features a varied assortment of locations which participants can explore by completing a themed hobby task. Once they finish their task at a location they get bonus points and will be allowed to travel onto the next location. Each level requires that four chambers be explored before descending to the next level. Ultimately participants will make their way down to the 'Altar of the SnowLord' to face their final challenge!!
In the next few days I'll followup with another post laying out the specifics of 'The Chambers of Challenge', its layout, its rewards and a more detailed map. (Sidney is still down in the Chambers of Challenge mapping its vaults and passages.)
Many participants have found the personal points targets to be a great incentive in maintaining their pace over the three months of the Challenge. I encourage participants to pick a target that is just beyond your comfort zone, but still achievable. As a rough benchmark, 300 points is considered a manageable amount for someone who is new to the the event and/or has a busy work/life schedule. Also remember that a significant amount of points can be secured by adventuring in 'The Chambers of Challenge' (more on this in a later post).
WTF! No Prizes!?
Nope. With Covid causing enough challenges to businesses in the hobby I thought it best not to darken doors by asking for free stuff. This year we'll simply bask in the glow of each other's slack-jawed admiration, back-slapping accolades and feigned congratulations.
Each participant will be required to paint a figure as a gift for another participant. These will be awarded to those who have successfully completed the final adventure of The Chambers of Challenge. If you have a specific participant you'd like to paint for their prize please notify me and I'll make note of it. All prize figures must be completed and submitted for scoring during the first month of the Challenge.
Now, sign up and get some miniatures prepped - I'll see you at the start line in a month!