Friday, 20 November 2020

The Eleventh Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge


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. 

Welcome to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge!

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 Basics

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).

The Scoring

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 poin
15mm vehicle = 8 points

20mm foot figure = 4 points
20mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 8 points
20mm 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 points
54mm mounted figures, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 20 points
54mm vehicle, limber, etc. = 30 points 
Other scales, miscellaneous models/figures will be scored on a submission-by-submission basis. 

Terrain Submissions

While admittedly not perfect, I want to keep things simple for terrain submissions, so we'll keep to our 6" cube format. Briefly, if your terrain piece (or collected terrain pieces) fills a 6" cube, you get 20 points. If your terrain would 'fill' multiple 6" cubes, then multiply 20 points for each cube of volume. 

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'!

Those doughty participants who choose to test their mettle can explore 'The Chambers of Challenge' by tackling the multitude of hobby tasks to be found that dread den of inequity. 

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.)

The Minions

Keeping to form, I will serve as the Dungeon-Master-of-Ceremonies / Tormentor-in-Chief / Dread-Dork-Lord, etc. etc., but I will also have a happy group of 'Minions' to keep this adventure moving along. Here are the wonderful folks that I've volunteered to assist me for this year's Challenge (and, hey, I may have actually contacted a few to ask for their help):
  • GregB
  • PaulOG
  • MartinN
  • PhilH
  • TamsinP
  • ByronM
  • MilesR

Personal Targets and Duels

Upon signup, I ask that each Challenger provide me with their name, nationality, blog and declare his/her points target which they hope to achieve by the March 20th deadline. 

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).

Relating to the points targets, many folks have a lot of fun issuing 'duels' to other participants in order to race to meet a declared target, paint the most figures for a specific period, etc. I leave this to the participants to dream-up, organize and keep track of.

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.

The Price of Entry

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.


Challenge XI starts at 12:01am December 21st!

Now, sign up and get some miniatures prepped - I'll see you at the start line in a month!


  1. Replies
    1. Curt, I'm having no luck trying to send you my confirmation email - could you please email me at my usual address and I'll see if I can respond. Thanks!

    2. I just sent you a note Ev.

  2. And my all over the place without focus!

  3. Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more!

  4. My colours have been nailed to the mast. I'm in!

  5. Excellent, we start again!
    Best Iain

  6. I will only be minioning this year as the Challenge coincides with me moving home, so I'll be too busy getting the new place set up and getting my current place sold to do much (if any) painting.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else gets done over the winter.

    1. Having moved house no less that four times in 2020, I can only sympathise! At least I didn't have any sales or purchases amongst that lot though

    2. Ha!
      I have a hard time believing that you will “not participate” in the challenge.
      What would the challenge be without the creative input of Flight Attendant Tamsin?

    3. My dear Lady Sarah, I will be participating in the role of Senior Flight Attendant, but as my painting will be limited and sporadic at best I would prefer to see someone else have a chance to take part. :D

    4. I'm half expecting the Senior Flight Attendant to publish some red headed stowaways during the flight... :)

  7. I'm ready with a big load of 28mm Italian Legion figures to go at, a tanker of white paint is arriving soon.

    1. Ooh, now that will be lovely to watch get done!

  8. I'm in, obviously. Be prepared for 10mm landsknechts. Yes I am that idiot so target will about 11pts

    1. Landsknechts! My favourite! I'll have to do some in sympathy for you. ;)

  9. I've been waiting for this since the Quarantine Challenge finished, I'd love to join in the madness again!

  10. I am in - be prepared for a ton of 6mm Anciets, 15mm Stalingrad terrain and’ likely’ no 28mm scale figures

    1. Hey Miles, particularly looking for to seeing those Ancients!

    2. No 28s... Wow, this will be a huge shift for you Miles. I've been following your efforts with your 15mm Stalingrad terrain and look forward to seeing more over the Challenge.

  11. I'm in. The shipyard is ready to start production.

    1. I think sail powered submissions should get double points

  12. I'm in too!! Can't hardly believe the year is almost over

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  14. Me too! Me too! (Jumping up and down, paintbrush in hand, spattering the laptop with black wash. Again.)
    My favourite time of year.

  15. Count me in for this years Challenge!

    Cheers, Ross

  16. Count me in, I could do with something getting the painting back on track!

  17. Please count me in Curt. Do I need to send in an email (I think that was the process last time?)


  18. Right, after years of thinking you're all quite mad I'd be grateful if you'll let me enter the challenge. I appreciate this will leave me open to stick from some quarters, but I've been through worse ....

    1. Great that your taking up the baton Gary!

    2. I didn't think there was any actual fighting!

    3. Ray will roll the 1 though Gary , so you will be ok

  19. I'm in! Having missed last year I've got a double dose of acute challengitis that needs attention.

  20. Looks like I'm in... completely voluntarily of course 😅

  21. Ive emialed in... hopefully i get in

  22. E-Mail sent, I hope there will be a place for me too!


  23. Count me in again and e-mail sent.


  24. Email sent in. It would be my first challenge if I am able to get a spot!

  25. Duh! Figured it out. Please stick me back in and after fully reading your post I've finally sent the email lol

  26. It's off to sunny Spain again this year for me. I couldn't go in person so my paintbrush will have to take me there.
    There may be the odd side trip to the more fantastic realms too. There are always Dwarves that need painting. Always.
    Looking forward to the madness!

    1. Yes, I'll be visiting Europe via the brush this winter. Hopefully we can make it in person next autumn (crosses fingers).

    2. I have my fingers AND toes crossed!

  27. Definitely in again! E-mail sent out as well

  28. Hussar and hoorah, undercoating to begin today!

  29. Hopefully room for me again this year, will send you the official email request.

  30. Sean from the God's Own Scale Podcast here. First year rookie so I'll set a low target. I may or may not paint figures larger than 6mm!

    1. Can I suggest Sean that we paint a figure for each other as we are just up the road from each other and also both into 6mm.
      Just a thought, Richard P

    2. Welcome Sean, negative points for 6mm Figures 😉

  31. Good luck all! I am looking forward to the parade of mini minions!

  32. Will be a lot of fun, looking forward to it! Anyone up for some manner of pointless side duel?

    1. I'm sure there will be some pointless duels going on. I assume there will be a dedicated post about duels sometime soon?

    2. Yup. Something should be up soon. It's been a hellaciously busy week...

  33. Hi Curt, I have never participate in such an event .I have a question.I paint and sell miniatures. Is there a problem if the figures that I submit in the challenge, will afterwards being sold?

    1. Hi George! In the past I was a stickler that the Challenge be for 'hobbyist only', but I've relaxed on this as many pros get blown away by our 'amateurs' so I figure the more the merrier. Please send me a note if you're interested.

    2. Thank you Curt! I'm more a hobbyist myself than a professional painter. I have a nice collection of unpainted figures and paint some for my self too. But I do sell some of them on internet, and also the last months have taken some commissions.I planed to do this hobby as a day job but for now you can consider me as a hobbyist :) So, you can count me in also !!

  34. I'm in, dude. Looking forward to it.