Friday, 21 January 2022
Sarah's Star Yacht:
I was enjoying life in my luxury suite aboard Sarah's Star Yacht, listening to music and slowly painting some of my miniatures.
"I wonder what is delaying the delivery of my in-suite dinner?" I thought.
Just then the door slid open and a young lady entered. She was not wearing the normal crew uniform, but a bright red outfit. She had a serious look on her face.
"It is time!" she said.
"Time for what? Where is my evening meal?"
"No time for that, you have to go to Skaro and submit your first report.
"But - Skaro? The planet of the Da....."
"Yes, that or face "The Cut"", she interrupted. Commander Campbell's orders"
Worried, I replied "I thought I could just slowly paint all my old school miniatures as I listen to my old records and submit everything in a last minute rush?" I looked at the old vinyl record I was about to play - specially selected for listening during Challenge XII cruise. It seemed like it might have to wait. "What does "The Cut", involve?" I asked nervously.
She smiled. "I'd be happy to show you". She drew a large sword from behind her back and expertly swooshed it around the room.
"Careful! I don't want to have to pay for damages"
"That will be the least of your worries"
"Okay, I'll go to Skaro and submit a report" I said, thinking that at least I had a slightly better chance of survival if I did. "This is not quite the luxury cruise I thought I was on"
"It is a Challenge, you should have read the fine print in your contract. I'll escort you via shuttle to Skaro." She took a disappointed look at her sword and returned it to the case behind her back. "Another member of my team will bring you back once you have submitted your report. Let's go!"
"Davros has survived through the millennia and appears to have regained control of at least some Daleks. I count 5 Daleks who are currently listening to his directions. You need to alert The Doctor before Davros and the Daleks create more havoc across the universe" I hit SEND on my tablet to transmit my report. I then sent a signal for the shuttle to take me back to Sarah's Star Yacht.
As I moved from my hiding place to head to the rendezvous point, I realised that I had been spotted.
"Stop him! The Doctor must not find out that I have returned!" yelled Davros.
"Exterminate! Exterminate!" responded the Daleks in unison.
Sarah's Star Yacht:
That was a close one, but I had avoided "The Cut" and Extermination.
I was escorted back to my suite by another member of "the team". "Next we are heading to Vulcan on the far side of the Outer Ring, so you will have plenty of time to be ready to submit your next report. We'll be making a logistics stop there"
"Sounds logical" I said with a smile.
"Wait... next report?"
"Yes, it is due on Tuesday". It was the first "team member" who had joined us. "Tamsin is counting on you to make a contribution to the Team Tuesday points total, and don't forget your Challenge target is 1000. You need to pick up the pace!"
"There seem to be a lot of rules, are you two here to make sure Challengers abide by them?" I asked.
"Yes, we ensure compliance with Challenge Cult Rules" said the second "team member".
"Challenge Community Guidelines", her team mate corrected her.
"I had better get back to the brushes then" I replied. "Any chance of dinner?".
They looked at each other, then turned to leave "See you on Tuesday" said the second team member as the door slid open.
"All this travelling through time and space and submitting reports is going to be harder than the cruise I was expecting" I thought. "Why are they being so hard on me? It is not like I ate any of the orange crayons or tried to claim bonus points for painting a female Dalek." I turned on the digital music system and looked for something new to listen to while I painted my miniatures.
"Oh! The latest episode of the Canadian Wargamer Podcast, Episode #23,352 is available - that will be perfect!"
Phew! I am still in the Challenge - just! Still waiting for dinner though!
5 Daleks and Davros 28mm from Warlord = 30
2 Daughters of SHIVA 28mm from Crooked Dice = 10
Locations: Skaro and two trips on Sarah's Star Yacht = 60
Total: 100 points.
Next stop Vulcan
See you on Tuesday!
Ooh and under the wire alright and dodging the sharp blade of the Cutter , Tamsin will be pleased.
You are off and running at 100 points
So the lesson is, despite not having been on vacation for two years until last December, probably don't if you want to participate in the Painting Challenge. You may get time to paint while on holiday, after you recover from the jetlag, but then you get back and have some more jetlag and if you're out of luck, like we were, you pick up some RNA that decides you're a nice host and you spend a week being sick. Net result, it's the last bloody day before the cut, but at least I recovered on time. Anyhoo...
For my please-don't-cut-me post, I present Blitzkrieg Miniatures' Kfz 19 telephone truck. For a far-too-vague scenario Guy is planning, I need to paint a German convoy on the retreat in the Summer of 1944 and I figure this would make a nice addition to a bunch of Opel Blitzes and such. It's a lovely resin cast with only the wheels and the top aerial frame as separate parts.
Welcome along Jasper - its that time of the challenge for various "my dog ate my homework" posts but hey - your under the wire - and in style too . thats a fine bit of work for the look of a tired old workhorse of the Third Reich.
And your off and running!
Years ago when my friend was learning digital sculpting, he told me he made me something and it was in the mail. This is what came. It's based on a wood carving from the Reformation showing the Devil playing a monk's head as bagpipes. I'm planning on using it as a Lovecraftian Servitor for 7TV Pulp. Hopefully this counts as heretical.
|The Original Artwork|
That's a dark figure alright , though he's wearing some dandy threads by the look of it. Another 25 to good.
Here's an Empress Flak 36 with a Luftwaffe crew that I did up as a mid to late war version for Chain of Command. Normally I loathe the thought of assembling a metal gun for the Second World War, but this one was almost delightful. It helped that the crew have zero kit and I believe were sculpted by Paul Hicks.
While photographing this I struggled a lot with both depth of field and white balance. So much so that I dug out my Panasonic Lumix and ordered a larger backdrop - fingers crossed for future endeavors.
After our first landing on Vulcan we hop on to Solaris, the planet of deception and illusion. Small surprise, then, that the first person we meet there is Roman politician, senator and consular candidate Fluffius Aerius Baggus (of course, his name is actually Phluphius, but he has vulgarized its spelling to appeal more to his lower-class supporters).
Here we see him reading a long list of promises to his followers, enumerating all the wonderful and glorious things he will achieve for them. Which list will probably prove to have been illusory quite soon, should he be elected. Even though he preaches moderation, his portly figure tells us that he has been enjoying too many of the good things in life for too long!
They have managed to draw the attention of a few passers-by. Herus Coinus Asbribus, a wealthy merchant from the City, is trying to insure Baggus that keeps to his commerce-friendly policies in the time-honoured way by offering him a little something on the side "to help him with his election campaign".
Candidus, by the look of him, doesn't believe a word of it all. His wife, Faustina, is looking at the scene in obvious disbelief.
Meanwhile Servus, in his own stoic manner, has decided that whichever candidate will be elected, it is not likely to have any measurable effect on his miserable life whatsoever, so that it is probably best to simply keep on doing what he has been doing all his life: carrying sacks.
These are all 3D printed figures sculpted by Iain Lovecraft. He produces a ton of brilliant figures and terrain. These are part of his Roman series and they are 32mm tall ("heroic scale"). I painted them mostly using contrast paints. The "lower class" figures received a wash of Army Painter Light tone. I found the contrast flesh tone, Gulliman Flesh, a little spotty, so I touched it up/ highlighted it in Cadian Flesh. The bases were also 3D printed and are from the Asgard Rising range.
Faustina, the second female figure I have ever painted besides the one in Challenge XI, has reportedly booked me a seat on Sarah's Star Yacht, so that we can leave this desolate planet behind as soon as possible, to continue our journey to Skaro.
- 6x 28mm foot @ 5 = 30 pts
- Solaris planet bonus @ 20 pts
- And a trip on Sarah's Star Yacht to Skaro @ 20 pts
For a total of 70 points. And a squirrel!
Thats a good selection of "civvies" even if they do make dubious promises. Its a range that certainly looks like it merits a check out .That tops you up nicely .
I have started work on my French Foreign Legion but once again I don’t want to rush them simply for a deadline. Instead, I spent a little time working on somewhere for the Legion to defend. I started this at the beginning of the Challenge, doing a little bit at a time between other projects so the last push to get it done was relatively painless.
The model is from Blotz and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The Basic kit was just £31 although what you see here includes a couple of extra wall sections so the whole model - including a spare corner and broken wall sections - came to less than forty pounds. It went together really easily. The online assembly guide on the Blotz website was simple and the model fits together with a tongue and groove type locking system so you can swap sections around.
The French built a series of forts of varying sizes in Southern Algeria, as the railway lines and trade moved further south. They made useful bases, although the value of strong points against highly mobile raiding parties is debatable. But regardless of their military value, I couldn’t paint a Legionary Army without giving them a fort to defend… especially when the model was so good and so inexpensive.