Welcome to the Painting Challenge. Here you will find the fabulous, fevered work from miniature painters from around the world. While participants come from every colour, gender, age and nationality, they have at least three things in common: they love miniatures, enjoy a supportive community and they have all taken the Challenge.
This site features the current year's event along with the archives of past Challenges.
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This is it for Challenge VIII and what fun it has been. I
started out on a mission to make a dent in the Shelf of Shame. I’m super happy
to have added a couple of battalions of french minifigs to a growing
Napoleonic army. Project 3 (AWI) has also seen a great deal of progress.
It’s been a real privilege to share the virtual stage with
some truly talented painters. There is so much to learn about the hobby and the
many ways to bring models to life. Challenge VIII was inspiring, motivating and
fulfilling. Thanks especially for sharing tips, techniques and colour choices.
Next year I probably won’t get into a Black Powder duel with
KentG – what was I thinking?
I bounced around a lot – from Dark Ages through ECW
and WW2 to the far Antarean Future. The first foray into tartan was fun. I enjoyed the Bonus Rounds for causing me
to reach into more obscure parts of the shelf of shame and look at some 3D
printed models. Dad’s Army turned out well.
Don't tell him your name Pike
Over the course of the Challenge I unfortunately managed to
add some projects: Project 11: Zulu War, Project 12: Napoleonic Minifigs basing
and Project 13: 25mm Napoleonic Prussians. Additionally, a certain number of
Dark Ages figures have shown up because how can you have too many Vikings and
Saxons? All this means the total unpainted mountain is in roughly the same
place - or maybe a little worse – I might need to join some kind of a group – any takers?
Winter is Coming
If you are in the Pacific Northwest over Memorial Day weekend I recommend Enfilade! the largest historical miniatures convention west of the Mississippi – it’s fun and friendly and there’s a great bring and buy to tempt you into more eras and/or scales.
It felt like more than this when I was painting them
It has now been 4 days since my last miniatures purchase (Gripping Beast plastic Viking 4pt warband).
I had hoped to get this done earlier but sorting out the Side Duels and Challenges results, plus cramming for a certification exam for work pretty much wiped that from my to-do list. Anyway, I've got it done now so here I am, relaxing in the lovely Autumn weather in my back yard yet still remembering to be sun-safe and wear appropriate protection.
All up I painted a total of just over 1,000 points which meant I met my total in my sixth Challenge outing. More importantly, I got stuck right into a couple of projects and made major inroads into both which I was very happy about. This is one of the things I really love about the Challenge, I just get so much done!
In addition to everything in the above photo I also painted a few other items - some terrain for my Boxer Rebellion project (which is in storage at the moment) and my Curtgeld which is already in the post.
As always I'd like to thank Curt for putting on such a grand show and Lady Sarah for supporting his own particular brand of crazy. Minions, you guys rock and without you this wouldn't be possible either. Finally, everyone who has commented on my stuff... thank you for the encouragement and positive feedback. This is such an amazingly positive group!
Hi All! Below, in alphabetical order, are the nominations for this year's Challengers' Choice. Please review and cast your votes for your three favourites. The announcement on the voting results, along with the rest of the prizes and sign-off, will be on Sunday, April 8th. Enjoy the gallery! AnthonyO's 'Empire of Dust'
AlexS' Monster Madness
ByronM's 'Kingdom Death Dragon King'
Curt's 'White Lion'
Curt's 'Gendarme Casualty Marker'
Curt's '2mm Breitenfeld, 1631'
Curt's Body of Work
DaveX's 'Vistula Drummer'
DaveX's 'Vistula Legion'
DaveX's 'Winter Germans'
DebD's 'Minotaur Shaman'
DebD's 'Female Ranger'
EvanH's 'Pictish Standing Stones and Oratory Chapel'
GregB's 'Byzantine Cavalry'
GregB's Body of Work
JimI's 'Medieval Infantry'
JohnM's 'Monte Cassino'
KyleC's '2nd Daemon Prince'
LeeH's Zulu Project
MartinN's 'Roman Dromedary'
MartinN's 'Soviet Tank Rider Squad'
MichaelA's 'Guinny and the Grail Knights'
MichaelA's 'Monster Mash'
Millsy's 'Hellblaster Volley Gun'
SidneyR's Troops in Flight, Laarden
SidneyR's Le comte de Garnier's Alsatian Horse, 1688