We had 23 nominations for the Challengers' Choice Award this season. It was terrific to take in the gallery as it provides such a wonderful retrospective of the Challenge. Below are your top selections of all the worthy nominations.
Millsy's for his excellent Crusaders.
BenitoM's British WWII Paras project
Curt's Female Samurai
Third Place for Challengers' Choice
TamsinP for her wonderfully varied body of work. A few samples to whet the appetite.
MartinN for his sumptuously painted body of work. Here are just a few selections:
KenR for his beautifully realised Italian Wars project. Bravo Ken!
Ken, for your prize you get a one-year's subscription to Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy.
For those interested in seeing the voting results for Challengers' Choice, they can be seen here.
Honourable Mentions go to:
MartinN's (AKA Nick) poignant 'Last Rites'
From Sarah: What wondrous madness the ninth edition has brought forth! It seems that for each Challenge, the entrants for Sarah’s Choice provide a stellar variety of figures and genres, and this year is no exception.
I have spent a very pleasing morning, coffee in hand, perusing through all this years Sarah’s Choice entrants. All of them, from old witches and shield maidens to zombies and renaissance orcish ladies are awesome and I admire you all for showing such creativity and diversity!
PaulOG's Jeanne D’Arc
I can hardly believe that this was Paul’s first submission to the highly coveted and sought after Sarah’s Choice Award. Such a poignant, well painted vignette and a terrific write up of a very complex historical figure. Well done, Paul!
StuartL's Nellie Cochrane and her Fake News Crew
And the winner for Sarah's Choice is:
I really enjoyed reading Alan's posts on these women and was very impressed by both your research and the hard work on converting suitable figures. This is exactly what I like about the Challenge, people finding a passion and sharing it with wide audience. I am a history nerd, and I thank you for the book recommendation. Added to my reading list!
I’ll see you all for Challenge X!
We are still awaiting the adjudication results from Lard Island HQ so stay tuned for that in a future post.
Next we have the Point Threshold prizes. These are drawn randomly and awarded to those participants who broke through the six points barriers over the course of the Challenge.
Threshold V / 2000-2499 points: RayR
Top Tier Points Finishers
Now, I think it only proper to give some prizes to our Paint Titans who dominated the points roster:
Congratulations to all the prize winners and thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us. Please contact me to work out the details for getting your awards. In the meantime, let's dance.
Okay, keeping with tradition, I've come up with a few small gifts to express my gratitude to this year's Minions who all did a fabulous job keeping the show moving along. Some will notice that a few of these were shown during the Challenge, but a couple are new here today.
Barks, our Monday Minion, here is your horned Pink Horror to lurk as a warp-cursed vagrant within your Pinkstone Fortress.
Lee, Tuesday's Minion: I went through my stores to find something that would compliment your interests. So, here is a figure of a senior sergeant and drummer boy from the 24th Regiment at Isandlwana.
Evan, our antipodean Wednesday Minion, an elder Deep One for your burgeoning collection of monsters and all things eldritch.
Iain, our Thursday Minion, a Sister Superior from your wonderful gifting of an unpainted Sisters of Battle force. Thank you very much.
and Robert, our Francophile Friday Minion, your's was easy, my friend. Here is Napoleon at Arcola, 1796. Vive la France!!
Painting Challenge IX is now concluded. I’d like to highlight all our Challenge Sponsors for their wonderfully generous support of the event. If you have a free moment please visit their sites via the banners on the left sidebar and see if something strikes your fancy. As I say every year, the Challenge doesn’t need prizes to be a success, but it sure adds a bit of sparkle to the show. :) Thanks again to all our wonderful sponsors!