Monday 22 April 2024

In Celebration of Challenge XIV

'We few, we happy few....' 

Here we are at the end of the fourteenth edition of the Painting Challenge. The library has turned off its lights, votes have been counted for both 'Minions' Choice' and 'Challengers' Choice', Sarah has made her selection for 'Sarah’s Choice' and I’ve done the same for 'SnowLord's Choice'. 

Now, I suggest you get your favourite tipple and settle in for the read.


Minions' Choice

Our ever-industrious band of heroic Minions have put their heads together and decided upon their favourite entries from the three months of the Challenge.

In third place:

Kerry for his wonderfully sprawling, and just plain wonderful Norman Castle.

Second place we have:

SimonG for his imperious and very impressive Early Imperial Romans..

...and The Minions' Choice' goes to:

PaulSS for his brilliant Napoleonic Dutch-Belgians!

Paul, for your prize you have a $100 gift voucher from Byron's Norther Lights Terrain. Congratulations!


Challengers' Choice

We had 22 nominations for this year's Challengers' Choice with a great voting response from our participants (45 votes cast). Its always fun to take in the gallery of nominees as it provides such a wonderful retrospective of the thee months of the Challenge. 

In third place is:

Bruce with his cracking collection of 12mm ACW troops.

Runner Up for Challengers' Choice is:

My Trojan Horse/Odysseus submission (doffs cap - Thank you very much!).

The Challengers' Choice' goes to: 

Alan for his fabulous Palmyrans - well done Dux, bravo!!

Alan, for your well-deserved prize you get a $100 gift voucher from JohnS and the crew at The War Library! Congratulations Alan and enjoy!

For those interested, here are the top 10 rankings for Challenger's Choice:


Sarah’s Choice 

Hi Everybody!

Wow! Another Challenge completed!

It really doesn’t seem that long ago that we all began this journey, yet as I scrolled through all the Sarah’s Choice entries, I am reminded of the quantity, variety and caliber of minis submitted for the Library Cart.

Time may have passed, but it certainly was time well spent!

DaveB’s Ladies of Venice from Carnevale have caught my eye… I have long admired these figures and seeing DaveB’s choice of colour palette and great brush skills has me thinking of Challenge XV...

TomL‘s contribution of female figures from Bob Murch and Crooked Dice were fabulous. A few of my favourites were the May Queen Dancers, the Duchess and The Maharani .

And huge congrats to Rhys for his veiled Elf. Wow, she’s a complex figure to paint (I got nervous just looking at all the wavy bits). Well done on the problem solving, the end result is terrific.

And now to Sarah’s Choice for Challenge XIV

ChrisW - Vampire Hunter from Blue Moon.

A very cool figure, but what drew me was the very characterful colours used - the brown tunic/vest looks leather or an oiled cloth … (very practical in her line of work), the dress shade of arsenic green is dangerous and the jaunty red hat speaks of strong independence. I can see her leading an adventure party.

I find it interesting how colour choices impact the way in which we view and interact with the figures.

Chris, for your prize please enjoy a Moonstone starter box set from Goblin King Games.

Thanks for reading and joining in on the silliness that we love with the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge!

Have a happy summer!



Snowlord's Choice

Honourable Mentions go to:

Ken's 'final unit' for his Risorgimento collection. Well done on this wonderfully characterful and beautifully realized project Ken.

Alan's Gallic cavalry. All I have to say is, 'Look at all those lovely hand painted shields. Wow.'

SnowLord's Choice goes to:

Rhys' body of work. I really appreciate having you pitch in with us this year, Rhys, as I always like seeing new, young hobbyists join the Challenge. It reminds us what a great hobby this is and what a wonderful, supportive community we've built. 

Great work Rhys! For your prize I have for you a $100 gift voucher from Kawe and the good folks over at Westfalia Miniatures. I hope we see you again with us next time we roll out! 


Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us. For those lucky prize winners, please email me to work out the details for getting your treats. 


Before Challenge XIV formally concludes, I’d like to thank again our brilliant Minions for all their hard work herding entries, wrangling with the Spreadsheet of Doom and generally keeping everything rattling along. Thanks to Paul and Barks for the managing the Duels and keeping track of the skull-count. I also wish to thank our Challenge Sponsors for their generous support of the event.  If you have a free moment please visit their web stores via the banners on the left sidebar and see if something strikes your fancy.  As I often say, the Challenge doesn’t need prizes to be a success, but it adds a nice bit of chrome to the festivities.  Thanks again to all our wonderful sponsors! 

Finally, and I really can't say this enough, I want to thank all of our participants. This event would be nothing without all your industry, your humour and most of all, your open-hearted support for one another. All of these make the Painting Challenge what it is. You folks are wonderful, thank you.

So in closing, I bid you all a fond farewell. I hope you enjoy the next few months 'off', and until we get together again next December...

In Memory of Felix (a most excellent boy)

- Curt 


  1. Well done to all the winners. There were some really brilliant entries up for the awards. Thanks again to all involved.

  2. Well done all, another great challenge. See you all next time

  3. Well done to all the winners, more than happy with a mentioned in dispatches for my stripy Garibaldi 😁 Top effort from everyone in another great Challenge

  4. So many great entries to choose from. Thanks for all the work involved in running this. It was fun.

  5. Congratulations to the winners, tough choices to make in any case. Another great challenge, hope to see you again around in 8 months from now

  6. Congratulations to the winners, great work all round. Although we're all winners for clearing some of our pile o potential.

  7. All well deserved winners in a brilliant Challenge!

  8. WoW! thank you all. It's been a stressful couple of weeks at work and this is brilliant!

    1. A nice little boost from your friends in the Challenge. :)

  9. Another thank you and well done to all, really well done Rhys

  10. Really great stuff from all of the winners and glad that my sand blasted legionaries were appreciated! Roll on next year

  11. Salute to all. Well done and keep up the hobby. See you in December.

  12. Great job! Congratulations to all the winners (and participants), see you in December!

  13. Great jobs everybody! I enjoyed seeing all the submissions this year. I'm already looking forward to seeing all your new painting in December!

  14. On Rhys' behalf - He is thrilled and amazed by the recognition on both of your parts and very grateful for everyone's tips and kinds words during the challenge. He's already talking about next year and how excited he is to do this again.

    1. Wonderful to hear Aaron! I look forward to seeing the two of you next time we muster.

  15. Well done people! Another cracking year and I can't wait for the next one!

  16. Congratulations to all the Challengers for clearing some of your backlog, getting some great figures table ready and having a lot of fun along the way. You're all winners.
    On The War Library side, so good that Alan won our prize. I have played against this army, it's great and an inspiration to me to get my brushes out.

  17. Gosh! Many thanks all for the Challengers' Choice. I'm really chuffed! Congratulations everyone on your wonderful painting and thanks for the camaraderie. Thanks most of all to Curt and the Minion Crew. See you in December!

  18. Congrats to the winners, well done all.

  19. Magnificent work, some really strong nominees for these awards. Thanks everyone for organising and participating!

  20. Tremendous effort Curt and Sarah, to be creators, organisers and participants in a prestigious community event that books out in 24hrs. You are adding a lot to peoples lives in a way you may know on intrinsically, but cant truly see in directly. It has been a privilege to participate for a third time, and hopefully there are many times to come. Geoff.

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words of support Geoff - much appreciated. Here's to the next time out. :)

  21. Tremendous effort guys, thanks again for all of your hard work.

    Excellent effort as always minions, without your hard work things would not work.

    To my fellow competitors your work is inspiring and it has been a fabulous year and quite a few armies are either started or completed.

    See you all later in the year!

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