Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Dork Lord Himself

Peter D here.  I posted this on the Facebook group today and someone asked that it go on the blog as well...

I woke up this morning to find the Dork Lord himself on the cover of my local paper
New online exhibit launched by the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan includes approx. 1000 telegrams sent between military forces and the Canadian…

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Seventh Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge Awards

Let's see if we can do this a bit better...

Well, all the votes are in for 'Challengers' Choice', Sarah has made her selection for 'Sarah’s Choice', I’ve done the same for the Judges selection and we’ve made the prize draws for the six points thresholds. Whew! It was a busy week!

This year we had 43 nominations for this award with 63 people voting. It was wonderful to go through the gallery of nominations as it provides a wonderful sampling of the three months of the Challenge.

For those wishing to see the voting results, they can be found here.


Challengers' Choice

Honourable Mentions go to RodF's Whompers, DaveD's Viva Zapata and Curt's Spanish Rodeleros.

Rod's 'Whompers of the 1st Royal Regiment of Hoppers'
Dave's 'Viva Zapata!'
Curt's 'Spanish Rodeleros'

Third Place goes to AnthonyO's 'US Airborne'. Anthony will receive a gift voucher from Barrage Miniatures. Wonderfully done Anthony!

AnthonyO's 'US Airborne'

Second Place is awarded to ByronM's whimsical 'Steampunk Mary and Bert'. Byron will receive a free 1-year subscription from 'Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy'. Congratulations Byron!

ByronM's 'Steampunk Mary & Bert'
First Place for 'Challengers' Choice' goes to my Francis I at Pavia. Okay, wow. I'm incredibly honoured to get the nod for this vignette, so thank you very, very much. I'll be donating the the prize to Nina and Valerie of 'Sarah's Choice' (see below). 

Curt's 'Francis I at Pavia'
Judge’s Choice
Honourable Mentions go to ByronM's, KyleC's and MichaelA's collective submissions, absolutely masterful work sirs. 

ByronM's 'Arena Rex Beasts'

ByronM's 'Rail Golem'

KyleC's 'Afro Samurai'

KyleC's 'Dwarf Alchemist'

MichaelA's 'Grail Knights'

The Judge’s Choice goes to BenF's AWI fabulous Highlanders. Though some may raise an eyebrow to the Campbell connection (ahem) I know nobody can deny the excellence in the brushwork and basework exhibited by these figures. Well done Laddie! Ben, I'm delighted to give you a gift voucher for a 3x3 gaming mat from Deep Cut Studios.

Sarah’s Choice 
I spent a lovely Saturday evening curled up with iPad and a glass (or two) of wine, perused all the varied and terrific entrants for the most coveted of AHPC awards, the Illustrious Sarah's Choice. :) From ginger haired Stormtroopers to lady assassins, Spanish Civil Wars milicianas to gangster molls, fantasy clerics and 40K Sisters of Battle, the roster was wonderful and eclectic. I applaud you all!

Honourable Mention to the Tribe of Bromely girls, Nina and Valerie.
Well done ladies! I love Valerie's wood elves and especially your TreeWoman. Nina, your Litch queen is terrifyingly lovely. If either of you girls decide not to continue with your painting, (but you should, because there is real talent there) I believe you both have a future in storytelling... I am looking forward to the next installment of both your armies adventures and I wish to give you a gift certificate from Dragon's Den Games (your Dad and Curt can work out the details). :)

Honourable Mention to Ray R
Queenie from Blackadder is divinely imperious and you have captured her spirit so well. (confession; I have a weakness for all things Blackadder)
With this figure, you have "erased" the She-Bear entry from the lore of past AHPC entries. Well done!

The award for Sarah's Choice goes to AlanD for his Women from the Retreat from Moscow.
As I have lived with Curt for twenty plus years (yikes!), his love for the Napoleonic Era has been absorbed into my own interests and your Retreat from Moscow really just blew me away. Wow! So evocative and your colour choices, basing etc really conveys the cold, perilous and uncertain journey these women would have experienced.
This was my favourite as it is so thought provoking and I found myself thinking of these figures/scenes at the oddest times.

Congratulations Alan!

Bravo to everyone and I am looking forward to having Curt back from his painting desk. Oh wait, he's signed up for the Lead Painters League.
Oh well, coffee, wine, Netflix and two dogs will keep me entertained. ;)

Until next time,
Best to All

ps: I'm still waiting for someone to paint Empress Josephine...

Thank you my dear, and congratulations to Alan on his Sarah's Choice! Alan, you will receive a 30 Euro Gift Certificate from Barrage Miniatures.

Points Threshold Prizes

Next we have the Point Threshold prizes. These are a random draw awarded to participants who broke through the six points barriers over the course of the Challenge.

Threshold I / 500-749 points: IsobelS
(24 paints of choice from War & Peace Games)

Threshold II / 750-999 points: MichaelP
(Gift Certificate from BigRedBat Ventures)

Threshold III / 1000-1499 points: ClintB
(Gift Certificate from Diplomatist Books)

Threshold IV / 1500-1999 points: SanderS
(20 GBP gift certificate from Warbases)

Threshold V / 2000-2499 points: SteveM
(Skirmish figures from Murawski Miniatures )

Threshold VI / 2500+ points: EricM
(30 Euro Gift Certificate from Barrage Miniatures)

Also, Idesigns Hobbies requested met to award a prize from them to an appropriate hobbyist working in the Epic 30K/40K genre and I can see no better recipient than JohnM for this new foray into this period. Enjoy John!

Finally, I think it only proper to give some prizes to our Paint Titans who dominated the points roster:

3rd in the Points Standings: GrahameH: (Figure Voucher from Orinoco Miniatures)

2nd in the Points Standings: MartinC (60 GBP Gift Certificate from Barrage Miniatures)

1st in the Points Standings MilesR (100 GBP Gift Certificate from Westfalia Miniatures)

Congratulations to all the prize winners and thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us. Please contact me to work out the details of your prizes.


Another Painting Challenge, our seventh, is now behind us.  I’d like to thank all our Challenge Sponsors for their generous support of the event. The sponsors are listed on the right sidebar, so if you have a free moment please visit their sites, see if something strikes your fancy and consider giving them some trade.  As I frequently say, the Challenge doesn’t need prizes for it to be a success, but it sure adds a little fun to the proceedings. Again, my great thanks to all our wonderful sponsors!

Finally, and I really can't say this enough, I want to thank all our Challenge participants. This event would be nothing without you. It is your industry, your excellent humour and most of all, your good will  that makes the Challenge what it has become. Bravo to you all.

I bid you all a fond farewell. Until the wind chills next autumn..



From Paul O'G: AHPC VII Offerings from my Man Cave

Another blast of a challenge with some great entries from players young and old, and some wonderful diversity in scale, periods and techniques.  I always learn a lot from others' work here, thank you.
Its seemed like more at the time, but I'm very happy with the horde!
For myself, edition VII was a personal best on several fronts: highest AHPC score (and the first time I've broken the "Dux line" of 1k), best hobby productivity I've ever achieved and as a result, I humbly submit, the best quality painting I've yet produced.  It feels that way anyway :-)
The smile of the self satisfied gamer!
Thanks to one and all for the comments and encouragement, the lads at our Gaming club who helped  get newly painted troops onto the table each week, my co-minion Dux (that was a lot of fun, thanks mate) and of course Curt.  Another triumphant challenge event!
I better replenish the lead pile ASAP!
Like many of you and I am having major withdrawals and trying to push through it by planning ahead for AHPV VIII.  Next year I am returning to sea so I am planning a limited scope but themed and maximised for quality.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

ByronM - What I did this winter!

When people find out you are from Winnipeg, and that it normally gets down to -40 for at least part of the winter, the inevitable question becomes "What the hell do you do when it gets that cold?". 

Here is my answer, "This year I stay inside and do this...."

I aimed to get 1000 points done this year, but over achieved by quite a lot, ending with around 1600 points, so quite a lot!

Funny enough as well, I view myself as mainly a 28mm wargammer, but looking at what I did this year, most of it is NOT 28mm, or at least it seems that way.

I now run into another issue...  Last year I re-did my man cave and put in a bunch of cabinets to hold and display things.  As you can see, I have one tiny opening left, and all this stuff to put in it.  Hmmm, first world issues....

Also, last weekend was the Manitoba Model Soldier Society painting competition, so I took a few pieces from this year out to it, a gang I painted just before the challenge, and some tanks from last years challenge (that I forgot to take last year) and came away with some hardware!

Bronze in Wargame Unit Category

Bronze in Historical Ordinance Category

Bronze in Historical Category (Hence me not including the scorpion!)
Silver in Fantasy Category

So four entries and four metals (3x Bronze and a Silver)!  Not too shabby, given the quality of painting around here.

With that, another year's challenge is done and over with.  Thank you once again for running this Curt and trying to keep us all on track and giving us something to do over the winter.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

AlanD - What I did on my holidays and when I should have been marking

Another fun-packed Challenge down - my fourth. Thank you to Curt for this wonderful juggernaut he has created, the sponsors, the minions - especially Paul my Tuesday co-minion - and all the Challengers for their encouragement, banter and good-spiritedness throughout.

This year I fell a little short of my 2000 point target, but for the first time my entries consisted entirely of 28mm figures. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair.

I was pretty focused on some specific projects this year, painting Dwarves for Dragon Rampant, Fallschirmjaeger for Chain of Command, French & Indian Wars and Retreat from Moscow figures for Sharp Practice and German Revolution for Through th Mud and the Blood. Actually, now that I think about it, Challenge VII for me was a very Too Fat Lardies event, although I did also paint a few Medieval Russian cavalry.

All up, that's 237 foot, 28 cavalry (including armoured bears!), 3 guns and a golem, for a total of 1803 points.

Thanks everyone! It's been fun.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

From DaveD -Challenge Round Up

Well where did that 3 months go. Its been wonderfully productive. As Miles stats post showed we really knocked it out of the park this year , with a number of new participants finding their feet and help us old hands to keep on with our projects

you need a Sennett hat don't you know...

I had already prepared a significant amount of figures to add the Sudan project. This would complete the mahdist forces (yes finished) and bolster the various imperial forces with some interesting units.

Finished preparation , ready and waiting.
The project desk is out of commission a the moment due to man cave moving so I can't set up a group shot or video at the moment , so here are some reminder pics...

The Sudan entries

and this is one of the photos from a recent battle 

There is still life in the Sudan project yet ... it will back next year for sure.

There were also diversions into micro tanks with Soviet hordes and small British battlegroup

a little bit of 10mm napoleonic madness too

 I was pleased to come away with a win in the West bonus round too with a 54mm figure.

Viva Zapata!

We also tried something new this year using other social media in the form of Google+ and Facebook to help co-ordinate various Paint and Chats video calls which were great. 

I set myself a target of 2500, which I was able to crack off fairly swiftly and push onward toward 3500. I certainly had time to do more however the new man cave works meant limited desk space and committing time to refurbishment. But of course that means I will have new improved facilities for next year.  MMMMWWAAHHAHAA!

 The new cave will be finished ready to move into next week

Until next year.....