Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Sword Drawn - The 3rd Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge


January 2013 will mark the 310th anniversary of the attack of the 47 Ronin. A near mythical event in Japanese culture, the 47 Rōnin have come to represent the virtues of loyalty, honour, sacrifice and persistence (and perhaps a good dose of revenge). While a detailed account can be read here, I will outline the basic story.

In 1701 a young provincial daimyo (Lord Asano) was being instructed in court etiquette by an shogunate courtier in preparation for a visit by the Shogun's emissaries. The courtier, being a nasty sort, relished in bating the daimyo, repeatedly insulting him for his uncouth country manners. Lord Asano, ultimately provoked beyond endurance, flew into a rage and injured the courtier on shogunate grounds. This was seen as a grave crime. The daimyo was ordered to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) to which he immediately complied. Asano's family was degraded, his lands made forfeit and his household samurai reduced to leaderless warriors - known as rōnin. Nonetheless, fourty-seven of these rōnin vowed to wash the stain from their master's honour and kill the pompous courtier who had caused his death. They prepared and waited for two years, many even taking odd jobs near the courtier's residence. Finally when the moment seemed right they attacked the courtier's grounds, slew his bodyguards and took his head. The rōnin then made their way to the gravesite of their master where they placed the washed and perfumed courtier's head upon his grave in final absolution. Upon hearing of the event, the Shogun was so impressed by this act of selfless devotion that he allowed them the honour to commit seppuku and be interred alongside their master (as opposed to being summarily executed as common criminals). Their gravesites at Sengaku-ji remains a venerated shrine in Japan to this day.

Honour, sacrifice, persistence and perhaps a bit of revenge? I think this sounds like a great recipe for:

 The 3rd Annual 
Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge



The Rules


The Challenge will extend from 12:01 am December 20th through to the first day of Spring, 12:01 am March 20th.
Figures can be prepared and primed prior to the start date (Dec 20th), but no colour can be applied until the 20th. In order to be scored the figures have to be based and groundwork completed. The figures have to be painted by you. The honour system will be followed in the completion and entry of figures to the Challenge. Great dishonour goes upon anyone who shames themselves in the time-honoured craft of painting toy soldiers!
The subject matter can be in any scale, but must be historical in nature.
In order to be scored, photos of all figures/units along with a short descriptive note must be submitted to me for posting on the Analogue Hobbies blog. Up-to-date scoring will be maintained on the main page.   
The Judge (me) will participate, but my score will not have any standing in the Challenge. 

The Scoring
6mm foot figure = 0.5 point
6mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 1 pts
6mm vehicle = 2 
points
10mm foot figure = 1 point
10mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 2 points
10mm vehicle = 3 points 
15mm foot figure = 2 pts
15mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 4 
pts
15mm vehicle = 6 
pts

20mm foot figure = 4 
pts
20mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 8 
pts
20mm vehicle = 12 
pts

28mm foot figure = 5 
pts
28mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 10 
pts
28mm vehicle = 15 
pts
40mm foot figure = 7 pts
40mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 15 
pts
40mm vehicle = 20 
pts 
54mm foot figure = 10 pts
54mm mounted figures, artillery piee or crew served weapon = 20 pts
54mm vehicle, limber, etc. = 30 pts 
Other scales and miscellaneous models/figures will be scored on a submission-by-submission basis. 

The Glory
As with last year there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd along with recognition for People's Choice, Challenger's Choice, Sarah's Choice and Judge's Choice.

The Catch


Ah yes, the catch, the catch. Last year's entrance fee was a painted 28mm Viking and so in keeping with the 47 Ronin theme, the shakedown, er, 'entrance fee' for this year's Challenge will be a single 28mm Samurai figure supplied and painted by the entrant. (This miniature can be submitted any time up until the end of the Challenge.) To generate a little positive karma (I can certainly use it), for each figure I receive I will donate $5 to the Saskatchewan branch of the  Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

There you have it. If you're interested in joining our merry band of brush-jockeys please drop me a note, or leave a comment expressing your interest. Spots are limited so get your name in soon!

172 comments:

  1. Excellent stuff Curt, count me in! Though not that no good sneaky type Ray...and someone hide Kents brushes....please

    Looking forward to seeing Samurai's here too. and well done on the charitable donation as well.

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    1. Great to have you aboard again Dave!

      This year I decided to forego shipping a figure out to each Challenger (it was very time consuming and a bit expensive on the whole) and request instead that people source the Samurai model themselves. Instead of paying money to Canada Post I'd rather give it to the SPCA.

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  2. Hi Curt.

    Missed it last year, so count me in!

    Seb

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    1. Excellent Seb! More medievals for your collection?

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  3. I'm tempted to join in, but I doubt I'd place very highly unless my fatigue levels improve - at the moment my productivity is right down.

    It's a bit annoying for me that it's historicals only - if you were allowing SciFi I could have tried to clear that part of my leadpile.

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    1. Ah, Tamsin, just set your own personal painting goal and work towards that. That's what many have done in previous Challenges and it worked quite well for them.

      Sorry to annoy - I focus the Challenge on historicals as I find there are enough events out there for sci-fi and fantasy.

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    2. No need to be sorry. I can fully appreciate the emphasis on historicals, and I do have plenty of those beggars to paint up in addition to my SF stuff, so count me in. I certainly have no ambitions to match the output of Kent and Ray right now, but if my fatigue levels improve then who knows?

      I've also got a couple of old (mid/late 1980s) Citadel Samurai figures I can do as my contribution to the 47 Ronin.

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    3. Awsome! I'm delighted to have you join the paint-spattered silliness.

      Oooh, vintage 80s Citadels? Lovely. Go on then!

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  4. Hello, Curt!
    Count me in, of course. I have a mountain of figures to paint, and most of them are historicals (and I also have a Samurai model for you!).

    Cheers!

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    1. Bueno soy me gusta! I look forward to seeing what you get done over the next few months.

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  5. Hey Curt,
    Put me down as an 'unofficial entrant' if thats possible? - I am currently busy with Empire of the Dead stuff which is perhaps pseudo historic(?), but will no doubt shortly be embarking on a lengthy period of painting LOTR/Hobbit stuff and as much as I kid myself it really happened!? ;-) I know thats stretching things a bit ! (Tolkien did intend it as an "alternative history" afterall...)
    I have a few bits and bobs of FoW stuff I want to complete but when I'll get round to them, I'm not sure.

    I wish you all the best for competition, I know its no small amount of work for you!

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    1. You have a spot reserved Scott! I'm sorely tempted to allow models from 'The Hobbit' as many now consider Tolkien's work part of English cultural history (and I love it as well).

      Let me ponder that. If others wish to chip in please feel free.

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    2. Many humanoid should be the criterion, keeps out the spiders and such. And who says goblins and dwarves are not real.

      John

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    3. Indeed, you should see my neighbours. Proof for the pudding right there...

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    4. LOL, yes indeed...
      I'm happy to stick with humanoids ... I was having a bit of a think about it, and if you leave out the obvious monsters, so much of MiddleEarth parallels out own historical forces anyway:
      Rohan - Anglo-Saxon
      Gondor - 'Late Medieval'
      Harad - Saracens
      Goblin King - Henry VIII ;-)
      etc etc...

      Was there any particular scale or brand of samurai you are after?

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    5. Ha! I can totally see Henry VIII as the Goblin King!

      ...and we all know that the lovely Cate was both Galadriel and Elizabeth!

      As for the Samurai, 28mm of any manufacturer would be great. Thanks!

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  6. Hi Curt,

    Wonderful! Of course you must count me in again! I really enjoyed it the last time around!:-) I'm curious to see if I can add more points to my total then last time, but I doubt nowhere near close to Ray and Kent. Speaking of those two someone needs to open up all their bottles of paint to dry!>:-)

    Christopher

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    1. Yeah a Ninja attack on the paintpots..

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    2. Great to have you with us again Christopher! What will be on the roster for this year? WWII? Some Spanish Civil War perhaps?

      I'm sure you could pay Fran to arrange that Ray has a series of painting accidents. See here:

      http://theangrylurker.blogspot.ca/2012/11/dettol-wars-stripping-paint-off-models.html

      and here:

      http://theangrylurker.blogspot.ca/2012/11/things-that-may-make-wargamer-despair.html

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    3. I think Fran would do it for free!

      I paint on mood so I'm in fact curious to see what I will do too! Possibilities are Arabs, ACW, ECW, Successors, WWII, SCW, Arthurian, FIW, SYW, Naps, Samurai, Italian Wars and.. and.. you see my rather ridiculous amount of projects and my complete and utter failure as a disciplined and organized painter. I make your average wargames butterfly look like a control freak to my utter shame!

      Christopher

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    4. You and I are bird's of a feather (though I think you have a bit more plumage!).

      I think Fran would do it for free...

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    5. The evening of the 19th Fran would be useful.;-)

      Christopher

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    6. Perhaps just liberally spray his painting area with Dettol? Even if he can stand the smell to get near, its bound to give his hand a psychologically induced nervous twitch that will render him incapable as a painter ;-)

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    7. Hmmm that could work too....Say Fran could you also fit in Scott's idea too.

      Ray we are just kidding we wish you the best of luck in defending your title....of course if you believe that I've got this plot of land in Santa's North pole I'd like to sell you.>:-)

      Christopher

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  7. Hmm. What are the points for 54mm figures?

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    1. Thanks for bringing this up, Tim. I'll have to pop this into the main scoring template.

      Base points for 54mm will be:

      Foot = 10 points
      Mounted = 20 points
      Vehicle, Limber, Caisson, etc. = 30 points

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    2. OK I'm in! Be prepared for a confusion of scales and periods.....

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    3. Excellent! I go through life confused so a little more will not be a bother.

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  8. Brilliant, I was hoping you'd be able to face running it again Curt. Count me in again please. I will summon great energies to try to beat my 500 points of last year. Time for a little restock of miniatures....

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    1. Excellent! Perhaps some more of that brilliant Spanish cavalry conversion you cooked up?

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    2. I certainly hope to bring a unit out! I've a few other Napoleonic units, some Pulp bits and some surprises too.

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    3. Excellent! I quite enjoyed your Pulp stuff last year. The baboon's pink arse was of particular note...

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  9. I would like to join in if spaces are left.
    Peace James Brewerton
    Exiles Painting

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    1. Absolutely James, welcome aboard! If you can, please send me an email to curtcampbell at mac dot com so we can correspond during the Challenge.

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    2. Great stuff, email sent just so you have some idea of what to expect from me I have 6mm Naps/ ACW 10mm Sudan and more 28mm stuff that is safe to have in an upstairs room :)
      I have my sights set on Kent as when in the grove my turn out matches his
      Peace James

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    3. It'll be great to see your work on these project.

      Kent is bowing out this year so you'll have to set your crosshairs on Ray!

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    4. Ray it is then, at least he's in the same country as me so stealth visits could be on the card just need to buy a bulk load of brake fluid to "spill" over the figures

      Peace
      James

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  10. This will be the perfect motivation to plough through the outstanding units for my French IV Corps for Borodino! Count me in please, Curt.

    Do you have a preference for type of Samurai figure? Can it be any kind of Japanese warrior ie. archer, arquebusier, mounted etc. or are you after swordsmen only?

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    1. Great to have you join us! As you know I have a soft spot for Napoleonics so it will be nice to see your work for the next few months debut through the Challenge.

      Nope, no preference. Whatever strikes your fancy. I wish it to be enjoyable for you to paint so you pick.

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  11. By the way, will you give bonus points for conversions, stuff like that?

    Just wondering

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    1. Absolutely, yes. Any conversion work will be judged submission-by-submission as we all know it can vary widely.

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    2. Cool.
      I have so much stuff to paint... And I also a couple of ideas for a new project.

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  12. Hi Curt

    please count me in again, my aim is also to beat last year and I have the lead to do it!!!

    Really lookin forward to this and will grab myself a figure for your collection

    Ian

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    1. Brilliant Ian! Its great to have you in with the bunch this year.

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    1. I would expect nothing less, Monsieur Terre Neuve. I sense a horde of Black Brunswickers on the horizon...

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    2. OOg snakey - i expect them fully shaded and highlighted!!

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  14. Curt

    Count me in to count as cannon fodder.

    Cheers
    PD

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    1. Super! WWII naval is it? Excellent.

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    2. Maybe, or 1812, or Span American naval scratch builds, or.....

      PD

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    3. Spanish American naval? Very cool. What scale?

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    4. 1:1200- we had the ships completed to date (actually about 12 years ago to date) on table while you were in Montreal.

      Peter

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  15. Count me in. I can't do worse than last year. At least, I painted the Viking warrior...

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    1. C'est bon! Ah, I know you have a schwack of stuff coming in from GHQ so there IS grist for the mill.

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  16. Curt, I'd be very chuffed to take part. Please count me in!

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    1. Love to have you join us, Sidney! Drop me a note at curtcampbell at mac dot com so we can set up correspondence for the Challenge.

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  17. Just in time. Making a trip around the blogosphere after a while today and this might get me back to painting a bit more...

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    1. Great to have you with us again Michael! We need to see more of those wonderful Revolutionary French I know you have squirrelled away. You should see if you can get Rob and Jacco out from their dark corners to join in. They were such a pleasure to hang out with at Salute it would be great to have them throw their hats in.

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  18. Hi Curt,

    I don't really expect to get on top of the list, slow I am and slow I'll probably stay, but since I am about to finish with the dwarf project, and to go on, during winter, with two new projects genuinely historical in nature... I guess you can count me in, if it's not to late already.

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    1. Super! Its good to have you join us Nicolas. What will be on the roster for the next few months?

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    2. Hi Curt,
      Now that I read all replies, I think I have been a slightly too specific about my coming projects. You must have dozens of emails to read at the moment. Well, please excuse my newbie manners.

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    3. No worries at all Nicolas. In regards to your inquiry to being able to submit Petchnegues and Turcopoles mercenaries, I have no problem at all with you working with the information you have, no matter how limited. Bring them on!

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  19. Hey Curt,

    I really enjoyed watching last year's challenge, I figured I would toss my hat in the ring. I have a large number of ACW that I need to paint and this looks like great motivation.

    Thanks,

    Dave R

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    1. Great to have you along, Dave! I see by your blog that we may be seeing ranks-upon-ranks of ACW? Excellent!

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    2. Got several hundred in bags and on sticks. Thanks for the opportunity. There are so many talented/ prolific painters here. I hope I can keep up!

      Looking forward to it,

      Dave

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    3. Brilliant! Looking forward to seeing them roll of the assembly line.

      Please drop me a note at curtcampbell at mac dot com so we can establish our lines of communication across the Mason/Dixon line.

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    1. I knew you would, old son. Welcome!

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  21. Hi Curt, I would love to have a go, but very conscious that a snail could paint faster than me! If you have a spare place at the end of the muster, then please let me know, but more than happy to miss out if you are over subscribed.

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    1. Excellent! You're place in inked-in. Start lining up your projects for the coming campaign!

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    2. Oh, Michael, Drop me a note at curtcampbell at mac dot com so we can get our lines of communication established. Thanks!

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    3. The challenge welcomes us snails, Michael.

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    4. Welcome Michael - fully expect some wonders from you

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  22. Curt,
    I would like to join the competition. I have a number of unpainted figures and this will help motivate me to get some painting done. I have some 1:300 scale WWII aircraft, how many points would I get for each?
    Thanks

    Mark

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    1. Sure Mark, glad to have you join us. 1:300 aircraft would get you a base of 3 points each.

      Drop me a note at curtcampbell at mac dot com so we can correspond.

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  23. Hey Curt,
    It certainly has been a long time no see! I was quite excited to come across your site. I've had a long time desire to try my hand at historicals and have recently begun the process of building the armies for Austerlitz in 15mm.
    Would love to join in on this project if you have room for one more.

    Carson

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    1. Hi Carson! Sure, love to have you join in. Please send me an email at curtcampbell at mac dot com so we can establish coms.

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  24. I would love to do this! I've got scads of historicals just waiting for my paintbrush! Can you write me in?

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    1. Sure David! Drop me an email (see message above) so we can chat and set up lines of communication.

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  25. I'd love to take part if there is still room for some scandinavian flavor. Maybe this would give me enough motivation to finish my Napoleonics and start my german army for FoW.

    Might give you guys too much of a lead though with my 3 week skiing holiday :)

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    1. Absolutely! We have a fairly good global representation shaping up. Please drop me a note at my email (see messages above).

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  26. I'm in too! Got to try and protect my title, but with the new points system it may be hard!! Nice one Curt!

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    1. Ray "the Bolt" Rouseel. What sneakiness has he got planned this year! There is only one way to go when your are the top matey.....

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    2. I have no illusions this year Dave, I'd be extremely happy with a top 5 place....extremely!

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    3. Yeah right Ray's already got a space set aside for the next trophy!

      Christopher

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    4. Excellent Ray! Ah, you noticed the tweak in scoring. Good lad, think of England (and paint faster).

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    5. Its gonna be hard, not quite sure what I'm gonna paint yet though??

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    6. As long as your kept away from Dettol Fran should be safe :)

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  27. Room for a Kiwi?

    I do have to move to a new city in the time period, but I do really need to paint some ACW and TYW!

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    1. Absolutely Poochie, welcome aboard!

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  28. Great response. See everyone out on the field of...painting!

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    1. What will be the first out of the gate for you, Greg? WWII? Napoleonic? Yom Kippur?

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    2. Probably WW2 first - mix of 15mm and my first WW2 28mm stuff, followed by more Syrians and Isrealis...and not to be forgotten, Austrians!

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  29. Hi Curt, Mike hinted me about the competition and I would love to join. Any Salute in 2013?
    regards,
    Jacco

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    1. Hey, Jacco!! Great to hear from you! It's super to have you pitch in with us - it will be a lot of fun.

      Salute 2013? I'd love to make it out but I don't think its in the cards for the spring, BUT we're planning on being in your parts next autumn and I hope we can get a good visit in.

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  30. Hi Curt, as the last of the dutch waterbycicle detachment i cannot miss out on this challenge..
    You can count me in as well!
    Since you probably won't be able to make salute lets se if we can plan a visit to our luxury gaming room (extensive winecellar and beer facility available) in autumn and set up a game..

    Note that this is not intended to influence the judge in any way..

    Regards Rob

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    1. Ah, Rob! Its so very good to hear from you as well. We now have the full Dutch Detachment present and brushes charged. Excellent!

      I look forward to both raiding your cellar and losing gracefully at your table next autumn.

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  31. I'm in!

    Whoo-Hoo now I've got a legitimate excuse to paint!

    Miles

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  32. Just to be special* I am planning a batch of 1/1200 Langton ships and 1/600 scale ironclads. I shall accept any painting score awarded for those.

    * when I say special, I mean "pain-in-the-***"

    :)

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    1. 1/1200 age-of-sail ships? That will be a challenging project. Are the ACW models from Thoroughbred? I have a bunch that I need to repair from our move (don't ask) so your project will perhaps spur me to face the task.

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    2. The ironclads are mostly Thoroughbred but there will be a few from Bay Area Yards also.

      The 1/1200's are Napoleonic models from Langton, which I think are the best miniatures on the market - they're a challenge to build, paint and rig, but boy do they look good on the table top.

      Miles

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    3. Yes, the Langton stuff is gorgeous. I have a few sitting aside with the insane brass ratlines and sails - I'm still working up the courage to try them out.

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  33. Is there still room for me? I figure you need at least one Québécois, you know ours being a bilingual country and all that ;-)

    That should motivate me to work on my new project...

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    1. Absolutely Iannick, great to hear from you! (Though I will not embarrass myself with writing to you in my grade 8 prairie French...)

      Can we expect many French & Indian Wars and Ancients over the next few months?

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  34. Well FIW and Ancients for sure.

    Hopefully "many"of them...I'm not a machine like some of your participants ;-)

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    1. Yo! Un autre francophone dans e concours. On va leur montrer!

      Btw Curt, could you send me your adress,just so I know where to send the samurai.
      sebastien(dot)gimeno(at)gmail(dot)com
      Cheers

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    2. Aye les gars, vous êtes pas tout seuls à parler français. Il faudrait une sous-catégorie avec un prix spécial pour les multilingues :-).

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    3. Okay, its TWO Samurai from you Sylvain... How's that for a special prize? ;)

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    4. And the Samurai will be ATTACKING, not falling back...

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    5. 3 francos! C'est dans la poche les gars, on ne peut pas perdre! ;-)

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    6. I think that is what Napoleon said to Ney and Soult during breakfast at Waterloo... :P

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  35. I'm in. May God prosper all our brushes! I have just gotten my painting mojo back after a few months idle so this is just what I need. I have 6mm Nappies, 20mm Hitler Jugend and various 28mm figures including the Irish Brigade, woodland nymphs, naughty vampires as stout hearted commandos all wanting room on my painting table. I only need a samurai figure. :). Email to follow.

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    1. Well giddyup, Padre. (I've always wanted to say that...)

      The Challenge will keep your Mr. Mojo Risin' and it seems you have lots of fuel for the fire, maybe even enough for 3-months of furious painting.

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  36. Hi guys sorry but I have to bow out this year I have promised the wife that I will put down the brushes over Christmas break as they have had a Rather never ending workout this year. I will be dropping in to see how everyone is going and hope there will be a worthy challenger for Ray, good luck to all and happy painting.

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    1. Too bad Kent, we'll miss last year's blistering pace that you set for us but I completely understand.

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    2. Sad that one of the big players is bowing out, will that make it 'one Ray to rule them all'?

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  37. Hi Curt, am I too late to get in on this? Reading last years entries was highly entertaining!

    I'm away to start up some 15mm ACW and have some Punic Wars and Dark Age stuff on the go.

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    1. You're in! We'll look forward to seeing your upcoming projects debut on this space!

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  38. Can you count me in please after missing the deadline last year, I would like to give this a try, have never painted a samurai.
    will be doing plenty of Vikings and Napoleonics though

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    1. Glad to have you join us Andrew! Please drop me a note at curtcampbell(at)mac(dot)com so we can set up communications.

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    2. If I got it right you should have an email now.
      Thanks for letting come aboard for this one.

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  39. HI Curt,

    More than willing to try again this year. I will start priming material just now. I'll email you over the next few days if there is space in the lists again.

    Cheers,
    Ross

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    1. Delighted to have you along again Ross! Drop me a note so we can catch up.

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    1. Sure Kev, you're in! Send me a note at curtcampbell(at)mac(dot)com so we can set up a line of communications.

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    2. Im doomed now! will have to torch the cabin ;)

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  41. After my Brothers(Phil) output last year I'm sorely tempted to join in if only to try and keep my motivation over winter. I'm fairly sure I'll not keep up with him but a bit o Brotherly rivalry could be fun.

    Whats the stance on quasi-historicals? ie Steampunk or Wierd WW2?

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    1. Good to hear from you Gharak. I'd be delighted to have you join us. Hmm, we allowed Pulp Adventure last year... Let's take it entry-by-entry. As long as it doesn't venture to much into sci-fi I'll be OK with it.

      Drop me an email at curtcampbell(at)mac(dot)com so we can chat.

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    2. Excellent, I may actually get round to painting that Anglo Dane Warband I bought to fight my brothers Vikings he finished last year.

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  42. Hi Curt. I will not take part this time out, but wish to register my interest for next year, should you hold one again. I would be looking, not to win or place, as I am not a fast painter, but to use it as motivation to push me into painting more frequently.

    Just out of curiosity only. Will you count 10mm figures as 6mm or 15mm for points purposes (or just ban them for simplicity).

    All the best Clint

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    1. Clint, I'll look forward to having you in a future challenge.

      I'm thinking that 10mm will probably settle in at 1.5, 3 and 5 points respectively.

      Thanks for your interest!

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  43. Hi Curt,

    I would love to enter the challenge but I have no samurai to give in and don't want to order a set of four or five miniatures...
    :-(

    Therefore good luck to all contenders!
    I'll wait for next year's challenge.

    Cheers
    Monty

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  44. No worries Monty, we'll catch you next time!

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  45. That's it!!

    We've hit the threshold for participants and so I regret to say that I'll not be able to take on any more painters for this year's Challenge.

    I'd like to thank everyone for the excellent response. It looks that the Challenge will see a wide range of scales and subjects from hobbyists all over the world. I'm really looking forward to it!

    For those who are visiting, please remember to check back over the next few months to see the participants' progress, give accolades and shout out encouragement!

    Thank you!

    Curt

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  46. Curt, e.mail is philbroeders at gmail.com - let me know where to send the samurai

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  47. G'day Curt,

    Room for an Aussie mate? Can't have the Kiwis showing us up! I have a pile of 15 and 28mm Napoleonics, 28mm fuzzy wuzzies and others all needing love...

    Cheers,
    Millsy

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    1. Dang. Ignore me. Didn't get the page loaded properly and realised I missed out due to the time diff and being asleep!

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    2. C'mon then. I'll bump myself out and make a slot for one more. If you're still interested drop me a note. My email is curtcampbell(at)mac(dot)com. But better be quick!

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    3. Sir,

      You are both a gentleman and a scholar. Message sent.

      Cheers,
      Millsy

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  48. WIll be watching like mustard! Hopefully I will make it into the next Painting Challenge :) Good like fellows!

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    1. Yes, please join in for our next foray.

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  49. Last year when I watched this I wasn't a painter. This year I am, but I'm not good enough or fast enough to compete. But next year I hope to participate. Wishing everyone the best!

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    1. Not fast enough, maybe, but not good enough?!?!?! Anne, the quality of your painting puts the rest of us to shame :)

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    2. Not good enough? Phooey :D

      You're better than me, and I entered last year!

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    3. Anne, you shouldn't sell yourself short. Your work is very good and besides the Challenge is as much about meeting your personal goals as trouncing Ray (though we all know that is very laudable aspiration in of itself). I do hope you join us for our next one!

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  50. Sign me in.

    I still have a 28mm viking sitting here which is at last undercoated (*very sheepish grin* - sorry it's taken so long!), so I'll do my best to get that off to you BEFORE the start deadline :D

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    1. Of course, if I'm too late (:D) I'll just paint anyway :D :D

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    2. So sorry Mike, I'm up to my gills in participants for this year's challenge. I hope you get in for the next one. Best Curt

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    3. No worries. I'll keep score for my own amusement :D

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  51. Any particular manufacturer of Samurai you're looking for? I'm guessing probably not Dixon... ;-)

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    1. The Revenge of the Pumpkin-Head Samurai. It's sorta like Ichabod meets Kagemusha! Groovy.

      Actually, any manufacturer is fine (though I admittedly have a sweet spot for the Perry castings...).

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  52. Looking foward to seeing the results. Might have to try and challenge myself to get some figures completed.
    cheers

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    1. Definitely check back to follow the guys' work and make sure to sign up for the next one! (Nice dwarves by the way!)

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    1. Yes, you'll definitely have to roll out with us for the next one, Pat.

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  54. For those of us who didn't think of it before the jump off, can we be armed retainers/comic relief/extras, for our own painting accountability?

    I'm applying your rules to my own output this winter, trying to motivate myself to finish, with a reasonable goal of 200 points and an ambitious one of 300!

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    1. That is a brilliant idea Rob. If I could I'd take on any who wanted to participate but my sanity dictates a limit. I think its awesome having others painting in pace as a common painting challenge. Good luck to you and I'll be following your progress.

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    2. That's greatly appreciated, though you may have to come up with some alternate points for things like terrain. Help me keep on keeping on!

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