AHPC IX


Mark I 'Dingo' Scout Car

The 'Dongo' was a small two man scout car first conceived in 1938 as the British army started to embrace the idea of mobile armored divisions. Several concept designs were produced, all roughly similar, but it was the BSA prototype that was eventually selected, although they kept the 'Dingo' designation that Alvis had given their rejected prototype. Initially armour was only designed to resists infantry rifle fire but on the army's insistence the frontal armour was increased to 30mm. However it was the vehicles low profile and speed, even cross country, that was its main defense. The Dingo had an extremely long range and relatively tight turning circle making it ideal in its role as a scout or recon vehicle. The transmission consisted of a pre-selector gearbox, with five forward gears and five reverse gears, allowing steering with all four wheels. The system was very flexible but difficult to master and later models just has front wheel steering. The car was usually armed with a removable cal.

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Polybian Legion and Carthaginian Elephants

Way back in the sixth Analogue Hobbies Winter Challenge I painted a Polybian Roman Army. I'd always wanted to expand it with more Hastati, Principes and Triarii but as with all good intentions it never happened. So three years after I first started this army I am finally getting round to expanding the ranks of my Romans. I had planned to paint these one group at a time but after working through masses of Zulu's last year that felt a bit lazy so I have done the whole lot as one entry. As you'll probably notice the last rank (the veteran Triarii) are just two bases worth. That wasn't intentional, I had ordered a pack of 96 figures but was only sent 48 and didn't realise until I was ready to start. My wife gave them to my for Christmas so when they arrived over a month ago I just handed the pack to her and didn't check my order. Rather than delay working in these I decided to paint what I have got for now and worry about the two missing units later. I made a concerted effort to paint and base them exactly a

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Bonded Servitude to the Snow Lord

Or "How I learned to stop worrying and love the Challenge".For the uninitiated, here is a little story... Once upon a time a Crazy Canadian and his snow bound mates decided to challenge each other to paint their respective lead mountains during the winter months. The Snow Lord expanded his ranks, opening up entries to a growing band of thralls. One year over a hundred took part, but that way lies madness, and now the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge regularly hosts about 80 participants. I've taken part in four Challenges with this winters festival of painting being my fifth entry.The fun kicked off on the 21st December and we are now a couple of weeks into the 13 week event which ends in March. This year I have set myself a modest target but this still adds up to a lot of painted lead and several existing projects rounded off after years building. My approach to 'the challenge' is to plan carefully, with room for the unexpected, but to push myself in terms of output; I always end up painting more than I e

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Natal Native Contingent

During this years Painting Challenge I am not focusing on just one army or new project. Instead I decided I would revisit some of my older armies and finally get around to adding to them like I have been saying I would for ages. The first of these additions are four of companies of Natal Native Contingent to support the British Infantry I painted in the Challenge last year.The NNC were an Auxiliary force of mostly Basuto and Mponso troops who were recruited to fight alongside the colonial regulars. They were generally organised along the same lines as the British troops with companies of about 100 warriors with 6 NCO's and three Officers per company. They were not issued with uniform and were only distinguishable from their Zulu opponents by a red bandanna worn around their heads. Fears about arming native warriors (even allies) meant that only one in ten were issued with a rifle.Some Imperial officers (such as Colonel Durnford, who died at Isandlwana) believed the NNC should have been used as scouts and ligh

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Father Grottmass!

Winter has enfolded the land in its cold embrace and magic hangs thick in the air. Now is the time of year when goblins are abroad so lock your doors, bar your shutters and stoke up the fire. Tramping through the snow Father Grottmass is just as likely to hit you over the head and take your presents than leave some under the tree. I guess that's one way of dealing with the naughty list!Starting the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge with a fantasy figure is becoming something of a tradition for me so when I found this in my Lead Mountain I knew it had to be my opening entry to Challenge IX. This is a 28mm white metal figure from Midlam Miniatures. It came with a plastic slotta base but I swapped this for a cork 'rock' and cut a slot in it to mount the figure. This setup gave me more surface area to add some groundwork such as snow and frost covered grass. I'm getting quite a collection of Christmas themed models, but I expect I'll have to raise my game for Challenge Ten!This was a relatively quick and easy f

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9th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge........

..........just when I thought I was out, they (Ray) pull me back in..........and fecking dog legs!Nagged by Ray to join in again this year and finally relented (head is in a slightly better place) and as you can see I started blogging again, it will mostly be 15mm modern and sci-fi (and a lot of dettol used too!)Terms and conditions found here!There is some 28mm stuff too, 28mm Sedgemoor gits from Ray, some Prodos 28mm Predators and an APC from Vinnie and a 15mm cinema from Blotz.......This year I've buried a few dogs and we were left with just one, the other half wanted her to have some company and a couple of months back she brought a puppy home(something small she said(half collie/half dalmatian!!!) from a friend whose girl had been a little flirty one evening.Anyway this thing is mad but lovable(stupid) and within a few weeks ran in the way of a falling hay bale (I was trying to sort out) and broke her leg, so currently 800+ euros out of pocket and counting, only allowed 5 minute walks, caravan arres

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It's Oh so Quiet

I was going to write a post entitled Calm before the Storm about how I don't have much to blog about at the moment but am non-the-less busy preparing for the Painting Challenge... and then I realised I'd done exactly that a couple of years ago before Challenge VII. It seems this phenomenon is not a one off and probably proceeds every Challenge. I am quite busy, buying, prepping, cleaning and tidying my desk and generally getting ready for the starting pistol to fire next week. I'm having fun though, because the weeks preceding the Winter Challenge always tend to be filled with buying models and materials and receiving lots of fun parcels in the post.One thing I have been particularly enjoying is tinkering with my planning for the challenge. For the last three events I have been using a spreadsheet to record everything I do for the competition. I'm able to keep track of planned projects and ideas here as well as recording the points I score as I go along. All very boring for those that aren't into such ad

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