Painting Challenge


Fantasy Hero 18

Below is the first submission from this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge or AHPC IX for short. The figures are all from 15mm.co.uk and are a part of a HOTT army that grows yearly. One stand of archers and one of crossbows; plus skirmishers  from each.There will be a few more for this army in the remainder of the challenge which will complete the army for the time being.All the figures are painted with base, wash and dry brush for a table top standard suitable for this scale.The composite picture will become a feature in the blog from know on, allowing different angles to be shown together.Next will be work in progress on a long stalled project.Cheers for now

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Dance of Bronze 20

These little fellows were painted during the 30 days 30 miniatures challenges in 2018 and have only now been fully based.All three stands have figures from Rapier Miniatures Greek and Macedonian ranges.Three more phalanxes are needed to reach the required amount for a DBA army and each base will require a rear stand for ADLG as the bases are double depth.The cavalry will see use as medium Greek cavalry in both Greek and Macedonian armies with Companions and more medium cavalry to follow.As always the massed effect of 6mm figures is hugely appealing and perfect for basing on 40mm fronts.Next up will be some work in progress pictures then histoical and fantastical figures in varying sizes.Cheers for now.

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Ev's Challenge - The Story So Far

It's Day 24 of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX (well, day 24 or thereabouts, depending where you are in relation to the International Date Line), and I thought it's about time for an update on my own output so far.First up was a Viking take on Santa Claus, the Jarl of Yule.A Wargames Foundry figure, he looks superbly unimpressed at the next selection, an Ice Troll from Reaper Miniatures. He's one of their Bones range, and repays the effort taken to pick out the details.The next submission was for the Bonus Theme Round 'Reconnaissance'. I picked a couple of H.P. Lovecraft's Mi-Go, the alien fungi from Yuggoth (aka Pluto). They are spying on the humans in preparation for a mission of conquest, and one has purchased a telescope to help in the task. Unfortunately, he's completely failed to take into account his species' complete lack of eyes.The latest submission is this little fellow;A toy scorpion re-purposed as a tabletop gaming piece and given a shiny new coat of paint, Mr Stabby is just the thing

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Space Zombies (Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge)

This post originally appeared on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.With the holidays in full swing and our house host to a variety of out of town friends and relatives, it was a challenge to sneak away and get any painting done. With everyone back at work and things falling into their usual routine I managed to polish off a small set of intergalactic undead for the Painting Challenge.I picked these up from Tim Prow's Diehard Miniatures Kickstarter last year and I've been dying to get some paint on them. Perhaps it was my desire to get them "right", but I wound up repainting them with a few different color schemes before I was happy.These undead astronauts started unlife in dark blue space suits with orange and white accents, a color palette I stole from the Netflix "Lost in Space" series. Unfortunately, with their bulbous helmets and dark blue colors they looked more like undead deep sea divers than wayward spacefarers. Repainting them in a classic white spacesuit made them seem more prone to wandering

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River Hawks

The American Indian is an iconic symbol of reconnaissance and is the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking of the ideal scout. There is no doubt myth and legend are part of it, but with these type things it usually is based on some foundation of truth.  There is enough written testimony of both civilians and military leaders using valuable information gathered from Indians or on the flip side being surprised on their sudden appearance out of nowhere to substantiate this belief. The scene before is set in the French and Indian Wars with a couple of Huron warriors allied to the French gliding up the Mohawk river looking for the best location to conduct a raid on the English and their Mohawk allies.The figures are from Redoubt who have an excellent French and Indian war range with canoes included for Indians, French and the English. I painted the miniatures using a combination of Foundry paints and Vallejo paints.This is a planned Deployment marker for Sharp Practice from TFL. If you li

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Get over here ! - Chibi Ninja from Super Dungeon Explore

And now for something completely different... I've recently been offered to take part in a fun painting challenge to paint chibi models from Super Dungeon Explore ! Some painters offered to send some of their models (thanks Audrey !) so that many could try their hand on this kind of subject so I took the offer to paint something different for a change.Read Moar Skullz »

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Back to the Brushes 209

First post of the New Year, so let's not delay over much.Best wishes to everyone and may your brushes never splay.Quick work in progress picture to start 2019 off with.These are from a long stalled project that is the Late Romans. As the original army is being rebased at present to 60mm fronts to suit ADLG, a few gaps are appearing during the rebasing of the same. Thankfully, there were more than enough of these Gripping Beast figures to fill in the ranks when they are rebased. It will be interesting painting these to match their previously painted figures as my painting style has changed a bit since 2006/7 when these where completed. All the more fun!Only 15 days into this years AHPCIX and the plans are changing already. Nothing new there. Cheers for now

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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

G'day All,I'm a little late with my annual looking back / looking forward post this year because I've been on hols. It's something I enjoy though as I always find it motivating and it helps kick me into gear for the year ahead. Here we go...This year has seen the Distractability Index at close to an all-time high and whilst that has got loads of stuff done, it means a LOT of it wasn't from Glorious Plan Millsy 2018 (or maybe it was?).The plan for year consisted of three main goals...1. Continuation of the 55 Days at Peking ProjectThis one stalled big time. Too much of a good thing proved to be a bit of a killer for the enthusiasm but I did still manage to knock out a unit of Japanese Infantry.I also managed to get a couple of games in which was great fun.On the plus side I jumped on the Warbases Boxer Rebellion Kickstarter and will be shortly receiving another 8 beautiful building kits in the post. Add those to the table plus a few unfinished items and it will really look the duck's nuts! Enthusiasm restored.

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Ramshackle Barn and Patrol Markers

My first entry into the challenge this season and putting a few points up. Although I'm not likely to ever have much it's a start! It's also my first post of the new year so once again Happy New Year everyone! Every since I saw this from Renedra Terrain I knew I had to have it. I would say it's probably the best terrain piece they have made. It has excellent character and just checks the boxes for me.While it fits perfectly for AWI and ACW it's useful for other periods and could be used as early as the French and Indian War right on up to modern times. The composition of the design is excellent and in fact I may get another one and modify it a bit so it's different.I enjoyed painting the barn very much as you can really "go to town" so to speak on creating effects on old wood. I wanted the barn to look old and dirty with mold and moss beginning to take over. I used mostly craft paints and MIG pigments to get the effects I was after.The Barn is 28mm in scale and comes in a plastic multi-kit that is very easy t

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Back to the Brushes 208

Hope that everyone had a great time over the festive period and are relaxing in preparation for the New Year. Today was the first real painting session for this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and a varied host of Undead have been started. The 28mm figures at the back include Mithril Miniatures and Citadel; both from back in the late 80's and early 90's.In the foreground are more 15mm undead archers from Alternative Armies/15mm co. There are a few other figures in the wings that have been started. It's been a in the moment day so moved from one group to the other as the flow went. No worries just going with it and will see what the next session brings. Cheers for now. 

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Opening Entry to AHPC IX: Frodo & Sam - The Beginning of the Fellowship

In keeping with tradition, I try to open the show with the first entry of the Painting Challenge. _____________________________________________This past summer I began reading through the Tolkien canon following the chronological order of the stories. As I've not read the core books since my childhood the process has largely been a study in nostalgia. In working through the books what really impressed me was the tremendous importance Tolkien placed on value of allies, friends and companionship. This made me reflect that I'm very thankful for all the great friends I've made over the past eight years of the Challenge, and I resolved to make 'Fellowship' serve as the overarching theme for this edition.Right, enough faffing about. Here we have the starting pair of the 'Fellowship of the Ring', Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee. These are from the original metal range offered by Games Workshop at the start of the Peter Jackson trilogy. I have some of the more recent plastics, and

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Back to the Brushes 207

There are already points on the board and some fantastically painted miniatures to view in the Analogue  Hobbies Painting Challenge.The painting table as it stands with the first figures for this year's challenge front and centre.Next are freshly prepared Ancient Greeks from Foundry. These have now all been undercoated.Will be a few days before there is any real painting time for these retro figures.Cheers for now.

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Hessian Jägers

Hessian Jagärs for my Sharp Practice AWI project. After American Riflemen I would say Jägers rank second as my favorite units to paint for the AWI period They have a really cool mix of both line uniform and huntsmen clothing that I find very appealing.Hessian Jägers which translates as "hunter" but better understood as "huntsmen" where German mercenaries that had a reputation as some of the finest light infantry in the war and by definition we elite troops . They typically scouted ahead of the main force scouting and dispersing  the enemy's own light infantry.  They were all extremely well trained in both marksmanship and woodcraft and because of this received a higher pay then the average Hessian soldier.I painted them using mostly Foundry colors and some Vallejo with some Mig pigments on the basing. I actually finished these figures awhile ago, but just got around to taking pictures of them. Hopefully my blogging will pick up to it's usual 2 to 3 posts a month.The figures are from Perry miniatures

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