Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Challenge (Day 70); The Importance of Maintaining Focus (and the Concept of Escalation)

70 days into my first Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, and while I'm not exactly hitting sixes with my output, I'm doing better than I expected (if not as well as I'd hoped!).

When last I posted, I'd just thrown my hat into the ring with my Nostalgia Bonus Round entry, Mark Copplestone's excellent 'Captain Spaulding' miniature. I flatter myself that I've been a little more productive since then.

So let's recap;


My second figure for the Challenge was the price of my admission, or 'Curtgeld' - each Challenger has been asked to submit a figure representing a risk-taker or gambler, and the wily Odysseus fits the bill perfectly. He's a Foundry casting by Alan Perry, and is part of their Mycenaeans & Trojans range.

Next off the table were two Pulp adventurers, again courtesy of Copplestone Castings.




The pulp adventure theme continued with my next submission, Bob Murch's characterful fundraiser for Movember, "Captain Krustache of Kashgar". The good captain has been pressed into service to represent a character in our regular Pulp RPG campaign.


Well, all this artisan-level derring-do is all very well, but it doesn't exactly help me reach my target of 200 points! So I decided to switch to painting a unit of troops instead.


These are Agema plastic Roman Velites, based with a North African theme for the Punic Wars. Lots of detail on these very fine plastics, and I hope I've done them justice.

That's all for the moment; it would be nice to try and produce another unit before the Challenge ends, but there are several skirmish-level gangs, warbands and characters competing for my attention as well, so who knows what will be next out of the box?

Stay tuned!

Ev

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  1. Some cracking entries there Evan, with Roman Velites certainly helping to get ever closer to the target.

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    1. I do like those figs; the anatomy is better than you see on a good many sculpts. Thanks for the kind words!

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  2. 70 days already??? How time flies?? Great looking figures my good man!

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    1. Thanks Ray! And yes, it's 70 days in, I know it seems barely possible!

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  3. Those are some nicely painted miniatures

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    1. Thanks Roy! There are a good many more productive painters in the Challenge, and a good many more talented than I, but I count myself fortunate to be in such company!

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  4. Splendid figures, love the Romans!

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    1. Thanks Phil, they are nice sculpts and they turned out far better than I expected - but after so many single character figs, it's hard to get into the swing of painting units again. I just have to knuckle down and get in some more practice!

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  5. Great submissions, each and every one of them, Ev. You know I have a soft spot for the wily old Odysseus though. Great addition with the cult idol he's just stolen away from the Trojans!

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    1. Thanks Dean, I'm going to try and push myself a bit harder and see what I can come up with in the remaining few weeks of the Challenge!

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    1. Thank you Paul, though I wish I could find more time to get a few more figs off Lead Mountain!
      ; )

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  7. Great work, especially like Odysseus, what's that he's holding in his left hand? is it a conversion?

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    1. Thanks Steve! Yes it is a conversion, it's an attempt to recreate a Bronze Age ceramic goddess statuette.

      Odysseus went into Troy by night to steal the statue of Athena from its sanctuary, so I thought that would be a good scene to recreate. The theme is 'risk-takers', after all!

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