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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Strength Through Unity, Unity Through Paint

Five days from now will mark the beginning of the Fifth Annual Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge  The overall theme of which is Strength Through Unity, Unity Through Paint.


A testament to my excitement of this event is the fact that I'm doing three posts in a single month. A rare event for my blog.  Further it has been over a week since I have painted anything and the withdrawal I'm experiencing right now is excruciating. (I might even paint my fingernails out of desperation).

Last year I was a novice and was unprepared for the reality that awaited me. Now, as a second year rookie, I am doing a few things differently.  Last year I did not prepare any bases prior to the start date and that cost me dearly. Along with priming, I now have figures sitting on prepared bases. Also I have done a bit of carving for some of my more elaborate bases, which should significantly speed things up.

Unlike last year, I will not be participating in all seven of the bonus rounds. There are figures located in a box at the foot of my bed that I have held back painting for most of the year. If I were to take part in all of the bonus rounds, many of them would go unpainted. Further, I am planning on doing my first large diorama for the Hot themed bonus round. That is going to take an enormous amount of work to do properly and I need to clear the decks at a rapid pace to hit that deadline on time.

I am very much looking forward to seeing what my fellow Challengers will be painting this year and would like to extend a warm welcome to the new painters who have signed on for this years event. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Curt in advance for his hard work and his patience in hosting this Challenge for yet another year.





















55 comments:

  1. Really looking forward to seeing what you come up with during the challenge, Anne. Having seen some of your other dioramas then I know the Hot themed bonus round entry is going to be awesome. Thanks for the warm welcome. Its genuinely much appreciated. Just can't wait til the start :-)

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    1. So far I've only done little dios with 20mm figures. This one will be on a 120mm base. I'm not worried about the figures, it's the composition of the piece and building the terrain up that worries me. I anticipate having to tear it apart and start over at least once.

      Those first few weeks are a rush and the whole thing is grueling. Treat it like a marathon and not a sprint is my advice. And have loads and loads of fun!

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  2. Looking forward to seeing what you produce this year Anne. Good luck for the challenge!

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    1. Lots of Pulp and Moderns are on this years menu!

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  3. I am also a second year rookie in the challenge. And Like you I will not be going in for most of the bonus rounds, but for different reasons. I wish you and all the other painters well and good luck. And would offer a big Thanks to Curt for hosting the event.

    Chin up, head down and brush hand busy.

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    1. I've got some VOID Grav Bikes that are big and complicated. Also I've held off painting almost all of my Bombshell/Counterblast and I just can't take it anymore. They are screaming "Paint me, paint me!" I fear they will come to life and kill me in my sleep if I don't get to them pronto.

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  4. Hi Anne,

    I'm certainly looking forward to all your entries his year as your painting is always superb (and often quirky!).

    I'll only be submitting entries for the bonus rounds if they happen to coincide with what I'm painting at that point.

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    1. I've got a few quirky things planned. For the Comedic round I've got these outrageous dancing Pygmy's wearing ridiculously over sized tiki masks. There's a Pygmy shrine as well.

      If a figure isn't in my Challenge box, I'm not painting it. If it fits a theme fine, if not that's okay as well.

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  5. Let the good times roll. Best of luck Anne.

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  6. You learned from last year and are prepared and ready to attack this year! Good luck, Anne.

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  7. Thank you for the wellcome - as a challange-novice I'm very excited. And I'm taking your warning seriously and use the rest of the time for some prep-work I had not planned to do until now...

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    1. Priming and basing take up a lot of time. I feel more prepared having some of the figures already based. All that's left on this is to paint the figures and submit. I don't have all of them done, but December is finished and I'm getting into January now.

      You are going to have so much fun and it makes Winter seem shorter!

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  8. Sounds like you're well-prepared - five days, and then let the games begin...

    Looking forward to seeing your Challenge entries; I know you never disappoint!

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  9. Hola
    Pues nos tenéis en ascuas
    ganas de ver esas pinturas
    un saludo

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    1. I do hope people enjoy them J.D.
      Thank you my friend!

      Slainte!
      Anne

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  10. The best of enjoyment and plying of skills be yours in abundance in the Challenge, Anne.

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  11. Three posts a month, dahlink! Oh, my, Vatican might even resign when they see this increase in our activities :)))
    How are things at home, dear? Everything OK or bearable?

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    1. His Holiness has a special mass scheduled for me on Wednesday so great is his concern. I've my usual Battalion of Nuns on standby for the Challenge. I've hired them to do penance for me throughout the Challenge, just in case I commit a sin.

      Things are stable at the moment, but it can all go tits up at a moments notice round here. Have you guys heard anything about the natural gas situation yet?

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    2. and you must do double the penances seeing that you is Irish, dahlink :PPP

      Hope you're ready as you can be for the snow and winter, dear. And that hubby is stable.
      So far we have gas, and one can only hope the situation will remain that way over the winter, but you never know, the poverty here is increasing and so are the tensions especially now that everybody is on strike, from teachers and students to lawyers, because they want to lower the salaries that are already shameful (less than $500 a month).

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    3. Good God, how do they expect people to live on salaries so low. How can one feed a family and have hope for a future. It is ridiculous to take everything a person has in them and pay them slave wages in return.

      I hope the strikes result in a positive change and not government retaliations on people.

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    4. I've no idea, dahlink, they just want to starve us totally. I was just calculating, that if you pay the cheapest of rents for a one room apartment of 200$, then spend another $200 to pay the electricity, water, bills, transport, phone... you are left with less than a $100 a month for food, clothes and everything else... it's totally impossible, and that is a teacher's salary... imagine being a worker without college degree.... or a retired person....

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    5. dahlink, I sent you an email today, I need you for something quickly,can you please respond ASAP! Or if you didn't get it, please send me a message at Facebook!

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  12. Tease ;) I saw the post title and was looking forward to a nice V figure, or at least some decently executed (d'ja see what I did there?) fascists.

    FMB

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    1. That was a clever one! I hope to have a V figure as my anti-hero. However that figures is part of a Kickstarter that has already announced it's first delay. And we all know what that means....I won't see those figures till late 2015.

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  13. Wow, your blog might explode with 3 whole posts in a month. You better put google on alert. You may need to call in the fire department to put it out. Good luck with the challenge, sounds like you know more as well to get it done now that you aren't a noob lol

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    1. I was hoping to get to 30 posts for the year. But that would mean doing four posts in December. The odds on that happening are slim and none.

      That veterans of this thing just take it all in stride, while us noobs sweat our way throughout. I also don't paint as much as them so you'll find my name at the very bottom of the point rankings. Once must scroll and scroll and scroll to find me.

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    2. But you are there, even with a huge scroll through lol that is the main thing. Maybe next year you should do the a to z, 26 posts in april would get your quota for the entire year lol

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    3. The A to Z Challenge would be the death of me. But you'd like that wouldn't you Cat.

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  14. I look forward to seeing your entries this year. Good luck with meeting your goals.

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    1. With school in session that's a tough thing to do. And the breaks that are coming up are Holiday ones and you'll need to spend those with your children. There's always Summer Andrew!

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    2. I'm still waiting for those minis I ordered from that kickstarter, anyway. They had some production delay because of a factory in China. :(

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  16. Anne, it is very wonderful to see how advanced your painting is, especially so for the short time you've been in the hobby. Your brushwork and basing techniques are amazing. Great plan of action you have too for this year's Challenge. Looking forward to your entries!

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  17. Looking forward to your Hot entry (mmmm that doesn't quite sound like I meant it to...) anyway I have done my fair share of dio's over the years and am actually planning a medium sized one for the "Myth" bonus round and the only decent advise I have is: take your time!

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  18. Can't wait to see what you come up with! You call yourself a second year rookie, but that plan of attack does not sound like something a rookie would say. Your painting has come so far (and those killer bases), and we're both sure you're gonna shine in this challenge. Good luck!

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  19. Good luck Anne, I'm looking forward to seeing your work! Clicking into the Painting Challenge is a great way to chase off the winter blues.

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  20. The excitement is certainly building and I'm really looking forward to what you produce this year. Best of luck Anne.

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  21. Your entry for the Hot round sounds interesting. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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  22. Awesome shall look forward to seeing what you produce this year.

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  23. All the best and luck of the Irish to you Anne.

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  24. I wish you good luck in the challenge Anne and looking forward to what comes off your brush. As for myself if I'm in the mood(I'm a moody painter) I'll do a themed round while slowly painting other stuff.

    Christopher

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  25. Enjoy yourself during the challenge. The painting is fun but seeing what folks like you create is always wonderful. cheers

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  26. Looking forward to seeing your entries. Good Luck !

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  27. Good Luck Anne, I nearly did not do any prep this time round but found the time this week as I have done less painting, may still get some figures done before Friday but not sure

    Ian

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  28. Best of luck and lots of fun with the challenge. Glad you're participating.

    Wow! Three posts in one month?! You're more of a wild woman than me!!

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    1. And you're in it as well. Let's show those English types how it's done :0)

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  30. Good luck in the challenge. Although I am merely an innocent bystander, I enjoy the photos of the miniatures.

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