Friday, November 15, 2013

'Let's Go' - The Fourth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge Begins


This coming year will be the 45th anniversary of one of my favourite films, Sam Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch' and, coincidentally, 30 years since the director's death. 

'The Wild Bunch' remains as one of the most iconic films in the Western genre and still holds up amazingly well after all these years. Peckinpah marched to his own drum, setting his own goals and challenges, with little concern to critical acceptance or popular acclaim. A great sentiment, I think, to set the tone for this year's Painting Challenge. 

So, as the days grow cold and the nights stretch out, I extend to you a challenge to reduce that pile of unpainted toy soldiers you've managed to accumulate over the past year. 

For those who are new to the Painting Challenge, here is the basic format (with a few highlighted additions):



The Rules
The Challenge will extend from 12:01 am December 15th through to the first day of Spring, 12:01 am March 20th CST (Central Standard Time).
Figures can be prepared and primed prior to the start date (Dec 15th), but no colour can be applied until the 15th. In order to be scored the figures have to be based and their 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. Again, 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 and in any theme, including sci-fi and fantasy.
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 (typically negligible) 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 Challengers' Point Targets
Same as last year, each Challenger will have to declare his/her points target that they hope to achieve by the March 20th deadline. Many have found this a great incentive to help maintain the pace over the three months of the Challenge. I encourage Challengers to pick a target that is a bit beyond their comfort zone, but still achievable. 


The Fortnight Theme Bonus Rounds
Okay, I've shamelessly nicked this idea from the fine folks over at the Lead Adventure Forum's Painting League. For an added bit of fun, this year we will have 'Fortnight Theme Bonus Rounds'. Each 'Theme Bonus Round' challenges Challengers to enter a submission that illustrates that particular theme. The Bonus Rounds are not mandatory, they are just a little bit of silliness to mark the path of the Challenge.
Any Challenger who manages to submit an entry for a 'Fortnight Theme Bonus Round' will get an extra 50 points on top of the regular entry tally. No scales less than 15mm will be eligible for the Theme Bonus Rounds but they can be of a historical or fictional subject.
The Bonus Themes along with their submission deadlines are:
  • December 22: Non Combatant(s) 
  • January 5: Villain(s) 
  • January 19: Vehicle
  • February 2: Hero or Heroic Group 
  • February 16: Casualty / Casualties 
  • March 2: Favourite Character 
  • March 16: Last Stand
Submissions need to be submitted by 12:01 Sunday (CST).
For each bonus round I'll post a poll listing all the round's entries so visitors can vote for their favourite. 


The Angle

As previous years, I ask for a small memento from each Challenger. Last year's entrance fee was a 28mm painted figure of a Ronin and so in keeping with this year's 'Wild Bunch' theme, the entrance fee' for this year's Challenge will be a single 28mm figure that is inspired by a Sam Peckinpah film. The figure will be supplied and painted by the entrant. This miniature can be submitted any time up until the end of the Challenge. Again, same as last year, for each figure I receive I will donate $5 to the Saskatchewan branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).



The Call

Unfortunately, being a one-man show, I have a limit to how many folks I can administrate through the Challenge. As a big believer in loyalty and continuity, I have reserved a large proportion of spaces for previous Challengers, so I only have room for a limited number of open slots. If you're interested in joining in the madness please drop me a comment below. It's first come-first-serve, so don't shilly-shally about soldier! I'll place notification in this space when all the participant slots for the Challenge have been filled.



The Wild Bunch Roster


Challenger
Initial Points Target (not current)
Blog
1.                    
AaronH
600
2.                    
AlanD
500
3.                    
AndrewS
1000
4.                    
AndyM
1000
5.                    
AnneO’L
200
6.                    
BenD
750
7.                    
BenG
600
8.                    
BrendonW
600
9.                    
BurkhardS
1000
10.                
ByronM
600
11.                
ChrisP
1000
12.                
ChristopherS
500
13.                
ClintB
600
14.                
DallasE
250
15.                
DaveD
600
16.                
DaveR
?
-
17.                
EdwinK
500
18.                
FranL
600
19.                
GillesW
500
20.                
GregB
1000
21.                
IanW
1066
22.                
IannickM
590
23.                
JaccoK
500
-
24.                
JamesB
4500
25.                
JamesL
500
26.                
JeremyM
500
-
27.                
JohnM
1500
28.                
JuanM
500
29.                
Kawe
200
30.                
KentG
1500
31.                
KevH
1000
32.                
KevinH
300
33.                
KevinS
2000
34.                
LeeH
600
35.                
LordH
1200
36.                
MarkG
1000
37.                
MartinN
400
38.                
MichaelA
600
39.                
MichaelF
501
40.                
MilesR
1500
41.                
Millsy
1250
42.                
PaulJ
500
43.                
PaulS
600
44.                
PeterD
500
45.                
PhilH
?
46.                
RayR
600
47.                
ReneV
1045
48.                
RobH
200
49.                
RobP
500
-
50.                
RossM
585
51.                
SamuliS
1200
52.                
SeanS
500
53.                
ScottB
600
54.                
ScottS
1000
55.                
SebG
800
56.                
SidneyR
700
57.                
StefanK
600
58.                
SteveM
?
-
59.                
TamsinP
1200
60.                
TimB
2000
61.                
…and Curt
700