Welcome to the Painting Challenge. Here you will find the fabulous, fevered work from miniature painters from around the world. They are of every colour, gender, age and nationality, but all these people have at least two things in common: they love miniatures and they have all taken the Challenge.
This site features the current year's event along with archives of past Challenges.
Enjoy your visit and please come back soon.
I am the one in the middle, I have no ability to take selfies but clearly my two kids do. I think from looking at the photo it must of been my daughter who took the photo, she is a real expert at posing! So sorry no photo with the figures painted for this year's challenge, just not going to stoop to the depths that Miles just has.
Like Somerset-Maugham's autobiographical sketch, my contribution to this year's challenge was certainly somewhat truncated, but of I hope some quality. Unlike previous challenges my focus this year was on developing my painting skills by exploring new techniques. I believe I was somewhat successful with this and I did make my goal of 400 points. I had hoped to get one more entry in, specifically of another unit in my Epic Armageddon Blood Angels force, but the 20th just blew me by. I did get it done a couple of days ago and posted the photos on my blog yesterday.
But no excuses, here is what I did get done. It is quite a mixture mostly 28mm, aside from the 6 mm Epic force. We have some Revenants, Missionaries, FIW canoeists, and some inhabitants of Colonial Africa.
I had forgot to pose some 1/72 German WWII Hanomags in the above photo, but here they are..........
................as well as my Curtgeld.
Overall I have to say that I quite enjoyed myself and look forward to next year's contest.
I should also apologize for not posting as many comments as I usually do, I did look at all the photos though and it is absolutely brilliant that this many entrants can paint that many figures.......congratulations to Miles especially for topping the list. Quite impressive really for someone who spends so much time out of the country, those brushes must of died by fire.
Thanks to the Minions, especially Byron who pushed the Wednesday crew along with constant emails of encouragement.
Finally, thank you Curt and Sarah. A job well done and a very patient partner, I suspect. I am just not sure how you are going to top this year's Challenge.
Challenge VII is now in the books and I'm very happy with the outcome as I set a personal record of 4,125 points. I got everything I need for my Historicon games painted up during the Challenge plus a good number of odds and ends.
The lead pile has been materially depleted so all you manufactures are now formally warned to put on extra production shifts as I must replenish my stocks.
A shot down the "nonWW2 Historical row". I've never really gamed moderns before so this will be a new experience for me. I painted A LOT of figures from Empress Miniatures this Challenge and have become a real fan of their products.
In the middle is the Fantasy/Frostgrave column of figures.
On the right side is the "WW2 Historicals" row. I really fleshed out my North African collection by adding Italians, French Foreign Legion and the SAS. The winter Germans on a lark. My favorites of the group are the LRDG vehicles.
Lastly a shot of the 15mm stuff in the back along with the Bloodbowl teams and dugout.
It's become a tradition with these summary posts to include a picture of oneself. In my case I think that's a bad idea because, well, I go out of my way to stay out of the press professionally and, frankly, my image has been known to scare small children and animals.
I thought it better to show you a picture of my family, who I now can become reaquainted with as I emerge from 3 months of isolation in the basement.
My son has announced he wants to do graduate work in Statistics (I'm not making that up) and is in the process filing a patent on a personal music matching algorithm. Hopefully he'll think about graduating from college also.
OK, you may find the next picture disturbing. Those of you with weak constitutions or refined tastes should look away now.....
Aghhhhh!!!!! There I am, in all my terrible glory. It's my first selfie. Damn you Curt look what you've reduced me too....
No summary of this Challenge would be complete with paying respect to my loyal troops who supported me without fail through 3 months of nearly constant painting combat. 3 Series 7 brushes and one Davinici all served honorably and without hesitation.
Thanks for your patience. Two blackouts due to lightning strike has caused the odd hiccup. Thankfully today it's a mere torrential downpour or two!
The final points update for the Side Duels and Challenges has been posted, which includes the results for the majority.
We have two tied challenges:
Iannick and Sander in a dead heat at 41 votes each in their 80s Military SF Pulp duel!
Paul and Reilly for first and/or last place in their Bloodbowl duel...
We also have a points result in the Spanish Civil War duel but the criteria involves a playable Bolt Action force so I'll be guided by the participants on whether of not MartinN gets the chocolates.
Thanks everyone for taking part and giving me the option to play with spreadsheets. I didn't enjoy that nearly as much as Miles would have but then I also go outside occasionally and understand football too.
I appear to have painted quite a lot of figures and despite my earlier grumpiness they are actually pretty good. It's funny isn't it how we remember the few duffers and not the many good 'uns.
So the tally is
28mm infantry 447
28mm cavalry 80
28mm guns 9 plus 7 limbers
28mm vehicles 6
28mm animals 9
10mm infantry 66
10mm cavalry 1
or 667 figures
which looks like this
And it still wasn't enough. When it stops raining I'll varnish them and then put them away until it is their time to fight. I even suspect that I would come 2nd in the worst photography competition to Miles. It's a good job I already have a nemesis..
I will need to pick my best 3 next, that's going to be a massive walk down memory lane, nice
And finally a photo of an old man trying to workout how to take a selfie
ps I missed 16 VBCW Infantry off the photo, bound to find more
This is my second Event. I am eternally grateful Curt that it holds, and his entire team of minions. This was always professional, fun and exciting. I am particularly grateful to my supervisor, the great master of Miles for his work with me, and curator of last year, Greg, because he taught me how to take part in this opening event. My thanks to David for his subtle humor to me and, of course, Tamsin. It was she with her capacity for work, care and benevolence, it is the symbol of the opening event.
Also thanks to all the rest of the 90 participants of the opening event for their excellent work and interesting posts. I mentally call you all by name, because as a place to write a little :(
But, indeed, the case. Here is my desktop.
This - the ones that I made during the event period. The two armies on antiquity, on completion of a major Napoleonic Wars and a little trivia. I am very pleased that I was the first time in his life painted ship!
Well, I myself with my youngest daughter, who was born during last year's opening event.
It is Tuesday and I haven't painted anything this week...
Happily I painted over 100 miniatures during the last three months, so I can take couple of days in relaxed mode. It helps, that I won a LotR game tonight, it was a tight game, but my elves beat the Mordor orcs.
The picture above shows all those painted miniatures (plus the paralyzed hobbits I missed from last year's photo). It has been fun, see you next year!