Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge: Pregame

The stars aligned this year and I'm finally able to participate in the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. The challenge runs from December 20 to March 20, and participants score points for painting up figures during that timeframe. There are prizes for those who manage to hit various point thresholds, duels between various challengers and thematic bonus rounds, but it's primarily a fun diversion for the miniature painting community to help motivate each other in getting our figures painted up.  I've been an observer for the last 4 or 5 challenges, but a variety of work and life situations always prevented me from signing up. This year I finally get to take a shot at it.

Here's what I'm hoping to finish during the challenge:

  • Fireforge Medieval Foot x48 (240 points)
  • Gripping Beast Arab Foot x40 (200 points)
  • Fireforge Cavalry x12 (120 points)
  • Rogue Trader era GW figures x20 (100 points)
  • Ancient Spanish Foot x16 (80 points)
  • Ancient Numidian Elephants x2 (30 points?? They're pretty beefy)
That's a total of about 770 points, and represents half of my lead pile. Since this is my first year I'm aiming for only 400 points, but I hope to exceed that and polish off all of these figures. I'm looking forward to the contest, but I'd love to hear any tips from "old hands" who've racked up points in previous years.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Star Wars Armada

The new Mon Calamari MC-80, a luxury liner converted for war.
It makes up for a weak hull with powerful shields

Looking over my blog I see I haven't been posting very much, which is odd because I've been playing a ton of miniature games over the last few months. Most of my games have been of Star Wars Armada. Check out a report on my most recent game after the jump.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Making Terrain Boards Part 6: Grass and Vegetation

I was tempted to leave my terrain boards in their barren, desert-like state, but eventually forged on and added grass, shrubs and vegetation. Check out my technique after the jump.