Regulars will have noted another two week gap between the last Painting Challenge update and today. I went to Paris for a week, and was regrettably too busy climbing the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Louvre & Orsay galleries, and wondering why my new yellow jacket brought me so much attention to have time for the usual weekly update.
No matter: means today’s update is nice and big, or grand as us Francophiles say. In no particular order we have:
Chris Stoesen sends in a large and varied collection of entries, particularly featuring fences
The first entry of the year from John Haines: Victorians miscreants, lots of them
The usual humungus entry from The Hat. Lloyd has sent in a huge 6mm ACW army plus more Cruel Seas boats.
And last, but by no means least, Andrew Helliwell has some more 15mm SYW Prussians for us to admire.
The Scorecard is updated (including last update’s update)…and, as usual, clicking on the name of the people above takes you straight to their gallery (opens in a new window). Highly recommended, as there are some great paint jobs to see.
Another week flies by, meaning it’s time for another update to the TooFatLardies Painting Challenge.
It’s somewhat ironic that this year’s challenge is proving so immensely popular, with loads of entries every week, at a time when I haven’t picked up a brush for a fortnight: family matters, martial arts and a new job keeping me incredibly busy.
I went into the wargaming room last night to find figures on the table set up for photography from a month ago. But, then, that’s this hobby for you: it ebbs and flows like the tides (in the few months before Christmas I was gaming twice a week) but, like the wine-dark sea, is always there, washing in and out as a background to daily life.
So, for the moment, I will have to live vicariously through the Challenge, so here are this week’s entries:
Chris Kay has painted an awful lot of 15mm tanks
Travis fills in some more holes in his 28mm WW2 collection
Jon Yuengling is still in Blitzkrieg mode: some Dutch, some Germans, some Home Guard
It’s more sugar plantation madness from Mark Luther
The first of today’s first entries of the year: Doug Melville is back with some lovely 28mm WW2 figures
I don’t know where the time goes. It’s February already, and will doubtless be Christmas again soon. It’s lucky we have the constant presence that is the Painting Challenge to root us into the here and now!
Here are this week’s submissions:
Mr Helliwell adds some more Prussians and medieval types to his already impressive collection
It’s a first entry of the year from Mr Slade: lots of 28mm figures and five most impressive houses
So another week flies by, and my inbox bulges with entries for the Painting Challenge!
Very frustrating: as I’m now back at work, I have no time to paint, so have to live vicariously through your efforts. Bit of a come down after the immense amount that I painted whilst on gardening leave, but such is life!
So the 2018 TooFatLardies Painting Challenge is now closed…and it has been a very quiet year.
Only thirty-four Lardies have participated, as opposed to forty-seven in 2017. On top of this, of those that had competed before, twenty scored less than last year’s total and only ten scored more.
On the plus side, however, eighteen people have now participated for all of the five years that the Challenge has run, with four more only missing the first year i.e. completing four years in a row.
The good news is, as I mentioned in yesterday’s New Year’s Day post, that I will run the Challenge again in 2019, and declare the competition officially open as from…now! Details are up on the site as usual but, as a quick reminder, send your entries to the usual address (with the photos clearly labelled please!) and I’ll open your gallery with your first entry.
We did have a few last minute entries, listed below:
Mr Hodge took a break from painting from early September to mid-December, but finished the year with a 238-point bang
Hardy perennial Andrew Helliwellsubmits his usual assortment of 7YW and medieval figures
John de Terre Neuve has been reading his early war theatre handbooks: sending in a very nice Belgian force along with a few Napoleonics and buildings
There are some nice modern African militia and their compound HQ from Andy Duffell
The Hat is back with a huge submission comprising a full company of WW2 US infantry and supports
Steve Burtis still working his way through his Salute freebies!
Another huge submission fromFred Bloggs. An ironic statement as they are all 6mm figures.
And last, but by no means least, there are four WW2 vehicles fromTravis.
As usual, clicking on the name of the person in the above list will take you straight to their gallery (opens in a new window).
Today’s pictures are below:
French AT Gun from Travis
Andy Duffell's Compound
Lloyd's WW2 US Half-Tracks
Hessians from Ed Bowen
Some of Kev's ACW troops
WW2 Belgians from JDTN
Painting Challenge 2019
The good news is that I have decided to run the Challenge for its sixth year i.e. Jan-Dec 2019.
Details will be posted in due course, but the format will effectively be the same as the last five years…unless anyone has any ideas that they think I should implement to make it better.
No need for a formal e-mail letting me know you’re entering: just send in your first submissions in the new year to the usual e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org), clearing stating what you’ve sent me in a way that means I don’t have to spend time working out which unit are the grenadiers, which are the line etc!
One question. The website is creaking at the seams a bit with the number of pages. Before I started using Blogs properly, each AAR had its own page, so I’m quite close to the maximum 1,000 pages allowed. Each person’s Gallery uses one page: so for 2019, I’m either going to need to transfer previous AAR-on-a-page content to AAR-on-a-blog, which is not difficult but a bit tedious, or delete the 2014 Painting Challenge galleries. What do you want me to do? Not sure anyone ever looks at the past galleries (well the page stats say they don’t do it very often) but then it is nice to have an archive of entries if one ever does want to look back at what one has achieved. I don’t really mind either way: your thoughts by Comment please.
The wheels of the Painting Challenge turn even on Christmas Eve!
A good septet of entries into the Challenge today, although three of you claim that this will be your last entry for the year. Errrr…do you not realise that the Xmas and New Year period is suppose to be when you paint more miniatures than normal. It’s either that or spend time with the family or watch Die Hard for the 45th time!
Anyway, in no particular order, today’s entries are:
Matt Slade with some lovely Arab/Crusader types and some more GW Terminators
And last, and most certainly not least, the Fat Wallysends in another brigade of ACW figures
As per usual, clicking on the name of the person in the list above will take you straight to their gallery, which will open in a new window. Highly recommended: as there are some lovely paint-jobs on show.
In the meantime, keep painting: plenty of time before the New Year’s Eve deadline.
The entries are still flooding in as people try to beat the midnight on 31st December deadline.
And if you think I’m joking about how keen people are to get their scores as high as possible, two years ago, I had the final entry at 11.58pm…and the first entry into the next year’s challenge at 12.01am!
Here, in no particular order, are today’s entries:
Joe McGinn gets the rest of his WW2 US infantry platoon completed
David Scott, still on his second wind, sends in loads of WW2 Italians and the some Soviet armour
There’s more LOTR from Mervyn, along with some 20mm buildings and some 15mm re-basing
Travis has the last of his Colonial Militia. Travis will learn that we never say “the Last” on Vis Lardica: there’s always more figures to buy!
More 7YW figures from Mr Helliwell, who never knows when to stop
Mark Luther is continuing to paint up figures for his 15mm Spice Islands campaign
There’s a welcome return for theFat Wally, who finally manages to leave his professional painting alone for long enough to paint up some ACW figures for himself
As usual, clicking on the name of the person above will take you straight to their gallery (opens in a new window). Still plenty of time to get your entries in this year: I’m certainly still painting like mad!
Here are today’s pictures:
More LOTR from Mervyn
A T-34 from David Scott
The (allegedly) last of the Colonial Militia from Travis
The most vastest, hugest entry from Steve Lampon: 28mm Gates of Antares, 28mm Gangs of Rome, lots of 6mm Yom Kippur figures, and some 28mm Byzantines I would sell my grandmother for
Jason Rallsreturns with some French and German early war kit
And last, but by no means least, Joe McGinn slips in some US 15’s
As always, clicking on the name of the person will take you directly to their gallery (opens in a new window). I would highly recommend taking a look: there is some fantastic work on display.
Here’s a taster: today’s pictures…
Russian House & Garden from Chris Cornwell
1/600 ACW ship from Lloyd
Byzantine Bucellarii from Steve Lampon
Freeborn for Beyond the Gates of Antares: a Solar Command Skimmer (also Steve Lampon)
Mervyn's Non-Riders of Rohan
Stable (and horse) from Ed Bowen
7YW Command stand from Sapper
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