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 (email@example.com), 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
And finally, last but not least and better late than never, David Scott sends in his first entry of the year: some Roumanians
As always, 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. A great set of entries this week, so come the rest of you: brushes and cameras at the ready please!
All a bit quiet on the Painting Challenge front. I’m going to assume that you are all too busy painting to send anything in! Only a few weeks to go, mind, so don’t delay too long: the Challenge waits for no-one!
As always, clicking on the name of the person above will take you straight through to their gallery.
Keep them coming: we’re in the final quarter of this year’s challenge now.
Also, don’t worry if you’ve submitted nothing so far this year (Geoff, Cabey Cabey, Jim, Mr Clarke, Keith, Koen, Garrett, Chris, Dave, Craig, the Mad Padre, Andrew, Richard, Thomas, Old Pivot, Ashley, David, Brian and Willie B): there’s still plenty of time to get painting and photographing and join the thirty-two of your fellow Lardies who have registered some points.
Here are today’s pictures:
AWI Dragoons from Travis
Assyrians from Blue Moose Ken
Not another Napoleonic will I paint, he said...
Gladiators from the Hat
Action from Mark's 2nd Seminole War game
Andy Duffell's "forgot to send the picture last time" Bretons
Seems ages since I last did one of these, but it’s probably only about a week or so. Entries from the regulars are a constant with, pleasingly, more of the more infrequent contributors also coming out of the woodwork.
And last, but by no means least, Mr Plowman has zombies
As usual, clicking on the name of the person in the list above will take you straight to that person’s gallery (opens in a new window).
We’re into the final quarter now, so I expect to see you all grabbing brush and camera and submitting away. Still plenty of no-shows so far this year: come on, you can manage at least one before now and Christmas!
And last, but by no means least, some Romans from Stumpy
As usual, clicking on the name of the person above will take you straight to their gallery (opens in a new window) and, also as usual, I'll update the Scorecard tonight.
Here are today's pictures:
Lynx Helicopters from Mr Davenport
Shieldmaidens from Carole and some rather nice engineers/medics from The Hat
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