It was about this time last year that I became fixated by an online competition run by the charming Curt Campbell of 'Analogue Hobbies' fame. The painting challenge runs through the dark, winter months and was conceived as a way to motivate like minded souls maintain their painted output of wondrous, shiny things.
So taken, was I, by the camaraderie of the competitors that this year I've decided to throw my hat into the proverbial ring. Now given my 'snail like' painting pace, I'm under no allusions with regards to competing for a top spot, but I am hopeful that the competition will encourage me to remain focussed a little more than usual.
Today is the first day of the competition and its commencement goes some way to explaining the lack of regular posting on my behalf. We were permitted to prepare and prime, but no more until today and so that is pretty much what I've been up to. I have to confess that the preparation side of things is my least favourite part of the hobby, but it has been rather exciting watching the massed ranks of unpainted lead swell before my very eyes - the arrival of new additions helped too!
Although the competition is open to other scales, I'm sticking to my beloved 28mm and drawing from familiar periods, including the Indian Mutiny and the Crimean War; that said expect one or two surprises along the way!
As an addition to the competition this year, Curt has asked us all to set a personal 'par' score. After a little head scratching, I deduced that over a similar period last year I would have amassed 420 points ,(using the current scoring tariff - the link to Curt's blog at the top of the post gives full details.) it therefore would not seem unreasonable to hit a modest target of 500 points, now would it?
Here is wishing the very best of luck to all the fellow competitors; let the fun begin!