|It's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge weather outside my house...|
The Challenge is a lot of fun. People have different targets for their points - some aspire to get a few figures done, and others paint whole battalions with seeming ease and a frightening pace. The variety is great. I like to paint a lot anyways, so for me the best part of the Challenge is the group dynamic, mutual encouragement and inspiration from different Challengers, hobbyists from all over the world. It's entertaining and helps motivate further painting efforts.
|Some of the allotted Painting Challenge figures...some are already primed|
Many of the participants approach this event with a "plan", so much so they even use spreadsheets (WTF?!?), one of the least useful "solutions" our society has ever devised for anything (yes, fighting words for some, but spreadsheets are the worst). Clearly, my approach to the hobby seldom involves anything like a "plan", and even when I try to "plan", it seldom survives contact with reality (after all, with 30k, my "plan" for small skirmish forces turned into this - which was awesome). While planning is important in the work I do, and other parts of 1-to-1 scale activities (i.e. life) when it comes to this hobby, screw "plans".
|Tactical support troops in Mark III power armour with Volkite Calivers for the Sons of Horus|
On the other hand, having some kind of plan seems to be all the rage, so I'm giving it the best go I can...it starts with a "strategy". So, my strategy in approaching this year's Painting Challenge involves the following four cornerstones:
- Use side duels as additional motivation and a means to channel my hobby randomness
- Ignore the theme submissions (most of the Challengers love them but they almost never work out for me anyway)
- Build and prepare as many of the figures and models beforehand as possible
- Use a spreadsheet format consistent with my overall approach and views regarding spreadsheets
|Plastic Mark IV armoured "seeker" Legion Marines for the Sons of Horus...breacher Marines can be seen in the background|
|Assault marines in the foreground, tactical support marines and devestator marines in the background|
Finally, I have prepared a spreadsheet of my own devising to help me with all of this...
|This is the only appropriate format for spreadsheets I have ever seen|
So who knows, I might actually stick to this plan, maybe win a duel or two, and by the spring our 30k games will be in some sort of even more bonkers new level. Or, I'll suddenly want to paint ancients...I would lose all the duels, but then we could play more ancients, so...you just never know, right?
Anyway, best of luck to all the Challenge participants, particularly fellow Conscripts Byron and Kevin H - watch the Challenge blog, as well as this space, for more on our submissions!