Yes it is that time of year again when Curt throws down the gauntlet and challenges us all to put some effort into our hobby over three cruel winter months. Flogging away like mad men and women with our brushes for the sheer
This year hope springs eternal for me, as I enjoy the level of focus this challenge brings. However I stand no real chance of winning, there are far quicker painters than me out there. So why would anyone enter a competition they cant win. Well its all about the sense of community for me, with plenty of banter and friendly rivalries as I battle in vain try to beat Kev. While remaining focussed over the three months of hard painting that lay ahead. I have my own target that I want to achieve, and I would like to better my result from last year, as with 1274 points I got beat back to 11th place in the dying hours. However I also suffered severe paint burn out last year so am going to be a touch more cautious in my declared points and will aim for a respectable 1000 points so I don't over do it.
This year the competition has some themes, that we can gain bonus points for entering, and I have some ideas for several of these fortnightly themes, though not all I can feel some internet based shopping and research coming to complete these. I will be mainly focussed on my French and Allied Napoleonic forces amongst other things and have already started preparing for the start, there is a new page on the blog to help keep me focussed on my targets for the months ahead and the next few posts will see me completing all the works in progress on my workbench so I start with a clean slate.
|Final preparations underway a table full of 20mm Ancient Britons.|
Of course the one thing we all have to watch out for is "The Badger in Budgie Smugglers" and his last minute army of sandbags!! Yes those of you who have followed this event in the past few years will know I am talking about +Ray Rousell and his knack of dumping large volumes of figures at the last minute. Have you noticed how quiet his blog has been on the painting front, as he no doubt has secretly been storing figures.
So I urge you all to click the image above and be transported to Curts' site where you can follow the shenanigans as they unfold.