In just over 9 hours time, 100 painters from around the world will be able to start work on their Challenge entries. For those of us in the UK, that will be 6am. I don't propose getting up early just to get part-way through painting something only to have to go to work, so my efforts will have to wait until I get home in the evening. However, I have got myself set up and ready to go with my first entries. I've also rearranged the painting desk so that I can take my laptop in there for paint-and-chat sessions.
First up will be a small entry, just to get some points on the table:
On Wednesday my team at work are heading out for a Xmas meal (followed by drinks), so I probably won't be up to painting when I get home. Which leaves me with Thursday for painting before I head down to Sussex for the Christmas weekend (I've booked Thursday and Friday as annual leave). There's only one project I can really get done in a single day - the SF grav tanks and APCs for the "Armour" bonus theme round:
I've also been thinking about my 2600 points target. Looking back, my totals for the last 4 years were:
2012/13 - 1970 points (13 weeks) = 151.5 points/week
2013/14 - 1959 points (14 weeks) = 139.9 points/week
2014/15 - 2522 points (15 weeks) = 168.1 points/week
2015/16 - 1787 points (13 weeks) = 137.5 points/week
Hmmmmm! 2600 points in 13 weeks would require a 20% improvement on my best year's output, a 33% increase over my 4-year average and a 45% increase over last (my worst!) year. Somehow, I feel I may have set myself up for a massive fall...Yoiks!