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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Monday, 19 December 2016

'Twas The Night Before Challenge...

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!


  1. Woo-hooo! Stats - my work is done!

  2. Best of luck Tamsin, have a wonderful challenge.

  3. Good luck Tamsin, enjoy the challenge.

  4. Looking forward to seeing you know stuff out. You are very well prepared for this one .. and with some paint and chat extra productivity I am sure you will get there.

    I have a decent day in the man cave tomorrow ... I feel an early entry coming on...!

  5. Good luck and I'm sure you'll produce a mass of quality entries.

  6. Daft question, but are there ever any online challenges that are about actually *playing games* with figures - they all seem to be about making and painting them :)

    1. I grant you that actually using the stuff you paint is a quaint and eccentric concept, but I hear that there are some people who do it :)

      I actually think there was a board or RPG challenge around at one stage where you selected ten games / set of rules and committed to play at least ten games of each during the year. I'll have to find it. Or maybe just do it :)

  7. Looks like you are squared up and in the blocks, Tamsin. You will be a strong contender. Happy painting.

  8. Never mind that math... leave that to Miles! Just pile in and enjoy yourself :-)

  9. Good luck my friend, next year we'll tell Curt to organise a Challenge just for you, so you leave some breathing space for the rest to compete

  10. @ James B - thanks! And you! :)

    @ Miles - that's hardly stats good sir! Nary a chi-squared or T-test in sight, nor any ANOVA ;)

    @ Phyllion - indeed, indeed! ;)

    @ Michael A - thank you m'Lord! Looking forward to seeing your grand productions again this year :)

    @ Roma - cheers! :)

    @ Dave D - I'm disturbingly well prepared this year. Let's just hope all that work doesn't go to waste :)

    @ Dannoc - thanks! I certainly hope that I manage to power through a large chunk of the stuff I've prepped :)

    @ Kaptain Kobold - there certainly should be such a challenge. It might get me to do more gaming! :)

    @ Michael P - thank you Padre! Best wishes to you too! :)

    @ Millsy - that might have been maths, but so simple I could do it in my head. :)

    @ Anibal - cheers! And good luck to you too! I think there would have to be a few others in that challenge alongside me though :)

    1. There certainly should be a Playing Challenge.

      And now there is:


  11. You must be a glutton for punishment! I've just checked and you seem to have set yourself the highest target of all the contenders. At the rate I paint I would barely do 100 points let alone 2600! I wish you all the very best and look forward to reading about your progress.