Today is the first day of the Challenge and it's without me. At the weekend I withdrew, which wasn't an easy decision. I had been looking forward to taking part once again, but recently my fatigue levels seem to have been going up. I could only see them going up still further if I was taking part, so I decided to withdraw before it started and let someone else take my place rather than having to withdraw part-way through.
Anyway, despite withdrawing I will be following everyone's efforts and cheering them on.
So, I'll leave this post by wishing all those taking part this year the very best of luck in achieving and exceeding their targets.
Sorry for going quiet on you - various things happened which have put painting on hold. Namely building works in my bedroom which meant moving my mattress into my painting room, thereby blocking me from getting to my painting desk. It's all done now, but I've got a lot of dust and stuff to clean up over the next few days. As a result, it looks unlikely that I'll get the Ming Chinese finished before the start of the Challenge, but it does mean that I'll have some things ready to go which will get me some quick points.
Where did I leave you? Oh yes, the Blue Hat and Green Hat cavalry. Well, before painting was interrupted, I did manage to finish the horses and also got a good way through painting the riders. It's just details, highlights and touch-ups left to do before varnishing and basing them.
I have ordered some more figures ready for the Challenge. From North star I ordered the other pack of Artizan WW2 Australians and three Pulp Figures packs. they arrived last week and I got them prepped and washed quite quickly. This evening I've placed a small order with Timecast for another pack of Ming Chinese infantry and some SYW Russians. I'll need to order a few other bits, mostly bases and such-like, this week.