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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, 21 March 2016

They Think It's All Over...

...well, it is now. About 14 hours ago the shutters came down on submission of last-minute entries after three months of frenetic painting which saw 75 painters from around the globe take part. Sunday was complete madness as I can attest, having stepped up (along with DaveD) to assist Curt with getting submissions posted. At times it seemed that as soon as we had adjudicated and published someone's draft post, a new one would suddenly appear in the list to replace it. On Sunday alone there were 40 entries posted.

I managed to finish and submit three entries over the weekend:

Curtgeld: "Frack"

Things That Go Bump In Mexicagrave

At Salutesville City Penitentiary

The last few days were a real rollercoaster. My Crusties put me up into 10th place briefly, but then I slipped back to 12th. The ghouls put me into 8th place and the "bulls" jumped me into 4th place - it really was that tight on the points table. With nothing left in the bag, I got gazumped by Kyle's final entry and finished in 5th place with 1787 points. That is  my highest placing, even though it's my lowest overall score (AHPC3 - 1970 pts, 7th place; AHPC4 - 1959 pts, 8th place; AHPC5 - 2522 pts, 6th place).

I think this year saw me submit more entries than the previous years - 25 in the main event and three in the bonus theme rounds. Speaking of which, out of my three theme round entries I scored two podium spots (2nd in the Nostalgia round, 3rd in the Nautical round). Funnily enough both of those submissions were taking the mickey out of other Challengers. Maybe if I'd found a way to do that for my last one I might have had a third time on the prize winners' platform?

I'm going to take a brief break from the brushes to recuperate. Just a couple of days off. I will pick up the brushes to give them a good cleaning though, but not to apply paint to figures. I think I may have finally killed off my 2 main brushes with all the painting I've done.

At some point this week I'll be doing a round-up post of all my entries. Like last year, I'll group them by theme rather than posting them in the order they were published.

That just leaves me with one thing to do - thank everyone who took part in the Challenge, but especially Curt for running it once again. It's a fantastic event and gets stronger every year. I'm already looking forward to AHPC7 - thank goodness I've got 9 months to recover!


  1. Cracking work as always, but the green on the prison guards is outstanding!

  2. Great stuff Tamsin, and many thanks indeed for all your support and kind comments on my postings during the AHPC. Very much appreciated :-)

  3. Excellent looking minis Tamsin.

    Cheers, Ross

  4. A nice mix to end with. The ghoules looked great and the plods too.
    Well done Tamsin on your entries - some lovely stuff.

  5. Wonderful job - the last day was a bit hectic wasn't it? I'm taking a few week break from painting!

  6. Fabulous three final entries to finish off. I don't blame you having a rest - you've been painting like one possessed!

  7. Great last submission to the Challenge, Tamsin.
    Many thanks for the effort and time investid, and for your comments to my entries, you are a most efficient Minion XD
    I still wonder where you got the time to do so many things at the same time

  8. I'm just in awe of the quantity and quality!

  9. All top quality. Superb work Tamsin!

  10. You did some crackin work in the Challenge Tamsin!

  11. It was my favourite challenge to date, very impressed with your output, especially considering the time taken out to push us little mortals about LOL


  12. Fantastic work, Tamsin. I really loved your submissions this year. Really great quality, and terrific quantity. It was just a great performance!

  13. You did really well, some cracking entries, and indeed Sunday was busy

  14. It was a great Challenge Tamsin. I'm glad you had a good time and thanks again for helping out.

  15. It was a great Challenge Tamsin. I'm glad you had a good time and thanks again for helping out.

  16. @ Russ - thanks! That green did come out rather well :)

    @ Simon - cheers! You produced some lovely figures during the Challenge :)

    @ Ross - thank you :)

    @ Dannoc - cheers! I did enjoy painting those last three entries - maybe it was because they were the last three ;)

    @ Miles - thanks! Hectic doesn't really describe how busy it was. Enjoy your painting break :)

    @ Herbert - shhhhhh! Don't let on about the demon cohabiting with my soul ;)

    @ Anibal Invictus - thanks! You're not alone in wondering where I find the time for so many things. I'm still trying to figure it out myself :)

    @ Gordon - if you think I produced a lot, the top 2 each produced almost double my output! :o

    @ Simon Q - thanks! :)

    @ Ray - cheers! :)

    @ Ian - thanks! Are you suggesting that I'm not mortal? ;)

    @ Sidney - cheers! My quality is nowhere near your standard - loved your Laarden submissions :)

    @ Dave D - thanks! I'm not sure how I managed to fit so much painting around getting submissions posted ;)

    @~ Curt - thank you! You're welcome - it was my pleasure to help out :)

  17. Great work, even if you (and others) spent the weekend painting while I was too busy actually playing (and thus got booted from the top 10)!


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