Updated to add links to the posts on the main Challenge and Bonus Theme Round blogs
Entry 1 - Baaa!
These 28mm sheep were just a quick entry on the first day to get myself on the scoreboard.
Entry 2 - Grav Vehicles
These 15mm grav tanks and APCs were my entry for the first bonus theme round "Armour"
Entry 3 - Ancient Nubians
A complete army for ADLG painted and based in a little over a week!
Entry 4 - Huzzah!
The first of my SYW Russian entries were these 36 hussars, representing the Novoserbskiy and Slavianoserbskiy regiments.
Entry 5 - Daughters of the Revolution
Some lovely 28mm minis from Bad Squiddo Games (Annie rocks!). These are only the second batch of WW2 figures that I've painted.
Entry 6 - Choson Korean Irregulars
These figures from Old Glory 15s max me out for Righteous Army and peasant levy troops for FoGAM and FoGR. They were my entry in the second bonus theme round "East".
Entry 7 - Cossacks!
This wild bunch were a mix of SYW and Napoleonic Cossacks from Essex. I will be adding some more Cossacks and some Kalmuks to my SYW Russians at some point.
Entry 8 - Horse Grenadiers
More SYW Russian cavalry, in this case the last two regiments of horse grenadiers - Kargopolskiy (green flag) and Rizhskiy (yellow flag).
Entry 9 - SYW Russian Infantry, Artillery and Wagons
This was quite a big entry - four infantry regiments, two artillery batteries with limbers and 4 wagons with fusilier escorts.
|Nevskiy; Pskovskiy; Riazanskiy; Sankt-Peterburgskiy|
Entry 10 - Crew of the Lady Sarah
Some lovely 28mm sculpts from Pulp Miniatures. This crew will be a smuggler gang for games in Salutesville - now I've just got to buy a ship for them, build a dockside area...
It seems that the tattoos I freehanded on two of them were very popular.
Entry 11 - Choson Korean Regulars
This entry comprises enough front rank bases for me to field 14 units rather than 6 - great for any civil war campaigns or for very big Imjin war battles.
Entry 12 - SYW Russian Cavalry and More Infantry
Another two infantry regiments - Kazanskiy at the front, Lazodskiy in the middle row; the cuirassiers are the Prinz Fedorovich (or Altesse Imperiale) regiment - the last of the regular cavalry regiments that fought in the SYW for my army.
Entry 13 - Well, Would You Believe It? Still more SYW Russians!
The last two infantry regiments - Bjeloserskiy (orange flag) and Kegsgolmskiy (yellow flag) plus some generals.
You'll probably be pleased to hear that these end the SYW Russians for the Challenge!
Entry 14 - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme!
My Curtgeld entry. This year we were asked to produce something in collaboration with other Challengers. I was in a group with DaveD and JamesM. Originally we planned to do a bunch of gladiator gaming figures, including some lions but for all of us time ran out and we only did the lions. This is a 28mm figure from Wargames Foundry. I called him Parsley after the character in a certain children's TV programme.
At some point I'll finish painting up the gladiators (and Emperor) to complete the set that we'll be sending off to Curt.
Entry 15 - Postie's Lair
I had great fun writing the text for this entry. The original plan had been to paint them in normal full colour, but after doing pre-highlighting with the airbrush I switched to a Sin City type chiaroscuro effect - greyscale with a colour accent.
This was my very last entry of AHPC7. If you're wondering about the sandbags, well they're to indicate that "Ray Woz Ere".
Phew! That took a while to type up. Let's doa bit of summary.
Foot - 590
Mounted - 116
Guns - 2
Limbers - 2
Wagons - 4
SciFi Vehicles - 6
Animals - 4
Foot - 34
In terms of overall points, this was my second best year; also in terms of points per week (AHPC5 was my best). I probably could have got close to beating my AHPC5 result, or even beaten it but after my father died I spent quite a bit of time away and didn't feel much in the mood for painting. I'm in a much better mood now and looking forward to hitting the paint table again shortly.
Some big surprises this year - no 6mm, no spaceships and hardly any SciFi.
This year was the biggest Challenge so far - it seems to keep on growing. We had 96 participants who achieved a total of 83,200 points of submissions - that's 867 points per participant. Just under 10% of the final points tally was submitted in the final 48 hours - that was a crazy weekend for those of us helping Curt out with minioning them. The scores ranged from a modest 5 to a whopping 4125. I got pipped from 7th down to 8th place in the very last hours.
Once again it was great to take part. Some of the entries were simply magnificent in quality, quantity or both. Some were absolutely bonkers (in a good way!). The sense of camaraderie was as strong as ever, with the usual encouraging and mickey-taking comments.
If you fancy taking part in this great event next time, keep an eye out on the Challenge blog (link at the top of my right-hand sidebar) around the end of October/beginning of November.