I think the theme for this challenge was the little challenger who could. I thought I could, had many moments of self doubt, wasted some of my time and came very close to achieving all my goals. I had fun and painted a lot of stuff so lets look at a spreadsheet comparing this year and last year, shall we?
|Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge|
|2013 – 2014||2014 – 2015|
|Bonus Rounds completed||6||8|
So, while I failed to hit my target for the second year in a row, I got much closer. So close in fact, for a brief moment this week, I believed I could make u the 271 points to make it. In the end I settled for finishing everything I had started on the painting desk.
That was these:
18 20mm plastics and one 28mm metal for 77 points.
Caesar fantasy Dwarf and Goblins.
Caesar Numidians and Orion Khazars.
Reaper Dwarf "Dain" from the Learn to Paint - Intermediate Armor Kit.
I won't say there was no stress, because I stressed a lot actually, but I came away feeling more accomplished and energized at the end this year. Last year I was totally burnt out and didn't pick up a brush again until July.
So aside from painting more miniatures and scoring more points, what did I accomplish? I proved to myself that I can push myself to bang out figures. My biggest hurdle has been getting things almost done and then leaving them that way. I achieved my goal of entering all the bonus rounds. Last year I missed the last one as I crashed and burned when I realized my points goal was out of reach. I got Curt his fee figure during the challenge. More than anything else it bugged me that I hadn't completed my Curtgeld in a timely manner last year, so that was a weight off. And lastly I finally made an honorable mention in a bonus round. I hadn't initially even considered it but surprised myself with some of my own entries this year. While I'm sure that some of the heavy hitters not submitting entries may have played a part, I'll still take the accolades. You can even put an asterisk next to it.
So, plans for next year? While I'm feeling the euphoria I'll lay out a basic plan for next year.
- Prep more figures. I seem to spend way too much time still prepping during the challenge.
- Set my goal to 750. I never seem to hit my target so I'll lower it a little. You can always revise up.
- Perhaps be a little more selective in the bonus rounds. While I enjoyed all the bonus rounds I didn't always have the mojo for them and I think it showed. Better to just do a couple that really click.
- Try to do a better job of blog interaction during the challenge. In the heat of it all I was unable to comment and read on all the entries, let alone other blogs not involved.
There you have it. I'll leave you with a group shot.
Perhaps not as impressive when it's all stored in a Really Useful Box.
Looks a bit better in the group shot.
Thanks for looking.