If you want to get the perspective of a champion, check out Loki's post mortem here.
1. Have a plan. I followed Andrew's lead and made a list and planned it all out. It quickly fell apart as I dawdled and had to scramble to get in my first themed entry. I never really recovered as I seemed to always be up against the next themed deadline.
2. Be flexible. I am a fairly dogmatic person, I like to do things in a certain order. Allow yourself to improvise and don't get locked into an idea that means not meeting the deadline. I probably could have had my last stand/ entry figures as one submission if I had just let go of my original last stand idea.
3. Work in batches. I think Andrew had it right when he said he worked on large projects 3 units at a time. I personally got bogged down in groups that were too big for me. At this point I think 4 or 5 figures is the sweet spot for me.
4. Get things prepped before the challenge. A lot of my themed entries were completely fresh/ on the sprue before I got to work on them during the challenge. Don't do that to yourself.
5. Don' be afraid to go for it. I held myself back quite a bit as I was afraid of messing things up and thus not be able to submit them. In the interim I plan to try and improve and expand my technique so that it won't be so much flying blind in the future.
And that about sums it up.
Here's a few shots of the stuff I didn't finish that will be done in short order when I get back from my trip.
|Just need the teeth painted , shields touched up and glued on. Then varnish and flocking.|
|My Cross of Iron themed entry figure group. Need to sculpt a tiny bit.|
|My aborted last stand theme project. I'm still going to try grayscale. It seemed original at the time.|