Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Seventh Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge - 2016



As you may well have seen from the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge blog of my good friend Curt Campbell, the Seventh Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge has been recently announced. From December 20th, through to March 20th, bloggers and internet painters will be feverishly wielding their brushes in a collective bout of hobby madness.

I am sure that this year, like many previous years, will have many fantastic and magical moments from all the many friends participating, as well as some times of exhaustion, sore brush fingers, back-ache, frustration (through lack of time) and general chaos.

The Challenge is a slightly mad, though definitely most wonderful, time. It showcases the best of what the internet has to offer. In that regard, the painting and the (lustrous, lovely and spell-binding) miniatures of all participants are really just the backdrop to the real prize on offer – which is the deep and lasting friendships which the Challenge brings among those who take part, comment, observe, or just read about the Challenge-craziness.

I’m trying to be a little more organised in the Challenge this year, and have been thinking of some ideas for the Themed Rounds, as well as trying to get the figures I would like to paint prepared and ready. No doubt many of the other participants are doing the same. 

Mindful of saying too much and of achieving very little (or even less), I’m reluctant to say a great deal about what I’m hoping to do. I do, however, promise to try and blog a little more about the thought processes behind the entries and the painting and perhaps explain a little of the method behind the madness.


One of the things which was fun this Summer was using Google Hangouts to stage “paint and chat” sessions. Chatting to, and seeing people, around the world at their own painting tables was a great privilege. Hopefully, there’ll be many more of those Challenge “paint and chat” sessions before the end of March.

So whether you’re a grizzled veteran of previous Challenges or a newcomer, whether you’re hoping to paint 3,000 points or just 30, I wish you good luck and that I very much hope to see you in the Google Hangouts “paint and chat” very soon.


17 comments:

  1. Good post!
    Already warming-up my brushes in aticipation

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    1. Well done Benito - less of the taking (wonderful) photos from your window of the Madrid skyline, and more preparing the figures you're going to be painting ;)

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  2. Great to hear that you are throwing yourself into the challenge again Sir. I enjoyed my visit to the hangouts, but poor Mrs. Awdry felt the she had been banished whilst I was chatting, might need to rethink how I can get involved more.

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    1. Hi Michael - that's a very fair point. We'll get our heads together and work out some other options. I might have an idea...

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  3. I'm priming my stuff already...but I'm such a luddite - what is "Google Hangout"?

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    1. Hangout is an App ( phones/tablets etc) or programme on your PC that allows a number of people to share a video or audio call together . You need a google account to use it . There will be more about this on the main challenge blog

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    2. Greg, thanks for dropping by. Dave, Martin, Stefan and myself (and several others) tested the Google Hangouts tech over the summer. It works very well once you get the hang of it. As Dave says, more of this to come. Please very free to ping me an email (sidneyroundwood AT gmail DOT com), or join the Google Plus (Google+) group if you're at all interested/ or curious!

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  5. Looking foreard to more cracking entries from you ..

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    1. Thanks Dave. Looking forward to it as well...

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  6. It's terrific to have you with us again in the Challenge, Sidney! I think we need to work out a painting duel for 3mm and smaller figures. What do you think? Up to it?

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    1. Thanks Curt! Very pleased to be invited! A painting duel for 3mm and smaller - count me in! (... heads over to the duels page ...)

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  7. Wonderful to hear that you're with us again.

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  8. A tad late but: great to see you in the Challenge again Sidney!

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