The Jewel of July ’18: Community Painting Challenge

My Rogue Idol of Gork. Or possibly Mork.

Wait, what?

Something different for next month. To celebrate the middle of the year, I thought that July’s challenge should be something a bit more open than Squads or Neglected Models (don’t worry, we’ll see a lot more of both of those!) Based somewhat on Decembruary, but more open even than that, since Decembruary was all about centrepieces, so it excluded small hero models and scenery. This coming month, we open it right up.

Oh – and all of the images I’ve stolen used in this post are illustrative of things that do indeed count for challenge purposes. This July is a wide-open month that above all, aims to be fun. Just as importantly, all images are clickable and will send you to that person’s blog post. So do indeed check out some stuff that’s new to you!

I’m under no delusion that everyone I’ve linked here will have the time/inclination/etc to participate this next month, so don’t feel “called out”, but I did feel like this post would be a good opportunity to provide a ton of examples of stuff that can be considered valid models for June July. JULY, and rather than just populate it with models from my own collection – use models from your collections instead with links so people can check out more of one anothers’ blogs. Because community and all that.

Angron, Khornate Daemon Primarch of the World Eaters, by Krautscientist

Doubledowndice’s Faust’s *actual* eyeball.

The Jewel of July is about painting (almost) anything you want that you think will be cool, or impressive, or just nice.

Imperialrebelork’s Red Right Hand Ogre Stonehorn Rider

Warburton’s OG Ork Warboss.

Carlo’s Cave Goblin Witcher. (no relation to Geralt)

Mikeland82′ Inquisitor Morecroft Blight of the Ordo Xenos

Le Bim’s Kavadh I, Shahanshah Sassanide!

It’s for Heroes. Big or small. named or otherwise. A Lieutenant or a Medic or a Warlord Riding a Dragon. An Inquisitor’s aide or a Star Player or a Bounty Hunter.

It’s for Vehicles. A Motorcycle or a Maus. A Starship or a Gaslands Car. A Panzer IV to a Kettenkrad. A Rhino APC or a Konigstiger or a War Rig or a M’ak I. (or M’ak II?)

It’s for the more impressive scenery pieces. A desert oasis or a (ruined?) temple or a bunker complex or a single bunker or a skyscraper or a Ferratonic Incinerator or a Kwik-E-Mart. A forest worth of trees or a jungle worth of plants.

It’s for Monsters. Ogres or Ogors. Dragons, Giants, decent-sized Daemons. Bronze Bulls and Dinosaurs and Great Wight Sharks and Goremaw and Cthulhu.

It’s for Dieties and Demi-gods. Primarchs and Titans. Atlas and Aeres and Abaddon. Horus and Hercules. Venus and Vulkan. Saturn and Sanguinius.

It’s for Mechs and the Mechanicum. Steampunk walkers, Dreadnoughts, Imperial Knights, Warjacks, Tripods, Titans.

It’s for Dioramas and Vignettes. Historical, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. It’s all good. Even better if they also feature something from the above!

So yes. Anything from a USMC Corpsman to a 28mm scale Warlord Titan counts for this coming month’s challenge.

A pair of M’ak I tanks created and painted by Mark Morin.

Ann’s Urnafortunus: Herald of Nurgle.

Some of Thomas’ many Shardwrack Spines along with a Rhino APC – both of which would count. And some Thousand Sons (though they wouldn’t count).

St Cranium’s Church Hall from

The Imperfect Modeller’s 54mm Rourke’s Drift.

Curis’ Great Wight Shark

Alex’ Olivia Neutron-Bomb

Wudogast’s Khornate Ogryn Icon Bearer. Also works for Ogre and even Ogors. 😉

Marouda’s Ki-rin

Just Needs Varnish’s Mammont Neo-Soviet Heavy Tank.

Coronasan’s Wargame Exclusive Inquisitor’s Batmobile Car

Subedai’s “Death Hood” – Oldhammer Level 15 Dark Elf Sorcerer

Molly Squidpiddge by Argentbadger

Burkhard’s Rollo the (friendly) Viking

Tarmor’s Giant Scorpion.

Westrider’s Tyranid Tervigon

Dave Kay’s Necromunda Hive Scum

Ellen’s D&D Balor Demon

A swamp terrain piece by Dagger & Brush

Patrick WR’s Nurgle Foetid Bloat-Drone

Chapel-Box by Heresyofus

sfjy’s Imperial Titan.

Pete S /SP’s SU-100 Soviet tanks in a desert scheme.

Dave 2718’s Konflikt ’47’s US Mudskipper

Gabbi’s Archangel Michael

Backtothehammer’s Haldrin Stormlight, Glade lord on great stag.

Cousin Nalesk’s Ork Kommando Boss

Aragorn, Son of Arathorn by dcminiaturespainting

Wargamereric’s Terrax-Pattern Iron Warriors Termite Assault Drills.

Tichy’s French 64-gun Ship of the Line

Paul’s Ikiryo – Geisha of Yurei.

Rexlogan’s Freebooter’s Fate Oceppa,

Demi Morgana’s WarZone Mercurian Maculator of Demnoginis

Mug of Dice’s “Middlehammer” Dwarf Hero

Vongutenboom’s Ork Fighta-Bomma

Technasma’s T’au Tetra

What isn’t it for? It’s not for the truly small stuff – units of line infantry, or barrels and crates. Little bits of scatter terrain.

Units are okay, if they would individually fit in with the above categories. This means units of tanks, or Inquisitors’ retinue members, or units of Ogres or Carnifexes (Carnifii?) or what used to be Space Marine Command Squads all work, but an Imperial Guard squad, or a Space Marine Squad, or a unit of Fallschirmjaeger don’t.

Not this…

…or this.

As always, the biggest distinction between this painting challenge and many others out there are that I only care about you completing these models. It’s not a “start-to-finish” challenge set during a single month, so regardless of whether you just missed out on finishing that diorama or tank this month, last month, or six months ago – or you’ve got stuff that you’ve been chipping away at for six months – or, indeed – if you’ve got models that have been shelved for months or even years, feel free to dig them out and join in.

Similarly, if you want to go start-to-finish, then feel free to go right ahead. It’s about completing cool things. The challenge is designed to easily fit into your (and my) painting schedule and be flexible enough to encompass quite a lot, and hopefully just act as a bit of an impetus or inspiration to get this stuff completed.

As I said up the top of this post, I don’t expect that everyone shown above will be able to join in, but if you’ve been on the edge of joining in on one of these challenges, or just painting some stuff anyway that fits into the many categories, please do feel free to join in. This goes for you, too Marouda!

Once again, I will NOT be posting regular updates over the course of the month on it. I WILL do a round-up of all the participants I’m aware of just after the end of the month, though – so once again – please DO LINK to this post when you finish something that you want counted in the round-up – because I WILL forget your post otherwise. It happens every single month. Also, if you’re doing June-It, be sure and link your finished units over there. There’s still a week left to go!

104 thoughts on “The Jewel of July ’18: Community Painting Challenge

    • Actually, the first part of my plan is to get motivated to finish some of the big stuff on my desk that’s been there for ages. Then maybe some of the hero models. Probably a good chance I don’t even start anything new and just try to finish a bunch of older things that fit the monthly theme.

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  1. Oh right! I’m very new to these challenges and decided I’d like to join in… but I don’t think the Possessed unit I’m working on fits into the June Challenge after reading this description so I’ll keep working on it for the July challenge! Thanks for the inspiration Azazel

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    • There’s still another week for the June challenge if you want to try and get the Possessed done in time. For July a single Aspiring champion will work – or a series of them for multiple challenge successes!


      • I was under the impression that i had to start and end the challenge in june based on what i saw in thia post. I was going to try and finish 10 by june but now i thought i coukd try to finish what ever i have by july. Ita only a unit of possessed space marines but they are pretty unique

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      • No, not at all. The way all of (my) challenges work is that you just need to finish the thing in the month. Doesn’t matter when you started it. So in June, you can finish units that you started in the month of June, or back in 1996.
        So next month, it’s all about the heroes/tanks/etc as listed above. Again, doesn’t matter if you start them in a week’s time in July or 5 years ago.
        Rationale being that most hobby challenges are all about getting things start-to-finish painted in a single month, which rarely works for me – that style of challenge leaving people with more half-painted models if they miss out on completion, sucking the wind out of their sails.
        Making them all about completing models on the other hand, works as motivation to go start-to-finish for some people ,which is super cool – but also works to motivate people to finally finish off this model or that squad or whatever that’s been sitting around half-done for ages.


      • Ah i see, then yeah this all sounds perfect for me. I have plenty to choose in terms of unfinished projects.

        Looking forward to being a regular in the challenges!

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      • Hi Azazel, So I have a new post up on our blog with my June-it entry in… but I dont know what I’m supposed to do with it now! you said something about linking it here? I’m pretty new to blogging and brand new to the challenges so any guidence would be very much appreciated!

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      • Cool! Easiest thing to do usually is to just drop a link into that month’s challenge post inside your post – in this case it’s the June challenge here:
        And/or go to the comments section of that month’s challenge post and link to your post – both work by creating a link to your post of completed models from my challenge post’s comments section. Makes it much easier to find all of the participants and their stuff!


      • Oh ok! I did link to that challenge post, just because if I can then when I mention someone’s content I always link to it. But I’ll drop a link to the group pic of my models in the June-It post too.

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      • Cool thanks. Still working on the June round-ups. I need to finish posting my own June figs but I’ve been unpleasantly busy the last few days…


    • Yeah, when I put the post together I was initially going to illustrate it with a few of my own models, then I thought “why not use some of the others that I follow/follow me?” Then those pics just grew and grew, and…

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  2. Thanks for the shout-out! I’m still really happy with that Tervigon, even if it is kind of tiny compared the actual Model that came later.

    I believe the actual Latin plural of Carnifex is Carnifices, but it probably varies by part of speech and such because Latin is stupidly complicated. GW just uses “Carnifexes”. I started using “Carnifexen” back in 4th because at the time I couldn’t find a GW source that mentioned them in the plural, and I like the way -xen plurals sound.

    Also, that Balor is really cute!

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  3. Cheers for the shout! As usual my thought process has gone;
    A – hmmm… sounds very interesting…
    B – No! Absolutely not! You’re not doing another challenge, think of everything else you were planning to paint this month!
    C – …Although… there is that one model that you’ve been wanting to take a shot at for a while, what better excuse to bump it up the line?
    D – And then of course if I’m going to paint that one, what about this one and this other one as well?

    Will anything happen? Let’s wait and see but consider me a strong maybe 😀

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  4. I’m in. SFJY accepts your July challenge! I’ve actually just purchased the new GW Knight Castellan, so that bad boy should fit nicely😁 of coursecthis actually means I’ll have to sit down and get him painted now…

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  5. Thanks for the shout out! I tried to think of something cooler than “shout out”, but I didn’t get enough sleep last night (#junit beckons!).

    I’m with Wudugast. We’re both over there drinking beers in the corner of the tavern. Figuring out how we’re going to pull off this big heist…we just need 1 more on the team and in walks in…

    Excuse my ramblings. I really should start an RPG blog, haha! Anyways, this is about Challenges and Painting the Minis! I really need to push get the next Necromunda gang painted. The dream is to get them done in a month, but somewhat doubtful right now. The Jewel-ly Challenge is really super tempting though. I’ll have to take a look if I have something close that would meet the challenge or if there is something new I might be able to squeeze in. Should have a better idea at the start of July. Even if I don’t end up doing it, many thanks for coming up with these cool ideas and organizing the Challenges! 🙂

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    • All good, bro. Shout-outs to all my homies in da hizzouse!
      Or something like that.
      Jewel challenge would work for your gang leader(s) or heavies. Blood Bowl Star Players as well.

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  6. As always, thanks for the shout out! I am still extremely pleased with that Angron model, so to see him featured elsewhere is always a treat! Some truly excellent work from everybody else as well!

    Plus I have to say that I have just the model for next month’s challenge…

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  8. Some great models of many different types! I think for July I will probably work on finishing my poxbringer from the Collect Nurgle box. After all, Urnafortunus shouldn’t get to have all the fun herding/ordering about/oppressing my growing band of Nurglites.

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  11. Cripes, talk about late to the party! I can’t believe I missed this post somehow! And I get a mention (appreciate that)! Now I need to frantically find something to paint which, for this particular challenge, is probably going to be tricky!

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