Dauntless-Diabolical December: Community Painting Challenge

A trio of Astartes Dreadnoughts.

To finish up the year, we’ve got something that rolls in the options from a few previous months. Much like Jewel of July, the idea is that December allows a wide range of models from centrepieces to low-level heroes.

Krautscientist’s The Hound, Enkidu Lance, XII Legion 4th Assault Company.

So… what is this month for exactly?:

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!

Ellen’s Idoneth Deepkin Eidolon


Sfjy’s Knight Castellan, in all its imposing glory.

Pandoras Bitz Box’ “The Five Day Duel”.

WestRider’s Noise Marine Dreadnought.

The Imperfect Modeller’s Duel between a Crusader Champion and a Red Dragon.

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 and finish the year on a high note!

48 thoughts on “Dauntless-Diabolical December: Community Painting Challenge

  1. These Dreadnought look sweet! I don’t see much of your 40k stuff, they look really nice and I have a particular soft spot for the rediculously boxy Dreds.

    Very nice work. I’m currently working on my Ad Mexh Knight which I don’t know if I’ll complete in time… Really struggling with these large areas, they are so daunting! Really like the details on your walkers.

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  2. Ooh, cool one. Great way to finish out the year, too. I’ve mostly been working on Silver Tower and Rogue Trader stuff, so I might not have anything for November’s challenge, but there are definitely some things in my pile that will finish up nicely for this.

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  3. A great challenge. Nice looking back at what was done before. I have seven dwarves for you if you’d like them? Six are metal/lead and the seventh is plastic (that I put together). I was going to use them for a macabre Snow White and seven dwarves type thing but I’ve lost inspiration for it. As you may remember I’m not into dwarves but I know you are. So if you’d like them (free!) send me an email with address etc. themadnessofiro@gmail.com 😉

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  4. I suspect all my plans to get something done for November will come to nothing (unless the next week or so works out very differently to how it’s looking) but I’m sure I’ll be able to sort something out for December. I’ve got a few contenders in mind so I’ll see what I can do.

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  5. Great challenge once again with even more flexibility than normally! I’ll probably try and paint a character or two, and if I get really ambitious, maybe a monster as well. We’ll have to see how busy it is with the end-of-the-year festivities and all…

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    • Yeah, I figure it’s Christmas, so why limit it to only “centrepiece” models. Open it up just that bit more to any hero or character or vehicle as well and it lets a lot more people participate!

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  6. Yay for December! I have a Star Player converted and just needs some touch-up painting. Ha, I say that now, and 3 weeks later I’ll still be working on him! Progress either way though. If I’m lucky I’ll get the 2nd Star done as well, but he’s only been primed so far. The Van Saar are still waiting for their buddies to show up, so they can play….so we’ll see!

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  11. Here are my submissions, two heroes and a monster. I painted a veteran sergeant that’s my plastic recreation of the metal one from the 3rd ed.-era Command Squad, and also the sergeant from Battle for Macragge box. Finally, a Khorgorath as I didn’t want to paint more power armor 🙂

    The pair of sarges:


    *Still no blog, but I’ve been planning on starting one as a New Year’s resolution. So maybe for the January challenge!

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