Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge – Personal Wrap-Up

So there’s been quite a few posts over the last two months showing the individual models I painted as part of Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge. I started getting everything out to take some pictures of, but then rather than in my normal “showcase” kind of setup, I started to lay everything out on the game mat, more like the way we’d lay out the terrain for an actual game. Pretty much because I needed to figure out how to have all of that fantasy tavern/blacksmith/trap/type stuff in the same pictures as so much industrial and post-apoc/sci-fi terrain.

While the challenge started off as a good bit of motivation to get some scenery painted, we also had some shit go down in July, which made it hard to concentrate on something like my own Jewel of July painting challenge, but I did still want to paint, and so Dave’s challenge really came into it’s own as a way to keep my hand in, as good looking tabletop scenery follows a slightly different set of rules to models – so the rougher look of weathered terrain was the perfect thing for me to work on.

Looking at these pics, the little campsite worked out a bit better than I thought, but by the same token I feel like I need a hell of a lot more of those pipes!

Aside from all of these pieces that got finished during the challenge period, I also got a few other medium-to-large pieces started, and so the tail of this challenge should go on to bear fruit for several more weeks at least as I finish off the extra projects.

So in the end, Dave’s Terrain challenge helped motivate me enough to basically complete enough terrain to run a small game on in just two months. Even better, most of these pieces had been sititng around for a minimum of a year, and in quite a few cases, more than a decade.

I’m certainly looking forward to the next one of these!

April ’20: A few final Models, Personal Wrap-Up and Ann’s Paint the Crap You Already Own final.

So here’s the final wrap for my April, haivng returned to painting again. After taking my pics, I’ve realised that for the various criteria I’ve left some things out and included a couple of things that shouldn’t be there. However, I really don’t want to go out there and take more photos since it’s a bit of a chaotic nightmare of models, so I’m calling them good enough because I’m not dragging all that shit out again just for two or three photos…

Reiksgard Foot Knights 1995/6, Michael Perry

These two Empire models are from back when that force still had Reiksgard Foot Knights, and are from the 1995/6 Catalogue, sculpted by Michael Perry. I’d have given them their own post but I’m out of time for April and besides that, I found another one of this sculpt (and a couple of friends) aftyer finishing this pair, so once they’re all done I’ll give ’em a post of their own in a week or so when everything is done.

I also finished this pair of industrial pallets, from the 40k 3rd edition-era Battlefield Accessories set. These took years (like.. 13-15 years) to finish simply because I decided to paint industrial stipes on the edge, got halfway through one of the two (despite the yellow being finished on both), and thought “fuck that” – so they ended up sidelined, packed away, in tubs of half-painted stuff and so forth for years. Sometime ago they got spotted and ended up on the painting desk, and then after awhile (again, years maybe?) I saw them a week or so ago and just fucking finished them. In, like, way less than an hour. So…. yeah.

Then there’s the Slaaneshi Champion, who was on a different shelf and so missed out on being included in either my own Month’s wrap-up photo as well as Ann’s challenge photo, despite being the first figure I finished for that challenge this month. So well done, there.

And finally in terms of Ann’s Paint the Crap You Already Own challenge there are the first models of any sort that I completed for it. The Wizkids Cages. Which also missed out on the photo because they were put aside in a storage tub.

Oh, and then there’s the two models I painted for Ann’s March challenge, that were both finished at the start of April. These two aren’t part of Ann’s April challenge as they went in for March’s, but being completed at the start of April in that small window they should be in my own personal round-up for the month. But you know, they were on a shelf alongside the Chaos Champion above and so also missed the photo(s).

The problem with my compilation this month has basically been that I haven’t finished cleaning up the War Room, which is in a fucking state, and as I slowly burnt out last year without doing round-ups there are several of last years’ months worth of models scattered around on pretty much every available flat surface (including the space I usually use as my monthly staging area) that have to be 1) photographed and 2) put away somewhere, despite the room being such a fucking mess (and I’ve run out of shelf display space, in case that part wasn’t obvious..) So it’s like one of those puzzles where you need to move some pieces but have ot move some other pieces before you can move the pieces that you want and the pieces all need to go somewhere and….

Oh, does anyone know what this model is exactly? I’ve had it for many years, and it’s a VERY old Citadel model, it’s got a slotta at the bottom of it that was useless for info (and it’s been based now for ages, and I’m not prying it off to see if it says anything new). It looks similar in a lot of ways to one of the C28 Giant Demons by Nick Bibby from 1985 or so. I’d like to paint it, but before I start it’d be interesting to see what it was supposed to be and find out if that gives me any particular inspiration for it.

oh, that’s a 40mm base, as well. It’s quite large for a model of that era.

I’m not 100% sure if Ann (or anyone else) are running painting challenges this month (May) so I’m going to treat it as a personal “Neglected Models” month and try to keep on finishing more stuff that’s been sititng unloved and unfinished for months or years rather than starting new models (with only a few exceptions). If Ann or anyone else do run a challenge, I’ll just pivot as much stuff as I can/feel like that’s already neglected towards that theme. You can feel free to play along at home from your isolation bunkers as well, but I won’t be doing any wrap-ups or anything else like that. Well, not for awhile, but I do intend to run “Jewel of July” again this year. You have been warned!