|Albionnican Empire WIPs - The Captain sculpt contains lots of lovely detail to be picked out|
December 20th 2015 now looks set to be the start of thirteen weeks of painting pandemonium as I have entered the Sixth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Last year I just managed to paint up the 500 points worth of models I set as my initial goal; a decidedly tough target bearing in mind a participate only receives 5 points for every 28mm foot figure they complete. Fortunately I was able to enter a few models into some of the event’s themed submissions, and these earnt me just enough extra points to get the job done.
This year I hope to achieve the same target. But without cutting it quite so close to the wire. As a result I have already started basing and priming some of the figures I plan to enter for the competition; something the challenge’s organiser Curt both permits and recommends.
|Halberdier WIPs - The core of any Albionnican unit|
To begin with I thought I’d try and paint up the “Albionnican Empire” Starter Set I bought at this year’s “Warfare” in Reading. To be honest these 32mm “ArcWorlde” models, manufactured by “Warploque Miniatures” were something of a last minute impulse buy, spurred on by the fact that I had unwisely pulled out of backing creator Alex Huntley’s “Kickstarter” in 2013 at the last minute.
This opening foray into the “Fantasy Skirmish Wargame” will concentrate on the world’s most powerful civilised land, “the human realm of Albionnica” and should result in me painting up a small(ish) force of the wealthy island’s Redcoats; including a Captain, four halberdiers and four crossbowmen.
|Crossbowman WIPs - Such sturdy and well-built weapons can be devastating|
To be honest the style of these sculpts is definitely reminiscent of that used for the “Flintloque” game system miniatures, and I’m rather optimistic that the figures' additional size, along with their relative straightforwardness, should make them a reasonably quick, fun mini-project with which to start the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge with.