Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge 2015 - Preview - "ArcWorlde" By "Warploque Miniatures"

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.

24 comments:

  1. Smart choices.. A non black undercoat... Good lad!

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    1. Thanks Dave. I always find red a difficult colour as it is to use well, so thought I'd make my life easier with these Redcoats by getting an initial layer in courtesy of their undercoat :-)

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  2. O I like these sculpts very much! Loads of character and believable movement about them.

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    1. Cheers Dai. I've picked up the Halflings Starter Set too, and they're just as crammed with cheeky character. These should be great fun to paint, and have certainly made me eager to get going on the challenge.

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  3. Nice figs. Look forward to seeing what you do with them!

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    1. Thanks Gordon. I'm hoping I can tempt you with them once they're painted... it'll make a change from the norm of you making me go out and buying more miniatures ;-)

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  4. Interesting miniatures. No shortage of character, that's for sure. Call me crazy (or not) but the trooper having a smoke reminds me of the late Lee Marvin.

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    1. Cheers Finch. Presumably that Halberdier was born under a wanderin' star ;-)

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  5. Not heard of the company before, but those are certainly interesting sculpts.
    Good luck in the paint-fest .Last year was too much for me so I'm not taking part this time around.

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    1. Thanks Roy. I did get a bit 'lagged' myself last year. But just managed to crawl across the finishing line at the end. This time round I want to be more prepared and I think these models will be a good start. You'll certainly be seeing more of them if they take to my painting style as I hope.

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  6. Cunning plan using the coloured undercoat and perfectly legal too. I tend to base and prime much more than I will ever be able to do and put them away in the spare room. I find that there is nothing more disheartening than looking at mountains of primed miniatures and wonder how I am going to get through them all? This way I have always got something to fall back on when I change my mind or the painting mojo starts to sag.

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    1. Sound advice Michael. Though I do like to have something of a gathering around my work space so I can see what I have to look forward once I finish a particular model. I don't know why but I find such a sight rather encouraging and comforting.

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  7. Well, you certainly bring plenty of variety to your painting table, Simon, I, too, had never heard of this range or company. They're all nicely sculpted and posed figures. I especially like the Captain, who oozes character. It's going to be fun watching you bring them to life, so to speak.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. Another project I know but currently I'm getting through my backlog, and this Challenge is all about three-months worth of preparation and planning :-)

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  8. Good luck in your painting challenge Bk! Some very interesting figures for sure dude!

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    1. Cheers Bob. I'm hoping to involve some shambling Undead at some point to keep you zed-fans happy too :-)

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  9. Nice looking figs Simon. I was looking at these at the Derby Show in October it has some funky characters in the range as well. Looking forward to seeing you get these finished off.

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    1. Thanks Simon. "ArcWorlde" certainly appears to be a cracking little fantasy universe, which I'm definitely excited about exploring.

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  10. And off you go again, Simon you really do have the wargames butterfly mentality! I used to have a load of the flintloque stuff back in the day (and for a change I was actually the British!), sold it all on a couple of years back now to fund something else. But these look interesting, look forward to seeing how they come out. Good luck with the challenge.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. "Wargames butterfly mentality"!?! What an outrageous thing to say, Roger ;-)

      Tbh I'm hoping over the intervening weeks I can get a lot of the current projects done and dusted, as I won't obviously be touching these again until the Challenge starts in four weeks time. I do however have a few more 'new projects' to post about as part of my preparation, so get ready for a few more similar posts to this one...

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  11. Not a company or game I've heard of before, Simon. Had a brief look at their website, but the shop part of it doesn't appear to working ( on mobile at least), so wasn't able to view the figures. I shall be watching your progress with interest...

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    1. Cheers Jez. I certainly think they're an upcoming company well worth having a look at, and certainly one these basic troopers are painted will be picking up a few of their specialist Albionnican units, such as the ogre and wizard :-)

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  12. A bloody lovely selection of figures! I look forward to your paint jobs on them!

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    1. Thanks Chris. Much appreciated. I have quite a few mini-projects I hope to finish during the Challenge, including a Halfling "ArcWorlde" one too. Fingers crossed I can get both these "Warploque Miniatures" ones finished.

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