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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge” December 2022

Updated: Dec 1, 2023


"Shortly after the Interex campaign the Luna Wolves became the Sons of Horus."

This month's optimistic intention to reduce my ‘peak of potential’ will be marvellously molded by Curt Campbell’s Thirteenth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC), or rather my mad dash to clear my painting desk before the event starts on December 21st. First up will be the remaining Sons of Horus space marines I need to finish so I can field a 500-points traitor legion for "The Horus Heresy" by "Games Workshop".


Fortunately, I've already built, painted and even flocked a large proportion of these multi-part plastic figures. But over the next few weeks I still need to quite heavily focus upon the thirty-one-model force's third tactical contingent comprising of ten Blackshields - warriors who have entirely denounced their parent Legion.

"Big Mr Tong" WIPs - A Sardaukar, Cyberman, member of the Village Militia and Dalek

To mix things up, I'm using several old "Forge World" resin kits I've had lying around since I last visited the Nottingham-based dedicated specialist's booth at "Salute" several years ago, alongside the pieces found inside the Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness boxed set. So, each member of this pariah formation will contain elements taken from various armour variants (e.g. helmets, insignia-marked shoulder-pads etc), as well as extra equipment and weaponry.


In conjunction with this aim, I'll also be prepping many of the numerous miniatures I want to pigment during the forthcoming AHPC. I'm actually planning on ignoring all its side-quests this year, and simply focusing on completing approximately one hundred 28mm figures instead. A good portion of these models will be 3D printed sculpts taken from my "Patreon" subscription of "Big Mr Tong". But I also have plans for a contingent of Golemmar Gnomes by "Artisan Guild", which I hope to use (as Halflings) for "One Page Rules" Age Of Fantasy: Skirmish ruleset.

November 2022 - A renewed interest in "Doctor Who" has seen "Warlord Games" gain some ground

As far as the past four weeks' progress is concerned, I have enjoyed my most productive November since I first started recording my output some nine years ago. Indeed, I’ve now almost painted as much during the past eleven months as I did the entirety of last year. Much of this success has undoubtedly been due to my fascination with 3D printing the 28mm figures of “Big Mr Tong”. But I’ve also surprisingly rekindled my interest in the “Doctor Who” range of metal miniatures produced by “Warlord Games” due to the Nottingham-based manufacturer announcing the line’s imminent end, and resultantly offering a myriad of free exclusive models whenever an online order attains a certain price point.


With the AHPC starting in approximately three weeks’ time I have little doubt that even more science fiction sculpts by “Big Mr Tong” will be ready for the tabletop, and hopefully they should be accompanied by an equally impressive number of “Games Workshop” Sons of Horus Space Marines for “The Horus Heresy”, as well as the remaining 15mm “Battlefront Miniatures” German Panzergrenadiers I need to complete for my “Flames Of War” force. I am though, still busy perusing all the fascinating miniatures available via the various companies on “Patreon”, so wouldn’t be at all surprised if another one of those didn’t suddenly catch my eye…

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planetmut
Dec 09, 2022

Absolutely loving the Sons of Horus, they look superb! Thanks to you painting the XVI Legion I've started reading the first three Horus Heresy novels again and I'd forgotten how good they are.

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Blaxkleric
Dec 14, 2022
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Cheers Matt. That's awesome!!! LOL!!! Really pleased with my SoH so far, and looking forward to getting the second unit (this time wearing MK VI armour) finished & on the tabletop.

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undercoat2670
Dec 08, 2022

Your Sons of Horus marines look great in the group shot, nice work. Your undercoated 3d printed models look good, with some interesting variety too. I hope the painting challenge goes well and you get through it unscathed!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 08, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. I'm not planning in getting involved in the AHPC politics surrounding bonus points this year. Just going to be a case of getting my head down and churning out some straightforward paint-jobs. If I pick extra points out then so much the better - but I won't be anticipating them.

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wsd50
Dec 06, 2022

Best of luck with you AHPC preparations mate, and good to see a Dalek making it's way across your painting desk! 😉


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 06, 2022
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Cheers Roger. I've got a fair few of Big Mr Tong's figures planned for the AHPC, and 10 Daleks (or 9 plus Davros) is most certainly one of them - all classic era ones too - though I do have some plans for an Imperial Dalek faction too tbh.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Dec 02, 2022

Hope the plan for Dec ember works out Simon, and that you get the prep work done for the next AHPC

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 02, 2022
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Thanks Dave. The plan is to start playing a large campaign involving several of Big Mr Tong's armies in January, so they should easily be ready for the AHPC and then swiftly finished once it has started. Most just require a shade and dry-brush, so they shouldn't be too time-consuming either.


Along with some other participates I found the inconsistent allocation of bonus points during last year's AHPC to be quite frustrating (and resultantly demoralising at times). So hopefully, just doing a (long) line of 28mm minis will be solution as I won't be relying upon bonus points to attain my 500-point goal.

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