Time for another painting challenge! This time the idea is to paint at least one model that represents a creature, machine or terrain piece that is on the larger side. Aircraft, daemon engines, tanks, giants, trains, cavewomen riding mammoths, ships, and beasts that are great, writhing masses of tentacles, eyes, and maws that tumbled down from the stars or crawled up out of the sewer all will find a home in this challenge.
(Note that if you click on the pictures, they will take you to the artists’ websites. I’ve included some examples below of projects that would work for this challenge.)
Rules of the Challenge
- The challenge closes on July 3rd, 2020 at midnight (last place on Earth). The project must be completed, but if you can’t get your pictures posted by that date, it is fine. Just post them as soon as you can.
- Models must represent a creature at least the size of an ogre or small giant. Machines must represent something that is at least as large as a medium-sized armored vehicle or single-seat aircraft.
- Terrain pieces and dioramas are also welcome. (See examples below.)
- Any scale is welcome. The miniatures can be small but have to represent things that would be large at 1:1 scale. Also, there is nothing to say it has to be a miniature. If you want to paint a mural, put a coat of paint on your house, refinish a good-sized piece of furniture, those would all count too as long as it is a painting or staining project.
- Projects can be works in progress at the start of the challenge or you can begin something new.
- You can complete one model or as many as you want. Basing is great, but is optional.
- Questions, comments, ideas? Let me know in the comments.
If you paint small models during the challenge that would strongly fit thematically with your larger miniature, you can include them in a group shot. For example, if Azazel painted an APC, like the one pictured below, and also painted some suitable space marine passengers to go along with it, he could include the marines in the group shot.
Dioramas are also welcome for the challenge. In these cases the whole is greater than the sum of its parts so you are not required to include a large creature or dominating terrain feature, although you may. Pat included a good-sized wall in his “Desert Attack,” but the diorama would have qualified for the challenge without the wall because there is plenty going on here without it!
A single building will qualify for this painting challenge. Dave built a Wells Fargo Way Station as part of of diorama, but the building alone would qualify too. As you can see, he went to the effort to model the inside as well. (Click on the image to see the outside of his building and the overall diorama.)
Wudugast’s rat-ogre and its slightly smaller friend would both qualify for the challenge. If he painted the ratman, with the spiked club and shield, on the far right during the challenge, it would fit thematically with the others and he could include it in a group shot (like the one below) if he wanted.
Aircraft, like this representation from WWI by John, could fly into the challenge. Any sizable machine or vehicle from any historical period as well as from milieus that only exist in the imagination are fair game.
Miniatures that represent towering statues or impressive golems that might guard forgotten ruins or await orders from a dread magician are appropriate …
… as are mighty warriors (reptilian and otherwise) riding fearsome dinosaurs!
Trolls can come in many shapes and sizes and fortunately a lot of them can stand eye to eye with an ogre. Some have interesting professions and hobbies too, such as playing in death sports, football leagues, or both at the same time.
As for me, I hope to finally finish a pig demon-looking thing that a friend asked me to paint for him so long ago now that he apparently forgot I still had the miniature. Heck, I forgot about the pig demon too until I happened to find it when I was organizing my hobby room/office. So this challenge will push me to put pig demon toward the top of my painting queue and get it back into my friend’s hands before the end of the Aquarian Age!
The pig demon is my first priority, but maybe I can squeeze in Becky the Bloat Drone here too. If so, my post-Heresy Death Guard forces will wax mighty indeed comprising this daemon engine and a full 20 zombie squad (hopefully) of poxwalkers. Let the galaxy tremble!
After this painting challenge ends, I’m going to take July off from running painting challenges. Azazel has written that he might be doing a Jewel in July challenge for 2020 and if he does I’ll be painting for that.
Until next time paint on!