April 2021 Second Annual “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” Painting and Hobby Challenge

The “Neglected but Not Forgotten” painting challenge ends on April 2nd, so I thought I’d announce the April challenge before I get too busy doing the “Neglected” round-up, which is looking like it’s going to be large indeed! For April I’m going to do a second annual “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge.*

The idea is simple.  You can paint anything you want so long as you owned it on or before April 1, 2021. It doesn’t have to be a neglected model — you can have purchased it the day the challenge begins if that is your desire. A nice way to perhaps add something new to your collection of painted miniatures if you are tired of painting neglected models smelted during the Age of the Antonines.

Always good advice! 🙂

Also, again this year, as a Hobby Challenge, you don’t have to confine yourself to painting models.  For example, you can write a short story, paint a picture (or bedroom or some cave art), develop a recipe, post a Youtube video, complete a needlepoint project, finishing putting together a swing set out in your backyard, put in a porch light, etc.  Pretty much anything fun, hobby or craft oriented that you start on or before April 1st.**

Rules of the Challenge

  • Models for this challenge must be ones you owned on or before April 1, 2021.
  • The challenge closes on May 2nd, 2021 at midnight (your local time).  If you can’t get your pictures posted by that date, it is fine.  Just post them as soon as you can.
  • You can complete one model or project for this challenge or as many as you want.  Basing is optional if you don’t plan on doing basing later. It is mandatory if the plan is for the finished project to be based.
  • Models and projects you feature in other challenges (not also run by me) are welcome here too.
  • You can join in, and add more models at any time as the month goes along.
  • Models from any company, range, time period, scale, etc. are welcome.
  • Questions and/or ideas?  Let me know in the comments.
  • For those who missed the 2020 round-up in two parts, you can see part one here and part two here.
Pioneer’s Cabin Diorama by Dave of The Imperfect Modeller.

Painting an entire diorama is certainly a worthy project and who doesn’t love a fully painted tank?

Panzerkampfwagen VI, Pattern Tintenfisch, from Sir John’s Just Needs Varnish!

Of course some good, old-fashioned space marines are always welcome.  One or a whole squad.  (Wretched, Gollum-looking person peering out of a hole optional.)

My friend, Daniel’s, Deathwing terminators from a March 2017 game.

Like I said, a project doesn’t have to be painting miniatures to have a place in this April challenge.  Something like this map I made using Campaign Cartographer software or one drawn by hand would find a welcome home here.

Might be fun to run a Fantasy-meets-Old West mini-campaign using my little map?

Carve some Easter pumpkins, perhaps?***

If  you don’t want to paint a picture, play a game, paint a model and making videos is lame … then when all else fails bake a Cthulhu pie!

Once again, “In his pie at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu dreams for (drowns in?) whipped cream.”
Tree Symbol Clip Art

* This challenge also has the added feature that I can pretty much recycle the challenge announcement, including the pictures, from last year. I kind of wanted to give that Cthulhu pie some more love!

** Home improvement projects may or may not be fun but they are “crafts” and thus count for this challenge.

*** Ensorcelling said pumpkin(s) as container(s) for the bewitched life force(s) of extinct but somehow still nascent being(s) of pure song is, like basing, optional unless you were planning on doing this at some point to complete the project in which case said thaumaturgy is mandatory. I will make case by case exceptions if you have unavoidable blockages such as not being able to secure required material components, timing of sacrifices due to astrological-related issues, ritual assistant union troubles, etc.

75 responses to “April 2021 Second Annual “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” Painting and Hobby Challenge”

  1. hello Ann,

    Marvin introduced me to your competition through his saxons….

    i have been gaming in April so have not finshed any “crap” but I did complete some figures which some might regard as “crap” when you read their reviews on plastic soldier review.


    Look up the manufacturer – they only made about 10 sets.

    By Lucky Toys or is that Unlucky toys. Well I finished them in March and uploaded them to my site in early April. There are a few but this link is to the Piedmontese or should that be Sardinians?


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    • Nice! I’ll make sure she gets into the round up when I do it in May. I like that one piece of advice I read on your blog for doing more sheer stockings, though I think the way you did it works too since they could easily be made of a non-sheer, thicker material.


  2. Hey Ann, thanks for running this, should be fun and will dovetail nicely with “Mark’s Aztec Building Challenge Contest” – which is cool. As the lovely New England weather has not afforded me any rattlecan priming opportunities (well one but I missed it), I’ve started with the MDF. I finished a group on 3/31 so anything after is fair game for your challenge in accordance with your rules. I know you missed getting in my last contest – and you wanted in on this one – so a twofer as they say. All the details are here: https://markamorin.com/2021/03/23/marks-aztec-building-challenge-contest/

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    • Nice, thank you, Mark, for the heads up about your contest. I duly entered it with days to spare before the deadline!

      Yes, I grew up in that lovely New England weather of which you speak so I can certainly empathize about your rattle can troubles. Hope it gets nice enough for some priming soon. According to my mother, who still lives in northern New England, she said the snow is just about gone where she is and it is getting much warmer … so there’s hope!

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      • Yup, and you’re in Ann, thanks and good luck. I actually finished rattle can priming yesterday (it got up to 61 and 63 the last two days and it’s 66 now). Normally I never deal with them since I got an airbrush and a spray booth, but I thought it would be a bit more protective and well, we will see if that works. Not a worry in sunny Cali right? Hoping to do a post today if my computer doesn’t overheat again (more on that in the blog post hopefully). Will link to your challenge – thanks and hope to have several for it in April.

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  3. I wasn’t able to find anything for March’s challenge but I am most certainly in here. In fact, almost everything I paint will work for this so I’m excited to participate 🙂

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    • Great! Who doesn’t love Skaven from the 1990’s? 🙂

      Whenever I think of Skaven in the 1990’s I have fond memories of my brief foray into Blood Bowl with my receiver who had four arms and two heads.

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  4. I’m in.
    A couple of questions, though – are we counting things paid for/in the post that haven’t yet arrived? 😀
    Not kickstarters, but actual real-life product that’s still in transit…

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    • Resplendent. Hmm … good question. I think if you paid for something then it is yours even if it is still in the mail. So I would say that yes, items you get in the post, that were paid for by April 1st, count.

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      • Eggggsellent!
        My copies of Cursed City are well paid for and were posted on Wednesday. Sure, they might not *get* here for another 2 weeks, but it’s nice for it to be an option.. 😀

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  5. Wow, that face in the rock behind the Deathwing is downright terrifying! They say Space Marines known no fear but I reckon if those boys look behind them they’ll get the fright of their lives! As for the challenge I’m sure I can get something done for this, I’m trying to be a good boy about not buying anything new at the moment (although Cursed City will blow a hole in that…) so pretty much anything I paint should be something I already own.

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    • The rock with the face is a piece of terrain from the game store. Daniel and I had been using that piece of terrain for probably a couple of years and I didn’t notice the face until it I took that picture. Yes, I imagine if those space marines were feeling a bit jumpy, they’d get a scare alright. I think that the best one can hope for out of that Knows No Fear training is that they act like they aren’t afraid and maybe even have some smart arsed catch phrase on hand to cover if needed. “I ain’t got time to duck.” … “Got time to bleed?” 🙂

      Good to read that you’ll be able to participate. Of course you could buy something new today or tomorrow if you wanted but painting something you already own is good too. At least I’m sure Batman thinks so!

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  6. So, if I failed to just get something painted for March’s challenge, I could catch it in the safety net of April’s challenge! 🙂 Unfortunately, I might just scrape in with the March challenge, but I already have something lined up for April, so I’m in!

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    • Great and thank you. Thank you too for pointing out the error. I corrected it to say 2021. I used the same page from last year’s challenge and just changed a few things and forgot to the change the year.

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  7. I’m sure I can find something to contribute Ann, you may want to give Azazael a nudge as he was looking for a challenge for April. If you have greenstuff in the house before the date, would it still count if you made the model in the time span ?

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