Sixty Day Miniatures of Magnitude Painting Challenge! (May-June 2020)

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.)

Part of “Clean Oceans” mural on Mission Street in Santa Cruz, California

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.

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Rhino APC and space marine rides by Azazel of Azazel’s Bitz Box.

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!

“Desert Attack” by the eponymous Pat of Pat’s 1:72 Military Diorama’s

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.)

Inside of Wells Fargo Way Station by Dave at The Imperfect Modeller.

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.

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Wudugast’s “rat-ogre” (left) and friends from Convert or Die.

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.

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Amercom Albatros D.V in “Airforce, One” by John of Just Needs Varnish!

Miniatures that represent towering statues or impressive golems that might guard forgotten ruins or await orders from a dread magician are appropriate …

Stone Golem by The Introverted Hermit

… as are mighty warriors (reptilian and otherwise) riding fearsome dinosaurs!

Scar Veteran riding a repurposed Allosaurus by Maenoferren22 of Bogenwald.

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.

My friend, Dave’s, troll and accompanying goblin cheerleader.

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!

With then still WIP poxwalker #18 to demonstrate scale.

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!

Becky: Failing painting challenges since 2017!

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!

 

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Bloat Drone Work-in-Progress Update

I’ve been working pretty diligently on Becky the Bloat Drone for Azazel’s Painting Challenge, which is due at the end of the month.  Here are a couple more quick paint table, work-in-progress shots of where things stand now.

I have the base colors pretty much done and have made a good start with washes as well.  I’m pleased so far, too, with the drool coming out of the mouth of one of the plaguespitters: a little experiment using Mod Podge.

Once my bloater is done I will want to put up a list of colors I used and perhaps a few notes on how I did things.  This will definitely help the future me, if I decide I want to paint another one of these monstrosities.  So I’ll start my list here of what I’ve done up to this point.

  • Bone: Zandri Dust, wash with Agrax Earthshade.
  • Cables: Vallejo Black (70.861) but any black will do (I used what I had on hand at the time); Averland Sunset for yellow cable. Wash all cables with Agrax Earthshade.
  • Drool on Plaguespitter Mouth: Typhus Corrosion
  • Flesh: Ceramite White for the white areas, Naggaroth Night for the purple.
  • Gold: Balthasar Gold, wash with Agrax Earthshade, drybrush Retributor Armor.  Wash patches, especially where it is overly bright, with Athonian Camoshade.
  • Green Armor: Caliban Green, then stipple Loren Forest.
  • Red Fly on Plaguespitter: Khorne Red, wash with Agrax Earthshade
  • Steel: Leadbelcher, then wash with Agrax Earthshade, drybrush Runefang Steel, wash in patches (not whole thing) with Athonian Camoshade.
  • Tri-Skull Symbol: Skull White, Khorne Red, wash with Agrax Earthshade, then brighten skulls back up with Skull White.

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Azazel’s Challenge and a Fetid Reply

I stumbled across Azazel’s Painting Decemb-uary Challenge he set for himself, and since he invited others to jump on the bandwagon I thought I would.  Not a bad thing either because my shamefully unpainted foetid bloat drone has been seeing a lot of action on the gaming tables these days.

Azazel’s challenge is pretty open-ended:  “nothing smaller than an AoS hero or ogre-sized model” and no terrain.  Also, the end date is January 31st, so lots of time for anyone reading this who might be inclined to join the fun.

I’m posting an early work-in-progress picture to document my entry into the challenge.

Progress on Becky the Bloater as of Boxing Day 2017.

I originally spray primed my bloater black, but then changed my mind and reprimed it white.  Then I sprayed some Death Guard Green onto the frontal armor and general environs, though as it turns out I didn’t really need to do that.

From there I base coated the inverted lobster tail armor and requisite parts on the plaguespitters in Caliban Green.  Speaking of the plaguespitters, my original thought was to try and drill an ellipse in the end of each barrel.  After mulling things over I think I’m going to instead paint them to look more like organic orifices that can open and close to spray anything that gets too close.

I hope everyone had a nice holiday and has a good time ringing out 2017 and welcoming in 2018.  My how the time flies!

p.s. Bonus challenge points if I can get my (appropriately) grubby hands on a myphitic blight-hauler in time to put it together and some decent weather to prime it.

p.p.s. Super bonus challenge points for any Plague Drones I can finish before the deadline as well.

p.p.p.s. I was going to say something about my long-suffering and multi-primed heldrake, but the less said about him, probably, the better.