As with many others in the wargaming community, I have a larger than necessary collection of unpainted miniatures currently occupying many cupboards and painting tables. The problem is not that I don’t like painting, but rather I get easily distracted and will often start two or three different projects and finish none. But that was the old me, and starting next year, I intend to do something about it. You see I have been inspired by one Mr Wib of Snipe and Wib fame to engage in a painting project that he himself has used to great effect.
It all started when he began to upload a painting blog on his own personal channel wherein he set himself the challenge of painting one miniature a week for a whole year. This might not seem like a lofty goal, but since it was designed to help him get his miniatures painted and it was a personal goal, that’s all that matters. At the time of writing this article, he has already achieved that goal and I have had a blast watching his progress. If you have a couple of minutes spare, go and watch all the blogs for yourself.
The interesting thing about the series is that there wasn’t an overall theme to the painting schedule. One month he would paint some Space Marines for his own Blood Angel successor chapter, the next he would paint some Epic scale Imperial Knights. This, I imagine, broke up the monotony of painting all the miniatures in uniform colours and added a level of fun to the whole affair. Well, I have been inspired to partake in a similar project, but I thought it might be fun to include you all in it as well.
It will soon be the holidays, and I can imagine that quite a few of us will either be treated (or treat ourselves) to some new miniatures or even a whole army, and I thought it would be fun to challenge myself and all of you to get some paint on your brushes and make our table tops just that little bit brighter. So here and now I am issuing the New Year Painting Challenge.
The challenge is simple. As Wib has done, paint one miniature a week for the whole of 2020. It doesn’t matter what you paint, whether it be a Space Marine of a Grot, just get it painted. At the end of every month in 2020 I’ll be showing off what I have done in our weekly Games Workshop article. Since this is a community project, I’ll also be interested in what you all have to bring to the table.
Send me pictures of your newly painted models via twitter @MTGTengu using the hashtag #NewYearPaintingChallenge, and I’ll feature a select few alongside what I have done. By the end of the year we should all have made a dint into our unpainted piles, and maybe inspired others to do the same.
Don’t worry if you fall behind or even if you want to paint more. The idea is to have fun and brighten our battlefields, so do what you can. Also, encourage each other and let’s all have a blast painting in 2020. The first article will be going live on January 29th, so have fun building your miniatures and we will see what you all have done by then.
That will about do it for today. As with yesterday’s Magic article, this will also be my last Warhammer article of 2019, as over the next few weeks I am intending on spending some time with my wife and family over the festive period. I’ll be back on the 8th of January with more Games Workshop content, so make sure you check back then for all the new articles.
If you are going to join me on this journey, let me know over on twitter @MTGTengu. A big thank you to Wib for the idea for this painting challenge. Go check out Snipe and Wib’s content if you like humorous and informative 40k/geeky content. If you have enjoyed todays article, please like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics. If you want to support the site directly, you can join our Patreon for as little as a $1 a month. Until next time though, remember: “We are one in the Emperor and the will of man”.