And, He’s Off… Finally

This post originally appeared on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge Blog on January 10, 2017.

Our 2016 addition to the family added to both the enjoyment and exhaustion of the holidays. After an equally exhausting week back at work, I’ve finally returned to my nightly painting habit.

I thought I was going to start with something from my historical backlog – French Regulars for the French and Indian War or American Airborne for WWII. However, a recent game of Cubicle 7’s Adventures in Middle-earth has got me painting Dwarves. This figure is from the Games Workshop Dwarf Rangers box.

I call him Borri the whittler after an NPC from The Eaves of Mirkwood scenario for Adventures in Middle-earth. I have his friends Snorri the smith and Hár the stone mason on the bench. I’ll post them in the next day or so.

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge

I paint miniatures a lot these days. It’s become one of my favorite ways to wind down from the stress of raising a family and running a small business. Most nights, after the kids have gone to bed and my wife is off doing her thing, I listen to a podcast or a book from Audible and paint.

So, when Mike Davey from Metropolitan Wargamers asked if anyone else from the club was going to participate this time around, I decided to throw my hat in the ring.

Now, it’s just a matter of deciding what to paint. Do I finish the French Wilderness Force for Muskets & Tomahawks that I’ve been chipping away at for months? Do I paint up the Tau Empire Strike Team from the Warhammer 40K: Kill Team box set so that I can take on the aforementioned Mike’s Sisters of Battle? Do I scale the 10mm Matterhorn that is Games Workshop’s Battle of Five Armies. So many choices… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The truth is that it’ll probably be some combination of the above. Whatever I choose to do, I’m looking forward to the challenge.