I've been keeping my work on this project super-high-top secret as I wanted it to be a big surprise.
So, Nostalgia. Of course, I could have submitted my Mad Max and Terminator Arnie figures, but it didn't actually occur to me until far too late. But enough of this digression.
My first thought when I saw the theme was that perhaps I could dig out an old Citadel figure and paint that up as a reminiscence of my formative gaming years. Nah; scrap that idea - I'm sure other people will be doing that.
My thoughts then drifted off in a lateral direction; towards a pin-prick of light (it turned out that I had actually drifted off and the light was one of the stars caused by my head falling forward onto my desk). When I came to, there was a thought and a plan forming in my twisted mind.
Although I wasn't involved in the first Challenge (nor the second, except as a follower) I was aware that it originally began life as a group of Napoleonic gamers/painters painting up their Nappy lead piles. Of course, the Challenge has expanded hugely since then and a great community has developed among the various participants. This community spirit encompasses friendly rivalries and mickey-taking (errmm, yes, "Guilty as charged m'Lud") along with some points bombs that even Maccy Ds would be hard-pressed to supersize.
So, how to combine my mickey-taking with some form of Nostalgia? Read on for the answer!
After last year's Challenge, Miles did a statistical roundup and made an award to his great rival, Millsy. The award in question was the Greatest Improvement in Miniature Painting, or GIMP for short, and called on us all to repeat after him:
I had been inspired after that to find a suitable figure and paint it up as a mickey-taking opening submission for this year, until I saw the theme round and realised it would fit in perfectly for my burgeoning plan.
However, I was going to need something more to make it a real "nostalgia" exercise - a reminiscence of a comment made nine months or so ago doesn't really count. So, I had to somehow include some Napoleonics in honour of the incipience of Curt's annual bout of madness. A quick bit of internet shopping later and I was all set to go.
But that's quite enough blather from me, you want eye candy - I present Millsy the GIMP putting the finishing touches to a record breaking points bomb of 720 Napoleonic French infantry in 120mm (painted to a fairly basic wargames standard *grin*)
The GIMP is a 28mm figure from Foundry; the French Nappies are 2mm blocks from Irregular.
I had good fun making the scene for this entry, and some frustration when applying the tissue paper "sheets".
A few pics taken before putting everything together:
Now, let us see how well I've encompassed my various intentions for this entry:
Reminiscence of the first Challenge - check
GIMP reference - check
Portrayal of a points bomb - check
Mickey-taking - check
I hope you all appreciate my efforts.
And don't forget to include in your comments "Millsy is a GIMP!"