Monday, 18 December 2017

From DaveD - the social media wallah minion...

Hi All,

You need a Sennett hat don't ya know...
Last year we tried out expanding the contact among the various challengers by using Google+ and Facebook and Google Hangouts for live video chats. The groups are closed and moderated. They do give you the chance to spy in on what you opponents may be up to and do some more smack talk.  Any references to dubious minioning are of course totally aceptable  especially about  Ray.


Click through to take you the group .

Click through to take you to the group.
 We had a small but growing take up of video chats (where we can do about 10 people simultaneously) and these have continued across this year. Most video chats have started around 8pm UK time - or around about Millsy's breakfast time.  I am planning to try and stagger hosting some to suit the wider global audience. The direct link to the video hangout is published on the Google+ and Facebook pages. just click through.

Google hangouts is a plug in you can download - it usually just fires up when you click through on the link published in the g+ or Facebook page. just follow the instructions to install.


So feel free join in the fun while twirling those brushes.



Paint Duels and Side Challenge Roster Updated

G'day Duellists!

The roster has been updated. BenitoM has been added to the Black Powder Challenge and the Washington vs Cornwallis Duel has been added to the list of duels.

Cheers,
Millsy the Duels Wallah

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Paint Duels and Side Challenges Available

Hi All,

The first cut of the Side Duels and Challenges roster is available!

This includes all the material sent to me previously via email, plus that which I was confident I could capture from the comments here on the Challenge blog.

If there are any corrections or additions please send them to challengesideduels@gmail.com and I will amend accordingly. The roster will continue to grow up to and potentially even past the start of the Challenge.

I am aware of several other potential challenges. I say potential because there's been smack talk but nothing significant has transpired in my inbox. These potential challenges include:

  • Fantasy Challenge
  • Washington vs Cornwallis
  • 28mm Pulp Duel
  • 1/1200 Napoleonic Naval Duel

If you're involved in any of these and want to make things all official and tidy please get in touch.

Have I got your side duel listed correctly?

PLEASE review the roster if you have issued or accepted a side duel to ensure I've got you down correctly and that the rules and spoils of the victor are a true reflection of what's been agreed.


Some housekeeping stuff...

1. I'll be updating a couple of times a week, probably around Wednesday and Sunday evenings my time i.e. Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Whenever you score points towards your side duel please email me and it will be added in the next update. Likewise if you win a side duel.

2. I've structured the rules of each side duel to remove any reference to losers. There are no losers here, just winners and the rest. :-)

3. It is assumed that victors have bragging rights. There's no need to include that in the rules of each and every duel! No, really, there isn't.

4. If you have a question please ask! I'll endeavour to answer as quickly as possible and where relevant will post here for the benefit of all.

That's it for now people. Now get back to prepping and virtually slapping one another about the face with a metaphorical gauntlet.

Yours affectionately,
Millsy the Side Duels Wallah

Monday, 4 December 2017

Paint Duels & Side Challenges

'Weapon, sir?'
'I suggest airbrushes, with finishing spray at 2 paces...'
The the issuing (and settling) of side challenges, paint duels and grudge matches extends back to the first Challenge and has become a time-honoured tradition. 

These affairs de la brosse help motivate participants to keep the steam up over the length Challenge and create a fun atmosphere of smack-talk and brush-baiting.

For those who are new to this silliness, the paint duels allow a set of individuals or small groups to test one another against a self-defined set of criteria. Maybe it's to see who can paint the most sailing ships over the  length of the Challenge, or to paint figures within a particular historical period/genre; other duels might be created to see who can reach a specific points threshold first. Really, the sky's the limit - it's up to your imagination.

Over the years the side duels have become more formalized, with many of these clashes of brush and paint now enshrined in Challenge lore.

We even have an area of the blog dedicated to this silliness. You can find the link to the Duels page on the top navigation bar. This will take you to the Duels page which will keep track of the madness.





Keeping to tradition, our brain-fevered antipodean minion, Millsy, will be The Duels Wallah for this edition of the Challenge. ALL updates on duels must be sent to him for tabulation and posting - He is the official scorekeeper of Duels & Challenges (Note to self: I must come up with some sort of special hat for him or something... perhaps a monogrammed leather mask, embossed ball gag...) No bogus spreadsheets, heretical documents or flaky scorecards will be recognized. So, send Millsy a note to get your duel registered and keep him appraised of the progress you make.

Millsy can be reached at:

challengesideduels@gmail.com 
To recap:  
1) Issue the duel/challenge in the comments below, and contact Millsy to have it recorded; 
2) When you finish an entry that's eligible for scoring in a duel, please send Millsy a quick email. Give him the name of the duel and the points you wish to add. 
3) Millsy will refresh the duels blog page with your updated stats/information. 
Easy peasy! 

Okay! Let's have some fun with this! I want to see jersey's pulled over heads, gauntlets thrown and seconds selected.




Facing a Monstrous Challenge - The Participant Roster for Challenge VIII

'Geez, what did you guys do to make him so angry?'
'Blame Ray! He just had to go and ask the big fella where gets his budgie smugglers...'
 

Paint at the ready and brushes in hand - We have our 80 Argonauts! Below is the participant roster for Challenge VIII. 

If I've made any slips in the list just drop me a note. In a few day I'll be installing this roster on the side panel to chart our progress over the next few months.

Next up: Side Challenges & Paint Duels!


Challenger Name
Target
Home Blog
1
AaronH
650
2
AdamC
500
3
AdrianD
400
4
AlanD
500
5
AlexK
500

6
AlexS
2500
7
AnthonyO
1500
na
8
Barks
1100
9
BenF
600
10
BenitoM
500
11
BillA
500
12
BrendonW
500
13
BrettM
1000
14
ByronM
1500
15
ChristopherS
500
16
DaveD
2500
17
DaveX
750
18
DavidB
1750
19
DebD
500
20
EdwinK
500
21
EricM
2500
22
EvanH
500
23
GrahameH
1500
na
24
GregB
1000
25
GuyB
400
26
IainW
750
27
IannickM
500
28
JaccoK
500
na
29
JamesM
700
30
JamieM
750
31
JasperO
400
32
JeremyM
400
na
33
JimI
500
na
34
JohnM
500
35
JonathanO
1000

36
JuanM
300
37
Kawe
200

38
KeithS
1500
na
39
KenR
1500
40
KentG
2500
41
KyleC
1000

42
LeeH
1000
43
MarkW
500
na
44
MartinC
1000
45
MartinN
400
46
MichaelA
500
47
MichaelF
300
48
MikeD
550
49
MilesR
200
50
Millsy
1000
51
NickJ
500
52
NoelW
500
53
PaulO’G
500
54
PaulS
500
55
PeteF
500
56
PeterD
200
57
PhilH
250
58
PhillK
500

59
RayR
500
60
RichardC
500
na
61
RobH
500
62
RobertH
200
63
RobertW
500
na
64
RossM
300
65
RoyW
200
66
RusselG
400
67
SamuliS
1000
68
SanderS
1000
69
SeanS
500
70
SebastianR
400
71
ScottM
800
72
SidneyR
400
73
StephenS
750
74
SteveM
2500
75
TamsinP
1300
76
TeemuL
800
77
TuomasL
500
na
78
ValeryN
1000
79
VictorC
500
80
Curt
800