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12 May 2015

Revenge of the 6MMRPC!!!

Last year's 6th Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge (Started September, my initial post for it is HERE) got me off my hobby arse and painting a fair amount of my hobby backlog. It was a great motivator and even saw this lowly blog updated at least once a week almost consistently.

Well, the organisers have decided it would be better to start the 2nd annual challenge earlier this year so as not to fall during the Thanksgiving and Xmas holidays (Sensibly) and therefore make it a little easier for people to keep up the momentum without the distractions that a run of major holidays can provide.

Not that I am all that big on cats in general, but my cat I feel deserves far more internet time than any other. (Plus I didn't have any other clever pictures around when I wrote this post up...)


Starting June 1st, the 2nd 6MMRPC begins! This is great and well timed for me. I've been feeling badly burnt out on painting for a while now after that mad dash to try to get my Flames of War British Motor Company fully painted for March's tournament here in Sacramento, but also inspired (after a couple of demo games of Dark Ages 28mm) to start my own Viking and Saxon forces so I can play some Lion Rampant. So there's lots to be painted for that project alone.

The rules for this year's Challenge have changed a little -

a. we get 3 "Jokers" instead of 2 - so some impulse buys aren't too out of the picture and you can earn further "Jokers" by completing entire projects.

b. we are allowed to pick up "that one missing piece" to complete a project without it counting as a "Joker".

c. The lovely chaps organising the Challenge have included a small painting competition with a real prize. I might enter, though having seen some of the work people posted from last year, doubt I will have much chance at winning!

Here are the actual rules copied and pasted directly from The Spider Web of History blog:

1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker.  You get three jokers to use on a figure purchase.  Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single figure...you can't splurge. The only exception to this rule is if you need bitz or A FIGURE (Singular) to complete a unit/warband etc.

1.1 - There is an opportunity to "earn" additional jokers.  If you complete an entire project (whole unit/army/warband etc.) with pictures of starting, WIP, and completion, you earn yourself a Joker.

2.  Gifts do not count against you. Holidays, birthdays etc. Also, if you're given gift cards by your hobby illiterate family or friends, you can without penalty use them on anything you want miniatures wise.

3.  Paints, terrain (or materials), and other hobby supplies do not apply to the no purchasing rule.

4.  At least one hobby related blog post and/or Instagram update a week.  If you instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC

5.  Zombtober will be part of the 6 month challenge so, Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED. Other theme suggestions are welcomed.


6.  Anyone that wants to submit a before and after picture of a miniature that they are proud of completing during the course of the challenge to dmcffd@gmail.com will be entered into the running for a gift certificate to a online wargaming store of their choice.  Judging will be by an un-biased person.  Amount on the gift certificate will be dictated by winners nationality but should work out to about $30 U.S. I (Spiderweb of History) will not be eligible to win.

So.... June 1st.... It's on. I'll be putting together a swift post to illustrate what projects I plan on showing my major goals with Draxian (TM) charts and so forth, so watch this space.

A picture of the Twits. Just because.

In other news - my blog recently hit some major milestones (Considering it's not updated all that often and that what I do post is allovertheplace topics-wise.)! I passed 50'000 views and also 101 followers in swift succession! BIG thanks to those who stop in and read my nonsense and comment on the work I showcase. Like many others who've written these type milestone posts, it's the community and their encouragement that keep me coming back and posting updates and of course in turn being able to view and comment upon your own hobby works and exploits. I've made some online mates and met others in person through this blog, so that I feel accounts for how much it has impacted my life. Thankyou all (Especially the bots, who are no doubt at blame for getting me to the 50K views by a fair majority.), I hope I can keep this place interesting enough to keep you coming back fro more in the future!

24 comments:

  1. Very glad you're back on for this 2nd round, and really looking forward to seeing your progress in the Dark Ages and Medieval eras! Be warned, Dark Ages will suck you in!

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    1. O it already bloody has - I recently dropped more $$$ on some 28mm terrain pieces for my Dark Ages games... I'm fully invested, trust me. :)

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  2. I've some WIPs coming up, having done some work. And an actual progress report scheduled for early June.

    But I have splurged (sad face) on some Blood Pact. Oh well.

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    1. Good to hear. It's good to see you working on your never ending masses of IG.

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  3. There's been a couple of postings now on this 6MMRPC and I must confess I'm sorely tempted... But for now I plan to follow people such as yourself and see how you get on. Congrats on the milestone hits and followers Dai - very well done indeed, sir :-)

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    1. Join up! It's pretty easy and no sweat if you fall off the train. Even if you stay true to most of the rules (reduced purchases) and only post occasionally, you should make progress. It's fun AND community building!

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    2. Thanks Blaxkleric! You really should join us, if only to show everyone how to both paint regularly and post often! This Challenge would be a breeze for you!

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  4. Glad to see you are in again. I had missed the announcement.

    I'm not sure if I will join. Might get me painting a little more. I've been a bit quiet after painting for a tournament. The weekly posting is the hardest for me.

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    1. Your contributions would be missed Cameron. I always enjoying seeing what you've managed to wizard up in your secret mini painting factory. I think very few of us were close to achieving regular weekly posts.....

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    2. Haha, thanks Dave. I think I will join.

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    3. Tournament painting it seems, takes the wind out of all our sails.

      I really think you SHOULD join, if only to try. :)

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  5. Nice pussy - certainly fluffier than the big cats normally seen on my blog feed!! =P

    Congrats on the blog!!

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    1. Cheers Jamie!

      She's a looker alright and damned aggressive too where other cats are concerned. She'd would make short work of any other Kat that makes an appearance!

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  6. Hello Dai!
    Looking forward to seeing your Dark Ages efforts. Sometimes it takes a new project to reboot one's enthusiasm. Small scale Napoleonics has certainly done that for me.
    I'm not sure if I could ever be as organized as you or Draxian.
    Cheers,
    MP

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    1. Thanks mate.

      Here's hoping my unpainted mound gets a good seeing to in the near future.

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  7. 6MMRPC II, you say?

    Hmm...

    I think I might just try this again. We'll see.

    Oh, and congrats on the milestones!

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    1. Also, this - "Here's hoping my unpainted mound gets a good seeing to in the near future" - seems just...I dunno...wrong, somehow.

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    2. Ha! Thanks mate. I really think you should at least try. :)

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  8. Is that enough of a declaration to add you to the blogroll Drax? Or are you still undecided?

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    1. As Drax' lawyer I advise he say, "yes".

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  9. Ach! What the hell! in for a penny, in for a pound of flesh, right?

    Yes. Consider me railroaded into this.

    Gits.

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  10. Congrats Dai! How does one get into this challenge, anyway?

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