How NOT to host a painting challenge

Greetings, all.

So, here we are: halfway through Monster May(hem) 2022 and what do I have to show thus far? Nothing.

Hardly inspiring, I know. Luckily, the rest of this month’s participants have picked up the slack, and have put out some amazing submissions thus far.

Here’s the blogroll:

Jeremy, aka Carrion Crow; from Carrion Crow’s Buffet, has begun work on his Straw God. Glad to have you back again, Jeremy; looking forward to next month’s Forgotten Heroes!

Roger from Rantings From Under the Wargames Table, not content to merely paint a monster, has begun work on sculpting a certain camp slasher with a penchant for hockey-masks…

Matt from PM Painting started things off with an amazingly-painted Queen of Hell, then moved on to an avatar of Hastur, then to some Hell Hounds, then a Tomb Tapper and finally (so far) a Rock Troll! And there are still two weeks left in the month. So much for Matt worrying he wouldn’t be as productive this year…

Azazel from his eponymous Azazel’s Bitz Box has completed a “Burrowing Horror” aka a Bulette (a popular submission from years past here on Monster May(hem); and a Byakhee! The Mythos always gets much love here!

Dave from Wargames Terrain Workshop always raises (and keeps) the bar high. This year he’s maintained his Star Wars theme from last year with a pair of wampas (wampae?) and a Tattooine sand ape, before moving on to scratch-build a purrgil (a sentient space whale) in the tradition of last year’s krayt dragon; then, being Dave, he moved on to some models for his GW demon army ( a gibbering horde and a chaos spawn) before returning once again to Tattoine for a sand bat! And yes, Dave, they all certainly count towards Monster May(hem)!

Tom from over on Instagram, has jumped in with both feet; submitting a “corrupted were-deer”, a werewolf, a gibbering mouther, and…something else… (a little help here, Tom). I don’t know what it is, but it looks nasty!

and a few newcomers to Monster May(hem) this year:

Fellow Super Mission Force enthusiast Jon from Jon’s Hobby Desk, has begun work on a Glottkin, a big Nurgle-beastie that simply looks hideous!

Simon, aka Blax the Kleric, from Fantorical Wargaming, is planning five large models this month, including the same Straw God from Crooked Dice that Carrion Crow is working on! (It’s a great miniature.) So far Simon has finished another Crooked Dice miniature: the Giant Ape! It’s awesome!

And my buddy Malcolm, also from Instagram, has completed a really cool blue basilisk model! Welcome to the party, Malcolm!

As for me, real life has gotten in the way of pretty much everything over the past two weeks. I’ve barely managed to basecoat one miniature and assemble another. I hope to have at least two entries done by the end of the month (far less than my usual MM output); but things are still moving slowly. I had to cancel my planned rpg session and I haven’t even had time to play the scenarios for the next leg of my Star Trek AAR series, even though the table has been set up for weeks!

My deepest apologies to everyone for not being here as much as I planned, and for not visiting your respective blogs to comment “in person”. Thanks to all who participate, and even though I’m not posting much, rest assured I’m definitely looking and will do another round up soon!

Happy painting!

9 thoughts on “How NOT to host a painting challenge

  1. Dave Stone

    Sorry to hear real life has got in the way of the fun stuff Keith, but look forward to seeing these beasties your working on, as you always manage to show some real gems.
    Hoping to have one more done at least before the end of the month, all depends how quick the green stuff gets here ! LOL

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks, Dave. I hope to be able to participate in my own painting challenge, too! I think that my Monster May(hem) projects might bleed into Forgotten Heroes next month!

  2. Blax The Kleric

    Thanks for letting me join, as it’s really helped motivate my painting mojo back to its pre-Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge levels – that event always tires me out, LOL!!! There’s some corking entries already too, which is really helping carry me along.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      No thanks necessary! You’re always welcome in whatever challenge I host, Simon; and I’ve been known to host a few from time to time. Whatever the case, Monster May(hem) seems here to stay and you are now officially in it!

  3. Dick Garrison

    Sorry to hear real life is getting in the way of “Fun” life, mate. But don’t worry we’re all big boys now and can take care of ourselves .

    Had a look about and there is some lovely stuff being turned out this year (especially by Matt, who goes crazy with this challenge every year! He paints more monsters in a month than I own!!).

    Hope you get a couple of entries done by the end of the month, Cheers Roger.

    (Oh and does this mean Jason counts? Thought I’d better check.)

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Yeah, Matt really dives in head-first; both in quality and quantity! Considering you’re sculpting him from scratch (as is your wont), how could I refuse Jason? A monster he is! (He’s certainly not human!)

  4. Matt

    Ah man, life always gets in the way of the fun stuff. I’m looking forward to seeing what you can get done, but as it’s your own challenge maybe you could extend it a week or two?

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