And so the 3rd Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge has begun. This wonderful competition promoting blogging and miniature painting around the world started very early this morning in Canada at 12:01am. Being at work at that precise time in a very rainy London I’ve not yet got near a paint brush, but all that will hopefully change this evening.
As I’ve mentioned in a couple of blog posts, I’m hoping to paint up just over a hundred 28mm French Poilu from Scarab Miniatures as part of a Verdun project I’ve been planning for a year or so. I've also decided to make the Challenge an occasion for some blog posts relating to the various offensives around Verdun in 1916 and 1917. Hopefully, in the New Year, once I’ve got some figures painted and varnished, I’ll be blogging some wargames battle-reports focused on Verdun scenarios.
Alongside this, I’m planning to post half a dozen Verdun-themed books reviews (starting with the very interesting “The Road to Verdun” by Ian Ousby, which I’ve just finished), a boardgame review (Roger Nord’s “Verdun: A Generation Lost” from ATO), a couple of Verdun scenarios for “Through the Mud and the Blood” and a couple of other surprises. There you go, see how I’ve sneakily covered myself in case I don’t get around to those surprises!
I’ve also changed the look of the blog slightly to reflect the project in hand. The background shows French deployments in the battle to retake the Hauts de Meuse in August 1917. I’ve changed the image of the German command group to show some Stosstruppen (which seems more Verdun-themed), although hopefully I’ll have a new banner of grizzled Poilu as the banner image very shortly.
Until then mes braves!!