Sunday 26 March 2023

Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge 2023 Wrap Up


First off I want to thank everyone who contributed to The Challenge this year and also make a bit of an apology. I didn't manage to make half as many comments this year (still in therapy and that's taking up a lot of time- without denting my pain ting time though!). For that I'm sorry as there was a fine array of beautifully painted miniatures etc on display every day when I took a quick peek. 

I've decided to leave out the incidental items painted to change things up a little as I view my main project as, well erm..... my main project!

The Thematic Byzantines were a lot of fun to paint up- like I have alluded to earlier, they are one of my dream armies that I just never got around to when I was a few years younger.

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Army Arrayed Outside an Outpost in the Balkans- Somewhere Near the Danube:

I will be continuing painting up the army, though I'm about to jump into a Daphne Parade era Seleucid army for a nostalgic trip and a friendly Warhammer Ancient Battles "Classical" tournament run by a mate. A mere 5000 points so I'm going to have to get stuck in!

I have another unit of Tagmatic Kavalarioi half finished (it was a very close thing with that unit, nearly making the cut for AHPC, but in the end real life got in the way!) and a unit of 28 Skutatoi and Toxatoi (spearmen and with aback row of archers) who are glued to corks and have had their armour painted so those little fellows will have to be completed before moving onto the Seleucid project.

Tagmatic Kavalarioi:

Thematic Light Kavalarioi:

Tagmatic Kataphractoi:

Tagmatic Varangoi:

I suppose all that remains now is to thank everyone who took part. There were so many excellent posts- I just wish I had the time to keep up with them all and to leave a reply.

'Til next year then!


  1. Congrats on a successful Challenge; your Byzantine project was one of the highlights this year.

    1. Thanks mate. It was a great relief to actually be able to get through the challenge without the usual catastrophe that usually attends my life at that time of year- well, for the last two years before this "season" :>)

  2. Congratulations for the challenge;)

  3. Hello,
    Impressed !!! And superb paintjob !!! As always !!!

  4. What a great sight ! Really superb colors and you can feel the richness of silk and wool in the cavalrymen of this tagmata.
    Could you tell us what brand of models did you use for them ?

    1. Thanks, appreciated. All the miniatures are from Gripping Beast's Thematic Byzantine range.

  5. Great figures but all I can think about now is your upcoming Seleucid project - I can't wait to see what you achieve with that army - one of my favourites.

    1. Thanks Rob. The first unit for the Seleucid army is on the painting table now. Pictures soon (I hope!) :>)


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