A testament to my excitement of this event is the fact that I'm doing three posts in a single month. A rare event for my blog. Further it has been over a week since I have painted anything and the withdrawal I'm experiencing right now is excruciating. (I might even paint my fingernails out of desperation).
Last year I was a novice and was unprepared for the reality that awaited me. Now, as a second year rookie, I am doing a few things differently. Last year I did not prepare any bases prior to the start date and that cost me dearly. Along with priming, I now have figures sitting on prepared bases. Also I have done a bit of carving for some of my more elaborate bases, which should significantly speed things up.
Unlike last year, I will not be participating in all seven of the bonus rounds. There are figures located in a box at the foot of my bed that I have held back painting for most of the year. If I were to take part in all of the bonus rounds, many of them would go unpainted. Further, I am planning on doing my first large diorama for the Hot themed bonus round. That is going to take an enormous amount of work to do properly and I need to clear the decks at a rapid pace to hit that deadline on time.
I am very much looking forward to seeing what my fellow Challengers will be painting this year and would like to extend a warm welcome to the new painters who have signed on for this years event. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Curt in advance for his hard work and his patience in hosting this Challenge for yet another year.