A look back at March

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It’s gone fast, and spring has finally arrived. Lets have a look back at all the fun stuff from the past month…

Merit Award

We started off by voting on the Feb painting challenge entries which were really fab and it was a close call on the voting. Really good to have more entries than January, but folks still seem to be a bit confused about how to vote. However, those who did left some really good comments.

The Feb challenge was to paint and base a model to competition standard – focusing on a display base.

The winner was Tim Cook with his Archeon. 2nd was Adam Balai with his shiny Sigvald, and in 3rd was Yarry by Alex Riley.

Feb painting challenge 2009 Merit Award Winner, Archaeon by Tim Cook

Feb painting challenge 2009 Merit Award Winner, Archaeon by Tim Cook

Painting Sessions

There were a good few painting sessions during March, including some really busy days at Patriot Games, but Jim still allowed the Irregulars to meet, which was mightly nice of him.

Members

The group welcomed lots of new members during the month, and it’s a pleasure to see the group growing and interacting in a friendly, helpful and positive way.

March Painting Challenge

The March challenge theme was voted on during Feb and was to paint a miniature from a Manfacturer you haven’t tried before, a very popular choice. To help people make their minds up a big list of manufacturers was posted with lots of links and it was interesting to see who hadn’t tried who before. The entries submited for the challenge were all different and no two were from the same maker. Voting for the winner of the Merit Award for this challenge is open until April 10th.

Facebook group threads – highlights

We tried getting a separate forum set up on the Wargames Emporium site, but this fell through as anonmous logins were disallowed.

New member Tom Davis asked for tips on painting skin and was offered advice, referred to magazine articles that were really useful, and a tutorial on the Brush Thralls siteĀ  – but as they’ve moved to a new site they haven’t finished updated their links yet, so that one is currently unavailable. (It’s a good site though). Lots of helpful members responded.

Edward Nicholson asked about moudling and casting at home and was offered the following helpful links from other members:

Alex Garbett announced that Forgeworld were having an open day in April at Warhammer World in Lenton, and suggested this as a meet up for any Irregulars who could make it. (A bunch of us did!)

Salute 2009

Salute is a wargaming and model show, this year held at the Excel Centre, London on March 28th. There was a large painting competition and lots to buy. Jason Hubbard wrote a thread on Facebook about some of the highlights. Becky Hubbard posted some pictures on Flickr of her day at Salute.

Dragon Green on one of the trader stands

Dragon Green on one of the trader stands

T-shirts

The Sheffield Irregulars t-shirt store broadened it’s range once again. For SI members, the sweatshirt has been a popular purchase. Available in a black hooded sweater or a red hooded zip up, it has the paint splat noticeably on the back and the name of the group on the left chest. A warm option for painting in the basement at Patriot Games.

Customised orders were popular and prices were reduced on all ladies products in a Mother’s Day promotion.

Other new t-shirts included the Brushlickers range and the Wargamers Range – see below.

I paint girls with guns t-shirt available in both brown and blueAncients - for the historical gamerYou're never too old for toy soldiers

Irregular Magazine

The most exciting news of the month was announced by Jason Hubbard and Alex Garbett. Sheffield Irregulars is going to produce a quarterly magazine, available as a FREE pdf download, or viewable online.

It’s going to be a magazine for gamers and painters by gamers and painters.

The response on the Facebook group was huge, with lots of members offering to contribute articles, short stories and artwork. Contributions are still being sort for issue one.

Blogging and microblogging

After feedback from meeting people, not everyone wants to use Facebook – so we set up this site as a place for non-Facebook users (and anyone else) to find out more about the group, as well as be a source of updates, and an alternative place to vote on.

We’re also on Twitter, and have successfully sent Tweets from events and shows, annoucing winners of painting competitions and providing links to useful traders.

Competitions

There were lots of online competitions during March and it was nice to see SI members taking part and joining in. Competitions are a fun way to push yourself a little bit further with your hobby – remember it’s the taking part that counts, but you have to be in it to win it. They weren’t all painting comps either, there was a 40K short story comp, and a basing comp.

Create a base competition entry by Alex Good

Create a base competition entry by Alex Good

Paul Morton finished his Basilisk and posted some great shots showing lots of detail.

Gun crew by Paul Morton

Gun crew by Paul Morton

New member Craig Allsebrook added a host characterful minis.

Sleepy Dwarf by Craig Allsebrook

Sleepy Dwarf by Craig Allsebrook

And Klaus Teschner amazed us with his Word Bearer throne of chaos.

Word bearers throne of chaos - by Klaus Teschner

Word bearers throne of chaos - by Klaus Teschner

All in all a busy month – and April’s shaping up well so far…

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