Announcing The Bad Dice Hobby Challenge

Bad Dice Hobby Challenge

The Bad Dice Hobby Challenge

I am very happy to announce The 2013 Bad Dice Hobby Challenge. This is the first time we have run such a challenge and it has been inspired by a previous effort from the guys over at Heelanhammer who has a series of hobby blogs on their forums and more recently the Independant Characters 40K Podcast who ran a Hobby Progress Challenge last year and are repeating it in 2012.

I have been planning something for Bad Dice in 2013 and having chatted with Hobby Hero Steve Wren and also the Carl from the IC Podcast I decided to follow their lead and stick to their tried and tested format.

The goal of the challenge is for you to have an tournament level 2400 painted point army by the end of the year and also an awesome blog of the progress on your army to look back on.

Here are the rules for the challenge:

  • Start a thread in the 2013 Hobby Blog Challenge  section of the forums in the following format: Name – Army
  • Post your proposed army list in the thread.
  • Each month you must complete painting at least one Unit, Monster or Character to tournament standards (3 color minmum).
  • Please show before and after pictures to get credit for a model or unit.
  • If you have fewer units than months in the challenge, you just have to complete the painted army.
  • If at any time you exceed the painting challenge (ie: You complete your entire army prior to the challenge being over) you still qualify for the grandprize.
  • You must have the entire 2400 point army completed by November 30th 2013.
  • We will accept models that are already primed, basecoated, or stripped. They do not have to be NEW but this should be their starting point.
  • You are allowed to change your army or list at any time, but you MUST have the completed 2400 army, which is painted during the contest, at the end of the challenge to qualify.
  • All games systems are welcome, not just Warhammer Fantasy but if you are doing a 40k are I recommend that you join the Independent Characters Hobby Progress Challenge

It sounds more complicated than it really is. You basically just commit to paint something each month until you are done!

Everyone loves a prize and it is also a great incentive to get things done. With that in mind, we’ve got a load of different contests in mind, including periodic (perhaps even monthly awards) to participants, a great prize contest for those who complete, and a ‘participants’ prize drawing for those players who fall short of their final goals.

For every month that the Hobby Challenge is met, the Challenger will receive one entry into the drawing for the Grand Prize – for a total of 11 entries. (Prize still yet to be determined) If the challenger falls short, each month they completed their goals will enter them in the “Participants” Prize Drawing, so that you still have a chance to win something for all your hard work.

If you have met the goal of the Hobby Challenge on November 30th, 2013 – you are eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing (Prize still to be determined – but it will be a good one!). Even if you miss a goal from month to month, if at the end of the period you have completed the 2400 Point army, you are eligible for the grand prize (you just have fewer entries into the drawing if you miss a month).

After the Grand Prize is drawn, we will have a drawing for the Participants Prize (Prize yet to be determined!). For every month of your commitments that you have met, even if you haven’t finished your 2400 point army, you qualify for one entry into the drawing for the participants prize. So if you only met six of your months goals, you would have six entries into the Participants Prize. If you finished your full 2400 points woth of models but didn’t win the Grand Prize, you are still eligible to win the Participants Prize!

Prizes will be drawn in the first episode of December of 2013.

Hobby Progress Challenge FAQ:

Q: What if I complete my whole army ahead of schedule?
A: There is no penalty for completing your army early! If you do, you qualify for all entries into the Grand Prize and Participants Prize drawings.

Q: I have already started painting an army and I am about halfway done. Can I just build on that for my entry into The Hobby Progress Challenge?
A: The purpose of the challenge is to all work together to drive each other to meet our goals from beginning to end. However, we also understand that not everyone wants to run out and buy a brand new army right now while they are in the process of working on one. So we have compromised on this a little bit. Once you have provided a list for your army, you should indicate which units are already painted on the list. You should then come up with an expansion to your army which is equal to the number of points that you have painted already. You can then use these units to supplement your army.

Q: When do I have to put up my commitment for the month?
A: You MUST put up your commitment for the coming month prior to the 1st of the month. Likewise, the completion of your commitment must be BEFORE the 1st of the following month. (So the last day of the month)

Q: What if my models are already primed and/or basecoated?
A: This is fine. Just make sure you post the picture of them in their primed/basecoated condition. We aren’t going to be too stickler about this here. But the idea is that you are working from a clean palette. So models that you have purchased on ebay and then stripped/primed are fine. We don’t need to see the models prior to assembly!

Q: When does the challenge start?
The challenge officially starts right now! You do NOT have to post list or your first unit choice prior to January. Just publish your before pictures and list before you get started.

Updated information will be made available here:

If you have any additional questions, please post them in the thread there so Hobby Hero Steve Wren can answer them and then update the FAQ.

And Finally…

A huge thanks to Steve for offering to moderate the hobby challenge and also to Carl and the guys from the Independent Characters Podcast for letting me shamelessly steal their idea, rules and experience from previous years.

Thanks and good luck !

6 thoughts on “Announcing The Bad Dice Hobby Challenge

  • January 2, 2013 at 05:56

    Hey guys, quick question, are Canadians eligible for this contest? Either way, I’m already looking at a new army, but a contest would be one hell of an incentive to keep motivated.

  • January 2, 2013 at 10:42

    Its open to all countries and all games systems

  • January 7, 2013 at 23:17

    What if we were already doing one of the other challenges, would you allow us to just copy and paste the same stuff to here?  Or would you prefer we were doing a separate project from that?  Thanks for the inspiration!

  • January 7, 2013 at 23:47

    What other challenges?  I don’t follow??

  • January 7, 2013 at 23:55

    @BenCurry like the independent characters challenge that is, just as you said it, virtually identical.

  • January 8, 2013 at 00:13

    Are you asking if you can copy your 40k Entries from the IC Challenge into the Bad Dice Challenge? That would be no.

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