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Welcome to the 2021 Wyrd Painting Challenge!

Greetings, fellow painter! I’m Caedrus, and I have the very great pleasure of being your host for the Wyrd Miniatures 2021 Monthly Painting Challenge. While I will be proudly hosting the Challenge this year, this belongs to all of us, and if there’s anything that I can better to improve the Challenge, please do let me know.

The 2021 Wyrd Monthly Painting Challenge is all about:

  • Having fun painting!
  • Motivating yourself, and encouraging others.
  • Being part of a great, friendly community.
  • Giving and receiving constructive advice. And, finally:
  • Getting some pigment onto plastic!

This is not a competition in any way.

The Spirit of the Rules:

This Challenge is about motivation and fun. So, the Challenge has been changed, just a little bit, to make it a little more accessible to painters starting later in the year, painters with busy lives, and painters relatively new to the wonderful World of Wyrd!

The Rules:

The challenge starts on January 1st, 2021. 

Models count for the month in which you finish them. You can finish painting a model that you started before the beginning of the month (or one that has been on your Shelf of Shame since 2013, really).

A miniature is considered pledged when you have uploaded a photo (preferably lots of them!) to the Challenge Thread for each month, and you have provided me with your points values.

Your uploaded photo should have an @Caedrus included, so I can find your values. Something like: “@Caedrus: 17SS” is all I need!

If you’re not sure of the points value (scenery tends to be the most challenging one), then your estimate is all I need. If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for me!

The Pledge Levels:

The points system from previous years will still be used, but with the addition of a new rank: the Totem!

A Totem represents those painters who, for whatever reason, may not be inclined to maintain an ongoing painting quota, but who still want to be part of the Challenge! To be a Totem, all you need to do is to average a contribution of once per month. A contribution is quite simply an update on a painting project, a piece of painting advice, or feedback on a fellow painter.

I am hopeful that this will encourage plenty of folks to take part!

The pledge categories are the following:

  • Tyrant: you paint at least 21 Soulstones worth of Wyrd miniatures each month
  • Master: you paint at least 16 Soulstones worth of Wyrd miniatures each month
  • Henchman: you paint at least 11 Soulstones worth of Wyrd miniatures each month
  • Enforcer: you paint at least 6 Soulstones worth of Wyrd miniatures each month
  • Minion: you paint at least 1 Soulstone worth of Wyrd miniatures each month
  • Totem: you have maintained an average of a contribution per month for 2021.

Miniature Values:


Almost all models count as their Soulstone value; but

  • Masters count for 15 soulstones.
  • Zero cost models count for 5 soulstones.
  • Proxies count for their proxy value.

The Other Side

  • Titans count for 25 soulstones.
  • Commanders count for 15 soulstones.
  • Adjunct models count for 5 soulstones.

Other Wyrd miniatures:

  • A 30mm base model is worth 5 soulstones.
  • A 40mm base model is worth 7 soulstones.
  • A 50mm base model is worth 10 soulstones.

Markers count for 2 soulstones if they're flat, or 5 soulstones if they're 3D and fancy.


  • Scatter Piece (5SS): A modest piece of terrain, or a small number of scattered terrain pieces. These are the spray-can and dry-brush pieces.
  • Focus Piece (10SS): A terrain piece that represents a focal point of pride in a terrain board. These pieces require a decent amount of construction and painting.
  • Centre Piece (20SS): A terrain piece that is a significant centrepiece to the terrain. A handmade forest, a mausoleum, or a train engine.
  • Masterpiece (50SS): A gorgeous, unique terrain piece that makes people wonder if you get out much.
  • War and Peace (100SS): A complete, themed 3’x3’ terrain board.

Meeting your pledge

Life gets busy. I get that. I like to think the Challenge rewards those who keep their brushes damp. If you don’t meet your pledge, the process goes:

  1. Mulligan; then
  2. Buy Back; then
  3. You’re outta there!

The first time that you do not make your pledge for the month, then you have used your mulligan for the year.

The second time that you do not make your pledge for the month, will need to make it up the following month, by meeting the pledge for the current month, and the month you missed. If you do that, then you’re considered to have met the pledge for the missed month.

The third time that you do not make your pledge for the month, then you are out of the Challenge, but you are always, always welcome to give feedback and support to your fellow painters!

If you submit miniature(s), but don’t meet your pledge, then you will be moved to a pledge level that keeps you in the Challenge.

The FAQ:

Where do I actually pledge?

If you started in January, then you should introduce yourself here, and advise me if your pledge level with an @Caedrus.

What happens if I start in February or March?

If you join in February or March, then you should introduce yourself in the February thread, and advise me if your pledge level with an @Caedrus.

You could use your mulligan / buy-back and still be in the Challenge.

What happens if I start after March?

If you later in the year, then you should introduce yourself in the thread for the month in which you start, and advise me if your pledge level with an @Caedrus.

In this circumstance, then you won’t be considered to have met the 2021 Challenge, BUT you can have considered yourself as having maintained a number of month’s worth of a pledge level, so you can launch into 2022 with some momentum!

What is a painted miniature?

A model is considered painted if it is:

  1. Based (even glued onto a black base counts); and
  2. Tournament legal.

That means that if it's a translucent, based model, it counts automatically. If it is any opaque material, then the standard is: Every part of the miniature painted, and three colours minimum.

Can I do it all in one go?

No. While it would be fantastic for you to paint 252 miniatures in January, and then declare yourself as complete for the year, the intent is for you to paint, relax, and enjoy. It’s a long-distance event, not a sprint.

Can I show you my non-Wyrd miniatures?

Sure, every miniature is welcome! They don’t have a Soulstone value for completing the Challenge, but we are a richer community for seeing how your painting passions have inspired you!

Where are the points values available for me to see?

In previous years, I’ve had a (poorly-maintained) link to a shared spreadsheet. For 2021, I’ll be providing the values in this thread, immediately after this post. Essentially, I’ll be keeping the rules and points in this thread, and keeping the monthly Challenge posts a bit neater. If you have any feedback for me or the Challenge, I’d love to hear it, and here is the best place for it!

That’s all I can think of for the 2021 Challenge, but if I think of anything else, I’ll update it here, and advise you all!

My absolute best for 2021.

Keep putting pigment to plastic!


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