What if I told you… that March would last forever?
The game hasn’t changed; only gotten more intense. First - all hail, kings of the losers!
After a few months of refraining to update, internationally renowed person of no colour, Lord_of_Uzkulak, has painted a portrait of his failure that brings him screaming into third-from-bottom-place. Tjub is looking a little Tjubbier, but nobody gained quite as much dead weight as EvilFuzzyDoom, who plummeted from a sad but manageable +4 to a perplexing +41 thanks to HeroQuest. A quick glance at his blog reveals a productive, conscientious hobbyist who has simply made a big move in pursuit of a beloved item, and for that reason, we believe recovery can and will prove possible. Just lock up that credit card, boyo.
Well done to Horace for slashing his previous 15 in half. But the long predicted round of applause goes to this month’s new negatives, @Jackswift and @bas_2312 ! Enjoying their first negative numbers this year and with fully two thirds of the game left to play, we could easily see either or both near the top of the chart by year’s end.
There’s as much of a story of standing still this month as there is one of progress and regress. 10% of players saw their net score stand still this month, and 30% had a change of 5 or less over last month. Look for a lack of green dot and you’ll find the culprits, myself among them - although I personally have a cunning plan to snap back into shape with a surprise attack later this year. It’s all about going in stages, you see.
But let’s look at the good news. Generally speaking, if you were negative last month, you’re more negative this month. Winners, as we established in march, win - and arguably even moreso given that the top rankings have not, in fact, changed. Relative to where they were, everyone is basically treading water.
Everyone… except @Shef .
Who is he? and what does this mean? A mysterious stranger enters the fray and bullseyes noble @Oxymandias right in his bronze medal, kicking him in the nards and running off with his chocolate statuette. Third place by a screaming 32 minis, Shef is even starting to make @KhamdrimSkyMaster sweat into his starched napoleonic collar. Will our newcomer knock the navy gravy’s shako off next month? It’s impossible to tell.
Up front, @MichaelX stands tall as our first Blackshard of the year. Contrast paint, square bases and rat poo mean that he is the first among us to allow himself a break and a nice cup of resin before embarking on a new project guilt free, thanks to the totally arbitrary number of -200 that absolves every young Chaos Dwarf of his sins.
Lastly, let us not forget that it’s all to play for in the middle of the pack. @LaketideMiniatures is within spitting distance of the once-mighty @Reaver , and @Jasko is breathing down my neck level pegging with @Freakshow668 only a handful of minis behind. Who will press the big red nitrous-contrast button and kick it into high gear? Will @MichaelX spend his winnings and hover around 200 or forge ahead to claim the true victory of first place? And perhaps the question that intrigues me the most… what percentage of the final minis painted will actually be Chaos Dwarfs?
All these questions and more to be answered on June 1st.