What a way to start my week-long family vacation on the beach than to have an awesome time at Games Day Baltimore! We had wrapped up Wargames Illustrated 276 (the October issue) on Friday, and I'd completed my Golden Demon entries on Thursday, so all that remained was to get packed for the beach and enjoy the festivities!
On Friday night I spent some time hanging out with old friends at the Pratt Street Alehouse (formerly The Wharf Rat), drinking a few beers and chatting about the past, the present, and the future. Good times all round!
On Saturday I woke up nice and early, discovered I hadn't had too much to drink the night before (thankfully) and went about the business of getting my butt down to the Convention Center.
First order of business was to get my Golden Demon entries handed in. Always worth getting this out of the way early. This year I entered seven categories, three entries painted for the show, three I've painted in the last two years or so, and one long shot from five years ago!
• 40K Single - Night Haunter, Primarch of the Night Lords (new for the show)
• 40K Squad - Tyrannic War Veterans of the South Gate (from my Ultramarine army)
• 40K Vehicle - Locust, Chaos Vector Fighter (from this post here)
• Warhammer Single - Grey Seer on Bell (new for the show, in this post below)
• Warhammer Regiment - Minotaurs of Karnak (as seen above and in the post here)
• Warhammer Large - Grug Longstrider, Ogre Hunter (from my old Ogre army, seen below)
• Diorama - Grundel's Defenders, Spearmen of Nuln (new for the show)
I can tell you now that I picked up a Gold in Warhammer Regiment for my Minotaurs, and a Silver in Diorama for my Spearmen. VERY, VERY, happy! : )
Since the release of the Skaven Screaming Bell, I've been mightily impressed by it all. Particularly the Grey Seer on top, such a dynamic model. So I decided to paint him up, even though I'd have no real use for him on top of the complete Bell. Here he is on his chopped down bell. I'm very happy with the way he turned out, as were some of my friends. The judges felt he was good enough for first cut, but not for the prizes. I agree, the winning models in this category were awesome!
And here's a shot of my Ogre Hunter. I converted and painted this guy about five years ago for my Ogre army. I really like the pose and simple scheme, so I figured I'd put him in the competition. He made First Cut, and again, there were quite a few entries that blew him out of the water.
Anyway, I'm about to jump in the pool with my daughter. Have fun, and I hope to get a few more posts up this week.