Sunday, June 30, 2013

Armies On Parade: The In-store Edition


Well, as I announced, the North American Armies On Parade in-store event was yesterday, and  attended White Marsh, my closest GW store (and the store I've competed at the last two years). 

Above you can see my army on its display board, haloed by the searing sunlight just beyond the store doors. It's a tall display, which certainly drew quite a bit of attention ; ) With the height on the store tables it also elevated the bridge deck (and therefore the army) to roughly eye level for 95% of the attendees.


As with the previous events, I had only one competitor. This time it was Roz Mario (left) and his Orks. Here I am with Roz, our "medals" tucked inside GW lanyards ; )


Roz brought along a ramshackle horde of predominantly Ork vehicles (there were a couple of Big Meks and Grotz). He had certainly put a ton of work into some pretty cool conversions. His Stompa had no less than three Deffkoptas circling it, and one poor Grot had been given spotter duty at the top of the most rickety crow's nest you've ever seen.


Roz's Bomma included an homage to Star Wars, with on Orky R2 unit poking out behind the pilot.

 
Dredds, Kans, and buggies were the order of the day, however, and they all looked very Orky. I swear that had the buggies driven too fast, their (former) Land Speeder canopies would have been torn off!


During our pack up time, Roz asked if he could snap a shot of his Stompa marching across the bridge. I was only too happy to oblige, noting that it could have passed under the arch (as long as it didn't mind losing the lookout Grot! I also couldn't help snapping a photo of Roz snapping his shot.

So, there it was. a fun day to end a busy (and at times stressful) run at the 1st prize. Thankfully I made it on to the next stage - Games Day in Memphis in four weeks time. Now I just have to work out the best way to ship the display ; )

Cheers
Dave

27 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Stunning work!

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  2. That bases is absurdly huge... I mean triumphant and Imperial! haha.

    Great work as always Dave. Hopefully you take some more close ups. :)

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    1. Thanks Nick, it is over the top. Close ups to come.

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  3. Brilliant,that thing is huge! What was the end height? Love to see close ups.

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    1. I think the final height is just over 42", plus whatever the height of the table you put it on is. ; )

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  4. Congratulations mate, well deserved.

    Cheers,

    Andrew

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    1. Thank mate, good to hear from you!

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  5. Well deserved, congrats. Shipping that baby must be a real pain, though :P

    Ah yes, and more detail shots would be well appreciated.

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    1. It actually breaks down into 20 different components. Shipping won't be too tough, just expensive : (

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  6. Hearty congratulations, Dave...and a cracking cheesy grin, too!

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    1. Thanks Drax, that's my "it was all worth it" cheesy grin ; )

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  7. Looks awesome with them all lined up! Glad to hear of the success.

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    1. Thanks Mkvenner, they turned out alright!

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  8. I enjoy the Ork guy's R2-D2 all orkified in the fighta-bomma!

    And congratulations to you Dave. :)

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    1. Thanks Grant, I chatted with Roz a bit and he's currently planning an X-wing conversion for an Orky Fighta.

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  9. Well done, and congarats on a well deserved win. That thing is absolutely massive and impressive, please - please let us have some more pics.

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    1. Thanks Manus, more pics in the next post.

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  10. Holy cow Dave - that board is massive - congrats on getting through, and same to Roz - both great boards. Can't believe though this is what you finished up with after the WIPs you have been showing us - its fantastic.

    I have that awesome scene from the Eisenhorn novels where Ravenor gets turned into the man-beque after the attack on the Spatian Gate running through my mind looking at this procession.

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    1. That scene from Eisenhorn has always stuck in my mind, and when I saw the cool temple/bridge painting in the 6th Ed rule book, I knew what I was compelled to do ; )

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    1. Thanks Pat, much appreciated!

      Cheers
      Dave

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  12. The word "awesome" doesn't quite do the level of detail in this army justice! The combination of an expertly painted miniatures and grandeur of the display board was a winning one yet again!

    My eyes were having a hard time focusing on some of the smallest details and my fav were some of the books the Mechanicum carried had mechanicum type schematics within their pages!

    And thanks again for allowing the "Evil Eye in da Sky" passage on the bridge for a quick photo op! A quote from one of the bridge guard to another regarding the stompa, "It's vision is based on movement.. Don't move! I can't see us if we don't move!"

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    1. Thanks Roz, it was great chatting to you. Keep on working out how to make that X-wing ; )

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    1. Thanks John. How'd you do?

      Cheers
      Dave

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  14. Great looking board - and congratulations to both of you.

    Tony

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