Showing posts with label Games Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Games Day. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Painting Competitions... Oh My Goodness!

Ten days ago, in my capacity as US Editor of Wargames Illustrated magazine, I ran the "Wargames Illustrated Presents The Historicon Painting Competition". Thanks to all the wonderful promotion work done by many folks before the event, we had 130 entries! That's more than the Crystal Brush had in 2012 (and they were offering $13,000 in prizes). While certainly not all our entries were the same quality as the CB comp, we had plenty of lovingly crafted miniatures in our cases. So many we had to build our back-up case just 15 minutes after entries opened. It can only grow from here : )

Anyway, to take a look at the winning entries, just click HERE.

Then, last Friday, I went on down to Memphis for the North American Games Day for 2013. After some calculations and reminiscing, I worked out I've attended 39 Games Days in my 40 short years (5 in Australia, 2 in Canada, 3 in England, and 29 in the US). I've only missed to of these cool events since I've been in America (both in 2005).

This year the event promised to be a wonderful reinvention of Games Day, a re-imagining if you will.

It was much like the other 38 Games Days I've attended. Was I disappointed by that? No. In my humble opinion, if you're promoting all the various aspects of "GW Hobby" at a GW Games Day, then you're probably doing it right. Cycle out some of your older events, introduce some new ones, bring back the old ones in a few years, once they have a champion to make them fresh again. Ebb and flow, that kind of thing.

Amusingly enough, I had half a dozen GW staffers ask me what I thought of the new Games Day. I don't think they were too surprised when I expressed the opinion above.

But you all know I go to GD primarily to catch up with old friends, meet new friends, and talk all day about cool toy soldiers. That was all achieved this year, so a win in my book : )

Additionally I was lucky enough to pick up a Silver Demon for my Lamenters Contemptor Dreadnought. It was nice to get another Demon. After my drought the last few years I was starting to think I was "over the hill". 

UPDATE: HERE's a link to the photobucket of my friend Brice, who captured many of the entries on camera. 

And now, it's back to the grind ; )


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Off to Chicago for Games Day!

Just about 12 hours until I head off to Chicago for Games Day 2012. I'm looking forward to catching up with a bunch of friends, chatting about painting toy soldiers, eating some steak, drinking a few beers, and throwing down in the Armies On Parade and Golden Demon competitions.

It has been a bit of a busy month since the AOP in-store qualifiers, but I did manage to get this guy finished. After the show, I'll go back and add a little more freehand work, but he'll do for now.

Here's the travel case, packed with most of my Procession of Morr, plus a few Golden Demon entries like my Thundertusk (on a new base).

And here's a teaser of the final unit I'll be adding to the Procession.

So, if you are going to be at Chicago Games Day, please stop by the Armies on Parade area and spend a bit of time checking out all the entries, giving the respect deserved to each army, then cast your vote for the army you think is best. Failing that, of course, you can just vote for mine ; )

I'm off on vacation immediately after Games Day, so I'll be relaxing by the pool or on the beach, and having fun teaching my daughter to swim : )


Keep an eye out for a blog post on Saturday about my celebratory Blog Competition. Not only did this blog pass the milestone of 1500 followers, but it also passed 1,000,000 page views too! (if only I had a dollar for each one of those!!!).

The competition will be a big one, with a relatively random chance for anyone to win the prize!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

Well, tomorrow I head off to Games Day Chicago with my Empire army in tow. Here are all the oddly-shaped parts of the army tucked away in my nice, new "oddly-shaped parts" box, but more of that later.

If you are going to Games Day Chicago, please make sure you check out our Heroes of Armageddon display and take plenty of photos of the great table and the armies that raised $31,000 for Doctors Without Borders. You'll be able to find it in the Club Tables section!

After that (well, between 1pm and 4pm) head to the Armies On Parade area and vote in the popularity contest. Well, vote for my Empire army in the popularity contest. I'm sure there'll be other armies that are just as good (if not better), but you'll vote for me anyway...right...?
; )

Well, take care. Enjoy the radio silence until next week.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Games Day Baltimore 2010 (part4-The Last)

Following my three hour stint at the Golden Demon Lounge I new I had to make up for lost time. I grabbed my stack of Dan Abnett books (the hardcovers at least) and raced down to the Black Library signing line. Not only was Dan there, but also his lovely wife Nik, and Gav Thorpe, Nathan Long, C.L. Werner, and Mike Lee! I was able to dash out of the line, buy a copy of The Sabbat Worlds, and get back in line to have Nik sign her story on the compilation and Dan sign "my stack".

After that I didn't have much time but was able to swing by the Jawaballs table again, say "G'Day" to a few old friends, spend far too much at the ForgeWorld stand and then start packing up my Blood Pact army. While doing the last bit I got the chance to talk to Jacob, the winner of the Storm Wardens army, and he is a really great guy! His love for 40K and enthusiasm about the project will, no doubt, see him taking good care of the army for years to come!

Anyway, all that meant I missed the award ceremony for the Golden Demons (they changed up the timing and location for it all, and I hadn't paid any attention to the new schedule), but was able to stand on stage for a brief second along with the other Gold trophy winners and see Todd Swanson awarded his FOURTH Slayer Sword! Boy, did he deserve it. A very beautiful Lictor indeed!

So, thats about it for my Baltimore Games Day experience. If it seems rushed and disjointed, that's because it was : )

I spent the bulk of my time doing what I love to, talking to friends (new and old) and having a great time with toy soldiers. So thank you to all my friends who were there for making it a great day, and congratulations to those who walked away with Golden Demon trophies too (Kyle, Kirill, Jeff, Yuri, Marc, Mathieu, Todd, Zach, Alex, and anyone else I may have missed!)

So here he is, my latest Primarch conversion - Night Haunter, Primarch of the Night Lords.

I hope you like him.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Games Day Baltimore 2010 (part3)

The Uniforms & Heraldry of the Empire is a fantastic book. In my humble opinion, there should be more of these books, at least one for each army. Filled with interesting color schemes and "bonus" ideas for painting the regiments of your Empire army, it is a must-have for Empire players.

The best part are the vignettes by Dave Gallagher, there are about six or so of these sketches of Empire Troops in action. One of my favorites has always been Grundel's Defenders, a Spearmen regiment of Nuln who have never lost a cannon they were charged with defending (save a handful that have misfired or been taken out by sorcerous means). It was with this sketch in mind that I embarked on my Diorama project for Games Day 2010.

Grundel's Defenders took Silver in the Diorama category, right behind a very nice "Kroot in the Desert" piece and just ahead of a diorama by a fellow Aussie.

If you want to see a huge swathe of the Golden Demon Winners (and Honorable Mentions and other cool entries), then head to the website run by GW-collector and big fan of toy-soldiers Richard Hale. His website is Stuff Of Legends, and his coverage of this year's North American Golden demon can be found here.

Well, it's back to the pool for me. Don't forget to visit all the blogs in my blog roll for their great Games Day coverage. There are a lot of interesting takes on the show, and plenty of great photos (which I don't have because I forgot to take my camera).


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Games Day Baltimore 2010 (part2)

So, last post I jumped straight into my Golden Demon entries, and left you hanging on the rest of my adventures at the show. Well, after dropping off my GD entries, I met Ron Saikowski (From the Warp), a fellow member of the Storm Warden Build Team, and we had a look through the Storm Wardens army and case : ) Very cool stuff. I then took it downstairs to the main hall to drop it off at the Jawaballs and Fritz table, ready for it to be picked up by Jacob, the winner of the army. While there, I helped Jawaballs with a quick video run-through of the army in the case and we were joined by Ross Watson (from Fantasy Flight Games) who had not only helped us out with some extra background on the Storm Wardens, but also provided a Tactical demi-squad and a signed copy of Deathwatch! Extra cool stuff!

It was then off to the Armies on Parade area, where I laid out my Blood Pact army in the hopes there'd be some nice response to it. Once that was dropped off, I was back up to the Golden Demon Lounge area for my shift at the table. Three hours of chatting to folks about painting toy soldiers, and catching up with old friends.

So at the top of the page you can see the Terminator Squad I entered for the 40K Squad category. I painted these guys almost two years ago, as part of my Ultramarine army that I started for the release of 5th edition 40K. I now have the entire 5th Company painted, along with about 65% of the 1st company and quite a few elements of the 10th.

This Assault Terminator Squad are my favorite 5 Termies from the army.

As well as entering Armies on Parade (and winning the Best Painted Army award), I also entered my Sanchez-pattern Crusader into the Vehicle Conversion Contest. It's a fairly straight-forward conversion, adding the Carnifex carcass to the top, along with other detailing and and trophies. The real kickers are the six twin-linked plasmas in the sponsons. This arrangement was suggested by a former colleague (Dureke Sanchez) and is so heinous it can take down a Carnifex in one round of shooting. It certainly didn't win, but the winner in that category was perhaps one of the most amazing things at Games Day. It was an Ork Pirate Ship, built from two Baneblades, seven Stompa kits, and about fifteen pounds of plastic sprue. Simply awesome. my friends and I dubbed the builder the "Hero of Games Day"!

More later in the week.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Games Day Baltimore 2010 (part1)

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!

They were:
• 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.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's almost time...

I know I've posted a lot about the "Great Storm Wardens Project" (just check out my July posts if you don't believe me). Well, this Saturday is the day we hand it over to the winner, Jacob.

Jacob is coming down to Baltimore Games Day and is really looking forward to being the 'warden' of this army (and meeting a lot of the guys who were involved in the project.

Anyway, the Battlefoam bag arrived today. I was so excited about seeing what Romeo had donated to the project I had to immediately put the army (and other goodies) into the case and take some photos. I hope you enjoy a tour through the case and the army.

A few people have been asking me how many points the army is, so I thought I'd add it all up. These points values typically take into account the lowest possible for the unit, and the total is:

Almost 3,100 points!

Adding some extra armor and items of wargear could easily push this army over 3,300 points. Awesome stuff. And you'll notice too that there's plenty of room to add more units, like more bikes, or assault Marines, more Terminators, and more Rhinos and Landspeeders.

See you on Saturday at Baltimore Games Day when we hand it all over : )