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.



  1. Could you post up pics of the Night Haunter? I'd love to see your take on him

  2. @Khorneguy - I'll be doing that once my client has seen him, so hopefully later this week ; )


  3. Congrats on all your wins,much deserved.
    You forgot to mention the Best painted army award you had no idea you won :)

    You are a cool guy,I am glad to have met ya and let me know when you plan on doing the Charity thing,I may have a few things I can put up for it.

  4. CONGRATS DAVE! I knew you would do well!

  5. Hey Dave, Gratz again. All I can say is I had trouble sleeping in the hotel room because of the head of Todd and Kirill LOL, I kid. Can you imagine what will happen when Kirill finally gets one:) Anyways until next time.


  6. Congrats on the awards dude, those minotaurs look great. I'd like to see the 'Grundel's Defenders' diorama.

    Again, congrats.

  7. Congrats on your wins, and for the example of a gracious non-winner.

    I like the Grey Seer quite a lot, and have always coveted that hunter's bow-gun-thing.

  8. I knew that if anybody could make the new minotaurs look good, it had to be you!

    I hate I could make it up to GDBaltimore, but maybe some other event.