Golden Demons 2012: Clash of Slayer Sword winners

Another year has passed by and we are lucky to get some more great painted miniatures from painters who participated at Golden Demon contest organized by Games Workshop. If you would like to remembrance what entries have won last year, check here: Golden Demon 2011 Slayer Sword winners.

This year I have asked other great painter to share their opinion with us.

Slayer Sword France 2012: Bruno Lavallée – Empire griffin

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Volomir

Bruno’s entry is a wonderful monster, very well painted, to a level we would expect from Bruno. The painting detail of the skin in the demigyph is awesome, the composition is very well executed, with a nice ambiance and an interesting pose. The worse part in my opinion is the head of the rider, a poor sculpture which is only interesting for the hair, and the face is not up to the standard of the whole piece. Nicely worked base and terrain too! One of my favorites this year.

Corvus

I have a bit of a mixed feeling with this one. It isn’t the 100% custom sculpted magic we’re used from GD France, but a slightly modified (head swap as far as I know of) Forge World model. It’s also difficult to judge the painting on the model, it’s hard to see on the pictures but all surfaces seem to be finely textured: dents in the armor, fur on the beast, etc. And of course the base is magnificent!

It isn’t the 100% custom sculpted magic we’re used from GD France

Slawol

I like the overall composition, great base and color choice. Big mounted model with good paint job, I especially like the demigryph with his textures. The rider’s face and metallics are really great, also nice steam punk-look lance. The base is great itself.

Matt Cexwish

Hmmmmmm… :)… Much more then meets the eye actually! I really dig the nice black cut out base that Bruno has created for his project…

The saliva and glossy looking beak and eyes really make the demigryph come to live… I also like the sharp metal reflexes and nicely worked out details on the skin and the base… All in all a very solid and strong entry, but again pretty out of the box… I think that it could have been improved by adding some more Detail that shows more of the Knights story like a little companion or some stuff he has cramped on his saddle…

The French GD has always been one (if not THE) most innovative Golden Daemon in the past and I am sure that there were a lot of amazing sculpts that were not considered because of the newly changed IP doctrine…

Slayer Sword Spain 2012: Pablo López – Board´em!!

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Volomir

Pablo’s entry is a good diorama, well executed and very well done in terms of GW lore and use of commercial bits  and the idea behind is well thought. There are many bad details which make the whole piece worse, like the tree, the base in general, the painting level of the imperial crew, the poor level of the transformations… Overall is a very nice piece but not worthy of a Slayer Sword in my opinion. A lucky strike considering the competition!

well executed and very well done in terms of GW lore and use of commercial bits  and the idea behind is well thought

Corvus

Classic diorama’s like this which depict a scene which can come straight out of the concept art of the Warhammer universe are always a recipe for success. It’s also painted in a more classic way than the previous Spanish Slayer Sword winners, which were much more technical.

Slawol

Classic diorama with really good execution. Pretty old school paint job, but nothing spectacular. Nice storytelling scene. I would like to see more details on Savage Orcs, for example tattoos or at least more work on their green skin, maybe some additional colors on their mugs or something else. Of course, author put in this piece a lot of work and I like the whole composition, but overall it’s not what I expect for SS winner in diorama category and I don’t like spongy trees.

Matt Cexwish

For me personally, maybe the biggest surprise in this years Golden Daemon season… I am kinda intrigued by the general setup of the diorama, although I also think that paloji could have been much, much braver in his decisions, composition and conversions… As the sculpt of the Forge World land sShip lacks some Elegance and the additional, plausible Storytelling and Detail it is really a pity that no one has yet achieved to add it in the past…

I wished the sheer wild nature of the Feral Orks would show in a more natural way… the Orks could have been like a Monstrous Green Tidal wave, with hundreds and hundreds of them smashing into the side of the Ship and gradually tipping it over… It is this kind of detail that would have driven this Project to my absolute favorite this year, but like this I got the impression that something is missing and the whole scene remains extremely flat and bound to it´s Square base (although it is pretty clear that it´s converted and painted nicely…)… Also, I think that Paloji ended up in a not very pleasant situation as he has said himself that the giant from Marc Masclans was the better project… However, congratulations to you, dear Paloji, for your first Slayer Sword! 🙂

Slayer Sword Japan 2012: Christoph Blumenthal – Crisis Battlesuit

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Volomir

Cristoph’s is by far the worst of the Slayer Swords this year, obviously we shouldn’t expect the same level as we expect in Europe to the new GD in Japan. I like the choice of the idea and the basing and colors of the ground. The work on the Tau Armour is very poor and so is the overall painting. But again, it’s a new GD! I’m sure we will see the level rising in Japan soon.

I am not too keen on the idea of a unbalanced diorama and thus think that the goblin is no match for the suit

Corvus

Let’s hope this is a warming up for the next Japan GD’s… This entry and the other winners all have a lot of potential so I’m sure we’ll see some amazing things coming our way in the next few years. My main comment about this particular piece would be the composition: there’s no real focus point here, and the grot has no added value in my opinion.

Slawol

Well, the first GD in Japan is history! Congratulations to organizers and participants, I hope next year GD will be better with better entries and especially the main prize – not paper. As for the winner – for me too few shadows, that’s why model looks really flat. I love weathering and whole scene, the base and the lamp.

Matt Cexwish

Well, besides getting the notorious, very First and World Exclusive Paper Slayer Print, Christoph did a decent job on his combat suit… I was waiting for a long time to finally see a Japanese Golden Daemon and it was pretty obvious that the first will be rather small and humble, yet this entry shows some advanced ideas regarding the textures and setup of used elements (like the nice lamp post and the general post apocalyptic feeling to it…)…

I am not too keen on the idea of a unbalanced diorama and thus think that the goblin is no match for the suit (also, he is shooting him in the back… which doesn´t make it any better…)… Maybe a classical “David Vs. Goliath” theme would have worked with switched roles (e.g. a very strong goblin against a somehow weak, elegant, fragile suit…)… But then again, this doesn´t really seem to fit with the idea of the Tau… Hhhm, difficult start, but a start at least! :D… Very much looking forward seeing the 2013 GD Japan entries! 🙂

Slayer Sword US 2012: Todd Swanson – Wood Elf Lilith Hesperax

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Volomir

Todd’s Lilith Hesperax is a very interesting piece. Quite a conversion and a very nice idea in general, and the painting is very correct. However there are things that you cannot ask from a conversion work and I think Todd tried hard in making the conversion believable but the right leg is absolutely broken, and the little faerie thing (whatever that is) in her hand is funny but completely unreal and out of context with Lilith’s pose. Great base also, tiny but filled with interesting details!

painting miniatures out of the box without any modifications seems like a much more sure way to win a trophy, but it also leaves less space for imagination

Corvus

The conversion of this 40K model left it with some odd bends in the legs, or is this due to the Finecast? The skin, which makes up most of this model, lacks contrast and the heavy black lining is something you don’t see that often anymore these days. But in general it is quite an impressive conversion and the base looks great.

Slawol

Hesperax is a nice chick, but her right leg… Simple paint job, but very clean and smooth. Good skin tone, tattoos, I like especially the face and hair. Nothing mind blowing and special for a SS winner, but it’s a nice model and very good conversion and of course very good base.

Matt Cexwish

Again, much more then one could think at the first glance… Todd´s Project is just meticulous and insane! He has filed down each and every single piece of cloth and armor on a pretty filigrane miniature and managed to create some new, unique and very well fitting additional pieces… In a time when Games Workshop tries to strongly encourage work displaying their own IP as a means of advertisement, painting miniatures out of the box without any modifications seems like a much more sure way to win a trophy, but it also leaves less space for imagination, new, fresh ideas and finally interesting entries and inspiration for both the hobbyists and the production studio…

I think it´s a great way to start converting miniatures as Todd did here with a lot of subtle, yet extremely effective and well chosen additions to still get the attention with the judges it really deserves… I like the outcome and think that it´s much better in hand then it is on the pics (since they are magnified a good 10 times at least…).. Very nice Job, Todd!

Slayer Sword Germany 2012: Raffaele Picca – Untold Honor

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Volomir

Untold honor by Raffa is one of the best Slayer Swords this year too. I like the idea, the dynamism, the colors, the work on the base, the level of detail, the painting work, nearly everything. I specially like the way he managed to get the characters to be floating in the air. The only thing I do not like that much is the composition of the piece. There is too much protagonism in the base, and at first sight you don’t see the dwarf that well. I believe he could have been better off with less height on the terrain. Apart from that and the water splashes not being very realistic, I absolutely love it.

Only the best can achieve this kind of “aesthetic corrections” and Raffa is certainly one of them…

Corvus

I had the luck of seeing this piece in real life a couple of times this year and it’s truly breathtaking. Custom sculpted figures and an over the top, Massive Voodoo style base make this my number 2 for this year’s Slayer Sword list.

Slawol

Well, I can go talking and talking about this diorama long time… Masterpiece, I love dynamic scene, my beloved race from fantasy world – Dwarf, great terrain and of course fantastic paint job. Picster is one of the most talented painters nowadays and here is the another proof. Well deserved SS! Amazing job!

Matt Cexwish

:)… Jungle Brother Raffa is like a living warranty: Whatever this crazed chimp spits out after working hard on it, it will be great… :D… I have seen this piece in person as I was in the jury of the German Games Day 2012 and – boy – he did it again! The most astonishing part is surely not the setup, which we all have seen a couple of times (a fearless hero jumping head first into a brutal and violent monster / enemy… meh), but the way he has achieved this piece is really something extraordinary…

The dwarf is completely sculpted and one would not expect how SMALL it actually is… Painting wise, Raffa has really succeeded in something that becomes more vital in these days of 3D enhanced modeling: To paint the scales of the troll in a more naturalistic, smooth way then the sculpt would suggest… It really speaks highly of his skill to see that he has managed to turn a flaw of the sculpt to something you end up noticing as something very well painted… Only the best can achieve this kind of “aesthetic corrections” and Raffa is certainly one of them…

Slayer Sword UK 2012: Karol Rudyk – Vampire Lord

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Volomir

Karol’s Vampire Dragon is absolutely stunning. A great work, amazing choice of colors and very well executed job on the red of the wings, a very risky choice which turned out beautifully. My biggest concerns on this piece are the position of the rider, saddle and banner. I don’t like how the rider is leaning to one side, with the banner making an unreal diagonal and without any sensation of weight which it would have in a position like that one. The painting is superb though, one of my favorites this year.

That’s what I see in my head when I think “Slayer Sword”. Big model with a lot of details and fantastic composition.

Corvus

My favorite of this year, thanks to the overall dark and evil atmosphere together with the razor-sharp painting. I’m speechless…

Slawol

For me Karol’s work is the best SS this year. That’s what I see in my head when I think “Slayer Sword”. Big model with a lot of details and fantastic composition. It reminds me of another work – 1st place in Monster Category at GD UK 2003 by Matt Parkes. Karol did a very rich diorama with lot of details and mood. I love the blood, dark atmosphere, banner, the base…

What more can I say? Vampire on the Zombie Dragon is my number one in 2012!

Matt Cexwish

I met Karol 2 times already and I always knew that he will strike it big one day as his miniatures are something genuinely special! The finish is so smooth and Matt, you would not expect it… His freehands are amongst the absolute best in the miniature world… He is amongst the few that have a genuine graphical talent and you can clearly see it in his masterpiece, the Vampire Lord + favorite pet… The only flaw I can spot is the lack of dynamic in the Banner (which should be pretty ragged and moved by the wind actually…), but that´s nitpicking on a very high level… The smoothness of the paint job and the nearly photo realistic NMM metallics are really something special…

I am so glad that Karols Oddysee to the UK ended up so successfully and that some people that did not want to allow him into the competition had to think again afterwards… Also, I want to thank him for the stir he has made selling his China Slayer Sword afterwards, showing as much respect to it as he had felt when he was awarded with it… You got to stay true to your principles…

Slayer Sword Australia 2012: Mark Soley – Nurgle Lord

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Volomir

Mark’s Nurgle paladin is very well painted, beautiful choice of colors overall and I really like the detail of the corpse in the water which he maintained transparent so that we could see what’s happening inside. The biggest flaw for me is that the miniature is nearly an out of the box project and probably not enough for a Slayer Sword in my opinion, a little miniature with a painting not that mind blowing to be a Slayer Sword without anything else, but is is always difficult to judge from photos.

The biggest flaw for me is that the miniature is nearly an out of the box project.

Corvus

All serious Golden Demon contestants know the “gaming base rule” is quite a silly one. Some entries almost make fun of this rule by building a huge diorama on top of a 25x25mm base. This entry does it in another, extremely creative way. A good conversion, great painting and flawless water effects, wow! My number three of the list.

Slawol

Another single model with big base. It’s a thin line between single model and diorama and some of the GD rules about bases would be verified and/or changed. I like the paint job and the overall idea. Maybe another nurgle champion is boring for some people (like me), but I have to say, it is painted on a high level. I like color scheme and very limited palette.

Matt Cexwish

I have seen so, so many versions of this miniature that it gets me a little bit tired… Here, I like the base most, as it is more complex and quite challenging from a technical point of view… The nurgle warrior on top is nearly completely replaceable with any other fantasy miniature and that´s why I think that more modification or a bolder use of wicked colors would have worked better… Besides that, the whole paint job is a little bit too flat, but it does transport the message of a rotting nurgle warrior pretty nicely and subtle…

Slayer Sword Italy 2012: Luciano Rossetto – Ork Warboss

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Volomir

Luciano’s Ork is amazing, a huge piece with an outstanding work on conversion, modeling and sculpting, filled with little details that tell lots of stories, dynamism and superbly painted to the highest standard. A very well deserved Slayer Sword in a GD which was swarming with good pieces and again, one of my favorites this year.

Makes you wonder about the true nature of the Orks, like a dance on the very thin line between ferocious wildness and murderous fun…

Corvus

Not really appealing to me but a flawless, very dynamic piece. Well deserved.

Slawol

Nice, dynamic model, great skin, freehands and the reds. Nothing amazing for me in 100%, but I think this Ork deserved for 1st place in his category.

Matt Cexwish

Forte! :D… I was lucky enough to see this in person at the Monte San Savino Show 2012 in the Tuscany and was amazed by the size and details! Definitely, a highly personalized and condensed entry… The balanced, nearly dance like posture of the heavy, wild Ork evokes the impression as if he is gently swaying through the enemy lines, which is unusual and interestingly done!

Also, it´s pretty evident that Luciano has painted quite a few historical miniatures before (if you look at the smooth blending, the texture on the armor, the nice metals…)… Makes you wonder about the true nature of the Orks, like a dance on the very thin line between ferocious wildness and murderous fun… Thanks for creating that and sharing it with us…

Your opinion?

As always your opinion is important, so what do you think about those entries?

Which one do you like best?

Where Golden Demon has the highest standard?

Vote, share your opinion and comment here or at our forum!

Regards,
— sea.man

Hussar 2012 miniature painting contest report

This year we were lucky to participate in the third edition of the Hussar miniature painting competition. This event grew to become one of the most important events for miniature painters in Poland, and with support from Cool Mini Or Not, Hussar 2012 was a tempting choice for any miniature painting enthusiast. After all the main prize is nothing to scoff at!

Who was there?

This edition of Hussar was special not only because it confirmed the contest’s position, but also because there were as many foreign entrants as never before. Oh, well, it means only two, but it’s still more than any previous edition got. 😉 The two guests were Nakatan (Ivan Victorovich Melnikov, who came with his wife) and Zaphod (Michael Bartels).

Of course there were many Polish painters, including the most popular and recognized Polish painters. We met many old friends and had a chance to get to know new ones. People started socializing very soon and hobby talk was heard all over the place.

There was a special promotional miniature named “HussaAAARGHHH!!!”, which could be purchased at the event.

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Hussar 2012 promo miniature

There were a few hobby stores present at Hussar 2012, so hobbyists could see in person many products they have only known from the internet, including MaxMini bits, Kromlech stuff, Ogniem i Mieczem (By Fire and Sword) miniatures and all the stuff brought by the White Tree staff.

Other attractions

Most curious or adventurous guests could try their skills at digital 3-d sculpting. There were tablets with necessary software, plus some assistance from experienced experts. Moreover, there was a special presentation by MaxMini about the process of digital sculpting.

One of the most popular things at the contest was a special cabinet for showcase of miniatures, which were not entered into the contest. There were quite a few miniatures from Ana, Bohun, Flameon, Karol Rudyk, Loler, Maru, Nameless and Przemo there.

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 There was also a painting workshop with Przemek Wałęga (Przemo), who taught about painting miniatures and contrast. And people who spent the day at the location of the contest, could participate in a fun speed painting contest, more about which will be written later.

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Hussar 2012 miniature painting contest

Obviously the central part of this whole event was the miniature painting competition. This time there were 75 entries, but the overall quality surprised both the judges and the entrants. I heard it from many participants that they hadn’t expected that high quality and such strong competition. We’ve seen high quality entries in the previous editions of Hussar, but the overall quality of entries has never been as high as this year.

Just like in the previous editions of Hussar, there were 4 categories: Diorama, Large model, Single fantasy miniature and Single sci-fi miniature.

Here are pictures of all the entries from the competition with some special attention given to winners of trophies and honorable mentions.

Diorama

As there are no separate categories for units or duels, these go into the diorama category. This category  allows to emphasize modeling work, story worked into the model, and interaction between models. It also allows to use bigger bases than the remaining categories.

Gold in diorama: Łukasz Grzyb [CTAN] – “Chocolate Factory”
Silver in diorama: Melnikov Ivan Victorovich [NAKATAN] – “Hard Corps vs Hive Mind”
Bronze in diorama: Adam Hałon [LOLER] – “Obcy”

Honourable mentions

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Ania Machowska [AŃA] – “Orc Warboss & Grot”
Iga Walczewska-Bińczyk [IGNIS] – “Black & White”
Jarosław Borzdyński [MADFLY-ART] – “Karabidae & Krapbots”

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Przemek Wałęga [PRZEMO] – “Bunt”
Michał Jankiewicz – “Orc Buggy”
Piotr Karpiński – “Dzidy”

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Large Model

This year there was still no separation between machines and other larger miniatures. It seems this category may be split into two separate categories in future, if only enough entries are prepared and entered to the competition.

Gold in large model: Łukasz Grzyb [CTAN] – “Goldfish”
Silver in large model: Melnikov Ivan Victorovich [NAKATAN] – “In the Land of Giants”
Bronze in large model: Iga Walczewska-Bińczyk [IGNIS] – “Time”

Honourable mentions

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Marek Borowski [KERAM] – “Gorbad the Headhunter”
Jarek Drabek [CAMELSON] – “Hellbrute”

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Ania Machowska [AŃA] – “Nokjaegerin”
Jarosław Borzdyński [MADFLY-ART] – “Death Guard Contemptor Dreadnought”

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Single Fantasy Miniature

These don’t really need to be fantasy models. Historical models representing characters from the period before 1914 are also allowed, and some historical models in 15mm scale were entered, indeed. This category was very popular and so many entries displayed great quality, that many honourable mentions were awarded.

Gold in single fantasy miniature: Adam Hałon [LOLER] – “Bretoński Rycerz”
Silver in single fantasy miniature: Ania Machowska [AŃA] – “King’s Man”
Bronze in single fantasy miniature: Łukasz Grzyb [CTAN] – “Co ja pacze”

Honourable mentions

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Jarek Drabek [CAMELSON] – “Yarry”
Radosław Bartnik [LEMARTES] – “Tomb King”
Michael Bartels [ZAPHOD] – “Ode to Raffa”

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Magdalena Wróbel – “Captain of the Empire”
Michał Cios – “Regimentarz Stanisław Lubomirski”
Michał Pisarski [LAN STUDIO] – “Isabela von Carstein”

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Przemek Wałęga [PRZEMO] – “Goblin”
Przemek Jacko [SZARY] – “Caradryan the Sea Fenix”

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Single Sci-Fi Miniature

This category also allows historical models from the period of 1914 and later, yet no historical models were entered. Maybe the next year we will see any? This time most entries were Warhammer 40.000 models, but some other manufacturers were represented as well.

Gold in single sci-fi miniature: Melnikov Ivan Victorovich [NAKATAN] – “Last mistake of sergeant Joe”
Silver in single sci-fi miniature: Artur Żołędowski [ARTUR] – “Ork”

Bronze in single sci-fi miniature: Karol Rudyk – “Chaos Lord”

Honourable mentions

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Michał Orzeł – “Still searching”
Adam Hałon [LOLER] – “Chaplain”
Michał Gendek – “Imperial Fist Veteran”

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Ania Machowska [AŃA] – “Geisha Assassin”
Michał Pisarski [LAN STUDIO] – “God of Winter”
Łukasz Grzyb [CTAN] – “Time for dinner”

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Best Junior

There is no separate category for youngbloods at Hussar, so young painters compete in the same categories as their older colleagues. But there was a special award for the best work of a painter born in 1996 or later. The award for the Best Junior painter went to Marek Borkowski (KeraM) for this work, which also won him an honourable mention in the Large model category.

Best Junior: Marek Borowski [KERAM] – “Gorbad the Headhunter”

Grand Prix

The Grand Prix always goes to the author of one of four works that took gold in our four main categories. This time the winner was Nakatan, who painted this impressive Eldar model. It seems it was a good decision to come to Poland and try his luck at Hussar!

The Grand Prix: Melnikov Ivan Victorovich [NAKATAN] – “Last mistake of sergeant Joe”

As some of you surely remember the winner receives a return ticket to the USA for the next edition of the Crystal Brush contest. We’re sure Nakatan will enjoy the trip just as much as he enjoyed the trophy – a beautiful sabre, admired and complimented by everyone who saw slayer  swords.

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Speed Painting

As it has been mentioned already, there was a speed painting competition for everybody who felt like participating in this little fun contest. There is always a little twist that every painter is only given 3 colors and can only use them until a signal is given to pass the paints to another participants and receive new ones from somebody else. This results in pretty creative color schemes and forces out-of-the-box approach. There were nearly 20 entries, and the winners were:

  1. Łukasz Grzyb [CTAN]
  2. Filip Marković [NAMELESS]
  3. Tomasz Wolski

Here is a photo of the winning speed-painted high elf:

Hussar 2012 speed painting contest winner
Gold in speed painting: Łukasz Grzyb [CTAN]

The ceremony

Everyone anxiously awaited the awards ceremony. It was great to see hobbyists congratulate their colleagues and their successes, and especially to see Nakatan’s happy face when he was declared the overall winner, received the sabre trophy mentioned before and a special prize from Cool Mini Or Not – return ticket to Crystal Brush 2013.

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After the ceremony most participants went to the afterparty, for yet more socializing, some beer and enjoying seeing the miniatures in person without the barrier of display cabinets. Our foreign guests seemed happy and satisfied with the event.

Hussar 2013?

So will there be another edition of Hussar in 2013? We hope so, and what we heard unofficially, everything seems to be going just right to make Hussar 2013 possible! We hope the reputation and popularity of the contest continue to grow and improve, and to see more foreign hobbyists in Warsaw in a year.

Hope to meet you at Hussar in October 2013!

Duke of Bavaria 2012 report

Nothing gives me a kick to paint like looking at some nicely painted miniatures. Last weekend I had a chance to go to the Duke of Bavaria 2012 (or Herzog von Bayern 2012) contest in Germany. It was the 12th edition and my second I were at.

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The contest takes place in Ingolstadt, a beautiful old city which is known for it’s Audi factory. The whole event is in old castle called Neues Schloss where the Bavarian Army Museum is.

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Another benefit is that at the same time in the castle’s courtyard during the weekend is a local fest. So after many hours of looking at miniatures it is nice to sit on the bench, have a cold beer in 1 liter glass, called “Maß”, eat a Wieswurst with local music played live.

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The Duke of Bavaria 2012 contest started on Friday and lasted for 3 days. Usually most of the people come on Saturday, that is when the deadline for entering miniatures is. The results are given on the next day, so on Sunday you can pick up your entires. So in general it is a two days contest. Each painter entering in the contest has to pay €10 fee.

You really can’t feel bored there because just to watch the entries takes 1 or 2 hours. They are all gathered in one big room. There are no display cabinets so the entries are just on the shelves. So you can carefully take them and watch from really, really close from each side. Great thing about the Duke of Bavaria is that you can talk to people how did they paint something and then they just show you on the model! You can learn so much from just looking and talking to those masters of brush.

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There were also some classes (including  miniature painting classes), each devoted to different topics…

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… and display cabinets where judges show their own great works:

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Also there were many shops, where you could spend some money. Plenty to choose from – little companies or big names like Pegaso.

The Duke of Bavaria 2012 contest

The form of the contest is very open and categories give that feeling:

  1. Junior Cup
  2. Beginner
  3. Standard-Class
    • Standard Painting
    • Standard Open
    • Standard Flats 30 mm
    • Standard Flats over 30 mm
    • Fantasy Standard Painting
    • Fantasy Standard Open
  4. Master-Class
    • Master Painting
    • Master Open
    • Master Flats 30 mm
    • Master Flats over 30 mm
    • Fantasy Master Painting
    • Fantasy Master Open
  5. Dioramas / Vignettes
  6. Out of competition

For every category there are two classes: Master- and Standard-Class. You can enter only one for each category, i.e. Standard class Fantasy Painting and Master class Painting.

In each category you get a display place where you can put your entires that fall into this one category (the design of the display (Cloth, stairs, socket) is a freely selectable form, the standard size of the displays is approx. 30 x 30 cm). So if you have 3 single 32mm fantasy miniatures + 2 single 32mm sci-fi minis – they all go together as one entry into Master/Standard ‘Fantasy Painting’ category

Judging at Duke of Bavaria is also a bit different from what you know from other contests.

Judging System:

The judges give 0 – 4 points.

4 points mean GOLD

3 points mean SILVER

2 points mean BRONZE

1 point means RECOMMENDED

0 points mean NO AWARD

In every category there are 3 jurors, which means:

10 – 12 points GOLD

7 – 9 points SILVER

6 – 8 points BRONZE

3 – 5 points RECOMMENDED

0 – 2 points NO AWARD

So the rules are very unique and this is what makes Duke of Bavaria special. It means that there can be more than one bronze, silver or gold. The organizers motivate their decision about such formula that they don’t want painters to compete with each other – just with themselves.

There are also many special awards given from different clubs, i.e.:

  • best painted Bavarian soldier (award given from the museum director)
  • best native American miniature (from one of the judges)
  • best creative entry (award from Massive VooDoo monkeys)

and many, many different awards from painting clubs around Europe (Belgium, France, Italy, Czech and Germany). What orginisers could do better, would be to write about those awards before the contest, or maybe it is supposed to be that way?

Ceremony

I have never been on a ceremony that lasts almost 1,5 hour. But it is in a wonderful chamber and all the winners’ entries are shown (so you know what they get medals for).

Entries

The key part of every contest, have fun watching them!

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If you would like to know more about the contest, here is the oficial web page, and to see how was it last year and what great miniatures were there, just click here.

— Sea.man

5th Chest of Colors Miniature Exchange Summary

The 5th edition of Chest of Colors Miniature Exchange is finished now. The miniatures were painted, sent and received…

That was fun!

5th Miniature Exchange

Miniature exchange in numbers

2 months of secrets, anticipation, surprises, gifts, minis travelling all around the world… That’s what Chest of Colors Mini Exchanges are all about and this one was no exception. 38 participants from 10 countries did their best to paint a miniature for a fellow member of our forum.

Looking back at the 5th Miniature Exchange

It was really cool to follow ME threads (in English and Polish) on the forum. As the organiser I also have the additional knowledge, i.e. heap of e-mails and private messages with questions, requests etc. Man, let me tell you – these people really got into the exchange! It wasn’t just “I sent. I received” event. Oh, no, far from that. They paid a lot of attention to every detail, thought hard about a mini selection, tried to paint to their maximum level, been worried about the recipient’s reaction, shared their thoughts and feelings throughout the event.

For that I want to thank them. I’ve only e-mailed few addresses and replied to several questions. They have made the Mini Exchange another unforgettable experience.

6th Miniature Exchange?

Another Mini Exchange, you ask? Hell yeah!

Just be an active member of Chest of Colors forum and sooner or later you will have a chance to join and find all of this by yourself. See you next time!

Collected works

In the meantime, you can check the gallery of the 5th Chest of Colors Mini Exchange. It’s the best summary of what we did.

Now what do you think about such exchanges? Aren’t they fun? Share your opinion with us, send your suggestions. Maybe we can make the event even better!

— Nameless

Golden Demons 2011: Clash of Slayer Sword winners

As always contest organized by Games Workshop, called Golden Demon, attracts many painters who try to win really nice statues and glory 🙂 Their entries not only can win in different categories, but also the best of all can become Slayer Sword winners – that’s how The Best of Show award is commonly called.

I have asked some of the active members from the Chest of Colors community what do they think about last year’s Slayer Sword winners and their entries. They already have some demons in their collections, so I should better give them the microphone…

Slayer Sword France 2011: Remy Tremblay

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Flameon

You can watch the scene for a longer time and still you keep finding new elements that you want to give a better look.

Remy’s work is one of my favorite from last year’s Golden Demons. What I like in this diorama, is that there are so many things happening there. Thanks to that you can watch the scene for a longer time and still you keep finding new elements that you want to give a better look. For example a scared peasant in the sewers under the house, you look at it and then you find a rat who chases him in the tunnel. This makes that the whole diorama very interesting. Also from technical side, everything is painted and modeled at a very decent level. There aren’t many painters who want to paint every model so nice when there is so many of them.

Kacpero

Very good diorama, full of climate, expanded in terms of modeling techniques that were used. Very characteristic, painting approach to color in the execution of Remy Tremblay makes the scene very harmonious. Awarding this type of work with a Slayer Sword shows that in the highest level of miniature modeling world it’s not so much important the accuracy and smoothness of painting but also the idea and the story the author wants to pass.

Przemo

His diorama shows so much! So many things happens in there. There are absolutely no empty areas. Every room, shows a little story. And together they make a great diorama. You can watch it from every side and angle and spend hours on that amazing work. I’d love to see it in real, take it in my hand.

Slawol

There is so much work put into it, both conceptual and artistic. The history is told very clearly, amount of details and the quality of them is staggering. In every corner you can find confirmation of the high level presented by R. Tremblay. Particularly noteworthy are the execution of the water, destroyed roof and a scene that takes place behind bars – a villager trying to escape from the Skaven. From modeling point of view, the diorama is made at the highest level.

Slayer Sword Spain 2011: Rubén Martínez

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Ana

Yet AGAIN a giant won in Spain. I wonder if the Spaniards fought their domestic discount on this product, since this is their flagship proposal for Golden Demon?

Without prejudice to the implementation of craftsmanship, excellent composition, an interesting idea for a scene – yet AGAIN a giant won in Spain. I wonder if the Spaniards got their domestic discount for this product, since this is their flagship proposal for Golden Demon? Fortunately, the scene refreshes the hackneyed subject.

Details are of the highest quality – it seems that he did not take any shortcuts… but what do I know about Spanish painting techniques 😛 Probably, like a typical Spaniard, he did the job in one weekend. 😉

I will not comment about it’s execution, because everyone has his eyes – the only thing I have to reproach is the choice of the model. Booooooring!

Flameon

Ruben has done a nice job but I am missing something more. Both models are very nicely painted but they don’t surprise. There is not enough WOW! From the painting side, the giant is superbly done and the griffon looks underdeveloped. Feathers on the wings blend into one mass because of the lack of any edging with stronger color. On one hand I understand that he wanted it to look natural, but in my opinion it did not pass the exam. I like the eggs, they look like the real thing.

Kacpero

Excellently composed diorama, very good technically (conversion and painting at the highest level). The big downside is the lack of consistency in the style, so the combination of elements that are very realistic with plastic models of GW (striking contrast to the base of feathers and wings of griffin). In my opinion the scene is too uniform in color.

Przemo

Another great work was made by Rubén Martínez – winner of Spanish GD. You can’t talk about meaning it this diorama but there is something else – dynamism. This is the way duel should be done. Expressions, dynamic poses – it looks like a real fight. Base with rocks stones and eggs gives a background of the scene very well.

Slayer Sword US 2011: Vincent Hudon

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Ana

American Chopper Orc is the best proof that the US finally has its champions at the Golden Demons (because so far many of their best painters did not attend to them too often). I wonder what happened with the Americans that they improved so well, because I feel that the intercontinental quality difference finally blurred. Maybe a matter of cooperation and exchange of experiences?

I feel that the intercontinental quality difference finally blurred. Maybe a matter of cooperation and exchange of experiences?

Anyway, it seems that the US winner is better than the UK.

Flameon

Slayer Sword in the US is a really well painted and converted work. I especially like the humorous topic – wind blowing in the faces of those two, it looks very nice. From the painting and sculpture point of view, I can not reproach this work, it seems to me that it was drawn in this regard nearly to maximum. Only the base is very poor. This kind of bases are done when you need to do a whole unit and not a single motorcycle in a painting competition model.

Kacpero

A really nice, orkish vehicle that fits perfectly in the greenskins atmosphere. The model is enriched with a number of interesting details that distinguish it from other applications of this type (my favorite is the cartoon character of his teeth). Unfortunately, the entry is not as glamorous as most European Slayer Swords.

Loler

Interesting idea and a few nice additions, like for example a fly on orc’s teeth or face expresions on squig and orc. Overall, I think technically it is very good and realistic, but a little uneven such as bike’s armor is interesting, something is happening there and on the contrary the orc’s skin looks boring to me.

Slayer Sword Germany 2011: Matt Cexwish

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Ana

Of all this year’s winners, it was the work of Matt Cexwish that mostly moved the strings of my sensitivity. I am impressed by the climate, and I hope that I will see this work once in real 🙂 Personally, I will arrange a pilgrimage from Poland for this intention.
I congratulate him for the victory, especially that he didn’t go towards more commercial themes. This makes him more a winner in my eyes.

Flameon

Not ideal in terms of sculpture or painting, but the imperfections are compensated by the unusual idea and presentation of the diorama’s story

Matt’s diorama is best known to me from all of which I am writing here, because I had a chance to look at her well during GD in Germany. I think it’s precisely this type of work which should be the Slayer Sword. When you look at it do not you think, “This is a really nice figure, I like the” only “Woooooow, what is it? How did he do it? This is a total madness!” and that should be a reaction to the work that won such contest.

But going into details, I can say that: Matt’s painting is always “so-so” and here is the same but it does not interfere with the perception of this work and it is not the most important element so you can forgive him. Same scene is also quite simple, but in conjunction with the second, which is the opposite of all makes huge impression. Especially when you start to crank, the whole scene starts to rotate and the mechanism of the music box melody begins to play. This is really impressive!

Kacpero

The strength of this diorama is primarily unconventional thinking and creativity of the author. Implementation of certain elements is not ideal in terms of sculpture or painting, but the imperfections are compensated by the unusual idea and presentation of the diorama’s story. This is another to “The 13th Hour” job, proving that the idea and atmosphere you can earn the biggest prizes.

Przemo

Most impressive work for me was the winner of German GD – Matt Cexwish diorama. The whole story, background, meaning nad the construction is so fresh! I love works with meaning, and this one describes so much. It’s meaning is more or less philosophical. The whole idea from creating such a construction is also very impressive. I love fresh ways of doing our hobby, so thanks Matt for creating another path in miniatures painting.

Slawol

This scene I like the most. First place in my ranking goes to Matt’s diorama. In a very original way are presented two versions of events on the diorama and actually the work contains two separate scenes which could well be made independently. Combining them using a rotary mechanism (and also the music box!) is just great. The diorama knocks everything: quality, richness of detail, storytelling and the way in which it has been shown.

Slayer Sword UK 2011: Angelo Di Chello

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Flameon

I do not know what motivated the judges, but as for me it is a mistake.

English Slayer Sword totally surprised me (probably the same as other painters), because as far as I can deduce from the photo it is a simple table top. Zero conversion and painting is just weak. In Germany it probably could not even count on Bronze

Kacpero

Nicely painted plastic miniature from Games Workshop ;).

Loler

That I do not understand 🙂 I have seen the miniature live and actually it is good (certainly much better than the pictures, these pictures from the UK are turbo weak), but at the competition there were muuuuch better works. I do not know what motivated the judges, but as for me it is a mistake, the worst sword. Wood’s shaded as if the model was going to be fighting on the tabletop.

Slayer Sword Australia 2011: Kyle Morgan

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Flameon

The author effectively captured the individual and unique character of a greenskin boss.

Really bad photos, it is hard to judge.

Kacpero

Next orcish classic. The author effectively captured the individual and unique character of a greenskin boss. Cool conversion and modeling some interesting details.

Loler

Kyle’s ork is very nice, a few interesting snippets (ork’s servo skull, gretchin in the cap), and generally cool climate. The whole composition is as well thought out. Colors are consistent and it all makes good overall effect. I do not like that standard. Blood probably wouldn’t drip down, only sink in or something 🙂

Slayer Sword Italy 2011: Matteo Murelli

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Photo: Golden Demons 2011: Slayer Sword to kill other slayers

Flameon

Particularly noteworthy is the performance of the muscles and tendons of a monster and a very realistic blood.

Model from Italy looks very nice. The author had a very good idea for painting the skin of the beast, however, apparently lacked the determination to paint all those leather belts in most places because it looks unrealistic. Besides pictures of the model are made under a strong light coming from above so I am not able to judge how much of the shading on the model is his own work and how much is a natural shade. Because of this, unfortunately I can not honestly evaluate this model but generally makes a very nice impression.

Kacpero

The model is made with typical Italian style, finesse and care. Unfortunately I am not in favor of treatment figures as a base for painting and illustration freehands. For that there is canvas or paper. With such a biased way of judging like this year in Italy, for the next years we will have the most boring and predictable competition next to the British edition of the Golden Demon.

Slawol

I like this model because of the consistency of execution. I also like the theme, which I like very much personally. For this very well have been selected colors, which – thanks to a limited palette (almost monochrome) – creates mood and atmosphere of work. Painting also technically deserves the highest score. Particularly noteworthy is the performance of the muscles and tendons of a monster and a very realistic blood. The whole composition looks very good and entertaining, including a properly designed stand.

Your opinion?

As always your opinion is important, so what do you think about those entries?
Which one do you like best?
Where Golden Demon has the highest standard?

Vote, share your opinion and comment here or at our forum!

Regards,
— sea.man