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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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).

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Hussar 2011 – Report from miniature painting contest

Hussar 2011 was recognized by most Polish painters as the most important miniature painting contest in Poland in 2011. On October 22nd we went to Warsaw, participated in the event, and managed to prepare this Hussar 2011 report for you.

For those of you who are not familiar with the event, let me explain that the contest is a successor to Slayer of Daemon, which was organized by Polish miniature painters when they learned that there will not be no Golden Demon contest in Poland anymore. After the first edition of Slayer of Daemon some changes were introduced, the connection to Games Workshop‘s event was cut off and a new name was chosen in order to add a Polish touch to the contest. And so Hussar was born.

This year’s contest was the second edition of Hussar (or third if you count the Slayer of Daemon) and the event was anxiously awaited by Polish painters. Although there are a few miniature painting competitions in Poland, Hussar remains the most important one and is the place to be for a Polish miniature painter. Not only because of the contest aspect of the event but also because of the opportunity of meeting fellow painters and spending some enjoyable time with them. But this year things changed…

Fight for the flight

Hussar has its own trophies, the Hussarettes, which are awarded to the winners. They were sculpted by Robert Kurek and represent a female warrior with hussar’s wings attached to the armor. Hussar 2011 introduced another trophy – a beautiful sabre, which was more related to the Polish martial tradition than a sword would be. But it’s not all…

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Cool Mini Or Not sponsored a fantastic award to the overall winner of Hussar 2011: The winner would get a return flight ticket to the Crystal Brush miniature painting contest. Needless to say it was a generous offer, but also a great opportunity to participate in the Crystal Brush. If you don’t know about the contest, it’s enough to say that the overall winner wins $10.000 as their prize, and the next two also win some money. So it’s something to fight for…. Unfortunately for us Europeans the contest takes place in the US, so the trip is a bit too expensive for most of us to afford. But now there was a chance to get a free flight and a chance to win the big money. Now that’s some big news!

The event

Hussar 2011 took place in in Warsaw, on October 22nd. We hoped some foreign painters would show up in attempt to win the big prize, but (fortunately for the grand winner) it remained a national contest only, even though we informed many foreign painters about it. Well, maybe the next time?

The whole event was prepared by the same crew as before, with the same man being responsible for the event. Huge thanks to Janusz Rosłan for making it all possible. This guy’s enthusiasm and hard work guaranteed that miniature painters in Poland have a worthy contest to compete in.

This year the event attracted new sponsors and partners, including Games Workshop and Cool Mini Or Not. We at Chest of Colors provided our support, spread the news about the event, and offered our forum for the official discussions about the contest. We also took photos of all the entries, gave miniature painting classes, and participated in judging.

As you already know, the contest was not the only attraction offered at the event. There were sculpting classes with Robert Kurek (the author of the Hussarette) and painting classes with Camelson (who showed how to paint damage) and Ańa (about painting faces). It was fantastic to see so many people interested and involved in these classes. It was a great opportunity to improve one’s skills and to learn from some of the best sources in our country.

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Those classes were not the only pastime for hobbyists present at Hussar. Warsaw Team prepared an entertaining speed painting contest, and many hobbyists chose to spend the time socializing, joking and talking about hobby matters. After all it’s one of the rare opportunities for many of us to meet the others.

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Miniature painting contest

The most important part of the whole event was still the miniature painting contest – Hussar. There were four categories: Single Fantasy Model, Single Sci-Fi Model, Large Model and Diorama. The last category included not only dioramas but also units and groups of miniatures. It also put additional emphasis on story and interaction between models, not only quality of painting. After all it’s what dioramas are all about.

This time I wasn’t a judge in the contest. I couldn’t declare if I would be able to be there for sure, and didn’t want to cause any trouble with my unreliability, so I suggested that it would be excellent if Przemek Wałęga “Przemo” would become a member of the jury. He is the person who won the Slayer of Daemon and Hussar 2010 contests, so he would be the perfect choice for a judge in a miniature painting competition. I was very happy to hear he agreed, and so the judges were: Bogusz “Bohun” Stupnicki, Filip “Nameless” Marković and Przemysław “Przemo” Wałęga. Fantastic guys, who stood up to their task, and took the responsibility of judging in the competition. I can confirm how responsible job it can be, because you have to judge works of your friends and leave all sentiments behind. These guys did the job so fine, that we should all be proud of them.

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

It must be mentioned that Bohun would surely have a serious chance of winning in the contest and grabbing the free flight to Crystal Brush, but he didn’t change his choice and remained in the jury. It shows what kind of a person he is – true man of principles. Huge respect for this!

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

One complaint that was heard quite often was about the lighting. Unfortunately the lamps were placed in such a way that miniatures weren’t presented in an optimal way and many people couldn’t see the entries well. Judges had easy access to good lighting, but most visitors could only see some miniatures in dim light or even in shadows. Something to take care of in the next year. Fortunately some of the works (especially those awarded ones) were brought to the afterparty, so whoever was present there could see them from close distance and any angle.

Entries

There were 69 entries in the contest, which is more than in 2010. The general consensus is that the overall quality was also better than in the previous edition of Hussar. Even if the quality of the best entries is still comparable, the quality of others is better than it used to be, which is a positive sign of progress in our hobby community. It seems that there are more and more better hobbyists, or maybe at least more involved ones.

Here are all the winning entries from the competition. Pictures of those that got honorable mentions and remaining entries will follow later.

Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Gold in Single Sci-Fi Model category  Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Silver in Single Sci-Fi Model category  Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Bronze in Single Sci-Fi Model category

Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Gold in Single Fantasy Model category  Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Silver in Single Fantasy Model category  Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Bronze in Single Fantasy Model category

Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Gold in Large Model category  Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Silver in Large Model category  Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Bronze in Large Model category

Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Gold in Diorama category  Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Silver in Diorama category  Photo: Hussar 2011 report - Bronze in Diorama category

In the last days before the contest an active discussion took place both at the Chest of Colors forum and on Facebook. Many painters were sad to announce they would be unable to finish their works in time to use them for Hussar. We even joked that there should be a separate category for unfinished models, and it would be full of entries. Unfortunately this had its impact on the final results, because many good painters either decided to enter unfinished models (like Ańa) or not to enter their unfinished works at all (like Camelson, Tula or C’Tan). It’s a sad thing because everybody knew about the contest for many months already, but we know that sometimes life doesn’t allow things to follow any plans.

Fortunately for those who couldn’t see the miniatures in good lighting, better pictures of most entries have been (or will be) taken by their authors and posted to our miniature painting forum, so take a look there to see some better pictures, taken in better conditions.

Awards and winners

The Grand Prix went to Maciej “Flameon” Banasik, so we are proud to announce that a member of the Chest of Colors painting studio won the ticket to Crystal Brush for his entry in Single Fantasy Model category. He also received a beautiful sabre and two Hussarettes (bronze in Single Sci-Fi Model category and gold in Single Fantasy Model category).

It was great to see many members of our forum community awarded for their works. Let’s just mention Ańa (silver in Single Fantasy Model category, silver in Diorama category and honorable mention in Single Sci-Fi Model category), Camelson (silver in Large Model category), Czlowiek.morze (honorable mention in Single Fantasy Model category), Marta (gold in Large Model category), C’Tan (gold in Diorama category and honorable mention in Single Fantasy Model category), Kacpero (honorable mention in Diorama category), Ignis and Loler (gold in Single Sci-Fi Model category, bronze in Diorama category). Plus others that I may have forgot about now…

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

A special mention goes to Jaśmina, the 8-years-old girl on the photo below, who won the Junior award for her cute diorama. Well done, start at young age and keep improving, so you can compete with adult painters in a few years!

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Now here’s a “family photo” of all the awarded miniature painters, plus the jury. If you haven’t been mentioned or we made an error in the list of awards, feel free to let us know so we can update the text.

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

There were also some special awards for winners of the speed painting competition, and a very nice thing from Janusz himself. In order to show his appreciation to the people who have been cooperating with him for the last three years that he’s been organizing miniature painting contests, he prepared special Hussarettes as a sign of his recognition and gratitude. Thank you, Janusz. You should get a similar one, and I really appreciate the one I got. Such special Hussarettes went to me, Nameless, Bohun, Przemo, and one last to Warsaw Team.  Fantastic idea!

The people at Hussar

For me it was a fantastic change to be able to spend some time with other hobbyists and socialize. Usually I had to spend such events behind the display cabinets, as I was a judge there. This time I had much more time for myself because I only needed to take and prepare some photos, so I could hang around and meet some of my old friends.

Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

It was excellent to meet people like Przemek Jeske from MaxMini, old miniature painting friends like Miłosz Brendel or Alek Witkowski, and our the people we usually only meet on the forum: Sławol, Nameless, Bohun, Przemo, Zahor, Ścibor,  Mr. Denial, C’Tan, Ignis, Tula, Marta, Rakso the Slayer, Kacpero, Loler, Longer Tom, Czlowiek.morze, Flameon, Camelson, Smok, Sadziu, Hacket, and more… We rarely have an opportunity to meet them in person, so it’s awesome to have them all in one place. Most likely I won’t meet many of them for like a year…

It seems I was not the  only one who enjoyed the social aspect of Hussar:

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Of course some enjoyed other activities, too:

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

Of course it was no problem, because they knew there would be an afterparty!

Afterparty

The afterparty was organized in a special place with a very (as Janusz called it) “vintage style”. In fact it was a seniors’ club, and it shows when you watch the photos below:

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

We even noticed a standard of fighters for socialism there:

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

The afterparty was a chance to see that Nameless can be friendly….

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

… and that Maru’s models actually look much better than his photos seem to suggest. And just like a Polish proverb says that a shoemaker has no shoes, the camera expert doesn’t have decent photos of his own paintjobs.

Photo: Hussar 2011 - report from miniature painting contest

The best thing about the afterparty was that most of awarded contest entries were hrought there by their authors, so peole could see every detail, watch them closely, and discuss them with others. Such an opportunity of receiving first-hand feedback from people who saw your paintjobs in the flesh is priceless. People could also talk to the judges and hear their opinions directly from them. Such a thing doesn’t happen every day, so this alone could make a good reason to attend to the contest!

Hussar 2012?

We already heard a declaration that there will be Hussar 2012. We all hope that some improvements (lighting!) will be done, and everything else will be as good as it was this time. Maybe sponsors offer as tempting awards as they did, and many painters will gather to fight for the grand prix (another return flight ticket to Crystal Brush?). We hope to see more foreign painters there, now you know what the competition is all about!

See you at Hussar 2012!

But before it’s announced officially, feel free to share your memories from Hussar 2011 and your opinions about it in your comments. Tell us if you’re going to come to the next edition of Hussar, and if you want some more photos and opinions, check the English and Polish threads on our forum.

— Mahoń