While at Pyrkon 2016, I took photos of all the entries to the miniature painting competition. Here they are along with some photos of the award ceremony.
Eh, I am writing to pester those who didn’t make it to the festival. ;-P
Toruń charmed me as usually, and I hope the miniatures festival will become a tradition.
It’s a good place to chat freely, weather seems better than it really is, and time seems to flow in a crazy way. And before I realized, we were on the driveway, back from the trip, and Balrog asked “why was our stay in Torun so short? 5 days would be better”.
This year I didn’t manage to finish my entry, so to avoid going empty-handed I took a WIP with me:
Ech, piszę żeby pognębić tych co nie dotarli ;-P
Toruń tradycyjnie zachwycał, a festiwal figurkowy, mam nadzieję, że przejdzie do tradycji. Jest to miejsce tgdzie rozmowy płyną swobodnie, w niepogodę jest jakby pogodniej, a czas szaleje. I nim się spostrzegłam Balrog na podjeździe pytał “dlaczego byliśmy tak krótko w Toruniu. 5 dni byłoby lepiej”.
W tym roku nie zdążyłam skończyć pracy, więc by nie jechać z pustymi rękami zabrałam ze sobą WIP:
Colleagues from the Exceptionally Lazy Modellers Club were very hospitable and they invited me to place my work in their non-contest cabinet. 😀 And I feel that it was the only one to stay true to the name of the club… There were like 30 FINIISHED works in the display cabinet – what a failure 😉
The competition entries have been presented in the internet, so I won’t repeat them here. Here are the ones I liked the most (in a pretty random order):
Kasia’s faun, beautifully composed. It was the only bust without the usual cleanly-cut edges, and the way it was blending into the wooden surrounding created unique ambience.
Koledzy z Klubu Wyjątkowo Leniwych Modelarzy gościnnie przygarnęli mnie i udostępnili miejsce w pozakonkursowej gablocie dla mojej pracy 😀 I mam wrażenie że jako jedyna oddawała ducha tej organizacji… W gablocie było około 30 SKOŃCZONYCH prac – porażka 😉
Prace konkursowe w wielu miejscach sa już opublikowane, więc nie będę się powtarzać. Mnie najbardziej przypadły do gustu (kolejność losowa):
Faun Kasi, pięknie skomponowany – było to jedyne popiersie które nie miało klasycznie oberżniętych krawędzi, a wtopienie go w drewniane otoczenie zbudowało niepowtarzalny klimat.
Certain Karol R. expected to win also this the contest. Fortunately for us, he wasn’t wrong ;-P and the awards ceremony passed in a friendly way. But seriously, I liked Rudyk’s display, and let showcasing his works in my scrapbook serve as a proof.
Niejaki Karol R. i tym razem podejrzewał, że zwycięży. Na nasze szczęście nie, mylił się ;-P i rozdanie nagród przebiegło w przyjaznej atmosferze. A tak bez żartów, to i mnie podobała się wystawka Rudyka, na dowód czego wyróżniam Go u siebie w notesie:
Here Lan charges his batteries for the next year’s show. ;-D As you can see, prizes for the awarded artists were pretty plentiful.
Lan ładuje baterie do przyszłorocznej wystawy ;-D Jak widać upominków dla wyróżnionych organizatorzy jak zwykle mieli na… kilogramy.
Mr. Pencil was pretty amusing and didn’t disappoint even after closer examination. Accurate association drew attention to this piece. 🙂
Pan Ołówek bawił a przy bliższym poznaniu nie rozczarowywał. Celne skojarzenie przyciągało uwagę 🙂
Artur Miniszewski made a diorama which made me wonder why I even bought any more acrylics???!!!!!
Artur Miniszewski zrobił dioramkę przy której zaczęłam się zastanawiać po co kupiłam kolejne akryle???!!!!!!
I would be unable to see it all if it wasn’t for the Guardian Mahon.
Nie mogłabym tego wszystkiego zobaczyć i przegadać tak przyjemnie czasu gdyby nie Mahoń Stróż.
There were a few interesting exhibitors, so my wallet suffered. I limited myself to purchasing only 2 bases and 10 paints from a brand that I had never tried before. I also received a glass dome for a model and a 000-sized synthetic paintbrush as a bonus from Loot Pile.
Było kilku ciekawych wystawców, więc portfel zubożał. Powściągliwie wybrałam dwie podstawki i 10 farbek z firmy której wcześniej nie miałam na palecie. W gratisie dostałam szklaną kopułę na model i pędzelek syntetyczny 000 od firmy Loot Pile.
Of course we returned late, just for the night, so the luggage is still unpacked and I am playing with my new paints. The paints seem to be highly efficient, indeed. Although they’re thin, they’re very well pigmented. One only needs to be careful when applying them – they flow easily, so it’s easy to overdo it in the first attempts.
Theoretically they should remain fresh on the palette for a long time thanks to their thinness. It would make me happy, as I am the kind of a painter who keeps mixing her paints all the time.
Oczywiście wróciliśmy późno, na noc, torba nierozpakowana a ja nacieszam się farbami. Farby rzeczywiście wydajne i choć rzadkie, to esensjonalne. Trzeba tylko być ostrożnym przy dozowaniu – wypływają ‘bezwysiłkowo’ i łatwo przy pierwszych użyciach przedawkować. Teoretycznie dzięki ich rzadkości powinny dość długo zachowywać świeżość na palecie – to by mi się podobało, bo jestem typem wiecznie miksującym barwy.
The brush runs well and is easy to control, but I would prefer to waith with my judgement until I use it a bit more, as I am used to the kind of bristles that natural brushes have, or maybe it’s a matter of the length of bristles? Oh my, I just picked a new 3/0 Raphael 8404 brush and the other one seems to be like its synthetic clone!
Pędzel rzeczywiście dobrze się prowadzi, choć nie chciałabym oceniać go po pierwszym użyciu, bo jestem przyzwyczajona do gibkości włosia naturalnego, a może to kwestia jego długości? O rety, sięgnęłam po nowy pędzelek 3/0 Raphael 8404 i jest to jego syntetyczny klon.
Which means the brush is simply stiffer. For me it runs more like a Winsor & Newton brush. I will use it while finishing the knight model, so I will be able to expand my judgement. And if you want to add anything on this subject, feel free to do so. 🙂 And here’s a sample of the synthetic brush and my new paints: Czyli to włosie jest sztywniejsze. Na moje oko prowadzi się bardziej jak Winsor&Newton. Dokończę nim model Rycerza i dołożę do tej opinii 3 grosze. Jeśli ktoś chce coś dodać, to śmiało 🙂
Poniżej próbka pędzla syntetycznego i moich nowych farb:
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
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.
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
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.
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!!
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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…
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.
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!
:)… 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
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.
My favorite of this year, thanks to the overall dark and evil atmosphere together with the razor-sharp painting. I’m speechless…
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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…
Not really appealing to me but a flawless, very dynamic piece. Well deserved.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were also some classes (including miniature painting classes), each devoted to different topics…
… and display cabinets where judges show their own great works:
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:
- Junior Cup
- Standard Painting
- Standard Open
- Standard Flats 30 mm
- Standard Flats over 30 mm
- Fantasy Standard Painting
- Fantasy Standard Open
- Master Painting
- Master Open
- Master Flats 30 mm
- Master Flats over 30 mm
- Fantasy Master Painting
- Fantasy Master Open
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.
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?
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).
The key part of every contest, have fun watching them!
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.
Just as most of you probably know, Golden Demon Australia 2011 was held in Sydney on October 1st. And as some of you know, there was something wrong with one of the entries. I mean the dreadnought which won gold in Warhammer 40K Vehicle category, and you surely guessed it already.
For those of you who are not familiar with the subject, let me explain that after the Golden Demon some photos of entries were published on the internet. And somebody spotted a suspicious photo… “Hey, isn’t it Bohun’s dreadnought?”, he said. And yeah, he must’ve been right!
The dreadnought in question looked exactly like the one Bohun showed on our miniature painting forum a few months ago. He even posted some WIP pictures, so we had no doubts he actually painted that one. So the new one had to be either painted by Bohun himself or a perfect copy of his paintjob.
Of course it’s possible to commit a forgery that can’t be disclosed, but it’s very unlikely in this case. Bohun‘s style is quite unique, and we recognized the paintjob with ease. We immediately contacted a few people, who could be interested in it – including Bohun. He thanked us for spotting the issue, because he wouldn’t even known about it.
The plot thickens…
Most of you probably know that at most Golden Demons there is a rule that one must be present at the Golden Demon to enter his works in the contest. And I mean personal presence, or otherwise they should be disqualified. It works a bit different in Australia because there is no requirement of personal presence, and there’s store and regional qualifying instead. We knew Bohun didn’t go to Australia and we know him as a painter who doesn’t need to do something as wrong as asking somebody to enter the miniature for him to win yet another Golden Demon while risking his reputation and good name. So we could be quite sure that it wasn’t entered by him or on his behalf. This was a commissioned job, so it was very likely that the customer who bought the miniature decided to enter the miniature in order to try to win a Golden Demon.
Unfortunately similar things happened before, too. Some people entered purchased or commissioned works before, and while some wanted to make a nice surprise to the authors and credited them as authors of the miniatures, some entered them as their own. Well, Bohun had bad luck of having the latter kind of customer. The person who entered the miniature, entered it as his own work. Now that’s really bad conduct, isn’t it?
Fortunately the guys from Australia (Sebastian Archer and Kyle Morgan) took care of the whole thing very seriously. Thank you guys, you did great job! They investigated the case and when they received pictures of the original work by Bohun, it was obvious the miniature at Golden Demon was not a copy but the same model as on Bohun’s works.
But then yet another attempt was made, (un)fortunately a failed one:
Somebody signed up to our miniature painting forum and posted such a message and signed it as INTHEKNOW. We can’t be sure if it’s the same person or not, but let’s quote the message:
@ Angora and posters this my apply to.
I has come to my attention that there are accusations being made not only on this forum but on others. I would be very careful about making slanderous comments in public without proof. I can assure you this matter has been fully investigated by the event organisers and they have been in contact with the people who are actually involved.
While the Dreadnought in question was based on Bohun’s painting style, and a tuition and feed back was given by him, it was not painted by Bohun.
To save any controversy, and with the agreement of all parties involved, the Demon for the Vehicle category was was handed back, and given to 4th place.
As he had not cheated he was able to retain all other Demons won. The person at question will also be able to enter next years GD without limitation.
However, if this isn’t enough information for you I suggest that you either get in contact with GW AU directly or I’m sure you can contact Bohun by sending him a PM or finding the email from his site. Failing that please feel free to PM me.
So what is wrong with it? Why do we call it a failed attempt?
Just a day before this message was sent I had a chance to meet Bohun in person. We talked a bit at Hussar 2011 and even had a chance to visit him again and to see his works. And Bohun denied having given the person any tuition or feedback about how to paint such model. Now the real shame is that he could have chosen to say he was unaware that entries had to be sole works of the entrants, not just owned by them. Although still difficult to believe, this explanation would be more credible than his. But he still claimed it’s a different model…
Now take a moment and compare these two models. Take a little adjustment for different lighting conditions at the contest and in a photo studio. Don’t they look like the same miniature? To me they do. These small swirling patterns look exactly the same on both minis. One would have to be a fantastic painter to replicate this pattern with such perfection. Then look at those stains on both bases. Identical, aren’t they? And if he has such skills, why didn’t he enter his original work but a copy of Bohun’s dreadnought?
Next stop: copying Mona Lisa
Kyle nailed it with his comment at the OZ Painters forum:
I have to say…. if this guy is did infact manage to copy the original Dreadnought, so much that it even came down to getting the battle damage and rust in the exact same spots, then he is truly entitled to winning that Demon…. Hell he should have won the Slayer Sword for being able to copy the original to a tee…. I mean why paint minis when this person clearly has the skill to copy any artwork…. next stop, copying the Mona Lisa!
You still don’t believe?
According to a post from the OZ Painters forum, this was not the first time he was disqualified for playing unfair and breaking the rules. As member difsta writes:
Hi all, I’m new to Oz Painters, but not new to [him]. I used to me “mates” with this guy. That was until he was caught cheating at tournaments with loaded dice. The same dice he used against me in friendly matches, at my house, while drinking my beers.
I was involved in catching him out with the dice as well as catching him out with the Golden Demon issues. For ages [he] used to send me photos of models that he had supposedly painted. When this all came out I provided photos which he sent me, which were found on places such as cool mini or not as well as bohun’s galeria (some of which you have already seen). he didn’t even take the photos, he just sent me the photos that the actual painter had taken. Here is an example.
Then he posts pictures to prove his point. I will leave it up to you to judge by yourselves.
And justice for all
Eventually the entry was disqualified, and results corrected. And justice for all…
Oh really? For all?
He won more trophies on that day, but he was only disqualified from this one category. Fair or not? Let’s leave the judgement to you, but that’s what the rules say. There’s no reason to disqualify him from other categories.
But to show you a different approach to the subject, let me quote the rules of Hussar competition:
2.1. Submitting an entry breaching the rules will cause disqualification of all works of the painter.
2.2. Submitting a team work or work of other painters will cause disqualification of all works of the painter and ban for all future editions of the competition.
2.3 Disqualification can happen after the results announcement, if evidence is found.
It doesn’t pay to cheat, does it? 🙂
Space marine’s regret
Unfortunately it was not the only time such things happened. We only know about a few more, which involved us in some way, but there have surely been more. Let me give a few examples.
Many years ago somebody entered Irkuck‘s and Demon Color’s models at one of Golden Demons in the US. Fortunately for all parties involved those models didn’t win anything and we never learned who did it. We simply spotted these painted miniatured on photos of entries in one of photo reports from that Golden Demon.
Then in 2007 we received an email from one of our customers, informing us that he won a Golden Demon with miniatures painted by Ana. He entered them as his own and to his misfortune, they won a silver Golden Demon in Warhammer 40.000 squad category. He apologized about it and even sent us the trophy, but it still felt a bit unfair because Ana was not there and would surely be unable to afford a trip to Canada. It was the first Golden Demon won by any of her works, so some people might suspect she was involved in it, so we tried to resolve the issue with Canadian Games Workshop, but we only heard that they didn’t help us much beyond telling us they’re glad to know the winner passed the trophy over to the author of winning miniatures. Well, nevermind… Not the best way to get your first trophy, nothing to be proud about. Yet all the lists of GD winners, like the Demon Winner site, credit the person who entered the miniatures for his winning entry.
Fortunately the guy really regretted what he had done and in 2008 entered his own work depicting a space marine asking for forgiveness. Nice touch…
Kindness of strangers
Ana wasn’t very lucky when it came to such situations. It must have been in 2009 that her Dark Angels command squad was entered by the owner of their miniatures at Golden Demon in Baltimore. This guy was fair enough to enter it as Ana’s work and credit her for the entry, but the miniatures… win a silver trophy again. Unfortunately it was done without Ana’s consent…
Some people congratulated Ana, some said it was a pity they didn’t have a chance to meet her at the Golden Demon. Generally the social reception was very positive, but we didn’t want to go the unfair way and contacted Games Workshop US about the case, asking the customer to do the same. We asked them to decide how to resolve the problem, because Ana wasn’t present at the GD, and it’s required by the rules to be there. We suggested it would be best to give the silver trophy to the winner of bronze, and to give bronze to the next person in the line – unless it’s impossible or too difficult to do. Fortunately things went just the way we suggested and the owner of that Dark Angels command squad didn’t object to returning the trophy. We believe he only wanted to do Ana a favor and win a trophy he thought miniature painting deserved. But we were happy to know the trophies went to people who won them abiding by the rules. You can see the corrected list of winners to see that things have been addressed properly.
There are plenty more fish in the sea…
Maybe you can share some suggestions how to deal with such problems? We are aware that Games Workshop cannot know the authors of all the works entered in Golden Demons. That’s where the international community of painters steps in. It’s us who can spot such cases and report them to the responsible persons. Hopefully they will act as promptly and efficiently as some of the examples above prove.
And what is your experience with this subject? Did you have similar problems, or do you know somebody who did?
It surely is more of a problem for people who paint for others, as they lose control over their works after they’re shipped to their new owners. That’s where our “community watch” is most useful and necessary.
Were there more of such problems? Surely, but we don’t know about them.
Maybe you can tell us about the ones you know about?
Feel free to leave a comment to share your opinion with us.