Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Another painting competition entry

On September 25th 2008, Compendium Games of Burnley (epicentre of the universe) held  their 2nd annual painting competition in association with Games Workshop.

Like last year, the Stirpe clan turned up in force.

Unlike last year, Alex won his section with a superb scratch built Chariot of Tzeentch model (on a nice base). Max was a runner up despite his superb diorama of a Skink Teradon rider attacking a skeleton.

Despite my best hopes (and efforts), I was thwarted once again. I had taken on board the judges point about last year's winner's hand painted banner and done the same. I even hand painted the shield.

Furthermore, I really went to town on the base. I cut up almost 30 plastic skeleton warriors to make it.
In the end I lost out again. This time it was suggested that I might have spent more time on the base. "Could do with a little more dry brushing".

Perhaps. Although I think I have figured it out, In both years the winner has used a model from the Warhammer 40000 (40K) rules whereas both of mine have been from Warhammer Fantasy. Perhaps a bias?

Of course, that's just sour grapes!

I have already decided what I am going to do for 2009. It is quite an ambitious diorama but I have 8 months to do it.


Baron le Tice "The Red Baron"

By the way, for those of you who know your Warhammer, Yes I know it's the Green Knight model but I had originally planned to use this figure and had already chosen my colour scheme before Games Workshop mail order let me down at the last minute.

I must admit that the competition is great fun. Not only has it encouraged my children to get involved with something other than PCs and console games, it has allowed me to spend a long time on a single piece rather than the usual production line of getting the next unit on the wargames table as soon as possible.

And Finally
I had thought of calling his trusty sword Silverlight, but that would just have been cheesy and cheap !

See you soon

Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"

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