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Yes I am aware I am from the UK and was not there but I have not really seen many posts about the event, rumours sure but not the painting competition. First of here is a link to the winners -
I have found out a few things..
Three miniatures were entered that were not painted by the entering person, they were in fact brought off of ebay from the ChestofColors people (great painting site and painters). Now This is something that has caused a little bit of contaversy. I believe the rules say they have to be yours but of course how can the judges check on this? These people should be ashamed of trying to pass off someone elses hard work as their own to gain a daemon. To me, as a painter, is the lowest of the low (well just above stealing one). I know there has been a letter written to the GW over in the states about this, and I sinceryly hope these people are banned for good from all of the contests - world wide.
And finally, the slayer sword winner..
Nice yes, but really this is the standard of a slayer sword winner? I just got the UK WD and it has the booklet (yes they are giving it away again) from last years event, in there within two pages I can find five models that look better than this is all ways. I mean no offence to the painter, the conversion is well done but overall I do not see this worthy of the Slayer Sword.
Yes this has happened a few times in the past. Most of the time they are caught right away as the painting community is rather tight knit and everyone watches out... (generally). I have seen a few times where a model won, were posted on the website, and then later when it was found to be fraud - removed. I believe that if they catch you they ban you for life from their Games Days.
As for the quality of the slayer sword. I have 2 things to say about it. first off - look at the size of the picture - you are going to see things that you wouldn't see in real life just based on the size.
Secondly the quality of GW web graphics are much lower than even print pictures so you will lose a bit of quality as well there.
I guarantee that in person this figure probably looks stellar. I believe the person that won this year also won the slayer sword last year.
why is there no battle scene?
imho that was the best category
It must be the picture quality that is killing the miniatures 'awesomeness' for us...
There is no way in Hell that Angela Imrie's Goldberry looks that S****y.
Have a look at our Australian GD's. Makes me proud that website actually and our slayer sword winner deserves it.
I am suprised at the level of skill in those paint jobs in Atlanta because there has to be better ones than that around the place. But I suppose it comes down to the judges.
I've got to be honest- I can see why some of the UK painters get shirty at the awards given at some of the US GDs. There's a couple there that really aren't that hot. the 3rd place 40k squad is average at best for GD quality. OK- picture quality taken into account, but they aren't even based the same as the display stand.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
IMO the Warhammer 40,000 Large model gold winner was the best model there.
W/T/L- 85 Billion/1/4
The picture quality thing doesn't stick with me, its a poor excuse at best.
Look at the stuff on coolminiornot, some is amatuer photographer and the stuff rocks over that slayer sword winner.
hats off to the person for winning, respect earnt and deserved, i just think they wouldn't have won if entered into the UK comp.
I think the size of the picture and it's web friendliness have a lot to do with peoples perspective of it. Looking at the picture and seeing it in person at Games Day is 2 different things. I am not saying the pictures are bad - just lower resolution and larger size than you normally see. If I am not mistaken the above picture of the slayer winner is the enlarged picture. Some people such as myself host their own pictures and as such save them at much higher resolution. Not only that but if you size the picture to better reflect the accurate size of the figure you end up not seeing a lot of the painting "artifacts" that really don't show up in real life.Originally Posted by Gareth
These entries may or may not stand up to the UK competitions. To be honest it really depends on who enters and what te judges fancy. Everyone has their own opinions. I agree that the SM terminator looks better overall than the slayer sword winner but that is my opinion and I didn't judge. I think another factor that fit in a lot to determine the winner was how well the model represents the Warhammer world. I think the slayer sword winner really represented the Wood elf army very well. He captured the feel of the forest quite nicely by tying in the wood horns, the bird, the helmet, etc. while the sm terminator was a little more generic. I think that is what made the difference.