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Ok first off before I add anything I have to say I am not really in the position to critisize the painters work or painters themselves or the events. I do not know GD painters or winners as such, I am not at a level to enter and win one (or get close to) nor will I see myself doing so for a while yet. This is just an observation I have made from looking at posts and such online.
Ok, now that is over..
It is me or do the Europeans view themselves, or indeed are viewed as being, superior when it comes to the prestige of this event? Looking at the recent batch of events taken place (Alatanta, LA, France) and I have noticed that the none EU ones really take a beating, mainly they are viewed that they are easy to win and not much of a competition. This true? Why so?
I mean, do people belive that those entering do not put a large ammount of work into their entrees? Or that the judges lack the skill and knowledge to choose 'decent' stuff over others? Really? Do you? I have seen pictures from all three events, including the slayer sword winners at all three and while really above my skill I do agree that some are not up to par with others. The Wood Elf Stag looking miniature at one comes to mind here, good but slayer sword winner?
Or maybe the Europeans are just stuck up and refuse to believe that any other country could be as good as they are? Admittedly the pictures we see from GW are not the best and it is well known that most miniatures loose a lot in translation, so to speak but does this mean they are crap, that they are not worthy of a Daemon.
So, what do *you* think? Is there some sort of elitisium in the events, dependant upon the countries? If so, which one os the best and hardest to win/place in?
The only thing that I can think of that might account for this viewpoint is - in Europe you have your 1 event per country and tend to get more entries.
In the US and canada you have numerous events which spreads around the people entering them (I think).
Now we are starting to see some of the bigger names in painting traveling to the various US gamesday now that they are becoming established (LA, Atlanta) so I see that possibly in the future they will continue to draw more and more people to them.
As for the quality of the work - every year that I have been to LA the winners have been deserving of such. I think in person they look a lot better than can be captured by camera.
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Personally I'd put it down to GW having a really crap photographic style. The colours tend to be a little washed out in terms of saturation and a blinding white background isnt the best thing to set the image against.
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without seeing the minis first hand, it's really hard to gague winners...
from my experience,
it seems there are two kinds of mini painters...
the ones who do it for photo quality (high contrast, crisp details) and those who do it for display (realistic contrast and details)
looking at the mini, you can tell the difference off the bat by the arm's length look... realistic ones have about as much detail when sitting on the table as watching a sports event from the nosebleed section... but "photo style" ones will oft still have discernable features...
up until i started sharing pics of my minis online, i went realistic... forced shadows and everything... but on ranking sites, those always rate very low 'cause to the camera's eye, 50-90% of the shading and detail is lost,
even with digital enhancement...
after a year of doing photo-style minis, i prefer it 'cause units are more distinct in game...
but you set one of mine next to someones WW2 mini painted for realism, and it looks like wiley coyote standing next to a real wolf...
considering the relms you're pulling from, i would fully expect the euro minis to have been painted for display style... or at least their judges to rate the display style minis higher up than cartoonish ones...
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