First of all, let's present facts. This is GD UK 2011 Slayersword winner:
And now let's see other European Slayerword winners this year (click on the names to see more and better photos of them):
This is Remy's diorama, winner in France.
This is Ruben's duel, winner in Spain.
This is Matt's diorama, winner in Germany.
I would never judge or question a decision. But this one just seems odd. We all know that GD UK is the contest with the greatest number of participants and entries by far. And there are a lot of great painters there, even many awesome non-UK european painters travel to the contest. I didn't go to the contest, but... was this sorcerer really the best miniature they found in all the contest? Really?
See more photos of GD UK entries here.
I know some great spanish painters (to mention just an example that I know of, not that I want to brag about spanish painting quality!) that entered competition with really great miniatures and dioramas. I believe that this sorcerer is a great miniature, that's for sure. But the best of the whole GD UK contest? Really?
Is this another example of GW commercial criterion being used to judge? Would this decision benefit GW commercially at all? Is there some other dark criterion we do not know of? Should painters start fleeing out of GW Golden Demons to protest GW policies as many people are proposing a long time ago?
I want to hear your opinions!