It's time to talk about one of the miniature painting events coming in the last part of the year.
I certainly didn't see it coming. Games Workshop, after a handful of years boicotting its premier painting competition, cancelling events all around the world, and killing their flagship event (Games Day), announced a new type of event. Warhammer Fest. A weekender, only in UK, and hosting their most famous painting party, the legendary Golden Demon. The only one in 2014, and it seems we have to be thankful because for quite some time it seemed like this one wasn't even going to happen.
So what should we expect from this? Well... I don't know, really. Warhammer Fest is brand new, unknown and quite mysterious. Seems like a Games Day divided in two days. But if the latest Games Days were so boring for just a single day, could they sustain this model for a whole weekend? I'm really curious to see what else they will bring into the equation. If it's just more and more shop space...
But the part that interests us the most is Golden Demon, of course. Being it the only one this year, seems to me like it will attract quite a good representation from many European countries. Painters haven't been so disconnected from the mother Workshop as they are nowadays, but there is still some Old School love and respect in some of our hearts, and I'm sure many will still be loyal to the call.
Despite the changes and novelties, seems like this year's Golden Demon will be very classic. Taking a look at the categories, I see nothing out of the ordinary this time:
- Warhammer 40,000 Single Miniature
- Warhammer 40,000 Squad
- Warhammer 40,000 Vehicle
- Warhammer 40,000 Large Model
- Warhammer Fantasy Single Miniature
- Warhammer Fantasy Regiment
- Warhammer Fantasy Large Model
- The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
- The Open Competition
More details on the categories and rules, here.
Being as I am a huge fan of Golden Demon, I will be there. As you know I haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to paint lately, so I'm a bit out of shape, and without big prospects for the competition. But I'm sure I will be able to bring something. The Ellyrian Reavers are quite ready, and I have a squad of Ultramarine Terminators on commission that would be good to have finished by then. Will I have time for something else? I doubt it, but who knows. I'm starting to feel the GD sting again...
And while this arrives, I have nearly completely prepared the last interview to a Slayersword winner in 2013. We will see it very soon! Next year there won't be that many Slayersword interviews in the blog... ;)
And once everything is settled back... let's hear the call... of... Monte San Savino... ;)