Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Awards Ceremony

This is something I don't believe I have ever done, and it seemed like the right time to do it before I lost track of more of them!  I attempted to track down as many of the awards as possible that I have come my way over the years... Best Painted Armies, Adepticon Awards, Crystal Brushes, Golden Demons, Reapercon Awards, etc.

This is certainly not all of them, because they are probably buried or hidden somewhere behind terrain or miniatures!

As some of you probably know already, Army Painting is by far my favorite thing.  I really love coming up with color schemes, stories for the armies, making conversions and scratch builds, etc.

These plaques go back to the heyday of army painting, when I was making 40K armies, Fantasy armies, and Lord of the Rings armies.

While the most recent was the Operation Sting Fallschirmjager army on the Monte Cassino display board, it all began with the Lizardman army:  https://wappellious.blogspot.com/2015/03/an-old-favorite-returns.html

I still remember the very first Adepticon we attended back in 2007.  I taught a number of classes, and it is also where I saw wonderfully painted armies and amazing display boards for the first time.  That had a dramatic effect on me, and I set out to do so myself.  I made a 40K Demonhunters army that played many games, along with my Dark Elves and Sisters of Battle.  All of those are on the blog:

The medallions that you see came from the old Adepticon Rogue Demon painting contest.  We participated in that every year until it was ended in favor of the Crystal Brush.  I think I have 11 Crystal Brushes, but this is all I could fit in the picture.  My Tomb Kings won a number of those awards:

The large trophy that you see here is still my favorite one of all.  This was the award for the United States Armies on Parade, which was won by the Lizardmen.  Hence the "Babo's Trophy" sign.  This was where I first learned to create a display board around the army, to create unique bases, and even to scratch sculpt what I wanted!

I created a number of those scratch sculpts, like these Engines of the Gods:

My Lord of the Rings armies for Bilbo's Bash were a pleasure to create, and to play in that amazing tournament.  You can also see the brand new Operation Sting award, which is bookend fashion was put on by the same good folks who used to do Bilbo's bash!

Here's a peek at that army:

I also won some Best Painted at various Blood Bowl Tournaments... most notably with the Mimes of Moria!

While they were still held here in the U.S., Cathy and I did the Games Day routine each year.  That meant the Golden Demons, and the Art Contest.  I would enter in stuff from my armies at the start of the day in the Demons, and then head off to the art area.  That is where I created this portrait of Stikki Wikkit, and even the sketch that started off my Tomb Kings army.

Ironically, the last trophies that I won was for Mage Priest Babo, the main character in my Lizardman army!

I also remember getting the Gold for my 40k Grey Knights Terminator squad that first year.  Eventually they stopped holding the event.

Here's the last sketch that I did during that final Games Day: