Thursday, June 11, 2015

Blog Wars 9 - Painting Competition - Best Conversions (pic heavy)

In the final post in this trio of painting competition coverage, I'll be showing you the Best Conversions competition. As I've already mentioned, this was a new award for BW9 and one that I hoped would reward another aspect of the hobby that can be overlooked at times. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on whether it should stay or not.

Best Conversions
This was an extremely close run thing and as I tallied up the votes it was really anyone's game from about 5 different entries. The eventual winner was Liam Ainscough's Tau. Liam won Best Painted Army at BW9 with a totally different Dark Eldar army so it's an impressive feat to feature in the painting competition with two separate forces. It's testament to the standard Liam achieves in his hobby. Liam's army features a custom built Skyshield, some stunning suits and a flyer (Forge World model used as a counts as Sunshark) mounted on a statue of an ethereal. I asked Liam about the statue and it turns out he sculpted the thing himself (although I spy some Riptide parts in there)!! Clearly a worthy winner!







Runners Up
Two votes behind were Daniel Clarke's gold Grey Knights (although Nathaniel Gibbs sold them to him) and Ian Connolly's Orks featuring an Orky X-wing of all things! Close behind them were Nathaniel Gibb's Space Wolves and Graham Sanders squats (I didn't get many pictures but they were Best Army at BW4).






That wraps up the painting competition coverage. I'll be back on Saturday with a round up of the only game I played (plus an explanation of why there was only one!). I hope you've enjoyed these images and I can only apologise to anyone I've not managed to feature. This was partly due to being rushed over lunch and only realising I hadn't taken pictures just before I was about to start the next round!

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the photos...i hope to make it some year!

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    1. Would be great to see you at one but I appreciate it's a massive commitment for such a minor event.

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  2. Some great models and armies on display. I think you mentioned putting the different characters and conversions on a separate table to be judged. I think this is a great idea as it was sometimes hard to pick out which models were conversions (especially if you don't know the army that well).

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    1. I'm keen to do this for the SCs but the Best Conversions is a difficult one because obviously people would want to be considered for the Best Painted as well.

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  3. I'd fully support separation of entrants as, while I am happy with the standard of painting I can produce, it is to a good tabletop standard... others at Blog Wars are more what I would call artists than mere painters :P I'm never going to win a Best Army vote, but a one off like a character, that I managed to achieve once... though I think a lot of THAT vote was the conversion work done on him, which I will happily say is the strongest part of my hobby.

    Anyway, glad everyone raved about the x-wing, I only threw it in there because you mentioned there'd be a contest for the best painted army and I thought between that, the Orkitmus Prime style truck, the converted Meganobz and my squads of Megagrots I may have a shout at that award. In the end the x-wing overshadowed what I thought were my better works, so good job I put it in really :-P

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    1. To be honest mate I didn't really get time to examine your army more closely which is a great shame.

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    2. Well since Blog Wars I have been far more active in reading other peoples blogs, maybe I'll even make a post of my own with some pictures of my almost finished Bad Moons army. Then you'll get to have a nose, though don't worry about not seeing it on the day, Christ everyone knows how busy you were... :-P

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