Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Double Trouble Painting Competition - Best Army

As you'll know from my Blog Wars events, I'm keen on supporting the painting and modelling side of this hobby as much as I am the competitive portion. I may not have much to show for my efforts but I'm always excited to see what other people have achieved in the run up to the event. At Double Trouble there were four categories in the painting competition with £50 worth of Element Games vouchers up for grabs (the same amount as was on offer for the tournament itself). Both Best Painted Army and Best Conversions were worth £15 each and Best Painted Character and Best Painted Vehicle or Monster were worth £10 each.

Apologies in advance for the poor quality of the photos. The lighting was absolutely awful so I didn't both taking many pictures. Most of these armies are featured on blogs so I'll link to them so you can see more of the armies if you're interested.

Today I'd like to start with the Best Painted Army category. This was easily the biggest category but only 4 players gained any votes. Peter Barrett's Blood Angels took a single vote in 4th place.

Next up were Luke Fogg's Howling Griffons/Ultramarines with 3 votes. Luke was showcasing his progress in the hobby by including the first miniatures he ever painted alongside those that he'd recently completed. It was interesting to see the progress. I've still got pictures of my first miniatures (also Ultramarines) but I no longer own the models. You can see more of Luke's Howling Griffons on his blog.

In second place with 8 votes were Chris Buckle's Imperial Fists (Legiones Astartes) which were heavily featured in the run up to the event when I was showcasing armies in progress. It's impressive to think that a lot of these miniatures weren't painted a couple of months ago.

The outright winner though with 16 votes (57%) were Steve Horne's Raven Guard. You may remember them from the army showcase too but they were even more impressive in the flesh. Even in the poor lighting conditions! I think it's always a good sign when a black army wins the prizes. So often people are drawn to the brightly coloured models (part of the reason I painted my IKs orange!) but it's nice to see that the less eye catching armies get the appreciation they deserve.

There was a notable absence from this competition with Dave Weston deciding not to display his whole Dark Angels force and instead entering the character category. If you'd like to look at his stuff in more detail then head to his blog, 40K Addict. Finally, here's a few honourable mentions:

Next up is the Conversions section of the contest.


  1. Not sure why I decided not to enter the army competition. I think I was more hopeful for the Techmarine than the army as a whole [what with the old skool rhino and Assault guys being a bit out of place]. And for some reason I didn't think it was right to display it regardless, not to mention the lack of room to do so. Maybe next time when I have a full 1500-1750pts.

    I did love Steve's Raven Guard, played against him first game too. I love the base, it looks like they're stationed on a world made out of a giant brownie, frosted with icing sugar. I'm sure there's room in the 40k universe for such whimsy! ;)

    1. Sorry about the lack of room. Next time we'll be in a proper venue and I'll arrange things better. The painting competition ended up being a little rushed despite having a dedicated 15 min setup time!


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