In preparation for last weekend's tourney over at Games to Die For, I decided that I would put most of my effort into finally finishing my display board for the Tallarn 13th. With the hope of pushing past the competition for the first-place painting prize.
This is a shot of my army on the board last November, for the prior G2D4 tourney I attended. I had finished the initial texturing, painting, and wash, but there was still much more that I had planned to do.
I took 2nd place to these Eldar. Hmmnnn... seems a bit drab to me. But Ok, I'll step it up.
Here's a shot of the new board, with the painting and flocking completed.
And here it is with the building and sandbags. Which of course I forgot to bring with me on Saturday.
I was pretty proud of the display, even without the building and the sandbags. So how did I do in the painting contest? Well, looking at my competition, I saw 2 armies that I thought would give me trouble.
One was a snow-themed Guard army with nicely sculpted terrain and trees on it's board. But It's colors were kind of drab and the brushwork wasn't very tight.
The other army I feared was a large Ork Hoard with a nice, multi-level display board. The boyz were well painted, but the board was a bit too mono-hued for my taste.
I figured I had the edge, but I also thought that both of these armies deserved to win if I didn't.
So how did it turn out? Well, neither of those armies won. Instead, I took 2nd to ScottyDon't's Vulkan Marines... Again. He also beat me 2 tourneys ago. When my display board was an unpainted white.
This is an old pic from that prior win, but it shows SD's colors. He had a Land Raider and a Rhino or two painted to match. All squeezed onto this small board, with the Raider hanging off the front.
Now, don't get me wrong, SD's army is solidly above table-top quality. I do like it. But I can think of four or five local armies besides mine that I would rank above his in a painting contest. Some with twice his model count. In fact, the last time this happened, ScottyDon't himself said I was robbed.
So... I'm not sure what to think. Does he win the votes simply because people like Marines more than Guard? Bright colors? His personality? I'm really perplexed. What would it take to push the Tallarn 13th over the top? Sure, I forgot to bring the extra scenery for my board. But would that really have been enough?
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