This past weekend I attended the Golden Demon painting contest at Warhammer World in Nottingham. In the pictures below you can see my entry packed and ready to go, along with my extensive emergency repair kit and plenty of spare batteries!
Below you can see my ‘Flesh Eaters Ancient’ entry in the entry display cabinets. I decided to enter him in the anything-goes ‘Open’ category, as I worried that the LEDs were a little be “out there” for the 40K Single Miniature category. In hindsight though, I think it would have been fine. At the last minute I also decided to enter Assault Squad Levers just for fun. They’re certainly not painted to a Golden Demon standard, but they are one of my favourite units that I’ve made to date. This really was a last minute decision though – I built the display base from an old picture frame the day before and was drybrushing the small rocks in the hotel on the morning of the contest! You can see a picture of the unit in the ’40K Squad’ cabinet below.
There were so many great entries that it would be impossible to do them all justice with a quick camera phone photo. I had to snap quickly so I wasn’t holding up the lines of viewers. Here are a select few highlights!
We also checked out the Warhammer World exhibition hall while we were there (twice in fact). It was free entry to the exhibition with our Golden Demon tickets, but even when you have to pay it’s definitely worth the money. A new Horus Heresy display had been created since our last pre-Covid visit, highlights of which can be seen below. I loved the tunnel-fighting cross-section below the main board!
And of course I had to pay my respects at the classic Crimson Fists display on the way through.
We also checked out Apologist’s retro-inspired Blood Angels army which was on display in the hall. You may recognise them from White Dwarf 479. Check out Apologist’s blog and Instagram, if you don’t already follow him, for some excellent hobby!
As you may have guessed there was no trophy or finalist pin for me this time! However, I did buy myself myself a Golden Demon mug as consolation prize (wooden spoons were not available)! Joking aside, we had a great time and it was well worth the trip. It was also nice to briefly meet and say hello to other hobbyists from the Warhammer Community social media sphere, such as Spencer and Gonders.
I’m not too disappointed I came away empty-handed considering the level of talent on display was so incredibly high. The whole experience was incredibly positive and has left me feeling inspired to try and up my game. In fact, I’m already in the initial planning stages of several entries for next time!