Spring has just ended, and it's been a crazy busy time for me. Very little in the way of actual painting (unless you count working on walls and furniture at home), but I've been intently following many events in the miniature painting world (thanks to various Facebook groups, blogs, and websites... many thanks to anyone who works on these things and updates for all the rest of us who can only live vicariously through you).
Oh, and Pinterest. Holy crap, Pinterest is addictive... if you're not on Pinterest, you should try it. It's a really rich mine of inspiring pics, on just about any topic (look me up when you get on. My account is "Kelly Kim", and I'm the Asian guy doing his best "The Thinker" pose... with the thousands of geek-themed pics).
First of all, I've been asked to help revamp and run the 2016 Attack-X miniature painting competition, held in Kamloops on September 9-11th. Attack-X is a very successful gaming convention, and one of the events held there was called the "Sage Brush" painting competition.
This year, myself and Jillian Walker are organizing the new version of the event, called "The Sable Shield". We will have rules and regulations and further details posted to the Attack-X website and Facebook group soon, but if you want to get a head start on the competition, you should know that we will have four categories: Single model, Unit / Group, Large model, and Small Scale (15mm and under).
It will also be an Open format, instead of the traditional podium award system. That means that there is no limit to the number of awards... you win so long as the entries meet the standard of quality for each level (Gold, Silver, Bronze... more thoughts on the Open format in an upcoming blog post). In addition to that, we will also have four trophies for "Best in Category" (one for each category, naturally), and the "Best of Show" award... otherwise known as the "Sable Shield" (which I understand will be a nice shield, perfect for putting on display in your hobby room or man / woman cave).
Check out the Attack-X website for more details. And "Like" the Facebook group as well for regular updates. I'll also be posting more details on this blog.
In addition to running and judging the painting competition, Jillian and I will also be the judges for the painting scores in the gaming tournaments. We'll be walking around the gaming tables with clipboards in hand, trying not to get in anyone's way while the action is going on. However, we will be asking gamers to point out their favourite conversions and paintjobs, to make sure we recognize all the effort that went into your armies. For the most part, the more work you put into your army before the event, the better your score... talent and skill does help, but painting scores are more about rewarding time and effort than anything else. News Flash: bare metal and visible primer won't impress anyone.
We have some fantastic support for this event, but are always happy to have more sponsors. Feel free to contact Nathan Bosa (the Attack-X event organizer) or myself if you are interested in being part of this awesome con.
In October and November, the legendary Alphonso "Banshee" Giraldes is coming to North America for a cross-Canada tour. Banshee is one of the most influential artists in miniature painting, and has been teaching Masterclass painting courses for some time now. Our own Canadian legend, Mathieu Fontaine, is organizing the tour, and bringing Banshee all the way from Spain.
Vancouver's date is set for
I just don't get Torontonians sometimes... who else would vote in a mayor like Rob Ford (a man who makes Donald Trump seem "normal") multiple times?
Contact Mathieu Fontaine if you want to sign up. Seriously... how often do you get a chance to be taught by one of the great European artists? If you live in North America, the answer is "not damn often".
The last bit of news to share with you guys is that I finally got off my butt and created an email address for Sable and Spray. If you would like to contact me, email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you. If things are busy, it may take a little while, but I will respond.
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