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Miniature Painting Competition


How are we already over half way to the October holidays? Hope everyone has settled back into school after the summer break, which now seems such a while ago.

Last session we held a miniature painting competition to which we had several entries from three students. We had the honour of having a previous, none the least first, winner of the Golden Goblin trophy judge the competition for us.

Here is Jack’s summary:


Overall a very cool model, I really love the texture of the tentacle’s colour transition, the base has some really nice water effects and the glossy finish gives a great impression of a proper slimy sea beast.














Nice palette choice, orange cat and blue scarf complement each other nicely. The grungy tone, especially around the coat, is very evocative of the reference pictures I found.







Nurgle guys

Very cool weathering, the rust and verdigris are really nicely done. The pallid skin tones with green look disgusting and work so well. Definition of the highlights and shadows give them all a good readability.










The bases of these look exactly like a worn grey limestone, the subtle orange around the inside of the metal baskets make the flames look like they belong. Good “atmosphere” and textures.

Big boy

Great promise, really nice base shading, especially around the eyes. Faces are hard, but you’ve already got him looking great! (This was entered as a work in progress.)










Mr Pumpkin shall haunt my nightmares. (Not an entry – a miniature by Mrs S.)










All in all, the quality of these minis is orders of magnitude better than when I was painting in school. It’s awesome to see!

As the winner of this year’s golden goblin, I have got to go with the very handsome squid. It’s unusual, well executed, and inspired me to play with some new organic patterns!

Well done to Stella, for winning, and to Ethan and Brodie for their amazing painting skills as well.


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