The lead up to Telford, in addition to the weekend itself, left me with no time to paint. Accordingly my normal Miniatures and Musings post has been hit on the head for this week. I’m also up against it for a weekend post too but I have a couple of days so maybe something very basic will get done, we’ll see. Thereafter I hope to return to normal as I do like some semblance of order in my life whenever that is possible, a rare occurrence these days it seems.
What I do have this week is a post on how my models fared in the competition, really done for me as an audit trail because at some point in the future I will have no idea of what did what and when!
Models which fail to win Gold, Silver or Bronze but catch the judges eye can be awarded a certificate of Commendation. This is an achievement in itself and I was awarded three. In Class 54 – Foot Figures 60mm and Smaller I received Commendations for The Old Fiddler and another for Zonkers The Clown. In Class 84 – Diorama Figure I was commended for Fools Gold.
I won two Bronze medals. The first was for Oh My God! which was entered in Class 86 – Diorama Sci-Fi Fantasy and the other was in Class 73 – Single Figures 60mm and Smaller for my wizard Viharis Tenspire.
In Class 56 – Mounted Figures 60mm and Smaller I received a Silver for True Grit.
My first Gold was also in Class 56 – Mounted Figures 60mm and Smaller and was awarded to Sire Huge Thalemache. Personally I would have awarded gold to True Grit but I’m not complaining!
The second Gold I received for a model I had done a couple of years back and thought I’d have a go and enter it. The model in question was named Wells Fargo 1881 and won Class 83 – Diorama Civilian Vehicles. I was very pleased with that as this has long been one of my personal favourites.
The third Gold was, as several of you guessed, awarded to The Wizard’s Tower in Class 86 – Diorama Sci-Fi Fantasy. I was told by one of the judges that it was the class winner as soon as they saw it, a compliment I was more than happy to receive.
Best Diorama In Show
Individual Classes feed up into a hierarchy of categories, so for example there are eight classes within the diorama category. Once the winners within each class have been determined they are judged against each other to determine the Best In Show Diorama. I had Wells Fargo 1881 and The Wizard’s Tower competing against each other for the award but there can only be one winner and the judges determined that The Wizard’s Tower was it. To say I was chuffed would be an understatement. To coin a football expression, I was over the moon!
The winners of each of the eight categories are then judged against each other to determine the Senior National Champion. For a while The Wizards Tower was, along with seven other amazing models, being considered for that accolade. Alas it was not meant to be the winner. There is no second or third awarded so The Wizard’s Tower could have been the runner-up or anywhere down to eighth. In any event I have no complaints.
If anyone had ever said my work would one day be judged by modelling experts and awarded a Best in Show I would have said there was no chance of that ever happening. It’s a funny old world!
A Couple Of Things To Note
In closing I thought I would share something with you and bring to your attention something you may not have noticed.
Firstly, the level of detail the judges look at is incredible. The chap who was one of the judges of The Wizard’s Tower who I mentioned earlier also asked if I had done the Oh My God! diorama too. I said I had and then he took me to where the model was to bring something to my attention. He pointed out a mold line about an eighth of an inch long that I had missed. Apparently that blemish cost me the Silver medal!
Secondly, Scale Model World which is run by IMPS UK is not a war gaming show, it is open to models of all scales on an equal footing. Interestingly all three of my Gold medal winning models were won using 28mm scale figures.