Today is Sunday and I am feeling that 40k hangover one gets after tournaments. I went into this tournament knowing that Best Painted Army would be tough to claim with players coming from all over the place. My small pond just got way bigger. There were some spectacular armies on display at the Open. I was lucky enough to claim best painted single miniature, named the Well Beyond Crayola Award. This is not to say I was upset by not winning Best Painted Army because I was soundly beaten by a worthy opponent. Eric Furman's Eldar are immaculately painted with flawless blending, bright colors and intense detail. See for yourself. (click on the images for larger pictures)
Eric's Eldar have a wonderful color choice. The colors of the army compliment each other well, while still providing for variation from unit to unit. His Fire Dragons are a great example. Even though they have lots of red, the hue of red matches the gems of the other miniatures which ties them together as a single force. You'll also notice he's used the same hue of blue on the Fire Dragons as you can find on his other models. It's a subtle way to create a more interesting army, without sacrificing unity in the force.
Another feature of note in this army is that Eric has managed to bring the highlights of the army up to near white. Look to the curves on his models on the war walkers in the back. I bring this up because he managed to achieve a blended pleasing result that gives the army, what I can only describe as a "cream-like" pastel quality.
Simply gorgeous. Congratulations, Eric! You deserve it.