The NOVA Open has three prizes for hobbyists like myself; Greater than the Sum Award (Best Army Appearance), Well Beyond Crayola Award (Best Single Miniature) and a Miniature Frankenstein (Best Conversion). I really appreciate when tournaments include categories like this as it motivates people to paint their armies and really brings out the best painters in the area. In my earlier post, I showed you all army that won the Greater than the Sum Award. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of the Miniature Frankenstein but I do have my model that won Well Beyond Crayola. When the judges came by to ask for my best painted figure, I wasn’t sure which model to turn as I had not really prepared for this part of the competition (next year will be different however) and I grabbed that I knew had a higher standard of painting than the rest.
I’m really proud of this model. I managed to add detail even to the flat parts of the model and got the Sept markings straight and bright. I’m pretty sure I can do better though. Looking closely at the model I can see there are areas that I was lazy. I'm hoping to go back over this guy and fix some spots I'm not happy with. He still won me a trophy so what more can I ask!
I won a box of Blood Angels Death Company, a 20 dollar gift card to the Warstore and a set of modeling flock from Gale Force 9.The trophy was the best part and I have placed on my painting desk as a proud reminder. Next year I want to be sure to claim the Greater than the Sum Award with no contest so watch out, Eric!