Last Saturday was the world wide Armies on Parade event at GW store locations. I had decided earlier this year to
enter my Orks this year. I have been painting them during my lunch hours at work and have over 1300pts painted so far. I have completed the units separately and I have never set the models up all at once. The Armies on Parade is specifically to "show off" what you have been working on, so it seemed the perfect event to see my Orks as a group.
The rules are fairly simple. The display board can be anything you want as long as you meet the size requirements. Specifically, the board can be no larger than 24" by 24" and may be as tall as you want. The models you include do not have to conform to a 'legal' army list.
I knew I was not going to put out something overly complex with the display board. I've never built a display board before. I have lots of Cities of Death models but have never painted one before. The AoP event provided a reason to attempt those tasks.
My ruins on the display board:
My display board pre-judging:
Games were being played at the store, so we set up our displays under the tables until it was time for judging.
My board with some of the other entries:
Once all the entries were up and everyone had taken all the pictures they wanted, everyone in the store got to vote. Each person had one vote and you could not vote for your own entry.
We used a scatter die to vote, placing the die near the entry we voted for.
This shows my vote total...3 votes!!! Whooo! I'm really happy and humbled by this. Three people thought my entry was worthy enough to receive their vote. It's a huge vote of confidence and gives me a great deal of satisfaction for the work I put in on the Orks.
Ultimately, I did not win. I would have been in fourth place....if there had been a fourth place. Two entries received 5 votes each, third place had 4 votes and my entry received 3 votes. The other entries received 1 vote each or no votes. There were approximately 10-12 entries and they were all good.
For my first AoP entry, I am extremely pleased with the results. I did not expect to win and all I really wanted was to get one vote. I got three which is so exciting!
This post is long enough, so I'll put up a separate entry showing the other boards that I competed against.
Armies on Parade will be back again next year but there is a warning I must give....seeing all of the entries gives you so many ideas!! I'm toying with an idea involving Khorne Demons and a display board with a volcano on it....yikes!!!!!