The inaugural Beyond the Gates of Antares painting competition has come to a close – and we’ve had some superb entries! As the figures were examined, there was a near-constant wave of cooing and “WOW!”ing from the Warlord web office, as the entries have poured in. For posterity’s sake, we’ve gathered together a few of the entries here and we should reveal the winners…
Chris Carr – Algoryn Avenger
A very clean painting scheme with nice basing which looks greaat on the table.
Erik Werth – Algoryn Commander
A rather moody Algoryn Commander
Georg Malter – Algoryn MLS
Georg’s Algoryn Mag Light Support weapon is a really clean and bright finish, with colour-matched basing that stands out.
Hugo von Veenstra – C3M4 with fractal cannon
Lizzie Stephens – Lance Trooper
Paul Shipman – Isorian Sniper
Steve Majer – Kamrana Josen
Having consulted some of the Warlord design studio staff, including the likes of Andres and Darek – two of our studio painters, we had to throw in a few honorable mentions into the mix…
Warlord forumite ‘Johnson89’
There were several aspects which we particularly liked about Johnson’s Josen – the weathering and chipping really stand-out, adding realism and grittiness to the figure. That – combined with the detailing on his face really bring the model to life – Bravo!
Tim took a standard plastic Ghar Battle Suit, and got a little creative – converting both weapon arms, adding a scenic base, and converting all three legs to personalise its pose before adding a banner pole and a killer paint job to bring his commander to life!
The Final Few
Warlord forumite ‘Spellscape’ – Amano Harran
There are many things which we love about Spellscape’s rendition of Amano Harran – from the highlighting across his armour, to the freehand details upon his cloak…. there’s a lot to love here, and this model came a close third – missing out by the smallest of fractions.
We had a number of larger model entries in the competition – a handful of C3M4s, skimmers, and a few Ghar Command Crawlers – including this fine example from Mateus. We particularly liked the contrast between the relatively plain metallic panel work, and the (excellently executed!) green source lighting – which give this walker a real other-worldly feel.
Warlord forumite ‘Gorka’ – C3T7 Transport
Speaking of larger models – Gorka offered this C3T7 transporter in a striking purple-and-white scheme. The contrast between the two base colours really make the model pop… and the inclusion of additional markings and linework push this model above the norm.
Steve Beckett – Boromite Ganger
Steve’s Boromite fighter stood out from the crowd due to the level of work required to give the skin texture quite such definition – clearly a considerable amount of time was spent highlighting each bump…
On to the winners!
We’d intended for there to be one overall winner for the contest – however, the level of entries was so high that we couldn’t pick a single winner… and we landed upon two – so, without further ado…
Sylann Reward – Boromite Matriarch
We particularly liked Sylann’s Boromite Matriarch because of the subtlety of the paint work – the evenness of the highlighting meant that the overall composition of the model sat almost perfectly in line with our own studio colour schemes.
Chase Murphy – Tar Es Janar
Chase has once again massively impressed all here at Warlord HQ. Hot on the heels of his win at this year’s Warlord Games Day over in Oklahoma with his Concord NuHu, he has followed-up with Tar Es Janar – again displaying incredible skill.
From the scratch-built flowers on the base, through to the freehanded details added to the cloak – we’ve spent an awful lot of time pouring-over this model for our own painting inspiration, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to gawk at!
A huge, huge ‘Thank-you’ to all who entered.