You asked to be kept up-to-date on my entry into Armies on Parade, there's not much to tell really. If you'd seen my post on the 40k addict facebook group you'd see that there was no medal for me. However, I did get the nifty little pin badge. I wouldn't be human if I wasn't a little disappointed but by now everyone should be aware that although I like to win it's not all about the winning.
For some reason it reminded me of what Matt Damon said about winning an Oscar so young, and how it would feel if that's all you aspire to achieve.
OK I'm not Matt Damon and AoP isn't an Oscar but having won the gold and a silver already there are only a couple of incentives I have - taking part and hopefully getting a bronze medal so I can complete the set. I even finally reconciled 'winning' four years ago. To have failed to achieve anything the last two years it made me question what I'd done the first time around as there was no competition but I realised I did something no one else did - made an effort. The reward was first prize and the piece of mind never to have to 'win at all costs', to be in a position to just enjoy showcasing my armies. And I got that throughout the day - seeing all the AoP boards appear all over Facebook. It was great to feel part of that, I suppose being in store might have made it even more fun but I probably would have felt uncomfortable about the 'competition' side of it.
I've begun to believe the event suffers because of the competition. I saw a few people on facebook disappointed about being beaten by store managers or cliques block voting. However, without the competition I doubt folk would put in the extremes of effort they do, so it's a double edged [power] sword.
I'm not sure what I'll be displaying next year, regardless of the result I'm the only person to have displayed for the last four years and I want to continue that run. I strongly believe in the event is we'll just have to see what I complete between now and then.
I took a few pictures when I picked my board up. This was the eventual winner, Chris won two years ago and came third last year.
The Bastion was really nice, I was a bit envious actually.
Loved the scouts and their camo cloaks.
This was second place
With a sneaky Tau hiding in plain sight.
Unfortunately third place had gone by the time I got there but pictures of all the entries are in the facebook link above if you're interested.
On another side note I did receive a facebook friend request later in the day from someone at GW worth more than any medal, so I'm doing something right :)