Monday 23 September 2019

GW Manchester Battle of the Brush - August - Big Models

Following on from July's Battle of the Brush [or 'Tale of our Warlords', as it's also known], August's category was Squads. I entered my [still wet] Ravenwing Dark Shroud - a model in the category completed in that month! My goal is just to achieve the 12 entries over the course of the year and as you can see the standard is exceptional each month so the competitive aspect will be tough, hence why I'm just along for the ride.

I've had a number of technical issues, hence why it has taken so long to get these pics sorted. Hopefully that's all fixed now and the winner for August was this fantastic Renegade Knight

2nd was this Repulsor tank.

3rd was yours truly with my Land Speeder Dark Shroud. I must admit to being honoured but a little 'unmoved' by the accolade. As much as I anticipate the reveal of the awards each month it would be disingenuous after my assertion I'm only in it to take part and then jump for joy when I win something. It's difficult to reconcile, I hope I'm explaining it enough, emotionally there's a lot of baggage. Anyway, the Slaaneshi Greater Daemon got the most inspiring award.

I'd taken these pics on another occasion because I was so impressed.

The creative use of sprue on the base was also a nice touch, and if you check out the new terrain elements for Warhammer Underworld's - Beastgrave you will see a definite similarity!

Other entries included this Invictus suit.

A couple of Deff Dreads.

Kastellan Robots and their 'handler'.

Venerable Dread and Abbaddon.

Another Venerable Dread and Mortarion.

Greater Daemon of Khorne.


With LOTS of weathering.

Magnus [who did a number of things wrong].

Giant [Mangler?] Squig?

Greater Daemon of Nurgle and the Night Haunt gibbet guy.

Arch-Lord Discordant.

And another pic of my own entry.

Once again I was compelled to take pictures of the store armies. I may well have taken the same pics previously but never mind enjoy once more Ork Speed Freeeks

And the crazy insane, Chaos Necron Tau conversions, which I have more pics next time.


  1. Some very cool entries there. Congrats on the win!

    1. Thanks Mike, I just enjoy showcasing my models. I wish the store had more time to take hi-res pics of all the entries. The wrap up videos are always around 360p which sadly isn't great for the quality of hobby on show.

  2. Placing is always nice. I am worried I will get nothing in my first ever painting entry for armies on parade.

    1. Which is why I don't like the competitive aspect, particularly in Armies on Parade. AoP is a celebration of the hobby, it's raw form is what you've achieved and especially for new folk you want to encourage them to participate. As amazing as the very best AoP displays are they can be discouraging for those with limited skill, time or even model count. By embracing the event to showcase what you've painted as opposed to how good we all can paint I think it'd be far more inclusive and enjoyable.

      There has to be a prize, I get that, it helps to promote the very best to put in that effort but everyone gets a pin badge for taking part, as well as a Crusader card if you ask for it. Taking part is it's own reward.

      I actually have my Armies on Parade article I submitted to GW last year that didn't get published. I should use it here...