Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Results Are In

After a long afternoon of nail-biting I was very pleased to have my Kaptin Badrukk model win gold in the Warhammer 40k small category.  This is kind of ironic since I was undecided about whether to bother entering it at all - there are so many great local 40K players and painters, I didn't think I stood a chance.

It was a good day all around for my Sunday night gaming group: Jordan Nykolaishen won gold in the 40K large category with his awesomely painted Ork Deff Dread, and Garth Bowman took Silver in the Lord of the Rings category with his Erkenbrand miniature.  It's another strong argument in favour of using miniatures in your game, when most of your players are award-winning painters who contribute to a visually stunning game table.

I was also really impressed with the models entered in the Youngbloods Division for painters 14 years old and younger.  These guys had some very impressive paint-jobs for their age - head and shoulders above my skill level when I was that age.  Its great to see so many young kids interested in the hobby, too.

With over sixty entries, many of which were absolutely breath-taking, all of the finalists should be very proud of their achievements.  While I heave a sigh of relief now that the pressure is off and I can get back to painting for pleasure, I'm also already thinking about what to enter for next year's competition.

6 comments:

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Congratulations!

So what was the prize?

Sean Robson said...

Thanks very much. The prize was a trophy of a golden Termagaunt on a pedestal.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

For some reason I thought you were in Sask.

No free minis thrown in for good measure?

Sean Robson said...

I grew up in Saskatoon and returned there for university (U of S is one of the only universities in Canada to offer a degree program in palaeobiology); I moved to Winnipeg about seven years ago.

Sadly, there were no fungible prizes - the big competitions always seem to just give trophies. I won a minotaur painting competition in February to promote GW's new minotaur releases - this was a very small competion, but the prize was a $50 Doombull (which I subsequently entered in this competition).

P. S. Mangus said...

Congrats, Sean! Obviously, you have the skills and the trophy proves it.

nykster said...

Thanks for the nod in my direction Sean. Unfortuntely I came home with the Warhammer Fantasy Large trophy as the judge handed me the wrong one. I'll have to get the right one another time.