Warhammer Fest – Golden Demon

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Take a look at some of the exquisite minis and dioramas that were in this year’s Golden Demon.

The Golden Demon is a painter’s painting contest. This year, they had some new categories and some breathtaking dioramas. You can check out a few pictures, and find the winner below. So start scrollin’ on down, and dive once more into the cycle of “I could paint like that/No I can’t/Why do I even bother/Well any paint is better than nothing.”

via Warhammer Community

I love this guy. The arm and leg, in particular, are incredible. And then you see the blasted out interior–the details just keep coming the more you look.

Well-painted and heavily armed tank, or the Magic School Bus, taking a trip to the 41st Millennium?

And this vehicle’s a part of the new, board-fired menu GW is serving up.

The tiny little spiders crawling all over the place really make this piece. Along with all the gorgeous painting.

And just look at the interplay of oranges here. Makes you want a drink with an umbrella in it.

I like to imagine that the red is nail polish that he put on because he wanted to feel pretty.

But of course, despite the quality of the entries, there can only be one ultimate winner who takes home the slayer sword. And it is well-deserved. I love the dramatic lighting that’s been painted into this display. I mean, just wow. Here it is, a vampire lord offering up his sword to Nagash the Undying King. The story writes itself after that.

Hopefully these will serve to inspire you! Which ones do you think are best, and why?

  • Randy Randalman

    That Nagash also won a Crystal Brush at Adepticon.

    • petrow84

      Title: “YOU will tell him, that his delivery is late…”

  • J Mad

    Wish there was a better view as that Nagash model……

  • Ludwig Hesselbach

    Is it me or does the Knight model look goofy? I’m sure in real life it’s awesome but my eye keeps going to the arm that looks like it was pulled off of a Ken doll with spare bits glued on.

    Edit: Ok I went the Warhammer community page and the picture there was much better. You can really see the freehand work on the right leg armor and it truly is awesome. Still that arm…..

  • Tshiva keln

    Absolutely love that Nagash but I think the falcon is the most inspiring to me. This is going to sound odd and I don’t mean this in anyway critical but there are a couple of places the paint job isn’t 100% perfect. I find this inspirational as they are probably areas we would all get slightly off, yet it makes no difference to the overall look and beautiful paint job. Not only​ is it a joy to look at but it tells me not to be so critical of my own painting. Love it.

  • Sparowl

    Golden Demon just doesn’t seem to be what it used to. I guess people are moving over to the other painting competitions, like Crystal Brush.

  • Ross Allan

    Definitely a worthy winner. Some years there’s winners that I can’t get behind (from the photos alone admittedly), but this one has if all. Conversion, a narrative, excellent lighting. It just works!

  • Carey_Mahoney

    Wow! That winning entry is brilliant!

    • AEZ

      Yeah… can’t really use it in a game anymore though 😀

    • AEZ

      I wonder about that draping behind him… might look odd from behind.

  • Chris Hateley

    With the exception of that Nagash, this year’s pieces are bland as hell. Don’t get me wrong; the paint jobs are better than I could do, but for me the best part of Games Day/Warhammer Fest was seeing all the awesome conversions and dioramas people had made, but the only other conversion up there is the Knight and that looks like it’s been cobbled together by a child. I guess this is what happens when GW does away with poseable and inter-changeable kits.

    • Talos2

      There were a huge number of conversions.

  • Kayreios

    What is this some kind of joke?

  • Dan

    Pretty sure the Tyrannid thing was part of the “Young Blood” category..damn