May 28th 2017
As part of: Warhammer Fest 2017. Find out more about Warhammer Fest and tickets here.
Ricoh Arena in Coventry
The climax of the 2016-2017 Golden Demon season is, of course, the Golden Demon Classic event in May, held at Warhammer Fest, the annual celebration of the hobby, where hundreds of folk gather to get all the latest news and see some great displays.
The competition is open to all who purchase a ticket to the Sunday of Warhammer Fest in May. The categories were updated on February 26th 2017, with clarifications, and new categories! Have a read of the guidelines and the updated category list below, and make a start on your entry. Glory awaits!
- All models entered must have been produced by Games Workshop (that is, Citadel Miniatures or Forge World). Converting miniatures is allowed.
- Models may be mounted either on a gaming base or a suitable display base of appropriate size.
- Models must be entered on the day, by the person who painted them. Nobody else can hand your model in for you.
- Each entrant may enter each category once.
- Each entry must have an entry form filled out which is handed in at registration. Download the form below or get one at the event itself.
Golden Demon: Classic Category List
1 – Warhammer 40,000 Single Miniature Any single human-sized Warhammer 40,000 miniature mounted on an appropriately sized base. This category includes Terminators, Ork Warbosses, Tech-Priest Dominus etc. Characters mounted on bikes , jetbikes etc will also be accepted in this category.
Single miniatures from Forge World’s Imperial Armour and Horus Heresy ranges may also be entered into this category.
2 – Warhammer 40,000 Squad This category is for Warhammer 40,000 squads or squadrons of three or more models. Judges will be looking for units that best exemplify the qualities and character of the army they represent. This category DOES include squadrons of bike-mounted models provided they are organised into a unit of three or more models. Larger vehicle models should be entered into Category 3. All models should be mounted on an appropriately sized bases. Units or squads of models from Forge World s Imperial Armour and Horus Heresy ranges may be entered into this category.
3 – Warhammer 40,000 Vehicle This category is open to single Warhammer 40,000 vehicles, Dreadnoughts and walker models. Although most of these models tend not to be supplied with a base, it is quite acceptable for you to mount the vehicle on an appropriately sized base. Vehicles from Forge World’s Imperial Armour and Horus Heresy ranges may be entered in this category. Models on large scenic bases should be entered in the Diorama category instead.
4 – Warhammer 40,000 Large Model This category is for any single large Warhammer 40,000 model mounted on an appropriately sized base. This covers models like the Avatar, Daemon Princes, large Tyranids, Greater Daemons, etc. Monstrous creatures from Forge World’s Imperial Armour and Horus Heresy ranges may be entered in this category.
5 – Warhammer Age of Sigmar Single Miniature This is open to any single human-sized Warhammer miniature. This includes single models on horses, boars or wolves, but not those mounted on large monsters. All models must be presented on an appropriately sized base.
6 – Warhammer Age of Sigmar Unit This is for Warhammer Age of Sigmar units. The entry must consist of a minimum of three models mounted on appropriate bases. The judges will be looking for units that best exemplify the qualities and character of the army they represent.
7 – Warhammer Age of Sigmar Large Model This category is open to all Warhammer large models and other really large monster models! This covers Dragons, chariots, war machines and all large ridden monsters (eg, an Orc Warlord on War Wyvern). Models should be mounted on an appropriately sized base.
8 – Diorama/Battle Scene Entries for this category consist of a diorama based on the worlds of Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40,000, The Horus Heresy or The Lord of The Rings™ and The Hobbit™ . The subject of the diorama should be appropriate to the background of Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, The Horus Heresy or The Lord of The Rings™ and The Hobbit™ , but otherwise there are no restrictions on the battle scene’s theme or content. The diorama must be on an appropriately sized base.
9 – Duel This category comprises two models interacting with each other. The judges will be looking for a dynamic pairing of two well-matched opponents in some kind of combat or other dramatic situation. Models may be from Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40,000, Horus Heresy or The Lord of The Rings™ and The Hobbit™. The duel must be on an appropriately sized base.
10 – The Lord of The Rings™ and The Hobbit™ This is open to any single miniature from The Lord of The Rings™ and The Hobbit™ ranges of models on an appropriately sized base.
11 – ‘Eavy Metal Paint Masters Category This is the ultimate painters category. You must paint a miniature nominated by the ‘Eavy Metal painting team, This year all entrants must paint Plastic Farseer (https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Eldar-Farseer). No other model is allowed. No conversions are allowed and the model must be based on the base supplied.
12 – Blood Bowl Team Any Bloodbowl team, 11 or more figures (you can add cheerleaders, Wizards, Coaches, Referees etc on top of the team). It’s about the character of the team. Teams can be displayed on an appropriate display base if desired.
Other Competitions at this event
13 – Youngbloods Single Miniature The Young Bloods painting competition is open to any competitors aged 15 years or under. Entries may consist of any single model (up to 40mm base size) miniature from Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40,000, The Horus Heresy or The Lord of The Rings™ and The Hobbit™.
14 – Youngbloods Large Model The Youngbloods painting competition is open to any competitors aged 15 years or under. Entries may consist of any large model (base size larger than 40mm base size) miniature from Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40,000, The Horus Heresy or The Lord of The Rings™ and The Hobbit™. This category includes walkers, monsters and vehicles.
15 – The Open Competition for dioramas, battle scenes, larger scale miniatures and all other models not covered by the categories above. Also for participants who wish to enter a second model that would otherwise be covered by a category they have already entered. This is the only category that Games Workshop staff may enter.
Prizes being awarded at this event
- Golden Demon Finalist Pins for every entry which makes it through the first cut of judging.
- Bronze Demon to the entrants which come third in their category.
- Silver Demon to the entrants which come second in their category.
- Golden Demon to the entrants who come first in their category.
- Youngbloods: Gold, Silver and Bronze to the entrants from the Youngbloods category’s who come first, second and third respectively
- Open Competition: Gold, Silver and Bronze to the entrants from the Open Competition who come first, second and third respectively.
- Forge World Best in Show to the entry deemed to be the best in show, selected from the models specifically produced by Forge World.
- The Golden Slayer Sword to the entry from the Golden Demon categories judges to be the overall Best in Show.
The Judges’ decision is final, and they have the right to move entries to other categories as they see fit.
I’m not sure…
If you are uncertain about details in guidelines and categories, such as “What does appropriately sized base mean?” a good start is to look back at previous Golden Demon winning entries at https://golden-demon.com/.
Bear in mind, having an extravagant base, or a base sat on a large plinth, doesn’t necessarily mean your miniature will garner more attention – the judges are looking at the quality of painting as the key, and every single entry is looked at, regardless of it’s plinth!
If you still have questions about what is allowed, please just ask at firstname.lastname@example.org