So Armies on Parade 2017 has now come and gone, so thought I’d best write a blog post on how I did at the event. Apologies on how late this post is! Life has been a little manic over the past few weeks, but better late than never!
Armies on Parade 2017 – Warhammer Bath
As I’ve outlined previously, Warhammer Swindon decided to ban Forge World models from their Armies on Parade this year. Thankfully a friend offered to take me to the Bath store instead, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The Bath store is a single staff member store and not the biggest shop either, I’d also heard that past years some people had felt that a lot of votes were made for their friends rather than the board on display.
In total there were eight entries, which I felt was a pretty decent turn out. I arrived not long after the store had opened and caused a bit of a stir when I started putting my Porphyrion onto my board. I’m pleased to say that I managed to pick up both Best Painted and Best Monsters and Machines and from what the manager said, there really wasn’t a question. To my mind this largely puts pay to the issue of votes for friends (I only knew two people who voted).
Overall I really can’t complain and am pretty chuffed that all of the work I put in has actually awarded something for once. As with last year I do feel that Games Workshop really needs to firm up some base rules for Armies on Parade. It should be a single army rather than a diorama for starters and entries really should be created by the entrant rather than a joint effort. There were a number of Young Blood entries that I don’t feel got fair judging because one entry (which was impressive) was largely done by the entrant and their Dad. However with that exception I had a really enjoyable day.
Part of me would love to spend a bit of effort next year and try and get a clean sweep of every category, however part of me also thinks that’s a little nasty and doesn’t give other people a chance to get anything.