8 January 2018
Deadcember 2017 - a champion is crowned
It has been both an absolute pleasure, and a cause for mounting panic, for me throughout December as excellent entry after excellent entry arrived in my inbox for the Deadcember competition (sponsored this year by Ral Partha Europe - thanks chaps!). The pleasure came from the well-planned conversions, clever colour combinations, nostalgia-made-lead model choices, and the evident satisfaction from both completing a figure(s) and from taking part that came across in the submission emails.
But the panic.
Oh yes, the panic. How on Earth was I supposed to pick a winner from this array? Should productivity be rewarded - Alex painted a whole army, and there were other multiple-entrants. Should keeping it hardcore Oldhammer miniatures be a guide? That only leads to the rabbit-hole of "what is Oldhammer?" all over again, and gnomes have only just saved us from that!
It's a cliché of any competition to say that any contributor could have won, but I genuinely mean it when I say I'd have been happy to reward any one of them. In the end I listed them all and picked between two at a time, like in a knock-out competition, using some excel jiggery-pokery to randomise the list. I did it several times and the same winner came out each time, although the final choice was really, really, really hard each time.
So, assuming you've had a look through the gallery of entries, I can finally announce the prize winners. Yes, that's a plural - winnerS.
The "damn that's so Oldhammer I had to check it wasn't in Heroes for Wargames" prize goes to Stuart Bannister for his ghostly plague cart. There's a small skeletal package shortly on its way to you from Ral Partha Europe. Congratuations!
But the overall prize for Deadcember 2017 goes to Ivan Prentice for his delightfully resurrected (seems apt, no?) Citadel C17 skeleton. The clever repair/conversion, the choice and execution of colours, and the evocation of character in a miniature of an unfeeling animated set of bones was what clinched it over some exrtremely tough competition. Look out for a zombie dragon from Ral Partha Europe infesting your postbox in the near future, Ivan.
I'm not sure I can take judging such a close field again! Maybe next year I'll sort out some sort of voting scheme so I can duck responsibility...
I would be proud to have any one of those entries grace my tabletop, and only hope I'll get the chance to see some of them in the lead at some point.
Thank you and well done to all entrants.
I hope you'll be back for Deadcember 2018!