There were games being played a-plenty with a strong emphasis on the newest in-store range, Infinity. Paul and David did a fantastic job of running a stunning looking demonstration board (ably constructed by Paul and Rob), which soon became the site of lots of demo games for new players including a 5 player game that had all of the players, all new to the game, understanding the core concepts by the 3rd turn. No mean feat!
There was the third incarnation of the 'Golden Brush' painting competition, which saw some stunning entries. The single figure and Monster/Vehicle categories were particularly difficult to decide upon this year. A mention ought to go to Jay here who won both the Monster and Open categories. Now, he won the Open category by default, as the only entrant, but to be fair to him it was a superlative effort on his part, as you can see for yourselves:
I'd also like to show off the quality of one of the other entrants here, notably Rob, who won the single figure category with this great example of subtle blending and characterful brush-work:
Finally and on a unreservedly self-aggrandising note, I won the "Committee Challenge", which this year was to paint a single figure from the Space Marine Command sprue, here's what I came up with:
I love the Summer Open Day, it's all about growing the hobby and bringing something new to people in the form of excellent gaming systems, great painting and masses of enthusiasm. I'm normally just running around with my camera like a mad man, capturing the day and snapping all of the Golden Brush entries for posterity.
Now I just have to get on with painting my purchases on the day (did I mention that there are always great money-saving deals going on as well?). Let's just say it involves lots of bikes...