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    by Published on 11-07-2012 01:15 PM     Number of Views: 750 

    Hasslefree Miniatures Painting Contest 2012

    Yes folks those lovely folks at Hasslefree are back to serve up a delicious meal of miniature perfection, cooked expertly by Kev and served up with a smile by Sally.

    Yes one of our favourite miniature companies is throwing some goodies your way to try and tempt you into getting your brushes into action.

    For this years event we are offering up a much simpler contest with a single
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    by Published on 21-06-2012 12:26 PM     Number of Views: 4580 

    As part of the Wamp restyling we have also updated the Wamp clothing store to match. The new official clothing features the new wamp logo and URL and we are also able to now offer worldwide shipping options.
    We now have two stores open, for Uk and European orders we have wamp.spreadshirt.net and for North America and Rest of World we have wamp.spreadshirt.com

    The Wamp Clothing
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    by Published on 21-06-2012 12:23 PM     Number of Views: 948 

    To celebrate the launch of the new Wamp clothing range we are holding a T-shirt design contest. For all you budding artists and designers we are offering you the chance to get your design into the Wamp range of clothing. Not only that but we will also award the winner with 50 credit for the Wampstore.

    Top enter simply email over
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    by Published on 18-06-2012 09:46 AM     Number of Views: 997 
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    Portal 23 and it's a biggie!



    • All the information on the new BaneLegoins contest.
    • Tutorial from the winner of the Dark Sword contest, Orki!
    • Infamy, Scale 75 and Ammon Miniatures reviews
    • Company Profile with Kabuki Models
    • Tim Fitch continues with Nick Lund's story
    • Scott Radom wonders if mini painting will every become mainstream
    • Find
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    by Published on 12-06-2012 10:12 PM     Number of Views: 831 

    It's time to welcome another Wampers artistic genius into the Wampstore: Red Box Games!
    Yep The Human Speak n Spell that is Mr Tre Manor is coming to our humble shop of miniature procurement.

    I am sure most of you know the Red Box stuff well and if you don't well its awesome. The detail that man gets into his true 28mm scale ...
    by Published on 12-06-2012 10:06 PM     Number of Views: 798 

    The Wampstore now welcomes MUELLERSMONSTERS to its fold. Mueller Monsters is the brain child of Mike Mueller who produces some quirky (and Big!!) pieces.
    The first three available are now on Pre Order in The Wampstore.

    Look out for more characterful pieces coming soon.

    You can check out the Mueller range here: ...
    by Published on 10-06-2012 07:15 PM     Number of Views: 1914 

    Its results time folks and its a bit special this time with the added inclusion of a world famous miniature lover, but enough about Jim Ludwig and more about Mr George R.R. Martin!! George is an avid miniature collector and as the creator of the series that inspired the very miniatures in the contest is uniquely poised to give a real authoritative insight on them.

    Rather than me waffling on I will simply post what Jim had to say:

    Hello to the WAMP members that participated in this Dark Sword Miniatures painting contest. Thank you very much for entering this competition and putting your work on display for us to enjoy. George and I finally were able to get on the phone to review the entries on our computers together (George is a busy guy as we all know - something about books to write and a series to finish?). Anyway, we had a most excellent time checking out the interesting and varied interpretations of the miniatures entered. George loves painted miniatures and is a big collector of minis - has been most of his life actually. He started off as an old school toy soldier collector (54mm old school stuff) but Dark Sword has since gotten him hooked on collecting gaming scale minis as well.


    In regards to this contest - technical skill combined with overall impact of the miniature/diorama in question were how we judged the entries.

    Please note - there is never a substitute for seeing a miniature in person at a competition as a judge can fully take in the technical skills presented on the miniature from 360 degrees and compare models side by side in the same light sources (which is so key). Camera's and lighting set-ups for pictures do not come into play in a live (in person) competition. However, online competitions are fun to do and offer up a place to compete for those painters that cannot get out to Gen Con Indy or other notable painting competitions around the world. Plus painters from all over the world can win some free prizes, so what is not to like? So painters that did not place take note, a live and in person judging of the pieces entered in this contest may have yielded somewhat different results.

    And just for the record, George R.R. Martin and myself were in total agreement on the top 6 entries from what we saw in the pictures submitted. There was some lively discussions back and forth of course as we discussed who would take what place in terms of ranking, but there was no debate at all about first place. So without further delay, here is our list of winners.

    First Place and $200 in Dark Sword Miniatures Online Store Credit goes to:
    Cersei Lannister by Orki
    George loved the painting of Robert - felt it was a nice touch to a stunning Cersei paintjob. It would appear that the Tom Meier Cersei models gets tons of love from many top painters all over the world. But the skills on this piece could not be denied. It was our overall top pick - no debating at all...

    Second Place and $100 in Dark Sword Miniatures Online Store Credit goes to:
    Recalling the Days of Glory (Stannis Baratheon) by Ana
    George really liked the peeling paint from the throne and the overall mood this piece evoked.

    Third Place and $50 in Dark Sword Miniatures Online Store Credit goes to:
    Sansa et l'Homme-Chien by Xur
    George any myself were both very impressed with the modifications on both the Hound and Sansa sculpts to help push the impact/mood of the diorama. The painting was very impressive as well.

    Fourth Place and $25 in Dark Sword Miniatures Online Store Credit goes to:
    Legend of the Red Lake (Bronn) by Ana
    The OSL lighting effect on this piece and the mastery of true metallics was something to behold.

    Honorable Mention and $25 in Dark Sword Miniatures Online Store Credit goes to:
    Arya Hiding from Little Finger by Megzord_Man
    George and thought this diorama deserved the Honorable Mention for the painter pushing themselves on something more complex than a typical single mini entry. Lots can go wrong on larger dioramas with multiple minis. So this is one for the effort.


    There were of course a number of other very well done models and diorama's in the contest. I will be posting their pictures on the Dark Sword site in our galleries to be on display with the likes of Jen Haley and Marike Reimer miniatures to be enjoyed by miniature collectors/painters all over the world.

    I will be in contact with the painters noted above via email once Brett from WAMP provides me your email addresses. I can then get you taken care of with some cool new Dark Sword swag prizes.

    Thanks again to all those that entered. Miniature painting is a wonderfully rewarding hobby. We do appreciate your efforts. And for the record - George and I both want you to know - you all paint a heck of alot better than we do!

    Warm regards from the often chilly Minnesota (Just north of some wall according to George when he was in town a couple years ago and brought a ton of snow with him? Whatever that means...)

    Jim



    So there you go folks. Congratulations to all our winners but especially our champion Orki. heres his piece:


    You can view all the entries here:
    Dark Sword Contest entries


    I would persoanlly like to thank everyone involved in this contest, everyone that entered the contest or commented on the submissions, but especially thank you to Jim at Dark Sword who's continued support for one of our most popular contests and for well frankly creating such awesome piece of metal heaven.
    Finally a most heartfelt thank you to Mr George R.R. Martin. It has been really special to have the creative genius that gave rise to the very minitures in the contest (abely brought to life by Dark Sword) and I think to get the personal judgement from George is really rather special and I am sure the competitors themselves think the same. I know plenty of Wampers are big fans of George's book and the Game of Thrones TV series and I am sure we all wish George contuned sucess with them.
    by Published on 08-06-2012 03:58 PM     Number of Views: 927 
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    The Legions are coming, The Legions are coming!!

    Yes folks those awesome chaps at Maelstrom games have once more unleashed their Banelegions and Banebeasts upon Wamp and man is it a strong showing this year!
    Last years inaugural event was brilliant but this years takes things to a whole new level. not only have Maelstrom been releasing their creations at an ever increasing rate but they are giving us our biggest ever prize list for a Wamp Special.

    So I am sure you are all eager to hear the details now your salivating at the thought of getting your hands on some miniature goodness.

    The Contest:

    The contest is open to and miniature from the Banelegions or Banebeast ranges. Your entries can ...
    by Published on 01-06-2012 11:19 AM     Number of Views: 815 

    As part of the overhaul I have purchased a new domain name for the site:

    www.wagspalaceofcabana.com

    just joking! the new domain is: www.wampforum.com making it a little easier without the hyphen and looks little neater. I wanted wamp.com but its $100,000!!!

    both urls are working now though the urls continue ...
    by Published on 22-05-2012 09:17 PM

    Wampstore: Game Forces Magazine

    You can now buy Game Forces Magazine from the Wampstore. Game Forces Magazine is a Bi Monthly spanish publication featuring some of the finest mini painters in the world. It is printed in Spanish and is supplied with
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    by Published on 21-05-2012 02:21 PM     Number of Views: 1309 

    Mini Painting Wiki

    As most of you are aware Wamp is home to Minipaintingwiki.com a community driven project to try ad create a miniature related wiki that can contain valuable information on miniature painting and the surrounding hobby.

    The wiki got off to a great start but floundered a little mainly due to me spreading my time to thin. This is something I have wanted to address and a few changes have
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    by Published on 16-05-2012 04:10 PM     Number of Views: 1085 
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    Two Little ducks 22 and its a quacking issue!




    • Details on our new Privateer Press contest
    • We announce the categories for WAMP2012
    • Maya Morland shows us how to paint sheer clothing
    • Banelegions, Kabuki and Infamy reviews
    • Company Profile with Bitz Box
    • Multiple Golden demon winner Mark
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    by Published on 15-05-2012 09:49 AM     Number of Views: 862 

    As you know (unless you live under a rock!!) everybody these days is on the social network scene. facebook, Twitter, Google and the rest all can help promote your brand and make it more widely know.

    Wamp has a presence on most of the major networks but we need your help to make better use of them.

    Basically this is an appeal to anyone that uses social networks to add us if you will. The more we get added the ...
    by Published on 14-05-2012 10:46 AM     Number of Views: 541 
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    It's time for a new contest and also time for a new sponsor, coming to the table we have on the the biggest miniature companies in the world in the form of Privateer Press! I am sure you all know them and their fantastic range of miniature awesomeness.

    We have some great prizes to tempt you into entering. The contest will be split into 3 categories and a best in show.

    Categories:

    Single Figure:

    Any Privateer Press single miniature

    Warjack/Warbest:
    A single light or heavy warjack or warbeast.

    Unit:
    A unit of at least the minimum ...
    by Published on 11-05-2012 01:43 PM  Number of Views: 855 

    Wamp is continuing to grow and as such my time is becoming more precious as I need to spread myself across more and more elements of the site. As such I want to try and delegate a couple of things, to not only keep them going but to push them further and help make Wamp even better for us all.
    As such I am looking for one or two people that would like to get involved with the site. It is a purely voluntary thing and the ...
    by Published on 16-04-2012 08:27 PM     Number of Views: 1304 
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    Happy 21st to Portal!!

    • Details on our new Freebooter contest
    • 'In The Frame' showcases Alexi Z
    • Maya Morland shows us how to paint sheer clothing
    • Reaper and MDP reviews
    • Company Profile with Gribbly Miniatures
    • Stunning Tutorial from Adrian Hopwood on how to paint busts
    • Scott Radom talks commission painting
    • Tim Fitch
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    by Published on 13-04-2012 06:33 PM

    We have a massive update today with 3 new companies joining the Wampstore and they have some cracking pieces in their ranges, everything from Catfish riding Boglins, Death Kiwi's and Pensioner fairies to Egyptian Gods and Space Emperors!!

    First up is a company you are all familiar with Kabuki.

    We also welcome another Wamper to our store in the form of Warploque Miniatures ...
    by Published on 05-04-2012 08:10 PM
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    Four A Miniatures Preview WIP Greens of New Snow Troopers

    From their announcement
    Two of the new Snow trooper pieces which were sent away this week.Adam has done a great job on these.Cant wait to get castings back and sent away for painting.
    Would love to know what people think of them.
    The first batch of Snow ...
    by Published on 23-03-2012 10:51 AM

    I have now added miniNatur products to the store. miniNatur are one of the best names in miniature foliage and flock. they also produce Silfor tufts.

    We have a selection of items including tufts with blossom, ivy, grass tufts and grass fibres. Plenty of colours in each.

    I also have some other items including moss on the way.

    We are ...
    by Published on 18-03-2012 02:54 PM
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    Portal leaves its teen's behind and hits the big 20!

    • We launch a brand contest with a Celebrity Twist- Portal has first details
    • Wamped II results
    • 'In The Frame' showcases the talents of Julien Casses
    • OSL Masterclass from Shawn R.L.
    • Kabuki and Mil Mart reviews
    • Company Profile with Dark Art Miniatures
    • Stunning Tuorial
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