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An odd title you might think. But it's because my painting has improved slightly over the years I've been with WaMP and I have actually won a couple of comps. OK, pick yourselves off the floor. Now the first may have been a fluke but I suspect the second was due to the nefarious machinations of the W.A.S. And I think their dark deeds are continuing with the voting on my challenge with Spectral Dragon. SD picked a good mini and painted it well with care and effort. My entry the sole purpose of which was to help SD up the ladder was exactly the opposite. A basic GW plastic dwarf which had previously been painted with no preparation, mould lines etc still showing, was overpainted with basic colours then shaded and highlighted. I don't particularly like dwarves so felt this was a good way to enter a comp and lose thus helping someone else. Then I see the scores coming in. Unbelievable - unless it is the work of the W.A.S and more sensible voters will come along shortly.

So, back to the title. I love my painting, not the standard I achieve - 'cos that ain't gonna change - but the actual creation of paint onto minis and realising the image in the minds eye into a 3D plastic or metal object. Now I've got another challenge, this time with vegascat. the theme is 'Animal'. Well you all know wag and theme; off the wall, different planet, insanity in miniature. So now I'm thinking 'why not try and win?'

What! the wag has turned predator. Maybe, just maybe. It's just that this current little scene I'm doing is going to blow vegascat's entry away and I'm rather relishing the thought, and the victory. Perhaps 2012 will be the year that wag actually learns to paint properly - and hell will freeze over too. Oh wait, the Mayans have predicted the end of the world haven't they. Well, there you go, now you know it's true.

Updated 10-12-2011 at 08:51 PM by waghorn41

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  1. piratemama's Avatar
    That's the problem I have with peer voting.... it always seems like those who are more biased in being friends with said competitors, etc., tend to lean more toward them no matter if it's a Golden Demon paint job or a piece of poo covered in glitter or paint. It doesn't matter... it always seems like the more pallies you have, the better your score. That's why I don't post on CMON anymore because the complete opposite works too. If you have pals that are angry with you, heck yeah they're going to destroy your score... so I guess that's just the problem with contests as a whole and I'm not sure anything can be fixed in regards to how the Wamp Ladder is voted for :( sans maybe anonymity and the whole challenging thing being done strictly in closed threads, etc., where public can't see.

    Personally, I think both paint jobs were pretty nice and in my opinion, I gave you both the same score. You both show different strengths :)

    Can't wait to see your animal(s) for the next contest. Hope things work out, either way.
  2. kdlynch's Avatar
    Don't be blamin' us W.A.S.ers on your win, wag.... your painting ability is improving, whether you see it or not. And that, sir, is where the blame must lie. We're just around to root you on. And annoy you. :P Now, to be honest, I was away on vacation, so didn't vote (and thus you both got the same non-vote from me). Also keep in mind, things like colour choice, basing, photography, and other things can also influence voting, not just purely paint skill.

    That said, I'm looking forward to seeing your next entry. Best of luck! (and yes, I do vote honestly, whether I'm a or a, as I believe most of the wamp forumers attempt to do)
  3. piratemama's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kdlynch
    That said, I'm looking forward to seeing your next entry. Best of luck! (and yes, I do vote honestly, whether I'm a or a, as I believe most of the wamp forumers attempt to do)
    Ack! I hope I didn't offend you, KD, I was just saying in general that that type of voting happens when you're pals with someone. I think it's human nature I do my best to vote as honestly as possible, too
  4. kdlynch's Avatar
    No offence taken at all PirateMama.... I do agree to with you, and it's quite ... apparent ... on some forums, but here on WaMP it's not nearly as blatant, if anyone does it. :D
  5. vegascat's Avatar
    Eek~! I'm done for~! The Wag is going to bury me in lead and paint! :) Really though, after reading this *I'm* looking forward to seeing what you pull out and post. Like you (and a lot of us I think) I paint for the sheer joy/fun of it and hope that my painting improves in the process. And if I get buried in paint and miniatures, then so be it - as long as I have fun along the way!

    @Piratemama - I stopped posting at CMON for the same reasons as I never felt that the miniatures I posted got a fair shake. Of course, my photography was total crap and my painting was only slightly worse than now IMO, but the votes always seemed overly harsh, with almost no feedback. If you want to see the horror, I think I'm "Blackstar" over at CMON if they haven't lost/deleted/purged all my pictures by now.
    Updated 08-12-2011 at 06:07 PM by vegascat (Noodle snorting)
  6. shanerozzell's Avatar
    I always try and vote on the mini not the painter. If it was based on the painter Waggers would win everything cos his commitment to the hobby is IMHO outstanding. Even contest he didn't enter!