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Games Day: The Golden Demon 
The Golden Demon event has always had a lot of good entries, but over the last few years the talent level seems to ratcheted up to almost impossible levels even as the number of entries grow. 

Faced with the knowledge that there are professional or near-professional artists out there laboring literally all year on their entries, the average 40k painter is faced with three options concerning the Golden Demon event: 

1. Decline to enter and join the multitudes who stand in line and gawk;

2. Devote precious spare time to refining and perfecting one’s painting techniques in an assuredly vain attempt to win a category; or

3. Rethink the concept of the Golden Demon event and enter anyway.

I’ve chosen the third option. I want to enter, but I don’t want to compete. I want people to be able to see my latest work, but I don’t want to stress out about winning, because I know I can’t (I don’t have the time, the patience, the training, or the talent). 

“How un-American!” you might think. “Why enter if you can’t win?” Because there is more to life—and 40K—than winning. There’s the pride of having your work displayed alongside some of the best and most creative people in the hobby. There’s the thought that your piece may inspire someone else. And there’s the satisfaction you can get if someone acknowledges what you’ve done. My best moment at a Golden Demon was a few years ago, when I was standing in line with a bunch of other guys, admiring all the miniatures. As I passed by one of my entries, I overheard two guys talking about it.

Guy #1: “Check out the tank with the tiger stripes.”
Guy #2: “I like that. That’s pretty cool.” 
Payday. What more does an amateur painter need?

So when you come to Games Day, I urge you to enter something you’re proud of. I enter at least two categories every year, picking something I’ve done the past year that I think looks nice and is interesting. For example, one year, I entered Raja Shamshir Talatra in the Best 40K Single Miniature category and my Ork-eating Frogklam in the Best Battle Scene category. 

Raja Shamshir Talatra Frogklam
Left: Raja Shamshir Talatra; Right: Giant Desert Frogklam
Both entries are from Games Day 2000

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