Monday, 4 February 2013

A Discussion On Painting Scores In Tournaments.

I've been going to tournaments, and not seeing fully painted armies. Now, you may be thinking, Tom, you're off your rocker, and at times, people not showing any effort, or have any interest, and naturally it's not for everyone. On the one hand, we have little Timmy, who has spent many hours lavishly painting his army. Now his army may not be the best painted, and he is not necessarily the best painter, but you see that he is trying. That he has made an effort, that he truly enjoys the hobby in all it's aspects. So what's the best way to Implementing painting scores in Tournaments. After all is it not about the hobby and winning come second?

 For example if you turn up with a fully painted army whatever the level should you be rewarded with a painting score? You will find that it might be the best way to inspire people to actually paint. TO's certainly don't want to exclude anyone, that's not the point, But TO's do need to encourage gamers to pick up there paintbrushes and possibly reward those that do. All the major tournaments all over the world, already do it. So why should we be any different implementing 3 colours minimum, 

 Remember non-painted miniatures at a tournaments should be the exception, not the rule. If that's the case why even take models, we all can simply just cut out bits of polystyrene and paper.

But as always it's great to get some feedback.


  1. Ooo, I really find it off putting seeing unpainted armies to be honest. I feel it makes the game look so bland. I know the look of the model isn't everything, but it sure does add to the excitement and enjoyment of the hobby. Wouldn't you prefer to face a fully painted blood angels army in crimson red, terminators lavished in coloured decorations of honour, than a bland plastic grey look army?

    I think the painting score is a great idea. It would really encourage people to get round to painting as well. Especially seeing others.

    Anyway, nice post for thought. Check out my blog if you'd like. Nathan's Fiction Sphere looking for feedback on my painted models.

    1. Whoops, I put a link to my photobucket instead. Sorry. Here's the proper link Nathan's Fiction Sphere


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