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SHOP EVENTS 2021!

D&D ADVENTURE PARTY PAINTING AND STORY WINNERS



Guest judge Lisa Smedman, author of novels and game supplements in the D&D worlds of Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft, accepted the difficult task of selecting the winners.

Runner-up Story

Congratulations to the winner of RUNNER-UP: STORY

JAMES BOLDT, for “Ballad of the Shark Mini” 

From James’s story:

“The quartet fired fireballs and cast their spells 

But to no avail, and then came a smell! 

The shark with his mouth gaping like a harbinger of death 

Had breathed a huge stinky, rotten-fish-smelling breath!” 

What did Judge Lisa Smedman like about this story? From the judge’s comments:

“I love that you submitted a ballad as your story entry – and that it tells the ‘bardic tale’ of miniatures in a drawer, long neglected, who finally get to be painted. :-) Top marks there, for creativity.” 



Runner-up Painting

Congratulations to the winner of RUNNER-UP: PAINTING

JAY GRIFFITHS, for “The Companions of the Mists” 

What did Judge Lisa Smedman like about this painted party? From the judge’s comments:

“I love your use of color, and the wonderful intensity of the eyes of the figures. The little guy with the lantern looks particularly intense. There’s some great detailing on these minis that really makes them ‘pop.’ ” 

And from Jay’s story:

“As Ethelinda warmed herself by the fire she reflected on how long and winding the road had been. How had she come to this place? So far from her tribe and in such a motley company of outlanders. No, not outlanders, her friends, perhaps even her new tribe. Looking around herself at the others as they took stock by the fire readying themselves to once again follow the path the lantern shone for them through the mists.”



Best Overall

Congratulations to the winner of BEST OVERALL

GREG KOZAK, for “Lisette Party” 

From Greg’s story:

“The damp loamy soil of the Wraithforest was beginning to seep through Lisette’s boots. It made the journey even more miserable. Her vambrace was soaked through with sweat and the weight of her armour was wearying. She’d been trudging through this forest for over a week seeking the Veil of Deceit, rumoured to be hidden near of copse of bloody trees in the heart of the forest. She stopped and signaled to her friends to take a rest. They were close and needed their wits about them.”

What did Judge Lisa Smedman like about this story? From the judge’s comments:

“I like the way your story opens with action (the point of view character creeping through the eerie forest) and then goes on to introduce those in the party before ending, once more in an action scene when the enemy appears. That’s a really nice way to frame the reminiscences of who they are and how they met. . . .  I really like the twist of the adventurer who was turned into a donkey – I didn’t expect that!”

What did Judge Lisa Smedman like about this painted party? From the judge’s comments:

“Amazing job on the minis. There’s some tremendous detailing, particularly in the faces, which look very dramatic and ghoulish. I also like the layering of colors; there’s some beautiful texturing on the armor and clothes.”