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ArcOpen is for anyone who shares a passion for painting fantasy and futuristic miniatures.

After such a successful event in 2023. ArcOpen is back in 2024, at ArcFest on April 26th & 27th 2024. 


The aim of the event is to inspire and challenge participants to advance their skills, seek to improve, and strive to present their best work. Rather than competing against other entrants in a shoot out for a limited number of awards the event recognised attainment of quality and effort for every painter. 

There are no first, second and third places in the ArcOpen Categories. Instead our judges graded each entries achievement - basing their decisions on the standard of the work and in the end which pieces deserve to be recognised as Gold, Silver and Bronze level awards. Due to the number and quality of entries we also recognised effort outside the top tiers of skill by selecting a whole raft of entries to be awarded Commended status.

As the ArcOpen System is about presenting a level of painting mastery there was no limit to the number of awards. As a result in 2023 we were pleased to award  6 Gold Medals,  11 Silver Medals and  15 Bronze Medals as well as 40 Commended Entry awards across 3 Categories and a field of more than 230 entries.

Best In Show

ArcOpen also recognised an event master - the Overall Best in Show, taken out by David Colwell for his amazing Chaos Dwarf in the Large Model Category. 

Most Popular In Show

The Most Popular at the show - voted by participants and general public - was awarded to Jarrod Clifford for his Flesh Tearers Squad entry.

Jared Clifford - Flesh tearers vs Tyranids - Unit - Gold2.jpg

In 2023 ArcOpen ran with categories the team felt would give a wide variety of options for painters to explore their hobby craft. The hope was to make ArcOpen an event that would encourage participation by painters of all skill levels.  With the system being based on the principle that every deserving work should be recognised we hoped would encourage everyone to have a go. In 2024 the event returns with the same aim and the addition of one new category.

Here are some Rules to help with the preparation of your entry in ArcOpen for 2024:

  • There is no limitations on the manufacturer or method of production of the miniature. However, models that would breach any company’s Intellectual Property Rights may be excluded or disqualified. If you’re unsure get in touch with us:

  • There is no limit on the number of categories in which you can enter - total submissions per category will be limited to three entries - so that gives a maximum of 12 entries per participant across the four categories.

  • No mail-in entries are allowed or will be accepted. If you would like to participate in the painting competition you must be present at ArcOpen in order to compete.

  • ArcOpen will be held as part of the ArcFest weekend Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April 2024. We’ll have more information about our exciting activities program that will allow participants to engage and immerse themselves in a weekend celebrating painting - including the exact event dates, the registration process and more. As our plans are confirmed we’ll be quick to update everyone.

But with these details we hope to ensure that everyone will have heaps of time to plan, prepare and get painting. We really do want to give everyone an opportunity to achieve and present their very best. 

ArcOpen Categories are:

Single Miniature

This category is for any single Human-sized fantasy/futuristic miniature mounted on an appropriate sized base. This includes miniatures mounted on creatures or small vehicles. This category is for miniatures up to 40mm scale. In 2023 the Single Miniature Category proved the most popular among entrants with 104 individual models make up the field. We hope to see even more in 2024



ArcFest is a celebration of table top miniatures. The Unit Category features what many competitors will be spending a large part of their hobby efforts to field a force to play with. So this category is for squads, squadrons, gangs or units of three or more fantasy/futuristic models. This includes miniatures mounted on creatures or small vehicles. The unit may be displayed on an appropriate sized base. This category is for miniatures up to 40mm scale. There were 52 units entered in this category. It’s a big task to paint a Unit to the high level of a painting event - we hope that more are able to accept the challenge for 2024


Large Figure- Character/Monster/Vehicle

This category primarily caters for large models or vehicles; other mechanical subjects; single large Monsters; & of course Busts. We saw a range of large miniatures entered in this category, which included entries in scales of 75mm or larger.  The Large Figure Category contained 80 quality entries. As it is the canvas that many Display Painters like to show their skills we can’t wait to see this year’s entries.


Open Display - including Diorama/Duel

This category is new in 2024. ArcOpen's founder Hobby Crusaider, has a long history with the Open Category and putting together epic dioramas for Golden Demon Open categories. Even taking home Gold. We decided its was time to add the sort of category that would let the hobby imagination of our Hobby community run wild again!

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