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Celebrating Gold in the Large Miniature Category

In the Australian Miniature Display Painting scene Arcopen’s Large Miniature category stands as a challenge to unleash boundless imagination, see top flight talent and extraordinary artistry.


On Display - the medalists in the Large Miniature Category.

At this year's event the Large Miniature Category drew the second-largest number of entries boasting an impressive lineup of 74 entries.


Each one vying for recognition as a masterpiece in its own right. From towering titans, statuesque figures and finely sculpted busts, the Category showcased a diversity of the talent across the miniature painting community.


A Canvas for Display Painters' Skills


The Large Miniature Category proved to be a playground for painters seeking to showcase their skills on a grand scale. Catering to models, vehicles, monsters, and busts in scales of 75mm or larger, this most diverse of all the categories offered artists ample room to unleash their creativity and imaginations. It comes as no surprise that the Large Figure Category was heavily populated by entries from both seasoned aTrista and emerging talents alike.


Gold Medalists: A Triumph of Artistry


Six gold medals were awarded by the panel of judges — Victoria Lamb, Peter Overton, and Jared Clifford — in recognition of outstanding achievement in the Category. Each gold medalist captivated the judges with their exceptional craftsmanship, attention to detail, and ability to breathe life into their creations.


Our gold medalists were:


Liam Howell - The Mandalorian: A tribute to the iconic character from a galaxy far, far away, Liam Howell's The Mandalorian captured the essence of a awell know character striding out of the sunset with a resilient and resolute stride. This piece had a variety of aspects depending upon the angle upon which it was viewed. Thankfully, unlike viewers of the piece while on display our photographers were able to capture the same views that our judges were able to see.






Allen Yong - Galaxy Savior: With intricate detailing and striking composition, Allen Yong's Galaxy Saviour is a stunningly striking presentation of a futuristic cyber punk figure. Both his pieces earned medals in this category. Allen’s non-metallic finishes and reflective surfaces are precise and convincing.





Andrew Buckley - The Descent Part One: Andrew Buckley's evocative piece takes us on a journey into the borders of darkness, showcasing his mastery of storytelling through a dynamic interaction between the model and base. The composition and construction of the base is minimalistic yet evocative. Not only did this model recieve a Gold Medal but it also captured the coverted best at Show award. Hopefully our imagin captures all the details so you can all see and understand the perfection on display.





Andrew Buckley - Hisuian Bird Trainer: Andrew Buckley's second gold-winning entry mesmerized with its whimsical charm and dynamic presentation, transporting viewers to a world of fantasy and wonder. And despite issues that were being resolved the day of the competition (he confided to several people that corrections were still being done at 3.00am) this piece rightfully captured the judges approval with a Gold Medal.





David Colwell - Alai: Dave Colwell's Alai exuded an aura of softness, strength and nobility, embodying the essence of a heroic elven warrior. There’s an ethereal beauty presenting an almost glowing aspect to the piece thanks to how far David has pushed the highlight areas while working with a very subtle and subdued palette. We are all blessed to see another of David’s masterpieces earning him Gold in this category.





David Colwell - Soma: Dave Colwell's second gold-winning entry captivated with its stark and restrained palette. Smooth and subtle transitions in greys and whites creating so much depth despite the overall whiteness. David admitted that he doesn’t want to do a treatment focused on white again - but thankfully his work on this model left a lasting impression on all who beheld it.




A Glimpse of Greatness

These gold medalists represent the pinnacle of artistry in the Large Miniature Category, showcasing the diverse talents and creative visions of artists within the Australian miniature painting community.


As we celebrate their achievements, we look forward to exploring the stories behind each masterpiece in upcoming articles, where we will shine a spotlight on all the medalists and delve deeper into the world of miniature painting at ArcOpen.


 

Special Thanks need to go out to our imaging team for 2024 - Rory Beeforth and Imsay (Imran Asssad) - taking all of the amazing photography that allows us to present people’s display pieces in the most amazing ways possible. Also, huge thanks to Rob for treating every miniature with care as he wrangled them between photography station and into the Displays.

 

We would also like to thank our sponsors for making this year’s event easier to run and rewarding not just for our champions but the widest group of participants. They include Addikted to Ink, Let’s Play Games, Artis Opus, Taro Model Maker, and Stone Beard Miniatures.




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