I'm being asked if I'm going to enter Golden Demon this year. So I suppose it's time to go public and say yes ... hopefully!
It's important to stress the hopefully bit as I'm nothing if not a slow painter. If the Dark Elf Diorama is ready in time it shall be going to the Demons. But this diorama is turning out to be something of a long game and I'm determined not to rush (as if) to try and meet the deadline. So I might be looking at 2013.
One of the big things I needed to re-learn when I came out of painting 'retirement' was to take the time I need to do the job properly. I can paint quite quickly if I want to but I don't enjoy the process as much and it never results in my best work and my best work is demanded for the Demons. Also my job as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator is very deadline driven and it's good not to have any such pressures involved in my hobby.
On a personal level entering the Demons again is quite a big deal. I last entered in 1990 and at the time I felt that I'd achieved as much as I could. The best I would ever be able to do would be to equal past triumphs. I just wanted to take time enjoying mini painting for it's own sake. To be honest that's still my primary motivation - if it ain't fun I ain't doing it!
Mini painting is more fun than ever and as for the Demons, well I'm up for the challenge. It would be rather fine to prove that there's still some life in the old dog nearly twenty two years after I last won a Demon!