IV Concurso de modelismo Ciudad de Leganés (Madrid). Probably, the referral contest in Spain at present, which unfortunately now is not saying toomuch. I think that in the last years this contest has overtaken another historical contests like AMT Torrent in Valencia or the Soldat de Plom in Girona. It´s the first spanish show in the calendar, and it helps too. The organization is very good and the number of participants is high, has good facilities and a complete shopping area. About the figures...a medium-high painting level, but there are a lot of figures (in fact, almost all of them) seen in previous contests. Models, tanks, naval models, planes and cars are the most important part of an event that grows every year, but from my point of view with the same problems and defects than the most of the open contests.
Chicago Crystal Brush Awards 2014. I confirm my attendance for this year again. The CoolMiniOrNot contest does not seem consolidated as would be due to the big economic awards, but the experience is wonderful. The organization is very professional, the voting system is very interesting and unique because they have professional painters judging the pieces but also, the people can vote from their homes. This method is not used in any other competition in the world. The average painting level of the contest is medium, but it is a pleasure to see new works not seen before by some of the best painters over the world, not many due to the very high cost of the travel. Also, something I commented before; I enjoyed how the local painters lived the contest and the awards ceremony, without competitiveness, annoyances, criticism, gossip...
Stresa 2014 World Expo. It will be my first World Expo and I hope it won´t have the same problems and mistakes about the organization that I´ve read in reviews about the last one. I imagine that a World Expo in Italy will get together the best painters in the whole world. Of course, Italy is cheaper than Switzerland, where the previous World Expo was organized, so this will help too. The average painting level will be the highest of the year and even being an open contest, the fight for the gold medals will be difficult!
Open Quimera (Madrid). Definitely one of the store competitions with the highest painting level in Spain. But that's not what makes it great. We had a full day of laughter, ending with one of the best and funniest awards ceremonies you can to attend. The next year I will go as a part of the jury. 10 points for the organization. Impossible to miss.
Monte San Savino Show 2014. This year I could not attend due to accommodation problems, so I had promised to attend next year, but the World Expo also takes place in Italy, not very distant dates on the calendar, and I think this will impact on international attendance to San Savino, also repeating the most of the figures viewed on the World expo. That, and my finances, will make that I doubt about my attendance until the last moment. Of course this year the level has been impressive, with many unseen works and a big number of incredible figures, but maybe next year will not the best to go, but I´ll try it.
Golden Demon. Will be Golden Demons next year? when? where? Only Games Workshop knows, and it will be revealed in the coming months, I suposse. Everything are rumors, but I imagine that the Spanish Games Day will be canceled again, and Germany and Italy will probably dissapear too. I would attend to the Uk Games Day, but I don´t know dates, so I can´t confirm my assistance. It´s a fact that the best fantasy artists still gather in the events of the british brand. And most importantly, with unseen works, regardless of the usual rare and unfair decisions and an increasingly commercial approach. On the other hand I love the system of 1 gold, one silver and one bronze per category, as opposed to the hundreds of medals awarded in the most of the open contests.