Actually this model was painted by my Daughter and my Wife. The little one started it and got most of it finished, but the Wife picked up the last few bits to help her finish in time for a painting contest at my FLGS (Game Vault).
She took second place with this one, coming in behind another model that was painted with just as much attention but had that extra bit of freehand and such to push it to the top.
Seems like there was a bit of controversy with the voting and some folks weren't happy with the results. My Daughter wasn't mixed up in any of it, but it's unfortunate that I had to explain to her how the contest "should work" and what some people will do sometimes so that they can win contests.
Now I don't know the whole story and what happened exactly isn't the point, but I wonder what it's coming to when I have to explain the spirit of the contest to my Daughter and why she needs to act certain ways. I mean really folks, it's a painting contest for crying out loud.
Credit goes to Game Vault for putting the thing on making sure it ran as smooth as possible. I think some things are in the works for the next contest to attempt to limit these issues from coming up again.
When she turned in her model, it was so funny to see her looking into the showcase comparing all the models and saying things like, "Look at the shading there, they missed a spot," or "Wow, I really like the highlights on that one there."
She's looking forward to the next painting contest... and I even showed her a copy of White Dwarf with the Games Day Youngblood winners to which she replied, "I can paint that good."