Happy November everyone! I hope you had a ghoulish All Hallows Eve as well as a great Parade day for Age of Sigmar Armies on Parade this past Saturday. I ventured out with my Harvest Sylvaneth and came away with a few awards myself. I got to spend the day chatting with some local friends and gamers while playing Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire so, all in all, it was a good day of Warhammer despite a few critiques I have for Armies on Parade overall this year.
This year Games Workshop decided to mix up their event with additional awards and splitting of the two game systems into separate Parade Days. All these changes were put in place with the intention of improving the event and it is great to see Games Workshop working to improve their events. however, in my store at least, splitting the event really hurt the overall atmosphere as we do not have an even split amongst the two systems. I don't feel there was a lack of competition as everyone who joined it at my local store had great looking armies, but the amount of participation suffered greatly. In all honesty, I prefer to compete and lose against a large number of opponents then win against only a few. The day's event didn't feel like much of an event and to an outsider looking in would seem to be a typical day at the store.
Armies on Parade has always been an event I anticipate with a lot of enthusiasm. Before I was lucky enough to have a Games Workshop store near me I would eagerly scan the pages of White Dwarf to see the entries and hope to one day participate and create armies and boards as amazing as the ones I saw. Last year was my very first Armies on Parade and it was an exciting atmosphere in the store as gamers from 40k and Age of Sigmar all battled over the coveted 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals. I was humbled to be voted number one and it only inspired me to do even more this year. I diligently kept up on the posts from the Armies on Parade web page, but I was honestly a bit saddened at the lack of consistent updates that normally help keep the enthusiasm going. There was never a very clear message on how the parade days would work so it felt a bit more ad-hoc then prior years.