A few comments on the Armies on Parade stuff: It was really amazing to see that many painted armies in one place. There were so many good displays that I really wish I could have voted for my top three instead of just one. I ended up voting for the 30k Iron Hands display because it was way nicer than any of my photos could show. The Space Marines on it were largely sculpted, since they were what are called true scale marines; that is to say that the models are made bigger so that they actually are about as big as they ought to be.
|Orcs and Goblins|
|Watch Company Stark|
|Kult of K WAAAGH!!!|
|Astrolabe of Forgotten Empires|
|The Imperium Visits Endor|
|Ultramarines 10th Company|
|Iron Hands 30k: The Knight-Cerastus|
|Iron Hands 30k: True Scale Space Marines|
Aside from that, I helped my roomie finish up his display board. You can see the result on the Astrolabe of Forgotten Empires. Most of that was helping figure out colors and techniques. We sprayed a brown color around the arcane mechanism stuff and then a proper shiny gold on the mechanisms themselves to save an enormous amount of time. The matte sealer really took down all of the shine so it looked like something that had been buried for untold millennia.
It's going to be awhile before I finish stripping, disassembling, and incorporating all the infantry models I ended up with. There was even a Callidus Assassin hiding in the box! There are a few Dark Angel specific things that I plan to give to a local Dark Angel player. Not sure how he feels about working with metal, but they're nice old models with some heft to 'em.
Anyway, next stop is to start painting Space Marines. And assemble Heavy Gear models.