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The Crystal Brush and AdeptiCon 2020
The Crystal Brush painting competition has been an exciting and welcome part of AdeptiCon since 2011. It has attracted some of the world’s finest miniatures artists and has become one of the most respected painting competitions in North America, with its online component generating millions of views globally. As host and organizer respectively, AdeptiCon’s partnership with CMON has been one of mutual respect and admiration.
Unfortunately, after lengthy discussions, all parties involved have concluded that AdeptiCon will no longer host the Crystal Brush event. Circumstances change and, while it has been an enjoyable and successful run, this mutual decision reflects the evolving priorities of both AdeptiCon and CMON.
AdeptiCon would very much like to acknowledge the work Jennifer Haley and her staff have put into running the Crystal Brush event and thank CMON for being such a great partner.
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From GW Games Day UK: "If you’re reading this in America, you’ll know it’s been a very long time since the Golden Demon crossed the Atlantic. Well, it’s coming back! Look out for the triumphant return of Golden Demon USA at AdeptiCon 2020. This is the first independent event to host the competition – AdeptiCon has become a pivotal event in the Warhammer calendar and we’re delighted to be working with them to bring the Golden Demon back to the United States."
Maybe all the mini and bust companies could come up with something. I know Collapse Industries our company is more than willing to help as a vendor.
I see a lot of “give other folks a chance” sentiment throughout this thread. It’s a little surprising to me honestly from a community that seems to value competition so much. If we’re talking about a competition I’ve always thought one would want to test their mettle against the best of the best. Then the hardware (if you take it home) really means something as opposed to shooting fish in a barrel. 🤷♂️ I get that painting competitions are largely subjective and that leads to differences of opinion but I’d think the way to dethrone someone who “wins all the time” (in a way that means something) would be to, you know, do something better. Of course I’ve never won a Crystal Brush... And have never lost sleep over that fact 🤣
I'm excited to see what comes next. Hopefully it's a competition more in line with wargaming miniatures rather than a fine art competition. I would love to see a juried show rather than a head to heat competition. That would allow Adepticon to honor and recognize all of the talented painters instead of the same few people every year. Can't wait to see what you guys do!
$5 says the Creature Caster people take over and run a painting contest in 2020. They already gave out cash prizes this year with these giant really awesome looking resin cast trophies that doubled as a model display.
Big thanks to Adepticon, Coolmini, the judges, and all the people who worked so hard on their entries each year. Crystal brush may not have been perfect (nothing is) but it was an inspiration painters everywhere! Can't say enough how much your efforts are appreciated.
If there’s a competition that’s going to replace it then I hope they announce it soon. Give people time to prepare. If not then I’ll definitely be looking for another competition and saving up funds for a trip.
While it was fun, it seemed to attract the same small group of artists/styles year after year...and, let's be honest, the same sense of judging. It became incredibly stale - I could browse the cases on Friday night and fairly accurately guess who the winners would be simply because they were playing to the tastes of the organizers. Myself and several others simply gave up on trying. That's not intended as a dig to CMON or the artists themselves, just an observation. If there's a painting event going forward, I hope to see more variety and a sense that anyone good enough can win.
The rumor is they are losing money but after seeing their booth this year its easy to believe. They lost at least a few hundred in sales from me. www.models-workshop.com/2019/cool-mini-or-not/
So it’s going to be a Golden Demon, maybe? If the rumors are true. Would just hope that there would be other parallel painting competitions to accommodate for the many beautiful non GW miniatures.
Seems like no one is going to miss this. From what I gather it's been getting real bad with the same winners every year.
Finally a thread with commentary from pro’s that sums up my feelings about past 4 years of Adepticon, not much change in the top models painted.... if you can call then models. Plenty of hidden gems I observed this year and admired each year before as well. Some great ideas for future as well ! If organizers need analytical or manual support, I live 10 minutes away and would gladly volunteer my time to contribute, I look forward to Adepticon each year around my birthday and would love to be part of it.
Better question... is CMON pulling out of Adepticon completely? After this years Booth which was anemic it seemed to me that they could be out in general.
Wonder if this has anything to do with all the complaints about the same 3 or 4 pros winning almost every time. I couldn't paint to save my life, but always enjoyed looking at all the entries every year.
Long overdue. You need a painting competition that reflects the type of show you are running, inclusive and diverse. Good luck with the change over and I look forward to see what you folks come up with.
Good to see something that has created such a toxic environment in the painting community gone. Maybe people will be able to enjoy painting again
I’m so glad I got to enter before it entered! Making the cut with such a high level of skill being displayed made my day! Hopefully the same folks will still be coming to teach, I would be sad to not see them.
While it’s sad to see this go, it will make space for more newer painters that may not be CB top tier material to complete and feel like they will have a chance, the crazy painters will follow crystal brush somewhere else.
Thank you for all the hard work!
Bring back the Rogue Demon!
Hopefully this might mean we'll see more, smaller category painting competitions sponsored by more companies (like Creature Caster did). Having so few (relatively) categories as catch-alls for so many lines really kinda limited what you tended to see, I think.
Onward and upward
Lol. I can actually see two of mine in the picture. It’s from 2015.
Sooo any chance at getting a US based Golden Demon competition?!?!
Anvil of War Gaming shows you around the event, talks to several great people, and recaps their experiences at AdeptiCon 2019.Joining members of our local gaming group, the Hammer House, we hit the road and travel to Schaumburg Illinois for Adepticon 2019! We show you inside the eve... ... See MoreSee Less
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Who won that scavenger hunt?
AdeptiCon 2020 and the Crystal Brush
While we’re not generally in the habit of addressing specific rumors, we did want to let everyone know that there has not been any official determination concerning the return of the Crystal Brush miniatures painting competition to AdeptiCon in 2020. Both parties are actively looking at their options and what makes the most sense for all involved.
Over the next month, or so, we’ll have additional news. And once we know, you’ll know. Jennifer Haley and her team have run a great competition and we value our partnership with the Crystal Brush. We would very much like to congratulate this year’s finalists and winners:
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If Crystal Brush left AdeptiCon I would still make the trip to attend the event. CB is like the icing on the cake for the whole event. I attended Adepticon this year and didn't enter CB, I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not entering. Adepticon is more than this. I will continue to attend Adepticon even if CrystalBrush leaves.
I went three years ago and was very disappointed that the showcases were right in the doorway blocking the entrance, so every time you stopped to look or take a picture you had people behind complaining that you were holding up the line. It was as if it was an afterthought.
Holahfuq I’m late to the party. I would rather Adepticon run it’s own painting competition. One with a yearly revolving panel of judges and/or one where vehicle/monster/large scale wasn’t one single category. 🤣🤣🤣 I would be totally indifferent to see it go, especially if it was replaced with something that catered to both the hardcore “artistic” and hardcore “hobbyist” directions instead of penalizing people who still want to game with the stuff they paint. Nova Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention is crushing it with their Capital Palette style of competition and I cannot recommend this type of competition schematic enough. Everyone involved has a good time and there is less stress in adhering to the (let’s face it) largely unchanging and very particular stylistic expectations that have rooted themseves firmly in the artsy-fartsy painting community. Time to try something new. 🎨
I'll be sad to see Crystal brush go. The competition has honed my painting and raised it up for everyone to see. That's what a great competition does. So many competitions pass by without anyone seeing or noticing. Crystal brush changed that and I'd say it's changed miniature painting in the US too. Maybe you don't like everything about it, or have ideas about how you would have run things. I for one am glad for Crystal Brush and what it has meant for me. I would be saddened to see it fade away. It's hard to imagine a contest to take it's place that would do the same thing. CMON and the Crystal Brush team have donated a huge amount of money and effort over the years. They didn't make a contest just about their products, but about the art that makes it all special. Each year they donated a prize that would bring the best artists and challenge them to be even better. To show us what the art of miniatures means to them. I hope we find a way to continue the competition into the future. I hope that there are enough people with passion for the art to do that. Regardless my memories of Crystal Brush will be good even with all the personal ups and downs over the year. it's been a great ride.
I have a feeling people would still go to the convention if the crystal brush wasnt there. If the crystal brush would hold it's own convention I doubt many people would go. The same elite people would constantly win. Just like in recent years. Gotta network and know people to get anywhere in the hobby. It almost becomes a full time job and it becomes less of a hobby. But what do I know.
I hope it stays. I'd rather try and beat the best than get a participation award. Keep it! 🙂
I have mixed feelings but it would be nice to have a competition that isn’t dominated by these mind blowing pros, have two competitions, one for amatures (anyone who has ever won a crystal brush is bared) and the normal crystal brush. If you win the amature competition you are bared and next year you can only compete in the pro crystal brush. I think that would be great.
In many competitions, it is a contest to better oneself and compete against your competition. But when money is added, it cheapens the whole idea. I mean this in the most constructive way possible Crystal Brush. Seriously, you guys have done a lot for the mini hobby. So has CMON. That site gave me friends I still have not met, and techniques shared that helped us all in painting. But when you enter something like Golden demon, it's not about money, it's about proving you did it. You made it. Just my two cents. I hope you guys figure things out because next year will be the first time I compete competitively in 8 years. ~Uberdark
Crystal Brush is 3/4 of my reason for going to the con, but they've more or less already ruined it over the last three years with the changes, and now the reduction in categories to the point where the same half dozen people will always win. I was never going to be in the top three, but I was a consistent winner in individual categories several years in a row. There's now little chance at all for a casual hobbyist/painter to win with an off the shelf model against the multitude of custom sculpted pieces painted by full time professionals.
No one mentioned CMON has been bought by Asmodee and CMON ran Crystal Brush. As I see it, As much as Crystal Brush has been good for the community and has driven painters to do their best, Asmodee ( a game Distributor ) sees no benefits to dishing out close to $20,000 in prize money to a few elite professional painters and sculptors. There is no Advertising benefits , barely if any of the minis were an Asmodee product. The top winners were all pros with sculpted miniatures, They see it as $20,000 out the window.
Curious any update on this?
I just want the crystal brush to be moved out of the vendor hall so I can view the entries after my gaming is done.
Is there anyone who actually would WANT Crystal Brush to leave Adepticon? I always have appreciated the contestants and their work.
CMON has been nothing but apathetic with their handling of Crystal Brush. They should give the competition to someone who actually cares and still host it at Adepticon.
So wait... what is the rumor?
Did I miss something... Did something happen
So why cant I see who actually won?
What a great competition. Thank you 2019 AdeptiCon for having the Crystal Brush competition. I hope it comes back for 2020! It is so great to see the tremendous artists' work and efforts.
I would like it to be an actual painting competition.
Well, for people looking for painting contests at Adepticon, creature Caster and Privateer press both have contests.
That would suck if it left. It’s half the reason I attend Adepticon.
That's aliens 3 right there and I'm happy that reference was made
I recognize this, but can't place it. Aliens 3?
Thanks Adepticon for your input on this matter.
AdeptiCon 2019: One for the Books
Another AdeptiCon has come and gone, now recorded for posterity in the Great Tome of Miniatures Gaming. And it was definitely one to remember. With over 5,700 attendees, AdeptiCon 2019 was, not surprisingly, the biggest AdeptiCon yet. Hundreds of events, tournaments, seminars, and competitions were held and thousands walked the biggest vendor hall we’ve ever had. All in all, this year could not have been more successful.
None of that success would be even remotely possible without you, the attendee. The ladies and gentlemen that made the trek to Schaumburg this year were a historically diverse collection of gamers, hobbyists, artists, enthusiasts, and spectators. And all were welcome. So thanks very much for making this year’s convention a success.
And a major shout out to the hundreds of volunteers who helped pull last weekend off. From the crew that set up last Wednesday to the crew that broke things down Sunday, to the individual event organizers and the folks who manned the registration desk, the AdeptiCon volunteer is the reason we can make a convention of this size and scope a reality. Your assistance in this great endeavor is appreciated and you deserve a huge thanks.
We would also like to thank all of the vendors and sponsors. This was our biggest marketplace to date and it felt that way. It was a robust collection of dealers and manufacturers, many with absolutely inspiring displays. Many also had great deals for the attendees this year. We can’t wait to see you back next year.
Looking forward, the dates for AdeptiCon 2020 are March 25th through the 29th. We look forward to seeing you then.
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2019 was my very first Adepticon, and I am hooked! See you next year!!
Thank you volunteers! Same location next year?
This was my first Adepticon and it really refired my passion for the hobby. Also, as a GenCon regular, it was nice to not have the sheer crushing weight of humanity that I normally deal with at cons. I'm already planning for 2020 and cannot wait to be back.
Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers who work tirelessly to put on a great event for us year after year! It's barely been a week now and I'm already looking forward to returning in 2020!
What great year it was!
Nothing like the 40k team tournament! Thanks to everyone 🙂
Thank you guys so much! It was an epic experience! I hope to be back!
RESERVE ME A ROOM FOR NEXT YEAR NOW!!!!
Great year! We cannot wait until next year!
See you all again next year, from set up to break down!
It's a great show. Glad to be a part of it, once again, this year.
This was first ever con let alone Adepticon, and I had a blast. Definitely got me fired up to build, paint, and play more AOS and 40k!!! Thanks for a great experience, see you in 2020!!! Kyle McCormick Charles Young Richard Coles
We spotted some of my work^^^^^ thanks to John Ontto sporting / playing hard .
Thanks for being a great venue for indie games and designers to network, create and show off!
We had a great time and enjoyed all the participants, volunteers, organizers and the other vendors. Special shout out to Teras Cassidy and the Geek Nations Tour group!
One of my favorite years, for sure. 100% guarantee I will return next year. 👌💯🖤💀⚙️
My only complaint was how swag bags were dealt with. You had a wait list to upgrade your badge, but then just had a free for all at the end for the left over bags. Not seeing the point of having a capped wait list there.
Played in my first tourny ever at the 40k champs, could not have had a better experience!
Had a blast, both as vendor and teacher! Thx a lot Adepticon!
My first Adepticon experience and I had a blast. I'll definitely be partaking in some events next year.
Adepticon was amazing 😉 every year gets better . Love you all
I know Saturday was packed. Had to take the Shuttle
Awesome event , as usual awful parking. Hopefully next year we can park across the street like last year.
Thanks for another great year!
Thanks for organizing such an enormous event! This was my first Adepticon, but it certainly won't be my last. Excellent event full of excellent people. Here's to 2020! 🍻