As soon as J.J started taking the board out of its box (which, incidentally, drew a lot of suspicious looks at the customs desk) people were gathering around to get a look at it. The main body of the board is made of foam and polystyrene sheets, yet underneath it all there is actually a Realm of Battle Gameboard tile holding it all up.
You'll notice that J.J has used both classic and current Dark Eldar miniatures on his display, from the original Dark Eldar Warriors and Incubi to the current Ravagers, Raiders and Wyches. "I couldn't bring myself to get rid of the old models when the new ones came out," says J.J, "and actually, with a little work, I was able to combine the old and the new into one large collection of miniatures. Some of the new models have old weapons. Some of the old models have new weapons. I think they all combine really nicely."
What really helped J.J get his display noticed was the size and scale of it. The height of the display drew in the crowds all day and once they were in, they were hooked (much like the Imperial Guardsmen chained to the walls). Every part of the display is covered in incredible detail, from the huge serpent coiled around the terrain to the tiny scales painted onto the armour of the Kabalite Warriors, many of which have sculpted serpent hoods. It was no wonder that J.J's Army on Parade was surrounded by eager hobbyists and photographers for most of the day. In fact, so popular was the Armies on Parade contest this year, that from the time voting started until the time it ended there was a constant flow of people waiting to make their choice for their favourite display.
We've only shown off a couple of the winning entries from this year's contest, but never fear, because we'll be showing off plenty more of them in a future issue of White Dwarf - keep your eyes peeled for some more stunning miniatures later in the year. Until then, here are a few more pictures from US Games Day.