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    In this article I will try to make an overview of the best miniatures here
    on CoolMiniOrNot in 2004. But before I start I want to explain how this artcile
    has been compiled. Because there are tens of submission to CMON each day, it
    was impossible to browse through all the images of 2004. Therefore, I have chosen
    to filter those miniatures which scored higher than 9 points. From the remaining
    500 pictures I have made a small selection of paintjobs which I thought were
    ground-breaking and exceptional. Of course you will find some personal favorites
    of mine here, but in general I've tried to give an objective overview.
    Part 1: January - March
    A lot of people will agree with me that the first three months of 2004 brought
    a lot of great minis, but the public's favorite will be Cyril's amazing Widowmaker
    from Privateer Press
    . Another high-scoring mini, although less impressive,
    was thomasdavid's Games Workshop
    Dark Elf
    .
    Talking about Games Workshop, some of their new armies did quite well on CMON,
    especially the beastmen (for example Dragon
    Ogre Shaggoth by Micro Art Studios
    and the regular Champion
    by Prri
    ). I think together with Celestine the Living Saint, the Beastman
    Champion was one of the most popular GW model among painters last year.

    2004's number three submission: Games
    Workshop Dark Elf by thomasdavid
    .
    Another popular GW army were the new Brettonians. With lots of room for freehand,
    it's no surprise that paintjobs like Micro
    Art Studio's Standard Bearer
    scored very high. And although Goatman lost
    his first place on CMON at the end of 2003, he only uploaded a few pictures
    this year, for example this Brettonian.
    2004 was a year of change. A lot of new stars have risen, you could see their
    paintjobs in the top 10 7-days every few weeks. Ex-Rackham painter Arkaal amazed
    everyone with his smooth blendings and subtle freehand details, for example
    the Griffin Magistrate, Guerrier
    de Sang
    and Sin Assyris.


    Arkaal's Griffin Magistrate

    Another rising star from France is Thomas. In february he already made heads
    turn in his direction with his very nice Nurgle paintjobs (for example the Nurgle
    Champion
    and his amazing Green
    Knight conversion
    , but his best piece of work still had to come...
    With some amazing releases by Games Workshop and Rackham, the smaller miniature
    companies still had to wait a bit longer to have their newest releases picked
    up by the public. But to conclude this first part of the overview, I want to
    show everyone the second-best Privateer Press miniature from the first part
    of 2004: Fluffy's Menoth Paladin.

    Fluffy's Menoth Paladin

    [pagebreak]
    Part 2: April - June
    April kicked off with last year's most amazing conversions. Germany's finest,
    Holger Schmidt, combined his painting, conversion and scenery skills to create
    a small, dynamic diorama with Eyriss,
    Mage Hunter
    in the center. Holger's fellow countryman Goatman also showed
    his conversion and painting talent with his Sisters
    Of Battle diorama
    .
    Russian painting goddess Alexi_Z was almost unknown in the beginning of 2004,
    but pieces like her Ork Shaman
    On Brontops
    , Dragon Ogre Shaggoth
    and Slaanesh Champion were
    about to change this in no-time.

    One of the most original submissions of 2004: Eyriss,
    Mage Hunter
    by Holger Schmidt
    Many consider Games Day France to have the toughest Golden Demon painting competition
    of them all. French masterpainter Cyril clearly shows this with his golden demon
    winning Nurgle Champion and
    silver Gretch Tank. Some other
    top painters from France include Allan C (Nurgle ...

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