First Annual Golden Kobold Chibi Miniature Painting Contest Results

Best in Show Winner

The first major chibi-style miniature painting contest, The Golden Kobold, hosted by Ninja Division Publishing at Gencon 2017, resulted in an amazing collection of talent and skill. With more than forty entries, the judges were hard-pressed to determine the best painted miniatures. The results are in and the workmanship and artistry of the contestants is undeniable.

Winner of the Best In Show award was Ian Markon. His entry of the Colonel Clayton demonstrated a high level of sophistication and hard work. The beard alone had six different layers of coloring, shading, and highlighting that was outstanding, according to one of the four judges, Drew Drescher, which is just one of the reasons the judges awarded him First Place and Best In Show. Other winners included for single miniatures were Second Place awarded to Todd McNeall for his Twilight Knight and Third Place was taken by Bobby Cahoon for their adorable crocodile warrior miniature, Sobek. In the large figure categories, First Place was taken by Robert Cahoon for his Angry Bear, Second Place went to Kevin Fannin for his Beatrix the Witch Queen and Third Place was earned by Joe Wiedem for his version of Angry Bear. In the diorama category, First Place went to Andrew Leung for his Shojo in a Cup, Second Place to Chris Schmidt for his Clan Ika Oni and Third Place to Vincent Venturella for his “Not Left Handed” diorama.

So many high-quality entries created quite the challenge for the four judges. The judges brought in by Ninja Division for the contest are all long-time painters of miniature models and brought a great deal of experience and talent to the event. Judges included: Mark Maxey, an award-winning miniature enthusiast with more than twenty years painting miniatures, who has worked with multiple gaming companies, Elizabeth Beckley, a professional painter of miniatures working with companies such as Kingdom Death and CoolMiniOrNot. Both Mark and Elizabeth found their passion for chibi-style miniatures with Ninja Division’s and Soda Pop Miniatures’ release of their flagship game, Super Dungeon Explore. Other judges were Drew Drescher, an avid painter of miniatures since the age of ten who teaches painting at his local hobby store as well as operating his own painting studio for private collectors and companies, and Scott Ferguson, who has been painting miniatures since childhood as well after discovering role playing games and the figures that accompany them.

The Golden Kobold 2017 was the first of an annual event to be held at Gencon every year by Ninja Division. Inspired by the chibi-style miniatures of their games Super Dungeon Explore and Ninja All Stars, the painting contest was open to any chibi-style miniature from any company. The term “chibi” originally derived from “chichanabito” or “chitchana no hito,” is a Japanese slang term for an entire sub-genre of models and art portraying characters small in stature, comic-like truncated anatomy, and large heads. It can include mechanical objects, monsters, and characters as well as demonstrated in the large line of miniatures produced by Ninja Division and their partner studio, Soda Pop Miniatures.