Games Workshop have posted photos of the 2011 North American Golden Demon Winners.
There are some weak entries in there for being Golden Demons. Shows how less seriously we take them here than those of the rest of the world. All entries are painted fantastic, just not all of them are Golden Demon standard that I’m used to.
I think that was an anomaly for a few short years when the fantastic Euro/Russian painters went all around the world to every Gamesday. They may not be around but we still have some pros like James Wappel this year.
Discounting those, the US painters have always been of the quality you see today, where there’s a few handful of outstanding entries and the rest are good but nothing breathtaking.
Actually that’s a good thing as now I may feel I have a chance again. It was really discouraging to have all those big stars go to every show and take the top stops the year I decided to enter.