Armies on Parade is back, albeit in a slightly different format. We want you to stay safe, so getting together in a large group in a shop as usual isn’t the right call just now – but we still want you to be involved and to celebrate the Warhammer hobby. The simple solution is to move all the fun online this year! 

You’ve got from now until the 29th of November to paint up your army project (and a display board if you want to go the extra mile) to enter Armies on Parade online.

What are the categories?

Best of Warhammer 40,000 – this is for an army from Warhammer 40,000. You might like to use models from your Kill Team or Blackstone Fortress collection here – but bear in mind we’re looking for Armies on Parade, so you’ll need multiple units. 

Best of Warhammer Age of Sigmar – this is for an army from Warhammer Age of Sigmar. As above, you might like to use models from Warcry or Warhammer Underworlds in your display, but we are looking for an army, not just a warband.

Best of the Rest – the Warhammer hobby is rad. Part of that inherent rad-ness is the wonderful extended range of games such as The Horus Heresy, Adeptus Titanicus, Aeronautica Imperialis, Necromunda, Blood Bowl and the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game. If you have an army, team or gang for one of these, this is the category for it. We’re still very much looking for sizable forces, so the more the merrier – truly impressive air-wing or Titan legion still has a place here.

We’re also going to give out lots of awards on the day for awesome things we see in your submissions. These may (or may not) include awards for things like: ‘Best Monster’, ‘Best War Machines’, ‘Best Scenery/Terrain’, ‘Best in Red’, ‘Best Use of Contrast Paint’, or ‘Best Foliage’, for example. Basically, if it’s great, we’ll make a category for it and show it off on Parade Day.

How can I submit my entry?

Your entries should be made via email – the address will be provided closer to the time. Your full name and location should be included in your entry, along with your images.

How big should my army be?

This is Armies on Parade, so let’s go big! For guidance, a Warhammer 40,000 Command Edition or a Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars set would work well. Even if you’re submitting a gang or Blood Bowl team, bigger is definitely better, so go ahead and include the whole roster.

Which game systems should the army come from?

Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar are the major systems, but The Horus Heresy, Middle-earth™, Aeronautica Imperialis, Necromunda, Blood Bowl and Adeptus Titanicus are also included.

A mix of systems can be used to a certain extent, such as using the Rohan Palisades on a Warhammer Age of Sigmar board, or some Necromunda scenery with your Warhammer 40,000 army. You’re also free to make sweet conversions (Orlock ganger heads on Astra Militarum bodies? Heck yes. Borrow some Tyranid wings for a Daemon Prince? Great). We can’t have displays that mix the settings, though, so unfortunately Imperial Knights can’t duel Archaon or the Glottkin, and Gandalf can’t go to war alongside Trazyn the Infinite.

How big can my board be?

Boards should be either 22 inches by 30 inches (incidentally, the size of the boards that come in the new Battlezone packs), or 2 foot by 2 foot. Grab Battlezone: Manufactorum – Vertigus for an out of the box 22” by 30” board ready to go – complete with scenery!

The composition of the army is entirely up to you. If it fits onto the board, it’s fair game.

Do I have to use a board?

Not necessarily. You can photograph your models on your gaming table or anything that seems appropriate. As long as it all fits into the dimensions outlined above, your entry will be accepted.

What materials can I use?

If you choose to use a board, it can be made of any appropriate material, but what is displayed on top should be made of strictly Citadel and Forge World products.

Are there any age restrictions to enter?

Armies on Parade is open to everyone who is 12 years old and over. However, entrants below the age of 16 will need a parent or guardian to submit entries on their behalf.

How many times can I enter?

Although we love to see everything you’ve been busy making, only one entry will be judged.

How many images should I send?

We would suggest 5-8 so we can get a really great view of your army.

Who will judge Armies on Parade?

All entries will be reviewed by a panel of experts to determine the winners.

For more information and a few tips and tricks, head to this article