The Covid Relief Golden Brush Painting Challenge

June 2, 2021 - June 30, 2021
All Day
Michael Wibberley

It has been a delayed by Trials and Tribulations, but now it is back for a Special Edition of our annual painting contest. Five months late and in a new format.

First we would like to put the CALL out to all of our would be miniature painters new and old, first timers and old hats to pick up this Challenge.

Four weeks to paint one miniature! Just one miniature! You could do that in your sleep*.

And what could get for taking up this Challenge? You could win the complete Mega Paint Set from Army Painter. Yes you, you could win this amazing paint set. A paint set so big, you’ll need two hands to carry it**.

Final entries will be judged on July 3, 2021 by our elite group of Judges including the Nexus Staff, Professionals from within the industry and a by then 15 month old named Freya.

Freya the baby dire troll
Freya the juvenile dire troll

The Challenge – To paint a Dire Troll*** in the month of June****
The Cost – The price of one Dire Troll*****
The Benefit – No matter what you walk away with a sweet Dire Troll***


  • Can you use your own paints? YES
  • Can you make modifications to the miniature? YES
  • Can you paint it some other colour than green? YES
  • Can you earn Bonus Karma points for using only the brush and paints provided? …MAYBE…

* Nexus does not recommend painting in your sleep as damage to sheets, face and miniature may result (though the resulting tie-dye troll might be awesome, not to mention the tie-dye everything else)
** Hand sizes vary, you may only need one, stop bragging
*** Supply is limited so reserve yours today, we have some slaads****** if the trolls run out
**** June 2, 2021 to June 30, 2021
***** 29.99 plus tax – Kit includes Dire Troll, paint and a brush
****** If you do not know what a Slaad is then you likely deserve one


To be as safe as possible during these unprecedented times, all participants are asked to adhere to the following rules:

  1. All players wishing to use the play area must abide by all public health orders at all times while inside Kingston Nexus.
  2. All players must wear a face covering.
  3. All players must sanitize their hands upon entrance to the play area. We also recommend sanitizing your hands frequently while inside our play area. Hand sanitizer and paper towels will be provided.
  4. All players must attempt to practice physical distancing to the extent that it is possible while in the play area. We recommend always staying on the opposite side of the table from your opponent.
  5. All players wishing to use the play area must register and provide their full name, email address, and phone number. This is done at the request of KFL&A Public Health to assist with contract tracing related to COVID-19.
  6. Capacity is limited so that we can all play our favourite games as safely as possible.
  7. All tables must be reserved in advance; drop-ins are not permitted. There is no cost to reserve a table, but we ask that you limit yourself to 1 table per week, so that others may also enjoy the space.
  8. Players will be assigned a table and a time slot. Please do not enter the play area before your time slot, or approach any table other than the one you are assigned to.
  9. When you are finished with your game(s), please leave the play area as quickly as possible. You may certainly socialize with the other players, but we encourage you to do it outside.
  10. No food is permitted in the play area. If you get hungry, please leave Nexus and eat outside.
  11. No spectators are permitted. Note that you are also considered a spectator if you have a table reserved and your game ends early and you hang around to see how the next table over is doing.
  12. No shared game pieces are permitted. Similarly, while in the play area, you may only touch any game pieces (i.e. dice, cards, figurines) that belong to you. If you are playing a game that might normally involve you touching another player's pieces, we suggest that you simply instruct them to perform the action on your behalf. Please bring your own dice, cards, measuring tapes, and whatever else you might need for the game you are intending to play. We will not be lending out dice or measuring tapes, and we ask that you do not borrow your opponent's.

Event Format


Pairing system used: n/a
What are the pairing systems?

A Swiss-system tournament is a non-eliminating tournament format that features a set number of rounds of competition, but considerably fewer than that of a round-robin tournament. In a Swiss tournament, each competitor (team or individual) does not necessarily play all other entrants. Competitors meet one-on-one in each round and are paired using a set of rules designed to ensure that each competitor plays opponents with a similar running score, but not the same opponent more than once. The winner is the competitor with the highest aggregate points earned in all rounds. All competitors play in each round unless there is an odd number of players.


Prizes awarded: n/a
What is your prize policy?
Door Prizes

We strive to ensure that all participants find our tournaments enjoyable. We believe that this means an egalitarian prize distribution structure. That means that no matter how well or poorly you do at one of our tournaments, you’ll still have an equal chance to walk home with a prize!

At the end of each tournament, participants are all given some draw tickets, which they can put in the corresponding box for a prize they would like to win. Depending on the amount of prize support and the number of participants, we may have 5-10 prizes, ranging in price and variety. We will randomly draw one ticket to win each prize! However, it’s up to you how you want to allocate your tickets – you may have a harder chance winning the prize that everyone else wants. Note that prizes are not eligible for exchange or a cash refund – we suggest you put tickets in the box of something you actually hope to win.

Prize Support

Our philosophy at Kingston Nexus is that we want to run excellent tournaments with great prize support. We don’t have any costs associated with renting a venue, therefore, we are able to turn 100% of the ticket price into prize support. For example, if we run a Warhammer 40K tournament with 20 attendees and each attendee pays $20, that’s $400 of prize support. Actual prizes will be chosen by the tournament organizer from Nexus’ available inventory. For special prize requests, the tournament organizer should be in touch with Kingston Nexus well in advance of the tournament to ensure that they are available for the tournament.

Some tournaments already have prize support built in (eg. X-Wing tournament kits, Magic: The Gathering prereleases). The cost of any such tournament kits or supplies will be deducted from the total prize pool available for door prizes. So for example, if $400 were taken in from entry fees but there is a $50 tournament kit being used, the remaining $350 would be available for door prizes.


Kingston Gaming Nexus
270 Bagot St.
Kingston Ontario K7L 3G5
(613) 546-2565


total spaces
booked spaces
available spaces
What's your policy on registration?

For the majority of our events, we have enough space for everyone who wants to play! That being said, we appreciate it when people register in advance, so we know how many people to expect, which helps us ensure that we have enough prize support, staffing, and tables for the event.

Insufficient Interest

If there aren’t enough people who have expressed interest in an event in advance, the event may be cancelled if it is not viable to run. The exact number of participants required may vary with the event (for example, if there is a $50 prize kit, we would need to sell at least $50 worth of tickets for the event to be viable), but for most tournaments, our minimum number of participants is 6. In the event of insufficient interest, the event will be cancelled with at least 24 hours notice given to all participants, and full refunds will be issued to all who have prepaid.

Sold Out Events

We do have a limited amount of space, and sometimes we don’t have enough room for everyone who would like to attend. In these cases, spaces will be given, in order, to those who have prepaid for the event. In other words, if you want to guarantee yourself a spot, you will need to pay in advance. If you register in advance but do not prepay, your spot will be reserved until 15 minutes before the event, at which point (if you have not showed up for the event and still have not paid) you could lose your spot in the event.


If you register for an event and prepay in advance, but later find out you cannot attend, if you give us at least 24 hours notice before the start of the event, we are happy to give you a refund in the form of store credit equal to the value of the ticket price. However, except in special circumstances, we are unable to issue refunds if you simply miss the event.

Register Now

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Dire Troll
Price is 29.99+HST. Includes 1 x D&D Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniature: Dire Troll, 12 x Expertly curated Vallejo colors, 2 x Brushes, 1 x Water pot and the ability to use the blister pack as the paint palette!
Price is 29.99+HST. Includes 1 x D&D Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniature: Red Slaad, 12 x Expertly curated Vallejo colors, 2 x Brushes, 1 x Water pot and the ability to use the blister pack as the paint palette!

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Confirmed Attendees
  • Ben Kent
  • Michael Friesen
  • Courtney Mahoney
  • Mike Blair-Beveridge
  • Shannon McLeod
  • Kaelon Brown
  • Nick Huffman
  • Daniel Macdonald
  • Dean Lewis
  • Todd Webber
  • Dawn Douthwright
  • Keegan Rae
  • Chad Daley
  • Sam Hughes-martin
  • Brad White
  • Sean Morris
  • Erin Forbes
  • Travis Spence
  • Kevin Mooy
  • Pigeon Kaduck
  • Charles Roepper
  • Rogan Gowan
Unconfirmed Attendees