First off, here is the rubric for the event.
So some of the tips/things I learned.
1) Judging takes a lot of time. (you figure you are judging 24 armies and only have an hour, that is not much time per army!)
2) Judges only judge what is on the display/set out. I don't know the point value of an IG army...got an unpainted squad? Don't set it on the board! (some were very smart about this).
3) #2 goes along with the 80% rule as well. Some armies lost a chunk of points because they had a nearly completely un painted squad. Crafty players just didn't put that squad out.
4) Easy points lost for gaps/mouldlines. 1st and 2nd place were one point apart. (They didn't have any gap or mouldline issues, just using as an example). If you have a noticeable gap (rhinos are infamous for this), fill it or cover it up some some accessories!
5) Talking to the judges to try and sell your army doesn't help. They are time limited! If they ask you, point out some conversions.
6) Tip: If they judges ask you questions, you are probably in the running :).
1st Place Ben Hunts Nids
2nd Tyler Augileres Tau
3rd Place: David Gonzales Skitarii
For the rest of the scores, check out
"I have a strict if you're not there for your prize, I go onto the next person on the list. That being said if I know you're going to win something and you tell me you have to leave for whatever reason I'll tell you my policy and that you're in line to win a prize. I say this because it happened with our best painted this weekend. He had an emergency pop up and I told him while I understood why he had to drop he wouldn't be able to get it because he wouldn't be here. He understood and decided to drop anyway. I felt bad because the reason he told me he was dropping for was a legitimate reason, but I have this rule in place for a reason. I only mention this because I want to show off his army. "
So though we voted Ben to win, Ty took home the trophy due to the rules of the event! Congrats Ty!