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Published: August 24, 2022


Drider Miniature Painting Contest

The Mini

Wizkids Frameworks paint kit for the Drider miniature
Frameworks Drider Paint Kit

Made by Wizkids, our latest competition is a Drider Miniature Painting Contest!

The Drider Paint Kit is available in both our brick-and-mortar and online stores. The kits contain everything you need, including the miniature, Vallejo paints, painting guide, brushes, and even a water pot! These Paint Night kits are a superb way to try mini painting for the first time, or getting your friends and family to paint with you. They also make terrific gifts!

NOTE: This paint kit requires extra tools in order to build the model. The video below is a great tutorial for painters who are new to building minis.

What is a Drider?

Driders were drow—a sub-race of elves—that had been transformed from the waist down so they had the body of a spider. The transformation was typically a punishment for failing a test of Lolth, the most influential goddess of the drow.

Driders were created from drow in an agonizing process. They grew physically stronger and kept all magical and other abilities and skills they learned during their lives. Driders were bloodthirsty. In addition to their personalities and memories from their lives as drow, they held a sense of shame, hatred, and fear that made them violent hunters. Most harbored a death wish that made them want to die in battle— preferably when fighting drow.

Paint & Participate!

All painters of all skill levels are welcomed to enter this “Paint Night” contest. Even if it’s your first time, grab a kit, use the QR code on the box for a tutorial, or drop by Mini Painting Day to learn the ropes. You’ll do great! Or maybe you’re already a well practiced painter. Well, show it off! We love seeing what you do.

Don’t want to paint? You can still be a part of this contest, by voting for your favorite entry during the public voting time. Which one do you enjoy the most? The winner will be crowned Crowd Favorite of the competition!

Special Instructions

For this contest, you may use only what is provided for you in the Drider Paint Kit.

  • No basing supplies, no aftermarket bases, no additional miniatures, etc.
  • You may prime your model using any paint and application method you like, but all other painting must be done with the paints contained within the kit


  • You may use any tools necessary for constructing the model.
  • You may use any brushes you’d like.


All submissions are eligible for Crowd Favorite, and this can be awarded to a submission that has already won one of the other categories.

Our judges score entries on:

  • Color Use
  • Clean Lines
  • Highlighting/Shading
  • Originality
  • Overall Look

1  First Place

  • Prize: $40 Store Credit

2  Second Place

  • Prize: $25 Store Credit

3  Crowd Favorite

  • Our judges get out of the way and let the masses choose their favorite! Everyone who visits our brick-and-mortar store during the voting period can look at the display full of submissions and vote for the one that they like the most. Whichever mini receives the most votes is the winner!
  • Prize: $10

4  Better to Be Lucky…


Paint for fun, paint to win, paint because its cool! with paintbrushes in a jar
Miniature Painting – its the coolest!

The Timeline

These are the important dates/times to know for the Drider miniature painting contest.

1  Submission Deadline

Drop off your mini at our brick-and-mortar store by closing time on Saturday October 1.  The minis will be displayed in-store for viewing and voting before we open the next day!

2  The Voting Dates

Voting begins Sunday October 2. Voting ends Sunday October 16. Come in to the store during this time to gaze upon the glorious submissions and to cast your vote for Crowd Favorite!

3  Winners Announced

On Monday October 17, we will tally the votes. We will then announce the winners in an article here on the Gaming Hall website, as well as on social media platforms! Miniatures will remain on display for a period of time following this announcement, in order to show off the winners!

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4  Pick Up Your Mini

As of Monday October 24, all miniatures will be out of the display and ready for you to pick up. We will hold them safely in the office for you.

Paint Day

Did you know that Noble Knight Games hosts a FREE Miniature Painting Day with the Madison Miniature Painters every month? All are welcome to this family friendly paint-and-take. Paint our freebies with supplied paints and tools, or bring your own project and supplies and show off your work in progress.

It’s a great day to try painting for the first time, paint your entry for the contest, (or anything you like!)  and learn from other area miniature painters, or teach them a trick or two! Or, just come hang out and chat with others who love the hobby.

When: First Saturday of each month at 1:00.

We hope to see you there, and don’t forget to submit your entries to the contest!

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