Golden Hat XLIII: Standard Bearer

“Banners fly boldly at the front of the columns while the tune of the Red Bard emboldens the spirit of marching armies”

Red Bard Games, Warcolours, and The Brazen Broadcast Presents: The 43rd Golden Hat competition on Chaos Dwarfs Online!

Let’s give a warm welcome to our first time sponsor, Red Bard Games! Red Bard has a great selection of old school style models including ogres, dwarfs, goblins, daemons, and even an asscannon sure to find homes in army blogs across Chaos Dwarfs Online.

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Red Bard on Kickstarter


The Golden Hat Winner will receive a €50 voucher to the Red Bard Games online store with plenty of fun miniatures to choose from.

The silver winner will receive a set of Dwarf Boar Riders by Red Bard Games and donated by @Reaver

This contest has also been sponsored by Warcolours !
The bronze winner will receive a €20 store coupon at Warcolours

One lucky random participant will receive a €10 store coupon at Warcolours courtesy of @warcolours

Another random participant will receive this ogre mercenary by Red Bard Games donated by @Reaver

Subject Matter: Standard Bearer

The goal for this Golden Hat is to complete and paint a standard bearer for your army. Similar to prior Golden Hats (5, 23, and 25), this painting contest we want you to enter a battle standard bearer, banner bearers from unit command sections, or your own unique take on how your army carries its banner into battle. The good news you only need to paint ONE MODEL to enter!

Are you playing The Old World with the popular Lamassu’s beard? I hear it’s the standard standard to take for all those that came to Chaos Dwarfs Online to “get competitive”. The least you could do for your opponent while facing them down with your meta crunching conga line of infernal guard… is to embrace a little Stillmania and actually model your Lamassu’s beard as a Lamassu’s um… checks notes beard!

Fortunately for the kitbashers among us army standards aren’t always a flag! Feel free to enter some type of kitbashed totem or brazen bull head held aloft on a point-ed stick… or spetum, or voulge. Concerned for your banner bearer’s safety in the front rank? Make your totem a weaponized contraption to spew fire on the pointy ears.

Take that banner bearer freehand across the finish line with this handy chequerboarding tutorial by @Oxymandias worshipper of Skashut! You could doubtlessly apply this method to other patterns as well. The Background Stories and Art section is filled with 2D inspiration by CDO artisans as well as the Library of member made content that folks would be happy to see interpreted for use as tabletop banner art. You could also take your inspiration straight from the illustrations of ancient Mesopotamia curated by @admiral .

Not intrested in freehanding and looking for some hot stuff baby this evening? We have STLs available from @Hotstuff for classic Chaos Dwarf banners with the details sculpted already as well as an archive of printable banners for the paper banner enjoyers! People like @Bessron have been putting paper banner techniques to amazing use in recent competitions.

Maybe you’d prefer to create a diorama of your flag planted atop a pile of high elf corpses with those corpses being fangoriously devoured by effulgent fire daemons. Or perhaps you’d like to complete a fully composed infantry unit with an embedded banner bearer leading the way. These ideas are well within the scope of the contest if you wish, although the focus should be on your army standard, after all it’ll be a focal point for your army!

Are you a Hobgoblin hobbyist? Even greenskins need an icon to march to battle behind! Maybe your army standard is a cyclopean block with cuneiform writing toted by a chained mob encouraged by Hobgoblin overseers.

Let’s finish that statement piece that all of your opponents will eye from across the table as their army burns in pools of magma. Keep it as simple or as complicated as you like. Let your imagination run wild! No flag, no army, that’s the rules I’ve just made up!

If you are unsure if your entry will fit the subject matter, please contact @Reaver and he’ll sort it out with the rest of the Staff.

Basing is unrestricted and up to your discretion. You may include plinths and display bases if you want. You may include fancy backgrounds. We want to encourage the creation of beautiful models and scenes, not hamper it. Be sure to check out our miniature photography tutorial if you are in need of some tips to take decent pictures of your entry.

Subject: Standard Bearer
Bases: Up to your discretion.
The Due Date: 11:59 PM September the 5th 2024 EST (Eastern Time Zone)

Please read the full rules that apply to the Golden Hat competition before submitting your entry.

All entries must be sent to the @GoldenHat account no later than the due date. (Entrants have approximately 12 weeks to complete entries). If for some reason you are having trouble with your submission, contact @Reaver since the @GoldenHat account has limited monitoring. In order to avoid problems, entrants should not wait until the last minute to submit their entries.

How to Enter

Submissions should include up to 4 pictures of your miniature creation. Upload and send your entry images with this forum’s direct upload function (preferred) in a PM to @GoldenHat (a special user that all Staff have access to). Any images uploaded to the Internet, e.g. with Imgur will need to be inserted in image form into the PM anyway (see below).

If you win:

  • Walk across the backs of the cowed masses you have scorned and pushed aside, in order to take your place at the top in the vaunted Golden Hat Gallery .
  • Receive the Golden Hat medal for your online persona.
  • Win miniatures and paints! See above for details.

Go forth heralds of the Dark Lands and inspire legions to flock behind your banner!


Once all entries are received a thread will be created for voting and determining the winners!

If there are any questions it is best to post them here so that everyone can benefit from any details or clarifications that may arise.

Should you wish to donate a prize to the contest, please PM @Reaver and he will sort it out with you and the Staff.

Good luck everyone!

The Staff



Feel free to add more inspiration and resources in the thread below to motivate and inspire your fellow hobbyists. I will add links here for top-down scrollers.

Bitz and Chitz: Gold Standard

Project Banners from the Wiki

Red Bard Games has free downloads of printable banners!

Hotstuff STLs

Chequerboarding with Oxy

Miniature photography with black backgrounds

Green Stuff Banners by Reaver


Eeek not the dreaded freehand!!

However im in desperate need of an imposing battle standard. A must-have in mychaos dwarf army.

Ill probably have 19 different versions by september! haha


Doesn’t have to be freehand dear Zodd! Plenty of other options and you’ll have time to try them all knowing your productivity!

There will be a Bitz and Chitz episode soon on this very subject!


Very cool topic! Difficult, but cool! Let’s see what I can put together. :thinking:

I just mustn’t forget the bribes again! :rofl:


Oooh fuck yea finally something i could possibly not suck completely at, and i got my eye that goblin bum blunderbus!


This theme is too lovely! I likely won’t find the time to participate, but if I do, then I’ll jump in head first.

Looking forward to see what people cook up for this one!

Glorious prizes as well.


Hello all!

I just added a quick tutorial in the sculpting section on how I do green stuff banners. It’s best for ragged banners but it’s a method I use frequently.
Click here for more!


I want to add two things:

  1. Everyone’s battle standard these days is the Lamassu’s Beard. If anyone models an actual disembodied beard into their standard I will vote for them guaranteed.

  2. More broadly, 3d banners and icons are awesome and don’t require ANY freehand practice or skill. You could easily win with a cool molten metal/lava effect Rune of Hashut or the classic forge world Bull’s Head.


I might come back for this one. I already have the model in mind, but the banner entirely
Great choice for my liking this time, a single model is down my alley ahauushs


Funny enough I was about to ask around for someone that prints to print some bits i need to make a battle standard I had in mind. Now I have to keep it secret.


Really excited to finally be joining a Golden Hat! I can’t force motivation and this is finally lining up with what I was hoping to do next. Super stoked to see what everyone brings!


I jump on the chance, as a friend of mine shown me this, there will be a small contest on Instagram about banners as well, and as we are already doing this, i’ll try and get my chance to run in both xD

we might get something there as well!


Check out the latest episode of Bitz and Chitz for some inspiration and a rundown of army standards both painted and kitbashed that date all the way back to the early days of CDO!


Already have done 2 Army standards. But a unit somewhere must need one.


A Lamassu or Bale Taurus with back banners also count, right? :thinking:

If so, I just may end up having an entry for this :astonished:


Yes! Although the focus is on the banner I’ll not be here to stop folks with unique interpretations on what constitutes a banner bearer.


Right. I think you should expect the voting public to vote for the coolest banner. As they say, “you know it when you see it”.


Not been around much lately, but this one, I suspect I can get something done for. Already have a few ideas that aren’t ridiculously ambitious. Cheers!


That’s the idea! It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve had a fairly focused contest that could theoretically be just a single infantry model. Hope to see yourself and others in the same boat come to the party!