I'd take it as a courtesy if you didn't try to inaccurately paraphrase my point of view into a single perjorative phrase.
Well let me recap it for you then.
I'm sorry, but neither Sportsmanship scores nor Painting awards help to avoid dickheads with too much money winning tournaments, because if you can afford to buy 5+ flyers, you can afford to get your army comission painted, and so long as you're not a total mong, you won't at least get penalties to your score on the sportsmanship front.
So you're saying that Tournaments are won by dickheads with too much money who buy an unbeatable army, win the painting comp by paying someone else to do the work and are able to avoid being a total mong.
Ergo tournies are total shit because they are not "... a chance to compete for a prize, by being the best player there, with the measure of "best player" being determined by how many games you win, and how much you win each game by. " but rather, by your own definition, a comparative measure of one's wallet.
So a tournament is basically pointless and you may as well just turn up with your income tax return.
To my mind the way around all of this is to insist on fluff based armies which removes the power builds and hence the income disparity, but of course that is the complete antithesis of your average "competitive players".
Just my 2cents, Felt like magpie was all alone so i tried to give him a look out sir.
Cheers mate, sadly I'm not that special so it's 4+ only for me.