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  1. It doesn't take much more than contacting me and setting it up. I do regularly go out and solicit manufacturers to see if they want to sponsor awards but its not an easy pitch, mostly because its a "Reaper" convention. I'm sure I have reached out to Mithril in the past but this year I was pressed for time and only asked those that have sponsored awards in the past and I knew would be in attendance or are just happy to be able to give them out.
  2. Okay, we do have some manufacturer awards for the Reaper Con 2018 Painting Competition. This is what I know so far: Dark Sword: Dark Sword Diorama Category: $150 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + $100 Cash + Trophy for best overall Dark Sword Diorama $100 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for 2nd place Dark Sword Diorama Dark Sword Single Miniature Category: $150 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + $100 Cash + Trophy for best overall Dark Sword Single Miniature $100 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for 2nd place Dark Sword Single Miniature Dark Sword Critter Kingdoms Anthropomorphic Animals Open Category: Can be either a single miniature or a diorama - simply carving out a separate category for our Critter Kingdoms minis. $150 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + $100 Cash + Trophy for best overall Dark Sword Critter Kingdoms $100 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for 2nd place Dark Sword Critter Kingdoms Dark Sword Young Painter Category (Age 13 and under): Can be either a single miniature or a diorama - simply carving out a separate category for our young painters. $100 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for best overall Dark Sword Young Painter $50 in Dark Sword Online Store Credit + Ribbon for 2nd place Dark Sword Young Painter The Dark Sword Miniatures Manufacturer Awards are open to all painters. To be eligible for the prize support listed, the entries must be new entries, never before posted online or entered into any other painting competitions. In addition, no entries can be commissions from Dark Sword Miniatures for painted studio models. This means Dark Sword studio painters can enter if they so desire, but their entries must be brand new creations not commissioned from Dark Sword and must also adhere to the eligibility requirements above. Kabuki - 300 Euro Prize for the best Kabuki Miniature, regardless of category, in the painting competition. We are looking for a way to involve Rodolfo in the judging this year. Bombshell Miniatures Bombshell Miniatures presents the 2018 Golden Maelee Awards. This is a Sponsored Award section of the annual Reaper Master Series Open Painting Contest. Entries will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Maelee trophies. Entries will need to feature at least one or more Bombshell Miniatures as the prominent subject. This can be anything from Babes, Sidekicks, Kritterkins, to robots, or busts. Each entry will be judged on its own merit of painting execution, presentation, and skill. Entries from artists who have been professionally commissioned by Bombshell Miniatures are ineligible. Scale 75 Best Scale 75 75MM or Bust $50.00 Coupon to our web store. Best Smog Rider (CHIBI) $50.00 Coupon to our web store. Bet Scale 75 piece overall piece by a junior Smog Rider Starter set. Talon Games Best Individual CAV Model: Any single-model figure. Best CAV "Squad": This category allows for multiple models (minimum four models) as part of a cohesive squad. Best CAV Diorama: This category covers models with a scenic base where the entry is telling a story to the viewer and may include multiple models. Each category winner will receive a $100 Talon Games Gift Certificate and a Trophy. This first post in the thread will be updated with other manufacturers as we receive them.
  3. Effective May 2015 the CMPA is moving to the 3rd Saturday of each month. We will be meeting at Total Escape Games in Broomfield CO. The address is: 6831 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020 3rd Saturday Dates: 5/16, 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19 and 1/16/2016 There is an event calendar on our website: http://cominipainters.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoMiniaturePaintersAlliance
  4. We have to compare them someday. McGuckin's is truly an awesome hardware store. I have never not found what I needed there.
  5. She must go to McGuckins Hardward in Boulder, the mecca of hardware stores (quite seriously).
  6. So you are coming to ReaperCon and its coming fast, especially for those of us still working away on our entries. ReaperCon is a rather unique convention and there is nothing else quite like it out there. Since the focus is on miniatures and painting this is a good convention to enter into the painting competition especially if its your first time. Now that sounds scary I know, you have heard that some of the "big" names are going to be entering why should you bother? ReaperCon's painting competition is in a much friendlier format than most (not all, but most) game convention painting competitions. Its a good place to get your feet wet. You can check out the rules on the ReaperCon.com website. But really what does all that mean? First let's take a look at the categories, there are only four of them. Why four? All the other shows seem to have a dozen categories. We have modeled this competition from the one used by MMSI, which is also used by a good chunk of the military/historical painting shows. The idea is that you don't need a dozen or so categories when we aren't going to award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (sometimes referred to as podium or trophy judging). Instead we want to reward you for the hard work you have put into your entry. Instead of 1st-3rd we award gold, silver, and bronze medals along with certificates of merit, this is known as the Open (or medal) system. Since we are going to reward you for your work we don't need a dozen categories to give people as many chances as possible to win an award. Instead we want you to focus your painting on what you do best and four categories is all we need. The titles can be a bit confusing so let's take a look at them. Painter - The focus here is on a single stock miniature. While presentation (i.e. basing) is a factor an elaborate base isn't what the judges are focusing on. I use the term stock here because essentially you are using the mini right out the package. Conversion work whether its elaborate or simple is not considered, although a poorly done conversion can hurt your score. Open - The focus of this category at ReaperCon is a bit different than it is at an historical show so be aware of that if you go to MMSI in Chicago or Lone Star here in Texas. What is acceptable for ReaperCon may not qualify as Open there. Our Open category is primarily on the conversion of existing miniatures, scratch sculpts and elaborate basing. Painting is still a factor but its not weighed quite as heavily as it is in Painter. So if you have spent as much time on the base as the miniature and want it considered as part of your score then this is the category for you. Dioramas/Vignettes - While this category is pretty standard at game convention competitions, at MMSI and similar shows these typically go into the Open category. This category is focused on story telling through the use of miniatures and basing. There are different ways to define dioramas and vignettes. The simplest I have seen is that a diorama has more than 3 figures on the base and a vignette has 3 or fewer figures. Painting is still a component of this category but the emphasis is on presentation in the sense that you are trying to convey a story or message to the viewer. Keep it as simple as you can, while I have seen some wonderful complicated dioramas out there sometimes there is so much action they muddy the story. Keep this mind, if you have to explain your story to some one looking at your scene then you have failed to convey your message. A diorama or vignette needs to stand on its own and convey the story without explanation from its creator. Here is a clue, if you can't figure out a title for your diorama, then you may not know what your story really is. Vehicles/Ordnance - This category is for those things of a mechanical nature, subject to a bit of interpretation. A horse drawn wagon is a vehicle. In this case the wagon and its team of horses would be judged as they are the "vehicle", while the riders are not considered for the painting portion but would be considered as part of the presentation. It can get a little complex. So what about this medal stuff and how do I know I won? You can think of the medals as a grade awarded by a team of judges. What the judges don't do is compare your work to the entry right next to you (which may actually be judged by a different team anyway). The judges will score your work without comparing to other entries. If they decide you have earned gold, then you will receive a gold medal for your entry. You can only win one medal in each category. It works like this; each piece is scored by each of the three judges on the team independently of each other (so you get 3 scores). If you have multiple entries in Painter they will discuss which piece they are going to judge. They do not discuss what score they are going to award a piece. After determining the piece to be judged each judge assigns a score from 0 (yes Zero) - 4. When they have finished working all the pieces on their list those sheets are handed in and one of the staff members totals everything up to determine the score. So not even the judges know what what the final score for a piece actually was until the awards ceremony. Those three scores for your piece are added up to determine what medal you receive: 0-1 no award, 2-4 Certificate of Merit, 5-7 Bronze, 8-10 Silver, 11-12 Gold. The Award Ceremony is Saturday Night. Hey! The rules say I can enter as many miniatures as I want, why can I only get one medal per category? Yes, you can have as many entries as you want in each category. As mentioned above though the judges will only score one of those entries in that category. An initial conversation is held to determine which piece will be scored, its often along the lines of "I can score this miniature higher than that one". Judges will score the piece that they think is your best work (which may not be what you consider your best work, it happens). So while you can certainly enter all "20" single miniatures you painted this year in the competition you are only going to get a medal for one of them. The judges will go through this process for each category, hence why the maximum number of medals you can receive is 4. There are other awards as well, the Sophie Trophy, the Theme Award, and various manufacturer awards. These are judged separately and use the more traditional 1st - 3rd method (in essence that can be boiled down to this miniature has fewer painting flaws than that miniature). Its possible that a single entry could win multiple awards. The judges do have the prerogative to score your entire display if they can't reach a decision on a single piece or they feel that the display of miniatures, as a whole, is worthy of being rewarded with a medal. What was my score and why did I get it? After the awards ceremony and when the painting competition hall is open you can ask not only what scores your mini received but who judged it. Most of the judges are taken from the ranks of the instructors at ReaperCon with a couple of exceptions (myself for one, although I do teach on occasion) so your miniatures are being judged by people that are knowledgeable about painting and how to do it. We use teams because we feel (and its one of the reasons MMSI developed this system) that a combined score is more indicative of what a mini should get rather than depending on a single judge to know everything and be neutral on all the different painting techniques that are out there. To find out what the judges were thinking you will have to track them down. Most of us are more than happy to discuss the whys and wherefores just be aware of our time and that you may be taking up the only 15 minutes we have to eat. Be considerate. Some Hints for Entering 1) Every piece has to have a name or title. To speed up registration please already know the name or title before you get to the front of the line! Write it down before hand if you need to! As I mentioned before if you don't already know the name of your diorama or vignette you may have an issue with your story. 2) Don't bring everything you painted in the last six months. Yes, I know it says unlimited but really if you painted "20" miniatures this year is the first one better than your last three? Odds are the last three or four are probably more indicative of your best work. Try to keep you numbers down to around 5 or fewer per category. 3) Make sure your bases are at least finished in the Painter category. While presentation is not a huge chunk of the percentage in this category a nicely finished base will show off your miniature better than the base you tried out different color combinations on or used to wipe excess paint off your brush on. 4) Make sure your entry is well fastened to its base, you don't want to be subjected to the "Heisler Affect". If you mount your mini on a pedestal style base, judges tend to see that as a handle. If the mini is not attached when its picked up by the "handle" its going to hit the table, probably to disastrous effect. 5) Make sure the paint is dry when you hand in your mini for the competition! 6) You must enter all your miniatures at the same time. You cannot bring them in as you finish them in the painting room. So if you have 5 entries for each category then you have to bring all 20 entries at once, not a couple at a time. 7) Remember that if you have ReaperCon Full Weekend badge your entries must be in by 5pm on FRIDAY night. No exceptions. 8) If you have a Saturday only badge your entries must be in by 12 Noon on SATURDAY. No exceptions. If you have a ReaperCon full weekend pass you cannot enter on Saturday you missed your cutoff. 9) Displaying your work. There are things you can do to help your pieces stand out, especially if you have multiple entries. We do have a limited supply of blocks and black felt so you can separate your minis out from the crowd a bit and do a multi level display. Please be aware of how much room your taking up or a judge may come by and consolidate your display if you are taking up 2' of space for 4 minis. Bringing your own display backdrop (again spacing!) will make your minis standout. While this isn't going to have an affect on your score (judges usually pick the entries up) it will draw people in to look at your work. 10) Blending. I have had a couple of questions about blending. Blending doesn't necessarily have to be perfect it depends on the type of technique or painter you are trying to emulate. For instance Alfonso "Banshee" Giraldes' technique or style doesn't require perfect blends it does require excellent understanding of the play of light and the shadows it creates. So this is likely to be pretty subjective. If I think of other things I'll add them to the list.
  7. As long as it was not previously entered in a Reaper painting competition she can enter it. Quite frankly with the sheer number of entries we get there is no way we could check if it had been entered in other painting competitions, online or not.
  8. Heisler

    03903: The Dark Maiden

    I do, indeed, have the resin version and she's about half painted. Need to bring her back out for finishing at some point.
  9. Heisler

    03903: The Dark Maiden

    That's the one I have. She is based on the original Warlord 14106 version. This is still my favorite version of the Dark Maiden.
  10. Heisler

    Fox Critter Rogue Camp Diorama WIP

    I like the concept. I think your base is way to big. Keeping it smaller will make it easier to view, easier to build and reduce the amount of sheer dead space that you will have to deal with. While it doesn't sound like this would be for a competition you can read this post: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/68535-some-thoughts-on-dioramas/&tab=comments#comment-1357297 for more ideas.
  11. Heisler

    Age of Sigmar Duel Project with OSL

    I'm not sure I agree that the placement of your OSL was bad or wrong, it introduced challenges but what I'm really seeing is that the OSL itself is to even across the entire piece. It sounds like you learned a lot, try again and bring the next one to Reaper Con!
  12. I can confirm that oils over acrylics works just fine. Most military modelers start with an acrylic base otherwise the overlaying oil washes can eat through your basic paint work. Although care must still be taken when applying them. As Wren says Wappel is an excellent resource but check out AK Interactive and Ammo by MiG, two companies that produce both acrylic and oil products for modeling. They are an excellent resources as well.
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    Kristof65's new painting/gaming area

    Wow, very impressive! Looks like a fantastic space.
  14. Heisler

    Help with pinning

    While it doesn't help you now, next time cut as close to the sprue as you can and then start clipping off the remainder or shaping it with a file. Always better to go long than to cut to short. I would start with drilling into the arm at approximately the right angle to fit into the socket. Put a blob of paint on the end of the pin and stick it, as close as you can, into the socket to mark the point for drilling into the main body. Drill the hole in the main body slightly wider (if you use paperclips which are excellent fodder for this but require a good sharp cutter), you need two drill bits one that is cutting the right size hole for your metal pin and one that's a bit bigger. I think a #63 drill bit is the right size to fit the paperclip so a #61 would be the other choice. Super glue your pin into the arm, drop a bit of superglue into the hole in the body, then put a blob of greenstuff around your pin to act as both an adhesive and a filler and push the arm into place. The larger hole in the body should allow you enough wiggle room to get everything to fit correctly. It does take a little practice.
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    Help with pinning

    And you clipped them off at the edge next to the sprue or flush with the arm? I'm just not familiar with that piece and I want to be sure before I give advice.
  16. Heisler

    Help with pinning

    How did you remove them from the sprue? Bending them back and forth till the metal broke, knife, clippers or perhaps even a jeweler's saw?
  17. Heisler

    Help with pinning

    Actually the thing that made me cringe is when you said copious amounts of superglue. With superglue the smaller the amount the better to get a good bond. I would have pinned these arms regardless because they are splayed out so far. Which arms did you get to stay in place the upper or the lower?
  18. I have received the Talon Games information for CAVs. The first post has been updated. At this point I believe that this will be all the manufacturers participating this year.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Where are you seeing that on the hotel site? I don't see that type of reference but I might be looking in the wrong place. I literally just called the hotel on this. They DO NOT offer a shuttle service to DFW or Love Field.
  20. I have added the details for the Scale 75 competition in the first post of this thread. Still waiting on information for the CAV painting competition.
  21. I have added the details for the Bombshell Miniatures competition in the first post of this thread. I have also received information that Talon Games will be sponsoring a CAV painting award, details to follow.
  22. I have confirmation that both Bombshell and Scale 75 will be providing awards this year, just waiting for the details.
  23. Further thoughts on Dioramas; http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/68535-some-thoughts-on-dioramas/&tab=comments#comment-1357297
  24. Heisler

    Happy Birthday Heisler!

    thank you everyone
  25. Heisler

    Tabletop War game Turn ...

    One of my favorite activation systems is from Wargods of Aegyptus (and Olympus as well). Who goes first in a turn is determined by a dice off between the players Harbingers (warband leader for all intents and purposes). Units are activated one at a time and the choice is alternated between the players till all units have had an action. The slick part is the player determines which unit should be moved and can select either one of his units or one of his opponents units. Orders are assigned to each unit, then the players dice off for initiative. If I go first I could choose one of my units to move first or select one of yours. The key is to activate the unit that benefits you the most, like selecting an opponent's ranged unit and perhaps (depending on its order) getting them to fire while out of range. My opponent would then select a unit and the cycle repeats until all units have completed their order.