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All you can do with the gallery is submit your piece and see what they think. I'm not sure what the approval process is.

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Would it be poor form to ask judges for their opinion on your work prior to entering it in the competition?

 

Mmm, interesting question, I'm not sure that one has been asked before. I don't think its an issue. Although I would expect a judge that feels like they are to close to your piece after that conversation to step away and have the alternate step in if they don't feel they can be objective about it at that point. That being said I'm not going to list the judges (and some of those spots haven't been filled yet, although we have a list). I would be more comfortable if you just went down the artist row and asked who ever was handy, rather than ask them because they are judging.

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Would it be poor form to ask judges for their opinion on your work prior to entering it in the competition?

Mmm, interesting question, I'm not sure that one has been asked before. I don't think its an issue. Although I would expect a judge that feels like they are to close to your piece after that conversation to step away and have the alternate step in if they don't feel they can be objective about it at that point. That being said I'm not going to list the judges (and some of those spots haven't been filled yet, although we have a list). I would be more comfortable if you just went down the artist row and asked who ever was handy, rather than ask them because they are judging.

Mm, I think I kind of meant to ask the artists in general. But it wouldn't be weird to go to an artist and ask how your mini would place, or how to improve your placing?

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I don't think I would ask that question, I would just ask for their opinion on your work and if there is anything you can improve. Remember there are three judges looking at each entry and they don't discuss their scores with each other. The only person that knows what each piece is going to receive is the person that tabulated the numbers.

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I would definitely prefer not to be asked questions about placement prior to the contest judging. It's a different atmosphere/lighting/frame of mind. I also feel like if we said one placement in advance and then actually gave a different placement value during the judging, that would open the door to resentment and misunderstanding, and it could turn into an unpleasant situation all around.

 

If I give more than a few minutes of feedback on a piece, particularly if I know the painter, I step aside and ask for the alternate. So I guess don't try to wring loads of detailed feedback out of every artist, or you might run out of judges. ;->

 

Also, don't assume only the guest list artists have feedback to offer. I have received useful feedback from painters of varying levels and renown, and even from non-painters. So don't be afraid to swap opinions with other attendees you become friendly with, or to show stuff to local friends and family before you even leave for the convention.

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"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."

 

Something I've never been quite sure about...can a single stock model (no conversions) with a more elaborate base go in the Open Category, or should it go in the Painter Category? My apologies if this has already been answered and I just didn't see it. 

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My Kaladrax is basically stock with some green stuff 'decoration' and an elaborate base, and I was told he was good for Open :)

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"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."

 

Something I've never been quite sure about...can a single stock model (no conversions) with a more elaborate base go in the Open Category, or should it go in the Painter Category? My apologies if this has already been answered and I just didn't see it. 

 

If you want the base (presentation) to be a larger impact on your score then put it in Open. In painter the effort on the base is not considered to a significant extant (although a poor base, or a base that appears as an after thought can hurt your entry).

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I'm deliberately bumping this thread up. We are now less than a year a way from ReaperCon and its time to start thinking about those entries. I have gone back and reviewed the thread and I don't see anything that is not relevant within it so bookmark it and come here first to see if your question has been answered. 

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So as it currently is, ReaperCon 2016 will have the same categories and criteria?

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Thanks for the bump.  This is a great thread, and I intend to enter for the first time this year so I need to start deciding what to enter and how.

Regarding the people asking for judge type opinions, last year I caught Anne after everything was awarded and I asked if she would go into the room and answer a few questions, which she kindly did.  One question I had was why a particular piece by an artist wasn't the one chosen to be judged, because I thought it was crazy good.  She pointed out for me some things I never would have noticed regarding why one piece was better overall from that painter.  It helped me really understand what they are looking for.  Flashy isn't always better, sometimes it's just plain old consistent quality in blending and technique.

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