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As the convention approaches like a steamroller, the eyes glaze over and the hands begin to shake, there is no way you can possibly finish all the entries you have planned for the competition. You come to the immediate conclusion that you cannot possibly finish any of your entries in time. You have entered the competition version of painter’s block!
I see posts in the forums every year about people not being able to finish their entries for one reason or another. But I tell you there are options!
1) Reduce the number entries you are working on. Seriously look at the entries you are working on and immediately reduce the number by half. That will make things look more doable. Here are a few suggestions to help you make those decisions.
a. As much as you love that diorama idea, if the base isn’t ready then it’s the first thing you drop. Dioramas are serious time sinks.
b. If the conversion work isn’t ready or your super nifty basework isn’t done, then drop your Open entry. This is another example of a serious time sink, cross this one off the list.
c. If you are not “feeling” one of your painter or ordnance entries it is time to set it aside and concentrate on the one(s) you like. You paint work is invariably better on a piece that you enjoy working on.
2) Instead of working on a new piece look at other miniatures you have completed in the last six months. Chances are there is something you really like there and instead of working on the new piece work on improving one you have already finished (who knows maybe it doesn’t even need extra work).
3) Instead of working on an entry for each of the manufacturer awards make the hard decision and pick one or maybe none at all. [This is a corollary of #1]. Note that if you are painting a Reaper mini you are always in consideration for a Sophie Trophy.
4) Not entering means not getting feedback from the judges on your work. If you really want to improve then critical feedback is what you need.
Seriously in the end just enter something even if it is not the piece you originally intended on entering. While the Reaper forums are a nice place to show off, it is a notoriously bad place to get real, make me cry, feedback on things you can improve. It’s a friendly supportive community and sometimes that’s not what you need when you are trying to break that gold medal barrier.
There are a couple of small changes that I wanted to call out for the painting competition, most people are already aware of these.
The theme for 2016 is Horror, unfortunately I forgot to tell Bryan to update that page in the rules where it is still listing the 2015 Science Fiction Theme.
We are extending the Saturday deadline to 1pm instead of Noon.
The hours listed in the schedule are for viewing, here are the hours that we will be accepting entries.
Drop off Hours
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 5pm (This is the deadline for those attending the whole con, NO EXCEPTIONS)
Saturday 9am - 1pm (This is a change, we are stretching it out an hour, This is the deadline for those attending only on Saturday, NO EXCEPTIONS)
Pick Up Hours
Saturday 9pm - 10pm (For those only attending on Saturday after the banquet and awards ceremony)
Sunday 9am - 2pm (Entries need to be picked up before the auction on Sunday[2:30pm])
So Here is the Ranger Josey Wales....
If you have been following my WiP, you'll know why he is called that....
I started this mini as a piece for one of the players in our Pathfinder game, and suddenly, something went absolutely right with the face and hair, and suddenly, people are encouraging me to enter him in the ReaperCon Painting Competition....
So I really pushed myself to make him the best he could be...
Trying a few new techniques, and taking extra care with everything I did...
Hope you like him.
Due to the pose of the mini, I took pics from the normal top down angle, and then some pics from below...
A wonderful mini to paint, but DO NOT assemble him first!!!! Lots and lots of times I cursed myself for doing that...
Comments and critiques welcome!
So, we have about two months right now to prepare our cosplay options. I thought it might be useful to have a thread where we discuss our ideas and perhaps seek suggestions.
Myself, I'm basically at the ground state on my costume. I have some accessories I can put to the purpose, but no overall idea, except for the Con's Western theme.
Broad-brimmed black leather hat, somewhat cowboyish.
Black safari vest, replete with pockets for storing assorted items.
Two TA-57 Soviet Field Telephones.
Assorted souvinirs from Afghanistan
Hats in various styles
Khaffiyeh and Aqal, here modeled by a tonberry, and various knives
Two feline assistants
The obvious costume would be something Lawrence-of-Arabia-like, maybe buying a dishdasha. However, that doesn't fit in with the convention's western theme. I do have some westernish hats, but I don't have much to make a western costume stand out. I could perhaps try to convert the field telephones into something more steampunkish, and go from there.
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