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  1. I had a lot of fun with this guy, even though I was initially a bit intimidated by the colors I rolled and am not thrilled with the scale pattern now that I've worked on him... Contest Thread Combined Show-Off thread WIP The colors rolled were 1) Orange Brown, 2) Cloudy Grey and 3) Imperial Purple and after a couple of base layers, he started to look too much like a pumpkin to not call him Pumpkin Spice.. It will be noted that I did a completely terrible job on the flocking - only my second attempt at flocking ever and doing it with a headache and lots of kids running around meant that I didn't notice until it was way too late that he's got grass growing all over his feet now! Also, pay no attention to the goldish mush-piles.. again, trying to mold with distractions didn't work out too well (not that I'm particularly adept at that either ) PS's frontmost foot was badly bent even after a boil bath, so I made him stepping on a shield. The shield, sword and bones were donors from the Ghouly Grab Bag since I got a 77242 Skeleton Warrior in my October order. oh, and I need a better photo-booth than white paper taped in front of my paint stand!
  2. Reaper Bones Beauty Pageant Sept-Oct 2017 The challenge: 1. paint 77413 Margara She was included in the Bones3 Kickstarter Core Set and should also be available wherever Reaper products are sold. Remember that the base is part of the figure and should be painted as well. 2. (optional) Include a short paragraph of fictional backstory for your entrant, beauty pageant style. Be creative and have fun with this. 3. Post your entry (up to two photos) to this thread by midnight CST on October 8, 2017. Anyone can enter at any time before this deadline. The week of Oct 9 I will set up a poll and entrants will be able to vote on which Margara they find Most Beautiful. Please, no chatter on this thread, entries only! If you have questions or need help, please post in the discussion thread.
  3. Painting a dragon with random palette of colors was a fun challenge. One of the most fun to paint this year. (tied with Hippo King) Contest Thread Combined Show-Off thread WIP Insomnia started out as a storm dragon, but I chose to go with ocean waves instead. I didn't have a sea dragon, and was having fun with water bases. at 3 weeks of painting it is the second fastest dragon I have finished. Really it just flew by, and I kept making more time to work on him. His name is Insomina because of more than the usual late or middle of the night painting sessions. was aiming at high tabletop quality. Officially rolled : Mint green, Cloudy Grey and Marine Teal with no further ado
  4. So it appears there is a contest going on with a long list of rulz. The roll: But I own none of those paints. In fact, I own none of the paints on the list, so it is substitution time! Can you guess the brand? So raise your hand if you guessed correctly. If you did you win a cookie, provided by the contest organizers. (highly likely their cookies are safe) It is somewhat hard to tell from the swatch, but I think my paint is actually more intense than the Reaper red. The ink might end up being a closer match. Currently I'm thinking of doing the second challenge. The only thing that might change my mind is if I really don't like a red eye, as it would be my only color option.
  5. Hello everybody! The last WIP I attempted is on hiatus due to um...losing the figure while packing away things to clean the carpet. Dragon selected: Krupixis (spelling) Challenge level: * * * Paints Primary: Palomino Gold Secondary: Olive Green Tertiary: Blush Pink Extras: Pure White and Pure Black "Let's rock this joint!"
  6. Well... the time is nearly upon me. I'm on my last night of work for the next six days, so it's time to tackle this beastie! Or at least it will be tomorrow, Just setting up the thread and planning my attack. I've painted all the other 'large' things, but this is the first I've seen of the 7-day challenges. I'm actually pretty excited about it. A lot of my normal strategies are thrown out the window because of the rule stipulations and I'm NOT sure I'll be able to get the result I want... I have a plan for the wings, but that may be needed to come back to after the challenge is over... Still not sure yet. I've made a reputation for making the most of the tools I have for interesting results... Just not sure yet about THESE tools.. So yeah... I've got it fitted and washed... I've replaced the paints I needed... and I tied up any brush bigger than 0 and threw them in a drawers to avoid mistakes... Just need to finish out this shift, grab a few hours sleep... and start the clock. The weekend should be fine, but I'm going to lose some time on Monday... I still think I have it in me!! Frankly the biggest issue I predict is going to be internet access. I have my phone, but I hate typing on that... hence the cut and pasting being done tonight. Still think I can do this though!!!
  7. Don't know why I'm so nervous to put this out there. Really it's just for fun and no big deal, but I'd like to enter myself into a goblin challenge starting tomorrow, May 24. Time Tbd. Khanjira is currently still in the box. Tonight I will dry fit, clean, and attempt to fix warping. Tomorrow afternoon I will begin the challenge. Just to be sure: I have a couple packs of round size 10/0, 5/0, and 3/0. Any of those would be allowed, correct? They are within the 10 mm long, but not sure where to measure the 1 mm wide. At the ferrule, just the bristles at the ferrule end or the tip? okay, now to clean the paint area and I'd some colors.
  8. Please see the main post here for rules, questions and general chatter, while using this thread to keep a list of links to your show-offs or show-off related comments in a single post: A reminder to please adhere to miniatures posting guidelines as usual. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/72577-resolutionary-painting-challenge-2017-chatterquestions/ All the information you need should be here. Due to the revised format, there will be more than one bonus challenge available for this month. Including a "Hard mode" which Is some combination that may or may not have a source behind it. March and April 2017 Your challenge is: 9! Bonus Challenge: The First! Given that (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) spring starts in this time frame - Modify (if necesseary) and Paint a figure (doesn't matter what) in a jumping/springing pose Bonus Challenge: The Second! April 22nd is National Jelly bean day. Paint a mini in tribute to your favorite flavor jellybean (bonus* points if you choose tutti fruttti) *The game is made up and the points don't matter. Hard Mode Challenge! "Disrupted" Light source (from any direction but above.) Paint any mini you choose in any scheme you choose, but the lighting must come from the sides or below, as if it was filtering through some other opaque object to disrupt the lighting. Ex: The character is standing close to a chainlink fence, so it casts a 'shadow grid' on them, or perhaps through an old window with thick beams so the there's a large + shaped shadow being cast on them. Again please refer questions to the main thread. Not like there's ANY chance for something on April 1st...
  9. If anyone wants to run this years contest, please let me know. Categories have been: 40-99mm wide/tall (Reaper only) 100mm+ wide/tall (Reaper only) Diorama Non Reaper models over 40mm wide/tall we only had 4 diorama entries this year, and a DDS2 that should probably have been in there versus the other category.. Given that we are getting so few.. I am questioning if we want to get rid of it, or offer fewer prizes. there was a request to make the non Reaper category open to Busts as well.. thoughts?
  10. Please see the main post here for rules, questions and general chatter, while using this thread to keep a list of links to your show-offs or show-off related comments in a single post: A reminder to please adhere to miniatures posting guidelines as usual. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/72577-resolutionary-painting-challenge-2017-chatterquestions/ All the information you need should be here. Due to the revised format, there will be more than one bonus challenge available for this month. Including a “Hard mode†which Is some combination that may or may not have a source behind it. January and February 2017 Your challenge is: 8! Bonus Challenge – The First! In honor of having a Friday the 13th, Paint a mini up in your best rendition of a classic horror creature. It does not have to resemble the actual creature/character in physique, just paint job. Bonus Challenge – The Second! A return of our challenge from last year: Fingerpainting! That is, except for priming and sealing, using no other paint applicator besides fingers. And no – enlisting the help of a smaller friend/family member/minion does not qualify. WITH an adjustment this time: It must be a creature of some form or another – no easy ways out with chests/crates/etc. Hard Mode Challenge! Monochrome Microbust: This is easiest with a bones figure for obvious reasons. Take a mini and cut off part of the body so that it resembles an otherwise normal miniatures bust. For purposes of this challenge, the figure must be no larger than a ‘medium’ creature (but should be at least vaguely humanoid) and “Bust†will be defined as – arms no longer than just above the elbow, and chest no further down than the navel. The exception is if the hair goes further down, you may preserve the hair but the rest of the body must still be gone. Monochrome may denote any singular color you want (even grayscale) but you may only use black and white to change the color of the base one chosen. – Please reserve any questions on this challenge for the chatter thread. PLOT TWIST! Hidden challenge: Fancy Date Night Makeover: Paint up a miniature that's wearing normal medieval or sci-fi armor/clothing into a fancy tux/suit/dress appropriate for date night. Minis that are already wearing appropriate date night attire don't count. (Think kind of like those tuxedo tshirts or similar - full plate armor with a suit and tie painted on it or so.)
  11. Yes, the challenge insanity has gotten me, too. Just not quite as bad....I think. It's also a slightly different variety. I have 50 of these guys: Don't ask me why, I have no idea; I think they've been multiplying in the dark foot locker they were stored in. Anyway, the challenge I have set for myself is this: I will convert 49 of them so that no two are the same. That's right, I'm going to (hopefully) create a small horde of individualized mono-pose plastic goblins. I am going to leave 1 unconverted, for two reasons: 1) I will have an original figure to compare my conversions against. 2) Once the whole group is done I can hide him in there someplace and see if anyone can find him. I suppose you're all gonna want me to paint 'em too, aren't you? Fine, I'll do that, too. The main point of this exercise is the conversion, though; once that's done painting may take a little (lot) longer. What's the time frame, you ask? There isn't one, but it's not going to be years long or anything, either. In fact, I've already started; see below. Let's call it the last day of September for converting and painting to be done. Also, just for kicks, I'm gonna give you all some power over me (just a little, don't get any crazy ideas). You all collectively have 2 vetoes that you may use if you think I'm slacking off and one goblin looks a little too much like another. Some rules about that: 1) The basic pose will be staying (mostly) the same for all of them, so that doesn't count 2) At least 4 people need to agree that a certain gobbo doesn't cut it; I don't want 22 different people all vetoing a different figure. 3) Vetoes only apply to conversions; the paint jobs will be fairly similar in order to help me get through them. So, the first 6 are done: Fur trimmed Hun style helmet, looted human helmet, this was supposed to be a fur cap, but it just looks like hair, so we'll call it hair. Eye patch, mohawk, pirate style do-rag. They all have different shields as well.
  12. I am just putting feelers out there to see who would be interested in possibly another Bones 1 or 2 painting activity this summer. I enjoyed the Bones I little people beauty pageant and the Bones 2 beauty pageant with the sea priest. Is that something people might be interested in participating in this summer? We could select a Bones 2 mini for another beauty pageant. Or maybe do some kind of a tiered point-based or category based activity for Bones I if people still have those left and want to knock them out. Open to ideas or whether or not this is something people might be interested in. Probably an end of August deadline for a summer beauty pageant, maybe end of the year if it was a group/Bones I type of deal. If you have other ideas I'm open to them.
  13. Okay! I now have the paints I will require, as well as the superglue and the brushes!! On Tuesday morning I will be starting my own Kaladrax Reborn challenge! The rules I shall be following are the standard. 1: No brushes will be used that are larger than a standard size 0. Also no airbrushing or finger painting is permitted!! 2: I will have seven days from my posted start time to finish the work. This will be established with a photo showing date and time on my computer screen. 3: All parts of the miniature will be fully painted. Again, all paint will be applied using a brush no larger than a size 0. 4: No prep work will be done to the miniature before the start time beyond washing, dry-fitting, and possibly boiling to correct warpage. 5: All items that come in the retail box must be painted. In this case it is all of Kaladrax and his base. I think that is the full rules for a Kaladrax challenge! My starting pic will also have images of the brushes I will use. Oh, one last thing.. My Kaladrax will NOT be painted as a Dracolich/Ravener.. I plan on making him a Wyrmwraith, as I have not seen anyone do him as one yet. :) Ok, pre-game chatter will be more than welcome!!
  14. For those of you unfamiliar with The Great Kaladrax Painting Challenge, initiated by buglips*the*goblin, here's a link to his thread: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/51269-kaladrax-in-seven-days-buglips-is-crazy-wip Feel free to boggle at the insanity of it for a bit, I'll wait. ... ... ... All done? Okay, so, being not entirely sane myself, I've decided to give it a go. I will be following the same rules buglips followed in his challenge, namely: 1) No using a brush larger than a standard Size 0 (no getting around it by using, say, a size 0 brush meant for house painting, for example) 2) I will work on Kaladrax for no more than 168 consecutive hours (7 full days) 3) The only prep time allowed before the timer starts is boiling and cleaning to remove casting residue. Removing (or not) mold lines is part of the challenge! 4) When I begin, I will post a picture of Kaladrax with my phone displaying the date and time (I don't get the newspaper) ...That's it, really. Pretty simple. I will endeavor to make semi-regular updates, but when I get deep into PaintingLand, I can lose track of time. I will, however, be very good about taking awful WIP pictures as I go, then at least doing a batch picture post each day. I've timed this so Mr. Boot is gone at a work conference about half of the 7 days, so I will have a little more free time than usual. So! Feel free to come along for the ride. I can't promise to be on here super often (or maybe I will be, who knows), but I can promise that the trip will at least be entertaining. If you'd rather just skip to the end, here's my official completion post with pictures: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/68762-oneboot-is-crazy-too-kaladrax-in-7-days-wip/&do=findComment&comment=1371410 Final show-off pictures: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69015-kaladrax-reborn-in-7-days-by-oneboot/ Note: Unless otherwise specified, all of the paints used are Reaper brand paints. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  15. It's that time of year again. Those of us in the US have a 3 day holiday weekend coming up (May 28-30) and I am challenging you all to join me in a massively multiplayer paint binge! Everyone is welcome to join, even if you can only paint for one day. The object is to finish as many figures as possible. Quantity counts over quality. All manufacturers are fair game, posting of WIPs and finished pieces is strongly encouraged. You may prep and prime figures before hand, in fact I recommend it. Get out all those Bones, primed or half painted figures and get ready to finish them before Bones 3 ships! Got an army to finish, need to move some half painted terrain off your desk, want to tackle that dragon for the big figure contest? This is the time. All manufacturers are fair game. Prep and prime your figures now so they are all ready to go Saturday morning (or if you're taking a 4 day weekend, Friday morning). Have your camera ready to share photos. Photos strongly encouraged! For this holiday there is a special extra challenge: paint a figure in memory of a lost friend, pet or loved one. Anything goes. Painting begins at 00:01 May 27 and ends 23:59 May 30. More or less. Those of you who video chat are welcome to set up channels.
  16. Welcome to my 12 hour dragon challenge, loosely based on Professir Buglips original 7 day challenges. Why only 12 hours you might say? Well, there appear to be quite a few of us who have difficulty stitching together two, much less seven, days of consecutive painting sessions. Therefore, I'm trying to pathfind a challenge that fits for the more time deficient among us! If you don't know what in the world I'm talking about, you need to check out the latest one to accept the challenge, OneBoot's Crazy Too Kaladrax WIP. The goblin's challenge is to paint a large centerpiece figure (Kaladrax, Dragons Don't Share 2, etc) in seven calender days. There are several rules that go with it, which you can read in the WIP linked. Since this is a different challenge, a few twists are in order. So, my rules for the 12 hour dragon challenge are: 1) No using a brush larger than a standard size 0. The Professir is going to codify this shortly, but roughly 10mm long is all you get. 2) The brush you select is the ONLY thing that is allowed to apply paint to the figure. This means just one brush! Dry brush, if you dare. 3) You have only a straight 12 hours from the start of the challenge to finish. Any breaks, meals, family outings take away from that time. Plan ahead. 4) The only prep that is allowed beforehand is boiling and setting the figure (if in Bones), fit checking the parts, pinning the legs if needed, and making accomodations on the base by drilling holes for the pins. No mold lines may be removed, no primer applied, no gaps filled, and no other work on the base is allowed. 5) Paint must be applied by only the brush bristles. No finger painting or using the handle of the brush to dot the eyes. 6) Brush may not be altered, other than from normal use. And bristles that fall out are excluded from eligibility. 7) Single painter only, no teaming up with someone to work in shifts. 8) The figure must have pigmented paint on all visible surfaces, less minor, incidental gaps where it is joined or based. It's a bit of a large set of rules, but I've been trying to find ways to "cheat" at Buglips' challenge for a while, so I've had time to think about it. I was thinking about Livestreaming on YouTube, but I think I may skip that. If there's interest, I did manage to figure it out. I have to cut it up in several blocks, and there's no point in filming me eat lunch or dinner. But let's start with the beginning picture, and then I'll see you at Monday, 5/30, at 8am (Mountain time) for the start of the challenge.
  17. Categories: 40-99mm wide/tall (Reaper only) 100mm+ wide/tall (Reaper only) Diorama Non Reaper models over 40mm wide/tall Reaper contest: -- entries must be Reaper figures. Any 40mm or larger figure, metal or Bones, in production or OOP can be entered -- any figure which was painted and finished in 2015 is eligible -- the deadline for entries is Dec 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm CST -- a diorama is defined as two or more figures on a scenic base that helps to tell a story. The diorama may have smaller figures, as long as there is one large sized Reaper figure in the entry -- you may enter as many times as you like, but only one prize per person will be awarded -- each entry needs to be uploaded to the appropriate thread. Please attach your entries using the forum uploading feature or hotlink from the Inspiration Gallery. We want to make sure they're visible at all times. -- you may submit between one and four images of each Single Figure entry and up to six images for Diorama. They do not need to be stitched into a single image file. -- you are allowed to enter miniatures that will also be entered into other contests that might overlap ours. -- the judges or Reaper reserves the right to remove entries if deemed inappropriate, but we're pretty laid back here and this is just to cover our butts. -- the judges and Reaper can clarify and amend rules at will. Prizes: Reaper has approved prizes in each category: 1st prize $50 2nd prize $30 lucky drawing $20 Image Enhancement: -- digital enhancement ("Photoshopping") of your entry is strictly prohibited. -- no clone brush, healing brush, airbrush, or other brush work. Fix your paint with paint, not with Photoshop. -- no adding or removing background elements from the image -- if you add a logo or a watermark Reaper cannot use your image in their gallery. Note that if your image is selected for the Reaper gallery, you will be credited by name under the image. -- cropping, global color balance, and global level adjustments are allowed ("global" means "the entire image." You may not "pop" colors by only selecting some areas for level adjustment. Non-Reaper contest: -- entries which fit the above requirements (40mm+) but were not made by Reaper can be entered here. -- there is no Reaper prize support for this category -- there may be 3rd party support for prizes, this has not been finalized
  18. A new month and time to paint some new minis Here is my placeholder Dwarf with Hammer Two Hobgoblins Three Saprolings Female Druid buckyball
  19. So, a challenge for all you D&D players out there! I need to get a present for a friend of mine who's starting out as the DM of a new gaming club at a local HS. Some of my other friends are chipping in for Chessex Maps, a Pound-o-Dice, and stuff like that, but I've been given a budget (75$) and told to go forth and buy minis. Now, I don't need PCs - she's going to get those special once the kiddies decide what they want to play as - so I need suggestions for monsters and quanities thereof. What would you suggest from the pre-Bones 2 Bones figures that will allow her to set up a wide variety of games and encounters? I also want one or two non-dragon bigger figures that can be used for bosses (we've already got a PF Red for her). I've already got a few ideas: 2x PF Goblin Warriors 1x PF Goblin Pyros - will give her 12 good-looking goblins to murder people with. I don't really like the DH ones, although they're a bit cheaper... And then, IDK, a bugbear or something to make a warboss? I was thinking maybe a group of pirates, too? 5-6 separate pirate figures should be around enough for a small pirate ship, right? Or a raiding party? Maybe I could work a Tiik or two in there, too, and give her a good setup for a nautical adventure? What else would I need for one of those? Hmmm...
  20. It's been 6 months since my last painting binge, and it's a long weekend. I know a lot of y'all have things to do this weekend, but if you have the time you're welcome to join in. Paint what you can, and post photos. Here's my line-up: Reaper 50236 steampunk witch 3531 dancing girl 2584 beggar 50304 Rowena van Graaf 59028 warlord Kang 50281 Charles Bennet 50178 Andre Durand 60043 Alhazara Bombshell Raven Skye DGS Games Karaden bladesister Jendal bladeseeker CMON Katherine Vinoq Microarts Lilly the Time Witch Egyptian Harem 3 musicians goblin assassin Whatever doesn't get finished I will pick up again during next weekend's 24 hour challenge.
  21. Moving this discussion to it's own thread.. so far Demons and giants have been discussed..
  22. To those of you who are on Facebook, there's a challenge going on right now by Secret Weapon Miniatures for the month of February 2014! Here's what it says: Secret Weapon Miniatures HashTag Hobby Challenge It has been great being able to see all of the Projects that everyone is working on. Here at Secret Weapon Miniatures we are always looking forward to seeing what Gamers and Hobbyists are building and painting. Because we want to see more, we are launching: "The Secret Weapon Miniatures HashTag Hobby Challenge" Starting today, until the end of February, we will be checking Facebook to see what you have been working on! The Challenge is simple, post photos of what you are working on and include the HashTag - #MyHobby - and we will be giving away prizes to some of our favorites! Here's their FaceBook page as well. Oh and you can post it wherever you like on your FaceBook profiles as long as you have the hashtag #myhobby in the picture description.
  23. Sorry about the delay folks, had some issues to take care of on the home front , and hadnt had a chance to get this months proof written up. This challenge will be a little longer as a result, but requires a tiny bit more work on your guys part to get full credit for the themed entry achievement. This months challenge will stretch until the end of May, and yes there will be a separate challenge for May. April's challenge is derived from one of my favorite horror authors of all time, H.P. Lovecraft. Your mission should you accept it is to read one of Lovecrafts short stories, tell us about it, and then write your own short story using the Cthulhu Mythos as a primer, you are free to create new monstrosities and heroes as you see fit. The short story should be a minimum of 2,000 words, and should have at least 1 scene in which the hero/heroine confronts a monstrosity, the rest is left up to you. The top entries will be published on the blog on our website. So don't forget to grammar and spell check your work. Now your thinking , I thought this was a painting challenge, and your right it is. The second portion of this challenge is to create a small scene from the story you just wrote, utilizing whichever monstrosity you had decided to use and the hero/heroine that you had face it. More likely than not , there is no miniature that exists that will accurately represent your monstrosity, so we encourage you to make use of the boneyard on Reapers store to create it yourself, and don't forget the greenstuff, you'll be needing it. Note that monstrosities are complex , usually grotesque interdimentional beings, so please refrain from implementing simple monsters as your monstrosity.(ie, no zombies, vampires , werewolves or their ilk), dont get me wrong, you can implement these types of creatures into your story, but they don't count as a monstrosity on their own. All painted entries are excepted regardless of whether they fit the theme or not , and still garnish points. If you earn the themed entry achievement , by following the instructions laid out above , you will be granted an additional 200% bonus towards your points. A list of all the possible achievements can be found on our website by visiting the painter standings page, a link to our website is listed in our signature below . The challenge will run from now until midnight on June 1st, 2013. And remember everybody, these challenges are meant to be fun and rewarding , so enjoy yourself.
  24. Hey everybody, just wanted to give you guys a quick update on whats going on over here, before we jump into the miniature challenge segment. We are nearing completion of our first set of sculpts for our commissions and out online store. Also we recently purchased out very own pressure casting chamber and we have all the mold making materials on order. As we begin winding down the February Miniature Challenge, with just over 4 hours left to submit. We would like to thank all of you who participated , you did a wonderful job on your entries, and we will begin grading them soon. Within the next few days you should see your name and the amount of points you have earned, appear on our website, under the painter standings. Link in signature. We would now like to announce the theme for the March Miniature Challenge. This month your challenge is to paint up a miniature to represent your favorite console RPG videogame character. Whether it be Cloud from Final Fantasy 7, or your favorite character from the Dragon Quest series or any other Japanese RPG. We wish you all luck and cannot wait to see the entries start flooding in. Please note that characters licensed by any D&D game do not qualify for the theme of a video game character, the idea behind these contests is not to just paint a mini, it is to creatively interpret a miniature to represent a character that it clearly is not. (ie: cloud and link are acceptable entries, Drizzt and Conan are not) if you are in doubt , ask before you start an entry. If you decide to go against this rule, you will still get points , however they will be greatly reduced. If for whatever reason, you are not a fan of console RPG videogames, you may choose a character from any other videogame you like. And remember to take plenty of pictures of your progress, and provide a picture reference to the character you are painting. For complete rules and guidelines please follow the link below. http://www.rpgstandard.com/apps/blog/show/23179761-rpgstandard-s-challenge-rules-and-guidelines All submissions are due before midnight on April 1st Good Luck and Happy Painting!
  25. Hey everybody, we have taken some time to look over our previous contests and we have decided that the format we were using was to working for us, or the miniature painting community. As part of this realization, we have decided that we would throw out the rules we had going and start of fresh with some new and improved ones. But before we get to that I just want to go over breifly what we are doing and why. In our past contests we have judged each miniature that was submitted regardless of technical ability, and have awarded them points for the effort. These points will be available for each participants use once our webstore is up and running. The reasoning behind this is that, we want to appeal to begiining painters and pro painters alike, and sometimes these types of contests can be rather intimidating to the beginning painter because they dont really have a chance to win anything. In our contests we have changed this, we seek to instill painters with the confidence and sense of accompplishment that they can receive from participating in such a contest. On that note we would like to declare that we will no longer be holding contests, instead we will be hosting painting challenges where everyone is judged equally and everyone has a chance to earn their colors and be called a winner. The points accumulated by each participant will be viewable on our webpage titled "Painters Standing". Listed below are the new rules regarding the challenges, and will apply to each challenge unless stated otherwise in the thread created for each individual challenge. 1] Every month a new challenge will be announced at 12 A.M. PST on the 1st of the month and will run untill the announcement of the next challenge the next month. 2] Each challenge will have a 1st place prize awarded to the participant with the most points in each catagory. the two categories are single miniature and diorama. A participant may only win in one category each month, but may submit an entry into both categories. THe participant will recieve the points for only one entry in each category. 3] During each challenge, every participant will receive points based on the skill and creativity used to create their entry, up to a maximum of one entry per category, though participants may enter as many entries as they like in each category, they must select the one that they wish to be judged. 4] The standard 100 points is possible to be awarded to each entry based on the skill and creativity involved in creating the entry. 5] Bonus points are also available should you meet any of the achievement conditions listed at the end of this document. 6] Over time as you accumulate points, you will be able to exchange these points for any product that we have listed in our webstore once we have it up and running. 7] The conversion rate of the points have not yet been decided, once we are able to crunch the numbers as to what we can legitimately give away, we will announce a figure. 8] Previously painted miniatures are not acceptable as entries in these challenges, WIPs must be shown along with your final entry.(previously primed miniatures are okay). 9] We require at least 2 WIP photos and 2 final photos of each mini being entered. Video can be substitued for photos if you like, but must show the mini before and after the paint job has been applied. (again, primed is okay). 10] Entries completed by persons other than yourself will not be allowed, except in the case where the entry was a team effort, and this must be documented in your photos or video. You may either create a singular account to submit the entry as for all of the points, or you may split the points among each of your team members. 11] Upon submitting your entry you will receive a message from us requesting an email address at which we may be able to contact you, and your first and last name. This information will not be given out to anybody and will be used to verify the exchange of points in the future. We will also place the display name of your choosing in the leader board on our website. 12] Photoshoping or any other form of digital enchancement of your entry is strictly forbidden and will result is disqualification and loss of any acrued points, this is meant to be a friendly challenge among the miniature hobby community and cheating will not be tolerated. Paint your minis with real paint, that is all. 13] For those of you that dont know WIP stands for work in progress, when we say that we require wips to be shown, it means that we are looking for several photos or video documenting your progress as you create your entry. 14] It is not required that you adhere to the theme of each challenge in order to participate, you many submit anything for your entry, though entries that fit the thme may score higher than ones that do not. Acheivements: The bonus percentage listed next to each acheivement is cummulative in the sense that say you get the achievement "Themed Entry" and "Speedy Painter", we will take the 10% bonus from the "Themed Entry" acheivement and the 10% bonus from the "Speedy Painter" acheivement, and we will add them together to give you a bonus of 20% to your total number of earned points for that entry during that month. (100 points with a 20% bonus equates to 120 points for that entry). 1] Themed Entry - - +10% - - Your entry fits within the theme choosen at the beginning of the challenge in which you entered. 2] Dioramaland - - +50% - - Your entry for this challenge is above and beyond the scope of a single miniature entry, and includes terrain and multiple miniatures. 3] Speedy Painter - - +10% - - You complete and submit your entry to be judged within the first 48 hours from the start of the challenge. 4] Picasso - - +40% - - Non obvious, creative use of a miniature and colors. Somehting that would not typically be thought of to do with the miniature in question. 5] Quick Draw McGraw - - +10% - - Be the first person to submit an entry for judging. 6] Big'Uns - - +50% - - Your entry is far larger than a normal mini or diorama, this includes things like dragons, giants and other exceptionally large minis. The mini in question must stand at least 75mm tall. If you wish to paint a miniature that you beleive should be considered in the large category, but does not meet the height requirement, you may petition an exception from us by contacting us with a photo of the mini and/or the name/manufacturer #/ manufacturer of the mini, and we will decide wether it qualifies in as quick a manner as we can. All entries attempting this acheivement must clearly show a mm ruler next to the mini, evidencing the size of the miniature in either a photo or video. 7] ICU - - +15% - - This acheivement is awarded to any one who paints exceptional quality eyes on their mini. 8] Doctor Frankenmini - - +15% - - You are taking several peices from one or more miniature and are applying them to another miniature to create your entry. ( weapons dont count) you must also show the minis from which you are taking the parts, or at least provide the model number and manufacturere of the minis used for parts. 9] Green Thumb - - +150% - - You sculpted your own miniature from scrath and painted it up for the challenge. Must show lots of WIPs documenting the process you took to complete the entry. Video can be substituted for photos. 10] Blue Ribbin Winner - - +25% - - Yours was the most appealing entry out of the entire challenge. 11] Most Improved - - +25% - - You take a previously painted miniature that you have done, strip the paint off of it, and re-paint it. The entry that has the most improvement will receive the bonus. Must show before and after photos along with the WIPs. 12] Over Acheiver -- +100%-- Your entry has earned four or more acheivements from this section and deserves an extra extra boost of points, congratulations on such a masterpiece. When you are ready to submit your entry please post your photos in this thread, if they contain nudity provide a link to your pictures instead. If you are submitting your entry as a video, follow this link to our Youtube video explaining the challenge and upload it as a response video. The theme for this months challenge is to take your favorite super hero, from any universe, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, it does not matter which, and paint a medival fantasy style miniature as if they were that super hero. Be as creative with it as you like.
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