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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.