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Terrifying Fall Contest! 2013 Autumn/Fall contest (Rules and Entries)


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Welcome to the "2013 Halloween Contest!"


We need Autumn, and we need the monsters that come out then too! So, let's have a painting contest to get those monsters out and scaring everyone like they should!


General Rules:

Entries must be made by Reaper. Bones AND Metal miniatures are more than welcome in the contest!


Entries must be in by Octobeer 31st at 11:59 pm CST


Enter as many times as you want but only one prize can be awarded per person.


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 entry. They do not need to be stitched into a single image file.
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.

You are allowed to enter miniatures that will also be entered into other contests that might overlap ours.
We are not going to police your entries as to when they were started\finished. We hope that people would paint something for this contest and not just enter something they finished a while ago as this is a fun and friendly contest.


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.



Fall and Halloween. I put equal weight with a fall themed elf and a terrifying C'thuloid or vampire. All are acceptable. Define what part of the theme you're working with as part of your post, even if you're painting Dracula.


There are no specialized categories. Teams, dioramas, and single miniatures are all equally accepted as part of the contest.

Basing & Modding Rules

You do not have to use Reaper produced stuff for your bits or for basing or for modification.


Given the short time frame, basic basing, even if it's just broccolli basing being painted or simply flocked, would be acceptable. We're focused on theme and painting, not what's on the ground.

Voting Guidelines
Judge gets to score a miniature between 1-50.



The entire model must be painted and based. The basing can be as simple as flock or as complex as you wish. Basing does not garner extra points, given the short time frame of the contest and slow-as-molasses-painters (such as myself!).
Judges: Myself and two hidden others will be the judges.


If you submit a model, as far as I'm concerned you've already won something, much like the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz, you've gained some confidence if it's your first contest. If it's not your first contest, you win by getting to see the other minis painted! I like these contests, and the others who have run them before (or run exchanges) have already been amazing with their insight today.


However, given that winning might need a reward, here are the prizes we have been allowed as Reaper Store Credit:


1st: $50 Reaper Credit

2nd: $25 Reaper Credit

3rd: $15 Reaper Credit


Door prize: $15 Reaper Credit


The door prize is a random drawing with some criteria (you can't win twice in the contest!). It's important to note that there is only one group of prizes (so one first place prize, one second place prize, one third place prize, and one door prize). Thus, there will be four winners total for this contest.



And, as ShadowRaven pointed out, I forgot the most important rule of the contest: HAVE FUN!

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Awesome competition! I (*explicative deleted*) LOVE Halloween. I'll have to start working on it once I finish my Summer Mini Exchange figure ( ack... working on it ).


One question. You mention being able to enter in as many Categories as you like, but, I don't see any categories listed...

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That's nice (wish I had one). I'm going for an autumn theme with this mini: http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/Warlord%20fairy/latest/14469


I'll be using an autumn-themed palette and thematic basing. I know the basing itself won't be judged, but besides color choices, it's really the only way to convey 'autumn.' (I may also do a Halloween mini, but I've already got to do two more Halloween-themed minis for another contest. :blink: )

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Awesome competition! I (*explicative deleted*) LOVE Halloween. I'll have to start working on it once I finish my Summer Mini Exchange figure ( ack... working on it ).


One question. You mention being able to enter in as many Categories as you like, but, I don't see any categories listed...


I lumped them all together under theme. If it causes a bunch of confusion I can remove that line, but under theme it says single, teams, and dioramas are equally accepted as part of this contest. Due to the short time frame, there just isn't enough time for multiple individual categories/separate threads.


Chaoswolf and dsmiles:

Both of those choices are great! Looking forward to seeing them.


I'm also glad to see so much interest so quickly!

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Usually the prizes are in Reaper Store Credit; if this is the case, it needs to be put in the main post. Don't want any ragequit/whining later if someone thought they were getting cash prizes.



Also, I'd compete, but I think I'll have a Fall Exchange running in the near future. And works been stupid busy; I've barely looked at Bones II. :down:


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I think the description may be misleading when it states:

'Enter as many times as you want but only one entry per person per category can win.'

and that the categories are: 'Fall and Halloween.'


Does this mean there are two categories, either Fall OR Halloween? And that each have 1st, 2nd and 3rd places? Or that there is one category and there are only prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for both?

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