MonkeySloth Posted January 13, 2014 Share Posted January 13, 2014 (edited) New Year and a new Contest. Few new things this time around both rule wise and organization wise as well. If you're new to these contests or a seasoned veteran please read through the full rules. Thanks. Categories Each Painting Excuses contest as more then one category that each have their own subrules. These rules don't conflict with the main rules that all categories share. The rules for each Category will be listed here and in it's own submission thread for easy reference. Theme Category: Scandinavian -- This time we're using Scandinavian( or Nordic) as our theme. What this means is that you need to present an entry that fits this theme, which is quite broad. While at first you may think "Viking" there's a lot more to this region of the world and below you'll find some links and suggestions to help you: Vikings and Norse -- No help needed here. I think everyone is quite familiar with these concepts. Scandinavian Folklore -- There are a lot of familiar fantasy creatures in Scandinavian folklore but they're somewhat different then their English and German counterparts that are more prevalent in our hobby. Norse Mythology -- There's more to the Norse then just Vikings and Thor. Traditional Clothing -- While no figures will be wearing these exact clothes there are lots of color ideas and patterns for free hand to be found. While things like Elves and Dwarfs are common in Scandinavian Folklore don't just paint them with generic fantasy colors and styles. Try something new using one of the references below:http://www.pinterest.com/norwayheritage/norwegian-traditional-clothing/ http://nordicfolklore.com/index.php Entry Thread -- http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/53470-painting-excuses-jan-feb-2014-theme-entry-thread/ Rules for the Theme Category (these are in addition to the General rules below) In your post state briefly why your piece meets the theme. This helps the judges immensely. It can be as simple as "Norse style elf with some traditional patterns as freehand".Judging Criteria -- The over all possible score for each entry is 100 points. The judges will look at the following when deciding: Adherence to Theme -- 50 points Painting Skill -- 25 points Overall Presentation of the miniature (basing, colors used, and so on) -- 25 pts Prizes for the Theme Category 1st--$50 reaper online gift card 2nd--$25 reaper online gift card 3rd--$15 reaper online gift card Drawing -- $15 reaper online gift card Challenge Category: Paint into a Picture -- This contests challenge is to paint a mini as if it belongs into a picture you choose from a list below. How you do this is up to you artistically as these are just serving as backdrops to your art but you'll need to be aware of the colors and setting of the picture. This is a more advanced challenge but don't feel intimidated as you can ask in this thread (not the entry thread) or a WIP thread for help. Entry Thread -- http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/53471-painting-excuses-jan-feb-2014-challenge-entry-thread/ Rules for the Challenge Choose one background from the list below. When posting a submission photoshop your mini into the background. IF you cannot do this contact me or one of the other volunteers (which will be listed in this thread and the submission thread). Do no worry about the timeline, if you finish on the last day submit as normal and contact me. I'll get the photoshop done before judging starts. Allowed Backgrounds -- Clicking image will give you a larger image for most of these Judging Criteria -- The over all possible score for each entry is 100 points. The judges will look at the following when deciding: Miniature fits into the scene -- 50 points Painting Skill -- 25 points Overall Presentation of the miniature (basing, colors used, and so on) -- 25 pts Prizes for the Challenge 1st--$50 reaper online gift card 2nd--$25 reaper online gift card 3rd--$15 reaper online gift card Drawing -- $15 reaper online gift card Single Figure Open Category -- Single Figure Open is for any miniature that doesn't fit into the other two categories. Submit anything you like as long at it meets the General Rules. Entry Thread -- http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/53469-painting-excuses-jan-feb-2014-single-entry-thread/ Judging Criteria -- The over all possible score for each entry is 50 points. There are no defined rules for judging in this category and so they judges score however they like. Prizes for Single Figure Open 1st--$50 reaper online gift card 2nd--$25 reaper online gift card 3rd--$15 reaper online gift card Drawing -- $15 reaper online gift card General Rules All entries must be made by Reaper. Entries must be in by March 3rd at 11:59 pm MST Enter as many times as you want but only one entry per person per category can win. 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 (unless stated otherwise for a category's individual rules). 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. Basing and Modding Rules You are allowed to use non-Reaper parts for modding a figure. However you cannot change a figure more then 25% with non-Reaper parts unless it's a weapon.Example 1: Weapon swapping-- Always allowed with non-reaper parts Example 2: Adding a weapon to the mini -- Always Allowed with non-reaper parts Example 3: Placing a reaper minis head on a non-reaper miniature-- Not allowed. You are allowed to use non-Reaper parts for basing. No limits to this rule. Requesting Feedback -- Many times people like to get feedback for their entries on how they can improve. We like trying to provide this but it takes a LOT of time to do and so we have the following rules on how to do so: The first thing in your entry post should be something along the lines of "Feedback Please" or "I'd like feedback" in bold. There's no set rule on what that statement needs to be but it needs to be the FIRST thing in your post and in BOLD. After that ask specific questions on what you'd like information on. An example would be: "How can I get features to stand out more" or "any advice on how to paint a better face?". The more generic the question the harder it is for a judge to offer feedback so just asking "How can I improve LOL?!?!?!?!" may not get a response from a judge.You can ask more then one question but please remember that the judges don't get compensated for their time so be respectful of it. Asking for Feedback does not guarantee you will get any. We'll try but sometimes there's not enough time or the judges don't have anything to say. These requests MUST be made before the contest ends. No exceptions Requesting Scores -- If you wish to know your score after the contest has ended just send me a PM. These are always available and there's no specific conditions (outside of asking) to get. Edited February 14, 2014 by MonkeySloth corrected typos 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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