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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:

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


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".

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.


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Brothers will fight and kill each other. It is harsh in the world, an axe age, a sword age.

Shields are riven, a wind age, a wolf age, before the world goes headlong. No man will have mercy on another. - Völuspá

Here's Tharn Helmsunder the Cleric 02640 leading the way on the battlefield.

He was sculpted by Todd Harris. I added hair on his forehead and the shield is from 03643 Aina the Valkyrie sprue.

I painted the Midgard snake on his shield and Garmr the blood-stained watchdog on his cloack.









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FIGURES...REAPER (# 02333/# 02394/# 02073 = Viking Figures)...(Theme category entry = Vikings & Norse)


TITLE...Viking Spring...After months of sub-freezing temperatures and endless blankets of snow; the rays of the sun now burn through the branches of the high Scandinavian forest lifting the foggy mists and melting the pristine white snows from the lush moss covered ground. It is the time of the Viking spring and our scene depicts Orlath Giant Horns, Thorval the Green and Jon Longshanks making their way through the glistening maze of melting icicles as they head to the lower valley for the first spring hunt for meat for their clan.







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Mother and children celebrate 17th of May (Norwegian Constitution Day).  The mother is dressed in Sunnmors-bunad, while the older boy is dressed in a Samekofte.  Only thing missing is 1 or more Norwegian flags, but mom seems to have her hands full.









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Handmaiden of Keskura, as a member of a cult dedicated to Skadi, goddess of winter and the hunt.


Linked for nudity:


Front:  http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/kevd82/GwynHandmaidenOfKeskura1_zps48af4de4.jpg


Rear:  http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/kevd82/GwynHandmaidenOfKeskura2_zps386369ed.jpg

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77052: Aina, Female Valkyrie


Valkyries are from Norse mythology, though the colors are all from my head.  The base is meant to evoke a rocky hilltop in late winter/early spring.


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"En Loki hafði þá ferð haft til Svaðilfara, at nökkuru síðar bar hann fyl. Þat var grátt ok hafði átta fætr, ok er sá hestr beztr með goðum ok mönnum."


"But Loki's relations with Svaðilfara [the horse of a giant] were such that a while later he gave birth to a colt.  It was grey and had eight feet, and this is the best horse among gods and men."

          -Snorri Sturlason, Edda (written around 1220 CE, the latter line a translation by Jesse Byock)


I would like feedback, please, on the miniature and/or basing


Figure: 77029 (Silverhorn the Unicorn) x2


This is a conversion of two Unicorn figures into Sleipnir, the horse of the Chieftain of the Norse Gods, Odin.  I used the extra legs from the second figure to give Sleipnir the eight legs as indicated by Snorri's Edda, one of our major sources for Norse Myth.  Sleipnir is mentioned in Edda, a number of poems in the so-called Poetic Edda, and is depicted on at least one runestone.  Since the gods and Jotun (Giants) conflict is often seen as Spring versus winter, I depicted Sleipnir as bringing the spring where he steps.


The runestone on the base was made entirely by me.  It uses runes from the Elder Futhark and reads the second sentence of the quotation above, save the words "ok monnum" (and men.)





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Well it's a thin connection to the theme but I ran out of time to get the frost giant princess done so here is 77079: Isabeau Laroche, Female Paladin (of Tyr).


The runes on her shield read "Tiwaz" (the rune for Tyr), "Elhaz" (the rune for protection) and "Ingwaz" (the rune for growing power).



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Family Picture Day....

Just missing Loki, and the giantess Angrboda...

Hel isn't too sure about the photographer, not sure if he can really capture her good side...

Fenrir, well he just doesn't want to be there....but Jormungand is just happy to be somewhere dry....


Would very much welcome any feedback....TY






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