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Painting Excuses Jan-Feb 2014 Challenge Entry Thread


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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.


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

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

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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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With the heart of summer and the breath of winter bagged and attached to his staff, his sack full of fungus powder he travels the forests altering Nature herself. He colors the leaves and fades the flowers, you may meet him in a garden of life, he's perpetuating the endless cycle. His eyes are the blaze of a dwindling amber Sun, he's Autumnus the Red Wizard, the Archmage of Fall.


03484, Karlov Diedrich sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.









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Not my best, but hey, I had a ninja, and you posted cherry blossoms, so here it is anyway. Sadly the ink wash that I went with to try get deeper shadows worked a tad too well, and I couldn't get the highlights back up where i wanted them. Oh well,I have another one coming, as soon as I can get in focus pictures.




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I request feedback, please.


FIGURE...REAPER (#02321 - Black Orc...Conversion = sword removed and mace hand added)...


BACKGROUND...I selected (background # 1...of the ones offered/provided for this contest)...I thought the setting of the dark woods (that I call Moor Marsh Woods) with the subdued light, misty fog, tall dark trees with hanging moss was an appropriate setting for this Uruk-Hai warrior as he stands in an open ray of sunlight.


FIGURE & BACKGROUND...Are my work and selection.


TECHNICAL ADAPTATION...Full credit has to be given to fellow member ShadowRaven for the technical work he did on the placement of this figure into the background as required for this contest.

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I request feedback, please.


FIGURE...REAPER (# 02329 = Siobhana Vampire Queen)...


BACKGROUND...I selected (background # 5) of the ones offered/provided for this contest. I thought the setting of an old deserted opera house rotunda would be an appropriate setting for a vampire rising from the rubble and having a goblet of blood to start her day.


FIGURE & BACKGROUND...Are my work and selection.


TECHNICAL ADAPTATION...AGAIN!!!...Full credit has to be given to fellow member ShadowRaven for the technical work he did on the placement of this figure into the background as required for this contest...I wish to extend my utmost appreciation for the work he did for me; without which I would have no entries in this contest.


Paul (Catdancer)...

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(Ok, I'm leaving this here until I get the photoshop thing figured out)  Meet the Icehound!  This is the Bones version.  The base is sculpey and greenstuff.




Extra Special Thanks to ShadowRaven for the lovely photoshop work!!!


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