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 Theoretical question: Does a diorama need to have more than one figure in it? For example, what if the complete lack of other figures is the central theme of the scene?

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Theoretical question: Does a diorama need to have more than one figure in it? For example, what if the complete lack of other figures is the central theme of the scene?

I think of dioramas as being more than 3-4 figures in a scene and vignettes as being up to 3 figures in a scene. A single figure with enough other elements painted up could be a vignette or diorama, but those other pieces should be pretty elaborate like vehicles and buildings painted up or made from scratch.

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 Theoretical question: Does a diorama need to have more than one figure in it? For example, what if the complete lack of other figures is the central theme of the scene?

 

Well, I would allow you to enter it, as long as it was still an appropriate size for a diorama. But I'd expect it may have trouble winning, unless there is some seriously amazing basing work going on. It would be competing against dioramas with multiple figures and amazing basing too so when the judges are looking at it, I'd imagine it would really have to be something special to have a chance.  

Mind you I'm not judging this, so I'm just speculating.

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Theoretical question: Does a diorama need to have more than one figure in it? For example, what if the complete lack of other figures is the central theme of the scene?

 

Well, I would allow you to enter it, as long as it was still an appropriate size for a diorama. But I'd expect it may have trouble winning, unless there is some seriously amazing basing work going on. It would be competing against dioramas with multiple figures and amazing basing too so when the judges are looking at it, I'd imagine it would really have to be something special to have a chance.  

Mind you I'm not judging this, so I'm just speculating.

 

For the contest at Rcon, they had an entry where it was only one figure with the concept of him parachuting to the convention submitted to the Diorama catagory (I think it got either a cert or a bronze too). There were other ones that were one figure as well I believe. Pretty much in general contests, the criteria for a Diorama is just a depiction of a scene with objects and figures done at a miniature scale to a painted background. It is relatively loose criteria though as I've also seen some without backgrounds or objects.

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I guess what we need to do is really define them for contests like this. I know there are associations out there that have pretty simple rules for what constitutes Vignette, Diorama, Squad, etc. We should be consistent throughout the forum on what these things are, my thought is to define them the way that Reaper does at ReaperCon since this is a Reaper forum.

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and that definition would be???  as I have not attended a con and the con being in Texas probably unlikely that i will.

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and that definition would be???  as I have not attended a con and the con being in Texas probably unlikely that i will.

 

The one I'd like to point out is at the very bottom where all vignettes and dioramas contain at least 2 models that are telling a story.

 

This is from their ReaperCon Contest Page:

 

 

 

Sponsored Awards Reaper Miniatures

Through the years Reaper Miniatures has sponsored awards and painting contests of every level around the world. In 2004 we created our own painting contest and a one of a kind award to go with it. The Sophie, an 11" custom statue like no other, was first presented in 2005. Originally the Sophie was given for excellence in several categories such as best Warlord Unit and Best Single Fantasy Piece. Today however it is only presented as a single Gold, Silver and Bronze award in each of three divisions: Open, Painters and Diorama.

If your entry in to the Master Series Paint Open is a single, group or diorama of Reaper models then your entry qualifies for a Sophie. Please remember to mark your Display Form where indicated. If you have any questions about whether or not your entry qualifies please do not hesitate to ask the Exhibition Staff.

Note while the Divisions of the Sophie Awards are similar to the Exhibition Divisions they are not exactly the same. Please take time to read the descriptions below and note the differences.

Open Division includes converted and/or scratch-sculpted entries where the exhibitor understands that all aspects of the entry are judged. No single unmodified or stock model will be found in this division regardless of the basing of the entry. Entries in this division are judged for Difficulty, Creativity, Workmanship, Painting Skill and Presentation.

Painters Division includes figure models where the exhibitor understands that only the painting aspects of the entry are judged. Regardless of any added basing, an entry that is single figure model that is unmodified or stock belongs in this division. Scratch built and converted figures are not excluded from this division but they are judged as if they were a painted stock commercial casting. Entries in this division are judged for Difficulty, Workmanship, Painting Skill and Presentation.

Diorama Division includes all dioramas and vignettes or entries that contain a minimum of two models that are telling a story. Entries in this division may be composed of models that are stock, converted, scratch-sculpted or a combination of all of the above. Entries in this division are judged for Difficulty, Workmanship, Painting Skill, Presentation, and Narrative.

 

The one I'd like to point out is at the very bottom where all vignettes and dioramas contain at least 2 models that are telling a story.

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I guess what we need to do is really define them for contests like this. I know there are associations out there that have pretty simple rules for what constitutes Vignette, Diorama, Squad, etc. We should be consistent throughout the forum on what these things are, my thought is to define them the way that Reaper does at ReaperCon since this is a Reaper forum.

 

The diorama rules for this contest were based off of the two contests I've entered dioramas in, last year's Dragon's contest and the Songs contest.

 

I have no issue with a standardized set of rules for contests, however this contest is already underway, so wholesale changes to the rules will not be happening as that is unfair to those that may have already started entries.

 

Could we please move any discussion of the standardization of rules to a new thread so that people aren't confused by any rules being posted that aren't relevant to this contest?

 

Thanks.

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