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Useful information.  In your previous thread on supporter's you mention bringing mini's from various companies.  I think bringing one (maybe two) from each of them would not fall into the too many would it?  I definitely do not plan on bringing every many I've painted in the last 6 months. Though I only plan on entering into the painters competition. 

 

We have a number of manufacturers providing additional prizes if you paint their miniatures. So certainly bring a variety of minis and manufacturers. For the main Open judging the judges will pick one mini for a medal. The manufacturers' awards are separate though, so another pass will be made through the room to make sure all the Dark Sword Miniatures (as an example) are pulled together so the Dark Sword judges can make their decision. The same will be done for DGS/Freeblade, Hasslefree and Red Box Games. Even if one of those minis is picked for a medal it might win a manufacturer's award as well or perhaps another one of your entries will win an MA. If you have say five entries in Painters; you are eligible for one medal and five MAs (counting a Sophie Trophy as an MA) and on top of that a Best of Show. A single mini could take a medal, an MA, best theme and a best in show if the cards were to fall right.

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So you are coming to ReaperCon and its coming fast, especially for those of us still working away on our entries. ReaperCon is a rather unique convention and there is nothing else quite like it out th

Yeah, I entered Damien into the Open catergory because it was the only thing I'd ever converted!  The model picked to judge in Painters was one I wouldn't have entered and ended up with a silver.  

I would definitely prefer not to be asked questions about placement prior to the contest judging. It's a different atmosphere/lighting/frame of mind. I also feel like if we said one placement in advan

Thanks for the clarification. Honestly, I'll be happy if I get a bronze, as this my first competition and convention.  I'm mostly looking for in-person feedback and a chance to meet several of the awesome people on the forum.  But, Hey you never know. If you ain't in it you cant win it.

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Thanks for the clarification. Honestly, I'll be happy if I get a bronze, as this my first competition and convention.  I'm mostly looking for in-person feedback and a chance to meet several of the awesome people on the forum.  But, Hey you never know. If you ain't in it you cant win it.

 

Me too, I'll be quite happy to get bronze

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Thanks for the clarification. Honestly, I'll be happy if I get a bronze, as this my first competition and convention.  I'm mostly looking for in-person feedback and a chance to meet several of the awesome people on the forum.  But, Hey you never know. If you ain't in it you cant win it.

 

Which we are happy to give. And your right, you can't win if don't enter. 

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Quick Question, For Dioramas, does every figure in the piece have to be from reaper in order to qualify for a Sophie? Or is it okay for one figure to be from another company and still quailfy?

 

That's a good question. I might have to take that up with Michael. But I think it would depend on if its one of the primary elements or a supporting element. If its a primary element then I would so no, it doesn't qualify for a Sophie then. If its a supporting element then I think it would be okay for a Sophie. I'll try and have a discussion with Michael about it.

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Quick Question, For Dioramas, does every figure in the piece have to be from reaper in order to qualify for a Sophie? Or is it okay for one figure to be from another company and still quailfy?

 

That's a good question. I might have to take that up with Michael. But I think it would depend on if its one of the primary elements or a supporting element. If its a primary element then I would so no, it doesn't qualify for a Sophie then. If its a supporting element then I think it would be okay for a Sophie. I'll try and have a discussion with Michael about it.

 

If it helps, the diorama is of 15-20 dwarves trying to take down a dragon. The dragon is reaper but would ALL of the dwarves have to be? (I'm not entering this year, but I will be next year.)

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Quick Question, For Dioramas, does every figure in the piece have to be from reaper in order to qualify for a Sophie? Or is it okay for one figure to be from another company and still quailfy?

 

That's a good question. I might have to take that up with Michael. But I think it would depend on if its one of the primary elements or a supporting element. If its a primary element then I would so no, it doesn't qualify for a Sophie then. If its a supporting element then I think it would be okay for a Sophie. I'll try and have a discussion with Michael about it.

 

If it helps, the diorama is of 15-20 dwarves trying to take down a dragon. The dragon is reaper but would ALL of the dwarves have to be? (I'm not entering this year, but I will be next year.)

 

 

Mmmm, okay that does throw a different light on it the dwarves are both secondary and primary elements. Well at least we don't have to have a definitive answer right now, but I will get an answer.

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I have to say that the feedback is the best part of the contest -- don't get me wrong.  I want to do better than I did last year, but the feedback from all the judges was perhaps the best part.  All of their advice was constructive and very helpful.  I guess what I am saying is -- don't be afraid to ask for all the artists advice after the contest.  Its all good!

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I have to say that the feedback is the best part of the contest -- don't get me wrong.  I want to do better than I did last year, but the feedback from all the judges was perhaps the best part.  All of their advice was constructive and very helpful.  I guess what I am saying is -- don't be afraid to ask for all the artists advice after the contest.  Its all good!

 

And to push that a bit, you should try and get feedback from all three of the judges that scored your work. If you have entries in multiple categories you are likely to have had more than one team of judges looking at your work and you can pick up a lot of information that way. However, even if you can't find "your" judges talk to anyone that is there or take it over to artist row and get some advice. Most of our judges are going to be sitting there at one time or another during the course of the convention.

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Remember the judges and artists are trying to help you. Try to set aside your ego and really listen to what they're saying. Don't get defensive or argue. You may not agree, but they're offering you an extremely valuable service by giving you a professional opinion (for free). I saw a couple people get too defensive to the point that I don't think they learned anything from the (in my opinion quite valid) feedback they were being offered.

 

As I said, you may not agree and there is always going to be artistic differences (hey, I was in a band, we had 'em all the time!). But save that for later introspection and be in the moment and receptive while you're getting your feedback.

 

(for those of you taking Wren's Level Up class, she covers giving and receiving feedback, which was extremely helpful as I put her advice directly into action at Reapercon!)

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It has to be hard being patient telling people what is wrong with their Best work!

 

I have a question that is sort of an inverse of  someone elses:  if my diorama is primarily made up of DSM figures, will it still be included for the DSM award?  or is the award restricted to single figures only?  I ask because I am planning on bringing a diorama of a party of DSM critters and I would like to know if I need to set up a single DSM figure as well. 

 

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