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Does anyone know or are we to assume that the categories for 2019 are going to be the same as in years past?  Wish they would have something other than just the link to hotel on the website.   It is only 6 months away.

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The main categories are the same from year to year. The ones that tend to change are the Manufacturer's awards.

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That is correct, painting categories are stable and do not change. Only the manufacturer awards change and there is an active thread for 2019. Currently we have the following manufacturers committed to additional awards (and more maybe added):

Bombshell Miniatures

Chibi Gamers

Dark Sword Miniatures

Frozen Ninja 3D

Galladoria Games

 

Normally the website is linked to everything but it’s going through a major rebuild this year.

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This will be my 3rd ReaperCon, but my first time entering anything for competition. I have seen in that past that every entry has an index card with the title of the piece, the artists name, and a number and bar code. Do the artists supply the index cards with this information, or is this printed out for them when they turn in their pieces? I am planning to submit in the Painters competition if that makes a difference. Thanks. 

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3 hours ago, JRC3 said:

This will be my 3rd ReaperCon, but my first time entering anything for competition. I have seen in that past that every entry has an index card with the title of the piece, the artists name, and a number and bar code. Do the artists supply the index cards with this information, or is this printed out for them when they turn in their pieces? I am planning to submit in the Painters competition if that makes a difference. Thanks. 

 

The cards are given at the entry registration, with the printed labels done there, so no worries on your end. Be sure to have a title for your entry! That’ll be something they will want you to know.

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While the cards are provided, having a print-out with your name, title of the piece, category, and manufacturer makes registration go much more smoothly I have found.

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On 3/20/2019 at 4:14 PM, Heisler said:

Normally the website is linked to everything but it’s going through a major rebuild this year.

 

My number one priority right now.

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      If you made it through that wall of text, congratulations! Hopefully that helped explain away some of the magic behind the scoring in the Painter Division.
       
       
       
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