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10th Annual Reaper Forums Large Model Challenge, Rules and Discussion (2022)


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40-99mm wide/tall (Reaper only)
100mm+ wide/tall (Reaper only)
Diorama (Reaper Only)
Non Reaper models Busts, and Dioramas over 40mm wide/tall


Reaper contest:


-- entries must be Reaper figures. Any 40mm or larger figure, metal or Bones, in production or OOP can be entered

-- any figure which was painted and finished in 2022 is eligible

-- figures that have won a statue level award as a ReaperCon entry are ineligible.  This includes a Sophie, Golden Maelee, etc.

-- the deadline for entries is Dec 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST

-- a diorama is defined as two or more figures on a scenic base that helps to tell a story. The diorama may have smaller figures, as long as there is one large sized Reaper figure in the entry. Figures do not have to be permanently attached to the base but a scenic base must be present.

-- you may enter as many times as you like, but only one prize per person will be awarded across all categories

-- each entry needs to be uploaded to the appropriate thread. Please attach your entries using the forum uploading feature. We want to make sure they're visible at all times.

-- you may submit between one and four images of each Single Figure entry and up to six images for Diorama. They do not need to be stitched into a single image file.

-- you are allowed to enter miniatures that will also be entered into other contests that might overlap ours.

-- nudity in entries is fine but please provide a link to entries containing nudity and do not post the photos directly into the forums

-- 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.




Reaper has approved prizes in each category:


1st prize $50

2nd prize $30

random drawing prize $20  


If there are fewer than 8 entries in any category, only 1st prize and the random prize will be awarded. 


Image Enhancement:


-- 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.


Non-Reaper contest:


-- entries which fit the above requirements (40mm+) or busts, or dioramas that were not made by Reaper can be entered here. 

-- dioramas need to follow the same rules as for the Reaper Diorama category with at least one larger figure in the diorama and on a scenic base

-- there is no Reaper prize support for this category

-- 3rd party prize support will be determined by donations near the end of the contest.

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4 hours ago, billr said:

"the deadline for entries is Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST"


Copy paste issue? 😄



I spotted that too


Just to clarify in light of the above mistake, is the part below also a typo?  Or are pieces completed in 2021 definitely allowed?



On 2/5/2022 at 3:19 AM, Pochi said:

-- any figure which was painted and finished in 2021 is eligible



Either way, this looks great.  I don't really do competitions, but this looks like it could be fun!

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2 hours ago, Jesshield said:

Which would be the proper contest for a diorama that has one very large Reaper figure, 3 standard sized Reaper mini and 3 standard size non Reaper minis?


Sounds like the Reaper Diorama category. As long as you have at least one large Reaper mini, it is fine to have non-Reaper as well.

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On 10/5/2022 at 6:14 AM, Cygnwulf said:

Here's a question.  Reaper's handfull of busts, do they belong in the Large reaper model thread? I assume so I just want to clarify.

I would say yes as long as they meet the size requirements.  Sorry for the delay in answering. I have been moving.

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We have the names of the winners for the 2022 Annual Forum Contest!


First, I would like to thank @dks, @Kuro Cleanbrush, and @Corporea for once again judging for us! I think it is awesome that artists of their caliber take time to do this for us. You guys are super appreciated!


I would also like to thank all of you artists who participated. There are so many beautifully painted minis that were entered! You all did great! 

The winners are:


40-99mm wide/tall (Reaper only)


1st place - Pochi with Air Elemental Scion

2nd Place - @Bobicus with Air Elemental Scion

Random draw - @Mini_Mommy with Water Scion

100mm+ wide/tall (Reaper only)


1st place: @jedijared with Valfuryx

2nd place: @myfuzzykitty with Valfuryx

Random draw: @clavicus81 with Blacksting

Diorama (Reaper Only)


1st place: @LarsM with Better Than New

2nd place: @Fencig with Encounter at Ash Mountain

Random draw: @thedogfather1 with Darkwarden Mouseling

Non Reaper models Busts, and Dioramas over 40mm wide/tall

(This category does not have prize support)


1st place: @Auberon with Jeanne

2nd place: @clavicus81 with Book Dragon


Congratulations! I will be sending everyone a message where I will ask for your name, email, and what currency you would like your gift certificate in. Once I hear back from everyone, I will email that information to Reaper who will then email your gift certificate to the email you provided.


Thank you to Reaper and the judges and all of you for another great year of painting!


If anyone would like to take over running the contest, I can help you out with what you need to do but I will no longer be running the forum contest. Message me if you're interested!


Happy 2023!

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On 1/9/2023 at 5:15 PM, Pochi said:

The winners are: Reaper Diorama only

2nd place: @Fencig with Encounter at Ash Mountain


Great job and congratulations!

Doh!, a bridesmaid again 🙂


thanks to all, especially the judges, another fun contest. Sorry to see your ducking out Pochi, hopefully your still on the forum

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one thought for next year, i think it might help to know what the judging criteria is, or if there is one? Obviously, painting quality will be the biggest factor, but in the case of the Diorama contest what portion of the total score is



On 2/4/2022 at 8:19 PM, Pochi said:

-- a diorama is defined as two or more figures on a scenic base that helps to tell a story.



any others i forgot.

      if this to big hassle to do then that's ok, i was just curious

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