What is This?
In the spirit of Rick Priestley’s classic grav-attack build, this contest challenges converters, hobbyists, and scratchbuilders to create a model to be used for tabletop wargaming using random bits of stuff and a lot of creativity. Many of the skills of being a strong miniature hobbyist will be needed to do well in this contest, not only construction and painting but also photography, concept creation,miniature painting, and terrain set-up.
What to Enter:
Contestants will construct and paint a vehicle or structure that is primarily used for long range-deep strike purposes. It can be for military, scientific, or civil usage. Unlike the observation vehicles of last contest I'd like to see things made that can go deep into hostile territory for long periods, fight back hard when threatened, and still survive. Although this sounds like a purely military theme I think that there is plenty of room for things like hunting parties, scientific explorers, or caravans.
The required bit is a computer mouse. Any shape or type is valid but merely painting a mouse shaped like a vehicle will not gain you many points. Track balls are valid as well.
|Sorry old boys, time to put you out to pasture.|
Other materials such as plasticard, putty, wire, etc are acceptable but fully covered over and sculpted entries will not score well.
Any scale supported by existing miniature ranges is acceptable. This will be necessary for the final picture of your entry unless you wish to sculpt your own troops as well.
|I'll never need more computer than this!|
A 200 word or less description of your model should be included with each entry. Explain what type of vehicle or building you have constructed, where it is usually found, what its capabilities are, etc. The scale of your model should be given in this description.
A total of five images must be submitted to be eligible for judging:
- 3 pictures of the final painted vehicle or building on a neutral background showing the three views that best show the construction and finishing of the entry.
- 1 picture of the unpainted vehicle or building along with a list of what materials were used in the construction. If you don’t remember what a particular bit is don’t put it on the list.
- 1 picture of the final painted vehicle or building set in a gaming environment along with painted miniatures of the troops associated with it. This will be a showpiece image and a great chance to really sell your concept. Use of terrain and foliage is expected for this final shot.
No retouching or special effects other than basic photo correction will be allowed on submitted images. Any images showing added effects will be disqualified.
Good, clear photography is expected and will be considered in final judgement. Images should be high quality jpegs no larger than 1 MB per image. Each image should be titled as follows: your_name1.jpeg, your_name2.jpeg, etc. And anyone sending me files that are actually titled “your_name.jpg” will be an automatic ninny-hammer. Please include 200 word description and parts list with the same email.
Limit one entry per person. Only entries that have not appeared elsewhere will be accepted. Please wait to post "work in progress" articles until after the winners have been announced.
Our panel of judges will choose a first place, second place, and third place winner. All decisions of the judges are absolutely final.
How to Enter:
Send an email containing images, model description, your name and country to email@example.com beginning May 1, 2013. Entries will be accepted until June 1, 2013. Winners will be announced on June 5, 2013.
Brian Roe of Roebeast’s Magical House of Sunshine, Gaming legend Rick Priestley, Illustrator and concept artist Des Hanley, Carlos Fernandez of The Game Preserve, Bryan Steele of Ravage Magazine, Jeff Wilhelm of Dragon Forge Design, Jeff Rodman of Fortress Figures, and Diabolical Super Genius of Kitbashing Leland Erickson of Metal Express.
Prizes will be given for First, Second, and Third places.
We have prize support from Dragon Forge Design, Secret Weapon Miniatures, Cool Mini or Not, Kromlech, Blood and Skulls Industry, Ars Minima, Micro Art Studio, Metal Express, Forge of Ice, and Tobsen 77.
Other prizes may be added through the course of the contest. Winners will be responsible for all shipping and handling costs unless otherwise stated by retailer.
This contest is put forth in a spirit of fair play and mutual respect. Any entries that contain offensive material will not be considered for entry. Be cool and creative but don’t build anything you wouldn’t show your mom. Any entry can be refused for any reason especially for not adhering to the basic spirit of fair play.
Please contact Brian Roe at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information.