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Miniature figure painting competition

Skills and vision

Ropecon’s traditional miniature figure painting competition will once again showcase and award the most fantastic figures in the miniature wargaming scene. You can sign up to the competition at the miniature wargame desk at the convention on Friday or Saturday. Signing up in advance is not available. Competition pieces can be retrieved prior to the award ceremony, which will be held on Sunday.

Before you whip out your best brushes and start painting, read the instructions and rules of the competition below. Please note that pieces may have to be moved during the competition, so it is recommended that all competition pieces are well secured to their bases and prepared to withstand transfer without falling over.

Welcome to the competition!

Miniature wargaming coordinator 2018
Ville Mutka
figupelit@ropecon.fi

Schedule

Sign-up at the miniature wargame desk
Fri 3 pm – Sat 3 pm

Audience voting at the miniature wargame desk
Sat 3 pm – 9 pm

Retrieval of competition pieces at the miniature wargame desk
Sun 12 noon – 5 pm

Award ceremony
Sun 5 pm at the ending ceremony of Ropecon

Competition categories

1. Single showcase miniature

⊗ Main focus of judging in this category will be on viewing the miniature up close in detail.

⊗ Miniature should fit on a square or a round base (max. 40 mm across) or on an elongated cavalry base of similar dimensions. Exceptions include human sized miniatures that come with a larger base due to their accompanying vehicle or mount, e.g. cavalry units by Privateer Press.

⊗ Decorating the base to complement the overall competition piece is very much recommended.


2. Single tabletop miniature

⊗ Main focus of judging in this category will be on viewing the miniature from a distance similar to a real gaming situation.

⊗ Miniature should fit on a square or a round base (max. 40 mm across) or on an elongated cavalry base of similar dimensions. Exceptions include human sized miniatures that come with a larger base due to their accompanying vehicle or mount, e.g. cavalry units by Privateer Press.

⊗ Base of the miniature should be stylised to represent the imagined game board. Please note that only gaming bases can be entered in this category: using showcase or display bases is not acceptable.


3. Team of miniatures

⊗ In addition to technical execution and painting skills, judging in this category will be focused on the cohesion, personality and dynamics of the team as well as on creating an illusion of a large number of characters within the piece.

⊗ Team should consist of at least three miniatures.


4. Diorama

⊗ In addition to technical execution and painting skills, judging in this category will be focused on conveying a story through the diorama.


5. Open category

⊗ Open category is for those competition pieces that do not fit in any other categories. These can include miniatures such as war machines, large statues, dragons and other monstrous beings, giant robots etc.


Theme category: life and community

⊗ In addition to signing up to the categories listed above, each participant may also enter one of their competition pieces into the theme category. Pieces entered into this category must be somehow connected to the theme of Ropecon 2018, which is “life and community”. In this category, judging will be focused on how well the piece embodies this year’s theme as well as on the technical execution and painting skills.

Rules of the competition

Signing up

Participants may enter one competition piece for each of the categories. One of these pieces can also be entered separately into the theme category. All competition pieces must be painted by the participant themself.

It is also possible to enter pieces to the competition on behalf of someone else. In this case you will be required to provide contact information of the person who painted the miniatures when signing up. You will also need to fill in the contact information of the person retrieving the pieces after the competition.

Judges reserve the right to move competition pieces to another more suitable category if needed.


Judging and audience voting

Judges will carefully examine competition pieces signed up for each category and choose which ones will make it to the final round. Winners of each category and the winner of the overall competition will be chosen out of the pieces in this final group. The winner of the themed category will also receive an award. Additional honorary awards may be given out at the ceremony.

Attendees of Ropecon will also have a chance to vote for their favourite miniatures in the audience voting. The winner of the audience vote will be rewarded as well.

If participants want to, they can receive comments and feedback on their competition pieces from the judges after the award ceremony at the miniature wargame desk.


Owners of the pieces are responsible for them during the competition

Ropecon is not responsible for any theft or damages caused to the miniatures (competition pieces) during the convention unless they are explicitly caused by mishandling or other mistakes made by our staff members. By entering into the competition participants understand and accept that competition pieces will be left out on public display in glass showcases at the venue overnight. So far in the history of Ropecon not a single miniature figure has ever been stolen from the miniature wargame desk. Our staff members at the desk are sure to look after each piece as if they were their own and handle them with utmost care, treating competition pieces as gently as they would a colony of cute baby fruit bat burritos.

Winners of Ropecon 2017 miniature figure painting competition

Team category & winner of overall competition
Jaakko Siitonen
Single tabletop miniature
Tommi Malkki
Diorama
Atte Timonen
Single showcase miniature & theme category ”classics”
Jari Hirvikoski
Open category
Teemu Valve
Audience favourite
Elias Huuhka

See all pieces entered into Ropecon 2017 miniature figure painting competition at our Flickr photo gallery »

Any questions?

figupelit@ropecon.fi