Expo 2015 Crystal Brush Qualifier Painting Contest Rules

CoolMiniOrNot Expo 2014
Painting Competition Rules

1) Entries and Competitors:

Entry procedure:
• Fill in a form at the competition check in counter.

• You will be given a reclaim ticket stub, and a sticker will be stuck on the underside of your model identifying your ownership.

• Your models will then be placed in the display cases with a small ID card. Card will not be viewed while the model is being displayed.

• You will be given a time and date to collect your models after voting is complete. Your reclaim ticket stub is required to prove ownership.

• Winners will be notified at reclamation to be present at the awards ceremony. You must be present to be eligible to win.

Conditions of entry:
a) All entries must be entered in person by the individual responsible for all the painting on the model before 3p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

b) Entrants must be registered CMON Expo attendees. A weekend badge may be purchased here.

c) Entries must not have been entered previously into any publicized competition. Entries must not have been published in any professional or commercial print or online media, such as hobby magazines, manufacturer catalogs, advertisements, or gaming material.

d) There is a limit of 1 entry per entrant, per category. However, note rules sections 3 and 4 regarding judging and prizes.

e) Entrants are responsible for the transportation of entries to and from the competition. No storage space for transportation materials will be provided. Entrants must pick up entries on Sunday, June 21 at the designated times provided at the event.

f) No team entries are allowed. Artists who create original sculpts and conversions but do not paint the entry will not be listed as entrants (i.e. no co-credit).

g) Entrants must remain available for judging, queries, and prize awards during the competition.

h) Entrants agree to provide all entries, at their own risk, to CoolMiniOrNot for the duration of the competition for the purposes of display, photography, and judging. CoolMiniOrNot accepts no responsibility for damage to or loss of entries during the competition.

i) Entrants agree to have their entries photographed, videoed, or otherwise recorded by CoolMiniOrNot, and such recordings shall be the property of CoolMiniOrNot and shall be used in whatever manner CoolMiniOrNot sees fit without further reference or payment to the entrant.

2) Categories:

The CoolMiniOrNot Expo 2014 competition includes thirteen categories. For categories 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 13, display plinths are not counted as part of the height restriction. However, they will not be considered in judging, on either technical or artistic grounds, and will neither add to nor detract from the entry’s score. All modeled and painted work atop a plinth or standard gaming base will be included in the height allowance and judged as part of the entry. (Example: a figure standing on a flight of stairs, which is mounted on a 50mm round plinth. The figure and the stairs will be measured and judged, but not the plinth.)

For categories 2, 5, 8, 10, and 12, a height restriction has not been placed. However, due to space constraints in the display cabinets and photography area, entrants must notify Crystal Brush/CoolMiniOrNot of any entries larger than 300mm x 300mm x 300mm, before June 13, so that special accommodations for storage and handling can be made. If Crystal Brush/CoolMiniOrNot is not notified, the entry may not be accepted for submission.

All units not mounted on a single display base must be presented on a movement tray. This is to facilitate handling and photography, and to ensure the group is arranged as the entrant intends. Movement trays are not required to be painted. They will not be considered in judging, and will neither add to nor detract from the entry’s score.

Please note: the head judge will have final say on what models are suitable for submission and category placement of submitted models. Categories with fewer than 3 entries may be combined with another category for judging.

1. Science Fiction Single Figure:
Single “human” sized figure, 28 to 40mm scale, on a base no larger than 50mm in diameter, with a total height of 75mm or less.

2. Science Fiction Vehicle or Monster:
Vehicle or large monster, 28 to 40mm scale, on a base no larger than twice the horizontal dimensions of the model, up to 300mm in diameter. This category includes vehicles with riders and figures mounted on large animals such as horses.

3. Science Fiction Unit:
Squad of “human” sized figures, 28 to 40mm scale, minimum of 3 models, maximum of 10 models, mounted separately on bases no larger than 50mm in diameter, or on a single display base no larger than the combined total of all base allowances in terms of width (example: 10 models would be allowed on a 500mm x 50mm base, or other dimensions equal in area). Total height must be less than 75mm. Unit must be presented on a movement tray or single display base to facilitate handling and photography. Unit is not required to conform to game play rules.

4. Fantasy or Steampunk Single Figure:
Single “human” sized figure, 28 to 40mm scale, on a base no larger than 50mm in diameter, with a total height of 75mm or less.

5. Fantasy or Steampunk Vehicle or Monster:
Vehicle or large monster, 28 to 40mm scale, on a base no larger than twice the horizontal dimensions of the model, up to 300mm in diameter. This category includes vehicles with riders and figures mounted on large animals such as horses or dragons.

6. Fantasy or Steampunk Unit:
Squad of “human” sized figures, 28 to 40mm scale, minimum of 3 models, maximum of 10 models, mounted separately on bases no larger than 50mm in diameter, or on a single display base no larger than the combined total of all base allowances in terms of width (example: 10 models would be allowed on a 500mm x 50mm base, or other dimensions equal in area). Total height must be less than 75mm. Unit must be presented on a movement tray or single display base to facilitate handling and photography. Unit is not required to conform to game play rules.

7. Historical Single:
Single “human” sized figure, 25 to 40mm or 1/35 scale, on a base no larger than 50mm in diameter, with a total height of 75mm or less.

8. Historical Vehicle or Monster:
Vehicle or large monster, 25 to 40mm or 1/35 scale, on a base no larger than twice the horizontal dimensions of the model, up to 300mm in diameter. This category includes vehicles with riders and figures mounted on large animals such as horses.

9. Historical Unit:
Squad of “human” sized figures, 25 to 40mm or 1/35 scale, minimum of 3 models, maximum of 10 models, mounted separately on bases no larger than 50mm in diameter, or on a single display base no larger than the combined total of all base allowances in terms of width (example: 10 models would be allowed on a 500mm x 50mm base, or other dimensions equal in area). Total height must be less than 75mm. Unit must be presented on a movement tray or single display base to facilitate handling and photography. Unit is not required to conform to game play rules.

10. Large Scale:
Single figure or bust, 54mm to 120mm scale, on a base no larger than 150mm in diameter.

11. Chibi Style:
Single figure, monster, or unit in tabletop scale chibi or related caricatural, disproportionate style. This category includes models used for such games as Super Dungeon Explore, Arcadia Quest, and Rivet Wars. Units must be presented on a movement tray or single display base to facilitate handling and photography. Size restrictions apply as for single models, monsters, and units in the Sci-Fi, Fantasy/Steampunk, and Historical categories. Dioramas with chibi figures will be placed in the Diorama category and must adhere to that category’s size restrictions.

12. Diorama:
At least two models, up to 120mm in scale, mounted on a base no larger than 300mm in diameter.

13. Young Talent:
28mm to 40mm single “human” sized figure, on a base no larger than 50mm in diameter, with a total height of 75mm or less.
Entrant must be 14 years or younger, i.e. have been born no earlier than June 21, 2001.
This category is not eligible for airfare reimbursement for the Crystal Brush Awards.

3) Judging:
a) Each entry will be evaluated carefully by a panel of judges and compared with the others in its category. For each category, a Bronze, Silver, and Gold place will be awarded.

b) The Gold winners from each category will be compared against each other, and a First, Second, and Third overall ranking assigned.

c) An entrant may be awarded no more than one of the three overall prizes. If an entrant has more than one category Gold winner, only one entry will be chosen for comparison when selecting the top three overall winners.

d) All decisions are final.

e) Judging criteria:
Criteria are provided so that judges can compare entries uniformly and fairly, regardless of style or genre, and so that entrants will have specific information as to what judges are looking for. The CoolMiniOrNot Expo 2015 competition will use the same criteria for judging as for the Crystal Brush Awards onsite judging. The complete judging criteria is available on the Crystal Brush website.

4) Prizes:
a) The CoolMiniOrNot Expo 2015 painting competition is a Road to Crystal Brush competition. The overall highest scoring entrant, across all categories, will be awarded his or her choice of prize:

i. $100 in CoolMiniOrNot store merchandise credit. Credit does not include shipping costs and must be used within 1 year.

ii. Reimbursement by CoolMiniOrNot for round-trip coach airfare from entrant’s location to Chicago, Illinois, for the dates of the following AdeptiCon convention and Crystal Brush Awards.

1. Winning entrant must contact Crystal Brush/CoolMiniOrNot to choose his or her award within 30 days after event. Entrant is responsible for contacting Crystal Brush/CoolMiniOrNot to arrange details of travel and reimbursement.

2. Only one airfare reimbursement will be awarded to the same person within the same calendar year. Winning entrant is eligible only for CMON store credit at any subsequent events at which he or she may be judged the overall winner.

3. Crystal Brush/CoolMiniOrNot is not responsible for lodging, ground transportation, and/or any other expenses incurred by or related to the winning entrant’s travel to/from and participation in the Crystal Brush Awards.

4. Prize, whether in the form of CMON store credit or airfare reimbursement, is nontransferable.

b) The second and third highest scored entries, across all categories, will be awarded respectively $50 and $25 in CoolMiniOrNot store merchandise credit. Credit does not include shipping costs and must be used within 1 year.

c) In the event of any dispute, the sum total liability of CoolMiniOrNot to any entrant shall be whatever the entrant paid to CoolMiniOrNot directly related to entry in the CoolMiniOrNot Expo 2014 competition, i.e. $0. All rules subject to change without notice.