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Crystal Brush Awards 2017 Rules

Entries and Competitors

Entry procedure

Fill in a form at the registration table.

You will be given a claim ticket with a unique ID, and a sticker will be placed 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 and entries will be identified only by number during judging and voting.

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

Short listed winners will be notified at reclamation to be present at the awards ceremony. If short listed, you must be present to be eligible to win.


Conditions of entry

a) All entries must be submitted in person, by the entrant, before 6 p.m. on Friday, March 24.

b) An AdeptiCon Weekend Badge is required to submit entries. A 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 media, either print or online, including but not limited to hobby magazines, manufacturer catalogs, advertisements, box art, or gaming materials such as character cards and rule books.

d) There is a limit of 1 entry per entrant, per category.

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, March 26, at the times designated at registration.

f) Only one person may be listed and credited as the entrant on any joint effort entries. While painters may work on original sculpts or conversions by other artists, and more than one artist may contribute to an entry if desired, there will be no co-credit given or division or duplication of prizes.

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 CMoN, Inc. and AdeptiCon for the duration of the competition for the purpose of display, photography, and judging.  CMoN, Inc. and AdeptiCon accept 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 CMoN, Inc. and/or AdeptiCon, and such recordings shall be the property of CMoN, Inc. and/or AdeptiCon and shall be used in whatever manner CMoN, Inc. and/or AdeptiCon sees fit without further reference or payment to the entrant.


Notes on Category Rules

The Crystal Brush 2017 competition includes eight regular categories and a category for entrants 14 or younger.

Display plinths are not counted as part of the base size or height restriction. However, they will not be considered in onsite judging, on either technical or artistic grounds, and will neither add to nor detract from the entry’s score. A plinth will not necessarily appear in photographs for online voting. 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.)

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 or have groundwork. They will not be considered in onsite judging, and will neither add to nor detract from the entry’s score.

It is recommended that loose models on a plinth or movement tray be secured with putty, magnets, or other means of attachment. Please notify staff of any models which require special handling during registration.

The number of photographs shown for each entry during online voting will depend on its category. Single Figure, Bust, and Young Talent will be represented by three photos—front, back, and an angle or detail shot. Unit, Vehicle/Monster, and Large Scale will be represented by three or four photos, according to size, complexity, and the discretion of the judges. Dioramas will be represented by four or five photos, according to size, complexity, and the discretion of the judges. Display plinths and any portion of the entry which falls outside of size restrictions will not be represented in detail in the photography.

Please note: the head judge will have final say on what models are suitable for submission and category placement of submitted models. CMoN, Inc. reserves the right to refuse any entry upon any grounds, at its discretion.


1. Sci-Fi/Modern, Single Figure

Single figure, 25mm to 40mm scale, on a base no larger than 50mm in diameter, with a total height no more than 75mm.

2. Fantasy/Steampunk/Historical, Single Figure

Single figure, 25mm to 40mm scale, on a base no larger than 50mm in diameter, with a total height no more than 75mm.

3. Unit

Unit, squad, or battlegroup, 25mm to 40mm scale, on bases no larger than 50mm in diameter, with a total height no more than 75mm. Figures may be mounted on a single display base or individually based. Units not on a single display base must be presented on a movement tray. Unit is not required to conform to game play rules.

4. Vehicle/Monster

Vehicle, warmachine, or monster, 25 to 40mm scale, on a base no larger than 300mm in diameter, total height no more than 300mm. This category includes vehicles with riders and figures mounted on large animals such as horses or dragons.

5. Large Scale

Single foot or mounted figure, of any genre, 54mm scale and above, on a base no larger than 300mm in diameter, total height no more than 400mm.

6. Bust

Single bust, of any genre, 1/10 to 1/6 scale, total height no more than 300mm.

7. Chibi Style

Single figure, vehicle/monster, or unit in tabletop scale chibi style. This category includes models used for such games as Arcadia Quest and Super Dungeon Explore. Units not mounted on a single display base must be presented on a movement tray. Units are not required to conform to game play rules. Size restrictions apply as for single figures, vehicles/monsters, and units in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy/Steampunk categories. Dioramas with chibi figures will be placed in the Diorama category and must adhere to that category’s size restrictions.

8. Diorama

At least two figures, of any genre, up to 90mm scale, mounted on a base no larger than 300mm in diameter, total height no more than 400mm.

9. Young Talent

25mm to 40mm scale single 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.

Note: this category is eligible only for trophies and not cash awards.

Judging

a) Judging is based on a combination of methods, which reflects both a traditional model painting competition, as well as the community spirit of CoolMiniOrNot. 50% of the score shall be determined on site by a panel of judges selected by CMoN, Inc. and AdeptiCon.  50% of the score shall be determined by popular vote on CoolMiniOrNot.com.

b) If the volume of entries is high, judges may choose to make a first cut to narrow the field. First cut selections will be photographed and posted for online voting.

c) Judges will make the final determination on entries to be included in the first cut by 3 p.m., Saturday, April 2.

d) In the unlikely event of a tie, judges shall have the power to break the tie.

e) In the event of suspected vote fraud, CMoN, Inc. shall have the power to disqualify votes or entries.

f) All decisions are final.

g) 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 complete judging criteria and procedure overview is available on the Crystal Brush website.

h) Sponsor categories will be judged by individual sponsors or their designated representatives. Sponsors will determine their own judging criteria, which may or may not include the results of internet voting.

Prizes

a) Each category shall have a Gold, Silver and Bronze Crystal Brush prize awarded. Gold winners receive a $200 cash prize, Silver winners $100, and Bronze winners $50.

b) The top 3 scoring entries overall across all categories shall receive cash prizes of $10,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively, guaranteed by CMoN, Inc. Each entrant is only eligible for one top 3 position, i.e. it is not possible to win any combination of the first, second and third prizes, the next runner-up will be awarded instead.

c) For secondary categories created by Crystal Brush sponsors, any additional prize support will be arranged for by the individual sponsors.

d) In the event of any dispute, the sum total liability of CMoN, Inc. to any entrant shall be whatever the entrant paid to CMoN, Inc. directly related to entry in the Crystal Brush 2016 competition, i.e. $0. All rules subject to change without notice.

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