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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 9:09 pm    Post subject: Starline 2400 miniatures painting contest Reply with quote

Starline 2400 On-Line Painting Contest
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We have been holding an on-line painting contest since Jan 2005 and expect to continue this through 2007. (Actually, we plan to keep doing it indefinitely, but let’s say we promised to continue it through 2007.) Each month, a theme is selected (announce well in advance). People paint ships or groups of ships and submit photos, which we place on our web site. Gamers then vote for the one they like best, as do company executives. Prizes are then awarded.
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Here are the rules as of 15 Jan 2007. Rules are rules, not suggestions, and to ignore them is to risk being disqualified.
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1. The ships must be Starline 2200, 2300, or 2400 bought (through stores including our web stores) from ADB. (Starline ships bought from TFG prior to 1999 are eligible.) Starline ships on which you did some modifications and kit-bashes are eligible for Player’s Choice but not Designer’s Choice. Ships manufactured by other companies (for example, FASA or Ral Partha) or which you built from scratch by yourself are not eligible. The old "elite" scale ships are not eligible. Zocchi plastic spaceships are eligible (Federation DN, CA, DD, SC, TG) no matter where or when you bought them. If you bought ships on Ebay (or other secondary markets) which are otherwise eligible, they are eligible. If otherwise ineligible, they are ineligible.
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2. Photos are submitted by the painter, not the owner. If you painted ships for somebody else, you are the one who enters. If somebody else painted your ships for you, he is the one who enters.
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3. Send photos to graphics@StarFleetGames.com as 72dpi JPGs not more than six inches wide and not more than four inches tall. If you send them to anyone else in ADB Inc. we cannot promise they will be entered. You can send your photos at any time; we plan to upload them on the 15th of the month of the contest. (Entries for January will be uploaded when we hire a new graphics director.) You may submit one, two, or three photos of each entry (obviously from different angles). If you send four or more, we will use the first three and toss the rest; we will NOT select the best ones. For reasons no one really understands, sometimes photos you thought were the correct size show up here in the wrong size. We’ll fix them as necessary regarding size. Do not photoshop multiple views into a single image; send up to three separate images, each with one view.
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4. While this should not be a photography contest, bad photos (ugly backgrounds, faded colors, out-of-focus, excessive empty background around ships that could otherwise appear larger) hurt your chances. We reserve the right to crop images. We reserve the right to change the contrast if the submitted images are not viewable. You CAN ask that we comment on your photos and recommend whether you do them over, but if you want this critique, ask for it a week ahead of time. You can retouch the background to eliminate issues but you cannot retouch the ship itself.
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5. We reserve the right to modify the rules for the good of the contest if issues arise that the rules did not anticipate.
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6. We won’t take points away for non-standard paint schemes so use whatever colors produce the best effect. However, some players may vote against you if your paint scheme is non-historical, and they have the right to do so. On the other hand, the point is drama, presentation, and painting skills. Sloppy historical paint jobs aren’t going to beat spectacular non-historical paint jobs.
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7. You are allowed to use decals for ship names/numbers and national symbols, but not for overall hull treatment.
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8. It doesn't matter when or how long ago your painted your ship; you can enter it in the appropriate theme category. Ships which win (or are part of winning entries) cannot be re-entered in later contests. Ships which did not win either prize can be resubmitted in later contests if they match the theme of that contest. For example, a Kzinti cruiser which did not win in May 05 could be resubmitted as part of a future Kzinti Fleet contest or a future cruiser theme contest.
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9. The Player’s Choice Award is a $10 gift certificate good at our on-line stores (or at our Origins sales booth). The Company Executives award a second $10 gift certificate for the Designer’s Choice Award. (There is not really a certificate, we just list the winners in a file Leanna keeps and you use "special instructions" to tell her you are using your "certificate.") Often, a single entry wins both awards, but this is not always the case. In contests with few entries, the company reserves the right to not issue a Designer’s Choice Award. We also give the winners a ‘combat ribbon’ in the Star Fleet Universe system of awards, which are listed in Captain’s Log. To be eligible for the Designer’s Choice, your entry must be an unmodified (but -- obviously -- painted) ship. If the theme for that month is a group of ships, only those entries which exactly match a fleet box, squadron box, or other specific package (for example, Cops & Robbers) are eligible for the Designer’s Choice award but all are eligible for the Player’s Choice Award. Winning entries will be posted in the pantheon of artistic heroes on the web site.
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10. Note, we are notoriously bad about uploading things on time, opening and closing voting, and compiling the winner. But we never do it early, so if you submit yours on time and within the rules, you get listed. If not, your odds diminish, but if we’re late uploading and get another entry we will enter it. We will not delay contests on the request of players who aren’t done painting yet. We will sometimes delay a contest if we don’t think there are enough entries. We upload the pictures into a topic on www.StarFleetGames.com/discus but if you have issues with that forum software you can just email your vote to design@starfleetgames.com and we’ll post it. In fact, if you just don’t want anyone to know who you are, you can email your vote to design@starfleetgames.com and we’ll post it. Normally, when we upload photos, we leave the topic locked for a few days to let people contact us if their photos did not present well or if we didn’t post their photos.
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11. You can only send one entry per monthly theme contest.
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12. When voting opens, the ONLY thing people are allowed to say ANYWHERE on the BBS (star fleet games) or the FORUM (federation commander) is the entry number they voted for. All extraneous comments such as "Entry #1 is obviously the best" or "I voted for entry #2 because of its color scheme" will be deleted (as unsportsmanlike attempts to influence later votes) and will not count. Votes cast cannot be changed. People kicked out of the BBS for misconduct can still vote in the contests via Email. Entrants can vote (for themselves or someone else). No entrant can publicize which entry is theirs and no one can do it for you. No "campaigning for votes" is allowed. If you get an Email or other communication asking for your vote, pass it to us and the entry will be disqualified. There is a topic where completed contests and their entries can be discussed, but you cannot discuss an ongoing contest.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scheduld for Miniatures contests
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2007-01 Orion Squadrons
To be eligible for Designer's choice, must be Orion Fleet Box, or one or the two 3-packs of Orion ships.
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2007-02 Brothers of the Anarchist
This must be a set of four ships, one each from Klingons, Hydrans, Kzintis, and Lyrans. (Yes, this is a change from the earlier schedule.)
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2007-03 Hydran Squadrons
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2007-04 Combat Damage
Could involve modified or cleverly painted ships.
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2007-05 Andromedan Squadrons
To be eligible for Designer's Choice, must be either the Andro Fleet Box, or one of the multi-ship listers (Intruder plus three cobras, or the Conquistador+Python).
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2007-06 Brothers of the Anarchist (East)
Take a ship from the Feds, Orions, Romulans, Gorns, or ISC and paint it like it was captured and used by another race. Historical paint schemes are required in this case.
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2007-07 Lyran Squadrons
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2007-08 Brothers of the Anarchist (West)
Take a ship from the Klingons, Kzintis, Tholians, Lyrans, WYN fish, Hydran, or tholian and paint it like it was captured and used by another race. Historical paint schemes are required in this case.
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2007-09 WYN Squadrons
We will have more ships in service for the WYNs by the time this contest rolls around.
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2007-10 Kit Bash (single ship)
Must start with a starline 2400 ship; modifications count as much as the paint job. Cannot be a "brother of the anarchist".
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2007-11 ISC Squadrons
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2007-12 Not yet decided. Anybody got an idea?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a reminder. SVC is currently accepting entries for the January 2007 through June 2007 painting contests. If anyone wishes to enter... now is the time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just dug out all my old SFB stuff and am almost finished assembling my new stuff. Not sure if I'll have any of them finished in time. But I'll be happy to submit them when they are done.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not too late. Due to a couple of problems... the opening of the contest was delayed. Steve is currently accepting entries...

http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/messages/7342/10441.html?1181428553

Steve is going to leave the contests running until he has 3 entries in a catagory.. .at that point, he will continue to acceppt entries for 7-days. Once the seven day deline passes, there will be no additional entries accepted in that catagory. Currently:
Jan has 2 entries
Feb has 0 entries
Mar has 1 entry
Apr has 1 entry
May has 1 entry
Jun has 0 entries.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a follow-up.

I've finished a big project (some Starship Troopers models) and got that out of the way.

I've just whipped up a bunch of Klingons, Tholians, and Kzinti.

Just need to finish working on some decals and base labels.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Send me entries and I'll post them. Give me enough entries and we can start voting.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SVC -"2007-12 Not yet decided. Anybody got an idea?"

I'll say it again (not that it needs repeating) - recycle the contest themes back to the mainline races (Fed,Klingon,Romulan), so some of the new people brought in by FedCom have something to enter.

They don't even know what an Andromedan or a WYN is yet, let alone have a squadron of them.

In the next few weeks I'll have a boat load of Fed and Klingon ships finished (*finally*), but nothing that matches a contest theme until the kitbash one in August.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's start the Feds in Jan 08. Maybe Dec 07 could be "open season, anything goes as long as it hasn't won before".?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds fun to me!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regards Dec 07, how about a diaromas?

Just a thought.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got done moviing... so I have to find where I ACTUALLY boxed some of my stuff!!!


Guess it's time to start painting again!

Anything to get people to look at the site and go....

Oooooh! AAAAAaaah! Would you look at that thing?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AS SVC and Leanna leave Amarillo for their anniversary / honeymoon - several of the online painting contests have been opened for voting.

Orions:
http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/messages/7342/15992.html?1189793270
Hydrans:
http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/messages/7342/17182.html?1189792769
Combat Damage:
http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/messages/7342/17183.html?1189792793
Andromedan Invaders:
http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/messages/7342/17184.html?1189792857
Lyrans:
http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/messages/7342/17192.html?1189792912
Single Ship Kitbash:
http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/messages/7342/17193.html?1189792936

Stop by, take a look at the entries, and vote for your favorite.
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