Please complete the Attached Competition Entry Form, Print out THREE  PER CLASS THAT YOU ARE ENTERING and bring on the day.

Competition rules available from download link or below.

EME Painting Competition Classes and Rule Guidelines

Introduction

The ‘Open System’ of judging was originally the brainchild of Shep Paine and has been in use at major US shows as well the World Expo for many years. A version of the system has been in use at Sword & Lance for many years as well – so many of you may already be familiar with it.

The main ideas behind the introduction of this system at Euro Miniature Expo are:-

  • To minimise the number of categories & reduce the level of criteria required when specific classes are used.
  • Enable modellers to group their entries together to form a display within a category. NB if a modeller that need to go into more than one category then they will only be able to group together models that fit into each separate category in one display – for example if they have stock figures and busts then they would go into one class, and if they also have a vehicle or two that were stock kits, then they would go into a separate class. This would entail paying for two separate entries.
  • Judging will be to a level or standard and entries will be allocated awards only if they reach one of those standards in the judging team’s opinion. The awards will be Gold, Silver, Bronze and Commended. There are no limits on the number of awards that can be given within any class – multiple gold, silver, bronze and commended awards can be given and no-one receives an award at the expense of someone else – this is not a ‘first past the post’ system.
  • The system is flexible and the intention is to include entries rather than exclude them because it does not meet the criteria for any particular class. The only exception to this would be models that are (in the opinion of the judges/show organisers) a breach the boundaries of good taste – for example overt sexual content, extreme violence.
  • Categories will be divided into different areas so that modellers can judge as well as compete. This will ensure that we can call upon the best modellers to judge in their areas of expertise and not debar them from entering as well. Each section would have separate judges to avoid conflicts of interests.
  • There will be two Best Of Show awards :–

Senior Best of Show

Junior Best of Show

And a Special award in memory of Mr Lynn Sangster ( all the above being presented along with the Gold Medal winners on the stage on Sunday afternoon).

Added to this there will be several special awards made by traders present at the show. A card will be left on the displays that have caught the eye of these traders, and the modeller can then take this to the trader to receive their prize. The card will have the entrant’s name written on it and identification may be required by the trader to ensure that the right person is collecting the prize.

These special awards are separate from the main competition and will be judged by the traders sponsoring the particular prize. It may therefore be that entries that have not received an award in the main competition gain these special prizes as opposed from them simply being chosen from the pool of Gold Medal winners.

The Special Awards so far will be from :-

SK Miniatures

Oakwood Studios

Sphere Productions

Stormtroopers

CGS Miniatures

Ellie’s Miniatures

Mitch’s Military Models

Greg Girault

Scale Model Challenge

Michael Kontraros

Sarnia

Lynne Sangster

Dewi Evans

Yen Models

Mosun

Andria Miniatures

  • Proxy Entries will be allowed. No form is required but the entry details MUST accurately detail the modellers/painters involved. All entries in an individual display must be from the same modeller / painter.

Competition entry will be open from 10am on Saturday the 22nd September and will close at 1.30pm the same day. The competition room will then be closed to the public at 2:00pm to allow for judging.

Modellers must be willing to display their models for the full two days of the show and can collect them from 2pm onwards on Sunday the 23rd September

If groundwork is not pertinent – say the entry is a bust for example, then that percentage of points would be added in to the other criteria percentages.

Whilst the organisers, judges and the show officials take every precaution to make sure that no damage or loss occurs to models at the show – whether in the competition or on the display stands, all models are displayed or entered into the competition at their owner’s risk.

At the end of each class description there is a guide to how the points could be split up for judging. This is only a guide although it does reflect how the judges will consider each individual piece or display.

Guidelines/Rules for the classes:-

Class 1Historical Painted Miniatures

For figures of any scale, including figures, busts, flats, mounted figures, vignettes and dioramas Improvements to models are allowed, however the judging will be based on the painting of the model rather than any conversion work made. All entries in an individual display must be from the same painter. In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork. All entries in an individual display must be by the same painter.

Points spilt for judging:-

Build of model ( clean-up, construction etc )…..20%

Painting……………………………………………………..60%

Groundwork( if pertinent )…………………………..15%

Presentation ( Plinth, nameplate etc )…………….5%

 

Class 2 – Historical Figure Modeller ( Open )

For figure conversions and scratch built figures of any scale, including figures, busts, flats, mounted figures,vignettes and dioramas. . The models do not necessarily have to be painted although fully finished and painted entries will score higher than unpainted entries. Please help the judges to view your work correctly by providing details of what has been done – e.g. Scratchbuilt, heavy conversion etc. Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Work must be credited with the sculptor & painter named in the case of a collaboration, although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be sculpted / converted by the same person within a single display.In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork.

Points split for judging:-

Sculpting / anatomy……70%

Painting…………………….20%

Groundwork………………10%

 

Class 3 – Historical Ordnance / Vehicle Painter

For stock kits.Entries can have some or all crew visible. Improvements to kits are allowed, however the judging will be based on the painting & finishing of the model as if it was a stock kit rather than any conversion work made. Vehicles include any type of civilian or military transport, ships and aircraft. Vignettes and dioramas where the vehicle or vehicles are the primary focus should be put in this class if built as stock or with minor improvements. All entries in an individual display must be from the same painter. In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork.  All entries in an individual display must be by the same painter.

Points spilt for judging:-

Build of model ( clean-up, construction etc )…..30%

Painting……………………………………………………..50%

Groundwork( if pertinent )…………………………..15%

Presentation ( Plinth, nameplate etc )…………….5%

 

Class 4 – Historical Ordnance / Vehicle Modeller ( Open )

For Scratch built or converted pieces. Can have some or all crew visible. Does not necessarily have to be painted although fully finished and painted entries will score higher than unpainted entries. Vignettes and dioramas where the vehicle or vehicles are the primary focus should be put in this class if the entrant wishes major alterations or scratch building to be taken into account. Please help the judges to judge your work correctly by providing details of what has been done – e.g. Scratchbuilt, heavy conversion etc. Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Vehicles include Civilian and military transport, ships and aircraft.Work must be credited with the scratch builder and painter named in the case of a collaboration, although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be scratch built / converted by the same personwithin a single display.In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork.

Points split for judging:-

Build and Construction……70%

Painting…………………….20%

Groundwork………………10%

 

Class 5 – Fantasy / Sci-fi Painted Miniatures

For Stock figures of any scale; including figures, busts, flats, mounted figures, vignettes and dioramas. Improvements & conversions to models are allowed, however the judging will be based on the painting of the model as if it were a stock figure or figures rather than any conversion work made.All entries in an individual display must be from the same painter. In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork. All entries in an individual display must be by the same painter.

Build of model ( clean-up, construction etc )…..20%

Painting……………………………………………………..60%

Groundwork( if pertinent )…………………………..15%

Presentation ( Plinth, nameplate etc )…………….5%

 

Class 6 – Fantasy / Sci-fi Modeller ( Open )

For conversions or scratch built figures of any scale; including figures, busts, flats, mounted figures,vignettes and dioramas. . Entries do not necessarily have to be painted although fully finished and painted entries will score higher than unpainted entries. Please help the judges to judge your work correctly by providing details of what has been done – e.g. Scratch built, heavy conversion etc. Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Work must be credited with the sculptor and painter named in the case of a collaboration, although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be sculpted / converted by the same person within a single display. Groundwork in the case of vignettes and dioramas will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork.

 

Points split for judging:-

Sculpting / anatomy……70%

Painting…………………….20%

Groundwork………………10%

 

Class 7 – Fantasy / Sci-fi Ordnance Vehicle Painter

For Stock kits. Improvements to kits are allowed, however the judging will be based on the painting & finishing of the model as if it was a stock kit rather than any conversion work made. The figures will be considered by the judges but the completion of the vehicle will be primary consideration. Vehicles include fantasy or sci/fi civilian and military transport, ships and aircraft and also any vignettes or dioramas.In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork. All entries in an individual display must be by the same painter.

Points spilt for judging:-

Build of model ( clean-up, construction etc )…..30%

Painting……………………………………………………..50%

Groundwork( if pertinent )…………………………..15%

Presentation ( Plinth, nameplate etc )…………….5%

 

Class 8 – Fantasy / Sci-fi Ordnance Vehicle Modeller ( Open )

For Scratch built or converted pieces. Can have some or all crew visible. Does not necessarily have to be painted although fully finished and painted entries will score higher than unpainted entries. Vignettes and dioramas where the vehicle or vehicles are the primary focus should be put in this class if the entrant wishes major alterations or scratch building to be taken into account. Please help the judges to judge your work correctly by providing details of what has been done – e.g. Scratchbuilt, heavy conversion etc.Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Work must be credited with the sculptor and painter named in the case of a collaborations; although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be sculpted / converted by the same personwithin a single display.Vehicles include fantasy or sci-fi civilian and military transport, ships and aircraft.Groundwork in the case of vignettes and dioramaswill be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork.

Points split for judging:-

Build and Construction……70%

Painting…………………….20%

Groundwork………………10%

 

Class 9 – Juniors

Any model – historical, Fantasy or Sci-fi – produced by someone 16 years of age or under. If the model is a conversion or scratch built piece please provide details to assist the judges.Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Work must be credited with the sculptor & painter named in the case of a collaboration; although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be sculpted / converted by the same person and both / all collaborators must be fourteen years old or younger within the display. In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork.

Points split for judging:-

Build and Construction……50%

Painting…………………….40%

Groundwork………………10%

 

Class 10a – Painter’s Challenge – Woodland Indian 1770

 

Based on the Woodland Indian 1770 kit from Mitches Military Models, which must be used as the base kit in this class. The model can be converted in any way or left as a stock kit but must be fully painted. Entries will be judged by Euro nominated judges using similar criteria to the main competition classes and all entries have the opportunity to gain Gold, Silver, Bronze or Commended medals. Separate to this, representative(s) of Mitches Military Models will also judge the class and award a prize or prizes to the models they like the most – this could be interesting and may differ from the choices of the Euro judges panel….

 

Class 10b – Painter’s Challenge – Ko Hana

 

Based on the Ko Hana kit from Robot Rocket Miniatures, which must be used as the base kit in this class. The model can be converted in any way or left as a stock kit but must be fully painted. Entries will be judged by Euro nominated judges using similar criteria to the main competition classes and all entries have the opportunity to gain Gold, Silver, Bronze or Commended medals. Separate to this, representative(s) of Robot Rocket Miniatures will also judge the class and award a prize or prizes to the models they like the most – this could be interesting and may differ from the choices of the Euro judges panel….

 

 

Class 11-  Display only

 

This class is for modellers who do not wish to enter the competition but would still like to display their models at the show. Anyone can enter this class with any model that would normally fit into the main competition classes described above. Mixtures of converted, Scratch-built and stock kits, Figures and vehicles can all be put in a single display.

The only rule being that you display no more than five pieces in order that we can try and fit everyone in. Entry into this class is FREE OF CHARGE but no Gold, Silver, Bronze or Commended prizes will be awarded to models displayed. Addition of a nameplate showing the modeller’s name would be appreciated, and one is available to download Here.

Download Nameplate

 

 

Judging

This year we have made a few small changes, and as with last year we hope that they improve the competition.

We are open to ideas and we will review everything in the light of experience.

As modellers ourselves, we want to ensure fair play, common sense and most of all that each competitor’s work recognised appropriately.

Teams of judges will judge each category and therefore it is not one person’s opinion. Different styles are taken into account. Overall, the Head Judges will look to maintain consistency across the categories.

Awards will be made to entries that the judges deem meet a level of quality and issued to a deserving display using one of the following two criteria:-

  1. Either the judges will decide amongst themselves which – in their opinion – is the best model within a display and judge that one piece, which will be named as that entrant’s winning piece

OR

  1. If all the models within the display are of the same standard, then the whole of that entrant’s display will be noted as receiving the award.

Prizes will range from Gold, Silver, Bronze and Commended. Gold medals will be announced on the stage at 15:00 on Sunday, all other awards will be available for entrants to collect in the competition room from 14:00 on Sunday on production of their entry form.