To showcase all the amazing artistic talent of attendees, 2016 saw the first CaptainCon painting competition. Details of rules and categories can be found below after the winners and gallery of entries.
Honorable Mentions and Photographer Favorites
Anyone may enter so long as the work that you enter is your own and we still have room in the case. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges on two criteria – technical skill and presentation/creativity. In addition to the awards from the judges, we will also have a People’s Choice award for the entry voted highest by attendees at the show. Categories this year are:
Single Figure. All entries in this category must be a single model on a 40mm round (or equivalent) size base or smaller.
Monster/Vehicle. All entries in this category must be a single model on a 50mm round base (or equivalent) or larger. Entries may also be a single vehicle or similar without a base. No entry in this category may measure more than 12” in either height, width, or length.
Diorama or Group. This category includes composed dioramas/scenes or a cohesive group of figures with or without a stand such as a Guild Ball team, a squad/unit, or a WM/H battlegroup. No entry in this category may measure larger than 12” in either height, width, or length or may be composed of more than 10 loose pieces. For example, 30 models all affixed to a base and backdrop as a single diorama of a battle scene is one piece where the same 30 models loose or sitting on a transport board would not qualify due to having more than 10 loose pieces.
Young Blood. This category is open only to entrants 15 and under who must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian when submitting and picking up entries. Entries in this category must follow the requirements for the Single Figure category above. Young contestants are also welcome to enter in any of the other categories as well.
- All entries must have been painted by the person entering the piece(s) in the competition and not by a third party.
- If conversion work is done, that work must have also been done by the entrant him/herself.
- Complete re-paints of models from pre-painted lines are acceptable, we’ll take your super-detailed X-Wing entries so long as you painted them.
- You may only submit one entry per category but you may enter all categories if you wish and are able.
- Entry into the competition is consent to use your name, photos of your entry/entries, and/or your photo on our web page, Facebook page, or Twitter account for promotion or other purposes.
- All rules subject to last-minute changes if we hit conditions beyond our control, but we’re pretty sure that won’t happen.
- All entries must be submitted in person at the CaptainCon registration desk between Noon on Friday, February 5, 2016 and 6pm Saturday, February 6, 2016.
- Entries are limited to the capacity of our display case – once we’re out of room, we’ll take no more entries.
- Judging will take place throughout the convention for People’s Choice (see below) and by the judge panel on Saturday evening.
- Winners will be posted/announced either Saturday evening at 8pm or Sunday morning at 9am depending on volume of entries to be judged
- Your entry(s) will remain in the case until pickup on Sunday morning, so plan your schedule accordingly – don’t enter a model you’re counting on for that tournament or RPG session on Saturday afternoon.
- Entries may be picked up by contestants starting at 9am on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Please make sure you have a photo ID with you when dropping off and picking up your entry.
- Any entries left unclaimed after 5pm on Sunday evening will be considered abandoned and become the property of CaptainCon/New England Privateers LLC to be used as prize support or in any other way we see fit. Please don’t put us in that position.
Judging and Prizes:
- Entries will be judged throughout the weekend by CaptainCon attendees who may vote for their favorite entry in each category. The winner of each will be named “People’s Choice”
- Entries will also be reviewed and judged Saturday night by a panel of judges. Each judge will grade each entry on a scale of 1 to 20 on each of two factors:
- Technical Skill – This includes things like smoothness of blending and crispness divides or “staying in the lines” as well as techniques like object source lighting, non-metallic metallic, freehand work, and conversion work. This also incorporates skill at model assembly – can we see your joints or your mold lines, etc.
- Presentation and Composition – This includes consideration of color pallet and balance as well as basing, and other efforts to evoke the “feel” or “theme” of the entry. A coherent presentation does not require slavishly following the established colors of the model’s source material – a squadron of Hello Kitty TIE Fighters can score just as well on presentation and composition as an historically accurate and detailed WWII tank.
- All winners will be posted/announced either Saturday evening at 8pm or Sunday morning at 9am depending on the volume of entries to be judged
- The awards are:
- 1st place and 2nd place (highest and second highest total score) in each category.
- People’s Choice Award – attendees may vote for their favorite entry throughout the contest. The entry with the most votes wins.
- Grand Champion – Chosen from among the 1st and 2nd place winners in all categories, this is the entry with the highest combination of judge points and also factors in People’s Choice votes