MOAB runs the full weekend of October 1st (yes, that means you can go to Games Day/Golden Demon on Saturday, then to MOAB on Sunday and Monday for a super miniatures-related weekend!).
MOAB 2011 Painting Competition
Note: Any entry may be moved to a more appropriate category at the judges’ discretion. Categories may include sci-fi, fantasy or historical entries. Entrants may enter upto two entries per category. If an entrant has two entries in a category, the judges will pick the best entry out of the two for placing considerations. This is to avoid the same person willing multiple placings in a category.
1. Single Miniature
Single miniatures that fit on a base size no bigger than 40mm square or round.
Single miniatures must be roughly the size of a 30mm humanoid or smaller.
Single miniatures may be mounted as long as they fit within the base size restrictions.
Total height of miniature and base or plinth must be no taller than 100mm.
2. Large Model
This category is open to single large models that are not war machines.
Models must be larger than a standard 30mm tall humanoid and may be mounted.
Total height of miniature and base or plinth must be no taller than 180mm.
3. Unit, Squad, Group or Regiment
This category consists of a collection of 5-15 single models that form a cohesive group.
This category also includes smaller scale units (such as 20mm historical), in which case it should consist of 5-15 stands.
Units can be a mix of single and large models as appropriate.
4. Vehicle, Squadron, War machine, or Chariot Unit
This category is for any single large vehicles including:
- tanks and vehicles
- non-humanoid vehicle squadrons
- large fantasy war machines
- non-humanoid fantasy war machines
Appropriate crew must be included.
Squadrons and units must number at least three models or stands.
This category also includes 20mm scale squadrons.
Entries must be based accordingly.
This category is for any entry that does not meet the requirements for any of the other entries.
Please restrict entries to miniatures and models. Dioramas and terrain pieces will go into this category.
Please limit entries to fit within an area of 20cm x 20cm x 20cm.
This year, the painting competition display area will be by the Aetherworks stall, where you can also register (see below).
Registration and Schedule
The registration and schedule is as follows:
- Entries may be registered before the MOAB weekend via the MOAB website. Please contact Andrew to arrange transportation of your entry to the venue if you cannot personally attend.
- Entries may be registered on site at the Aetherworks stall any time on Saturday and Sunday at MOAB.
- Entries are to be held for general display, photography and judging after registration at the painting competition table.
- Winning figures will be announced on Monday.
- Awards ceremony and prize draw to be held on Monday at 3pm.
- If you are unable to make the awards ceremony, prizes can be collected via the Aetherworks stall.
- Unless prior arrangement are made with competition staff, all entries must be collected on Monday by 4pm.
The cost of entry is $5 per entry, up to a maximum $20 (you can enter as much as you want, past the cost of the initial 4 entries).
Free Entry for Players Registered with a Tournament
This year, we will allow one free entry to any category for anyone registered with a tournament.
- Entries still must be registered as per the above procedure, with the cost of entry waived for one entry.
- Proof may be required.
- The entry does not have to be from the army you are using in the tournament.
- A full list of tournaments can be found on the MOAB website.
We will award a prize (Best Tournament Player Painting Entry) especially for models entered this way to encourage and acknowledge tournament players to enter the competition. You are also still eligible for other placings within the category as normal, and the prize raffle.
There will be a prize and trophy awarded to the best entry painted by an entrant aged 15 or under. Proof of age may be required. The prize and trophy will only be awarded if we receive sufficient (more than 5) entries.
Trophies and certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place entries in each of the above categories. We will set aside additional prizes for winners of categories, but the majority of the prize pool shall be distributed by a raffle system detailed below.
Prizes will be on display from a range of manufacturers and sponsors. The prize pool will consist of various manufacturer sponsored items that will be on display at the painting competition tables. Winning any of the above categories will grant additional tickets.
Some Hints from the Judges
We thought it would be helpful to let you know some of the things the judge(s) look out for while judging that could potentially make your entry a winner.
Neatness is a key to a winning mini. Before you worry about detailed shading and highlighting, a neat presentation always stands out. Check for paint strokes that have wandered onto another area.
Glue your models together, use pins if it needs it. You may think judges want to see the underside of that miniature sitting on a throne, but if it falls on the ground when we pick up the mini neither you or the judge will be happy. Judges always pick up models to look at them from every direction, ensure your models stay in one piece.
Remove mold lines and drill out barrels. That time spent preparing really shows in the finished model. It can be a decider between two entries vying for a winning place - one has mold lines marring a fine paintjob will be edged out.
A nice base goes a long way - although there are restrictions on base sizes, this does not mean you cannot be creative.
Doing something that helps show off the miniature and put it in context will make it stand out and catch the judges' eyes.