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The fifth edition of FU!UK's renowned annual sculpting contest is now in the judging stage!
As always, the aim of the contest is to receive submissions of original sculpts from you (the frother community), which will then be judged by a team of renowned frothers from different corners of the hobby. The winning sculpts will be sold in the webshoppe for all frothers to buy.
You can send in your entries for the Sculpting Contest until 31st May 2009.
1. The theme: Modern day zombie mayhem!
We're looking for figures that could be used to recreate the modern zombie horror flicks on a gaming table. Shambling deaders or fast moving corpses, its all good.
Survivors of the zombie apocalypse too, either hiding, fleeing in terror or tooled up to fight the undead menace. And the zombies don't have to be human either - zombie dogs can be great fun, or zombie rabbits (they'll do you a treat)... we don't want to spoil the fun by outlining all of the possiblities for you!
So as not to limit the sculptor's creativity, we won't set any specific categories in advance, but will look at the entries we get and see which categories - if any - emerge from the submissions. You can enter as many different figures as you want - bear in mind that the final figure sets will need to have a higher proportion of zombies than zombie food, so if you are playing the numbers then Undead Fred is (mathematically) a more likely to be a winner than Sally Survivor!
Professional and amateur may both enter – the angry young sculptors should be ready to humble their elder peers. They have done so in the past.
2. The Judges
Who will decide which entries are the most frothworthy?
Our judges this year are:
From Cold War Miniatures, producers of the "Dead Will Walk" modern zombie range, its Richard Dickens!
Richard is joined this year by two frothers: Akula and Ben Brownlie, who both have a keen interest in the theme (see Akula's painted zombie hordes at our Salute 2009 game).
3. The Winners
There can be only one... erm... well... as much as there will be categories, and... erm... maybe more. Crikey!
Each category will have a winner (the category’s first) and runners-up.
The winner of each category will be moulded and cast up at our expense (well, their figures anyway - Ed). A full set of the figures will be given to each winner, with a few individual castings of their figure (at least 3, possibly more depending on their size and the caster's whim).
If the overall quality of the entries is of a high level we reserve the right to cast up a selection of the runners-up as well, who will then also be given a full set of the figures and castings of their own sculpts.
Winners should be prepared to send their sculpts to mouldmaker Pete Brown at their own expense (we can't pay for everything) and risk (mail). Please try to send the sculpt as soon as you can - If your sculpt is not recieved in time to make the moulds we may need to offer the place to another figure!
4. IP and the rights to the figures
Who owns the reproduction rights to the figures? We have given this some long reflection and have decided the rights should stay where they belong, being with the sculptor.
However, for froth’s sake, we reserve the right to produce the figures for a limited period of two months after the production mould is made. The figures will only be sold as full sets and at a low price. Sales of this set will go towards production costs of the set as well as operating costs of the FU!UK community. It is not our intention to earn a profit from these sales. It is not our aim to get free sculpts so we can make money off them. Naturally, all contest winners will be able to get individual copies of their own figure(s) at cost.
After this limited period of availability, all rights will return to the sculptor, who will retain complete intellectual property rights and do with the figures as he (or she) pleases, including selling them as part of his (or her) own range, or feeding them to squirrels.
All this and more is included in the Competion Rules, which you must read before entering. Honestly, it's common sense to do so.
Any queries relating to the frother sculpting contest should be referred to contest enquiries. FU!UK is not responsible for any acts of grand larceny carried out through its web site. I hope.
Gallery 1: the survivors
Gallery 2: the horde zombies
Gallery 3: the special zombies
Before you start sculpting it's a good idea to take the time to read these important submission criteria.
First of all, originality is expected here. You can't go around copying someone else's designs or artwork. A 3D copy of a 2D original is still a violation of copyright, unless the original art is in the public domain, or you got (written) permission from the artist.
The scale should be 28mm. This doesn't mean the figure has to be exactly 28mm sole to eye, but if it represents an adult, it should be pretty close to that scale. This being said, if you sculpt a miniature of someone of a younger age, or a non-human race, then by all means sculpt it in accordance. Be imaginative.
Secrecy clause: In order to avoid any possible predisposition amongst judges, complete secrecy is expected until after the contest. This means that we will pass on all entries to the judges anonymously. To help us with this, you are asked not to post pictures of your entries anywhere else and to refrain from divulging your chosen subject on any public or private forums.
The competition emphasises the sculptor’s complete responsibility: to make a nice looking fig which can be cast. The practicality of making it will be judged alongside the froth value and degree of craftsmanship. In order to aid the beginning sculptor to ensure his work meets these criteria, a set of guidelines and basic sculpting and moulding FAQ can be found here. Sculpts that will require breaking into separate parts to make casting possible are allowed, but wait with the separating until our mouldmaker can give you instructions of what is required.
To enable us to judge accurately, we will ask you to supply the best quality pictures you can take, from different angles (3 to 4 shots should do). We would recommend 300dpi at most and preferrably no more than 600 pixels in any direction. Please send JPEG files compressed to 'best' quality (80-90%) and files no larger than 150Kb (each). Remember to trim the image around the figure, just like the pros do - we don't want to be downloading images of your whole workdesk, complete with views over the Danube. At least one of the pictures should have a ruler in it in order to judge the actual size of the figure (you may submit the size comparison shot at a lower size and/or quality - provided it is recognisably the same figure!).
Pictures can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The judges may contact you to request additional pictures of your sculpt. If you don’t own a good camera or your photography skills are in line with those of some of our General Staff and you still wish to enter, you can contact us if you wish to send your actual sculpt to us.
Diorama's are not forbidden, but in that case, make sure the figures can be removed and used as separate game tokens. We do not want to stifle anyone's creativity, but a full blown dahliesque mindscape diorama is unlikely to make a good gaming piece after all...
Feel free to accompany your submission with a (brief) description of your inspiration for the sculpt.
Before you enter, it is important that you read these Competition Rules.
The deadline for submissions is 31st May 2009, at midnight
So reach for that putty now and start sculpting, and who knows, the winning entry in one of the categories below could be yours...
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