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Tea Party category:
Alice In Wonderland Sculpting Competition
FU!UK's first annual sculpting contest. 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.
1. The theme: Alice in Wonderland.
That’s right, the theme is to be Alice in Wonderland. You can chose whatever character you want, the only limitation being that it has to be visibly inspired by the story of Alice in Wonderland and it has to be sculpted in 28mm scale.
There will be four categories you can enter: “Alice”, “The Tea Party”, “The Royal Court” and “Other Wonderland Characters”. You can enter as many different figures as you want in as many different categories as you want.
Professional and Amateur may both enter – the angry young sculptors should be ready to humble their elder peers.
2. The Judges
Who will decide which entries are the most frothworthy? To allow for inclusion of all possible considerations in the final decision, the contest will be judged by a panel consisting of able representatives from various sections of the hobby: a famous sculptor (Tom Meier), an experienced mouldmaker (Pete Brown), a great painter (Sturmhalo) and since it’s a FU!UK contest, a frother (WK). WK is chairman and holder of the casting vote if needed.
3. The Winners
There can be only one... erm... well... four, 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. If the quality of the entries is of a high level we reserve the right to cast up 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).
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 toward 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 over them and can do with the figures as he (or she) pleases, including selling them as part of his (or her) own range.
At this point we will stop production of the set. However, if any or all of the sculptors wish to see us continue production of their figure(s), they may contact us to work out a new arrangement.
All this and more is included in the Competion Rules, which you must read before entering.
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.
Royal Court category:
Other Characters category:
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. Anything copying Disney will be thrown out faster than you can say 'big lawyer'. It's YOUR vision of the classic book characters we're interested in, not some cheesy old (and more importantly, copyright protected) graphic interpretation.
The scale should be 28mm. As such, if your Alice is a young girl, she shouldn’t normally be the full 28mm high. This being said, if your vision of Alice is of a teen or even an adult, then by all means sculpt her in accordance. Be imaginative.
We are aware Alice herself tends to grow larger of smaller throughout the tale, however we feel that each character’s size should be measured in relation to Alice at the time of the interaction with this character. It is not our intention for you to submit 2mm figs just because "that’s how small they actually were in the original story".
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 email@example.com. 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.
As we said earlier, there will be four categories you can enter: “Alice”, “The Tea Party”, “The Royal Court” and “Other Wonderland Characters”. You can enter as many different figures as you want in as many different categories as you want. All submissions will be added to the Contest Gallery.
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.
Deadline for submissions is Sunday, 19th September, at midnight (UK-time).
So reach for that putty now and start sculpting, and who knows, the winning entry in one of the categories below could be yours...
Select the Submission Gallery of your choice by clicking on the images.