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Female miniatures... that women would buy.
The second edition of FU!UK's renowned annual sculpting contest has ended! Go see the entries in the galleries now!
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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. To celebrate the perpetuation of this FU!UK contest tradition, this year's contest will be organised in a partnership with the famous Chick Challenge painting contest.
The winning sculpts will be sold in the webshoppe as part of the CCVI commemorative miniatures set. We are naturally hoping to see some of your painted FU!UK minitures make an apparition in the CCVI. You can send in your entries for the Sculpting Contest until August 14th 2005.
1. The theme: Female Miniatures... that women would buy.
That’s right, this year's theme is to be female miniatures. SF, fantasy, historical, human or other, you can chose whatever period, setting or race that you want, the only limitations being that it has to be female - an important characteristic which should be obvious to the naked eye - and it has to be sculpted in 28mm scale. There is however one catch. It's not enough that the figure is visibly female (two oversized round spheres in strategic positions can achieve that), it has to be a female miniature that women would buy.
Unlike last year, we won't set any specific categories in advance, which would be nearly impossible, 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.
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? Since the theme is female miniatures that women would buy, it makes sense to have an all female jury this year. This year's judges are: Sue Wachowski, Alison McVey, Angela Imrie and Jennifer Haley. We're very excited that these talented women have accepted to be a part of this project.
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. If the 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. The figures will form a FU!UK special CCVI commemorative miniatures set.
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 towards production costs of the set as well as operating costs of the FU!UK community. Part of the funds will also go towards hosting the pictures for the Chick Challenge VI on our server. 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. 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.
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 is of someone of a younger age, or a non-human race, then by all means sculpt her in accordance. Be imaginative.
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.
As we said earlier, the figure can belong to whatever setting or period you want (fantasy, SF or historical) and whatever race that strikes your fancy, provided it has a female gender. Categories will be formed based on submissions. 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 14th of August, at midnight (UK-time). No, not really, it's the time I wake up the next morning, but you get the picture...
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.