During this weekend I participated in my first ever scale model competition. something even more amazing also happened there, I managed to wind up with 3 bronzes and 1 silver at the end complete with a sweet bag of loot.
A little bit of explaining i perhaps in order? The contest is set up into multiple different categories in which people compete against respective modellers in said category.
The judges then have an unspecified standard a model has to reach in order for it to qualify for either the bronze, silver or gold spots, so multiple models in the same category can receive the same “rank”. Which also means that some categories can be left without some higher ranks or with no ranked modes due to them not measuring up, at least that is how I have understood it.
For me, the highest rank I reached was silver, which I believe I shared with two others in the category for models with base diorama, man those others were amazing addition to the competition. in the same category I also applied the recently completed Mk 1 Defence Bot from infamy miniatures which landed a bronze spot. I was surprised to se my Dark Souls statue actually receiving any points due to the very impressive Blood Borne model next to it. I talked to the girl who made it and she was great fun to talk to, she also got gold for that one which was much deserved. Same goes for the guy who won took home gold in the “figure with base” category.
Also quite joyously, I was also the only one in the “figure bellow 69mm scale to receive any rank at, which I am glad for but found it strangely odd. But I don’t know, I’m new and super impressed by everyone’s efforts put on display. All around about half of my entered models took some kind of higher ranking which makes me real glad and motivated for next year’s competition, only a slight shame that my airship didn’t get anything but looking back I can see why. A part of the reason I entered was to where I would stand and how my models would be ranked in comparison to others. I am happy I’ve entered.
Before I end this already too long post I want to share some things that I learned from competing in this competition and to start of: When you are applying for a competition, make sure to always check your deadline. I noticed the day before that they had closed the digital entry some days before the actual competition, which was a bit frustrating but nothing that couldn’t be fixed on spot.
Secondly it is almost a necessity to have a base or display which your model is attached to. Mainly because it looks damn professional but it also gives your models a bit of elevation from the low tables which they stand on. I noticed this was a particular problem with my petitgguy, since many overlooked the fact that its eyes and stomach was glowing thanks to their angle of perspective.
if you can, make your base a part of the model such as a smaller diorama, it always improves the selling-point additionally it puts the model into an environment and creates an overall bigger impact.
Right, I believe that was everything for this time. I will get back and talk about some of the models I probably haven’t mentioned before like the airship and defense bot, but that is for another time and post.
Take care and don’t spend your hard earn cash like a rich kid with his daddy’s wallet 🙂
Here’s a collection of things I found cool at the event.