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Resin Beast

Full Rules for the 2020 Resin Beast Competition:

What’s New in 2020:

The Resin Beast Painting Competition is back and even bigger in 2020! Most notably, we are adding multiple new categories and modifying the subcategories. This year entrants will now be able to submit their models into the Large, Diorama, or the Matriarch categories. Entrants are allowed to enter all three categories if they so choose! In addition models entered into the Large category will be eligible for the New Challenger subcategory. Models entered in any category may also be eligible for our Community Champion award (see details below). 

The Resin Beast Painting Competition will be held in the Creature Caster booth at AdeptiCon from the 26th through to the 30th. Entries can be submitted as soon as the booth is open on the Thursday. Entrants are encouraged to have their pieces submitted by Friday at 6pm for the best chance of making the final cut. Entries will still be accepted on Saturday, but they have a reduced chance of selection as most judges will have chosen their top 10 by that time.

The Resin Beast is themed as a dungeon crawl, with participants banding together to defeat the monster hiding in his lair. When entrants submit their model they will be invited to begin their Resin Beast adventure, rolling a d10 as they embark upon their quest. Danger and reward await for all those willing to challenge the Resin Beast!

Be sure to read all the rules fully, as there are many changes, including size restrictions for all categories.

Prizes:

Prizes for Resin Beast – Large:

  • First Prize – $2000 USD, 3 model kits of choice, and the Gold Resin Beast Trophy
  • Second Prize – $1250 USD, 2 model kits of choice, and the Silver Resin Beast Trophy
  • Third Prize – $1000 USD, 1 model kit of choice, and the Bronze Resin Beast Trophy

 

Prizes for Resin Beast – Matriarch:

  • First Prize – $250 USD, convention exclusive model, and Creature Caster Trophy

 

Prizes for Resin Beast – Diorama:

  • First Prize – $750 USD, 1 model kit of choice, convention exclusive model, and Creature Caster Trophy
  • Second Prize – $250 USD, convention exclusive model, and Creature Caster Trophy

 

A New Challenger Subcategory [Eligible Models in the Resin Beast Large can qualify for this subcategory award]:

    • First Prize – $500 USD, 1 model kit of choice, and Creature Caster Trophy.
    • Eligibility guidelines below.

Community Champion Subcategory [Eligible Models in any category may qualify for this award award]:

    • First Prize – 3 model kits of choice, and Creature Caster Trophy.
    • Eligibility guidelines below.

 

General Entry Rules:

  1. Entries must be submitted to one of the main categories: Large, Matriarch, or Diorama.
    1. Entries cannot be entered into multiple categories. For example, an entry could not be submitted into both the Large and Diorama categories. One category must be chosen. 
    2. Each Entrant may submit up to one entry per category (maximum of 3 entries total, one unique entry for each category).
  2. Creature Caster Models only.
    1. Conversions are welcome, but the original model must be clearly identifiable. 
    2. Scratch built models models will not be allowed. However, base elements, or diorama components can be scratch built, provided the main focus of the entry is a Creature Caster model.
    3. 3rd party bases, or 3rd party elements used for basing are allowed provided they are not the focus of the entry. If in doubt please ask us on facebook, instagram, or support@creaturecaster.com
  3. Only one official Entrant per Entry.
    1. There can only be one official entrant per entry. If the work was done as a collaboration, only one of the collaborators may enter into the contest, and only that entrant will be given consideration when awarding prizes and credit for the entry. 
    2. You may not enter someone else’s creation under your own name.
    3. If you are unable to attend the convention in person, entries may be submitted on your behalf by someone else attending the convention.
      1. Entries submitted on your behalf by another person must have an email sent with a picture of your entry and government issued ID to support@creaturecaster.com. Please provide the name of the person dropping off/picking up your entry.
      2. An individual may only submit up to one entry on behalf of someone else. Not one per category, one total.
  4. Entries should be submitted before the vendor hall closes on Friday Night to be considered for judging.
    1. We can accept late entry on Saturday morning before noon (for those who can’t attend Friday). However some judges make their first cut on Friday night, therefore late entries have decreased chance of being selected.
  5. Entrants are responsible for the transportation of entries to and from the competition.  No storage space for transportation materials will be provided. Entrants must pick up entries on Sunday before the vendor hall closes.
  6. Entrants must leave contact information with their entry (email and phone number) so that they can be contacted if needed.
  7. Entrants agree to provide all entries, at their own risk, to Creature Caster, for the duration of the competition. 
    1. Creature Caster and AdeptiCon accept no responsibility for damage to or loss of entries during the competition, although all efforts will be taken to protect entries.
    2. Entrants agree to have their entries photographed, videoed, or otherwise recorded by Creature Caster and/or AdeptiCon. Such recordings shall be the property of Creature Caster and/or AdeptiCon and the entrants waive all moral rights in regards to these recordings. Creature Caster and/or AdeptiCon may use the records as they see fit without payment to the entrant.

Entry Rules for the Resin Beast – Large Category:

We consider this to be the premier painting category for the Resin Beast Competition. Focus is on large models that have been assembled and painted to the highest possible standard.

 

  1. Specifications of the entry:
    1. Single figure only.
    2. Intended for large scale figures including but not limited to Demonic Lords and Ladies, Demonic Kings and Queens, Dragons, Elementals. 
    3. Smallest allowable Creature Caster model for this category will be the Orc Forge Lord.
    4. Maximum circular footprint of the entry is a 120mm diameter circle. Alternatively, entries can be submitted on square footprint with a maximum size of 110mm x 110mm. Maximum height of the entry is 35 cm. 
      1. If any part of the base or scenic elements of the model extend beyond the maximum dimensions, it may be refused entry or lose points in judging (plinths are included in these maximum dimensions) with the following exception:
      2. All parts of the entry should be modeled to remain within the maximum dimensions whenever possible. However, if a weapon/wing/or some extraneous elements of the original model extend beyond the footprint, this will not be marked down or refused entry.
    5. Conversions are allowed, however no special consideration is given for conversion work. Each entry is judged on its own artistic and technical merits, which may be helped or hindered by conversion.

 

Entry Rules for  A New Challenger Subcategory:

In order to keep our competition fresh and exciting, we are offering the New Challenger subcategory. All entries in the Resin Beast – Large category are automatically entered into New Challenger category if they are eligible. The highest score from eligible entries is the winner of the New Challenger Subcategory. Eligibility is determined by the following:

 

  1. You have not won a trophy in a prior Resin Beast Competition.
  2. You are not eligible for a larger prize in the current Resin Beast Competition. 

Entry Rules for  Community Champion Subcategory:

The Resin Beast, while competitive, has also been an amazing way for people to work together to improve and learn from one another. While many of you prefer to keep your entries secret, there are others who like to share their progress, help others, and get feedback in our community. If you have posted pictures of your entry into the Creature Community Facebook page before March 20th, then your entry will qualify for this subcategory. Overall score, and degree of participation in the Community will contribute to the chances of winning!

  1. You shared your work with the Facebook Creature Community. https://www.facebook.com/groups/creaturecommunity
  2. You are not eligible for a larger prize in the current Resin Beast Competition.

Entry Rules for the Resin Beast – Matriarch Category:

In celebration of the anniversary of their release, we’ve created a category for this year that focuses exclusively on the Matriarchs of Ecstasy. This is a single prize, winner-takes-all category. Even though this section is only about the Matriarchs this year, we’ll have big news at the show about the future of small-based models in Resin Beast!

 

  1. Specifications of the entry:
    1. Single figure only.
    2. Only Matriarch models permitted.
    3. Maximum circular footprint of the entry is a 60mm diameter circle. Alternatively, entries can be submitted on square footprint with a maximum size of 60mm x 60mm. Maximum height of the entry is 15 cm. 
      1. If any part of the base or scenic elements of the model extend beyond the maximum dimensions, it may be refused entry or lose points in judging (plinths are included in these maximum dimensions) with the following exception:
      2. All parts of the entry should be modeled to remain within the maximum dimensions whenever possible. However, if a weapon/wing/or some extraneous element of the original model extends beyond the footprint, this will not be marked down or refused entry.
    4. Conversions are allowed, however no special consideration is given for conversion work. Each entry is judged on its own artistic and technical merits, which may be helped or hindered by conversion. 

 

Entry Rules for the Resin Beast – Diorama Category:

The Diorama category emphasizes storytelling and thematic elements as strongly as technical and artistic aspects of the entry. There is no limit on the number of figures, however all figures included in an entry must fit within the maximum dimensions.

 

  1. Specifications of the entry:
    1. Creature Caster Models only.
    2. Maximum circular footprint of the entry is a 170mm diameter circle (226 square cm). Alternatively, entries can be submitted on square footprint with a maximum size of 150mm x 150mm (225 square cm). Maximum height of the entry is 35 cm including any plinth or other forms of basing.
      1. Multiple models may be included in an entry, but the entire entry (regardless of the number of models) must fit within the maximum dimensions described above.
      2. If any part of the base or scenic elements of the model extend beyond the maximum dimensions, it may be refused entry or lose points in judging (plinths are included in these maximum dimensions) with the following exception:
      3. All parts of the entry should be modeled to remain within the maximum dimensions whenever possible. However, if a weapon/wing/or some extraneous elements of the original model extends beyond the footprint, this will not be marked down or refused entry.
    3. Conversions are encouraged in this category, and are an important part of story telling. However, please note that while theme is the most important criterion when judging this category, technical and artistic merits are also assessed. These criteria require that the conversions not just look cool, but also be consistent and complementary to the original sculpt.

 

Judging for Resin Beast – Large: 

 

Hall of Heroes

 

  1. Each judge will independently choose their top 25% of entries. All of these entries advance to the Hall of Heroes. May your name be forever immortalized!
  2. Collaboratively, the judges will choose up to 10 entries from the Hall of Heroes to advance to final placement [Showdown with the Resin Beast]. If a unanimous decision cannot be reached, there will be a blind vote by the judges. Ties from this vote will be broken by the arbiter.
  3. The 10 models that have advanced to final placement will be ranked and scored according to specific criteria outlined below.

 

Final Placement Criteria

 

  1. Each Judge scores independently and may not consult with any other person or reveal his or her scores to any other person. 
  2. Each entry is judged on several different criteria.
  3. Each criterion has its own weighting on the final score.
  4. For each criterion, the entries are ranked from 1-10, with 10 representing the highest rank. 
    1. Each criterion has its own ranking independent of the other categories. EX: A model could rank a 10 on Artistic Quality but only 1 on Basing. 
    2. Models cannot be assigned the same rank within each criterion. EX: Only one model can score an 8 on Basing. 
  5. The criteria and weighting are as follows
    1. General Appeal .15
      1. Roughly considered to be the “wow” factor
      2. How eye catching is the piece?
      3. Is it consistently appealing both at a distance and closely held?
      4. Discovery of detail. As the eye is drawn in, is there more to discover about the piece?
    2. Thematic Strength .15
      1. Is there a character or story being represented?
      2. Is there inherent meaning, or a message conveyed in the piece?
      3. Is the theme consistent and supported throughout?
      4. Do lighting and use (or disuse) of OSL convey meaning?
    3. Technical Application .3
      1. Clean preparation and construction of the model
      2. Natural appearing conversions
      3. Quality of basing and scenic elements
      4. Clean application of painting style (regardless of style used)
      5. Consistency of work throughout (equal effort everywhere)
      6. Lighting makes physical sense, lighting is consistent
    4. Artistic Strength .4
      1. Shapes, patterns, symmetry, or asymmetry applied meaningfully
      2. Choice of color pallet
      3. Use of texture 
      4. Flow of the piece (does the piece guide the eye?)
      5. Framing and presentation of piece
      6. Lighting used enhances the piece
      7. Cohesiveness of all individual elements, to the whole
  6. Each Judge submits his or her ranked scores for each Criterion. These are blindly entered into a spreadsheet to create a Final Score as follows:
    1. Per each criterion, a weighted score is calculated from each judge’s ranking.
    2. Weighted Criterion scores are added to determine an overall score for each judge for that entry.  
    3. The overall scores for the judges are averaged to find the final score for that entry.
  7. Final scores are compared, with higher scores being better, to determine the winner.

 

Judging for Resin Beast – Diorama: 

 

Hall of Heroes

 

  1. Each judge will independently choose their top 25% of entries. All of these entries advance to the Hall of Heroes. May your name be forever immortalized!
  2. Collaboratively the judges will choose up to 10 entries from the Hall of Heroes to advance to final placement. If a unanimous decision cannot be reached, there will be a blind vote by the judges. Ties from this vote will be broken by the arbiter.
  3. The 10 models that have advanced to final placement will be ranked and scored according to specific criteria outlined below.

 

Final Placement Criteria

 

  1. Each Judge scores independently and may not consult with any other person or reveal his or her scores to any other person. 
  2. Each entry is judged on several different criteria.
  3. Each criterion has its own weighting on the final score.
  4. For each criterion the entries are ranked from 1-10, with 10 representing the highest rank. 
    1. Each criterion has its own ranking independent of the other categories. EX: A model could rank a 10 on Artistic Quality but only 1 on Basing. 
    2. Models cannot be assigned the same rank within each criterion. EX: Only one model can score an 8 on Basing. 
  5. The criteria and weighting are as follows
    1. General Appeal .15
      1. Roughly considered to be the “wow” factor
      2. How eye catching is the piece?
      3. Is it consistently appealing both at a distance and closely held? 
      4. Discovery of detail. As the eye is drawn in, is there more to discover about the piece?
    2. Thematic Strength .4
      1. Is there a character or story being represented?
      2. Is there inherent meaning, or a message conveyed in the piece?
      3. Is the theme consistent and supported throughout?
      4. Do lighting and use (or disuse) of OSL convey meaning?
    3. Technical Application .2
      1. Clean preparation and construction of the model
      2. Natural appearing conversions
      3. Quality of basing and scenic elements
      4. Clean application of painting style (regardless of style used)
      5. Consistency of work throughout (equal effort everywhere)
      6. Lighting makes physical sense, lighting is consistent
    4. Artistic Strength .25
      1. Shapes, patterns, symmetry, or asymmetry applied meaningfully
      2. Choice of color pallet
      3. Use of texture 
      4. Flow of the piece (does the piece guide the eye?)
      5. Framing and presentation of piece
      6. Lighting used enhances the piece
      7. Cohesiveness of all individual elements, to the whole
  6. Each Judge submits his or her ranked scores for each Criterion. These are blindly entered into a spreadsheet to create a Final Score as follows:
    1. Per each criterion, a weighted score is calculated from each judge’s ranking.
    2. Weighted Criterion scores are added to determine an overall score for each judge for that entry.  
    3. The overall scores for the judges are averaged to find the final score for that entry.
  7. Final scores are compared, with higher scores being better, to determine the winner.

 

Judging for Resin Beast – Matriarch: 

 

Hall of Heroes

 

  1. Each judge will independently choose his or her top 25% of entries. All of these entries advance to the Hall of Heroes. May your name be forever immortalized!
  2. Collaboratively, the judges will choose up to 10 entries from the Hall of Heroes to advance to final placement. If a unanimous decision cannot be reached, there will be a blind vote by the judges. Ties from this vote will be broken by the arbiter.
  3. The 10 models that have advanced to final placement will be ranked and scored according to specific criteria outlined below.

 

Final Placement Criteria

 

  1. Each Judge scores independently, but may consult and discuss his or her scores with other judges if he or she wishes to do so.
  2. Judges rank each model from 1 being lowest to 10 being highest. When making this ranking, judges should consider the following, with emphasis being given to Artistic Strength:
    1.  General Appeal
      1. Roughly considered to be the “wow” factor
      2. How eye catching is the piece?
      3. Is it consistently appealing both at a distance and closely held?
      4. Discovery of detail. As the eye is drawn in, is there more to discover about the piece?
    2. Thematic Strength
      1. Is there a character or story being represented?
      2. Is there inherent meaning, or a message conveyed in the piece?
      3. Is the theme consistent and supported throughout?
      4. Do lighting and use (or disuse) of OSL convey meaning?
    3. Technical Application
      1. Clean preparation and construction of the model
      2. Natural appearing conversions
      3. Quality of basing and scenic elements
      4. Clean application of painting style (regardless of style used)
      5. Consistency of work throughout (equal effort everywhere)
      6. Lighting makes physical sense, lighting is consistent.
    4. Artistic Strength
      1. Shapes, patterns, symmetry, or asymmetry applied meaningfully
      2. Choice of color pallet
      3. Use of texture 
      4. Flow of the piece (does the piece guide the eye?)
      5. Framing and presentation of piece
      6. Lighting used enhances the piece
      7. Cohesiveness of all individual elements, to the whole
  3. Judges final Ranking is submitted blind. 
  4. Ranks are averaged to find an overall score for each entry, with the highest score being the winner.

 

Entry FAQ:

 

  • My entry already placed in another contest, can I still enter?

Yes. Having won another contest doesn’t prevent you from entering the piece into the Resin Beast Contest. Only entries that have placed in the Resin Beast cannot be re-entered.

 

  • Can I enter the same model into the contest that I did last year?

Yes you can re-enter the same model provided it did not place in the previous year’s Resin Beast Contest. We would ask that you have made efforts to improve the entry in a meaningful way.

 

  • Am I allowed to enter multiple categories?

Yes, for 2020, we will allow contestants to submit up to 3 entries (1 per category). However, you cannot submit the same entry to multiple categories (a model cannot be placed in both diorama and large). 

  • Can I enter the Orc Forge Lord?

Yes. The Orc Forge Lord may be entered into the Large Model Category, or into the Diorama Category as part of diorama.

  • Can I enter the Krampus Bust

No we are not allowing busts into the competition at this time.

Judging FAQ 

  •  Are plinths considered in the judging?

Yes, but are generally viewed neutrally. It is far more risky to submit a model on a poorly constructed plinth (losing technical points) than it is to submit a model with no plinth.

  • Do the max dimensions include the plinth?

Yes the plinth is included in the dimensions for your piece. The plinth must not exceed the max dimensions or you risk losing rank in scoring. Entrees that are too big may also be refused entry if space is limited.

  • What happens if I exceed the allowable dimensions?

If it is minor and not considered to be a major violation by the Creature Caster staff it would lose a rank in the technical score. Moderate violations would lose a rank in the scores for general appeal and theme. Severe violations could be refused entry. This is at the discretion of the staff.

  • Can I use a rider or another 3rd party figure?

We allow the use of 3rd party bases, or figures that would be considered part of the base. For example, rocks, skeletons, maggots etc. Inanimate objects are safe, but if you choose to use an animate object (human, animal, etc), it is best to ask us about your specific entry on facebook, instagram, or support@creaturecaster.com. 3rd party models as riders, or as a significant feature in a diorama are not acceptable, and would cause the loss of ranking in judging.