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The Battles Contest is under way!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:29 am
by JoshWedin
Hey All,

Here are the rules for the Battles Contest:

1. Build a medieval battle scene.
2. You may use official factions, as well any custom factions of your choice.
3. Custom pieces of any kind are more than welcome.
4. You may use a small number of figs or entire legions, the choice is yours.
5. You may use beasts and/or mythical creatures.
6. You may use clone bricks, though I don't encourage such things.
7. Medieval style weapons only, please.

Enter as often as you wish!

Here is the page of entries:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/8030

My intent is to make this as simple as possible. The point is to make a battle scene. It can be as large as you like or as small. Entries will be graded on three different aspects:

Realistic Action (4 points): Does it look like the combatants are actually fighting? Does the whole scene look fluid and mobile or does it look stiff and staged?

Site of Battle (4 points): Is the site believable? Does the action fit with the features of the site? Is anything going on that just doesn't fit the terrain?

Creativity (2 points): Is there something here I have never seen done before? Is there something that stands out as being really unique?

These are the questions I will be asking myself as I am grading the entries. It may seem strange to some of you that creativity is scored so low. That is on purpose. I want the main emphasis to be on the battle and the terrain the battle is being waged upon. I will give points for unique ideas, but I don't want them to overshadow the brawl.

Ending Date:
The contest will end on April 5 at midnight. That gives all of you over a month to plan, build, and post (its also my birthday :) ). And if you don't have all the pieces you need to make the ultimate battle, try anyway. You might surprise yourself.

Prizes:
I have a number of doubles that I have been meaning to use in a contest at some point. This seems like as good as time as any. First prize will be a copy of 6042 Dungeon Hunters (opened with box). Second prize will be 1547 Black Knight's Boat (opened with box). And third place will 6037 Witch's Windship (no box). I know, I know, the windship is the one of the worst sets ever and is like no prize at all. :)

Post links to entries here as well as any questions.

Let the battles begin!
Josh

Edit: I forgot a few things:
1. You may use something you have already built but it can't have been submitted in any other contest.
2. No Photoshoped pics. You may touch up the pictures but no adding figs, elements, blood, drawing in weapons, etc.
3. Ldraw entries are allowed as long as you don't abuse it. No impossible uses of pieces, no overabundant use of hard to find parts, etc.
4. Pics should be less than 800x600 pixels.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:33 am
by Athos
And third place will 6037 Witch's Windship (no box). I know, I know, the windship is the one of the worst sets ever and is like no prize at all.


I know, and we don't even get the box! That's the best part of the set! :lol:

Steve

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:47 am
by RuthleSs__PaLadin
Hey Josh.

Excellent. Sweet prizes too. I will definately start working on something. Oh and does it have to be something new, or can we enter an old battle scene? Thanks,

DAn

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 1:00 pm
by JoshWedin
RuthleSs__PaLadin wrote:Hey Josh.
Excellent. Sweet prizes too. I will definately start working on something. Oh and does it have to be something new, or can we enter an old battle scene? Thanks,
DAn


Thanks! No it doesn't have to be new. But it can't have been submitted to any other contest.

Athos wrote:I know, and we don't even get the box! That's the best part of the set!


Why do you think the box isn't included in the prize? ;)

Have fun!
Josh

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 1:35 pm
by swordfish
This sounds like a fun contest. Does the not being allowed to use photoshop also mean you can't put in fire or flames?
Well, I guess not but I might as well ask.
thanks

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 1:49 pm
by Scnicker
Well well, I will try my chance in this contest. Now let's get some scissors and ... Ah nevermind.What about the pictures? How many should there be? And where will we put our entries?Are you going to make a web-page about it or what? :)

-Yankı

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:17 pm
by Rosh.Gonff
so its one picture of a scene you set up. can you take more than one of variying angles

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:21 pm
by rogue27
I have an idea, I think I'll try to enter.

However, I believe you should add a size and count restriction on submitted images.

I give you my battle

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 5:08 pm
by DaveOhare01
well, this is a pretty large battle. Problem is ... those dang spacers figured out how to come back in time and just went gonzo on the poor falcons.

Enjoy!

Dave

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=76437

And just one teaser Pic!

Image

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:07 pm
by Scnicker
I'm not sure if that is acceptable. One of the factions is non-castle, but Josh would bring light up on this subject.

-Yankı

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:22 pm
by ed_dotcom
Hmm.. This should be fun... I shall give it a try...

Life is Good.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:27 pm
by mcrankinchuk
I'll make an attempt as well. Wheels are turning...

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:56 pm
by The Yeti
I personally want 3rd place most :)

PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 12:31 am
by JoshWedin
Wow! I just got home from work and I am besieged by posts! I will try to answer all your questions now. :)

swordfish wrote:This sounds like a fun contest. Does the not being allowed to use photoshop also mean you can't put in fire or flames?
Well, I guess not but I might as well ask.
thanks


Nope, no drawn in flames. There are lego flames and I am only allowing photo editing for touch up purposes only.

In response to all the questions about pics:

I won't be hosting pics. Use your choice of pic hosting and post a link in this thread. I will be keeping a list of entries and will probably make up a quickie page with my MOCpages account. I will post the link to that here later on. Pics should be kept to 800 x 600 pixels and lets limit them to ten pics per entry. I don't mind looking at a bunch of pics per entry but I don't really want to see in progress pics or plans. I only want to see finished product. :)

In regards to Dave's entry. Dave, your battle scene is impressive. The castle is huge and the landscaping around it is very nice. However, I can't allow it. The battles need to use medieval weaponry only. Sorry. :( It is, after all, a battle contest on a lego castle website. I will edit the rules to make this more clear.

Thanks for all the interest and I hope this clears up some of the confusion.

Build On,
Josh

PS. Hey Yeti, good luck getting the windship. :)

PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:33 am
by Mr. D
HowD!

So, it's finally going again, is it? Great!

I really want to enter, but doubt I'll have the time, we'll see.

By the way Dave, thanks for the contest! You might also just want to say something about reserving the right to revise the rules at any time, just in case there's a trouble-maker out there.

D-Man