Saturday, March 14, 2009

Weekly Update: Online Contests (& Contests)

It appears that the hobby sites are flooding us with contests at the moment. This is by no means a bad thing, but it is becoming hard to keep track of all of them Thankfully, your friend Equinox is here to help! Below is a list of the currently running contests that I am following. I will try to keep posted every week all of the current contests that are being held online. If you have one that you would like to include in the weekly update, drop me a line and I will add it.

Way of Saim-Hann

It’s time for another Way of Saim-Hann giveaway contest- something a bit different from the last farseer painting contest. After our crushing win (Jawaballs & myself) at the last doubles tournament I got some store credit for the local comic shop, and picked up some farseers and warlocks since that was the only Eldar loot they had. I’ve been cleaning some stuff out and it is time to give these guys a place in your warhost so here is the contest…Present either a written or filmed battle report from an actual game of your Eldar warhost crushing your opponent. (You don't have to be Saim-Hann- any Eldar army is fine.) Try to give examples of tactics and the ideas you have used to pull of the win. All the battle reports will be posted to my blog for everybody to enjoy and I’ll give a link or plug back to each submission if you have a home page or blog.
Entry Date:
Submit your report by March 27, 2009 and your name will get entered in a drawing for the figures. On March 31st I’ll post a vid of randomly drawing two names with each winner getting 1 farseer and 1 warlock. I’ll pay the shipping for USA or abroad at the lowest postal rate. Obviously, only one entry per person.
Details of the battle reports below:
Text Submission:Write up your battle report and include up to five in game pictures or supporting diagrams to help visualize the action.
Video Submission:Create a video- Google video/YouTube, etc. and provide me the link so I can embed the video into a blog post. Please be sure the video can be embedded with HTML code.
Send your submission to me at: along with your name, handle, or whatever you want to be called when I draw the names, along with your blog, homepage, website, gaming group, etc.


The Rules:
1.) Abide by the spirit and guidelines of the Challenge presented.

2.) Take a WIP shot of your model before painting. Send your WIP along with your entry.

3.) Paint your model!

4.) Take another shot of the completed model and send it in to with your Dakka Handle as the photo's filename. Also be sure to include your dakka handle in the email, just in case. Oh and be sure it's in before Midnight Central (GMT-6:00) the night of the Deadline!!

5.) The day after the deadline, all the entries will be presented for all of Dakka to see! Along with this will be a poll for the community at large to pick their favorite from the bunch. 6.) Public voting will last for 3 Days. And the Top 5 Entries will go on to be voted upon by our Judging Panel. The Winner will be announced soon after!

The model you enter can not be shown on Dakka or any other website, it's specifically for release in the Voting Poll. Models found to be posted prior to the Voting Poll will be disqualified. This does not claim publishing rights. Once the voting is over, feel free to post your model all over the web! Please only send one WIP shot with your entry. If you decide to send more than one final painted shot, I will pick the best of them and post it alone. You may create a collage for the model to show detail (back, front, close ups, etc.) and send it as your entry. Administrator and Moderator entries will be marked with a "Team Dakka" watermark. Admin and Mod participants can't win prizes, but don't let that keep you from voting for them! Defeating one another is more than enough a reward...

Pics of your model may be either 1000x800 pixels or 800x1000 pixels . The voting is done blind, that way favoritism has nothing to do with who wins. No text, watermarks, or icons on the entry at all. File Names will be changed after I receive them.

The Prize:
The Winner Recieves: Dakka Bragging rights, A Dakka front page announcement of your glorious victory, the respect from your fellow modelers, and $50 worth of any Warhammer 40,000 or Warhammer Fantasy product of your choice (no direct order/bits/specialist games), including free shipping, from!

The Deadline:
March 31st, 2009: Midnight Central Time (GMT-6:00)

Challenge Rules:
1. Model must be a Single model.
2. Based on a single square, round, or hex base. 50mm or smaller accepted.

Rites of War

The Concept is rather Simple. You choose to start a new army of 1000+ points or 1000+ points of Expansion to an army you already own to paint. You have 7 weeks from the start date to completely build, model, paint & base your 1000 points. You must update a blog with your progress weekly. At the end of the 7 weeks anyone who has completed their project will earn a "Paint or Die" Award as well as be entered in Paint Contest with the other participants In which the entire membership votes to determine 1st and 2nd place winners. Those winners split the entry fees in a 60/30 manner (10% covers fees).

Entering the Contest:
Simply Make a 1000 Point list for Warhammer Fantasy Battles or Warhammer 40k (other games will be considered on a 1 to 1 basis). Either email this list to or PM it to Servius with the Subject Heading "Paint of Die Entry" Your list MUST be accepted for you to compete. A general example of what I am looking for is 25 models as a minimum. Once your list has been accepted, you will be given information on how to pay the entry (Paypal is being used, if you do not have an account we can work out arrangements.)

Is there any other requirements?
Yes, Just 2. One you must send a picture of your 1000+ points in its built condition but before painting, This is to assure you painted the army and that it wasn't an old one you touched up. The other requirement is to have Fun!

Entry Fee?
$10.00 USD via Paypal. (other considerations will be accepted on a 1 on 1 basis)

When does the Contest start?
March 27th will be the start date. This will also be the date that the Contest Blog Area is opened.When is the Weekly Blog Vote started?The Monday at the beginning of the Next Week. So the first Weekly Blog Vote will be on March 30th,. They End On the Thursday of that same week.When are the entries due?May 15th. All Blogs will be closed at 2400 Hours Pacific Standard Time. Late Entries will NOT be Accepted Unless otherwise arranged (Emergencies and Etc).

Taylor Miniatures and Adepts Forge

Stegadon Conversion Contest

The "Getting the most out of the new Stegadon kit if you're not a Lizardman player" Conversion Challenge!
The Adept's Forge, in conjunction with Dave Taylor Miniatures, is pleased to present the kick-off to what will hopefully be an ongoing series of cool idea-sharing and excitingly executed conversions. All too often, there's a great, new, plastic kit that you just can't help but want to put together. Perhaps, however, you're not into the army for which the kit has been released and you just can't bring yourself to build a one-off, never to be used again model. Enter the Conversion Challenge.

Over the next five to six weeks, a group of friends and veteran hobbyists will take on the challenge of converting the fantastic new Stegadon plastic kit into something they can more readily use in one of their existing armies. The rules are simple. Take (at least) one Stegadon kit, add heaping helpings of creativity and modeling talent, and create a masterpiece of conversion work that will be admired the world over (or perhaps just over the world wide web). Photos will be taken around the end of March and half will be posted on, while the other half will be posted on
Polls will be set up for voting and the winner will receive bragging rights, possibly even a prize from the archives. We'll be posting the names of the contestants shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for the mighty creations come late March.

The Realms of Equinox

Beginning on 02/16/2008, select and paint a model or small diorama depicting something taking place within a space hulk. This could be a traditional diorama of a terminator and genestealer fighting in a hallway, or something new and radical like a harlequin entering a hulk from the webway. The important thing is that the entry must give the impression of taking place within a space hulk.

The Rules
1. Models MUST be Games Workshop. They may be heavily converted, but it must be clear that they are primarily composed of GW models/bitz. FW models may be used.

2. Entries must clearly depict something happening within a space hulk. Equinox has final discretion on whether an entry meets the criteria. Entries that don’t meet the theme of the contest may be resubmitted prior to the final submission date.

3. You must be a follower of “The Realms of Equinox” prior to submitting an entry.

4. Your entry must be painted between Feb 16, 2009 – March 28st, 2009. Proof of work will be required as part of the submission process (see below).

5. Submissions will be accepted between March 1st 2009 - , March 28st 2009. This gives you plenty of time to build/paint your entry. Minimum of 2 Photos will be required of your entry: Work in Progress showing the date, and a completed work. The completed picture file can contain multiple pictures, but only one picture file will be posted per entry. The deadline for submissions will be March 28th, 2009 11:59 PM CST. To submit your photos, please email them to:

6. All completed submissions may not appear on any other site or blog before April 13th, 2009. Works in progress may be posted on other sites and blogs before April 13th, 2009. (This is to encourage people to talk about their creations and build excitement around the contest) Any entries found to be violating this rule will be banned from the contest.

7. Voting will be done by the followers of “The Realms of Equinox”. Photos will be placed on the blog and each follower will get to vote for their favorite entry. Voting will take place between March 31st, 2009 - April 10th 2009.

8. The winner will be announced on April 13th 2009. The Winner of the contest will receive a $25.00 gift certificate for the Warstore. (Note: The Warstore is not sponsoring this event, I am purchasing the gift certificate from them as they are internet based and very reliable.)

9. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section of this blog entry.

Create a Base Competition
We want you to create themed bases of your own design. It can be a theme that we already sell (urban, infested) but we would prefer to see a theme that we have not yet covered. Literally anything you can think of! No matter how weird or dull the theme is we would like to see it. Each entrant must submit one of the following choices: four x25mm OR two x40mm OR 1x60mm base. Each entrant may enter as many times as they like.
These bases can be round or square and must be UNPAINTED. You can use another companies 'blank base' to add your design to. You can use any kind of modelling materials such as sculpting putty, plasticard, textured sheets, sand etc You cannot use any static grass/flock. You cannot add another companies products that is not sold for scratch building onto your design (example: you cannot use the head of a GW space marine or a Rackham weapon or even part of any terrain made by another company) Entrants must not be sculptors currently selling their own product lines of bases. Failure to follow the above rules will result in your entry being void :( What we will be marking your work on: Above all it’s got to be game practical. We don’t want to see over a designed base that a miniature would not be able to stand on. If a miniature was to be mounted it should still be able to stand 'flat footed' on the base and the height of the base should not be overly high, again being practical for gaming. In some cases less is more. There is a fine line between over designed bases and interesting bases. Photos of your work can be sent to:
Third: £5.00 worth of our DAM products
Second: £10.00 worth of our DAM products
First: £15.00 worth of our DAM products
As mentioned above, entrants may even get the chance to be commissioned for work in the future. STARTING DATE NOW NOW NOW! CLOSING DATE 5th of April 12am GMT

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