Saturday, March 21, 2009

Weekly Update: Online Contests

New Contests

The Painting Corps
'TAKE COVER!' A DoW2 Painting Contest
The Rules
1. Model and Paint a Blood Raven Space Marine using cover in combat.
2. Entries must be a SINGLE Games-Workshop Space Marine on a 40mm or smaller base.
3. Models may be any type of marine but painted in the the chapter colors of the Blood Ravens Space Marine Chapter.
4. Take a photo of the model in progress to be sent along with your final entry.
5. Send all final entries to with the heading 'Take Cover!', please include your name and address in the email.
6. All entries must be received by March 20th at 11:59pm Central Standard Time (GMT-6)
7. Entries will be displayed and voting by the judges will commence.

When all votes from the judges are in, the winners will be announced and prizes will be sent out!

So break out the bits box and start modeling those marines shooting from behind a ruins, sniping from the bushes, or leaping from a hiding spot to assault the enemy! The possibilities are only restricted by the depths of your imagination! And for some additional inspiration, check out the recently released Dawn of War 2!

Existing Contests

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 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).

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 ttp://, 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.

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:
Deadline: April 5th, 2009


  1. Please note that 'Take Cover' end officially yesterday. The weekly list is posted on Saturdays, so there was a delay between the date the entry was written and when it is posted. The Online Contest Tracker in the right hand navigation board is update as soon as I find a new contest, so that is always the most current.

  2. Please note, the original comment by Tristan was removed so I could replace it with the clarification above. Thanks to Tristan for reading and keeping me on my toes! I always appreciate feedback, so keep it coming folks!

  3. Equinox, would you drop me an email? I have a question for you but couldn't find your email on the site here.


  4. Ron - Just sent you an email!

  5. no probs, keep these up though - i'd never hear about all these contests otherwise :)