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Brush Beast Painting Competition

The Brush Beast is brought to you by multiple artists, and companies who have come together to start 2021 off with some great inspiration. Many people have worked across the last year to paint and level up their skills, but haven’t had a forum for obvious reason to share. Well, it is time to put your hard work to the test and compete for some amazing prizes for your efforts!

Here’s what you need to know: RULES FOR ENTRY - please read carefully.:

  1. One entry per person/studio - You can only submit ONE entry into this event and into ONE category only. Convert or modify the entry, do whatever your creativity desires. There is no cost to enter at all.

  2. Entry must be your own work/creation - Entry must be entirely of your own creation, 3D printed model or a model of your choosing from whatever range or genre you prefer. It can be on any base of your choosing.

  3. Pictures submitted for your entry must include 1-2 “before” pictures (whether this is in the assembly stage or just primed) and 3-5 “after” pictures of your completed entry. *Exception- Masters Category entries may be any work you have undertaken since the beginning of Covid but have not had an opportunity to enter in any other event. Masters still require before and after pictures – just the time frame is waved.

  4. Your submitted entry must include a time stamp in/on all your photos. Time stamp must include the date and your name. All photos need to be submitted together before the deadline for the event. Please include them all in your submission email. (We do encourage you to post your “before” pictures on our Facebook page, but it is not required.) We understand some people have already sent in emails of their “before” pics but we politely ask that when you submit your completed pictures you still include the “before” pictures with the entry.

  5. When emailing your completed entry with pictures, please include the following at the top of your email body - Category you wish to enter and Participant name.

  6. Entry deadline is May 31st 2021 11:59 pm cst. There will also be a 12-24hr grace period due to time zones and other factors.

Submit entries to :

You can start on your entry any time as long as you follow the rules stated above. You may join this event anytime up to the deadline of May 31.

Note: if you send in an email of your project in the “before stage” and have changed your mind, that’s okay! Prior to submitting, you can change your mind or change projects entirely as many times as you like. Once you send in a completed submission with both “before” and “after” pics, however, you can no longer change your entry.

CATEGORIES: Judges reserve the right to move any entry into a different category if it doesn’t fit the submitted category. If you are unsure which category to enter, just contact us.

  1. Single Miniature - This includes single figures of any genre and is not limited to a particular scale (28/32/54/75mm etc.).

  2. Large Creature - This category includes but is not limited to, anything organic and monstrous, larger than a single character miniature. Gargants, Tyranid Creatures, Dragons, Mierce monsters etc. Also larger complex models/simple vignettes like Archaon Exalted or the Kingdom Death Lion Knight.

  3. Machines of War - This is for all the larger vehicular and mechanical models such tanks, dreadnoughts, mecha, titans, steampunk constructs, Gunpla, spaceships, Warjacks, flyers, post-apocalyptic vehicles etc.

  4. Masters Open - this is an open style format for all the veteran brush warriors out there (You know who you are!) and those who really wish to step up and compete with them. Any model format goes; from a diorama, to a single model, to a dazzling bust! As noted above, this category allows Masters to enter pieces completed across the past year and is not confined to pieces carried out within the regular contest timeframe. There is an expectation that the models not have been entered elsewhere prior to this.

  5. Studio 5 model Squad Challenge - This is for all the awesome commission painter's and studios out there. Put together a top notch 5 man squad – on foot or mounted - any genre.

  6. Special Award - Best Weathering - a special award will be given to an entry that makes great use of weathering techniques. This could come from any category. Weathering is NOT a requirement to enter this event, this is a specific bonus prize!

  7. Bust Category - You asked for it and we are pleased to announce that there will be a Bust category for Brush Beast! These days busts are one of the fastest growing segments of the miniature painting hobby coming in a wide variety of styles, sizes and subject matter. This category will surely be a diverse and exciting addition to the competition.

PRIZES - The winner (1st place) of each category will be awarded a prize. There will also be the prize for best weathering. There may be additional prizes added as sponsorship grows. Any additional prize will be either randomly assigned to entrants or will be based on judges choices for special merit. They will not constitute additional categories so there will be no cause to change entries to aim for specific additional opportunities. NOTE: In the spirit of creating an inclusive competition with great opportunities for all, entrants may only win a single prize for their entry! (IE – you may NOT win both Machines of War AND the Best Weathering prize.)

Friendly SUGGESTIONS for participants.

  1. Submit finished entry pictures are preferred on a black background where possible. Don’t use any filters that would change the original appearance of the model. Please include 3 to 5 photos of your completed entry from multiple angles. Please endeavor to use good lighting when taking your photos this will help greatly the overall experience for everyone. If you can not provide pictures on black, please ensure they are on a neutral grey.

  2. We encourage you to give your model a setting (story) by creating a base or theme. This goes a long way towards judging.

  3. A solid paint scheme and well executed technique is often better than attempting a technique you have not mastered yet. 4)Remember you have 4 months to work on this. Take your time and enjoy the experience

JUDGES ADVICE: It is amazing that you have decided to participate in this event, and the goal is to ensure that everyone has fun while building community. We the judges would like to convey some friendly advice for you to keep in mind while working on your entry. Some of the criteria we will be considering include your use of colour, your ability to create an atmosphere that conveys a story, technical application of paint and proper building/modelling techniques. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but I’m sure you all will see the common threads at the core of our hobby. Judging will commence after the deadline of May 31st and all results will be posted on our Facebook page. To be honest and upfront, this is the first time we have run this competition and, while initial feedback is good, we are unsure exactly how many entries we will receive or how long it will take us to carefully examine and determine winners from amongst them. Please be patient as this process will certainly take some time.

The event coordinators/judges value all artists equally and EVERY submitted entry will be proudly displayed in our gallery. Feedback will be provided for those whom ask though, much like the results, we will ask you to be patient as it may take some time for us to work through such requests.

Finally, if you have any questions just comment below. Good luck! Loads of gear and prizes are inbound from our amazing sponsors, and there is nothing quite like the feeling that comes with winning swag and earning bragging rights!

So head on over to Brush Beast facebook page, join the community for updates and to show your entries!

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