Judging is based on a combination of methods, which reflects both a traditional model painting competition, as well as the community spirit of CoolMiniOrNot. 50% of the score shall be determined on site by a panel of judges selected by CMoN, Inc. and AdeptiCon. 50% of the score shall be determined by popular vote on CoolMiniOrNot.com.
a) Entrants will not be identified to the judges, except by an assigned entry number.
b) Judges will examine entries as a group and make a ‘first cut’ for each category, narrowing it down to a group of entries with the potential to be place winners.
c) Each judge will re-examine each first cut entry individually and assign it a score on a scale of 1 to 10.
d) A total mean score is recorded for each entry.
a) All first cut entries will be photographed by CMON and/or AdeptiCon staff.
b) Photos will be placed online at the same time. Voting will open on Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m. EDT, and close at noon on Sunday, March 25.
c) Entrants will not be identified during Internet voting.
d) The order of appearance of entries will be rotated on the web page.
e) Instructions for Internet voting will be made available online nearer the time of the competition. Only registered members of the CoolMiniOrNot forums may vote. Registration is free.
a) 50% of the final score will consist of the judging panel’s score. 50% will consist of the Internet vote.
b) The combined final scores determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place within each category as well as the top three overall winners. Note rules 4a and 4b regarding awards.
c) In the unlikely event of a tie, onsite judges have the power to break the tie and determine ranking. If judges cannot reach a consensus or a majority vote, the head judge has the power to make the final ruling.
Each entry will be evaluated on either two or three main criteria, depending on category. For all categories except Diorama, both Technical Quality and Artistic Quality will be given equal weight in determining the score. For the Diorama category, Technical Quality, Artistic Quality, and Narrative Quality will be given equal weight.
This includes all the skills used in constructing, painting, basing, and finishing the entry. An entry should exhibit the best technical work of which the entrant is capable.
This includes all the aesthetic and creative decisions made in creating the work. An entry should demonstrate that the entrant has thought seriously about how best to model it.
The diorama category will be judged on an additional criterion: story. Good dioramas are more than just multiple figures arranged on a single base. They must include a narrative element. The composition of the entry should lead the eye from element to element, engaging the viewer and helping to tell the story. The figures interact like characters in a play, and their relationships are clear. The viewer not only sees a moment captured in time, but can guess what is going to happen next.
Crystal Brush entries represent a vast range of manufacturers, styles, and genres. Judges are not expected to be familiar with the background or subject matter of so many different models. Therefore: