Basic Rules

  • All entries must be owned by and be the work of the competing artist(s).
  • The entry must be registered in the real name(s) of the competing artist(s), and if there are multiple authors of the work, all names must be represented.
  • Collectors are not allowed to enter in the competition, but are welcome to display the work in their collection in the appropriate area.
  • The sponsors and organizers of Sword & Brush reserve the right to photograph any entry with a view to publication or use in any promotional material.
  • Sword & Brush reserves the right to move entries to different categories if deemed appropriate.
  • You may enter more than one model in each category, but a maximum of one award will be given per category based on your best work selected by the judges.
  • Sword & Brush reserves the right to remove or disqualify any entries deemed to be rude or offensive, or in bad taste, and to withdraw any class if the category is underrepresented at their discretion.
  • Sword & Brush does not accept any form of entry not entered in person by the responsible artist(s) without prior arrangement, and signed letters of consent from authoring artist for the entrant to register. Mail entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • Decisions by the judges are final and cannot be appealed.
  • These rules are subject to change without notice.

The Open System

The Open System is designed to remove the overly competitive nature of painting shows by rewarding individuals for their work on a model-by-model basis.

Instead of handing out awards for first, second, and third place in each category, every model is judged individually and awarded a medal based on the judging criteria of its category. Your model will be assessed by a panel of judges and given scores for painting, quality, basing, etc. – scores that reach a certain point total will be given an award of bronze, silver, or gold. So, it may be possible that there are several gold awards in each category or none at all. Each model is judged individually and not compared to others displayed in the same category. This encourages painters to compete against their own abilities, share ideas, and open discussions with other artists.

You will also have the option to simply display your work without judging.

Awards

In addition to individual medals, the following awards will be given:

Best in Show – awarded by judges to their choice as best model in the show in any category
People’s Choice – awarded by popular vote by show attendees
Best Historical – awarded by judges to any Historical model
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy – awarded by judges to any Sci-Fi or Fantasy model
Best Wargaming Subject – awarded by the judges to any wargaming model or unit
Best Diorama/Vignette – awarded by judges to any diorama or vignette
Best Junior Entry – awarded by judges to any Junior model
The Toronto Award – awarded by judges for best Canadian subject in any category
Theme Award – World War I

Categories

Each category has its own set of judging criteria. Your model will be awarded points that will be used to determine whether or not your model will be given an award.

There are six main categories: Painters, Open, Ordnance, Diorama & Vignette, Wargaming Unit, and Juniors. You may enter models from any genre (historical, fantasy or sci-fi) in each category.

Painters

Open to all scales and genres. Commercial and scratch-built entries are welcome, but work will be solely judged against painting criteria. Conversions, sculpting, any kind of other modification will not be taken into consideration.

Open

Open to all scales and genres. This is the category for converted or modified commercial figures, or original scratch built entries. This category will be judged against every facet of the work, including painting, groundwork, sculpting, difficulty, and effective storytelling.

Ordnance

This is the category for Armoured Vehicles, aircraft, and other entries of a similar nature (including sci-fi vehicles, mecha, etc.). Entries are not required to include figures, and will be judged based on skill and quality of construction, painting, and presentation.

Dioramas & Vignettes

Open to all scales and genres. This is the category for dioramas and vignettes featuring two or more figures. This category will be judged against every facet of the work, including painting, groundwork, sculpting, difficulty, and effective storytelling.

Wargaming Unit

This category is for wargaming units of any type, consisting of five or more individual miniatures. The category will be judged against the following criteria – overall theme and aesthetic, quality of paint application, basing, creativity, and consistency. Note this category is for a single gaming unit, not an entire army.

Juniors

Open to all scales and subject matters by those aged 16 years old or younger on the date of the competition. Commercial and scratch-built entries are welcome, but work will be solely judged against painting criteria. Conversions, sculpting, any kind of other modification will not be taken into consideration.