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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:12 pm    Post subject: A season of celebration… it is… Reply with quote



Updated 12/04

It’s time for the FBTB Star Wars Christmasification building contest! What? Christmasification is too a word, Don, look it up in the Becktionary. Christmasification is taking something mundane and normal, and putting a little Xmas cheer into it. How are we going to do this? One of two ways. So in truth, this is actually “two” building contests!

Contest One: Christmasify a Star Wars vehicle! It can be a starfighter, speeder, or even a capital ship, so long as it was seen in the Movies or the Clone Wars cartoons (so, no EU, custom, etc... and avoid something that was on screen for 3/10ths of a second, or especially obscure stuff). In here, size is no object. You can make it as big or as small as you like, so long as it’s minifig capable (meaning no minis, but if you choose a cap ship, it can be ISD scale) and captures a Christmas feel (or holiday-it-up, if you want to Hanukafy or Kwanzadizzle it).

How do you do that? Well, that’s up to you. Maybe it’s a reindeer drawn A-Wing, a festive TIE Fighter, or a snowman AT-AT (Frosty the Planet Wrecker) or a sleigh-style landspeeder. The sky is the limit. So long as you capture a holiday feel, it will work out.

The second contest you ask? A little holiday vignette! On this, the requirements are a little more relaxed… you need to include at least one movie character (though you can include more, or customs outside of that), you’re limited to a 12x12 base, and you can’t make up for the base size by building it eighteen feet tall (limit of, let’s say, 1 foot or so, if you feel the need). The vignette needs to capture a star wars and holiday feel, and can be as serious or as humorous as you like, just so long as it meets all of those requirements.

Prizes are going to be given for 1st and 2nd places in both competitions. Entries can start immediately, in the appropriate threads, and can be submitted up to December 20th. No late entries, no exceptions. As we get closer, we'll announce the judging. Oh, and this contest is open to everyone, even the staff Wink

Prizes you say?

For the Ship contest...
1st Prize, a 6211 Imperial Star Destroyer Playset!
2nd Prize, a nice Battlepack, and maybe a random figure

For the vignette contest...
1st Prize, a 7673 Magna Droid Starfighter
2nd Prize, another nice Battlepack, and perhaps another random figure

Special credit goes to Rook for sparking this idea in our heads!

Guidelines summary
Rules that apply to both
1. New builds only. You can't just slap a few lights on your old MOC and say it's now Christmasified... you have to build something new!
2. You can only submit one thing for each contest. You can change it up until the cut-off date. If you post more than one, you'll be disqualified.
3. Your submission post can only contain 2 pictures for each contest (so, 2 for the ship and 2 for the vignette, if you choose to enter it, but no more than 2 for each)
5. Pictures are limited to 640x480 in size, same as the forum rules. You may link to other pictures in a MOC thread, should you choose to create it, but only your entry pictures can be included in the submission
6. Quality counts. If your pictures are blurry, icky, or otherwise bad, the staff reserves the right to DQ you from the contest. This will be a rarity, but it doesn’t take much effort to make a good picture.
7. Official parts and stickers only on ships. "Custom" figures are allowed custom decals, but no slicing and dicing.


Star Wars Vehicle/Ship Christmasification
1. Must be a ship from the movies or clone wars cartoons, and some element of it needs to be recognizable as the ship you choose
2. A description, little blurb, and a story of what it means is required
3. Must be minifig scale, or if you choose a capital ship, ISD scale
4. No size limits, so long as it meets other requirements
5. It’s got to have some “Holiday” element to it

Holiday Vignette Contest
1. Must include at least one character from a Star Wars movie (and by proxy, that character needs to be an official LEGO minifig)
2. Can include other characters or custom characters as needed
3. Limited to a 12x12 base (it’s those grey ones from the batman sets, or just whatever you need to make 12x12
4. No more than 1 foot tall
5. It’s got to have elements of Star Wars and Holidays. After that, it’s up to you…
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question: is LDD allowed?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, actual models/builds.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

/me internet high-fives the Uncapitalized d-inator.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My personal thought is if you submit a virtual entry you should only get a virtual prize... and since dW and Ry have been awesome enough to provide physical prizes, only physical entries should be considered. But don't let that stop you from using CAD programs to design your entry.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those of you who have been keeping tabs, this is not *THE* contest you've heard mentioned off and on that will kick off the new site.
That's still waiting in the wings; Nick and the rest of the staff just wanted to get something out before the end of the year, and the idea was a good one.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you say 'limited to' a 12x12 baseplate, do you mean that that is as far as we can go, or that that is the size it has to be?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the max size. If you want to go smaller, feel free.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, okay. So, how would we submit these? In SW Mocs, or in this thread?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm so on this mine is already built.

But I has question too. Can there be a small amount of overhang from the 12x12? just a little bit? I've completely forgotten the right word to use. The over hang is not substantial, but the effect is the best thing ever.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When it gets a bit closer, we'll put a submission thread in here. For now, if you want to post, you can make a MOC thread and get feedback.

As for overhang (and already being done), remember the "no existing builds" rule. As for the overhang, there's a baseplate restriction. What you put above it is your business, unless it's obvious you're just trying to cheat the rules.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't already exist, I built it the moment I saw the competition for a holiday vignette. And cool, I'm not trying to cheat, it's not that huge an overhang. It's small and wee. I'll post pictures soon anyway.

Thanks Nick
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

K, just wanted to make sure.

Also, as a note on the vignette base... 12x12 is the max size, and there isn't a requirement on what the base is made of. You can construct the base however you like, so long as it fits the size requirement. The Batman base was just a suggestion.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why can't we have a Kwanzaafication or Hanukkahfication contest?

-Chuck
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a fun contest. And I'm glad to see that we have a new contest (or two) It's been awhile.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChuckC wrote:
Why can't we have a Kwanzaafication or Hanukkahfication contest?

-Chuck


Well...

dWhisper wrote:
... and captures a Christmas feel (or holiday-it-up, if you want to Hanukafy or Kwanzadizzle it)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If only this contest had been a year earlier...



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh heh heh, I like this contest.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pepa, that's a great example of what we have in mind here. Thanks for posting it in the thread. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:56 am    Post subject: Christmas AT-AT Reply with quote

Not an entry!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pepa Quin wrote:
If only this contest had been a year earlier...

{image of awesomeness}

Razz


There goes my first idea. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ Me too! Mad

Better come up with a vignette idea then....

Anyways awesome contest idea you guys! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this okay?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing I forgive the illegal part usage here, but the rules clearly stipulate it has to be a new MOC. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no crime in someone submitting the same ship/vehicle as you... part of this contest is to be festive and show off your building chops.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That ISD is the #6211 set, correct?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the only ISD Playset I know about...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are we allowed to use photoshop?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To crop, size, and label photos, yes. To add the Chrismasification elements or change the build... no. Bits of flair can be handled on a case-by-case, but the best builds use bricks.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To clean up images, yes. We encourage that.
To alter the MOCs appearance, no.

Like, you can edit out stands and cat hair, fix contrast, add effects... the usual stuff. But don't go adding details that aren't on the MOC or changing part colors. That's on par with modifying parts. Just use common sense here.

When in doubt, don't do it.

edit: curse you're quick fingers Nick!
edit again: ok, Nick wasn't all that quick. Guess I stepped away longer than I thought. My thoughts still apply. Razz
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