> Entry Rules
The model must be painted to a reasonable standard, certainly more than just an undercoat. The model must be painted
by the person entering it. Just to be very clear about this, if a company/sculptor has made something you like you can enter it even if you didn’t make it, but you
must paint it.
Each person can enter only once. Any member of CDO can enter.
No entries submitted after the deadline will be allowed, no matter how cool it is.
No model that has already been entered in an online painting contest can be entered.
If the model breaks forum rules by its appearance it will not be allowed.
Photos cannot be replaced after the deadline, unless by specific instruction.
Pictures are to be taken with a neutral background in order to make every entry equal in that regard. Please refrain from including pictures with background scenery in Golden Hat. The background is not allowed to add action/story to the entry or make it diorama style, such as scenery will do. However, placing models on maps is allowed. And, as always, if in foubt write the organizer.
> Anonymity Rules
The entry photos cannot contain any writing that isn’t on the model or base. I.e. you cannot put your username on each photo. If this can be cropped out the entry will be allowed, if it cannot it won’t be.
The competition is supposed to be anonymous, so please do not
post pictures of your entry online until after the voting has ended. Do not start a WIP blog of your entry as you make it, we may not allow it to be entered.
If you have just finished a model that is ideal for the competition, but have already posted it in the forum just ask one of the staff if it is ok to enter it still. Preferably people will not say which entry is theirs until voting is over, but this is not 'rule breaking'.
If your username is on the model/base it will not be allowed.
> Staff discretion and editing
If more than 4 pictures are submitted, or an album link is provided where there are more than 4 pictures, if the entrant does not respond adequately within 48 hours after the deadline the pictures will be selected by me.
If the pics provided are in poor lighting or in need of cropping it is automatically presumed
that I will do some editing of the pics as I see fit in order to improve them as best I can. If you specifically do not
want me to do any editing you must let me know at the time of submission! Bear in mind your entry will remain the same size as everyone else’s, so poorly cropped pics etc will only work against you.
If you are unhappy with the quality of the final montage after the voting has started let me know ASAP. Changes can be made, but the voting won’t be restarted or anything just because. I will check each montage shot before posting the thread.
The Staff decision is always final on any matter, it is not open to public debate (unless we ask it to be).
> Artistic interpretation
We encourage creativity, so when we say (for example) 'the theme is a black orc/ slave', this means people are free to interpret this however they want, as long as it still looks Chaos Dwarf themed.
Bear in mind that people will be considering how well your entry fits the theme when they are voting.
If you are in doubt please ask a member of staff, otherwise you risk having your entry disqualified if it is too far from the theme.
The rules in use for basing for the competition will be specifically stated in the announcement thread.
Standard Rule for basing
This rule applies to all Golden Hats. To avoid confusion models will be classified by the Warhammer 8th Edition standard into infantry, cavalry etc.
The model must meet the base requirement or it will not be allowed to be entered:
Infantry - Up to 30mm
(square or round)
Cavalry, War Beasts, Monstrous Infantry, Monstrous Cavalry, Monster - Up to 50mm
(square or round)
Chariot - 50mm x 100mm
'No display base’
If the basing rules in the announcement thread say this it means the entry cannot
have a display base or plinth of any kind whatsoever, in any shape or form. As such, it will be made very clear that only the model itself should be judged incase there is anything in the background etc. Any photos that contain a display base will not be entered, you have been warned.
‘Display bases are allowed’
If the basing rules in the announcement thread say this it means the entrant can
also put their model(s) ontop of a display base and/or plinth.
If the model does not come with a base (and should not), such as a Warhammer Forge Skullcracker, a display base can be used as
a base. Models like this can only
be entered in competitions where display bases are allowed.
A display base should be no more than 10cm larger than the model on all sides, top and bottom. What is on the display base is up to you, but it cannot be a diorama (see below).
’Diorama’ style bases
If this contest is based on a ‘diorama’ it will be very clearly laid out in the announcement thread. If this is the case then pretty much anything goes in terms of what you can put on it. The maximum base size of the diorama will be specified in the announcement thread.
If this is not a diorama themed contest, diorama style bases are not allowed and the following rule applies.
The base cannot contain any model that is in combat with the actual model being judged or in a ‘dramatic pose’. As an example, you cannot have a Chaos Dwarf warrior fighting a Dark Elf, or standing next to him and claim the CD warrior is the main entry. You could have dead dark elves on the base. The Staff reserve the right to disallow an entry if it is not in the spirit of this rule. Or to allow the entry if it's only something tiny like a snotling etc.
Finally… If you have a specific rules question about something you are unsure about please PM one of the staff and don’t just ask it in the announcement thread. It may be missed.