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Fixture of Dakka


The results should be interesting.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Mantis Maker Challenge Final Results!

Before I go any further, I just want to say to each of the contestants how honored and humbled I am by your participation. No matter what your scores are, if you're elated or disappointed... you're all aces in my eyes. Every last one of you. You took my private passion and made it your own for a bit, and for that... I will be forever grateful. This last month has been so inspiring for me. Thank you!

I'm going to post the results in the original order of the OP, with the big reveal at the end (for those not keeping score along the way). The scores listed here will be aggregates of all three judge's marks. Detailed scoring and commentary will be provided individually through PM to each contestant. I can't thank the judges enough for all their work. Judging a competition is hard enough, but to give each contestant meaningful commentary as well is an amazing amount of effort to undertake. Thanks guys, I'm in your debt. The judges will remain anonymous, however they're free to make themselves known if they so desire.

As a reminder, here were the judging creiteria that I provided to the judges. They were not required to use the entire matrix, but they were required to give a score for each main category.

Build (100 pts)
- quality of build (i.e. neatness) (20 pts)
- adherence to theme (20 pts)
- conversions/kitbashing (30 pts)
- pose (30 pts)

Painting (100 pts)
- neatness (25 pts)
- use of advanced techniques (25 pts)
- overall effect (50 pts)

Basing (50 pts)
- theme/appropriateness to figure (10 pts)
- build/customization (10 pts)
- painting (10 pts)
- overall effect with figure (20 pts)

There will be 20-30 extra points for the judges to use at their discretion for "the unexpected", humor, etc., i.e. whatever floats their boat.

Brother Nero, Wrath of the Endymion, Stalker in the Shadows, versus Trankillus the Corsair.

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 220
Painting: 180
Basing: 133
Bonus: 20
Total: 553 points

Brother Kamakiri:

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 225
Painting: 180
Basing: 92
Bonus: 5
Total: 497 points

++Honoured Lord,
The following attached picts (cleaned and edited for your perusal), taken shortly before the conclusion of the Badab war, show an unidentified chaos marine. All chapter heraldry and unit markings have been scraped off so true identification will be close to impossible. However due to weapon and armour patterns I highly suspect that the traitor in question is veteran sergeant Rathis (now known as "Rathis Headtaker") formally of the Mantis Warriors chapter. After turning traitor Rathis is known to have killed dozens of Imperial soldiers and at least 18 other marines in close combat during the Badab war, 3 of which were his erstwhile squadmates, before he seemingly vanished. Rathis and his veteran squad were one of the Mantis Warriors foremost recon squads and as such Rathis is a consumate ambusher and under no circumstances should he be underestermated.

I will contact you again when i have more information. Snrubarius out.++[/color]

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 182
Painting: 141
Basing: 75
Bonus: 5
Total: 403 points


Aggregate Scores:
Build: 231
Painting: 244
Basing: 81
Bonus: 30
Total: 586 points

Hive Fleet Lazarus
My finished entry, Enemy of my Enemy
When is a Red Corsair not the mortal enemy of a Mantis Warrior?
When there's a horde of Genestealers bearing down on you and no one else to watch your back

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 150
Painting: 87
Basing: 79
Bonus: 15
Total: 331 points

I present to you, honoured Veteran Sergeant Lazran:

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 195
Painting: 135
Basing: 65
Bonus: 5
Total: 400 points

Brother Ahoky.

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 231
Painting: 225
Basing: 77
Bonus: 15
Total: 548 points

The Mantis Prince Cornatus
A Mastery Level 3, Winged Daemon Prince of Tzeentch in Power Armour, with Ichor Blood, the Gift of Mutation, a Spell Familiar and holding the Scrolls of Magnus. (370pts)

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 255
Painting: 105
Basing: 90
Bonus: 20
Total: 470 points


Aggregate Scores:
Build: 248
Painting: 269
Basing: 133
Bonus: 40
Total: 690 points

At the end of the hundred year crusade The Mantis Warriors sought out the their once former allies the Astral Claws. Taking their revenge in their new form. A Red Corsair Hellbrute.

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 216
Painting: 191
Basing: 73
Bonus: 7
Total: 487 points

Ice Angel & Steve
The idea is that near the end of the Mantis Warriors 100 year crusade they were tested and examined by the Inquisition to make sure they were still loyal and pure. This scene is depicting one of those meetings. The inquisitor and his assistant are standing before all that remains of one of the Mantis Warriors Companies.

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 280
Painting: 213
Basing: 120
Bonus: 25
Total: 638 points

Commander Cain

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 255
Painting: 218
Basing: 130
Bonus: 5
Total: 608 points

Congratulations everyone, job well done!!

Bear with me now... as I have a situation to sort out... It was pointed out to me by one of the judges (before the judging actually began) that the original rules for the contest imply that each entry be completed by a single person alone, and we had one entry by a team. He was right... not only in the wording but in my intent as well. It isn't fair to make individuals compete directly against a team unless teaming up is proposed as a possibility in the original rules. HOWEVER (sit down... stop yelling at your computer and calling me names)... neither am I such a consummate d-bag that I'm going to exclude a fine entry by people who were participating mainly to show their support and friendship for me (and they did such a damn fine job that I had to come up with a plan B). Keep your socks on, I've got it sorted.

In pondering things like prizes and trophies, it seemed to me that the winners of this competition would be proving exactly how good they were at painting Mantis Warriors. Perhaps, I thought... an appropriate prize would be something that they could practice their new-found skills on? Thus I set about building 3 custom Mantis Warrior figures to celebrate the achievements of the winners and in the hopes that they would continue to practice their craft at least one more time. (P.S. If you're sick of painting Mantis Warriors and just want me to paint it bronze, silver or gold & make a little trophy out of it... I can do that too!) OH, and Mrs. 'Splitta is making cooking of course. One tin each for the winners!

So, without further delay... the winners of the Mantis Maker Competition... 2013 edition!

The Bronze (Heavy) Medal goes to Giraffex for his IA-style Mantis Warrior with a total of 586 points!

Gir wins a custom built, Badab-era Sternguard so he can practice his yellows!!

The Silver (Heavy) Medal goes to Commander Cain for his awesome robot slaying Mantis Warrior with a total of 608 points!

CC wins a custom built post-crusade Vanguard marine so he can come to really and truly appreciate my building skills and thank God that HE doesn't have to build these things! This figure made possible by BLACKHAND and his awesome sculpting skills and the good folks at Chapterhouse for the shoulder pad.

The Gold (Heavy) Medal goes to none other than Nerdfest09 for his outstanding Mantis Warrior Terminator with a grand total of 690 points!

Nerdy wins the first and only... post crusade Gitsplitta Mantis Warrior Terminator in existence! This model foreshadows things to come and there's no one I'd rather see it go to than the winner of this competition. Also brought to you with the help of BLACKHAND and Chapterhouse. Fantastic job Damo, you really set the bar high.

"But what about our intrepid brothers-in-arms?" you say... "What justice awaits Ice Angel and Steve after creating this masterpiece and earning a whopping 638 points??!!"

Ah, well you see... Ice and Steve are MY brothers in arms too... from multiple Adepticon campaigns past. I know what they play and what perhaps, they might enjoy.

For Ice... Captain, oh my Captain... a limited edition Mk 7 Captain model... I think he'd look mighty fine as an Ice Angel!

Steve is a bit trickier... but Steve runs Space Wolves... and I think I've got a figure he might enjoy. It's a Scribor Celtic Sci-Fi Warrior. Very Space Wolfy... very cool.

... and.... now I can't find it. Even though I had it in my hand yesterday. You guys will have to trust that I'll take care of Steve ASAP. *sigh* The best laid plans...

Anyway... thank you everyone for hanging with me for over a month! Contestants, judges and observers... you were all wonderful!

Winners including Ice and Steve... please PM me and let me know if you have any nut allergies!! It will impact the cookies you receive from the misses!

Night all... it's late and I need a drink.


OH, nearly forgot. Individual results and commentary will be PMd soon... but not right now. Nighty night!

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Witch Hunter Undercover in a Cult

Damn, I didn't win the wooden spoon

Great job, everyone, amazed I got 400 points on the dot!

Now then if all the winners could ship their entries to me for stud... I mean safe keeping

Great comp, Gits, and if you do it again next year I will gladly return arms open to embrace the ways of a Mantis Warrior!
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Screaming into the void

Mostly, on my phone.

Well done gang!

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Strategizing Grey Knight Chapter Master

Auckland New Zealand

Some very very nice models in there, well done to all who entered!

IceAngel wrote:I must say Knightley, I am very envious of your squiggle ability. I mean, if squiggles were a tactical squad, you'd be the sergeant. If squiggles were an HQ, you'd be the special character. If squiggles were a way of life, you'd be Doctor Phil...
The Cleanest Painting blog ever!
Gitsplitta wrote:I am but a pretender... you are... the father of all squiggles. .
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Ragin' Ork Dreadnought

Albany, Australia

Well done everyone! It takes courage and focus to enter and complete an entry for a competition like this - I applaud all of you!

When Gits announced this competition, I knew I wouldn't have time to enter - so I offered up my services as a judge, thinking it would be a less time consuming way of contributing to and supporting such a worthy cause. All I can say is that it was an honour, a pleasure, and took too much time away from my DakkaDakka Infinity painting competition entry!

I too have been looking forward to the results - given I only having a 1/3 say in the final placings - and, of course, having my own spin to the judging criteria

Anyway - in case any of my comments (when you receive them) were a bit cryptic or bare - I'm happy to expand on them or discuss them further - probably best via PM so we don't clog up Gits' thread - or alternatively direct me to your blog if you have one and I'll be happy to discuss them there (either way, it won't change any of the results )

I definitely didn't get time to score the unfinished entries - so if you own one of those and *want* me to score it, again, just let me know.

Again - congratulations to all - hope to see you all back again for the next one.

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Chaplain with Hate to Spare

OMG! SOooooooooo happy right now! I can't believe I came first out of such a plethora of AMAZING and powerful miniatures now it's my turn to be humbled! I am honestly so thrilled to win this comp and be part of the fun with all you guys! Gits is such a massive part of Dakka and the hobby whether he wants to be or not and I loved the chance to really try hard and do something not for myself but for Gits and the bonus was the competition! my plan now is to await the generous prize which i cannot wait to get my hands on! and then proceed to paint it as another Mantis Terminator and send the models i have done straight to Mr Splitta himself in fact it was pushing myself with the Mantis Warrior that encouraged me to start my rather detailed Slaanesh army so thank you Gits, thank you to all the judges and thank you to all the entrants! ..... can't wait until next year now!

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Shroomin Brain Boy

Berlin Germany

congratz to all winners, you´ve earned it! and gits and the judges... you had a hell of a job to judge over these fine entries!

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Hoary Long Fang with Lascannon

Green Bay, WI

Congratulations to the winners! And thanks to the judges. Excellent job, everyone.

Gits, this was an excellent competition. I hope you do it again next year!

Dying's the easy way out. You won't catch me dying. They'll have to kill me before I die!

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Blood-Drenched Death Company Marine


Wow, great job everyone. Sorry to make your life difficult Git, but I'm honored to win despite ignoring the rules. I really look forward to the feedback. Thanks judges!

No Nut allergies here Git.

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 Gitsplitta wrote:
I can't thank the judges enough for all their work. Judging a competition is hard enough, but to give each contestant meaningful commentary as well is an amazing amount of effort to undertake. Thanks guys, I'm in your debt.

No problem Gits. It was a great experience to be part of the jury.
Thank you for trusting me.

I'd like to thank the two other judges, I guess the judging took them a lot of time too (oh thanks Gork and Mork, there were "only" 12 entries ).
And congrats to everyone entering the contest. There were really nice models to judge, I had a great time looking at them closely.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Burtucky, Michigan

This is why I love DAKKA challenges. So many cool pieces of work submitted. Even the lowest scoring submissions made me go "oh thats cool" Very nice job everyone!
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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Great point KC. I'm sure most of the contestants could have scored higher if they'd done something "safe". I'd asked everyone to push their abilities and try something new, take a chance. Man, did they! Every one of these entries featured its creator pushing their personal boundaries in some way. I couldn't be prouder of the risks e ergo e took and the jobs they did.

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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal

Good work to everyone involved. Gits for running the competition and making the prizes, the judges for doing what turned out to be a very hard job, and all the entrants for their imaginative models. Been a pleasure just to sit and watch the builds come together.

The army- ~2295 points (built).

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Good job to everyone. Thanks to everyone who entered for the cool models to look at, the other judges who I know had as hard a choice as I did, and Gits, for using this monster of a blog for the forces of good.

As Arakasi said, if anyone would like further expounding on the judging comments, let me know. I am humbled to be a judge of those in the contest and in conjunction with the other judges. It was particularly interesting to remove my scores and see how the other two combined scored it as well. We were all fairly close to each other, it seems.
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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

I'll be sending the individual scores and judges comments out today. Just a little more patience and you'll be set!

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Longtime Dakkanaut


Looks like a fantastic competition there. Well done to all the contestants, some lovely models. Really love the idea behind Ovion's entry, looks pretty nice too!
Great idea Gits!

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Fixture of Dakka


Well done to everyone who entered and congratualtions to the 3 winners plus Ice and Steve.

And thankyou Gits for a great compitition.

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First of all thanks to Git for hosting such a great comp, I said already that for me was an honor to be part of It and have my first Space Marine in company of these wonderful miniatures.
Thanks to the judges, all of them do awesome models and I'm really happy that They gave our entries some of their time

Congratulation to the winners of course, a pity that somebody tried to cheat

Waiting for next year maybe?

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Yes, there will definitely be a competition next year!

BTW, the Mantis Maker Challenge link in my sig now goes to the final post. In case you want to show off your work to someone at a later date.

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Well count me in for next years one.

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Congrats Nerd looks amazing

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Fixture of Dakka

Congratulations everyone! I loved all the entries and the general spirit of the competition. The winners did some particularly lovely work but everyone should be very proud!

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Fixture of Dakka

Wiltshire, UK

Thanks for such an excellent competition Git's was real fun

Well done to the winners and thanks for the Judges time must have been hard work.

No nut allergy's on my side and I love the MW Git's I'll be adding him to my growing force of Mantis Warriors which I totally blame you for

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Git’s “after party” awards…
You know… the party is one thing… but it’s the after party you really want to get invited to.

So, since I didn’t really get to do any judging, I thought I’d invent some of my own awards to dole out for things not easily tabulated.

The “MacGyver” award goes to Ovion who made his entry out of bits of wire and toilet paper! Need I say more??

The “Nick this if you Dare” award goes to inmygravenimage who’s entry is SO consummately Mantis Warrioresque that every time I look at it I giggle like a school girl. I now have a very clear idea what I’m going to try to do should I ever decide to enter a major painting competition like the Crystal Brush or some such.

The “We Need Real Jobs” award goes to Ice Angel and Steve who built and painted an entire army as their entry!

The “This is Going to Hurt” award goes to Hive Fleet Lazarus for his “Enemy of my Enemy” diorama… because you know… those guys are gonna die… horribly.

The “Where No Man Has Gone Before” award goes to Yellowbeard who up until this contest… hadn’t actually fully painted a single figure on his own (not recently anyway). Not only did he do it but he did a bang-up job with a great, original build concept.

The “Urban Cowboy” award goes to Solar_lion for his depiction of a Mantis Warrior trying to ride a mechanical bull… of sorts. Nicely done. Love a bit of humor in my life-and-death struggles!

The “You’ve Come a Long Way Baby” award goes to Matt.Kingsley who’s made a ton of progress over the time I’ve been aware of his work. Really flattered and proud to see his entry into this competition.

The “And They Shall Know No Fear” award goes to SelvaggioSaky… who stepped pretty far outside his comfort zone with his entry and should feel damn proud of his effort!

The “Knows on Which Side His Bread is Buttered” award goes to Snrub, who really embraced and ran with the whole idea of a painting competition as a performance art. (Because anyone who refers to me as an “Honoured Lord” is going to get props aplenty!)

The “I Should be FORCED to Build a Mantis Warrior Army” award goes to Giraffex… because you should.

The “Don’t Screw With Me” award goes to Nerdfest09 for that head-on pic of his terminator... and convincingly winning the competition of course.

The “Will be a Movie Script Some Day” award goes to Commander Cain whose diorama is perfectly wonderful and begs to have some Hollywood film maker take it on. The robot in this piece was also a nominee for the “Don’t Taze Me Bro!” award.


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Mostly, on my phone.

Steal away bro

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Canada,Prince Edward Island

Goodness grief I won something! What a pleasant surprise to come back to after a long days work.

Congrats to all the other entrants, you all did an incredible job!

And many thanks for the prize Git's, it looks amazing!

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Oh and also thanks to the judges for all the feedback. Very good points all around and I try my very best to work on the flaws, tis nice to have several sets of eyes to look over my work.

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Congrats to the winners, great job.
Great competition Gits, I'll definetly enter your next contest.

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Witch Hunter Undercover in a Cult

Yay, after party awards!

Thank you for the kind words, Gits, although I don't think a ton of progress is the right way to put it
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Green Bay, Wisconson

 Matt.Kingsley wrote:
Yay, after party awards!

Thank you for the kind words, Gits, although I don't think a ton of progress is the right way to put it

Second Opinion.... I think you have demonstrated a good foundation.. it will get easier as you practice, learn new techniques and experiment. and so it was and stll is for all of us.... even Git!

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