The team at Arc40k are pleased to announce the launch of the ArcOpen Painting Challenge - an event focusing on celebrating the painting of fantasy and futuristic miniatures.
Painting and presentation of inspiring miniatures has always been an important part of Arc40k weekends, but not everyone who paints plays our game…
So, we’ve launched the ArcOpen. We hope it provides an avenue for those who share our passion for painting fantasy and futuristic miniatures to engage with and be a part of the wider Arc40k community.
We’ve chosen the path of creating an objective rather than a subjective painting competition.
ArcOpen aims to inspire and challenge everyone to improve and invest in working to present their best. Rather than competing against other entrants in a shoot out for a limited number of awards we will recognise attainment of quality and effort.
There are no first, second and third places at the ArcOpen. Instead our judges will use their time to grade achievement - basing their decisions on the standard of the work and in the end which pieces deserve to be recognised as Gold, Silver and Bronze level awards.
As the ArcOpen System is about presenting a level of painting mastery there will be no limit to the number of awards that can be given out. If five miniatures are worthy of the ArcOpen Miniature Painting Gold standard then that’s how many awards we will present
The ArcOpen team also plan to recognise a Event Master - for the Overall Best in Show, a Junior Best in Show, plus, everyone attending the event will be asked to cast their vote just as we do in Arc40k to decide one of Australia's most prestigious awards the People’s Choice for the most popular Army. And because we are part of Australia's Premier Warhammer 40,000 event then there will also be the Arc40k TO's Award for the best 40k entry.
The ArcOpen categories have been selected to focus on three important types of fantasy/futuristic model projects a painter might challenge themselves to undertake. So entries will need to fit one of these broad categories - Single Miniature, Unit, and Large Figure - Character/Vehicle/Monster. Each provide a unique challenge for the painter and we hope to see some amazing work within each of these categories.
The aim is to give a wide variety of options for painters to explore the application of their hobby craft. We hope it makes ArcOpen an event that works to encourage participation by painters of all skill levels as our system is based on the principle that every deserving work should be recognised.
So these are the official ArcOpen 2023 Categories:
This category is for any single Human-sized fantasy/futuristic miniature mounted on an appropriate sized base. This includes miniatures mounted on creatures or small vehicles. This category is for miniatures up to 40mm scale.
This category is for squads, squadrons, gangs or units of three or more fantasy/futuristic models. This includes miniatures mounted on creatures or small vehicles. The unit may be displayed on an appropriate sized base. This category is for miniatures up to 40mm scale.
Larger Figure- Character/Monster/Vehicle
This category is primarily to provide a category for fantasy/futuristic models of vehicles; other mechanical subjects; or single large Monsters.
We expect to see large miniatures in this category, so we are also looking to include all entries in scales of 75mm or larger and will include busts.
Models that do not require a base may still be mounted on an appropriately sized base.
Some Rules* to help with your entry:
There is no limitations on the manufacturer or method of production of the miniature. However, models that would breach any company’s Intellectual Property Rights may be excluded or disqualified. If you’re unsure get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no limit on the number of categories in which you can enter - total submissions per category will be limited to two entries.
No mail-in entries are allowed or will be accepted. If you would like to participate in the painting competition you must be present at ArcOpen in order to compete.
ArcOpen will be held as part of the Arc40k weekend Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 March 2023. We’ll have more information about our exciting activities program that will allow participants to engage and immerse themselves in a weekend celebrating painting - including the exact event dates, the registration process and more. As our plans are confirmed we’ll be quick to update everyone.
But with the details we’ve announced today we hope to ensure that everyone will have heaps of time to plan, prepare and get painting. We really do want to give everyone an opportunity to achieve and present their very best.
*The Rules listed here for ArcOpen may be added to and expanded as further details are confirmed.