2022 Q4 Epic Encounters | The Gallant Goblin

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Contest Details

Contest Overview

Submission Deadline: 11:59pm US Pacific Time Tuesday 31 January 2023

Entry Subject: Any unpainted mini from the Epic Encounters product line made by Steamforged Games.

Entry Requirements:

      1. Your submission must include before and after photos of the mini unpainted and painted, with you or a physical label of some sort listing your verifiable preferred social media handle in both pictures. These 2 pictures should be submitted in the Validation Photos section of the entry form and won’t be made public. They will be deleted as soon as the entry is approved.
      2. You may submit up to 10 contest photos showing your mini from different angles and/or in a diorama with other minis, terrain and props. You must submit at least 1 photo. You may submit your validation photos here as well if you wish them to be included in the public gallery.
      3. If you submit photos of multiple painted minis, please clearly describe which ones you want to be judged for painting quality in your Entry Description. We understand some minis may be included for theme category consideration or flavor and you may have those excluded from judging for the main prize so you can focus on one really good painting entry.
      4. Entry must be family-friendly by TTRPG standards.
      5. See Full Rules for additional details.

Judging:

      1. Main prizes will be awarded based solely on the painting quality with scores broken down for 50% painting skill, 20% creativity, 20% difficulty of the paint scheme attempted, and 10% presentation (photo quality, angles to show all of the mini, good neutral lighting, etc.)
      2. Themed category awards are based on the contest photos and their contents, as opposed to the painting quality.

Prizes

Winners will be announced by March 6, 2023. Delays shall be communicated on this page if any occur.

Prizes are available in any country that can order from the Steamforged Games web store unless legally prohibited.

Main Prize (3 available):

The top three painting entries will each win one (1) copy of Epic Encounters: Island of the Crab Archon and one (1) copy of Epic Encounters: Cove of the Dragon Turtle, which together constitute the latest release from Epic Encounters!

Themed Categories:

Each winner of a themed category shall receive one (1) unpainted resin mini product of their choice from our three options: Young Kobold Adventurers collection, Veteran Kobold Adventurers collection, or the Harvest Dragon.

The themes are:

1. Most Cinematic We always talk about how cinematic the Epic Encounters adventures are with unique boss actions, interactive terrain, and big story moments. This prize will go to the set of photos that best captures the feel of these cinematic moments. Bust out your creative lighting, dramatic angles, and photography skills, or flex your storytelling muscles with a series of photos that tell the story of a big scene!

2. Most Epic You don’t need to have a flair for the dramatic or great photography skills to capture an epic moment. Show us a scene with minis at your table that would make someone passing by stop and stare.

3. Most Aquatic Let’s celebrate the release of the crab archon and dragon turtle with your best aquatic take on a mini—drowned ghouls, swamp goblins, beach orcs… let’s see how you paint up a new version of our existing minis!

4. Most Surprising Whether you have a new color scheme you’ve been wanting to try out or you have an idea about how to present your Epic Encounters minis that’s off the beaten path, this is the category for those who want to get creative and try something different.

5. Most Minion The big bosses, self-anointed royalty, and spellcasters always get the most attention, but it’s the unappreciated minions who do all the heavy lifting, isn’t it? This prize goes to the best showcase of what it means to be a minion in someone else’s encounter.

Meet the Judges!

Russ Charles

Theo Thourson

Armando Santellano

Kaiden Sabbadin

Russ is the co-creator of Animal Adventures and sculpted many of your favorite minis from Steamforged Games including figures from Animal Adventures, Critical Role, and Epic Encounters!

Follow Russ on Twitter at: @russ_charles

Everybody’s favorite reviewer and YouTube host is back! Theo is the co-proprietor of The Gallant Goblin and a gold Ennie-winning D&D 5e writer. You can catch him every week when we put out new videos on the channel, whether they be up close looks at new minis, reviews of TTRPG books and accessories, or exciting actual play episodes!

Subscribe to see all our content on YouTube at: TheGallantGoblin

Follow Theo on: Facebook and Instagram

Chat with us and our painting community on: Discord

Ever since Armando visited his local hobby store in 2018, he became interested in miniatures and miniature painting. It wasn’t a year later though when he began developing his skills as a miniature painter. Now he has been painting for more than three years and has no plans on stopping anytime soon. Recently he has opened an Etsy store and through Lazy Paint Productions has partnered with the Gallant Goblin to create more content for the channel.

Follow Armando on Twitter at: @MandoPaintMinis

Shop his Etsy store at: ArmandoPaintsMinis

Kaiden is the founder and lead for Lazy Paint Productions, a creative partner of The Gallant Goblin that focuses on mini painting jobs for both beginners and pros, with a particular emphasis on corner-cutting techniques to get the best paint job for the least effort! Kaiden is also a moderator for the Gallant Goblin Discord and a writer for the Fight Your Minis! series.

Check out all of Lazy Paint Productions’ news and tutorials at: gallantgoblin.com/lpp

Join the Lazy Paint Productions community on: Discord

 

Full Rules + Terms & Conditions (the legal stuff)

Full Rules

Entry Subject

Entry shall be one (1) initially unpainted mini that is painted by the entrant during the contest period.

Entrant must submit at least two photos clearly depicting themselves or a physical label showing a verifiable social media handle of their choice with the entry, one prior to the entry being painted and one after it’s painted. Entrant must also upload at least one photo of the painted mini. Other elements in the photo (backgrounds, other minis, etc.) shall not be considered during judging for main prizes but may be considered for other themed categories. The photo should not be modified or feature lighting or other effects in a manner that would notably alter the appearance or visibility of the entry.

If kitbashing or otherwise altering the mini, the mini should remain roughly 75% or more the original mini and be recognizable as the original mini.

The mini should be a figure from an Epic Encounters product published by Steamforged Games. We reserve the right to disqualify entries from companies not in the above list.

Entrants

Limit one (1) entry per person. Additional entries will not be included in the contest or judged.

Entry must be submitted by 11:59pm US Pacific Time Tuesday 31 January 2022.

Entry must be submitted using the web form at https://www.gallantgoblin.com/painting-contests/2022-q4-epic-encounters/contest-entry

Entries should be family-friendly within the context of traditional tabletop RPGs. Some bloody and suggestive imagery may be permissible but no extreme violence, gore, or nudity should be depicted. We reserve the right to make a final judgment call on the appropriateness of a submission. If a submission is rejected, you will be contacted via your provided email address and will have the opportunity to submit a replacement entry by the entry deadline.

Prizes

Three (3) winners will be selected for the Overall Painting Category. These winners each receive the main prizes, which are one (1) copy of Epic Encounters: Island of the Crab Archon and one (1) copy of Epic Encounters: Cove of the Dragon Turtle.

Five (5) winners will be selected for the Themed Categories, one for each theme. These winners each receive one (1) unpainted resin mini set of their choice from three product options: Young Kobold Adventurers collection, Veteran Kobold Adventurers collection, or the Harvest Dragon.

The five themes are:

1. Most Cinematic We always talk about how cinematic the Epic Encounters adventures are with unique boss actions, interactive terrain, and big story moments. This prize will go to the set of photos that best captures the feel of these cinematic moments. Bust out your creative lighting, dramatic angles, and photography skills, or flex your storytelling muscles with a series of photos that tell the story of a big scene!

2. Most Epic You don’t need to have a flair for the dramatic or great photography skills to capture an epic moment. Show us a scene with minis at your table that would make someone passing by stop and stare.

3. Most Aquatic Let’s celebrate the release of the crab archon and dragon turtle with your best aquatic take on a mini—drowned ghouls, swamp goblins, beach orcs… let’s see how you paint up a new version of our existing minis!

4. Most Surprising Whether you have a new color scheme you’ve been wanting to try out or you have an idea about how to present your Epic Encounters minis that’s off the beaten path, this is the category for those who want to get creative and try something different.

5. Most Minion The big bosses, self-anointed royalty, and spellcasters always get the most attention, but it’s the unappreciated minions who do all the heavy lifting, isn’t it? This prize goes to the best showcase of what it means to be a minion in someone else’s encounter.

Judging

A panel of judges selected by The Gallant Goblin and listed on this page shall determine the winners. Judging criteria for the three main prize winners of the overall painting category will be: 50% painting skill, 20% creativity, 20% difficulty, 10% presentation. Other winners will be chosen by a ranked choice poll of the judges.

The entry title and description, as well as submitted photos, will all be used during judging. Poor photo quality may affect judging scores.

Themed category judging is based on the Theme Categories listed in the prior section. The judging will take into account how the mini is painted and presented but the skill of the painting will not be as important as how the overall mini and photos relate to the category.

All judges’ decisions are final.

Timeline

16 Dec. 2022: Contest open to entry submission

31 Jan. 2023: Contest closed to entry submission

6 Mar. 2023: Announcement of winners

Winners & Claiming Prizes

Winners will be notified by email using the email address provided in the entry form.

Prizes will begin fulfillment to the physical address provided in the entry form five (5) days after winners are announced. Winners must respond to the email notifying them of their win before that time to change the address to which the prize will be sent.

Winners who did not submit a physical address in their entry form will have thirty (30) days to respond to the email notifying them of their win to provide a valid physical address. If no physical address is provided after that time period, the winner forfeits the prize.

Terms & Conditions

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

Eligibility

The Gallant Goblin Painting Contest (the “Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, as well as countries where skill-based contests are legal, who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Contest judges, employees of The Gallant Goblin LLC and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee and judge are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Sponsor

The Contest is sponsored by The Gallant Goblin LLC, located at Richmond TX, United States of America, and Steamforged Games Limited, located as Osprey House, 217-227 Broadway, Salford, M50 2U, United Kingdom.

Entry

Enter the Contest by visiting our website (https://www.gallantgoblin.com/painting-contests/2022-q4-epic-encounters/contest-entry) and following the directions provided to fill out the entry information, and submit.

Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address for the duration of the Contest Period. Entries received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void and only the first entry will be accepted and judged

Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

Information & Photo Release

By entering the contest, participants give The Gallant Goblin LLC rights and consent to publish their submitted name, entry title, entry description, and entry photos online and in print within the context of the Contest and advertising for the Contest or future related contests without any further compensation. Entrants retain all other rights to their photos.

Privacy Policy

Data submitted in relation to the Contest is stored in a database managed by GreenGeeks.com. The data may be used to contact individuals regarding their participation in Gallant Goblin painting contests and for internal market research. No data provided for the Contest will be shared with or sold to other parties except information needed for sponsor Steamforged Games to deliver the prizes they are providing, specifically the name and address of winning entries in the categories for which Steamforged Games is sponsoring prizes.

Contest Subject to Change

This contest operates at the discretion of The Gallant Goblin LC and may be altered or ended at any time. In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention, or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for another other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules, Terms, & Conditions, or (b) terminate the Contest and, in the event of termination, award prizes at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, Terms & Conditions or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney’s fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules, Terms & Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Release and Limitations of Liability

By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of prizes (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted, or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure, or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware and software malfunctions, failures, or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing, or typographical errors; (d) application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants’ participation in the Contest or acceptance, receipt or misuse of prizes (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorney’s fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused y site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

Disputes

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Texas. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, enforceability of these Official Rules, Terms, & Conditions, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Texas.

Contest Entries

The Great Grub

The Great Grub

When I saw this mini I knew it was the perfect representation of the final boss of my ongoing D&D campaign: The Great Grub, whos metamorphosis shall herald the apocalypses. The diorama picture represents how I imagine the battle between the party and the Great grub and its spawn when we finally reach the campaigns conclusion.

    Swamp Hydra

    Swamp Hydra

    My first attempt at basing a mini and using an airbrush for the first layer of colours. Love the Godzilla vibe it gives off!

      The Red Dragon

      The Red Dragon

      This blasted creature kept trying to bite and burn me as I was painting him.

        Kobold Priest of Flame

        Kobold Priest of Flame

        Watch out, Sir Knight!
        That Kobold may be small, but their fire magic is fearsome!

        A Kobold Fire Priest from Shrine of the Kobold Queen. I based their colouration on that of a Galapagos Lava Lizard for a bit of thematic flair!

          The Priest of the Green Flame!

          The Priest of the Green Flame!

          For this entry I wanted to go small but I also wanted to work on my lighting technique. I decided to paint the Priest of the Bloody Flame from the boxset of Shine of the Kobold Queen. However, I painted the flame GREEN!

          I really liked the mini and it had a lot of detail so I hope that you like it as well!

            Kobold Riding Fire Snake

            Kobold Riding Fire Snake

            This mini comes from the Shrine of the Kobold Queen set. I decided to give the snake a striped pattern similar to a coral or milk snake, with blue flames.

              The Queen of Death, Vredha Ozgec! (THEME WINNER: Most Cinematic)

              The Queen of Death, Vredha Ozgec! (THEME WINNER: Most Cinematic)

              A cackle in the blackness, a ring of bells, and suddenly you’re faced by a peculiar entity of grime and decay. Two freezing eyes stare at you with an ominous horror, and another cackle resonates from its abysmal mouth as if it were a battle cry.

              Her skeletal head sits atop a slim body. Undead cower around her presence, the creature seems to take pride in this.
              She strides toward you, her legs calmly carry her cadaverous body with a dreadful energy.

              Before you is The Queen of Death herself, Vredha Ozgec!

                Reign of Ice (THEME WINNER: Most Epic)

                Reign of Ice (THEME WINNER: Most Epic)

                Frost Orc King’s heart of ice,
                In chambers cold, he rules with vice.
                His army strong, his rule unbreakable,
                Foes fear his presence, his will unstoppable.
                But pain lies deep, a tale untold,
                His heart cold as winter, but his rule bold.

                  Behold the Mighty Basilisk Handler!

                  Behold the Mighty Basilisk Handler!

                  Go small or go home!

                  Here we have the Basilisk Handler from the Shrine of the Kobold Queen. He may be little but he has a big personality to keep that Basilisk under control. You have to admire someone whose weapon is meat on a stick!

                    Oh No! One more Goblin appears! Roll! (THEME WINNER: Most Minion)

                    Oh No! One more Goblin appears! Roll! (THEME WINNER: Most Minion)

                    Hello Gallant Goblin and Epic Encounters! For my entry I decided to shine some light on a minion that is usually overlooked, a Goblin from the Epic Encounter Village of the Goblin Chief!

                    I do know that the goblins are worshiping a Hydra who is poisoning the forest. Because I that I went with a Jungle Green look and added some purple to represent the toxic aspect of these specific goblins.

                    This is my entry and I would like to thank you for the opportunity and fun I had while painting this.

                      Dragon turtles are not to be messed with

                      Dragon turtles are not to be messed with

                      Those who dare win! A dragon turtles plunder is always one of great reward should you be brave enough to risk the chance! But beware! If you intend a quick get away the are faster then your ship!

                        Grimfang Orc Cook

                        Grimfang Orc Cook

                        Someone has to make sure that everyone has something to eat.
                        While the methods are dubious at best and sanitary regulations are practically non-existent, you can’t deny the results – They keep coming for more! (Not that they have much choice).
                        Painting small miniatures is such a challenge, and this one was particularly gruelling, but I knew I had to paint it from the beginning!
                        It has so much personality and interesting actions in combat, that I wanted to bring this miniature to life.

                          Trouble

                          Trouble

                          It is much easier to stay out of trouble now, then to get out of trouble later.
                          -Warren Buffet

                            Phase Spider Queen

                            Phase Spider Queen

                            My concept was: What if a Phase Spider grew to monsterous size and became a Queen of a phase spider colony. I always loved the look of the blue and white tones of phase spider and wanted to see what the end evolution of that was.