Friday, March 25, 2011

Trash Bash 2011 ~ Scratchbuilding Contest

Trash Bash 2011 Contest Rules:
What is This?
In the spirit of Rick Priestley’s classic grav-attack build, this contest challenges converters, hobbyists, and scratchbuilders to create a vehicle to be used for tabletop wargaming using random bits of stuff and a lot of creativity. Many of the skills of being a strong miniature hobbyist will be needed to do well in this contest, not only vehicle construction and painting but also photography, concept creation,miniature painting, and terrain set-up.
What to Enter:
Contestants will construct and paint a miniature of a vehicle designed to be used primarily on the surface of a planet, moon, asteroid, etc. Vehicles can be hover, tracked, wheeled, walker or any other form of propulsion that would primarily be useful on the surface of a planet. Submarine or subterranean vehicles are also eligible. Aircraft and spacecraft are not eligible for this contest.
Each vehicle must contain at least one disposable underarm deodorant container as part of the construction. All other parts can be from any model kits, toys, throw-away plastic items etc or scratchbuilt from other materials. Judges will be looking for clever repurposing of items and skill in making them unrecognizable on the final model. Simply sticking a Leman Russ turret onto a deodorant container will not garner many points.
Other materials such as plasticard, putty, wire, etc are acceptable but fully covered over and sculpted entries will not score well.

Any scale supported by existing miniature ranges is acceptable. This will be necessary for the final picture of your entry unless you wish to sculpt your own troops as well. 
A 200 word or less description of your model should be included with each entry. Explain what type of vehicle you have constructed, where it is usually found, what its capabilities are, etc. The scale of your model should be given in this description.

A total of five images must be submitted to be eligible for judging:
  • 3 pictures of the final painted vehicle on a neutral background showing the three views that best show the construction and finishing of the vehicle.

  • 1 picture of the unpainted vehicle along with a list of what materials were used in the construction. If you don’t remember what a particular bit is don’t put it on the list.

  • 1 picture of the final painted vehicle set in a gaming environment along with painted miniatures of the troops associated with vehicle. This will be a showpiece image and a great chance to really sell your concept. Use of terrain and foliage is expected for this final shot.

No retouching or special effects other than basic photo correction will be allowed on submitted images. Any images showing added effects will be disqualified.
Good, clear photography is expected and will be considered in final judgement. Images should be high quality jpegs no larger than 1 MB per image. Each image should be titled as follows: your_name1.jpeg, your_name2.jpeg, etc. And anyone sending me files that are actually titled “your_name.jpg” will be an automatic ninny-hammer. Please include 200 word description and parts list with the same email.
Limit one entry per person. Only entries that have not appeared elsewhere will be accepted.
Our panel of judges will choose a first place, second place, and third place winner. All decisions of the judges are absolutely final.
How to Enter:
Send an email containing images, model description, your name and country to beginning April 1, 2011. Entries will be accepted until April 30 2011. Winners will be announced on May 9, 2011
Judges include:
Brian Roe of Roebeast’s Magical House of SunshineTears of Envy, Illustrator and concept artist Des Hanley, Carlos Fernandez of The Game Preserve, Bryan Steele of Ursa’s Den, Jeff Wilhelm of Dragon Forge Design, and Jeff Rodman of Mississinewa Miniatures.
1st Place: $25 from Mississinewa Miniatures- $25 from The Game Preserve- $15 from Dragon Forge Design- $10 from Ursa’s Den- $15 from Forge of Ice- 1 pack of Post Apocalyptic Mechanical Legs and 1 pack of Post Apocalyptic Rippers from Kromlech.
2nd Place: $15 from Mississinewa Miniatures- $15 from The Game Preserve- $15 from Dragon Forge Design- $10 from Ursa’s Den- $10 from Forge of Ice- 1 pack of Khopesh Vibro Swords from Kromlech.
3rd Place: $10 from Mississinewa Miniatures- $10 from The Game Preserve- $5 from Dragon Forge Design $5 from Forge of Ice- 1 pack of Orc Running Legs from Kromlech.
Other prizes may be added through the course of the contest. Winners will be responsible for all shipping and handling costs unless otherwise stated by retailer.
This contest is put forth in a spirit of fair play and mutual respect. Any entries that contain offensive material will not be considered for entry. Be cool and creative but don’t build anything you wouldn’t show your mom. Any entry can be refused for any reason especially for not adhering to the basic spirit of fair play.
Please contact Brian Roe at for any further information.



  1. So a Star Wars-style landspeeder/hoverer is okay, right? It doesn't need to be legged or tracked or wheeled for surface use?

  2. Hover vehicles are perfectly legitimate. I've edited the rules to correct this. Thanks for checking!

  3. Great idea, good luck everyone!

  4. Roebeast, this is all your fault:

    And worst of all, I found that empty Tom's of Maine container I was thrashinga round the workshop looking for... >;D


    Leland R. Erickson

  5. Man, I wish I had seen this BEFORE my wife threw the last deodorant stick away!

    I have nothing to build with!

  6. What a pain in the butt this is. Things just don't seem to want to stick right :) But it is fun, so good luck everyone!