Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Trash Bash 2012

Trash Bash 2012 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 or building 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 construction and painting but also photography, concept creation,miniature painting, and terrain set-up.
What to Enter:

Contestants will construct and paint a vehicle or structure that is primarily used for observation purposes. It can be for military, scientific, or civil usage. Scout vehicles, forward observation towers, scientific survey vehicles, etc. Any time period or setting is allowed. They can be armed but combat should not be the primary function. There should be some visual identifier to show that the construction is used for observation purposes.

The required bit is a plastic candy container such as those used for Bubble Tape, Frost Mints, Mentos Gum, etc. Pretty much any small, plastic container that holds gum, mints, or candy.

Stuff like this!

Each entry must contain at least one plastic candy 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 bubble tape 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 or building 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 or building on a neutral background showing the three views that best show the construction and finishing of the entry.

  • 1 picture of the unpainted vehicle or building 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 or building set in a gaming environment along with painted miniatures of the troops associated with it. 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 February 1, 2012. Entries will be accepted until March 1, 2012. Winners will be announced on March 5, 2012.
Judges include:
Brian Roe of Roebeast’s Magical House of SunshineTears of Envy, Illustrator and concept artist Des Hanley, Carlos Fernandez ofThe Game Preserve, Bryan Steele of Ursa’s Den, Jeff Wilhelm of Dragon Forge Design, and Jeff Rodman of Fortress Figures.

Prizes will be given for First, Second, and Third places. We have prize support from The Game Preserve, Dragon Forge Design, Forge of Ice, Secret Weapon, Ursa's Den, and Kromlech.
Shell casings, Brass Etch Vehicle Details and  Weathering Pigments from Secret Weapon will be  part of the prizes.
Prizes so far:

First: Weathering Pigments:Rust and Spent Shell Casings: Vehicle Heavy from Secret Weapon, $20 from Kromlech for their Ebay Store, and $30 from The Forge of Ice.

Second: Panniers and Details from Secret Weapon, $15 
from Kromlech for their Ebay Store
and $20 from The Forge of Ice.

Third: Spent Shell Casings: Standard from Secret Weapon, $10 from Kromlech for their Ebay Store
and $10 from The Forge of Ice.

Also all entrants will be eligible for 
10% off any custom order, paint sculpt or conversion
(max value $ 50) from Ursa's Den.

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. Really looking forward to this. Got my supplies and have started my build. So far I had changed my idea 4 time but I like the one I am doing. I have tried some of the candy from my container and not only do I have shapes I like but I believe I just saved some children's lives. god awful stuff. :)

  2. This sounds like fun. My son and I have been collecting bits for this. I'm having a hard time coming up with too many things that fit the theme though (observaction) and are still useful pieces for gaming.

  3. The Imperial French Le Louis Daguerre is now compete, construction finished, painting finished and based. I will be sending my competition entry some time towards the end of this week and then posting details on my Blog.

    Thank you for the opportunity to take part.


  4. 90% done but broke a piece. Just need to fix it up take some picks and all done. Hole to see lots of entries this year, it's a really fun competition.

  5. GAK!

    Why oh why have I only just discovered this? It's my dream competition!

    Damn and blast!

    I look forward to seeing the entries at least. Will there be more of these competitions, perchance?

    1. @Admiral Drax. Yes! This is the second year I've done it and I don't see any reason to stop. Check The Lead Adventure Forum, The Miniatures Page, and Tabletop Wargaming News. These are where I tend to post information.

  6. Finally finished yeah! Can't wait to see what others did