Lead Adventure Forum proudly presentsLPL5 RulesParticipants
Obviously as it’s a ‘league’ we need an even number of participants, so that each round will see an equal number of matches. Due to the software used to manage the league pairings, we will no longer be able to accept any new participants after the first round.
So if you intend to take part, you MUST submit an entry in time for the first round, i.e. by 12.00 GMT on Saturday 12 March 2011.Duration
The league will run for a total of 10 rounds, with each round taking one week of real time. The intention is that these rounds will run consecutively over a 10 week period - although we know from past experience that sometimes real life gets in the way. So don’t be too surprised if there is a hiatus of a week or two here or there!Entries
Participants will enter pictures of their ‘teams’.
A team consists of a number of painted figures - at least five, but more if you wish. The ‘team’ must follow a common theme. For example, you might enter a cowboy posse, but not Masai led by a Silver Age Superhero or German Fallschirmjägers led by Indiana Jones. Other than that, a ‘team’ might be a ‘posse’, ‘squad’, ‘gang’, ‘group’ or even a ‘regiment’ – the sky’s pretty much the limit.
To recap - at least five figures following a single, distinct theme.
The team must represent a homogenous group - not antagonists from the same period. It's supposed to be a team.
The entry should not be an out-and-out collage of individual pictures, but primarily a ‘group shot’ of the team, in either scenic setting or against a plain backdrop, as you prefer. You may add closeups or cutaways of small aspects, like faces, equipment, etc. and / or show different angles of the same figures (front and rear view for instance). But the main focus of the image must be on ‘the team’.
You are NOT allowed to post pictures of your team elsewhere on the LAF while the team is active in the LPL. Only after that team has ceased competing.How to enter
All entries must be emailed as jpeg attachments to email@example.com
and must meet a previously-specified deadline - namely 12.00 GMT on the Saturday before the ensuing round opens on Sunday.
Each entry should consist of an image not exceeding 800x800 pixels. All competitors must resize their own images before submitting them. This means they can be uploaded straight into the competition pages without any work in photoshop. Your images can be smaller than this if you like - but not bigger. If you don’t know how to resize images, please ask someone before the competition gets underway.Painting
All figures must be completely painted, and all bases must be finished. We ONLY accept pictures of finished models, ‘work in progress’ (WIP) shots are NOT allowed. Scale
There are no scale restrictions. From 2mm to 120mm and beyond - anything goes.
Of course, the scale should be consistent within the team, although you might enter different teams in different scales, and there might be some leeway for scales within teams (for example including a larger-scale figure as a ‘giant’ in a group of otherwise smaller-scale figures - just make sure all figures follow a consistent theme). Composition of the Team
The only thing NOT acceptable as part of a team is any type of terrain, which may only be used as a backdrop for your entry.
Other than that, you may enter any assembly of miniatures, including humans, aliens, monsters, animals, robots, vehicles, ships, aircraft, spacecraft etc., or a combination thereof - for example a team of humans and animals or of humans and a vehicle (or multiple vehicles). The ONLY stipulation being that the team must follow a consistent theme.
Note: Mounted figures (i.e. mount and rider) count as one figure for the purposes of the competition. In other words, a team of cavalry must consist of 5 or more horses and riders.League Tables
All results will be collected in a ‘League Table’, updated after each round to show the prevailing state of the championship.Matches
In each round, a number of matches will be held. In each match, two randomly-determined participants will face each other, the winner being determined by public vote in a Poll linked to the respective match.
Depending on the number of votes cast, participants receive League Points. Points
There are four ways of accumulating points in the Lead Painters’ League:
1. Points for winning, drawing or losing a match
2. Vote bonus points – the more votes you get, the more points you get
3. New team bonus points – get extra points for every new team you enter
4. Theme round bonus points – get points for painting a team to a set theme1. Points for winning, drawing or losing a match
If the difference between overall votes cast for either competitor is five or less, the match is considered a draw and both participants receive 20 points.
If the difference between votes is six or more, the participant who received more votes is considered the winner and receives 30 points, whereas his opponent, the loser receives 10 points.
However, since it isn´t a knock-out system, losing a round will NOT mean you have to leave the league, just a drop in the league table! If you put on a good show in the following rounds, you may still claw your way back to the top. 2. Vote Bonus Points
In addition to points allocated for winning, drawing or losing, participants also receive ‘vote bonus points’ dependent on the number of votes cast for their entry in any given round.
For this, the total number of votes cast for the participant is divided by 10, the result being the number of vote bonus points the participant receives, ranging from 0 (9 votes or less) to a maximum of 15 (150 votes or more). 3. ‘New Team’ Bonus Points and Replacement Teams
You do NOT have to enter a new team in every new Round, but you are ALLOWED to do so.
You may compete with a single team for the whole season: even if a team should lose a match, it will NOT be dismissed from the competition. Note however, that you receive 10 bonus points for every NEWLY-PAINTED (PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED) team you enter.
Again, bonus points will be scored for newly-painted teams - which means previously unpublished ones. In other words, groups of figures which have not been shown before, either here or on other internet forums. You can enter ‘old’ teams if you like - but if they’ve been pictured online or in print before - no bonus points.
Please tell me when you send your entry if it’s a ‘new’ team or an ‘old’ one.
In round one, bonus points will NOT be earned for entering a new team in the league because everyone is entering a new team into the start of the League - even if some of those teams were not 'newly painted'.
From Round Two onward, bonus points will be awarded for entering a new team which is newly painted (or previously unpublished)
Please also clearly state the name of your team / entry. Please try not to make the titles of teams too long. They all have to be typed in by hand as each match is set up. And there is only a certain field size available for the title of each match. Do me a favour and keep the titles short as you can please
It’s perfectly acceptable to use one team for the whole season, although that’s not really in the spirit of the league.
Participants may enter new teams between rounds, but NOT during a round.Withdrawals
Once you've entered a team and the competition is running, withdrawal from the league part-way through is not permitted. If you decide you no longer want to take an active part (by entering new teams, for instance), that's entirely your decision. But your most recently entered team will still carry on being matched in any remaining rounds of the league. Alternatively, you can nominate one of your earlier teams to see out the rest of the competition.
What you can't do, is demand to end your participation altogether.
(Well, you can demand it, but it won't happen
)4. Theme Bonus Rounds
Rounds 1, 5 and 10 will be ‘theme bonus rounds’, in which participants may enter teams that follow a previously-determined theme. If they meet the theme, they will be awarded a bonus of "x" points.
For LPL5 we have taken up what seemed to be some of the more popular suggestions made by LAF members in the thread here: http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=18831.0Round 1 bonus theme: Civilians and bystanders
Pretty straightforward - for round 1, LPL5, paint a team of five or more non-combatant civilians or bystanders, and gain 10 bonus points
The subject can be historical, pseudo-historical, fantasy, sci-fi or imaginary – whatever you like. But they must be unarmed civilians.Round 5 bonus theme: Africa
Again, pretty straightforward. Anything African, from Ancient Egypt or Numidia, all the way through to the Afrika Korps, Mogadishu and everything in between - including subjects like Zulus, Boers, colonial forces and so on.
I do appreciate this is tough on pure sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts - but them’s the breaks. In previous LPLs, we’ve had plenty of non-historical bonus round themes (zombies, VSF etc) which I’ve had to grit my teeth and paint!
Paint a team of five or more miniatures with a plausible African connection, and gain 10 bonus points
Paint a team of five or more miniatures with a plausible African connection and include a second team of five or more miniatures portraying their opponents, and gain 20 bonus points
.Round 10, grand finale bonus theme: Scenes (or teams) from famous movies!
Now this is slightly tricky because one person’s definition of a famous movie may not be the same as the next person’s.
So to be clear, by ‘a famous movie’, we mean a movie which a majority of LAFers would have seen, heard of, or come across. You’re just going to have to play by the spirit of the rules on this one.
If you submit a team and claim it represents a well-known scene or group from a movie which neither The Prof or I have heard of, then you won’t get the bonus points. The Moderators’ decision is final.
I’m sure everyone understands what is intended by this theme, so please try to paint an entry which lives up to the theme, rather than trying to find ways around it!
Paint a team of five or more miniatures representing a recognisable scene or group from a famous movie, and gain 10 bonus points
Paint a team of five or more miniatures representing a recognisable scene or group from a famous movie, and include a second team of five or more miniatures portraying their opponents, and gain 20 bonus points.
Paint a team of five or more miniatures representing a recognisable scene or group from a famous movie, include a second team portraying their opponents, and include a vehicle, large animal, creature, or piece of scenery specific to that movie*, and gain 30 bonus points
* Note this is an exception to the usual rule that terrain cannot count as part of an entry, only serve as a backdrop. For the purposes of bonus points in round 10, a recognisable piece of scenery specific to the movie concerned will qualify for the extra bonus points.The Championship Title
After the final round of the league (round 10), the winner will be the participant who collected the greatest number of League Points. Should two participants have scored an equal number of League Points, we´ll hold ‘paint-offs’ - but probably, this will not be necessary.
The first three places will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze status and will receive a special notation to their LAF account and post info.Timings, Registration and Deadlines
In a change to previous LPLs, each of the 10 rounds of matches will generally commence on Sunday afternoon / evening (or exceptionally on the following Monday morning). It really depends on the time I have available between all sorts of other stuff. But I’m afraid it’s not possible to commit that it will always be at the same time every Sunday night or Monday morning. If it has to be earlier in the day on Sunday, then it will have to be.The first round of the first season will start on Sunday March 13th, 2011.
Entries to any round must be received by 12.00 GMT on the Saturday
before the next round opens on Sunday / Monday.
Which means that you have until 12.00 GMT on Saturday 12 March 2011, to get your round 1 entry in at firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease don’t submit entries before Sunday 27 February
as I will not be checking the mailbox before that date and you won’t get an acknowledgement.
Entry Deadlines and Round Durations for the Season Four will be:
Round 1 Saturday March 12
Round 2 Saturday March 19
Round 3 Saturday March 26
Round 4 Saturday April 2
Round 5 Saturday April 9
Round 6 Saturday April 16
Round 7 Saturday April 23
Round 8 Saturday April 30
Round 9 Saturday May 7
Round 10 Saturday May 14
Please also note that if life, work and other commitments get in the way, it's possible that once the competition is up and running, there may be one or two interruptions to the smooth flow of the rounds - which may delay subsequent rounds by a week or two. I'll try to avoid this, but it may become necessary.
But hopefully not. We’ll see…
PLEASE USE THIS RULES THREAD ONLY FOR QUESTIONS OR CLARIFICATIONS ON THE RULES.
FOR GENERAL COMMENT ON LPL5, PLEASE USE THE GENERAL LPL5 THREAD http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=25906.0