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« on: January 22, 2012, 10:55:13 PM »

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LPL6 Rules

Participants


Starting with this season (#6), the maximum number of LPL participants will be limited to 50. The LPL has become increasingly popular, and season 5 saw a record number of more than 70 entrants. Obviously, it is great to witness such interest and popularity, but unfortunately, these large numbers exceed the capacities of the volunteer organisers and cause a huge workload. Furthermore, the large number of matches was problematic for the voters, too, as they had to trudge through dozens of threads to vote.

On the other hand, we do NOT want to limit participation to those who apply the most quickly. We wish to keep the application process as fair and transparent as possible and specifically want to encourage the prolific/productive painters to participate.

Therefore, to register for participation, you MUST complete the following steps:

1.   All applicants MUST submit THREE newly-painted (previously unpublished) teams in time for the first round.
2.   You may not enter your LPL6 registration pics before Monday 27 February, 19.00 pm GMT. Any earlier entries won't be accepted.
2.   The deadline for the first round is Saturday 3 March 2012, 12.00 noon GMT. Remember, you must submit THREE teams by this date.
3.   You MUST specify which of these THREE teams is to participate in the first round, which in the second, and which in the third.


Should we receive 50 valid applications prior to the date specified above, we will immediately put up a notice on the LAF and close the application process.

Therefore, you should get painting immediately!

 
How to enter

All entries must be emailed as jpeg attachments to lpl@lead-adventure.de 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Photographic Manipulation by means of software (e.g. The Gimp, Photoshop, etc.)  is NO LONGER ALLOWED. This includes, but is not limited to:
-   The "erasing" of bases/base rims to blend the figures into the terrain;
-   The addition of background imagery, including, but not limited to, blue or cloudy skies, urban panoramas, etc. by electronic means;
-   The addition of graphic elements, such as text banners, "comic book" layouts;
-   Any other computer-generated effects, including, but not limited to, smoke, laser beams, glowing spots ect.


You may, however, use basic functions such as correcting white balance, colour levels, lightness and contrast to improve the faithfulness of your photo. It is, however, preferable to light your models properly in the first place, as this will likely yield the best results.

Please note that the above restrictions do NOT include composite photographs, in which you add some closeups of figure details you consider important or useful. For example, you may create a picture that
has a central main image showing the team, and add a row of detail shots on top or bottom, or on one or both of the sides. Remember that the 800x800 pixel maximum size still applies, and you must keep the collage as simple as possible - so no blending effects, or anything described above.

The image shall speak for itself, as the prime objective is the quality of the figures and NOT your skill with graphics software programmes.

Example:

     

thanks to Westfali Chris for the example pics!

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 and coherent 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.


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 theme


1. 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 20 (200 votes or more). The voter points will be rounded up if the player receives 5 or more votes. So 15 votes equals 2 voter points, 14 votes - 1 voter point.


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. 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 us when you send your entry if it’s a ‘new’ team or an ‘old’ one.

In rounds One/Two/Three, bonus points will NOT be earned for entering a newly-painted team in the league because everyone is entering three newly-painted teams into the start of the League.

From Round Four 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 us a favour and keep the titles short as you can please 


Withdrawals

Once you've entered three teams 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.

If, for whatever reason, you wish to/are no longer able to provide new teams for the following rounds, please notify us. Also, in this case, please specify which of the teams you submitted previously shall compete in the following rounds to improve variation; if we do not receive such information from you, we will choose a team of yours to compete in a given round to keep the match-ups interesting.


 
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.

Round 1 bonus theme:  Old Metal

For this round, we don’t go for „theme“, but for time, specifically, the manufacturing date of the submitted figures. You may enter any kind of team, be it Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Historical; the only condition is that figures must have been manufactured in 1991 or before that date. We know that a lot of you folks still have a bunch of those lying around in your lead mountain; failing that, you can find various old miniatures on Ebay, for example, and not too expensive, either.

So, to qualify for the 10 Bonus Points, paint a team of 5 or more figures manufactured in or before 1991!

 
Round 5 bonus theme: The Worlds of J.R.R.Tolkien

This round's bonus theme is based on the works of  Tolkien. You may base your entry on any of his books, be it The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion or others. You may use humans or dwarves, elfkin or orcs - but make sure it is a recognizable group or coherent scene from Tolkien's worlds. There should be enough miniature ranges available to provide you with "raw material".

There is, however, one restriction: You may NOT use Warhammer Fantasy figures, as those don't really have a "Tolkien" feel and have become more and more "Warhammer-specific". Please note that this does not extend to the Games Workshop Lord of the Rings range - you are free to use those. The restriction only covers Warhammer Fantasy Battles miniatures produced in the last 15-20 years.

Paint a team of five or more miniatures with a recognizable connection to Tolkien adventures, and gain 10 bonus points.

Paint a team of five or more miniatures with a recognizable connection to Tolkien adventures, and include a second team of five or more miniatures portraying their opponents, and gain 20 bonus points.


Round 10, grand finale bonus theme: Maritime/Naval

The final bonus round covers Adventures on the Seven Seas, so basically, anything naval or maritime. This includes, but is not limited to, sailors and pirates, war fleets and merchant navies, creatures of the sea and divers, ships and fish – basically, anything with a decent connection to maritime adventures.

Paint a team of five or more miniatures with a recognizable connection to maritime adventures, and gain 10 bonus points.

Paint a team of five or more miniatures with a recognizable connection to maritime adventures, 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 with a recognizable connection to maritime adventures, include a second team portraying their opponents, and include a ship, large animal, or other creature and gain 30 bonus points. Please make sure we will be able to see the whole ship/creature/whatever on the photo of your team.


Bonus Awards Points

These bonus points could be collected during the Season 6:

Round 1  - 10 pts theme bonus "Old Metal"
Round 2  - no bonus
Round 3  - no bonus
Round 4  - 10 pts newly-painted bonus
Round 5  - 10 pts newly-painted bonus, 10/20 pts theme bonus "The worlds of J.R.R.Tolkien"
Round 6  - 10 pts newly-painted bonus
Round 7  - 10 pts newly-painted bonus
Round 8  - 10 pts newly-painted bonus
Round 9  - 10 pts newly-painted bonus
Round 10 - 10 pts newly-painted bonus, 10/20/30 pts theme bonus "Maritime"


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

The first round of the first season will start on Sunday March 4th, 2012.

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 3 March 2012, to get your first three entries in at lpl@lead-adventure.de

The deadlines for Season Six will be as follows:

Round 1  - Saturday March 3
Round 2  - Saturday March 3
Round 3  - Saturday March 3
Round 4  - Saturday March 24
Round 5  - Saturday March 31
Round 6  - Saturday April 7 
Round 7  - Saturday April 14
Round 8  - Saturday April 21
Round 9  - Saturday April 28
Round 10 - Saturday May 5


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.

PLEASE USE THIS RULES THREAD ONLY FOR QUESTIONS OR CLARIFICATIONS ON THE RULES. FOR GENERAL COMMENT ON LPL6, PLEASE USE THE GENERAL LPL6 THREAD -
http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=37134

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 01:20:07 AM »

That time of year already? Yikes...

I like the changes, they should level the playing field somewhat.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 01:37:12 AM »

Hooray for the no Photoshopping rule!

I stopped voting last year because I felt too many entries were getting votes for their slick photoshopping rather than the miniature painting.

Maybe I should try and enter this year... hmmmm
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 06:27:59 AM »

Some questions though...

1. Who is running it this time round? Prof? Need to know whom to send the bribes and strippers. =)

2. If the first three rounds are all new teams, I suppose no bonus points are awarded for any of those rounds. Rules say this only applies to first round, so maybe you need to update them.

3. Are the 1980s Citadel LOTR range considered a valid range to enter in round 5? It was partly merged into the WHFB range when Citadel dropped the LOTR licence. Please say yes, I have two teams lined up ready to go. =D

4. What level of pre-publishing is ok for a team to still count as new? When doing the "end of the year" summary on my blog I posted pics of minis in my painting queue. Some are primed, others had a few colours base coated. Nothing detailed, and no connection to the LPL so I'm pretty sure it's safe to enter them, just want it confirmed. =)

6. What on earth happened to question #5?
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 08:05:49 AM »

Some questions though...

1. Who is running it this time round? Prof? Need to know whom to send the bribes and strippers. =)


Tank Girl, I hear, so good luck there.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2012, 09:09:35 AM »

Tank Girl, I hear, so good luck there.  Wink
That's easy. I'll merely ship you over wrapped in bacon, Hammy. Smiley

Ooh, btw - I found question #5, so you can disregard question #6 above.  Grin

#5 For bonus round 1, is it the original release date for a miniature that counts? Do they have to be out of production? GW sell some models still that were released in the 80s. Mega Miniatures have plenty of models (cheap too!) that were released in the late 80s or early 90s.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012, 09:35:10 AM »

Probably  stupid questions, but does a single vehicle count as a single figure? So a team would need to be five vehicles?

Also, do crew on vehicles count as single figures (so a lorry with four figures in the back for example, or a tank with four crewmen)? Sorry if I'm being pedantic but I'm hoping to enter this year and have a few things already in mind!

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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2012, 09:39:20 AM »

They don't have to be out of production, they have to have originated in 1991 or earlier. The basic idea is 20+ year old figures. The fact that some people are still making figures designed more than 20 years ago is down to them! Obviously the intent is that you use genuinely old metal, but of course, once the figure is under a coat of paint, it's impossible to tell...

Keith - a lorry with 4 figs counts as 5 models, so would be a valid team.
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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2012, 09:50:59 AM »

Some questions though...
1. Who is running it this time round? Prof? Need to know whom to send the bribes and strippers. =)
 

Yes, me. All the entries are to send to lpl@lead-adventure.de

2. If the first three rounds are all new teams, I suppose no bonus points are awarded for any of those rounds. Rules say this only applies to first round, so maybe you need to update them.
 

Hmm..good point, didn’t think about it. Will talk to Richard and Ray and get back to you.

Some questions though...
3. Are the 1980s Citadel LOTR range considered a valid range to enter in round 5? It was partly merged into the WHFB range when Citadel dropped the LOTR licence. Please say yes, I have two teams lined up ready to go. =D
 

Yes, it’s valid, how said above we only don’t want the “warhammerish” minis from the last 15-20 years.

4. What level of pre-publishing is ok for a team to still count as new? When doing the "end of the year" summary on my blog I posted pics of minis in my painting queue. Some are primed, others had a few colours base coated. Nothing detailed, and no connection to the LPL so I'm pretty sure it's safe to enter them, just want it confirmed. =)

Showed only primed or only based or both would be alright. As long as not painted.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2012, 10:05:58 AM »

Was just wondering...............for the "Old Metal" round do the figures have to be metal?
Was thinking about the Heroquest figures in particular
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2012, 10:13:37 AM »

Was just wondering...............for the "Old Metal" round do the figures have to be metal?
Was thinking about the Heroquest figures in particular

Yes, only metal, no plastic.
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2012, 10:28:40 AM »

They don't have to be out of production, they have to have originated in 1991 or earlier. The basic idea is 20+ year old figures. The fact that some people are still making figures designed more than 20 years ago is down to them! Obviously the intent is that you use genuinely old metal, but of course, once the figure is under a coat of paint, it's impossible to tell...

Keith - a lorry with 4 figs counts as 5 models, so would be a valid team.

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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2012, 10:33:35 AM »

A Round 5 question, if I may: does "The Worlds of JRR Tolkien" extend to, say, his Father Christmas Letters or his translation of Gawain and the Green Knight, or just to Middle Earth and its variants and extensions?
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2012, 10:39:10 AM »

A Round 5 question, if I may: does "The Worlds of JRR Tolkien" extend to, say, his Father Christmas Letters or his translation of Gawain and the Green Knight, or just to Middle Earth and its variants and extensions?

Everything written by Tolkien but not his translations like Gawain and the Green Knight.

Father Cristmas Letters would be fine.

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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2012, 10:44:30 AM »

But The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are Tolkien's translations of The Red Book of Westmarch (which was actually written by Hobbits), so they're out too. 

Doesn't leave much for folks to paint. Laugh
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