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Welcome to FU!UK's renowned occasional sculpting contest

Yes the 2014 edition has started.

As always, the aim of the contest is to receive submissions of original sculpts from you (the frother community), which will then be judged by a team of renowned frothers from different corners of the hobby. The winning sculpts will be sold in the webshoppe for all frothers to buy, along with some worthy runners-up. You can send in your entries for the Sculpting Contest deadline is midnight on 1st July 2014.

The theme:

Froth Eisley: Starport

That could probably do with a little more explanation. The theme is the denizens of the starport. This Starport could be a low tech place based on a jungle or desert planet. An industrial complex: either clean and shiny, or greasy and dirty. It could be floating station in the sea, sky or space. Wherever you imagine it to be, its Froth Eisley: A hive of froth and villainy.

So as not to limit the sculptor's creativity, we won't set any specific categories in advance, which would be nearly impossible, but will look at the entries we get and see which categories - if any - emerge from the submissions. You can enter as many different figures as you want.

For example, they could be human, alien, robot or equipment (within reason, we don't want a 28mm scale battleship - we would have problems casting it even in resin) They could even be the lower life form vermin inhabiting the station. Just remember if you want to win it will probably need to show more originality and skill than a Starport bubblegum vending machine.

Professional and Amateur may both enter – the angry young sculptors should be ready to humble their elder peers. They have done so in the past. So spread the word, they can't stop the signal, there is no power in the 'verse can stop them.

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The Judges

Who will decide which entries are the most frothworthy? 

Well we have 5 Judges this year

Sci Fi and Hobby legend Rick Priestley, now at Warlord Games
Sculpting legend Kev White, from Hasslefree Miniatures  
Sculpting legend Nick Bibby, the sculptor of the original space marines and now does lovely bronzes at NickBibby Bronze Sculpture

Simon Bradley from Stone Cold Lead, an excellent painter.
Bill Proebstel, probably the best scouter for new sculpts on the web.

The Entrants
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  The Winners

The winners are the last best hope for humanity, obviously relied on the force, but there can only be one in each category. "Frak, "-I hear you cry - "what are the categories?" well that all depends on what the submissions are. We don't want to stifle creativity. Don't worry there will be more than one category, so everyone has a chance to be a winner. So say we all.

Each category will have a winner (the category’s first) and runners-up.

The wining figure of each category will be moulded and cast up at our expense. A full set of the figures will be given to each winner, with a few individual castings of their figure. If the quality of the entries is of a high level we reserve the right to cast up a selection of the runners-up as well, who will then also be given a full set of the figures and castings of their own sculpts. The figures will form a FU!UK special Froth Eisley Starport commemorative miniatures set.

Winners should be prepared to send their sculpts to mouldmaker Pete Brown at their own expense (we can't pay for everything) and risk (mail).

If some frothers make a huge winning entry, we may be able to twist Ainstys Andy arm to get it cast it up in resin, so they will need to send their entry to them (don't worry, we will tell you which).

  IP and the rights to the figures

Who owns the reproduction rights to the figures? We have given this some long reflection and have decided the rights should stay where they belong, being with the sculptor.

However, for froth’s sake, we reserve the right to produce the figures for a limited period of two months after the production mould is made. The figures will only be sold as full sets and at a low price. Sales of this set will go towards production costs of the set as well as operating costs of the FU!UK community. It is not our intention to earn a profit from these sales. It is not our aim to get free sculpts so we can make money off them. Naturally, all contest winners will be able to get individual copies of their own figure(s) at cost.

After this limited period of availability, all rights will return to the sculptor, who will retain complete intellectual property rights over them and can do with the figures as he (or she) pleases, including selling them as part of his (or her) own range.

At this point we will stop production of the set. However, if any or all of the sculptors wish to see us continue production of their figure(s), they may contact us to work out a new arrangement.

All this and more is included in the Competition Rules, which you must read before entering. Honestly, it's common sense to do so. Do... or do not. There is no try.

Have fun, and sculpt long and prosper.

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