Euro Miniature Expo

The Competition

So it's happened, we've gone for the Open System !

Registration on the day.

The competition will be open for entry on the Saturday from 10am until 1:30pm. 

Pre-registration - to speed things up !

Pre-registration will be possible by downloading the form that we'll make available on this site. Simply fill it in, print three off and bring them along to the payment desk. We're hoping that this will speed things up for all concerned.

The Competition rules

Competition entry will be open from 10am on Saturday and will close at 1.30pm the same day.


The competition room will then be closed to the public at 2:00pm to allow for judging. Modellers must be willing to display their models for the full two days of the show and can collect them from 2pm onwards on Sunday the 17th September.


If groundwork is not pertinent – say the entry is a bust for example, then that percentage of points would be added in to the other criteria percentages. 


Whilst the organisers, judges and the show officials take every precaution to make sure that no damage or loss occurs to models at the show – whether in the competition or on the display stands, all models are displayed or entered into the competition at their owner’s risk. 


At the end of each class description there is a guide to how the points could be split up for judging. This is only a guide although it does reflect how the judges will consider each individual piece or display. 


Guidelines/Rules for the classes:-


 Class 1Historical Painted Miniatures For figures of any scale, including figures, busts, flats, mounted figures, vignettes and dioramas Improvements to models are allowed, however the judging will be based on the painting of the model rather than any conversion work made. All entries in an individual display must be from the same painter. In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork. All entries in an individual display must be by the same painter. 

Points spilt for judging:- 

Build of model ( clean-up, construction etc ).....20% Painting..............................................................60% 

Groundwork( if pertinent )................................15% 

Presentation ( Plinth, nameplate etc )................5%  


Class 2 – Historical Figure Modeller ( Open ) 

For figure conversions and scratch built figures of any scale, including figures, busts, flats, mounted figures,vignettes and dioramas. . The models do not necessarily have to be painted although fully finished and painted entries will score higher than unpainted entries. Please help the judges to view your work correctly by providing details of what has been done – e.g. Scratch built, heavy conversion etc. Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Work must be credited with the sculptor & painter named in the case of a collaboration, although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be sculpted / converted by the same person within a single display.In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork.

Points split for judging:- 

Sculpting / anatomy......70% 

Painting.........................20% 

Groundwork..................10%  


Class 3 – Historical Ordnance / Vehicle Painter  

For stock kits.Entries can have some or all crew visible. Improvements to kits are allowed, however the judging will be based on the painting & finishing of the model as if it was a stock kit rather than any conversion work made. Vehicles include any type of civilian or military transport, ships and aircraft. Vignettes and dioramas where the vehicle or vehicles are the primary focus should be put in this class if built as stock or with minor improvements. All entries in an individual display must be from the same painter. In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork.  All entries in an individual display must be by the same painter. 

Points spilt for judging:- 

Build of model ( clean-up, construction etc ).....30% Painting..............................................................50% 

Groundwork( if pertinent )................................15% 

Presentation ( Plinth, nameplate etc )................5%   


Class 4 – Historical Ordnance / Vehicle Modeller ( Open ) 

For Scratch built or converted pieces. Can have some or all crew visible. Does not necessarily have to be painted although fully finished and painted entries will score higher than unpainted entries. Vignettes and dioramas where the vehicle or vehicles are the primary focus should be put in this class if the entrant wishes major alterations or scratch building to be taken into account. Please help the judges to judge your work correctly by providing details of what has been done – e.g. Scratch built, heavy conversion etc. Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Vehicles include Civilian and military transport, ships and aircraft.Work must be credited with the scratch builder and painter named in the case of a collaboration, although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be scratch built / converted by the same person within a single display.In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork. 

Points split for judging:- 

Build and Construction......70% 

Painting.........................20%

Groundwork..................10%   


Class 5 – Fantasy / Sci-fi Painted Miniatures 

For Stock figures of any scale; including figures, busts, flats, mounted figures, vignettes and dioramas. Improvements & conversions to models are allowed, however the judging will be based on the painting of the model as if it were a stock figure or figures rather than any conversion work made.All entries in an individual display must be from the same painter. In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork. All entries in an individual display must be by the same painter. 

Points split for judging:- 

Build of model ( clean-up, construction etc ).....20% Painting..............................................................60% 

Groundwork( if pertinent )................................15%

 Presentation ( Plinth, nameplate etc )................5%   


Class 6 – Fantasy / Sci-fi Modeller ( Open ) 

For conversions or scratch built figures of any scale; including figures, busts, flats, mounted figures,vignettes and dioramas. . Entries do not necessarily have to be painted although fully finished and painted entries will score higher than unpainted entries. Please help the judges to judge your work correctly by providing details of what has been done – e.g. Scratch built, heavy conversion etc. Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Work must be credited with the sculptor and painter named in the case of a collaboration, although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be sculpted / converted by the same person within a single display. Groundwork in the case of vignettes and dioramas will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork.   

Points split for judging:- 

Sculpting / anatomy......70% 

Painting.........................20% 

Groundwork..................10%   


Class 7 – Fantasy / Sci-fi Ordnance Vehicle Painter 

For Stock kits. Improvements to kits are allowed, however the judging will be based on the painting & finishing of the model as if it was a stock kit rather than any conversion work made. The figures will be considered by the judges but the completion of the vehicle will be primary consideration. Vehicles include fantasy or sci/fi civilian and military transport, ships and aircraft and also any vignettes or dioramas.In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork. All entries in an individual display must be by the same painter.  Points spilt for judging:- 

Build of model ( clean-up, construction etc ).....30% Painting..............................................................50% 

Groundwork( if pertinent )................................15% 

Presentation ( Plinth, nameplate etc )................5%   


Class 8 – Fantasy / Sci-fi Ordnance Vehicle Modeller ( Open ) 

For Scratch built or converted pieces. Can have some or all crew visible. Does not necessarily have to be painted although fully finished and painted entries will score higher than unpainted entries. Vignettes and dioramas where the vehicle or vehicles are the primary focus should be put in this class if the entrant wishes major alterations or scratch building to be taken into account. Please help the judges to judge your work correctly by providing details of what has been done – e.g. Scratch built, heavy conversion etc.Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Work must be credited with the sculptor and painter named in the case of a collaborations; although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be sculpted / converted by the same person within a single display.Vehicles include fantasy or sci-fi civilian and military transport, ships and aircraft.Groundwork in the case of vignettes and dioramas will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork. 

Points split for judging:- 

Build and Construction......70%

Painting.........................20%

Groundwork..................10%   


Class 9 – Juniors  

Any model – historical, Fantasy or Sci-fi - produced by someone under 14 years of age. If the model is a conversion or scratch built piece please provide details to assist the judges.Photographs of the work in progress aid the judges substantially in this class, and obviously extra consideration can be given to the skills of the modeller when these are displayed with the entry. Work must be credited with the sculptor & painter named in the case of a collaboration; although if several collaborations are to be displayed as one entry, all the pieces MUST be sculpted / converted by the same person and both / all collaborators must be fourteen years old or younger within the display. In the case of vignettes and dioramas, groundwork will be taken into consideration if added to the model, although no loss will be incurred by entries with minimal or no groundwork. 

Points split for judging:- 

Build and Construction......50%

Painting.........................40%

Groundwork..................10%   



Judging 


This represents a very BIG change – please bear with us with any teething issues.  


We are open to ideas and we will review everything in the light of experience. 


As modellers ourselves, we want to ensure fair play, common sense and most of all that each competitor’s work recognised appropriately. Teams of judges will judge each category and therefore it is not one person’s opinion. Different styles are taken into account. Overall, the Head judges will look to maintain consistency across the categories. 


Awards will be made to entries that the judges deem meet a level of quality and issued to a deserving display using one of the following two criteria:- 

1. Either the judges will decide amongst themselves which – in their opinion – is the best model within a display and judge that one piece, which will be named as that entrant’s winning piece OR 

2. If all the models within the display are of the same standard, then the whole of that entrant’s display will be noted as receiving the award. 


Prizes will range from Gold, Silver, Bronze and Commended. Gold medals will be announced on the stage at 14:30 on Sunday, all other awards will be available for entrants to collect in the competition room from 14:00 on Sunday on production of their entry form.  

Timescale for the competition

Open for entry - 10am Saturday 

Closing time for entry - 1:30pm Saturday 

Competition room closing at 2pm  for judging.

Competition room reopened to public on Sunday from 9:30am

Models available for pick-up from 2pm .

All models displayed at the risk of their owners.

But how do I make a display ?

Well, we realise that maybe you haven't experienced the Open System before, so below are a few basic ideas for how you might want to approach laying out a display for either figures or ordinance subjects.

Making a display

For starters......

 You can make different levels for your display by adding wood blocks, boxes.......

And in the case of larger models

even the carry case you brought your models in. 

In some cases......

You might consider using your own piece of cloth to cover up the risers, but you will have to bring your own, as the show can't provide any.

It might be a themed display

Simple themes, say a particular historical group ( in this case Knights of St Lazarus ) might be something to think about......

Ordnance models.

Larger pieces can also be made to work - in this example two 1/35th scale tanks.