BDD 271 – Tournament Painting Scoring

Blood and Glory Painting Scoring

On this episode I talk about the tournament painting scoring that will be used at Blood and Glory

One of our major objectives for the Blood and Glory event is to embrace all aspects of the hobby and painting is a huge area.  It is also one of the most controversial when it come to tournament gaming.

With this in mind we set ourselves some goals and then created a way of reaching them with our painting system.

Our 2 major goals for painting scoring are:

To have a great looking event.  This means not just attract some spectacular high end armies, but also to achieve a high overall standard by removing the armies that pull down the overall painting standard of the event.

Award players of all levels for putting in the effort to create a nice looking army while not giving too large an advantage at the top end.

The Minimum Blood and Glory Standard

The Minimum Blood and Glory Standard (Or Minimum Basic Gaming Standard, MBGS for short) is the basic level that we require every army at our event to adhere to.  This applies to every game system played at the event.

All parts of all models are appropriately and neatly painted and shaded or highlighted.  The bases are painted and textured and all units of more than a single model have appropriately sized painted movement trays.

Models that do not meet this standard will be removed from the event.

Scoring

Painting will be scored using a clear and easy to understand check list.  The following areas will be checked – Painting, Basing, Movement Trays, Conversions, Terrain.  In addition there will be a bonus checklist of points that do not fall into these categories.

Each category can score 4 points and with the bonus check list there is a maximum of 25 points available.

We are capping painting scores at 20 points.

This give players a number of different ways to attain a higher score by working to the areas in which they excel and avoid being penalized for not having skills in other areas.

Painting

  • 2 Points for meeting the MBGS.
  • 1 Point for a generally higher than basic standard.  To award this we would be looking for signs of shading and highlighting above just a single wash or drybrushing.
  • 1 Point for an Advanced level of painting.  To award this we would be looking for multiple painting techniques well executed to a high standard

Basing

  • 2 Points for meeting the MBGS.
  • 1 Point for a generally higher than basic standard.  To award this we would be looking for use of multiple type of textures and painting and highlighing used where required
  • 1 Point for an Advanced level of basing.  To award this we would be looking for multiple  well executed basing techniques.

Movement Trays

  • 2 Points for meeting the MBGS.
  • 1 point for Trays being painted and textured to match the units bases.
  • 1 Point for an extra effort to make the trays seem part of the unit.  To award this we would be looking for more than just a sanded and flocked tray, extra attention paid to the bases would be continued to the trays.

Terrain

  • 2 Points for all 4 pieces of terrain being painted to the MBGS
  • 1 Point if generally higher than basic painting and/or modeling techniques have been used on 1 piece of terrain
  • 1 Point if generally higher than basic painting and/or modeling techniques have been used on all 4 pieces of terrain

Conversions

  • 2 Points for the army having a few basic conversions throughout (basic kit bashing, weapon or head swaps, alternate figures for characters).
  • 1 Point for either a high number of basic conversions across the army or a smaller number of higher level conversions.  To award this we wold be looking for reposed models using green stuff, basic sculpting, in depth kit bashing.
  • 1 point for the army having at least 1 Advanced Conversion.  To award this we would be looking for multiple conversion techniques used in detail on a single figure.

Bonus Points

  • 1 point for bringing a display board.  To award this we are looking for something that enhances the look of your army, not just to give a point for bringing a tray.  It should be painted to the MBGS for bases
  • 1 Point for a generally higher than basic standard of display board.  To award this we would be looking for use of multiple type of textures and painting and highlighing used where required.
  • 1 Point for some freehand painting in your army.  To Award this we only need to see a single attempt.  Have a go, you might surprise yourself!
  • 1 Point for an impressive centerpiece to your army.
  • 1 point for an impressive overall effect.  To award this we are looking for an army that Wows the judges.

As you can see from the breakdown of scores, all armies at the event will score 10 points for getting the first point in each category.  The 2nd point in each will be very easy to get with just a little more effort across the whole army.  That will get you a score of 15 points and you now have 10 areas to pick up 5 more points.

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