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The Alpha 54mm Painting Contest

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In the beginning, painters from around the world were invited to submit photos of samples of their work. Then, the readers of TMP voted, narrowing the field down to only five - the Finalists.

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Next come the three painting rounds of this contest. Each Finalist has received a bubble-wrapped package:

Contest packages

Within each package are five ziploc bags:

Five ziploc bags

Three of the bags contain the 54mm scale contest figures, as previously selected by the readers of TMP - a gladiator, a barbarian, and a Roman:

The contest figures

The barbarian comes in one piece (with separate shield); the gladiator has a separate arm, head, and shield; and the Roman has separate hands, shield, and scabbard.

Components of the Roman figure

One of the other ziploc bags contains optional parts: spare weapons, battle-worn shields, an empty helmet, two heads...

Miscellaneous optional parts

...and two bases that the figures fit into - one round and plain, one square with ground details.

Roman figure on square base

During the painting rounds, the contestants each select one of the contest figures. They have one month to paint the figure, and send in a write-up with photographs. Then, the readers of TMP will select one contestant to expel from the competition.

Thus, the original five finalists will be whittled down to three for the final round, after which the winners will be voted for.

Prizes (and contest figures) have been donated by Alpha Miniatures:

First Place
A gift certificate worth $100 USD
Second Place
A $50 USD gift certificate