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Author Topic: Grunt Build and or Group Build Boring Stuff (Rules & Guidelines)  (Read 4912 times)


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The polls are done and dusted. The world is still rotating and those that care have spoken or at least voted  :)

To make sure everyone knows what the score is, all future Grunt Builds will be based around the following rules and guidelines.

Theme and Timeline.
There will be some form of theme with a specific timeline to each build. What the theme and era is will be up to the person running the particular build. Examples could be as tight as grunt type MS used for training colony recruits to as broad as any grunt type MS used in space in any UC conflict.

Modelling categories.
The build will consist of three categories.

The following two categories will always be included for each build:
Anything goes. Any scale, any mods, any material. The only restrictions are how the model is presented which are mentioned below in the build guidelines.

This category allows for the replacement of kit parts with aftermarket detail parts. For example you can replace the kit nozzles with metal or plastic aftermarket nozzles but you cannot add additional nozzles. Kit weapons can be replaced with aftermarket/other kit weapons but you cannot add additional weapons. Small additions such as extra armour, comms gear etc are allowed but any radical departure from the original kit such as substituting back packs, heads or limbs is not allowed UNLESS the theme calls for it. Additional decals and markings are allowed as is painting and weathering. Putty can be used to fill gaps but not to reshape.

The person running the build can pick one category from the following to make up the third category.

As the name suggests if it isn't in the box it can't be used. The model can be glued, painted (any colours) & weathered but that's it. No additional decals or markings and no mods no matter how small are allowed. Putty can be used to fill gaps but not to reshape.

Grass roots build. Only what comes in the box and panel lining. No glue, no paint (including clear coat), no additional markings.

Build duration
The person running the build can choose a build duration of no shorter than 2 months and no longer than 3 months.
There will be a build up period of three weeks to allow for entrants to gather all materials needed.
The finish time is just that, the finish time. No extensions will be allowed. If you have a slow internet connection then make allowances for it.

Now on to the details. (Please note that some items mentioned may or may not be applicable to your chosen category. If in doubt ask.)

1. All GAF Grunt Builds are open to any forum member.

2. Kit requirements.
A] First and foremost the entry must be based on a Bandai or B-Club kit. Resin conversions from B-Club are also allowed. Limited non genuine plastic, metal or resin parts such as weapons, heads, hands, shields, nozzles or other small parts are allowed. If in doubt ask. Scratch building is allowed (Open only) as are the use of any type of decals (Bandaiís selection of decals is limited at best and some are very hard to locate these days). As there are a multitude of pirated B-Club kits around these days if you plan on using B-Club parts or kits please include a picture of the box top in your WIP.

B] As this a Grunt Build no custom MS are allowed. Any suit with Custom, Customise, Prototype, Experimental, Psycomm, Psycho, any reference to Newtype or Commander Type in the name, description or kit instructions are not eligible as a base kit. These kits share common parts with the grunt versions and those parts can be used. For example Char's MS-06S shares many parts with a standard MS-06 such as the Zaku Machinegun, Heat Hawk and most of the basic body work but you cannot use the parts that are specific to the 06S such as the lower leg thrusters and armour or the back pack. If you wish to give your MS those sort of things you must modify the standard parts to achieve it. Specific build requirements may from time to time over-ride this section but as a rule of thumb no custom MS base kits will be allowed.

Update 29/5/13: For 00, all Celestial Being MS are out as is any personalised MS such as the Tieren Taozi for example.
Update 2/2/14: Build Fighter kits are all customs and as such are not eligible but you may use any of the HG Build Custom sets.

C] To keep things simple if the MS is referred to as Custom, Customise, Prototype, Experimental, Psycomm, Psycho, any reference to Newtype or Commander Type in the kit description, instructions or primary timeline that's what it is regardless of what it is called in any side story or game. One MS requires specific mention as it has come up in all previous builds. The MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom is sufficiently modified from the base Gouf to be considered a custom even though it's description alludes otherwise.

Update 29/5/13: Recent research tends to support the Gouf Custom is more common that it first appeared so even though the name is misleading it will now be accepted as a Grunt Suit. Same goes for the Gouf Flight in light of the recent short film released with the 08MS Team Bluray.

3. Entry requirements.
A] To be considered an entrant you must post at least one photo in the appropriate Grunt Build topic sometime between the start & finish times. The photo must show the kit before any work is done and it must show the date it was taken in some way. Please do not start a separate topic for your WIP, make all WIP posts in the main Build topic.

B] Please make sure you understand and accept the following (overseas members especially); unfortunately due to the ridiculous prices Auspost charges for postage, a condition of entry is that if you are skilful enough to pull off a victory you accept that you will pay half the postage costs or make other arrangements to collect your prize. The winners will be notified of the cost and payment details ASAP after the results have been announced. Prizes will not be sent until payment has been received. The only time this will be waived is if the prize sponsor agrees to pick up the postage costs.

4. Presentation of finished entries.
A] Once you have finished your entry please start a new topic in Field Training titled Grunt Build #X plus the name of your entry or kit. Once judging has been completed it will be moved to The Catapult. Finished kits can be presented as stand alone figures or in a vignette (no full blown dioramas). Stands may be used to display the figure. There are some good Bandai stands around but there are also pretty good stands from other manufacturers as well. As an example of a stand you could use the Zeon or Federation Bandai action base. If you wish to do a small scene (vignette) you could for example use the Kotobukiya Chain Bases to depict repairs or re-arming. If you are going to do a vignette just remember they are only intended to be a small scene that complements the centre piece. No Cecil B DeMill productions of Ben Hur. For example if you choose to use a chain base then make it only one panel wide by one panel high.

B] As the finished entry will be judged from photographs please follow these guidelines. This is not a photography contest so no Photoshop trickery will be tolerated. You may resize and colour correct and that is it. No fancy titles, names, fades, light effects on weapons, lens trickery to hide a poorly made model, nothing! Please photograph the model against a plain background as to prevent the background from distracting from the model and crop the picture as close as possible to eliminate any unwanted background. If you wish to present your model AFTER the judging has been completed with a bit of photo trickery thatís fine but if any shopping is detected in photos submitted for judging apart for what was mentioned above then the entry will not be judged. Also do not include any props in the photos that are not part of your finished entry. As a minimum requirement you must submit 4 shots of your finished model; front, back, left & right sides. Ideal picture size is somewhere around 1200x900 pixels. Do not submit pictures that require going to another web site. You may use the forum's additional options to attach your pictures to your topic if you like. If you submit poor quality pictures you will be asked once to provide better ones. If you do not then don't expect to do well. Feel free to highlight any mods, assembly or painted effects you have done with extra close ups. The more pictures (to a point  :)) the merrier. Remember the judges only have your pictures to go by. Poor pictures mean poor results.

5. Dates & Times.
As this is an Australian forum all times and dates are EDT. There are plenty of web sites that can convert EDT to whatever time it is in any other country.

6. Prize allocation.
Each category must have at least two finishers to be eligible for prizes (no auto winners). If you are the only finisher in your category your entry will be bumped up to the next highest category with the required amount of finishers. If this happens allowances will be made when judging.
« Last Edit: July 19, 2016, 05:38:27 PM by thegunny »
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Re: Grunt Build Boring Stuff (Rules & Guidelines)
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 08:09:45 AM »

Great set of base rules, should help clear alot of confusion


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Re: Grunt Build and or Group Build Boring Stuff (Rules & Guidelines)
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2016, 05:43:40 PM »

Thanks to Auspost and their totally stupid pricing unfortunately there will be no more OS entires for future builds unless 1/. The sponsor agrees to pick up the postage cost or 2/. the entrant agrees to pick up the postage costs.

I just priced the postage for the 3 prizes from the HG build (all OS winners) and it was going to cost well over $150 and in all 3 cases more than the prize was worth.

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