Art Contest III

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  • Art Contest III

    Exploring the world of the Ninth Age


    The Ninth Age Presents: Art Contest III!


    The theme for this competition is: Makhar, the horselords.

    Roaming across the wind-blown steppe with many prized horses and vast herds to feed their wagon-borne families, the Makhar tribes are born horsemen who begin to ride as soon as they can walk. Masters of the recurve bow, these hardy folks must fight, outwit and endure great hardships to survive and prosper in their scarce lands. To the soft men and women of civilized countries, these steppe warriors are mounted terrors who strike like lightning and fight like devils, carrying off booty and prisoners in their merciless raids and leaving burnt settlements behind. Any attempt to pin down these swift raiders and face the Makhar on the battlefield is more often than not an exercise in frustration, for the Makhar know well that the cunning ways of the mounted archer may overcome the largest of tribal armies, the fiercest of monsters and the best of realms' hosts.

    For untold thousands of years the steppes of Augea have bred riders and warriors of the first order. Legends tell of more ancient days, when the Hobgoblin wolf riders were ascendant, yet the Human horse riders rose to dominance and still rule the wide steppes north of the Sea of Gods. These tribes are ever fractious and warlike, and ever coalescing around strong leaders and victorious warrior groups; and ever splintering as unity ruptures.

    The winners seem to take it all on the steppe, where success breed success as warriors flock to the victorious banner and drink from the skulls of their defeated foes, yet fortune is fickle and the terrible might of Makhar warlords is ever fragile. Fearsome horde confederacies that terrorize the surrounding lands, and extort massive tribute from city-dwellers and farmers in between devastating invasions, do not last many centuries as the strongest of leadership is doomed to fray and unravel in the cut-throat world of Makhar Gyula chiefs' power struggle. For the lot of the migratory steppe peoples is one of infighting, in an endless cycle of tribal feuds and cattle raids that gave rise to the martial prowess of these riders in the first place.

    Yet the Makhar's traditional way of life was changed forever in the Eighth Age, when the Wasteland came to be. Grazing lands were lost in the catastrophe, and tribes fell upon tribes in a chain of violent desperation. Men turned to the Dark Gods, and the Dark Gods answered their call...

    We want you to draw or paint something involving the Makhar! See their supplementary army book for more details on these feared horsemen. Makhar art could include anything from portraits to battle scenes; from glimpses of everyday life (herdsmen, yurts, bowyers, carts, bound slave captives) to dark Enaree rituals. There are lots of exotic features to the Makhar army, ranging from two-handed kontos lances, through archer giants, to chariots and catapult-bearing Steppe Mammoths. The sky is the limit as long as the artwork involve Makhar in some way, even if only as battle casualties at the hands of your favourite faction. Unleash your imagination!

    This can be done by drawing, sketching or painting it (i.e. no miniature entries). Digital tools are allowed, and some scribblings as seen on many concept sketches are likewise allowed, but please keep any text amount low. The amount of work invested in the art entry can vary from a simple sketch up to a full-blown illustration. Flat embroidered textile art (e.g. in Bayeux tapestry style) close-up shots and flat relief carvings are allowed, but for these materials you're encouraged to ask the contest organizer first with some details explaining your plans. Tattoos are allowed. Note that several different art pieces are allowed to be included in one and the same image file entry, e.g. two different painted illustrations, or a bunch of sketches leading up to an inked drawing. Sheer mass is no guarantee for advantage in voting, however.

    If you are unsure if your entry will fit the subject matter, then please contact Karak Norn Clansman and he'll sort it out with you and the staff.


    The gold winner will recieve one unpainted 28mm resin kit of War Booty Slaves of Ancient Times to haul off to the steppe:

    Furthermore, the silver winner will receive one 28mm kit of 10 unpainted Ceramics of Ancient Times for liqour to pour into those skull cups:

    And the bronze winner will receive one 15mm kit of 4 unpainted Tjubling Skull Masks, sculpted by Tobias "tjub" Torstensson:

    Should you wish to donate a prize to this or future contests, please PM Henrypmiller.


    The deadline for the submission of entries is the 12th of January 2020 at 11:59pm CET.

    Rules of the Competition

    Each member may only enter once.

    Sketch, draw, paint and use digital tools to come up with artwork or concept image(s) for the contest theme. No crossovers with very different settings are allowed.

    Submissions should include one picture file only. Your one picture file with art may contain any number of objects, figures and scenes.

    You may not submit a picture of a drawing or painting that has been entered into other online competitions or posted in a finished state before.

    Don't post your entries in the forum before the contest is over.

    By entering this contest, you are granting us a world wide irrevocable license to use the artwork in connection with the T9A project. The copyright remains with the artist.

    No big watermarks overlaid on the artwork, particularly in the centre of an image.

    See also the General Rules & Guidelines:

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    Everything you need to know about the Ninth Age Art Contests

    What are these contests?

    The Art Contests are competitions where anyone registered at T9A can enter with everything from sketches, through blueprints, maps, cosmological mandala artworks or cryptic diagrams, to inked or painted illustrations.

    The competitions are always announced on the front page, blog and hosted in General Discussion. Contests may be covered by the Ninth Scroll as well. We officially announce the contest, with a deadline. After this has closed forum software will generate an automated voting session post in the forum thread (to which we'll add text as soon as possible), and likewise said software will generate a results post, which will likewise be edited quickly.

    What can I enter?

    Each contest will have a specific theme. An entry that bears absolutely no relation to the theme (unless it is called an ‘open contest’) will not be allowed. Artworks have to be fully created by the person entering them.

    T9A Art Contests are always fantasy related. You cannot enter science fiction artworks or pieces depicting the modern world. No crossovers with very different settings, please.

    Your art does not have to be drawn/ painted by hand, it can be drawn on a computer. HOWEVER, every part of the image has to be produced by you, you cannot merge/ edit existing artwork done by someone else.

    Artworks must be still images. Even if you create a 3D-file, .gif file or moving picture sequence, only a still image from this can be entered.

    You are allowed to include several different art elements in a single picture file (e.g. two illustrations; a map and a sketch; or a drawing and some sketches leading up to a fully fleshed-out painting). Very productive artists could potentially enter a long file filled with various concept artwork, and this is fine, but most will limit themselves to one or a mere few pieces of art. Note that sheer mass may not always work to one's advantage for winning votes.

    You may include textual notes and explanations if you so desire. Please keep it short. This is not a writing competition.

    You cannot enter three-dimensional sculpts of e.g. clay or green stuff, or diorama shots of miniatures against a painted background.

    You may enter flat stone and wood (relief) carvings. You may enter tattoos. You may enter flat textile art akin to the embroidered Bayeux tapestry. Please, no pictures of entire dress creations or a whole cottage decorated as if by artists in the Ninth Age, but rather closeups of 2D art depicting scenes, figures and ornamental patterns: Ask the contest organizer if you are uncertain.

    When can I enter?

    The deadline will always be clear in the announcement thread. It is always based on Eastern Standard Time. So regardless of where in the world you are you need to look up how far ahead or behind this time you are to make sure you get your entry in on time.

    No entry regardless of how cool will be allowed to enter after the deadline. There are no exceptions. If someone has made a valid attempt to enter before the deadline but have had technical issues (such as gallery not accepting upload and notifying contest organizer about it before deadline), they will normally be allowed.

    What happens after I have entered?

    The entries all sit in the contest gallery until the deadline for entering is over. After this time the site software will generate an automated voting session in this contest gallery, and will likewise compile the voting results and launch a results post as soon as voting deadline is up. These posts (announcement, voting and results) all happen in the same forum thread. If you need to do something specific, such as providing a replacement file for a very wide picture distorted by upload limits, the contest organizer will send you a PM. It is expected that people will answer any and all questions about their entry (and do what is required) within 48 hours of the competition closing. If they don’t, perhaps because they have not logged in since, the contest organizer will either make a decision themself or potentially disallow the entry.

    Once we have all the entries, the contest organizer may decide to do some editing to make them look better for the site (e.g. by restructuring a very wide entry of multiple little art pieces into a vertically long one) or for fairness' sake. Once voting is over, we send out all prizes, if we have any.

    How do I vote?

    The voting will either be done in the contest gallery, or via PM to the contest organizer.

    > Anonymity Rules

    The competition is supposed to be anonymous (within the limits of the contest software), so please do not post pictures of your entry online until after the voting has ended. Do not start a WIP blog of your entry as you make it, we may not allow it to be entered.

    If you have just finished an artwork that is ideal for the competition, but have already posted it in the forum just ask one of the staff if it is ok to enter it still. Preferably people will not say which entry is theirs until voting is over, but this is not 'rule breaking'.

    > Artistic interpretation

    We encourage creativity, so when we say (for example) 'the theme is Taphria', this means people are free to interpret this however they want, as long as it still looks Taphrian themed: This could include artwork featuring native denizens of Taphria, such as the Human realms of Vanhu; or the fabled Dwarves of Kegiz Gavem; or the sentient Mukumbusu Apes; or wildlife and nature. It could also include artwork featuring outsiders in Taphria, such as Infernal Dwarves or Dread Elves landing on Taphrian shores; Sonnenstahlers trekking through jungles; or Highborn Elves battling with native Koghi humans. Or even clearly Taphrian objects on display in far-off lands.

    Bear in mind that people will be considering how well your entry fits the theme when they are voting.

    If you are in doubt please ask the contest organizer, otherwise you risk having your entry disqualified if it is too far from the theme.

    > Rights to Use Artwork

    Note that by the very act of entering a T9A Art Contest, you are granting us a world wide irrevocable license to use the artwork in connection with the T9A project. The copyright remains with the artist. However, better leave your signature somewhere in the artwork, to ensure you are always credited indirectly.

    One reason for the existence of T9A Art Contests is to generate lots of new creative material that can help flesh out parts of the setting which have rarely, if ever, been seen before in illustrations or concept art. View this as a chance for your art to make it into army books and like publications!


    Why doesn’t T9A have a judging panel?
    T9A is a community for the many, not for the few. Because of this, we think it is vital that the community decide what entries are best by a majority vote and it’s not done subjectively by a small panel of people (who cannot obviously have entered themselves).

    Why doesn’t T9A have multiple categories depending on skill?
    This is more work than it’s worth. Having a category that only one person wanted to enter would be stupid and people would resent being moved into that category if they knew they would lose. At the end of the day even a master artist can only submit one entry, leaving all the other places up for grabs.

    I never seem to win.
    Not a question as such… We may not all be great painters and draftsmen, but the taking part is what counts and not only do you get to improve your skills but you also get your own artwork at the end of it. You may eventually get a random draw prize for your troubles. So all the effort is not wasted and it can be all you need to motivate you to actually craft some art!

    How to Enter?

    Unlock full membership by posting twice on the forum. Submit your entry by uploading 1 single image file to an image hosting site such as Imgur or T9A Gallery, and then submit the image in a PM to the contest organizer. You may contact him to instead have your file sent via E-mail, should some transfer trouble occur with your upload. Please do not send an e-mail to any of the admin or staff accounts as this is a surefire way to have your entry missed.

    How will this be judged?

    Sometime after the due date we will post a voting thread and attach a poll. All T9A users can then rank the entries.

    Good luck everyone!
    T9A Team

    The post was edited 3 times, last by Karak Norn Clansman ().

  • Tagging these jolly folks just in case of interest for them: @alf @Alnitak @arktek09 @carbruner @Chevalier Rouergue2 @dais @Hombre de Mundo @Phaeoron @HKYUGOK @Xanatan

    Want to join the fun? See above. :)

    The post was edited 1 time, last by Karak Norn Clansman ().

  • Hombre de Mundo wrote:

    I won't be able to make it due to work deadlines. Oh well, next time!
    Just checking: What kind of date would you need to find the time (without death stress), at a guess?

    We'll probably have enough entries, but checking just in case, for unlikely backup-plan. :)