Miniature Painting Showcase 2021

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Pay Registration Fee HERE

Join us at HfxGames and Collectibles in Dartmouth NS for a day of miniature painting activities and a miniature painting competition! There will be painting classes, speed painting and more. Participate in the miniature painting competition! There are three categories: Fantasy, Sci-fi and Squad. In each category there are divisions for Novice and Master Painters so regardless of your experience level, bring out your minis and get feedback from the judges!

Sunday, 28 November 2021

10 am to 4 pm

Location: HfxGames & Collectibles, 380 Pleasant St., Unit 8, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

  • Entry registration 10 am – 1 pm
  • Judging 1 – 3 pm
  • Announcement of winners 3 pm
  • Judges individual feedback 3 – 4 pm
  • Reaper Paint and Take Table Open (drop in painting, all supplies provided $5 per figure) 10 am – 2 pm
  • Speed Painting Contest ($10 per participant, included with entry into the Showcase competition) 2-3 pm

Hosted by Hecatina Miniature Painting Studio

Contest is funded in part by the proceeds from the Miniature Painting Showcase in Nov 2019.  All proceeds from this event will be used to fund future miniature painting contests hosted by Hecatina Miniature Painting Studio. 

Sponsors:  Reaper Miniatures, HfxGames & Collectibles

Rules: Link to rule pdf

Contest End date:  Closes at 1 p.m. on Sunday, 28 Nov 2021

One entry per category per person. 

Entry must have been painted by the person entering the miniature. 

Miniature must have been painted in 2021. 

Miniature may not have been entered previously in any other online or in-person painting contest. 

Entry fee $10.00 ($8.70+HST).  Entry fee covers entry into all three categories as well as entry in the Speed Painting Competition. 

Entire entry, excluding plinth if attached, must fit in a cube measuring 30 cm on each side.  No exceptions.

Any figure from any manufacturer may be entered.  Special:  to reflect the support given to us by Reaper Miniatures, any Reaper figure entered receives an automatic bonus of 1 point in the creativity section.   

Entries must be brought to HfxGames & Collectibles between 10am-1 pm on Sunday 28 November 2021 to be registered.  Judging will take place from 1-3 pm.   

Winners announced at 3 p.m. on Sunday, 28 November 2021.

Hecatina Miniature Painting Studio reserves the right to disqualify any entry that we deem to be offensive (graphic violence, racism, graphic sexual content, etc).  If in doubt about whether your entry meets these criteria, ask us in advance.


Fantasy Single Figure, Novice

Fantasy Single Figure, Master

Sci-fi Single Figure, Novice

Sci-fi Single Figure, Master

Squad, Novice

Squad, Master

Best in Show.  Selected from among all the entries by the Judges

Special Theme.  Rewrite a fairy tale. You can enter anything you want in the showcase, it doesn’t have to fit this theme.  Hecatina Miniatures will select their favorite entry that matches this theme for a special award. 

Best Reaper Mini.  Selected by the Judges from among all the entries that feature Reaper Miniatures

Peoples Choice.  Selected by vote from among all entries by the participants

Novice:  A miniature painter who is in the early stages of their miniature painting journey who is entering primarily to get feedback and to meet other miniature painters.

Master.  A miniature painter who meets any of these criteria: lots of experience, professional or commission painter, has previously won or placed highly in a miniature painting contest or who wants to test their skills against a higher scoring standard.

Judges reserve the right to move any entry from the Novice to Master Category.  If you are unsure what category to enter, ask us at registration.   

Fantasy, Single Figure.  A single figure, bust or diorama measuring no more than 30 cm on a side (must fit in a 30 cm x 30 cm cube) which is primarily of a traditionally fantasy theme (eg elves, hobbits, orcs, fairies, etc).  This is the category for your painted miniature of your favorite D&D character. 

Sci-fi, Single Figure.  A single figure, bust or diorama measuring no more than 30 cm on a side (must fit in a 30 cm x 30 cm cube) which is primarily of a traditionally sci-fi theme (eg space marines, cyborgs, robots, space adventurers).  This is the category for your painted miniature of your favorite Starfinder character. 

Squad.  A small unit of figures, up to a maximum of 6, each on separate bases (although they can be on a single movement or display tray).  Must fit in a 30 cm x 30 cm cube. This is the category for your favorite adventuring party or squad of space marines.

Contest Scoring Criteria: 

Creativity:  Scored out of 10, with up to 4 bonus points possible (max possible score 14)

use of color

color schemes

freehand designs

things that are not part of the sculpt itself

painted effects (OSL, NMM, textures) (Object Source Lighting)

Squad:  unit composition tells a story (provide us a short pre-printed written narrative with your entry to explain the lore)

Workmanship: Scored out of 10

model prep for painting

Mold lines

Model assembly

Surface prep

Painting Skill: Scored out of 10

Base coats




Execution of painted effects


Squad:  comparable quality for all figures in the squad

Presentation: Scored out of 10


Overall composition (spacing, interaction, symmetry/asymmetry)

Basing and integration of figure with base

Squad:  unity of theme of basing (eg all on similar basing like lava or snow or the like)

Weighted Scoring Criteria: Each of the four scores out of 10 will be multiplied by the % below to get a final score out of 10 for the entry. 

Creativity: 15%

Workmanship: 15%

Painting Skill: 60% Presentation: 10%