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Highlander last won the day on August 9

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  1. Highlander

    1/72 Bridge Diorama

    If you enjoy making models, then you've won. Your work is truly impressive. I'm no scratchbuilder, but we do have some in IPMS. All I can do is marvel.
  2. Highlander

    Any bids for 2020?

    So, at this point, we have Chattanooga in 2019 and San Marcos in 2020. However, there were no bids for 2021 or after. Correct?
  3. Highlander

    1/72 Bridge Diorama

    Sorry, but your first model is just not complicated enough. Well, now I have to go shoot myself. Make sure you keep posting photos. So my survivors will know why I offed myself.
  4. Highlander

    Judging Question

    OK, I'm on a roll. Recently, I had the opportunity to judge a figure that was not painted at all. The sprues came in different colors so assembly caused it to resemble a pre-painted figure. Or so I am told. Since it was not painted, in my mind, it was not competitive. This lead the judging team to discuss what IPMS will do as pre-painted figures are entered in contests. We are already in that area with 3-D printed models -- the no-construction alternative for challenged modelers. It will be interesting to see how IPMS reacts to the accelerating changes that technology is introducing into what has been a pretty stable hobby.
  5. Highlander

    In Need Of Volunteer Photographers

    Yeah, I'm slow. But, thanks.
  6. Highlander

    Judging Question

    Let's look at the 2013 Competition Handbook, which is the latest as far as I know. And, I also know, that looking at the rules and pointing out the rules and quoting the rules is a good way to really antagonize a peeved modeler. Shadows should be present when two surfaces meet (e.g. belts over tunics) and on undersurfaces (e.g. between legs and under arms). And-- Headgear shadows should show on the figure's face. Plus -- Equipment such as swords should have a shadow shown on the figure. So, it seems clear to me that the issue of shadows is addressed in the Handbook. I hold that the Handbook is saying that light should act like light acts on any surface ... say, the surfaces of a figure under a consistent light source (sort of). And that shadows and highlights must be painted. BTW, the Handbook does not say: "The Judge should hold the figure under the venue's lights to create highlights and shadows from the actual light that is present in order to present the figure in the best light possible." It also doesn't say: "Shadows and highlights cast by venue lighting should have the same credit given as shadows and highlights painted on the figure." So, when I judge a figure that sits under overhead venue lighting which provides definite shadows over the figure, I use my flashlight to hit the areas where shadows from the venue lighting are evident. If the shadow from the venue's lighting disappears and I can see that the paint job has no shadow whatsoever, I advocate that that figure is non-competitive. As to the OP, no shadows or highlights on a figure's armor removes it from further consideration.
  7. Highlander

    In Need Of Volunteer Photographers

    Found them where?
  8. Highlander

    In Need Of Volunteer Photographers

    Ah, ha! Name now attached to face. Enjoyed judging with you.
  9. Highlander

    First BIG Thank You

    Where can I find the on-line photo album?
  10. Highlander

    Rising Sun's Oni of Blood

    I have that figure and you've done a great job. I might try it with a lighter red. Your choice is powerful and you carried it off.
  11. Highlander

    A Phoenix thank you

    This was the third Phoenx Nats for me and you guys continue to put on flawlessly organized shows. I managed to catch a D-Backs game, ate some good food, judged, enjoyed the vendors room, and saw the usual endless examples of great modeling. I was only there for two days, but I had a very good time. Thank you.
  12. Congrats! I'm up for Texas. Even if you invaded us three times.
  13. Highlander


    Just registered and found no place for guests ... as we have had in the past. Will my wife have to pay to get in or will she be able to get a name tag and attend with me? P.S. Went back and fiddled around and discovered that one registration screen had the option to add my wife's name and another did not. Although I did not enter my IPMS number, the software added it anyway. So how can I modify my registration to add my wife?
  14. Highlander

    Tamiya Jagdtiger in 1/48

    Like it.
  15. Highlander

    US inf at rest

    Semper Fi, Marine!