Little Joe recently asked a question over on Warseer which could be good to talk through for future CDO contests.
I can’t print it, just digital is ok?
With a lot more detail of course on this 28mm tug boat.
Would digital 3D-sculpted files (originally created for the contest occasion) be something which we should welcome in CDO contests? Or should painted physical prints be mandatory?
If allowed, for what contests?
Some notes on the first question: We have a growing number of 3D-sculptors, and several evil dwarf manufacturers have started to release products as STL files (@LKMinis and Dancing Yak Miniatures at the moment). 3D-sculpting is obviously a genuine creative outlet which requires skill and lots of work just like handsculpting do.
Some notes on the second question: Our two competitions dealing with miniatures (not writing) are Golden Hat and Artisan’s Contest. Golden Hat (GH) is our flagship competition, and focused on painting.
Artisan’s Contest (AC) have always been more of an exploratory type of event, more about raw creativity and crafts. At first glance, AC would seem better suited than GH for digital sculpts (not prints) if they are to be welcomed. Giving green light for original digital 3D-sculpt files (not prints - which are just ordinary physical miniatures same as castings are) would also give green light for unpainted sculpts and conversions in Artisan’s Contest.
Chaos Dwarfs Online has always been about encouraging creativity, and we are fortunate to have talented 3D-sculptors putting our niche at the forefront of groundbreaking technology.
So where do we draw the line, and for which contest type?
Side note: It would probably be better to have this covered in general rules for all contests of AC and GH respectively, rather than hosting a yearly 3D-sculpting competition or the like (which most members couldn’t participate in). Keep it inclusive.