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judging - by Costas
Finally the time for “work” had come! And here, comes a difference that this Show has in comparison with many others. Every afternoon for 2 hours the Show was closed for lunch, and a bit of rest for the members of the club. This gave the opportunity to the judging team, to check all the displays, in total relax, without annoying visitors, by taking pieces to examine, off the displays, without mixing in the crowd and having the risk of an accident or a damage to any piece. And of course without having the time pressure to end the judging because people is after you to see and shoot the pieces. As this was a “closed doors” operation, the club had organized an internal lunch break with nice panninis (local sandwiches) fries, refreshements and other goodies, and of course coffee and traditional Sicialian dessert - Cannoli.

I had the luck of being in two different judging teams. First with Bill Horan and Renato Scuterini for judging Master Open and Standard Painting as Engin, Mike Blank and Fabio Nunnari judged Master Painting and Standard Open, and then with Mike Blank and Engin for Fantasy miniatures.

I was really happy to see that the standards that these modeling stars, like Bill and Mike are judging a miniature are no different than the ones I judged my self.

And this proved after checking the individual scores each gave to every modeler, seeing that in most occasions we had given the exact same score or even with one point difference.

In order not to be unfair to any modeler we decide to do the work almost two times. One to check each display carefully and see if it was for the modeler’s favor to score his total display or the best miniature in it if there was one that was really in higher level. After finishing this, we all came back one by one individually to give scores at the displays or the single figures.

The level was really good, and it was a pleasure to see and score well painted and sculpted miniatures from Masters, Experienced and Beginner modelers. What is important is to enjoy what you do , regardless of the result of the competitions you go . I know many guys that don’t enjoy what they do but they aim only to the high rank medals, and I know many other guys that are crazy for miniatures even if they don’t win so many medals. Remember that if one had to win medals in competitions to stay in the hobby, this hobby would have been eliminated many years now!

One very important thing also is that the members of the board of the club were NOT competing, in diverse to what happens to many other competitions. It’s a little bit ..weird to be the “waiter” and the “customer” at the same moment. And by definition is causing suspicions.

The second very important issue was that, being a judge for a second year, I experienced the total isolation of the judges regarding the scores they would give to the modelers and the medals to decide. As soon as the secretary of the Club gave us the lists of models to be judged, and made a review of the scoring system, the judging group was left alone until the ending of the procedure while we gave back the scoring lists. And of course the results in the awarding ceremony were the exact ones we delivered. No one asked for anything particular, or some “favor’ or special treatment to anyone, or anything unfair. It might sound, obvious to you, that this is the way, it should always be…but I wouldn’t take an oath on that !

Here I am obliged to mark the flexibility and welcoming of the Club once again, as certain modelers due to a flight problem, came much earlier than the registration time limit, but they were accepted and entered the competition. And of course all the judges returned to the benchs to judge the newcomers miniatures.
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About the Author

About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...


Rudi i passed Nefeli the congrats, and she is really too proud !!!!! Algu next time you must be there !!!!!
DEC 27, 2007 - 01:59 AM
Great stuff guys. Thank you for the article, I really enjoyed reading it and it felt like I was there with you two... It is really a special thing that two of our own HFM figure gurus have been selected as judges on such a big show. You should be proud. Congrats to your young one, Costas! Good to see your "figure" genes found their way to your daughter... Mario.
DEC 27, 2007 - 07:33 AM
Thanks a lot Maki for your commnets. I wish she will still like it as growing up .
DEC 28, 2007 - 06:20 PM
Wow... now this is a Show Report! You both have really outdone yourselves on previous reports. Thanks for the insight into this show and all that went on there. Really great job! (and a nice x-mas present) Cheers, Jim
DEC 30, 2007 - 08:03 AM
though for different reasons as yours i really like your "Some people tend to say to me , “you are just painting toy soldiers, nothing more”. Well I have to inform you that is not exactly like that. " Hey, nice in depth article I must say, huge work but really great to know all those little side details I really like 2 scenes there: the first one with the French (?) Black Tirailleurs, and the second one, the Isla etc... can't remember the name of that famous British defeat against the Zulu! thanks for sharing!
JAN 02, 2008 - 05:50 AM
Hi guys, Going through the pics again now that I have a faster connection (back at work) and really enjoying the article even more this time round... quick question though... This piece really caught my eye (how could it not) and was wondering who manufactures it? http://photos.kitmaker.net/data/20964/cat63.jpg Not showing pic as it may offend some folks... Rudi
JAN 02, 2008 - 06:14 PM
Rudi , i was sure that you d like this one . Is an 80mm piece from Andrea Miniatures RUDI'S dream
JAN 02, 2008 - 06:59 PM
Thanks bro. Love that Harpy... but ouch... 44 EUR is a bit too much for me right now Maybe one day....
JAN 02, 2008 - 07:34 PM
Possibly the best, in depth article yet published on the kitmaker website. I started out attempting to quickly 'have a look' with the intent of actually 'reading' it later. First page I was hooked. The subject, the personalities, the show, behind the scenes (not even mentioning the miniatures themselves) All tied together with a flowing commentary. One can tell the love and passion that Costas and Engin have for this subject. Congratulations to the both of you for a fine piece of work. If there were a contest for articles submitted, this one gets my vote. Cheers, Charles
JAN 09, 2008 - 02:52 AM
Charles thanks alot for your compliments The pleasure was ours tobe there and prepare the article !!
MAR 17, 2008 - 12:12 AM