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Without a doubt one of the oldest and most important inventions of mankind is the bow and arrow. For thousands of years it ruled the battle field and even after being made obsolete by the gun it has still retained a place of honor within our culture. The goal of this contest is to create a custom of an archer. At first glance there doesn't seem to be a lot of archers out there to pick from, but I assure you there are many more characters to pick from beyond Hawkeye and the Green Arrow family. Such as Shaft, Sailor Mars, Pit, Golden Archer, Yondu, Legolas, Celestial Archer, Cupid, Moonstar, Katniss, Trickshot, White Feather Arwyn...I could go on, but you get the point.

Also characters don't need to be an archer exclusively to qualify for this contest. So people like Rambo, Storm Shadow, Aragorn, Robin Hood, Zaran, Oddjob, Taskmaster, Link, Turok and Lara Croft are all fair game.

-Though it's debatable whether or not crossbows belong in the same category as bows, for the purpose of this contest they do. So feel free to bring on the Huntresses, Scarlets, Buffys and Daryl Dixons.

-Bowcasters however will not be allowed for this contest. They are simply too far removed from the original concept and they are much closer to a gun than a bow. Sorry Star Wars fans no wookies this time, you'll have to settle for Ewoks.

-No dioramas will be allowed for this contest.

-As always there are no size restrictions for this contest. You may use any sort of materials, parts, tools or techniques that you wish. Whatever gets the job done.. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: October 31st, 2013 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: November 1st - 7th.
Managed By: Green Skin

What are the rules of the contest?
  • Please use the form here to submit your custom figure.
  • At least a paragraph description is required with your entry. This paragraph, at a minimum, should answer the following questions:
    • How was this custom customized?
    • How does the custom fit into the contest theme?
  • You may submit up to three different entries for the contest.
  • Please only submit figures that were created for this contest. Do not submit old figures from the Showcase or previous contest entries.
  • Your entry should not be posted on this website, any other website, or anywhere on the internet until the contest is completely over.
  • The pictures for your entry will remain hidden until the contest ends and the voting begins.
  • Your identity will remain hidden until after the voting completes.
  • Do not include names, logos, signatures or anything on the pictures that will give you away as the creator of the custom. We want to keep the customizer's identity a secret until the contest is over.
  • Don't wait until the last day to submit your entries. If your internet is down, or something happens beyond your control, you will miss the contest! Also keep in mind how many customs you can submit in one day. You may not be able to submit all your entries in one day.
  • The contest is purely for fun... well... and bragging rights!
How does the contest voting work?
Anyone can vote for their favorite customs in the contest, you don't even have to submit anything to the contest! You do have to be logged-in to your Figure Realm account though so we can keep track of the votes. Only appointed Figure Realm staff can see the votes, so anonymity is guaranteed. Voting begins once the entry deadline is met and lasts for a week.

It's hard to choose just one custom to vote on when there are tons of great entries, so Figure Realm has a unique voting system where you can vote on ALL the customs! When you click on an entry to view, there's a bar with buttons on it that lets you give the custom anywhere from 1 to 5 Stars. 1 Star means you think they could have done a better job on the custom while 5 Stars means you think they did a perfect job. The votes for each entry are added up when voting is closed and averaged-out to determine the winners. Also, don't abuse the system. Don't give your own custom 5 Stars and then give everyone else 1 Star to boost your rating. Remember, the votes are monitored.

Some points you might consider when casting your vote: Is the figure well-made? Is the paint smooth or crusty? Are there noticeable fingerprints on the sculpted parts? Is it an original custom? Is it accurate to the source-material (comics, photos, description in a book)? Are the pictures clear enough to see the details? Did the creator take the time to include a back-story or recipe? Is the custom so unbelievably awesome that you'd trade your dog for it?

Craftsmanship and creativity are major factors to consider, but ultimately your vote should depend on how much you like the custom, and how well you feel it fits the contest theme.

User Comments
red_snowstorm -
Monday, October 28, 2013
Haha you're thinking of Nightwolf of MK. That would be awesome though.
Green Skin -
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Not necessarily, I can think of at least 6 instances of people using energy bows.
Arc47 -
Sunday, September 29, 2013
How about an energy bow? Like one of those bows that create an arrow of energy when you pull the string back? too advanced?
Green Skin -
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Those are okay, the essence of a traditional bow is still present.
meeko -
Saturday, September 28, 2013
what about the thomas jane punisher? he has a bow in the film
Green Skin -
Saturday, September 28, 2013
He's fair game.
RedRebelCustoms -
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Great list of Archers on WIKI under Fictional Archers.
cowboyink -
Saturday, September 21, 2013
How about animated Hot Rod?
Green Skin -
Saturday, September 21, 2013
He's fair game.
Patraw -
Friday, September 20, 2013
How about ballistae? They're essentially just gigantic crossbows; more-or-less the ancient equivalent of modern artillery cannons.
Green Skin -
Friday, September 20, 2013
Ballistae are fair game. Also props for knowing the plural of ballista.
1andonly5711 -
Thursday, September 19, 2013
What about made up charater like original creations.
Green Skin -
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Go for it!
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