Armor Up
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We hope your action figures learned a valuable lesson about what happens when you show up for a fight unprepared in April's Battle Damage contest--let's make sure that never happens again, shall we? The object of May's contest at Figure Realm is to "Armor Up" a toy with custom-made defensive gear. You're allowed to fortify any character you like, including original creations, with protective equipment. If you feel Strawberry Shortcake needs to be nestled inside a Cobra S.N.A.K.E. (painted candy red, naturally) to safeguard her the next time she takes on the Purple Pieman, then have at it.

The armor you equip your submission(s) with can be as complex as a mechanized full-body suit, as simple as a revealing scalemail bikini, or anything in between those two extremes. While repaints will be accepted, you're encouraged to make more substantial modifications to your figure(s). Force field generators, helmets, breastplates, bullet-proof vests, chainmail, shoulder/knee/elbow pads, shields, magical barriers, greaves, and even groin guards are all examples of items you might add to your figure for this contest. Don't feel limited to just humans/humanoids, you can provide a vehicle, animal, robot, etc. with more security too.

Show us your creativity! In addition to commonly used substances like metal and Kevlar, armor can be much simpler/organic in form (scales/shells, leather, bone, wood, etc.), supernatural/magical in nature (energy, force, elemental, astral/psychic, etc.), hi-tech (sub-dermal, stealth/cloaking, self-repairing, transforming, etc.), or even a living/sentient entity all by itself (Konami's Castlevania series, and roleplaying games in general, are full of examples of animate armor).

Let us know why your character felt the need to "Armor Up" in your entry description. Is it in preparation for dealing with a particularly dangerous foe or environment? Are they trying to disguise themselves to infiltrate the enemy's ranks? Maybe the gear has special ceremonial/cultural significance? If the armor is alive, how was it created or where did it come from?

There are no size/scale restrictions and you can use whatever parts/materials/tools you like to "forge" your custom for this challenge. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: May 31st, 2011 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: June 1st - 7th.

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
MikeD' -
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
WOW! There are truly some great artists out there. Congratulations to everyone that participated - you're all winners! best of luck to all
Patraw -
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I agree, there's a lot of really impressive stuff, and it's great to see such a large turnout.
Avid_Dabbler_Cadabra -
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I for one, can not wait to see the entries to this contest because of all the fine artists who are a part of Figure Realm - I think all you guys are winners. Thanks for sharing.
Atruebeliever -
Saturday, May 28, 2011
do contest sometimes repeat.
Patraw -
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Yes, sometimes, but there's usually a pretty long break in between repeats. The Ostentatious Originals one has been done three times thus far. My preference is to give new themes/ideas a try rather than revisiting old ones.
Avid_Dabbler_Cadabra -
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Rulkling -
Friday, May 6, 2011
prizes ?
Patraw -
Friday, May 13, 2011
Sorry, no, these contests are generally just for fun/friendly competition and bragging rights. Your Figure Realm account keeps a record of any wins you get (I.e., how many times you've won first, second, or third place) as well as voting statistics for your entries, which can be kind of be fun to follow over time to see how you stand in respect to other members.
MetroidX -
Friday, April 29, 2011
can I add armor to one of my custom figures
Patraw -
Friday, May 13, 2011
If you're talking about adding armor to an older custom you've made, then I'd recommend running that one by a moderator to see if it's okay or not. Technically, your contest entries are supposed to be new figures created specifically for the contest, but I could see a situation where a person added enough armor to a given figure that it was no longer recognizable (I.e., you could cover a Batman figure with so much stuff that it'd be impossible to even tell it was Batman anymore), which would seem to be okay in theory.
Valkyriezero1 -
Monday, April 18, 2011
hi there! can I submit an entry that I posted on some other site? its not a contest.
Patraw -
Monday, April 18, 2011
As per the rules, you're not allowed to show any Figure Realm custom contest entries on other web sites until the contest's voting has concluded. If you've already done so, then I would say whatever that figure is would not be eligible for entry in any Figure Realm custom contest because members here might have potentially seen it, compromising the anonymity of the voting process.
Valkyriezero1 -
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Thanks. I'm glad I asked first.
MetalAlchemist -
Friday, April 8, 2011
Is there anyone I could write directly asking if I can place an specific custom for this contest. I think the idea I have can fit but need to make sure.
Patraw -
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Send a PM to one of the moderators or the administrator, they should be able to help you out, as they're the ones that ultimately have to decide whether or not your custom figure meets the contest criteria. Alternatively, you could post the question publicly if you're able to couch the query in vague/broad terms so that it doesn't give away the identity of the figure you want to make.
Patraw -
Friday, April 8, 2011
Well, it was leafman343's idea, so he should get the credit, I just expanded upon it.
Mr.Smiley -
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
So many awesome contests coming up! I'm deffinitly gonna devote some time to these! Nice job keeping us entertained figurealm. Uhh I don't know where I would be with out you guys.
Captain Coder -
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Yes, I've really been enjoying the contests lately. A huge thanks goes to Patraw. He's the one that's been coming up with the contests lately and writing up the great descriptions, which I think is a big factor in generating interest.
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