Way of the Blade
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Broadswords, katanas and lightsabers. Oh my! For this contest we focus on the wielders of a most elegant weapon from a more civilized age, the sword. To enter simply make a custom of a character that uses a sword as one of their primary weapons. Any type of sword is a valid option. Even lightsabers, chainswords or Covenant Plasma swords are fair game.

-If a character doesn't normally use weapons, they still qualify as long as they use a sword when they do use them. So characters like Nightcrawler, Wang Chi or Yoda are fair game.

-Knife wielders do not qualify for this contest, only swords. Since there isn't a concrete difference between a long knife and a short sword we will use the 2/1 rule. Anything with a blade more than twice the length of it's handle qualifies as a sword for the purpose of 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: December 31st, 2012 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: January 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
botman -
Monday, December 3, 2012
oh sorry I just submitted my toy for this contest and he is really against the rules. please cancel my entry.
Friday, November 23, 2012
a scythe could be considered as a sword ?
Green Skin -
Friday, November 23, 2012
Nope, sorry.
Jaida -
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Does a spartan holding a Spiker gun from Halo qualify? Or does it have to be an energy sword or the hayabusa sword?
Green Skin -
Friday, November 23, 2012
Nope, Spiker guns don't count. They don't pass the 2/1 test.
cuztomiza -
Monday, November 12, 2012
looking forward for the enries on this one..This will sure be an awesome competition..
Green Skin -
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Glad you like it, I must be doing something right.
cuztomiza -
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Dayum! So many good Entries! Would be happy enough to be on the top 5 or 10 slot...
Mizzinno -
Monday, November 12, 2012
Now for the hardest part, narrowing it down...
MortalKombatMaster -
Sunday, November 11, 2012
what if the characters limbs can turn into anything like a sword for instance absorbing man can change his head into a sword
Green Skin -
Sunday, November 11, 2012
That would not be allowed for this contest. Also Absorbing man is definitely not a sword wielder as his weapon of choice is that big wrecking ball.
MortalKombatMaster -
Sunday, November 11, 2012
does it have to be something from a series because I have a fan characer who wields a sword and hes from dragon ball af (unofficial series)
Green Skin -
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Go for it. As long as the character is a sword wielder he is allowed, it doesn't matter if he's from a series or if he's an original/ fan made character.
Patraw -
Friday, November 9, 2012
How about living/animate swords that don't have a physical wielder? There are many examples of sentient, self-propelled (usually floating/flying) blades in tabletop RPGs and video games (the Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Ruler Sword figure I made back in 2010 would be a good example of what I'm talking about.) And, no, I'm not just trying to weasel my way out of making an actual figure.
Green Skin -
Friday, November 9, 2012
Hmmm, that's a tricky one. It's still a conscious entity wielding a sword, even if the sword is it's own body. I'm going to say they are acceptable entries.
ryanisawesome124 -
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Wait original characters are accepted? SWEET
Green Skin -
Thursday, November 8, 2012
As long as they weild a sword of some kind, go for it!
mr. vader -
Thursday, November 8, 2012
are original characters ok?
Green Skin -
Thursday, November 8, 2012
JmTrtt -
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Should be fun...Let the games begin!!
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