Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society

Gaming with Miniatures since 1968 ...

Painting Competition


The Society runs a Painting Competition during the first Sunday meeting of each month. The Painting Competition is open to all members of the Society, and the points scored each month are totalled and serve to position participating members in an overall scoreboard, which runs over the course of a calendar year.

You may place one item in the class concerned, and you may enter in as many classes as you like.

More details of the rules for the competition are available at the Society meetings from the Painting Competition Organiser.


There are six Classes, split into two Groups:

  • The first Group embraces typical Wargames Units composed of more than one stand or base. They can be infantry, cavalry, ships, hot air balloons, aircraft, war wagons, tanks, chariots, artillery etc. (An entry of an artillery piece or similar, plus its crew, if all on separate bases, is permitted here.)
  • The second Group is restricted to Single Stands, Models or Bases. The stand may contain more than one figure, such as a command group or an artillery piece with its crew, as long as they are all mounted on one base.

Within each Group there are three “eras”:

  • Colourful - for historical periods prior to the outbreak of the First World War.
  • Drab - for historical periods from the outbreak of the First World War up to contemporary times.
  • Alternative History, Fantasy and Sci Fi - from Fantasy, Science Fiction or an Alternative History. Alternative history allows the entry of ships or aircraft that were planned but never actually built or never saw active service.

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The League

The painting competion league runs on a personal basis with the points scored based on the rankings in all the classes totalled up for each individual. At the end of the year, the winners receive prizes at the January meeting, based on their ranking in the league. The Prizes normally come in the form of Vouchers to spend at our Open Day Cavalier, or to go towards your annual membership subscription. In order to be eligible for a prize you must have placed at least TWO entries in any of the classes in the competition during the year.

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All entries must have been assembled and painted from “new”, i.e. bare metal or plastic. Items must have been painted by the person intending to enter them, and not be touched up entries painted by someone else. The maximum size of the entry must not exceed the area of a sheet of A5 paper (for reasons of space available).

How to enter

Entry slips are available on the table, and you should take a numbered yellow token from the box provided. Write the class number, the entry number (from the token), the description, and your full name CLEARLY on the entry slip. Place this, and the token, on the table by your entry.

Entries must be placed no later than 14.00.

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Voting takes place between 14.00 and 14.45.

Voting is carried out by the members present at the meeting who have one vote for each class, which they cast for the best painted entry (in their opinion) in that class. Members are given a voting slip for the Painting Competition when it is time to vote, or you can pick up a slip from the Painting Competition area. To vote, write the ENTRY number legibly in the appropriate box for each class. (It is amazing how often Members vote for the Class Number!)

You may vote for ONE entry in the each class and you ARE allowed to vote for your own item (assuming it is the best painted, of course !)

The votes cast determine the ranking of the entries in each class, and Winners are ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd according to votes cast. To gain a place in the top three an entry must have received at least one vote. If several entries in a Class get the same number of votes, then they are ranked equally, so it is possible to have multiple winners, all of whom are awarded the same number of points. If an entry does not get a place in the top three ranks, it will still always get a point, even if it gained no votes.

The results are displayed by the entries after the votes have been counted by the Painting Competition Organiser. This is usually around 15.00. In the week after the meeting these results will appear in the Members Pages of the website.

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  • 1st places get 8 points
  • 2nd places get 4 points
  • 3rd places get 2 points
  • All other unplaced entries get 1 point
  • Uncontested entries in a class get 6 points

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The results of the voting at each meeting are assessed immediately and the placing of each entry is marked beside it. After the meeting these results are collated and the individual member's place in the overall League is updated. The results of each monthly competition and the current League Table are posted on the Members' Pages of the website.

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