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From H.G. Wells to H.P. Lovecraft:

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The third edition of FU!UK's renowned annual sculpting contest has ended! Check out the results below and go see all the entries in the galleries to the right:

1. Inmate 06 - Sculpted by Richard Ansell
2. Escaped Inmate with Female Doctor - Sculpted by Victoria Lamb
3. Bob... raving loon with big knife - Sculpted by Michael Brand

Things That Lurk in the Dark:
1. Beauty & The Beast - Sculpted by Aaron Brown
2. Tormented Soul - Sculpted by Daniel Joyce
3. One of the Raving Dead, a Straight-jacketed Zombie - Sculpted by Steve Saunders

Asylum Staff:
1. Norville, the Night Watchman and Buster - Sculpted by Brad Shier
2. "Nurse" Steders, Orderly - Sculpted by Richard Ansell
3. Dr. Hasselhoff, Governor - Sculpted by Richard Ansell

Visitors & Interlopers:
1. Sarah . . . little girl with Cthulhu doll - Sculpted by Michael Brand
2. Cultist 1 - Sculpted by Michael Brand
3. Child Nurse - Sculpted by Cindy Dukino
3. Reverend Nice - Sculpted by Richard Ansell

As always, the aim of the contest is to receive submissions of original sculpts from you (the frother community), which will then be judged by a team of renowned frothers from different corners of the hobby. The winning sculpts will be sold in the webshoppe for all frothers to buy. As a special treat, we've asked Woteva Games - a real company - to develop a boardgame specifically for this contest, which will be made available as a free download with every order for the contest figures. The aim is to incorporate the winning sculpts directly into the background of the game. You can send in your entries for the Sculpting Contest until August 31 (2006).

1. The theme: From H.G.Wells to H.P. Lovecraft : Asylum.

That could probably do with a little more explanation. Like you will have guessed by now, "Asylum" is the name of the boardgame developped for this contest. The period is loosely defined as ranging from the late Victorian to that period between worldwars appreciated by fans of pulp and Cthulhu mythos. The location is the Frothsville Sanatorium, a renowned asylum for the criminally insane, where even the staff go a little crazy once in a while. It is located in the right wing of a long abandoned mansion. The left wing has been closed down for as long as anyone can remember, but if it's really abandoned, then what are those noises you can sometimes hear late at night?

So as not to limit the sculptor's creativity, we won't set any specific categories in advance, which would be nearly impossible, but will look at the entries we get and see which categories - if any - emerge from the submissions. You can enter as many different figures as you want.

Professional and Amateur may both enter – the angry young sculptors should be ready to humble their elder peers. They have done so in the past.

2. The Judges

Who will decide which entries are the most frothworthy? We have tried to enlist the esteemed author's Wells and Lovecraft, but rumour goes they are no longer among the living (and quite keen to stay that way). Instead, we went to the next best thing. Who better than our own UnclEvl, who is heavily involved in creating the Asylum game as one of the directors of Woteva Games, to judge the worthiness of your entries? Do not answer that. One man does not make a jury, so he'll be joined by a very talented sculptor with an undeniable feel for the period: Mark Copplestone of Copplestone Castings. No jury would be complete without a renowned painter in it. This year's painting judge will be Witchunter, for his familiarity with the pulp era. This left us with the 'frother slot' to fill and WK graciously agreed to do it one more time,givenhis work on the Pulp Showcase (he also compiled these pages, so there was noone to stop him - ed.).

3. The Winners

There can be only one... erm... well... as much as there will be categories, and... erm... maybe more. Crikey!

Each category will have a winner (the category’s first) and runners-up.

The winner of each category will be moulded and cast up at our expense (well, their figures anyway - Ed). A full set of the figures will be given to each winner, with a few individual castings of their figure. If the quality of the entries is of a high level we reserve the right to cast up a selection of the runners-up as well, who will then also be given a full set of the figures and castings of their own sculpts. Naturally, a free copy of the game will be included.

Winners should be prepared to send their sculpts to mouldmaker Pete Brown at their own expense (we can't pay for everything) and risk (mail).

4. IP and the rights to the figures

Who owns the reproduction rights to the figures? We have given this some long reflection and have decided the rights should stay where they belong, being with the sculptor.

However, for froth’s sake, we reserve the right to produce the figures for a limited period of two months after the production mould is made. The figures will only be sold as full sets and at a low price. Sales of this set will go towards production costs of the set as well as operating costs of the FU!UK community. It is not our intention to earn a profit from these sales. It is not our aim to get free sculpts so we can make money off them. Naturally, all contest winners will be able to get individual copies of their own figure(s) at cost.

After this limited period of availability, all rights will return to the sculptor, who will retain complete intellectual property rights over them and can do with the figures as he (or she) pleases, including selling them as part of his (or her) own range.

At this point we will stop production of the set. However, if any or all of the sculptors wish to see us continue production of their figure(s), they may contact us to work out a new arrangement.

All this and more is included in the Competion Rules, which you must read before entering. Honestly, it's common sense to do so.

Any queries relating to the frother sculpting contest should be referred to contest enquiries. FU!UK is not responsible for any acts of grand larceny carried out through its web site. I hope.