Husar 2011 - biggest miniature painting competition in Poland

Hussar 2011 – the biggest miniature painting competition in Poland

It was only yesterday that we published our memories from the last year’s edition of Hussar miniature painting competition, and it wasn’t without purpose. Today we proudly announce the current edition of this biggest miniature painting competition in Poland!

Hussar 2011 announced

As you could read in the report from Hussar 2010, the last year’s Hussar was considered a great event by Polish miniature painters (and even one Portuguese painter to say the truth). People wanted to meet again at the next edition of this miniature painting competition, which became the main contest for miniature painters in Poland. And so it happened – another edition of Hussar will take place on October 22!

Husar 2011 - biggest miniature painting competition in Poland

Hussar 2011 will be organized by the Community Centre Rakowiec in Warsaw, and the person who made this event possible – Janusz “Jon” Rosłan said:

Dear Painters,

On behalf of myself, Chest of Colors and Warsaw Team I’d like to invite you to the second edition of the Polish painting competition Hussar. It will be the main event of the “Weekend with fantasy” held on 22 October 2011 in the Community Centre Rakowiec – 8 Wiślicka St., Warsaw, Poland. The main competition will be acccompanied by painting and scultping workshops and speed painting contest.

Your entries will be judged by:

  • Bogusz Stupnicki (Bohun),
  • Filip Marković (Nameless),
  • Przemysław Wałęga (Przemo).

Entries will be accepted between 10:00-13:00. Expected time for announcing results is 18:00. Entrance fee for the whole day (main contest and accompanying events) is 10 pln (~2.5€). After the official part of our event feel free to come to the after-party to be held in the café located with the same building.

Competition rules and other relevant information are available at the competition official website:, and on the Chest of Colors site and forum as well:

I’d also like to use this opportunity to whole-heartedily thank all people helping me with this undertaking.

See you at “Hussar 2011”

Janusz Rosłan

At this point I would like to thank Janusz for the effort he put in giving us, miniature painting hobbyists, a competition and an event during which we can meet and enjoy our hobby together. Thank you!

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Hussar 2011 – Official promotional poster

Information about the competition

All the information about Hussar 2011 is available at the contest’s official website, which is But for our readers’ convenience we collected the most important information and rules here.

As far as we know during the event there will be a speed painting contest (just like a year ago) and miniature painting and sculpting classes by some popular and recognized miniature painters in Poland, including our very own Ańa and our friends from the Warsaw Team, and sculpting will be taught by the author of the Hussar trophy.

Now let’s move on to the rules of the miniature painting competition:

Painting competition rules

I. General Rules

1. Submissions:

  1. Painter can submit his works in any number of categories, though no more than 1 entry in any category.
  2. Painters can submit their works only. Team works or submitting works on behalf of other painters will not be accepted.
  3. It is allowed to submit own sculpts and converted entries.
  4. All submissions need to be painted.
  5. Compatibility with gaming rules is not required. Compatibility with rulesets will not be judged.
  6. It is allowed to submit works comprising of models and products of different manufacturers. Models of different manufacturers may be combined to create a single submission.
  7. Works which already took gold/silver/bronze in other competitions will not be accepted.
  8. All entries are submitted at the submitter’s risk.
  9. By submitting an entry painter confirms approval of the rules and certifies that submitted entries are his/her.

2. Disqualifications:

  1. Submitting an entry breaching the rules will cause disqualification of all works of the painter.
  2. Submitting a team work or work of other painters will cause disqualification of all works of the painter and ban for all future editions of the competition.
  3. Disqualification can happen after the results announcement, if evidence is found.
  4. Disqualified painter is no longer entitled to any rewards received.
  5. Disqualification may cause changes of winners and awards.

3. Judging:

  1. Works shall be judged by jury members only.
  2. Entries shall be judged on modelling and painting merits, creativity, originality and overall effect.
  3. Proper workmanship is required from all honoured works. Coherency of used models and bases is required from all honoured works in Diorama category.
  4. The first judging phase will be selection of honoured works, which will be awarded with a finalist diploma.
  5. The second judging phase is a final, when 3 winning entries shall be selected. Winners will receive statues (gold, silver, bronze).
  6. The third judging stage is selection of the overall winner (“Best of Show”). This entry will be awarded with a diploma and statue.
  7. The additional award (“Junior” diploma) will be provided for the best work submitted by a painter born in 1995 or younger.
  8. Judges’ decisions are definite, the only possible exception are changes caused by a disqualification.
  9. Prizes may be provided by the organiser for winners and honoured painters.
  10. Prizes may also be provided for randomly selected competitors, which were not awarded by judges.

4. Categories:

  1. Painter shall declare which category a work is being cntered to.
  2. Judges are entitled to move any work to another category if they find it more appropriate.
  3. Judges are entitled to join different categories, if low number of submissions might cause poor competition level.
  4. If any painter has more than 1 entry in any category due to judges decision (check item I.4.2 and I.4.3 above), only 1 entry shall be subject to judging as per judges’ decision. All other works are shown in a category, but are effectively not taking part in the competition.

II. Categories

1. Single model – fantasy:

  1. This category is for fantasy models and historical models (before 1914).
  2. Submission shall be a single model on foot in 32mm scale or smaller, size comparable to human models.
  3. Model shall be based.
  4. Any base shape is allowed, its size should not be bigger than 10x10cm or diameter of 10cm.

2. Single model – SF:

  1. This category is for science-fiction models and historical (after 1914).
  2. Submission shall be a single model on foot in 32mm scale or smaller, size comparable to human models.
  3. Model shall be based.
  4. Any base shape is allowed, its size should not be bigger than 10x10cm or diameter of 10cm.

3. Large model:

  1. This category is for models in 54mm scale or bigger, size comparable to human models; war machines or vehicles including any crew.
  2. This category is also for big models in smaller scales, if their size is comparable to models described in item 1.
  3. Cavalry models, bikes etc. are also eligible for this category.
  4. Busts in comparable scale shall be entered in this category.
  5. Model shall be based.
  6. Bases are not required for war machines and vehicles, unless there is separate crew included (e.g. cannon and crew).
  7. Any base shape is allowed, its size should not be bigger than 20x20cm or diameter of 20cm, unless the model’s size requires a bigger base.

4. Diorama:

  1. Work shall consist of at least 1 model on a scenic base.
  2. This category is also for groups of models forming units.
  3. It is allowed to mix models with different type, size and equipment to form a group of models. It is also allowed to mix models on foot with cavalry, as well as models of different manufacturers. Units need to look coherent though.
  4. Size and shape of the scenic base are not limited anyhow.
  5. Story presented on a diorama, integration of models with other models and with a scene, as well as interaction between models shall be subject to judging.
  6. Units shall be placed on a base to make handling easier, no matter what formation they adapt.

III. Annex

Examples of entries legitimate for different categories:

Single model – fantasy:

  • Warhammer orcs
  • Confrontation dwarfs
  • Foundry pirates
  • Black Scorpion Miniatures cowboys.

Single model – SF:

  • Warhammer 40.000 space marines
  • Inifinity humans
  • Black Scorpion Miniatures US marines
  • Foundry Wehrmacht model.

Large model:

  • Warhammer 40.000 dreadnoughts
  • Warhammer trolls
  • Mantic Games cavalry
  • Dust Tactics mechas
  • Dragons
  • Historical models in 54mm scale or bigger.


  • Warhammer 40.000 space marines unit
  • Pirate band comprising models from different companies
  • Developed diorama with one model
  • Huge battle scene.

Additional information

Participants need to fill an entry form for every entry they want to enter into the competition. The form can be downloaded here but it will be available the the contest as well. But you can come with your forms already filled to speed up the judges’ work and to show how professional you are. 😉

Remember that the examples in the Annex are exactly that: examples. If you want to make sure which category will be the most suitable for your entry – just ask.

If you have any questions about the competition, check the official website first, but then most questions can be asked at our forum, because the judges and staff visit it quite frequently. The English thread about the contest is here, and if you prefer to read and write in Polish – here’s a thread in Polish. It’s better to ask than to regret misunderstanding something…

That’s it, folks. We hope to see even more participants than a year before, and hopefully – also more foreign participants. If you happen to be there – don’t be shy, come and say hi. You will see how welcoming the community of miniature painters can be.

See you at Hussar 2011!

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