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Dust Tactics Walker Conversion Contest 13
Show us your best work and win some excellent prizes
Dust Tactics | Published 25 January 2012

Do you have a great Dust Tactics walker conversion you want to show off? Maybe you have an idea for a new walker, but you just need some motivation to get started on your creation? Well, now is the time to get started. Fantasy Flight Games and Dust Studio are excited to announce the Dust Tactics Walker Conversion Contest! Send us pictures of your awesome conversions and show the world your awesome Dust Tactics walkers.

None other than Paolo Parente, the creator of the Dust universe, and Vincent Fontaine, Art Director of Dust Tactics, will judge the submitted walker creations. In all, four walkers will be chosen as winners of the contest, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to win, get busy building the ultimate Dust Tactics walker.


José Brito's stunning Medium Panzer Walker

The Categories

The Best Model category will be judged on overall appearance of your walker conversion. The judges will be looking for both modeling and painting skills. The most refined, most weathered, and overall most appealing walker takes the title of Best Model. This category will have one winner from each faction.

The Best Creation category will be judged on the idea of the walker conversion regardless of modeling skills. Modeling and painting skills have no bearing on this category, just the conversion itself. The most impressive original walker wins this category. This category will also have one winner from each faction. 


Stéphane Nguyen's heavily converted Medium Panzer Walker

The prizes

Each category will have two top prizes, one prize for the winning model from each faction. These winners will receive $200 in credit to use on the www.dust-models.com website. Winners will also have the opportunity to display their models at GenCon in the Fantasy Flight Games display case. As an additional prize, the winners of the Best Creation category will have their creations turned into a new model-kit in the D48 range available from Dust Studio. Selected entries may even be published in the upcoming Dust Studio book Dust Modeling Volume 3.

The rules

Please abide by the following rules when submitting your entry:

“I certify that I am the creator of the attached material and that attached material is original, unpublished work. Fantasy Flight Games, Dust Studio, and their licensees may reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, create derivative works, and otherwise use the material for any purposes in any form and on any media. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Fantasy Flight Games and Dust Studio against all claims, suits, costs, damages, and expenses directly related to my negligent or wrongful acts in connection with the material.”

We here at FFG and Dust Studio can’t wait to see what the Dust Tactics community has to show us. Best of luck to all of you.

Dust Tactics is a tactical miniatures game of brutal combat for 2-4 players. Based on the popular universe created by artist Paolo Parente, Dust Tactics presents an alternate 1940s reality in which alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, and the world's superpowers clash over rare mineral deposits that could ultimately decide the outcome of WWII.

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Peacekeeper_b
Published: 2/15/2012 5:07:58 PM
#13

Ah man, this is gettng pricey. For my conversion I am going to need 3 walkers! GRRRRR

 

Maximum
Published: 1/27/2012 12:32:25 AM
#12

 

 I have some great ideas on how modify the "Hans" into something pretty cool but since they only come in the Revised Core Set I'm really hesitant to take a knife to it... It would be nice if you could order them seperate, hint hint. 

 

 However May is quite awhile away.....

Peacekeeper_b
Published: 1/26/2012 4:34:52 PM
#11

Lets move on. I definately have a few ideas, just not sure I want to spend money to cut up perfectly good models LOL.

akanous
Published: 1/26/2012 1:01:59 PM
#10

I wholeheartedly agree.  I'm excited about this competition and have already started mulling over which kits I want to rip apart.  And "pwning" anyone was never my intent.  If I infringe someone's copyright in the course of creating my entry, I absolutely should be held responsible and I in no way would want FFG/Dust to bear the burden of my mistake.

But, unless the language is narrowed, as I recommended, your statement that "if the issue is directly their responsibility then this clause, no matter how written, will not affect you," is not correct.  The indemnification language asks us to indemnify them for any damages incurred in connection with the material.  The italicized part is the important part.  It's not limiting your agreement to indemnify to only your wrong actions, but any actions, including FFG's future actions, that are in connection with the material.

For those of you annoyed by this conversation - my apologies sepayne7l - I realize I might be coming off as a pedant.  But negotiating contracts that include proprietary matters is what I do for a living, so I might be more sensitive to these issues than most.  I know, darn lawyers ruining all of the fun.  :)

Peacekeeper_b
Published: 1/26/2012 12:47:41 PM
#9

Fair enough akanous. I am sure you understand that FFG has to cover thier @$$ just in case. And yes, that includes future uses of your "creation" that you have given indemnity for. But it is very reasonable. They are making sure it is understood that this is not a work for hire production, that they will be using this item in the future and that it may very well wind up in modelling magazines and web sites. However, if they misuse the item, mis adventise or mis represent what it is and are later caught in a error that the original author created, they need a way out. But if the issue is directly their responsibility then this clause, no matter how written, will not affect you. And by the way, part of that means if they are sued for use f the copyright, you then are presented as the "mastermind" behind the crime.

As for being pwned, well I dont think so, I got the letter of the law dropped on me, not pwned. I instruct copyright law at my work, and ignorance of a item being copyright or not is not a defense. So if FFG were to face lawsuit for a violation of someone elses copyright, even this "indemity" clause would not protect them.

I apologize if you think I was directly attacking you, in short, my answer/reply shoudl be, dont think it over too much how many companies give you chance to do something like this and have actually affect the game/hobby instead of just a photo spread in a over priced magazine?

traderghost
Published: 1/26/2012 11:17:38 AM
#8

@akanous, very good point. Thanks for highlighting this.  :)

sepayne7l
Published: 1/26/2012 11:15:16 AM
#7

These comments are just one in a long list of reasons why comments on new posts should be in that game's own forums and not smelling up the announcements themselves.

 

In regards to the announcement, looks like a  great contest. Based on their sample entries, I wouldn't have a chance.

 

 

KevinBakon
Published: 1/26/2012 9:23:06 AM
#6

Peacekeeper just got pwned.

akanous
Published: 1/26/2012 9:01:15 AM
#5

I made an assumption no more egregious than you have now done twice.  Both times you have attributed intent to my statement that could be derived by only the most superficial reading of my comment.  The fact that you have revised your accusations though, from claiming I am trying to avoid providing FFG/Dust with a license to re-use my work to instead claiming I am trying to avoid my own copyright infringement, suggests a growing understanding of the point.  To be crystal clear, both to you and anyone else who doesn't understand why this is an issue, here is a more expansive explanation.

The desire that an entrant provide a non-exclusive license to FFG/Dust for their unlimited re-use of an entry is understandable and fair.  This is their contest and they should derive some benefit from hosting it.  Requiring that entrants also indemnify FFG/Dust is also understandable and fair.  They don't have the time to review every entry or make themselves familiar with the world of copyrighted items to adequately protect themselves against the copyright infringement of the entrant.  That should be the sole responsibility of the entrant.

What is problematic though, is that this agreement doesn't just require indemnification for the entrant's acts, but for any damages arising in connection with the material.  As an entrant grants FFG/Dust the opportunity to use the material in any way they see fit, the entrant is effectively providing indemnification for future activities that they have no control over and may in fact be completely unaware.

To keep this from being a completely academic discussion, I'd like to propose the following modification to the last line of the disclaimer.  This should concretely communicate the nature of my concern and provide a simple solution to it.

"I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Fantasy Flight Games and Dust Studio against all claims, suits, costs, damages, and expenses directly related to my negligent or wrongful acts in connection with the material.”

Peacekeeper_b
Published: 1/26/2012 4:43:47 AM
#4

First, yes I know what it means, thank you so much for making assumption. My point still stands, Bsically you want to be able to be immune to any ligal issues you may get invovled in over your design, which should only be an issue if you are copying anothers work or using anothers copyright. So personallly if your new cool walker has 40K dreadnaught parts on it and FFG doesnt notice and they try to market it and they get sued they can turn it back to you. Well dont use dreadnaught parts. Make something original. Dont pass off others works as your own.

Sheesh, Its not hard ot be legally safe. Just dont violate the law. Design the walker, enter it in the contest.. And legally, if they further alter you rdesign beyond the point of your initial entry, indemnity or not, you will be immune.

akanous
Published: 1/25/2012 7:49:59 PM
#3

I'm assuming you have no concept of what indemnification means then.  My concern has nothing to do with assigning them the right to do whatever they like with my submission and everything to do with not wanting to be legally responsible for whatever claims may arise from some future use of my submission that I have no control over.

Peacekeeper_b
Published: 1/25/2012 7:29:41 PM
#2

Are you affraid you will win and FFG will make billions of dollars off your idea? Get over it, enter or dont, dont make excuses of your fear FFG will rip you off on a model you built based on something Dust Models owns anyway.

 

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