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Journal Entry: Mon Oct 7, 2013, 1:36 PM

The Contest

Badass, butt-kicking, name-taking, blood-spitting, not-down-backing MALE AND FEMALE warriors and fighters.
Dynamic action poses are preferred, but I will accept more mellow images as long as the WARRIOR aspect is portrayed accurately and interestingly.

There are four subcategories, by popular demand each comes with a selection of 7 fitting stock photos to choose from
BUT you are allowed to pick your own reference from my whole gallery
The "Warriors" folder is newly organized by type of weapon used to help navigation.

Please scroll down to see the categories, example stock photos, contest entries + the full set of rules as well as prizes available.

1. Masters of the Blade

Warriors that use conventional weapons such as swords, axes, knives, daggers, etc - spears and staves are also allowed. This is the "every other weapon" category (it just didn't sound quite as cool with "masters of every other weapon")

Don't piss off the Hobbit! 2 by syccas-stock G+S: Scarlett's Blades 4 by syccas-stock Highlander Attacks 13 by syccas-stock Highlander 8 by syccas-stock
Showdown 4 by syccas-stock Showdown 15b by syccas-stock  
Duell 1 by syccas-stock

More images like these can be found in: Warriors


Defender of the Universe by amethystmstock Brigitte and Ana by littlelocksmith
masters of the staff by ArtofOkan Finale by MCVD syccas-stock Warriors Contest SWORD by carol-colors
  Sarah of Tron by Fires-storm Keeper Carcette by SlayerSyrena Warrior by Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Survival by OKielaO
Lightsaber Dodge by SamwiseTheAwesome Last moment. by SobohRami
Field of Combat by hyenacub Single Combat: Elf Prince vs Troll by guilleelbardo
The Final Fight by Reveraine

2. Masters of the Bow

Archers of all sorts, crossbow, longbow, shortbow, mounted archery - anything goes as long as it involves toxophily (sounds kinky, doesn't it?)

 Horseback Archer 6 by syccas-stock Aredhel 3 by syccas-stock Kat and Gale 6 by syccas-stock Back to Back 1 by syccas-stock
Female Archer 4 by syccas-stock Hidden Archer 2 by syccas-stock Male Archer 7 by syccas-stock   

More images like these can be found in: Warriors


Searching by OKielaO
Big Damm Heroes by mrphillup Hero? by Marethyn
Rafun by rafun1312 Arkel Master of the Bow by Lady-Lumiya Celtic Fire by amethystmoonsong
Masters of the Bow entry syccas-stock contest by carol-colors Merida by TrollGirl PA Bow Hunters by SamwiseTheAwesome
 THE ARCHER by tolustar Blue Moon Hunt by Copper-Viper Take the shot! by Clareesi
 Flight of Arrow by studiotou Under Attack by jimo66
Rangers by DavidAdhinaryaLojaya  Shooting For It by acheronnights
Elf Ranger by Nalledia Hylian Archer by hyenacub

3. Masters of the Spell

Warriors who rely on magic in every way, shape or form - you can have them throw a fire ball as well as use a conventional weapon to channel the magic powers of the warrior. As soon as the sword glows or the archer shoots an arrow made of fire it goes into this category.

Loremaster's Leap 4 by syccas-stock Loremaster 1 by syccas-stock Loremaster 8 by syccas-stock Staff 5 by syccas-stock
fire witch example2 by syccas-stock black djinn fighting 1 by syccas-stock Hel's orders 2 by syccas-stock

More images like these can be found in: Warriors


Second mage attempt by LadyKylin Warior Power 1 by annemaria48
Magic Slingers by hyenacub  Life Steal by studiotou A Witch is Gathering Some Stars by MiamoryHJ Rock-thrower by Sasiadragon
#The Nymph by littlelocksmith Freya, Queen of Ice by Fires-storm syccas-stock Warriors Contest Spell Caster by carol-colors
 Syccas Contest - Master of Spell by Shoyzz <da:thumb id="421090390"/>

4. Masters of the Body

Warriors that fight with their hands, fists, feet, head, all sorts of body parts (keep it PG, folks)

   Street Fighter 3 by syccas-stock Street Fighter 4 by syccas-stock Street Fighter 6 by syccas-stock
Street Fighter 1 by syccas-stock Freestyle Madness 3 by syccas-stock
Freestyle Madness 16 by syccas-stock Freestyle Madness 9 by syccas-stock

More images like these can be found in: Warriors


A Knife at a fist fight by studiotou Know Your Place by agataylor
Teras Kasi/Death From Above by Delta-SixSevenNineOh Tumbling by hyenacub
Jedi Kick vs. Sith Dodge by SamwiseTheAwesome Battle for Medusas Lair by amethystmoonsong Courier vs. Courier by Shungie Don't Anger the Barmaid by Fires-storm
Kayla Master of the Body by Lady-Lumiya <da:thumb id="420632673"/>
Market negociations by Mahafor

The Rules

:new: DEADLINE: December 20th 2013 :new:

With 37 people asking for an extension in the poll I decided to add another 10 days.

1. You must use at least ONE of my model stock-photos in creating your contest entry.
You may use additional stock from any other stock-provider (and respect their Terms of Use, of course).

2. You may use the example stock-photos OR hunt for the perfect photo in my gallery. It's entirely up to you and whatever you choose will not reflect on the judging of the finished entry.

3. You may use any visual medium: photomanips, traditional and digital drawings or paintings, even sculpting etc is allowed as long as it features my stock in the image or as reference used. FanArt and OCs are allowed as long as the image meets the contest theme.

4. You may also take any artistic license in altering the original stock to fit your artistic vision, stock is supposed to be inspiration, not a corsett. Any genre is welcome, fantasy, sci-fi, modern, etc.

5. The contest entry must be NEW and submitted to deviantart after October 7th 2013.

6. You may enter each of the four categories once. If your entry features a duell between a mage and a swordsman, for example, you can pick the category you want to present it in.

7. For each category there will be a winner and a runner-up, provided there are more than 5 entries per category.

8. You MUST adhere to my regular Terms of use found on my front page - CREATE. CREDIT. NOTIFY.

9. I will answer any questions in comments and notes and update this journal and the set of rules if necessary.

10. Please write in the image description that it's for the contest and wich category you're submitting to.

The Prizes

If all goes accordingly to plan there will be FOUR WINNERS and FOUR RUNNERS-UP.

Each winner will receive:
  • 12-month-subscription to dA or 2,396 dA-points
  • an exclusive stock pack or a commissioned digital painting by :iconsyccas:
  • exclusive stock by :icontasastock:
  • an exclusive stock pack by :iconybsilon-stock:
  • an exclusive stock pack by :iconpiratelotus-stock:
  • a "pack of advance download stock" by :iconsenshistock:
  • a color commission by :iconlivinmynovels:
  • a customized fractal, using the colours of your winning entry by :iconlady-compassion:
  • a piece of jewelry from :iconhiddenrelevance:
  • a journal feature by :iconsyccas-stock: :iconanyman82: :iconhungryxhungryxhippos: :iconladykylin:

Each runner-up will receive:

  • 3-month-subscription to dA or 636 dA-points
  • an exclusive stock pack or a commissioned digital painting by :iconsyccas:
  • a b/w commission by :iconlivinmynovels:
  • a journal feature by :iconsyccas-stock: :iconanyman82: :iconhungryxhungryxhippos: :iconladykylin:

This list is very likely to get longer as I will shamelessly whore this contest out and beg for additional features and other prize donations by fellow artists and stockers (who will still be allowed to enter, of course). Got exclusive stock packs to spare? Journal features? Subscriptions? Commissions?
YES PLEASE!! I will love you forever and build you a shrine.

If you do not have any use for the dA-points, we can talk about alternatives like a redbubble-print or a shiny picture of Lukas' and Flo's bare asses (I am not even kidding here).

On a personal note:

Finally I can get this contest up and running! I've been talking about it for ages now... Thanks for being patient with me and I hope you'll have fun. Please let me know if anything's unclear or confusing, I'll try my best to explain and fix the description asap. I'll be on and checking my messages every day (not that that's any difference to my usual online habits).

Please be nice to my warrior boys and girls and I am entirely grateful if you could promote this contest in any way you can!

  • Mood: Adoration
  • Listening to: Somebody to Love (Queen)
  • Reading: Anansi Boys (Gaiman)
  • Watching: Castle
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hadthestrangestdream Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Bah! midnight is nearly upon me and I'm not done. Well crumbs. Good luck to everyone!
syccas-stock Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
sorry to hear that - but there'll always be a next time :)
agataylor Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Here's my finished entry, for the masters of the body category!
syccas-stock Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
w00t! glad you could make it :)
agataylor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
yep! I'm glad too hehe
Mahafor Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally is here!
Hope you like it! :dummy:
Masters of the body entry. :)
syccas-stock Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
damn! the detail in the background!!.... you madperson!
Mahafor Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :dummy:
It really made me mad :p
acheronnights Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
What time are you calling it? I can probably get my entry finished in the next 20 hours or so... but I can't make promises. Unfortunately time got in my way!
syccas-stock Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
officially I'll probably wait until tomorrow cause I live in Europe so if I waited for US timezones' midnight I'd be up all night 
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