Putty&Paint - Review

In this occasion I´m going to write a review about a recently launched online miniature gallery, Putty&Paint. I had long been thinking that miniature painters and sculptors need a new gallery, a gallery which join the best of the best, with a fair judging system, without commercial interests and without fanboys more focused in the background of your last Space Marine that in your painting skills. This review has some extracts of the Putty&Paint´s FAQ.

On Putty&Paint it’s all about you and your projects. A place for artists to show their latest works and a great source to get inspiration. No forum, no figure shop, no news. There are plenty of other great sites for that. Putty&Paint is for talented figure painters, sculpters and scale modelers. There is no focus of style, genre or scale. However there is a focus of quality – Putty&Paint is for the best you got. The projects you are proud of and want to share with the world.

At this point it´s normal to compare with CoolMiniOrNot. I think that one of the biggest mistakes of CMON is the unfair voting system. You can vote anonymously and some people use this factor to vote dishonestly. Yes, maybe the problem is about people and not about the voting system. It´s sad. Your artist´s score is an average within your 5 best scores, but many painters usually submit the same miniature in different entries, so if you get a good score it will be multiplied by two or three, and thus is altering the voting system. To give you an idea, in the top 50 there are only 28 painters with five different projects in their top five scores. In Putty&Paint you can´t vote anonymously. There are some conditions if you want to vote:

- You must be a registered member.
- You must have uploaded at least 2 projects yourself.
- You can only vote once!

A perfect decision for my taste.

Also, and this is one of the best things, some artists who were not registered in CMON and another missing artists are uploading their figures in Putty&Paint. As a recent website, I miss some awesome artists as Sang Eon Lee, José Palomares, Sebastian Archer, Ben Komets, Joaquín Palacios, etc., but I´m sure they will be part of Putty&Paint in the future.

Your artist info and gallery

In Putty&Paint you have medals. Yes, you have a score too, but your vote is a medal, not a number. And what do the medals stand for? It’s just like the rating on a competition. Imagine you are a judge, be fair and judge by the work itself not by your personal taste. If you think a project is good enough then award it with a medal. Just an average project if you think a project is just average and not that good, then do not award it with a medal.

- Bronze Good Job.
- Silver Awesome Work
- Gold Top Notch Work – Impressive in every way.

Voting interface

As you can read in Putty&Paint website, before you vote keep a few things in mind:

- Do not compare projects. Vote for the project itself.
- Do not just judge the painting level of a figure.
- Consider mood, story, effort, conversion, too.
- Pay attention what the focus of the work is. Sculpting, painting or basing?
- And of course be fair. This is no war, this is about fun. No need to envy or vote the “sake of justice”.

Each vote will count a certain amount of points. Bronze average, silver more and gold a lot of points. All votes’ points will be calculated to determine a final score from 0 to 100pts. If you score enough points you will receive a medal.

- From 35pts – Bronze
- From 65pts – Silver
- From 90pts – Gold

The rating for a project will be displayed, when the project has been voted a least 10 times.

Also, Putty&Paint has a blog where you can read interesting interviews and some reviews, and of course is present in the social networks like Facebook or Twitter.

I´m very happy with this project and I hope that Putty&Paint will be the reference miniature gallery in a near future. Congratulations for your work Phil!

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