Welcome to ohgreat_battle, a weekly Last Icon Maker Standing stlye icontest community dedicated to characters created by the mangaka Oh! Great!
This is a weekly elimination competition that goes on until there is only one icon maker left "standing". This contest is Battle Style, where all participants remain anonymous by using characters created by Oh! Great to represent them until they have won, or are knocked out of the competition; whichever comes first. But this is Battle Style with a difference, where the character you pick to represent you is the character you continue to icon all the way through the current running contest. This is also for people who love the characters & to makes icons from the gorgeous artwork of Ōgure Ito... more commonly known as Oh! Great... the mangaka of Tenjou Tenge, Air Gear and various one-shots. So if sexy characters, high paced action & great characters are what you like in your icons then you've come to the right place!
The original idea for icon LIMS was created by disney_hush, while the first Battle Style was conceieved over at ff_kh_battle. The inspiration for this community came from rockmusiclims mixed up with a love for Oh! Great manga & icons, and was finally cemented with a suggestion from moonshadow_nal to do it 'Battle Style'.
Because the mod, xerox_kitty, is such a dork some of the usual terms in LIMS contests have been changed to reflect concepts from Air Gear & Tenjou Tenghe. A translation of the usual phrases from LIMS contests:
Round = Term
Week = Battle
Vote = Fight
Skip = Trick
Disqualified = Expelled
Each Term begins with Registration. Registration is Screened and therefore completely anonymous.
º1 To submit icons you must comment on the current Registration Post. You MUST include your name, the names & scans of 3 possible characters you want.
º2 Characters are allocated on a First Come First Served basis. If your First Choice is already taken, then you will be given your Second Choice. If your First and Second Choices are already taken then you will be given your Third Choice.
º3 The character you choose will be the character who represents you during anonymous participation. Your LiveJournal name will only be revealed once you have been eliminated or won that Term's competition.
º4 The character you request will be the character you choose to icon each week. You may wish to include others with your chosen character in an icon, but it must contain at least your chosen character. So make sure you have enough source material to icon that character repeatedly over a couple of months!!
º1 Each week you will be given a new theme as a prompt to create your icon.
º2 Submitted icons must be compatible with LiveJournal; 100x100 px and 40 kb, and only .jpg, .gif, and .png file formats.
º3 Do not promote your icon, and do not post, display, or otherwise use your icon anywhere on the Internet until after that particular challenge is over and the results have been posted. Sharing your icon with your friends is equivalent to promotion, especially if they are also participants here.
º4 Do not cross-submit an icon. This includes anything that has been or will be submitted in another icontest. Icons that are variations of one another count. Submitted icons must be made especially for each new themes. Therefore can not be more than 7 days old, or as old as the submission post (if the deadline has been extended). Re-using old icons with new text for this icontest is not allowed, it must be made fresh. Requiring that you make your icons specifically for the current challenge has been a long-standing rule in most icontests.
º5 If your icon is not submitted on time, you will be disqualified from the round unless you have an available Trick. Everyone gets one Trick and more may be earned (click here for info on gaining more Tricks). If you forget to submit an icon it will automatically count as a Trick unless you say otherwise (e.g. you drop out of the round). Once you run out of Tricks you MUST submit an icon or you will be Expelled.
Also please note that you can not use a Trick for the first Battle, also the last few weeks worth of Battles will need 100% participation. It is possible that in rare circumstances (if you are going on vacation or you have an extenuating circumstance) to give you up to TWO themes in advance. However, you have to request this; it will not be offered automatically. You must complete all themes by their respective deadlines, even if they are given in advance.
º6 Only use official artwork. This includes images from animated adaptations & toy designs, but no photographs of models as most statues and gashapon figures have been based on original artwork. The whole purpose of this icontest is to celebrate Oh!Great's work, so no doujinshi or fan-art allowed.
º7 No X-Rated material! It is important to note that a lot of Oh! Great's artwork is very sexy & often violent. Nudity and action are allowed, but not actual sex acts or brutal acts of violence. Swearing and curse words will be allowed, so long as it does not offend or incite hatred towards any section of society or individuals. Members are encouraged to express their artwork up to an NC-17 level, but anything beyond the realms of good taste (as viewed by the moderator) or illegal will be immediately Expelled. If you're not sure then ASK FIRST.
º8 Please do not complain if you are eliminated. This is a LIMS based icontest, so the idea is to lose somebody every week until there's one winner. If you cannot handle losing and/or criticism, this competition is not for you; please do not participate.
º9 Links to Resources will not be displayed. It is understood that most icon-makers on LiveJournal have their own Resource Pages. If someone wishes to know where a certain texture, pattern or brush came from then enquiries can be made through screened comments.
Likewise, it is understood that each participating member will rely upon supply their own Resources, which includes scans of their chosen characters. Unless it the theme dictates to use specified Resources, nothing will be provided by this icontest.
º10 Flaming, trolling, bitching, and whining will not be tolerated. If you have a legitimate problem then please speak to xerox_kitty. If you are found breaking or abusing the rules, your icon (and/or votes) may be Expelled and in extreme circumstances you may even be banned from the community WITHOUT NOTICE.
º1 The deadline for icon submission is Monday at 13:00 EDT (16:00 GMT). New themes and voting will begin shortly after and will run until Tuesday at 13:00 EDT (16:00 GMT). Results will be posted on Tuesday evenings soon after. Naturally there will be pauses to this deadline on occasions where Real Life intervenes with scheduling. If you have any questions about this schedule, please ask!
º2 Please join the community before you Register. Only community members are allowed to post comments (and therefore register, submit icons & vote). Remember to watch the community as well so you don't miss any deadlines.
Everyone is encouraged to join; you don't need to be an icon-submitting-participant to vote, but you do need to be a member of the community.
º3 During the Fight stage of the week you will be voting for the icon(s) you find to be of lesser quality as well as your favorite icon(s). The number of icons of each type (Eliminations & Favourites) for which you need to vote will vary depending on the week & the number of participating members for that week. The numbers will be specified for you at the beginning of every Fight post. Please vote for the exact number asked; this is crucial to the elimination process.
º4 You need to provide a moderately detailed explanation for all of your votes. Please judge based on technique and aesthetic quality, not personal preferences (such as favorite color, or the icon maker you think made the icon). We reserve the right to void any vote we feel is unfair or petty. Votes like, "It doesn't appeal to me," are not valid unless you give an explanation of why the icon does not appeal to you. (In fact, don't reference yourself in your negative critiques at all, because that demonstrates subjectivity on your part.) Remember that critiques are a way for icon makers to improve; the more detailed you are in your critiques, the more helpful you are. Please read through this Voting Tutorial penned by xenylamine over at rockmusiclims. It will show you EXACTLY how to leave good comments!
º5 Obviously: Do NOT vote for your own icon! This includes as a Favourite or as an Elimination.
º6 The icon maker(s) with the greatest number of 'least favorite' votes at the end of the challenge will be eliminated from the round.
º7 There will be a People's Choice award every week for the icon that receives the most 'favorite' votes. If there is a tie for this, then we will look at total points to break the tie. The People's Choice icon will be featured as the default icon in the community for the next week, and will be eligible for a spiffy banner.
º8 Eliminations, Expulsions, and the People's Choice icon will be announced in the results post, along with the vote counts. If you would like to know the critiques your icon received, you may respond to the results post with your icon number and we will reply to your screened-comment with the critiques, both positive and negative. Comments with critiques will be screened so that no one except the moderator will be able to see them, but they will be e-mailed to you as a LJ comment reply. If you are not e-mailed your critiques, please let us know. All critiques will remain strictly anonymous. Please do not ask to know who voted for your icon, as it is strictly anonymous.
º9 Half-way through each Term there will be a Comeback Challenge offered to those participants who have been eliminated (not Expelled) in past Challenges. The Comeback Challenge will be run in a week separately from regular Challenges. The top two icon makers (by popular vote) from the Comeback Challenge will be invited to rejoin the round in the next regular Battle. Voting will be run as regular icontest voting, the guidelines for which will be detailed in the voting post. Please note that Expelled participents are not eligible for the Comeback Challenge.
º10 People's Choice and Mods' Choice icons are eligible for banners. Please comment promptly to the results post if you have won and would like a banner. Banners should be posted as soon as possible after the results post.
Weekly will receive cute 100x250px custom-made banners & the Term Winners will receive special banners featuring all their victorious icons!
As there will be third-generation little baby snowballs in hell before xerox_kitty learns to be a competent and speedy banner maker, you can enlist to be a regular Banner Make to reward the Mods' Choice, People's Choice & Term winning icons. SSimply leave a comment on any Post and we'll come back to you a.s.a.p.
If you are interested in using any icons that have been submitted into the competition then please comment to the The Icon Information Page. Make sure you include a link to the page with the icon, and it's number. Once the Term has finished, or that icon-maker has been Eliminated (whichever comes first) your request will be answered with details of who created the icon & therefore enabling you to use that icon a.s.a.p. with full credit. Because Credit = ♥
Member participation is what makes the competition fun. The main means of participating is to submit icons or vote on them. There is another way that we invite our members to particpate in the fun... to Suggest future Themes!
Other sites we have affiliated with. If you want to join our list of affiliates then please drop us a note here & we'll add you a.s.a.p.
. airgear_awards . akatsuki_awards . atla_battle . behemoth_stills . bishoujo_awards . disney_hush . dynast_lims . ff7com_lims . forensics_lims . ghibli_icontest . manga_battle . rockmusiclims . seinen_lims . shounen_battle . sos_icontest . talesof_battle . trinity_lims . tsubasa_battle . videogames_lims .
To the victors go the spoils!
Term Runner-Up: 2-month LJ paid account
vº1 'Dungeon's Mirror' features Emi Isuzu from Tenjou Tenge. Fonts used in the banners and profile pages are Colchester, Illegal Edding, Bleeding Cowboys & Travelling Typewriter.
Based on a layout coded by hikaru__sama over at hikkie_heaven, with Profile Rules adapted from airgear_awards & rockmusiclims with a blood splatter vector from parra of ShutterStock.