Show & Theme Awards
The following special awards will be presented at the show.
These awards represent the best of the models present, as decided by a team assembled by the Chief Judge.
This only covers the entries in Category XV (Juniors).
Andy Smith Best Basic Model
Awarded to the highest scored BASIC skill level entry in the manner of the other "Best of" awards
This includes all of the British Commonwealth-marked entries, regardless of time period
Best United States
This includes all U.S.-marked entries, regardless of time period
This includes all Russian/Soviet-marked entries, regardless of time period
This includes all German-marked entries, regardless of time period
Best Small Army
This includes entries marked for all other armies, regardless of time period
This includes only the entries in Category XII (Dioramas). Entries in this category will not be eligible for any one of the other category “Best of” Awards.
This includes only the entries in Category XIII (Vignettes). Entries in this category will not be eligible for any one of the other category “Best of” Awards.
This includes only the entries in Category XI. Entries in this category will not be eligible for any one of the other category “Best of” Awards
This is given to the model that most appropriately represents the theme selected for the convention. It may be given to either an INTERMEDIATE or ADVANCED skill level entry. Note: Category “Best of” Award winners are also eligible for the Best Theme Award.
This award is given to the entry that receives the most votes from the model registrants and visitors to the show. All entries except category XVII (Display Only) are eligible.
Dave Lockhart Judges' Best of Show
The "Dave Lockhart Judges Best of Show Award" is selected from each category "Best of" winners.
AMPS Judging Philosophy:
"Models are not just technical scale miniatures of their prototypes, but also artistic
representations of historical, hypothetical, or imaginary subjects. While mechanical
precision and fidelity to detail are highly desired, there are few other absolute rights or
wrongs with most of the aspects of our builds. There are many different construction
and finishing techniques and methods that can be employed to create the artistic
representation of our subjects. These combine to create each model-builder's unique
"style." Although judges are expected to assess and score the models, they are also
expected to do this within the context of the individual modeler's style and not their own."
Most categories contain three skill-levels. The exceptions are those where major conversions
or scratch building is required; these are not basic skills, and it is unfair to both the
modeler and to the judges to expect one to be so entered.