Digital art site CGChat.com has engaged in a virtual war with Polycount.com, hosted on RealtimeCG
, and is seeking "War Generals" to assist in the fight. The battle rhetoric is a disguise for the real art competition going on underneath, in which digital game artists are invited to submit character models on one side or the other.
Entrants are limited to 5000 polygons to create a War General of any sci-fi race or type, with the artist's choice of weaponry. The rules require that the virtual combatant be rendered in a realistic or semi-realistic style. The War General will be mounted on a small stand, which itself has no polygon or texture restrictions, and should be placed in a "winning pose," the absence of which will be grounds for disqualification. All entries should be new and original to the competition, with no old models allowed.
The overall winner of the war, as judged by reader votes once all entries are submitted, will receive promotional items and games from various companies, including Neversoft, Ritual Entertainment, Epic Games, and Sony; with second through fifth prizes getting smaller subsets of promotional items.
Artists can join either side in the conflict, and full details for entry are available at the official site
. All submissions are due by March 8th, 2006.