The Tenets of Dogma48

A few years ago, a brave group of creative people pioneered the concept Dogma48. This is where our story begins…

The idea was formed after reflecting on encroaching deadlines and burnout on the back of huge projects. The guys got to thinking that it would be possible to spend quite a short while on your projects; one day for building, modelling and converting, and then one more day for the paint job; and still get a very good result. Mastering this would make the process more efficient, and thus make it possible to run more projects, so that you do not put all your eggs in one basket.

To try this out by one self is not that hard, just run a timer when you’re working. But as it is with most things in our hobby, it gets much more fun and inspiring when you do it with friends. And thus, Dogme48 was born.

The concept for the event is fiendishly simple: In one weekend, you have 48 hours to make a show entry, from start to finish!

The vision is, on the other hand, is a lot more ambitious. Many of us are prone to spending a lot of time on a piece; just spending more and more hours until it is perfect. The deadline that Dogma48 enforces makes this completely impossible! You have to examine your own process and prioritise; kill your darlings.

But, reducing the scope is too easy. To really learn something from Dogma48, you have to pick the right project; a project that is large enough that you will actually have to push yourself, but not so large that you will not be able to finish it.

And in February, Chromanaut will invite to another instalment of Dogma48! Let us see what the guys of Chromanaut think about Dogma48, and what they use the event and the learning for!


The time limit of Dogma48 will push you to finish faster. If you are the sort of painter who says “It takes forever to finish this” or “It takes 6 months to make a piece that matters”, then Dogma 48 will really help.

First of all, the time limit forces you to make the hard choices; you don’t want to get bogged down by unnecessary detail work, and you prioritize where you focus your attention on your piece, thereby you also focus the viewer’s eye – smart. This can really teach you to work faster and more efficiently, and once you realize that you can make a decent piece in 48 hours you ought to stop and think and maybe apply some of the same choices to your other pieces.

You need to choose your subject wisely, not something too small, you need to push yourself, but not something crazy big either, that you know for sure is impossible to do in 48 hours… In the end you only battle yourself: know your own limitations and challenge them.


Dogme48 scares me. It’s hectic and rushed, but it’s a great event at the same time.

In times past, I used to take a long time with each and every project; spending a long time perfecting every corner of it. But in recent years that process has sped up considerably. I used to do one entry a year at most, and last year I outdid myself with 4 full entries.

Last year I took part in Dogme48 for the first time. Even though I cheated a little, by doing some base work before the event, and polishing a few things afterwards; I’m very happy with the result! Given the reception the piece has gotten, and my own increased skill level compared to last year, this year my challenge will be to do the full entry in the 48 hours.

No cheating, no polishing. Having only 48 hours to do a whole entry is a tall order, but one that I’m up for. This year it’s 48 hours or bust.


I enjoy the Dogma48 workshops very, very much! I love the concept, and the learning that can be had is fantastic, if you push yourself and your comfort zone.

I am not that experienced in show-painting, so the Dogma48 workshops are a great possibility for trying out some new things, and getting some work done! It is so easy to second-guess and keep throwing time into a project until it lives up to my own expectations, and Dogma48 challenges that in the extreme. It is all about prioritization, focus and improvisation.

Also, it is just a great weekend with friends where everyone is working and brainstorming. It is very inspirational for me!



I am somewhat of a rookie when it comes to painting, so at first glance a 48-hour marathon painting session seems frightening to say the least. You are forced to make hard choices, and accept that you cannot strive for perfection. Pouring over every little detail is out of the question.

However, I think this exercise is great for your general mindset towards tasks. You learn to accept that not all work can be your greatest and that being done is more fulfilling than striving for constant perfection.

Besides, spending 48-hours with likeminded and amazing people is not all that terrible either! I can only recommend for painters of all experience levels to try it out!


So, Dogma48 is nearly upon us yet again, with its wonderful mix of good friends, no sleep and pressing deadlines.

Dogma48 creates a certain environment that you normally only get right up to competitions, and it’s a situation I love. You get pressured to a certain level of productivity and focus, but the lack of a completely hard deadline means that you’ll have the freedom to do something a bit more edgy and risky; something I plan to do this year.

During the two previous instalments of the event I pressured myself for speed and efficiency of the actual physical labour, pressuring myself to producing full sculpts with paint on them in 48 hours. It’s been a very good thing to learn that I can consistently work like that, but this year is time for change.

One of the things that’s closest to my heart in this hobby is change. To try completely new things and to challenge the norm. It’s what steered me away from the old Golden Demon events, and it’s what makes me love the Monte San Savino Show so dearly.

It’s also one of the hardest things to do in this hobby, and it’s something that’s very daunting every time I get to it. I’ve decided that this year’s project will be to challenge my methods. To review the way I work with a project, and the way I develop ideas and the stages these ideas go through. And to try to optimize, condense and fine tune this process.


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