All seminars at the NOVA Open are scheduled with a mind towards allowing attendees to enjoy their tournaments while still having access to a high number of these learning opportunities. Many of the seminars are "take-home" project seminars and most are hands-on. Taught by some of the finest instructors in the industry, take advantage of seminars so you go away from the NOVA Open having enjoyed all it has to offer. Review the schedule and register today.


ROMAN LAPPAT

Based in Augsburg, Germany, Roman Lappat is working as a professional, self-employed miniature painter and miniature painting teacher for over a decade. He teaches weekend classes all over Europe for big groups of students and private coaching sessions with a single student. Roman focuses his teaching on helping his student meet their needs on their journey of learning. In 2017, Roman will return to NOVA Open as a seminar instructor, Capital Palette  judge (third year) and overall NOVA Open seminar co-coordinator.

Roman is repeatedly invited to be a part of judging teams at figure shows all over Europe and even in China.  He is well known throughout the worldwide miniature painting community, he always says it is because he tries to help and share his experiences as much as he can.

His painting style is a free ride through art history, brush techniques and dozens of little tricks that he learned in the last ten years being full time painter and teacher. He says he is not carefully applying color after color, he is painting.  With his unique painting style he has won medals and prizes at numerous international figure shows for several years, but always reminds himself that this is not what he paints for. He paints for the fun of it and to help others. He plays a big part in the Massive Voodoo blog, a blog that focuses on inspiration, free tutorials and step by steps for seven years now with mostly daily updates, run by the MV-Team.  Follow Roman at: www.massivevoodoo.com;  https://www.instagram.com/romanlappat.miniatureart/; http://www.puttyandpaint.com/jarhead                                       

BASIC INTRODUCTION TO DISPLAY PAINTING
Class size limit: unlimited
1 Hours

Beginner Level
Class Type: Lecture

In this class Roman Lappat from Massive Voodoo gives everyone who is interested in painting models for display an insight in the most basic fundamentals you need to know to take your painting to the next level. This class will help you understand much more in the other “display” classes. We will talk about basics in color theory, how and why to use contrast, differences between gaming and display painting, light situations, a wise working order in your projects and much more. Please bring something to take notes.

ROMAN'S COLOR THEORY
Class size limit: 16
4 Hours

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Level
Class Type: Hands On

In this class Roman Lappat from Massive Voodoo will dive deep into color theory with you. Hands on training lessons included in between the theory parts. Learn to handle your colors, because you start to understand them now. Please bring old and bigger brushes to paint with. Please bring something to take notes.

ROMAN'S BLENDING SCHOOL
Class size limit: 16
3 Hours

Beginner to Intermediate Level
Class Type: Hands On

In this class Roman Lappat of Massive Voodoo will experience the word and meaning of “Blending with you”.  A lot of fun leads to logic ways to approach the result you are aiming for. Please bring your own brushes, maybe some bit parts, like an arm or such for testruns. Please also bring a primed miniature you want to work on. Please bring something to take notes.

PAINTING A BUST IN ATMOSPHERE
Class size limit: 10
8 Hours

Advanced Level
Class Type: Hands On

Join Roman Lappat from Massive Voodoo in this full day class and learn to paint a full Fantasy bust in dramatic atmosphere. Roman will guide you through the process. Please bring your brushes. Please bring paints if you need specific ones. We've got Reaper colors available.  Please bring something to take notes.

BUILDING A DISPLAY BASE
Class size limit: 10
8 Hours

Intermediate to Advanced Level
Class Type: Hands On

In this class Roman Lappat from Massive Voodoo will take you on a journey of composition and detail magic when you build your own display base under his guidance. Learn about composition rules to create a stunning base that gives the perfect frame for your model. The classroom will have tweezers and a self healing cutting mat, but please bring other tools you usually use for basing at home. Everything else will be provided by Roman. Base topic will be “postapocalyptic”. Please bring something to take notes.  

PAINTING OSL
Class size limit: 10
3 Hours

Intermediate to Advanced Level
Class Type: Hands On

In this class Roman Lappat of Massive Voodoo takes you on a ride to learn how to understand and paint OSL. After some theory we will all start painting on a model to make the magic work. Please bring your brushes. Please bring something to take notes. 


JAMES WAPPEL

James spent many years as a watercolor and pastel painter before making the switch to miniature painting, which began in 2002.

Those humble beginnings rapidly expanded to include painting a wide variety of private commissions and painting for miniature companies.  By 2007, he was teaching miniature painting classes at events such as Adepticon... drawing on his experience doing watercolor and pastel demonstrations.  It didn't take long to realize that all the same principles of 2D art apply just as well to miniature painting, so that became the focus of his teaching.                                        

James now paints figures of all types, scales and genres, with the recent addition of historical miniatures.  Constant experimentation with new basing methods, painting materials, etc., has expanded the list of techniques greatly the last few years, and now he is teaching classes at Reapercon, Historicon, and other events such as Nova.

Never be afraid to try something new, is his mantra, and he wants it to be yours too :-)  Follow James at: http://wappellious.blogspot.com/

THE SHADED BASECOAT TECHNIQUE
Class size limit: 10
3 Hours
Beginner Level

Class Type: Hands-on
This class will focus on a method of painting that will make you less reliant on specific colors, and endless layering of one lighter color onto another.  Simplification is the name of the game, from the reduced palette right down to the brush itself. 
Once the principles of this technique are part of your painting arsenal, everything will seem a little less daunting, and you will be able to get your army painted to a much higher degree, and far more rapidly. A miniature, paint and brushes will be provided for you, but the class is not about painting an entire figure.  The goal is to introduce you to this concept, as it will be pretty new for most of you!

PAINTING WITH REAPER CLEAR PAINTS
Class size limit: 10
3 Hours
Beginner Level

Class Type: Hands-on
I accidentally discovered some amazing properties to this specific set of paints while teaching one of my glazing classes.  It is a great follow up class to the Shaded Basecoat Technique, since the glazing and tinting stage is "set up" with the Shaded Basecoat. W
hat makes these paints so interesting is that they can be used as a very effective glaze, or as a bright, saturated color when mixed with some lighter opaque paints. A miniature, paint and brushes will be provided for you, but the class is not about painting an entire figure.  The goal is explore these interesting paints, and see what kind of new painting options they will open up for you!

BUILDING A SOLID BASE
Class size limit: 10
3 Hours
Beginner Level

Class Type: Hands-on
While the title is self-explanatory, you will be introduced to a wide variety of basing styles, techniques and materials. The techniques themselves are amazingly simple, but the results are anything but simple! Fantasy, Sci-fi, steampunk themes can all be achieved with materials that are not very expensive once you know how to maximize their effect. 
All of these materials and tools will be provided for you, so all you need to bring is yourself... and get ready to make the bases you always wanted to create.

PAINTING HISTORICAL VEHICLES
Class size limit: 10
3 Hours
Beginner Level

Class Type: Demonstration
While I will be painting a World War 2 vehicle, the goal is to show you as many different approaches and materials as possible.  These will range from standard acrylic paints, to oil based pigments, powders, and even colored primers.
I want to show how it is possible to get very similar results from completely different methods, so join in on the experimentation process, and see how there's more than one way to skin a cat (or is that a Jadgtiger?).             


CK STUDIOS

CK Studios is the cooperative effort of Caleb Wissenback and Kat Jackson.    CK Studios' goal is to bring exceptional training opportunities to artists within the hobby. CK Studios offers training at major conventions, weekend workshops across the US and soon Canada, along with personalized one to one coaching at their studios in Nevada and California.  

Caleb Wissenback is the primary Instructor.  He has been painting for over 6 years and won multiple awards including Golden Demons, Crystal Brushes, Draconic and NOVA Open’s Capital Palette Awards.  Caleb also part times as a commission painter with award winning armies at major events across the U.S. Caleb brings this experience, knowledge, and his abilities to his classes with the goal of increasing the students confidence and abilities.  

Kat Jackson has been involved in gaming and hobby from a young age.  Kat has also worked for major companies and corporations developing instructional systems in IT, marketing and human resources. Kat brings both her gaming and hobby experience, coupled with her business management and logistics skills into creating a unique training and teaching experience.  Kat takes her passion and abilities even further by founding the Hobby Hangout, an international online artist community who connect through a simple page on Facebook.  With growing membership of over 2500 international artists, The Hobby Hangout brings online hangouts for artists to share in their hobby experience, training and tutorials, peer to peer feedback, and community support to a wide audience of artists of all levels and skill sets.

ART OF AIRBRUSHING - GETTING STARTED
Class size limit: 20
2 Hours
Beginner Level

Class Type: Demonstration
Join the CK Studios team as they cover the basics of airbrushing.  This class will focus on choosing an airbrush, understanding how airbrushed works, material prep, paint and how to prepare your paints, and the tricks to cleaning and maintaining your airbrush. No materials needed.  

ART OF AIRBRUSHING - FINISHING TECHNIQUES
Class size limit: 20
2 Hours
Intermediate Level

Class Type: Demonstration
Join the CK Studios team as they cover advanced finishing techniques such as color modulation, gradients, using transparents, inks, and glazes, color shifting and other techniques as time permits.  No Materials needed.   

ART OF AIRBRUSHING - LARGE FIGURES
Class size limit: 15
4 Hours
intermediate to Advanced Level

Class Type: Hands On
Join the CK Studios team as they take students through the steps of airbrushing a large figure.  Students will learn and apply techniques like color modulation, filters, masking and shielding and other techniques as they Airbrush their own large Figure.  Figures will be provided.  Airbrushes provided by Badger Airbrush Company. Students are encouraged to bring standard brushes for some detail work but brushes are also available for use.

ART OF PAINTING BLACK/WHITE
Class size limit: 15
3 Hours
Intermediate Level

Class Type: Hands On
Black and white are both tricky colors; when done properly it can add the extra pop to a figure.  Join the CK Studios team as they take students through the steps and techniques used to create vibrant, dynamic, black/white armor and cloth on their figure.  Students need to have the basic understanding of brush use and blending technique.  Students are encouraged to bring their own brushes.  Brushes are Available for students to use.  Figures will be provided.

ART OF BLENDING
Class size limit: 15
2 Hours

Beginner Level
Class Type: Hands On
Ever wonder how master painters get such smooth color transitions? Have you watched so many blending videos you are completely lost?  Join the CK Studios team as they teach students not only the techniques they use in their painting projects but also teach how to correctly use the brush to create seamless blends.  Students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, but some brushes will be available to students. Figures will be provided.

ART OF NON-METALLIC METALS
Class size limit: 15
2 Hours
Intermediate Level

Class Type: Hands On
Join the CK Studios Team as they take Students through the techniques and tips used in creating metallic like finishes to a model using basic color palettes.  Students need to have a basic understanding of brush use and blending techniques.  Students are encouraged to bring their own brushes; some brushes will be available for student. Figures will be provided.


MATT DiPIETRO

Matt DiPietro is one of the most prolific miniatures painter working today. He started his career as lead studio painter for Privateer Press helping to shape the painting of the Warmachine and Hordes studio models for nearly a decade. These days he makes his living teaching the next generation of miniature artisans, and creating miniature art for private collectors under the banner of Contrast Miniatures. When you hear Matt talk about miniatures, art, sculpture, and painting you feel the love he has for all aspects of our hobby. Matt strives daily to bridge the gap between the worlds of hobby miniatures and fine-art through his teachings and artwork. To find out more about Matt visit his website: ContrastMiniatures.com

PAINTING ARTISTIC FLESHTONES
Class size limit: 15
2 Hours

Advanced Level
Seminar Focus:
Display Painting
Class Type: Demonstration
Witness a demonstration of an artistic method for creating flesh tones. Through a discussion of color theory students learn to mix their own flesh tones with ease. Matt will demonstrate how to use color, saturation, and translucency to create vibrant life-like portraits. 

SKETCH STYLE PAINTING FOR GAMING
Class size limit: 12
2 Hours
All Skill Levels

Seminar Focus: Dramatic Hobby Painting
Class Type: Demonstration
Witness a streamlined approach to creating visually striking miniatures specifically designed to be viewed on the tabletop. Join Matt DiPietro as he demonstrates his "Sketch Style" painting method: a bold alternative method to tabletop painting. During the class Matt will perform a sketch of the values on the model before adding colors with glazes. By separating highlighting and shadowing from coloring Matt is able to create striking figures that incorporate cast light, reflective surfaces, directional lights, and drop shadows all in less than 2 hours.

TWO-BRUSH BLENDING TECHNIQUE
Class size limit: 10
2 Hours
Skill Level:  Intermediate-Advanced

Seminar Focus: Specific Technique for  Display Painting
Class Type: Hand's On
Sit down for a focused 2-hour class with the premier instructor of the two-brush technique. This class is designed to teach you all you need to know to start blending using the two-brush method. Informative handouts and a practice model will be provided and are yours to keep. Bring your own blending brush (any large round will do but Rapael 8404 size 3 is ideal) as well as other brushes to apply paint.


DAN COTRUPE

ADVANCED MDF SCENERY
Class size limit: 10
3 Hours
Beginner Level
Class Type: Hands On

This class is a mixed media course to bring your mdf terrain beyond the bare wood and smoke finish or simple tabletop standard and into the mid to high range or tabletop terrain. No work exists in a vacuum and there is a lot of room for improvement on even complex lasercut designs. In this course we will discuss cutting, assembling, and converting basic mdf terrain as well as introducing additional design elements via putties/plasters, wire, and scrap mdf, foam/foamcore, and more finishing the piece with painting and weathering techniques to make your piece stand out on a tabletop. Students will be provided a Tectonic Craft Studios terrain kit ($40 MSRP) to work on as well all construction and building tools and supplies.

FILLING THE TABLE: BUILDING THE BEGINNING OF YOUR TABLETOP NEEDS
Class size limit: 10
3 Hours
Beginner to Intermediate Level

Class Type: Hands On
Tabletop gaming is a hobby that involves models, rules, friends, and of course- The Tabletop. Setting the scene for your game is an excellent chance for you to generate interesting tactical scenarios as well as develop rich narrative elements for your games. To do that however, you need to undertake a task often overlooked: Filling the table. In this hobby instructional session we will go over various ways to build popular and necessary terrain elements such as walls, ruins, area terrain, obstacles, and buildings. We will be using a variety of hands-on techniques and materials both new and old to create a rich and diverse terrain set for at least a 4’x4’ table. Terrain built will be both new age Tectonic Craft Studios elements as well as traditional materials such as insulation foam, foamcore, hardboard, wire, hot glue, sand, flock, a grab back of woodland scenics elements, rocks, stones, mosses, and roofing sand. Students will be provided with all necessary tools and building materials to create a 4’x4’ table of terrain ($45 MSRP) for light skirmish or battle sized wargames

PAINT ON WOOD: PAINTING MDF SCENERY
Class size limit: 10
2 Hours
Beginner Level
Class Type: Hands On

MDF terrain is here to stay. It is a very versatile, adaptable, and customizable terrain medium that is very exciting but can also be intimidating. Join me in a course where we will learn the ins and outs of painting laser cut mdf from priming (or not priming), the basics of painting, color by number approach, and even a few watercolor techniques for large area painting. Students will be provided pieces of laser cut mdf terrain ($20 MSRP) to work on and be allowed to use several paints and brush types to achieve different effects.


JOSEPH KOPENA

Joe Kopena has a professional background in engineering design research, and greatly enjoys the hobby aspects of miniatures wargaming. He has used 3D modeling and printing extensively for his own widely followed terrain builds as well as to make critical components for the innovative NOVA 40k Narrative, LibertyHammer 40k Narrative, Molokh Gambit X-Wing Narrative Campaign, and other projects. Check out these efforts and his tutorials on 3D modeling and printing via his blog at: http://rocketshipgames.com/blogs/tjkopena/

INTRODUCTION TO 3D MODELING & PRINTING FOR WARGAMING
Class size limit: 20
1 Hours

Beginner Level
Class Type: Demonstration

Learn the basics of 3D modeling & printing and enter a new age of miniatures hobbying! Many affordable 3D printers are now available for home use that can produce high quality results more than suitable for making your own terrain, conversions, or even whole miniatures. Several easy-to-use and free or affordable software packages also exist for designing these yourself, as well as numerous websites for downloading unique models and pieces designed by others. This seminar will introduce the basic concepts, terminology, and practices to get you started in 3D modeling and printing, as well as walking through a short but detailed tutorial of designing a simple part using free software. No previous knowledge or experience is required. No materials needed.


POWERED PLAY

PoweredPlay Gaming aims to electrify play, spark personal creativity and empower individuality in gamers, hobbyists and collectors alike.  From lights, to smoke, to sound and more, we’re giving you the tools and component to customize your armies, plans, historical models and whatever your mind can create.  Seminars will be run by Chris Wessling and Derrick Stenson. 

Chris Wessling, Co-founder and President of PoweredPlay Gaming Inc. is the consummate mad scientist. Well, OK, closer to a mad engineer. It was a conversation Between Chris and his son that sparked PoweredPlay. With well over 35 years of gaming experience, 18 of which include table top gaming, he knows his games. Chris's analytical and tactical mind make for a very solid opponent no matter what the game, and his good-natured spirit make Chris a good person.

Derrick Stenson, PoweredPlay's Artistic Director, is responsible for taking Chris's engineering masterpieces and using them to make stuff dazzle and glow. A gamer himself for over 35 years, he is very much into the history and fluff of each game. Rather than playing games for the win, he is usually concerned with the fun.

INTRO TO LIGHTING
Class size limit: 12
2 Hours

Beginner to Intermediate Level
Class Type: Hands On

In this class, presented by PoweredPlay Gaming you will receiving introduction to techniques, tools and skills needed for using LED lighting in your models, display boards and terrain. You will learn the basics of color selections, fiber optics, mounting, object-source lighting, painting with light, and the use of custom materials. Each attendee will receive one custom PoweredPlay lighting kit.

ADVANCED LIGHTING TECHNIQUES
Class size limit: 12
2 Hours

Intermediate Level
Class Type: Hands On

This class, presented by PoweredPlay, is designed to offer the tools and skills required for implementing advanced lighting techniques including, but not limited to, the use of multiple methods of light disbursement, fiber optics and translucent materials.  This class will build on skills learned from Introduction to Lighting as well as Lighting your model. These beginner classes are not required but would be helpful.

ARTISTIC IMPLEMENTATION OF LIGHTING
Class size limit: 12
2 Hours

Intermediate Level
Class Type: Demonstration

In this class, presented by PoweredPlay, we will examine the relationship of light and paint as it pertains to the use of LED lighting, in modeling, to achieve your desired effect.

LIGHTING YOUR MODEL
Class size limit: 12
2 Hours

Class Type: Hands On
This class offers a hands on opportunity for you to light your model. You bring the model and we will bring the LEDs, tools and expert support. Each attendee will receive one custom PoweredPlay lighting kit. Please note that if your model requires more than the allotted time you will receive detailed instructions on how to complete your model when you get home. In addition you will have access to the PoweredPlay expert team that can offer support along the way to completing your model at home. Each student will receive one custom PoweredPlay lighting kit.

LIGHTING YOUR DISPLAY BOARD
Class size limit: 12
2 Hours

Class Type: Hands On
This class offers a hands on opportunity for you to light your displa You bring the display and we will bring the LEDs, tools and expert support. Each attendee will receive one custom PoweredPlay lighting kit. Please note that if your display requires more than the allotted time you will receive detailed instructions on how to complete your model when you get home. In addition you will have access to the PoweredPlay expert team that can offer support along the way to completing your display at home.  Each student will receive one custom PoweredPlay lighting kit.

LIGHTING AND EFFECTS - BASIC DC CIRCUITRY THEORY
Class size limit: 12
2 Hours

Class Type: Demonstration
Planning an electronics project can be a daunting task. Come to this seminar and we will walk you through the process we use to take an electronics project from idea to implementation. You will learn basic dc electrical theory, talk through different types of projects and build some circuits of your own.  Each student will receive an informative packet and project template for their future reference.


STIFF NECK STUDIO

Wesley Cogdal is the founder of Stiff Neck Studio with over a decade of miniature painting experience. Stiff Neck Studio was created in early 2003 and Wes has nurtured it into a high quality miniature paining service. Every day the studio artists breathe life into their client’s visions. Stiff Neck Studio strives to bring the war-gaming community the best possible product that they can. They are artists and gaming enthusiast, and truly love every aspect of the game and it shows in their work.

Wes and team have artwork featured in Games Workshop’s White Dwarf magazines, Forge World’s web gallery as well as web casts from as far as Australia on Beasts of War. Armies that they paint for commission routinely find their way on websites like Bell of Lost Souls (BOLS) and Dakka Dakka. They sell many miniatures on EBay and we are proud to say that we have 100% feedback on all transactions. They believe the customer is always right and will always go out of their way to ensure there complete satisfaction.

Stiff Neck Studio believes in giving back to the gaming community that supports us. They routinely do raffle armies for foundations such as The Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House and the Breast Cancer Society. In addition to their charity work, they also support gaming events with prize support ranging from fully painted Forge World pieces to gift certificates for studio work. They attend as many events as they can throughout the year. 

SPEEDPAINTING TO ABOVE TABLETOP STANDARD
Class size limit: 20
2 Hours

Class Type: Hands On
The class is taught by professional, high quality artists Wes Cogdal who will cover basic strategies that go into speed painting to a good tabletop standard to include: Restricted color palettes, component strategy, basing your model, airbrushing priming, masking and weathering techniques. The objective of the class is to provide students with a working understanding of how they can tackle their next army and get it painted and on the table quickly.  The class includes fully assembled and primed space marine models for each student.  


SAMUEL JEFFERY

Samuel (Sam) Jeffery has enjoyed bringing the world of Tolkien too life since as long as he can remember with the adventure into the SBG world beginning some 12 years ago . By the age of 12 Sam had attended first LOTR GT at Warhammer World, and the rest is history.  Since then Sam and his good friend Daniel Entwisle set up what at the time was Hobbit Events and know,  some 5 years later, is the The Great British Hobbit league! With the great help and work from many other people they have brought together over 2000+ gamers to converse over the internet and come together to play in tournaments and events all over England! 

Over the last 5 years particularly Sam has tried to play the game with a competitive mindset, claiming 5th in the first league season. In the years following the competition has levelled up significantly so has slipped slightly but has still maintained top 10 finishes in the league. With many podium and top 6 finishes as well as many table 1 final game battles Sam has proven he is a consistent high level player worth of fearing. Despite this Sam has earned him quite the reputation of finishing 4th place at events, causing many TO’s to refer the 4th place as the “Jeffery award!”

The Game is in an exciting place with an ever-expanding community full of many weird and wonderful characters much like in Tolkien’s world, we form our own bonds of fellowship to make our own journeys through Middle Earth which is what brings Sam back again and again! Now the chance to travel across the world to come share his many experiences at the NOVA event will be the true highlight! 

DANIEL ENTWISLE

Daniel Entwisle has been involved in the LOTR and Hobbit SBG for 10 years now and has been a high-level player for a large amount of this time despite his age (20). Based in Nottingham, England he developed his skills as a player in a very active and high-level gaming group which would eventually evolve into the infamous Team Notts. Daniel’s specialty within the game is his use of specialized or elite units and his command of monsters to dramatic effect, an example of this would be his use of the mighty Mumakil to power him to a number of high finishes in the UK tournament scene. He has also started a twitch live stream where he talks about army lists sent in to him to review and in some cases improve; this has given him plenty of experience in refining and turning out solid lists.

LOTR TACTICS AND LIST BUILDING
Time: Friday, 1 September 2017, 9:30-10:30pm
Class size limit: 70
1 Hours

Class Type: Special Event
Seminar Focus: Lecture
Skill Level:  ALL

In this Seminar, Dan and Sam will discuss the best strategies to win in the scenarios for the Grand Tournament as well as introducing advanced tactics with Magic Users, Monsters, and Specialized profiles. Additionally they will review army lists and discuss with the audience the lists weaknesses, strengths, and how to win with that list in the GT scenarios, as well as changes they would make to improve the list. Players who sign up for the LotR GT will see the class automatically reduced to $0 in their web cart.  


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