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.
Based out of Houston, Texas, LightCraft Miniature Studios is the brainchild of long time Star Wars enthusiasts Madeline Cockrell and Jeffrey Bain. Created at the beginning of 2016, LightCraft has rapidly gained renown and a strong following for repainting and modifying ships from X-Wing the Miniatures Game.
Madeline has been drawing since she could hold a crayon, and has been creating art for most of her life. After falling in love with X-Wing TMG, she began to experiment with repainting Star Wars miniatures. In translating her experience with acrylic and oil painting to miniature painting, she developed multiple unique methods for creating striking and realistic models. Now, a year later, she has achieved notoriety in the X-Wing community for her WWII style nose-art, impeccable attention to detail and creative paint schemes. This is her first time teaching seminars, and she is excited to share her most asked-about techniques with fellow X-Wing painters. You can follow Madeline's work on her Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lightcraftministudios/) and her Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/LightcraftMPS/)
Jeffrey Bain is the mechanical mind behind LightCraft, responsible for the creative modifications and sculpted ships that Madeline goes on to paint. He has designed 3D printed pieces that allow X-Wing miniatures to reach their full potential; fully folding winds, rotating cockpits, and powerful artillery replacements. He also designs fully 3D printed ships through Shapeways. Website: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/alien-luxury
Wes is a major in the army, a program manager and helicopter pilot, currently in a Master’s program. Wes manages 15 artists from Moscow to Canada, paints, works out and chases women looking for his future ex-wife. In the NOCF’s founding year, 2013, Wes contributed a Stiff Neck Studio (SNS) painted Necron Army to the charity raffles which raised nearly $3000 for The Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit best known for its network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while loved ones receive treatment. Wes and SNS are synonymous as he is personally involved in the contributions as both artist and owner of SNS.
White Metal Games is a miniature painting commission service based out of Knightdale, NC. Website: https://www.whitemetalgames.com/
Preston “Values” Bernard is an avid wargamer and hobbyist, and has been enthralled by the lavishly detailed miniatures and lore of Warhammer and Warhammer 40k for nearly 15 years. Over this time he has amassed a large collection of miniatures from a number of lines painted in a variety of styles, constantly trying to push his work further with each new project. Winner of multiple painting awards, he has been featured on Games Workshop’s Facebook page and the Forge World website. Preston enjoys developing new techniques and working together with the exceptionally talented team of artists at WMG to create miniatures that stand out both on the table and on the display shelf.
Andy “The Painter” Lingoes is one of our more seasoned painters, he is a machine built only for painting miniatures! Andy has a self admitted plastic crack addiction that only we in the industry understand. He loves painting, kitbashing, and almost every detail of modeling miniatures (except for cleaning sprews!). His passion for the hobby is only exceeded by his passion for his family! Andy’s favorite hobby is killing Tau by the thousands!
MATT DiPIETRO OF CONTRAST MINIATURES
Matt DiPietro is one of the most prolific miniature painters working today. He started tabletop gaming as a young teen adventuring in the dank dungeons of the Hero’s Quest board game. Over the years that followed many great adventures were had but the biggest adventure was yet to come! In his early twenties Matt had the great opportunity to launch his career in miniatures when he landed a job at a small start-up company called: Privateer Press. Over the next decade he shaped the painting of both Warmachine and Hordes as the lead studio miniature artist. 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. As an award winning painter, sculptor, and industry professional Matt can speak about all aspects of our hobby. Recently, he has developed a unique “Sketch Style” designed specifically for gamers who want to create highly expressive miniatures in a fraction of the time. By teaching this style he hopes to help painters of all skill levels take their painting to places they never thought possible!
ALFONSO “BANSHEE” GIRALDES
Alfonso “Banshee” Giraldes has been a professional miniature artist since 2004. He has worked for most of the main companies in the miniature world, from Andrea Miniatures, Knight Models, Scale 75, CoolMiniOrNot, Nutsplanet, Pegaso Models, Kabuki Studio or Forge World, among many others.
Banshee has participated in several projects in different capacities such as a concept artist, main box art painter, sculptor, and art director. Aside from studio work he has been traveling to teach all over the world since 2005. More than 30 cities in 17 countries have experienced his classes, and more than 300 hundred students among them, some of the big names in the miniature industry such as Marc Masclans, Matt DiPietro, Aaron Lovejoy, Ben Komets, Roman Lappat, and many others.
Alfonso’s work has won multiple awards including 2 Slayer Swords, 10 Golden Demons, several display gold medals in 3 different World Expos, gold medals from Monte San Savino, the Scale Model Challenge, MFCA, and a multitude of other international awards including the title of “Gran Maestro” (Great Master) at Monte San Savino, the recognition of which is a compliment to his overall career throughout the world of miniature art.
Now he manages an online Academy focused on wargaming painting, display painting, and design and sculpting pledges alongside his partner David (Basilisk- @thechromaticcircle.). This year, 2019 Banshee published his first book with Scale75.
A native of Georgia, with a brief stint in upstate NY, Joe has been involved in the tabletop gaming community since around 2002. Initially it was supposed to stay small but as he looked in his garage…well, needless to say, he failed at keeping it small. In 2003 Joe got the painting bug while attending Adepticon and never looked back. Since that time he has traveled all over the country to play in tournaments and paint contests winning many trophies. Joe has won best painted more times than he can count and has a wall and cabinet full of trophies including Battle for Salvation, NOVA, ATC, The WAUGH, and a few GW GT’s. Joe even has a few Golden Demons collecting dust but still needs to work on getting that Crystal Brush to match Jawa (heh). He has made a lots of friends and has grown to really love the miniature community especially on the painting aspect side. Joe have known Dave since his Games Workshop days and had the opportunity to paint the Death Company in their Heroes of Armageddon army a few years back. Jawa and Joe have had a friendly rivalry with painting for a few years now but regrettably Joe doesn’t run into Jawa in the South Eastern tournament events. Most people know Joe for his clean paint style and his “Skittle” Salamanders army. “It’s an honor to be included on the team this year.”
Roman is best known for his classes and blog, Massive Voodoo. He also co-authored the miniature art book, “Figure Art.” This internationally recognized German artist is also renowned by many in the hobby for the amazing diorama he created for Slayer Sword in 2013.
Roman shared some thoughts with us: “My hobby of Miniature Painting became my full-time day job in 2009. Since then, I have been following my path of passion, painting mainly display pieces for collectors and teaching miniature painting classes all over the globe. I have taken part in many top tier miniature art competitions all over Europe, proudly winning an assortment of medals, including a few ‘Best in Shows.’ I have also been invited to participate on different judging teams for several worldwide events, including the NOVA Open’s Capital Palette. The fuel for my passion to continue enjoying this as a daily job is the great number of wonderful people I meet during my journeys and the joy of happy painting I find when sitting at my workbench. When I was asked if I would like to paint for the cause of the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation, I did not need a second thought. What is better than to paint and fundraise for a charity like Doctors Without Borders?!”
Roman will be judging the Capital Palette again in 2019, his fifth year in a row. His classes are often the first to sell out. Website: www.massivevoodoo.com; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/romanlappat.miniatureart/; http://www.puttyandpaint.com/jarhead
Oscar Lars is a multiple award winning army commission painter from Sweden. He currently works out of his own studio in Richmond, VA and focuses heavily on larger army projects. Most recognizable of his work is his Non-Metallic Metal Stormcast Eternals army that won Best Army at both Nova Open Age of Sigmar Championship and Warhammer World Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament Finals last year.
Oscar has worked as a commissioned painter for over 10 years, and has been painting since the age of 7. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts where he focused on portraiture painting, color study, and art history. This has great influence on his work in terms of theme and color.
I'm a Professional 40k player and Coach. I've been playing 40k for 15 years and I love every aspect of it, from the gaming to the social. I've been on to the ETC representing Team America for 6 years, and I was the ITC champion in 2018. I love meeting people from all walks of life and learning from them, and I guess you could say my hobby outside of gaming is being social. I also love to travel.
“I am 33 years old, love peanut butter pretzel nuggets, energy drinks and probably lick my paint brushes too much.” Erik started building and painting scale models at a young age, beginning with model cars and then Gundam models. About 10 years ago a friend of Erik’s introduced him to Warhammer 40k because he knew Erik liked building and painting models. Although Erik no longer plays 40k he still likes the models. Erik didn’t start traveling for miniature painting competitions until 2016. He won his first best in show at Lock & Load 2017 with a bust (his first time painting a bust), and has quickly become his favorite category. Erik also won best in category (bust) at NOVA Open 2018 in the master’s tier, it was his first Open competition and the level of work was something to behold. “I feel like every miniature I finish is a milestone as I try to learn something from every piece I paint. Even if it is only a ‘tabletop’ paint job, there is always something to take away from the experience.”
Vincent Venturella is a passionate hobbyist and instructor. Vince has been involved in all things nerd related since first reading the Lord of the Rings in 1989 and seeking out fantasy worlds and games to explore. He first got involved with tiny plastic figures in 1997 with Warhammer Fantasy and that has led to a 20 year passion for painting. Vince hosts Warhammer Weekly every week and is best known for his Hobby Cheating video series. Vince has won awards at many conventions for his work including Fan Favorite at last year's NOVA Open. Vince's main hope is to help everyone take their next step on their own personal hobby journey. Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgptSaRLvd1QH0SURdQNYgg
ETHAN & AMANDA VOCE
WH40kCouple is a brand created and led by Ethan & Amanda Voce. Ethan & Amanda have been married for six years and started painting and playing Warhammer 40000 at the onset of 8th edition. Never doing anything simply, they decided to create a YouTube channel to chronicle their experience. Each week, they produce a show that brings you in to their conversation around the latest Warhammer 40000 news and releases. Their mission is to create content anyone can relate to, keep things casual, and spread a message of positivity in the wargaming community.
Caleb Wissenback has been miniature painting for 9 years. He began competitively painting in 2010 and has managed to win a few Golden Demons and Crystal Brushes in that time. He also worked as a commission painter in his spare time. His armies have won best of show at many tournament events and his work has been featured in White Dwarf. His Work can be found on CMON and Putty and Paint under the username CK Studios. In 2016 Caleb teamed up with Kat Jackson to found CK Studios and began teaching weekend workshops across the US, Canada and into Europe. Caleb brings this experience, knowledge, and his abilities to his classes with the goal of increasing the students confidence and abilities.