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[TL;DR: Here's what I got for my first competitive painting efforts @ NOVA Open - I actually think the pins look nicer than the medals, TBH πŸ˜‰) - For a detailed breakdown and description of the entire convention, check out the NOVA Open post on my "Spectre Elite Gaming Studio" FaceBook Page.] I ended up walking away with some level of recognition for all of the entries I put into the #capitalpalette @ the #novaopen. I got a silver for Porphyrion Rex, a bronze for my Malifaux Freakshow crew and my Kingdom Death single was able to make it into the Finalists despite extreme competition from over 95 entries in the single miniature category (monstrous creatures were included in "Single Miniature" for some reason and I saw at least 10 miniatures that were strictly better than mine). I was hoping for a gold for Rex, silver for Freakshow and a bronze for the Kingdom Death dude so I wasn't too far off of my goal - the judges were stricter on technique, the field was more competitive and I had a lot of inexperience in what I thought was important/unimportant when it comes to competition painting. For example, I didn't consider size and display space when I brought Rex so he occupied the absolute worst spot with the poorest lighting for the entire convention because there was nowhere else to put him. It's my fault for bringing a 15" model but at the same time, I would never limit my idea or vision for a model just for it to be able to fit in a particular cabinet, anyway - so these be the harsh realities. Another example is that I underestimated the affinity people had for atmospheric techniques and overestimated the fundamentals of modeling and prep-work. It was fairly obvious that without atmospheric techniques, NMM or OSL, you'd have a hard time winning a category or even getting gold. I will always, first and foremost, be a premium army display painter so I have little to no interest in persuing any of these techniques to a large extent - they just don't look that good in a legion-scale sized display board or on the tabletop and you are forced to commit too seriously to your chosen gimmick for the entirety of your project... [CONT'D in Comments].
[TL;DR: Here's what I got for my first competitive painting efforts @ NOVA Open - I actually think the pins look nicer than the medals, TBH πŸ˜‰) - For a detailed breakdown and description of the entire convention, check out the NOVA Open post on my "Spectre Elite Gaming Studio" FaceBook Page.] I ended up walking away with some level of recognition for all of the entries I put into the #capitalpalette  @ the #novaopen . I got a silver for Porphyrion Rex, a bronze for my Malifaux Freakshow crew and my Kingdom Death single was able to make it into the Finalists despite extreme competition from over 95 entries in the single miniature category (monstrous creatures were included in "Single Miniature" for some reason and I saw at least 10 miniatures that were strictly better than mine). I was hoping for a gold for Rex, silver for Freakshow and a bronze for the Kingdom Death dude so I wasn't too far off of my goal - the judges were stricter on technique, the field was more competitive and I had a lot of inexperience in what I thought was important/unimportant when it comes to competition painting. For example, I didn't consider size and display space when I brought Rex so he occupied the absolute worst spot with the poorest lighting for the entire convention because there was nowhere else to put him. It's my fault for bringing a 15" model but at the same time, I would never limit my idea or vision for a model just for it to be able to fit in a particular cabinet, anyway - so these be the harsh realities. Another example is that I underestimated the affinity people had for atmospheric techniques and overestimated the fundamentals of modeling and prep-work. It was fairly obvious that without atmospheric techniques, NMM or OSL, you'd have a hard time winning a category or even getting gold. I will always, first and foremost, be a premium army display painter so I have little to no interest in persuing any of these techniques to a large extent - they just don't look that good in a legion-scale sized display board or on the tabletop and you are forced to commit too seriously to your chosen gimmick for the entirety of your project... [CONT'D in Comments].
This year's #novaopen swag-bag. GW crushed it with their contribution - I'll definitely have a use for that guy (well, the arms, at least 😏). #dreadswithheads #noploxtothebox πŸ–€πŸ€–πŸ–€I loooooooove swag-bags... especially for the coupons I got to some of the awesome companies here that I will definitely be making good use of this weekend. Especially, @tablewar @fallouthobbies @shapeways. These guys put out some of the best "essentials" in the secondary miniatures market and are invaluable to me, as a hobbyist. The best part of the swag bag though, of course, is the junk-food bag!πŸ‘ŒπŸ’―πŸ‘ #convention #gaming #hobby #toy #scalemodels #miniatures #models #miniaturegaming #gamingconvention #tabletopgaming #wargames #wargaming #capitalpalette #competitionpainting #warhammer #warhammer40k #w40k #horusheresy #gamesworkshop #forgeworld #segstudio
This year's #novaopen  swag-bag. GW crushed it with their contribution - I'll definitely have a use for that guy (well, the arms, at least 😏). #dreadswithheads  #noploxtothebox  πŸ–€πŸ€–πŸ–€I loooooooove swag-bags... especially for the coupons I got to some of the awesome companies here that I will definitely be making good use of this weekend. Especially, @tablewar @fallouthobbies @shapeways. These guys put out some of the best "essentials" in the secondary miniatures market and are invaluable to me, as a hobbyist. The best part of the swag bag though, of course, is the junk-food bag!πŸ‘ŒπŸ’―πŸ‘ #convention  #gaming  #hobby  #toy  #scalemodels  #miniatures  #models  #miniaturegaming  #gamingconvention  #tabletopgaming  #wargames  #wargaming  #capitalpalette  #competitionpainting  #warhammer  #warhammer40k  #w40k  #horusheresy  #gamesworkshop  #forgeworld  #segstudio 
On the #roadtonovaopen2017. A roadtrip isn't complete without #monster #energy. The USA always gets all this cool new stuff that I can never get in Canada. I can't wait to turn the new "Dia de los Muertos" themed #MangoLoco Monster Energy can into a #knight #titan. 😱 That is going to be extreeeeeeeeme. πŸ’€ Expect lots of #convention coverage from #segstudio over the course of this weekend starting tonight with an - apparently - super secret and super special GeezDubya panel/reveal! Super pumped for a weekend of gaming and sight-seeing in the Nation's Capitol as well as entering some miniatures into the #capitalpalette painting competiton - one of which is going to be my Acastus Knight Porphyrion "Inositol Rex" from the #monsterlegion in the "vehicles" category. This will be the first time you'll be able to actually see it IRL (looks much better than my lousy pics, I promise!). Wish me some luck and come out Sunday and vote for it if you enjoy gazing longedly at my paintable trinkets! πŸ€£πŸ‘ŒπŸ’―πŸ‘πŸŽ¨
On the #roadtonovaopen2017 . A roadtrip isn't complete without #monster  #energy . The USA always gets all this cool new stuff that I can never get in Canada. I can't wait to turn the new "Dia de los Muertos" themed #MangoLoco  Monster Energy can into a #knight  #titan . 😱 That is going to be extreeeeeeeeme. πŸ’€ Expect lots of #convention  coverage from #segstudio  over the course of this weekend starting tonight with an - apparently - super secret and super special GeezDubya panel/reveal! Super pumped for a weekend of gaming and sight-seeing in the Nation's Capitol as well as entering some miniatures into the #capitalpalette  painting competiton - one of which is going to be my Acastus Knight Porphyrion "Inositol Rex" from the #monsterlegion  in the "vehicles" category. This will be the first time you'll be able to actually see it IRL (looks much better than my lousy pics, I promise!). Wish me some luck and come out Sunday and vote for it if you enjoy gazing longedly at my paintable trinkets! πŸ€£πŸ‘ŒπŸ’―πŸ‘πŸŽ¨
I look at my feed and all I see is robots and cyborgs. Now, for something totally different while I do some boring modeling. Luther the Pascha Hare from Malifaux by Wyrd Games. 2016. #segstudio #horror #fantasy #scifi #art #artist #painting #gaming #hobby #commision #toy #toyart #scalemodels #miniatures #models #miniaturegaming #tabletop #wargames #wargaming #paintingmalifaux #commisionpainting #paintingminiatures  #miniaturepainting #malifaux #wyrdgames #wyrd
I look at my feed and all I see is robots and cyborgs. Now, for something totally different while I do some boring modeling. Luther the Pascha Hare from Malifaux by Wyrd Games. 2016. #segstudio  #horror  #fantasy  #scifi  #art  #artist  #painting  #gaming  #hobby  #commision  #toy  #toyart  #scalemodels  #miniatures  #models  #miniaturegaming  #tabletop  #wargames  #wargaming  #paintingmalifaux  #commisionpainting  #paintingminiatures  #miniaturepainting  #malifaux  #wyrdgames  #wyrd 
In all of its overwhelming ridiculousness. "Inositol Rex", Arbalester Class Acastus Knight Porphyrion of "The Monster Legion." Forge World. ~400 hours. Front View. Forgeworld x Monster Energy #monsterlegion #monsterenergy #segstudio #artist #painting #gaming #hobby #commision #toy #toyart #scalemodels #miniatures #models #miniaturegaming #tabletop #wargames #wargaming #paintingwarhammer #paintingforgeworld #commisionpainting #paintingminiatures  #miniaturepainting #warhammer #warhammer40k #horusheresy #wh40k  #porphyrion #imperialknights  #gamesworkshop #forgeworld
In all of its overwhelming ridiculousness. "Inositol Rex", Arbalester Class Acastus Knight Porphyrion of "The Monster Legion." Forge World. ~400 hours. Front View. Forgeworld x Monster Energy #monsterlegion  #monsterenergy  #segstudio  #artist  #painting  #gaming  #hobby  #commision  #toy  #toyart  #scalemodels  #miniatures  #models  #miniaturegaming  #tabletop  #wargames  #wargaming  #paintingwarhammer  #paintingforgeworld  #commisionpainting  #paintingminiatures  #miniaturepainting  #warhammer  #warhammer40k  #horusheresy  #wh40k  #porphyrion  #imperialknights  #gamesworkshop  #forgeworld 
Em mais uma noite dessas de trabalho!! Aí também meu irmão caçula Mateus Xandy e os brothers Pedro Netto e Kauã!! #feg #segstudio #melodies #musica #composicoes
Turma boa demais!! um dos melhores Bateras da atualidade ali no cantinho!! #segstudio #feg #melodies #musica #composicoes
Fun painting of R2D2 someone hired me to do. #watercolor #r2d2 #segstudio #segart
When acrylics happen. #segstudio #segart #ocean #wave
A little acrylic fun. Nothin serious. Ill be leading some ladies painting nights once-twice a month at playtime pottery in Hollidaysburg starting next month! Ill be posting details about booking your spot in the next few weeks! #canvasart #segstudio #segart
A little acrylic fun. Nothin serious. Ill be leading some ladies painting nights once-twice a month at playtime pottery in Hollidaysburg starting next month! Ill be posting details about booking your spot in the next few weeks! #canvasart  #segstudio  #segart 
I'm beginning to sell more and more prints! I'm even starting to sell originals! #segstudio #segart #painting
Working on a tree frog! Not nearly done yet! #segstudio #segcreations #treefrog #watercolor