Brian Ballard

While I group up playing Tactics II with my Dad, I got into 40k in high school, nearly 20 years ago, when Jeff Jenkins (fellow NOCF painter) took me to Games Workshop and introduced me to the hobby. I bought a box of Khorne Berzerkers and never looked back. I love the tactics and love […]

Michelle Blastenbrei

“I am a competition painter, freelance artist and instructor. My clients include private commissions and MegaCon Games (Mercs and Myth). Competition awards include a bronze Crystal Brush and several gold awards from ReaperCon. Prior to my miniature addiction, I have always been interested in an eclectic variety of creative pursuits, but always with my own quirky […]

Rich Erickson

“In my early teens, I came across these fun, little toxic lead figures called “space marines” in a small comic store. I wasn’t very good, but I painted diligently while listening to the likes of Def Leopard. It was the 80’s after all. And there wasn’t much else to do in those cold Buffalo winters. […]

Wes Cogdal (Stiff Neck Studio)

Capt. Wesley Cogdal is a U.S. Army helicopter pilot currently deployed in Okinawa.  In the NOCF’s founding year, 2013, Wes contributed a Stiff Neck Studio 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’ […]

Max Dubois

Max Dubois is a hobby enthusiast from Quebec, Canada.  Better known as ‘The French Douchebag’ in the tournament scene, he writes painting articles on and Torrent of Fire.  Max strives to find the perfect balance between awesomely painted armies, competitive play, and drinking heavily. There is hardly anything he likes more than talking about […]

Chris Dubuque

You know him as “Jawaballs” or about him from reading his blog, The Blood Angels.  Now meet him as the miniature artist and businessman he is. Chris was a featured artist in the 2013 Redemption of the Fallen Dark Angel army and in 2014 in the Macragge Project, and this year in the Battle for […]

Sean Fulton

The NOCF was introduced to Sean Fulton last year by one of the NOVA Open’s staff members – the lead for its Capital Palette miniature art competition, Mike Schaefer. Sean has a very real interest in the hobby, and in giving back to the community as demonstrated by his work on the Macragge Project.  We’re […]

Greg Hess

Greg, better known as Greggles, is an internet commenter extraordinaire. He runs Greggles-tabletop over at Feedyournerd, and has a background in graphic and furniture design. Greg has taken part in studio work for about a decade while trying to build furniture for rich people. Though new at the miniature scene, he learns fast, and is always trying […]

Jeff Jenkins

Jeff Jenkins is yet another acclaimed miniature paint artist who joined the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation Artist Consortium in 2014.  He and Brian Ballard, admittedly, joined as a team – it was a great two-fer for the Foundation and for the Macragge Project! Currently living in Maryland, Jeff shared some history of his path into […]

Joe Johnson

A native of Georgia, with a brief stint in upstate NY, I have been involved in the tabletop gaming community since around 2002. Initially it was supposed to stay small but as I look in my garage…well I failed at keeping it small. In 2003 I got the painting bug while attending Adepticon and have not looked back. […]

Roman Lappat

Roman is best known for his classes and blog, Massive Voodoo.  He also co-authored the miniature artbook, “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 (VIDEO). Roman shared some thoughts with us:  “My hobby of Miniature Painting […]

Justin McCoy

Justin “misterjustin” McCoy is a renowned member of the tabletop wargaming community in so many ways, it is hard to keep track: he has earned the respect and admiration of the tabletop wargaming community for the generous advice and magnanimous encouragement he gives to anyone looking for a way to bring the community closer together. […]

Steve McCuen (CGR Painters)

Steve got his start doing oil paintings on canvas, but then got distracted with computers and didn’t paint anything for years.  Then came Savage Worlds RPG; he started playing and painted a couple characters for the group. But it wasn’t until he was in a local game store and noticed a Flames of War display […]

Celso Mendez

Many thanks to Celso Mendez (aka “Celsork”) for joining the Macragge Ultramarine Team last year, adding another layer of “amazing” to the project. Learn more about Celsork in his own words: ” I started in the hobby in 2000, when a good friend of mine invited me to our local game store to check out […]

Joel Moon

I’m Joel Moon, hailing from sunny Colorado. I’ve been in the miniatures hobby scene since the late 1980’s when I first got my hands on the Rogue Trader rulebook!  I’ve been eyebrow-deep in the 40k universe ever since. For the last several years I’ve essentially dedicated myself to the Horus Heresy, and I’m in the […]

Marc Raley

Marc Raley joined the Macragge Consortium this year, as the army scores another top notch artist for the project. Marc, who resides in Maryland, shares a bit of background on his love of the hobby: “I’ve been painting miniatures since the late 80s when I first saw some blister packs Citadel miniatures in my local […]

John Stiening

John Stiening and his wife have lived in Washington, D.C. for a decade. They are regular players of Settlers of Cattan with friends, and are avid Game of Thrones fans. Their life has been on Capitol Hill where John runs a software development company which had its first significant product launch earlier this year – […]

Neil Szabo

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation welcomes Neil to its Artist Consortium of 2015. Last year, he wasted no time in generously volunteering to take on the Ultramarine army’s Sgt. Telion and all of his scouts. We asked Neil, who currently resides in Ontario Canada, to share a little about himself: “Some of you might know […]

Troy Tabanelli

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation welcomes Troy to its Artist Consortium of 2016. Last year, he dipped his talented brush into the NOCF Silent Auction, donated models which raised funds for Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  This year, Troy (Florida) has completed a 2-year project bringing the Novamarine army to the charity online raffles!  Here’s a little more about […]

A.J. Taflan

I first started painting and gaming in 2000 when my friends introduced me to Warhammer Fantasy. My main focus is 40K, but I still paint a fantasy model here or there. I really got serious about painting when I moved to Denver in 2009. I was surrounded by so many great painters and it really […]

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor joined the NOCF’s Redemption of the Fallen project in 2013 when another artist, Gabe Dobkin, suffered an arm injury. Dave, who resides in Maryland, is among our most well-known artists; he has received numerous awards and his blog,, is closing in on 2,000 members. He returned in 2014, not only as an […]

Ken Webb

Ken Webb knocked on our door and offered to help – and we said, “Absolutely!” Enjoy meeting this artist, in his own words: “In college, I saw a friend’s set of Orks and Imperial Guard and asked why a grown man would be painting little plastic things and who needed that many six sided dice? […]

Michelle Blastenbrei, NOCF Artist Consortium Since 2016

“I am a competition painter, freelance artist and instructor. My clients include private commissions and MegaCon Games (Mercs and Myth). Competition awards include a bronze Crystal Brush and several gold awards from ReaperCon. Prior to my miniature addiction, I have always been interested in an eclectic variety of creative pursuits, but always with my own quirky […]