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 […]

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’ […]

James Craig

James Craig has been friends with NOCF`s Dave Taylor for well over a decade and was more than happy to answer the call to charitable action! He is a long-time member of the North American miniature painting community, has been featured in a number of hobby magazines and was a judge for the 2017 Crystal […]

Jason Craze

I’m a 70’s baby and come from a time where you had to get lucky to find things like miniature wargaming. My luck came in the form of 3 other kids on my block that liked to throw dice and blow things up. Started with D&D, Starfleet Battles, Battletech and just grew from there. By […]

Matt DiPietro

“I’m always searching for ways to project a positive message… to make a positive impact on the world through my artwork. So when a friend told me about the good work of the Nova Open Charitable Foundation it seemed like a natural fit. I’m excited to contribute for the first year and I’m already planning […]

Max Dubois

Max Dubois is a hobby enthusiast from Quebec, Canada. Better known as ‘The French Douchebag’ in the tournament scene, Max strives to find the perfect balance between awesomely painted armies, competitive play, and drinking heavily, all of which you can read about on his blog Never one to slow down, Max owns his own game […]

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, 2015 in the Battle for the Craftworld. […]

Joshua Dunkerly

Joshua ‘Josh’ Dunkerly is a 20 year plus hobbyist and painter who enjoys all types of tabletop gaming from Warhammer to Risk. He takes commissions at Dark Matter Designs on facebook and considers his style of painting to be Games Workshop style, meaning he likes to paint models like the heavy metal teams style. Josh really […]

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. […]

Sean Fulton

The NOCF was introduced to Sean Fulton several years ago by one of the NOVA Open’s former staff members – Mike Schaefer. Sean has a very real interest in the hobby, and in giving back to the community as demonstrated by his work on each of the NOVA Open projects over the past 3 years. […]

Andrew Gray

“Let me take you back to the summer of ‘94, in the north east of England. At 14 years old I was 6’2”, 210 lbs and had a hairy chest. My rugby team called me “The Animal”. One day at school some kid I hardly knew pointed at me and said “…and he would DEFINITELY […]

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 […]

Thor Intararangson

Hailing from Thailand, Thor now lives in Los Angeles, California. He’s been building models for 26 years, mostly tanks, figures and dioramas. Thor has been interested in painting miniature wargames since 2012 after a friend gave him some minis from Warhammer 40,000 as a gift for practicing painting with acrylic paints. He found that painting […]

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. […]

Guillaume Juneau

Guillaume is a miniature & hobby enthusiast from la Belle Province. He runs a small-time commission painting service as Yaum La Machine and dab in competition painting when he has the time. He is always on the lookout for ways to encourage other artists, which is why you’ll find Guillaume involved in the organization of […]

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 […]

John McAvoy

“When given the chance to support it wasn’t a matter of if we would it was how much we could. It’s a great feeling being able to do what you love while helping others.” John has been painting miniatures for 3 years, and mostly painting for himself, friends, local gamers and occasionally selling some of […]

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 in 2014, 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 […]

Alan O’Bryan

From a childhood love of Legos and anything that had to do with medieval knights, Alan first started (badly) painting miniatures in 1993 with the HeroQuest board game. After not picking up a brush for the next several years, he rediscovered the hobby in 1998 when he bought some Warhammer Fantasy models to create a […]

Marc Raley

Marc Raley joined the Macragge Consortium in 2015 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 welcomed Neil to its Artist Consortium back in 2015. That 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: “I have enjoyed being […]

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? […]