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 Brush competition. He has competed throughout North America and his laurels include a Privateer P3 Grand Masters award, a Forge World Best in Show and more than a dozen Golden Demons amongst others. As a visual arts teacher, he’s adept at giving objective and constructive criticism; as an artist and hobbyist, he has a deep appreciation of minis ranging from tabletop armies to museum collectibles. James, a native Ontarian, currently blogs at Lost in the Warp.
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 finding a good balance with other hobbies in my life, miniatures have been able to follow me well into my 40’s and remain a growing passion as well as a daily job.
I paint every day and present my techniques in the form of live tutorials over on Twitch.tv/slowfusegaming to an awesome community of folks of all ages. My goal is to continue to not only give painters more information to grow their skills, but to also introduce new people to our great world every chance I get.
I came to the Nova Foundation through Dave Taylor, whom I’ve known since the early 2000’s when I worked at Games Workshop with him. The energy surrounding the Foundation is just great and the opportunity to help out couldn’t be passed up. Thanks for having me!
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.
Chris lives in Trumbull, CT. He is well known for his videos on Youtube and The Blood Angels where he discusses all facets of painting and playing 40k, surviving zombies, and life in general. He recently finished a Kickstarter project, successfully launching his series of painting DVDs, The Jawaballs Way. A little more in the artist’s own words:
“This is my fourth year participating in a charity army build, having proudly taken part in the Storm Wardens project, Heroes of Armageddon, last year’s NOCF Dark Angels build and this year’s Macragge Ultramarine Army. It is a rewarding pleasure to be part of this force for good. One of my prized memories is having the privilege of being present when the first winner got to open the Storm Warden Army box, an army organized by the hard working crew at Santa Cruz. I have been painting models since the fall of 2006 when my friend Fritz introduced me to his Eldar army. Over all that time, I have humbly had the opportunity to inspire thousands of others through my work. As an art teacher, there is no greater reward. All I can say is thank you to every one who has followed me over the years. You are the reason why I do this and your kindness cannot be measured.”
His painting competition credentials are many. He has won more “best painted” awards “than he can count.” His most notable such wins were at GTs like Mechanicon, Battle for Salvation, and The Conflict GT. More recently he won “Best Single Mini” at the 2011 NOVA Open with his Nonmetallic The Sanguinor, and he owns a Crystal Brush for “Best Sci-Fi” from Templecon the same year.
Follow Chris’s WORKS in PROGRESS at: The Blood Angels
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 – severely limiting his hobby time. Until recently, his office was located a few blocks from their home. “Until recently” because his office building burned to the ground in June. Shrugging into a natural humor, John wants everyone to know: “The enormous box of popcorn we had in our back conference room popped before it was incinerated!”
John started playing 40k way back in high school, around 1989 or so. He had just moved to Texas from northern California and knew no one. Texas was quite the shock for a skateboarding kid from Sunnyvale. An encounter at a mall lead him to a game store where he was invited to join in a crazy game being played on the floor. In that first game, he learned about temporal distort, a psychic power that allowed his team to constantly take turns while the opposing team impotently watched their forces evaporate under never-ending assault cannon fire. Despite the complete lack of balance, everyone had a great time, and he purchased his first squats. They had a rule in their “little game group”: If it wasn’t painted, it couldn’t be used. Result: John Stiening began painting up a storm! He’s won awards from Armies on Parade at a local GW store, to Warpstone National Painting League by GW.
Over the years, he’s dipped into an out of the hobby. He found painting and collecting therapeutic while recovering from surgery back in 2009. He blames Black Library for setting the lure – once he discovered them, he was hooked. The Horus Heresy novels and FW models are John’s definition of The Pinnacle of 40k.
Follow John’s WORKS in PROGRESS at: WIP and Finished Redemption pieces at 40k Hobby Blog.
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, davetaylorminiatures.blogspot.com, is closing in on 2,000 members. He returned in 2014, not only as an artist on The Macragge Project, but as a mentor to the Board of Directors. He has helped identify artists for both armies, reached out to friends and fellow artists to fill in any gaps, and will lead the conversations in each group to form consensus on the armies’ themes for bases, styling and colors. He continues to work with the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation and help with the artists.
An Aussie native, Dave was naturalized as a U.S. Citizen in 2013. First clue? Every email ends with “Cheers!” The Foundation and the 2014 Macragge Project are the beneficiaries of this artist’s experience and generosity, and we’re pleased to announce his return in 2015 for the Battle for the Craftworld. A little about Dave by Dave:
“I’ve been painting and gaming since 1991. For the last 20 years I’ve also been lucky enough to make a living in the wargaming industry; first with Games Workshop, then with Battlefront Miniatures/Wargames Illustrated, and most recently in my own venture – Dave Taylor Miniatures. Painting and modeling has been such an important part of my life for a long time, that I don’t really have any other hobbies (they’d only cut into my painting time). I’ve entered a few painting competitions along the way, and I’m proud of the awards I’ve been able to win, but I’m certainly most proud of the wonderful family I’m a part of, my wife and two young daughters help keep me reasonably grounded in reality. ”
Follow Dave’s WORKS in PROGRESS at: davetaylorminiatures.blogspot.com
For the Battle for the Craftworld: Dave will be painting three Drop Pods and a Librarian for the Sons of Orar, and will also be painting a few Dire Avengers for the Alaitoc.