Go there now to see updated photos and more!  Results will post tomorrow morning.  Visit TWITCH.TV and search “NOVA Open” to watch tonight’s Final Raffle Drawings (between 7:00pm and 8:00pm EST)

The NOVA Open CHARITABLE FOUNDATION will host a Silent Auction at the
2014 NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention from August 28 – August 31.
Please join us as you must be present to bid on and WIN in the Silent Auction!
Stop into the Foundation Lounge in the Regency Parlor Suite: proceeds support the NOCF and there will be FREE speaker presentations during the convention.

Certain items in the Silent Auction will raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project; if not so designated, proceeds will support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

A preview select items being featured in the Silent Auction HERE

The NOCF Silent Auction will take place at the NOVA Open and will offer many unique models, signed artist prints and more.  Bidding will begin on Thursday, August 28 at 6:00 pm with several closings throughout the weekend and all final closings on Sunday, August 31 at 1:00 pm. 

Sneak a Peak at some of the models headed to the Silent Auction.

The rules regarding the actual Silent Auction can be found HERE.  Proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation will host many events at the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention (August 28-31, 2014).  Please try to join us at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport (DCA) by registering for the NOVA Open today.  You can then support our great charities while taking in a few of your favorite games and hobby seminars – and shop the vendor hall, as well!  Hope to see you there.


The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation will host many events at the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention (August 28-31, 2014).  Please join us at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport (DCA) by registering for the NOVA Open today.  You can then support our great charities while taking in a few of your favorite games and hobby seminars – and shop the vendor hall, as well!  Come and see us there:

The Foundation Lounge is located on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency in the Regency Parlor Suite. It opens Thursday, August 28 at 1:00 pm and will operate through Sunday, August 31 at 1:00 pm. Special guests will offer FREE presentations, several specialty hours will be scheduled, and all proceeds will go to the charity.  Call it Cocktails for a Cause as proceeds with support the charity.

The NOCF Silent Auction offers many unique models, signed artist prints and more.  Bidding will begin on Thursday, August 28 at 6:00 pm with several closings throughout the weekend and all final closings on Sunday, August 31 at 1:00 pm. Sneak a Peak. Proceeds in support of Doctors Without Borders and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Forge World Model Raffles will take place throughout the NOVA Open culminating in a drawing for both Contemptor Dreadnought and The Great Unclean One. These are being donated by Wes Cogdal of Stiff Neck Studios.  Proceeds in support of The Fisher House Foundation.

Contemptor Dreadnought
The Great Unclean One

Wondering where all the updates have been for our various armies?  Well wonder no more, as we are going to start regularly posting where our artist are from now until NOVA!  On Tuesdays, be sure to check out our pages to see the latest works from our awesome NOVA artists.  We have have lots of great progress to report on both our Ultramarine and Tyranid armies, and be sure to check out our completed Deathwatch Army and Man Eaters of the Great Maw to see how they look!

The 2014 charity army Work in Progress (WIP) pages are ready to preview!  Visit WIP on the file bar and check out photos and links now coming in from our amazing artists as they share the experience of creating these armies with you. Don’t miss the preview of the completed Fantasy Army, Man Eaters of the Giant Maw!  Then purchase raffle tickets to support the many deserving charitable causes for which these armies are being created!

Justin “misterjustin” McCoy of (SWM) supports the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) in more ways than we can list.  He signed on as one of the premiere artists contributing his skills to the NOCF Macragge Project.  He provides $25 SWM gift certificates in the weekly drawings for raffle participants.  And it didn’t take him long to team up with Thomas Wynn and Dave Taylor (who spearheads the Project for NOCF) to turn an idea into reality by creating unique and amazing bases for The Battle of Macragge.

Six years ago, Thomas – inspired by the base on Marneus Calgar – designed and laser cut bases for Dave who was working on his own Ultramarine project. Leap forward to the NOCF Macragge Project currently under way and we find Justin creating and painting Marneus Calgar for the Ultramarine Army. Similarly inspired, Justin spoke with Dave about designing bases exclusive to the NOCF Macragge Project and, as quickly as all that, OMEGA BASES! They shipped to the Macragge Artists for both armies today.

broken columnsBut, wait, there’s more! Justin is also shipping a set of broken columns to each artist so they can create ruins and further customize the Ultra bases.




Snow Bundle SWMAnd that’s not all! Secret Weapon Miniatures’ Snow Bundle is being provided to each artist – and Dave is creating the step-by-step recipe to ensure all bases remain unique to Macragge.



He’s not done yet! Justin announced that SWM has created a limited edition run of these bases, and 50% of every Omega Base sale will be donated to the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation!


Omega Bases
Visit and join the “Compassionate Force” by taking chances on winning one or more of the amazing armies being offered this year and supporting deserving charities in the process! Charity army drawings will take place on August 31, 2014 at the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention in Washington, D.C.

NOCF weekly drawings are under way: $25 online gift certificates from every sponsor. Weekly prizes are announced on Sundays; Drawings and winners are announced on Saturdays. All raffle participants eligible; participants can only win once.

The NOCF is a non-profit organization operated by a Board of Directors in accordance to charitable organization by-laws. Donations are tax deductible; purchase of raffle tickets is not. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please send them to: .

(NOCF Press Release 5.14.14)


Sales are off and running for the NOCF 2014 Charity Armies!  We are pleased to report that the first raffle tickets were purchased for 20 chances on the Macragge Tyranid Army – and they were purchased by a tabletop wargamer in Paris, France!

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) will open its 2014 charity army fundraising raffle season tomorrow, April 1, 2014.  Join the “Compassionate Force” by taking chances on winning one or more of the amazing armies being offered this year and supporting deserving charities in the process!



The NOCF was created to assist international miniature painters and artists who produce armies as fundraising vehicles for charitable causes.  Recognizing the immense generosity of the worldwide tabletop wargamer, the NOCF was formed to bring this “Compassionate Force” together under a single banner with a broad international outreach.  Every raffle ticket purchased in support of these charity armies will contribute to causes which address the needs of humanitarian emergency relief, children’s concerns, medical research and the military.


In 2013, the worldwide tabletop wargaming community’s support of the NOCF charity army raffles raised over $10,000 which was donated to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, The Fisher House Foundation and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The three charity armies from 2013 were shipped from Washington, D.C. to winners in Washington State, Missouri and as far away as Tasmania, Australia!



*A Consortium of professional and award-winning artists from within the tabletop wargaming community has come together in support of the NOCF Macragge Project. Learn more about each HERE. The proceeds from these two armies will support Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.


The NOCF expanded the work of the Consortium to two separate armies in 2014, representing Battle of Macragge, the epic clash between Tyranids of Hive Fleet Behemoth and Ultramarines led by Marneus Calgar. Both of these armies are full 1850-tuned armies, including numerous extra models for force flexibility.


  • ARMY #1: Battle of Macragge Ultramarine List
    • Marneus Calgar and Honor Guard
    • Chief Librarian Tigurius
    • Chaplain Cassius
    • 5 Tyrannic War Veterans
    • 1 Drop Pod




  • 30 Tactical Marines with a variety of weapon load outs
  • 10 x Scouts:  5 w/ Sniper Rifles and Camo Cloaks, 5 w/ Bolt Pistols and Close Combat Weapons
  • 3 Storm Talons with Skyhammer Missiles
  • 3 Thunderfire Cannons
  • 1 Knight Titan
  • 3 Centurion Devastators with Hurricane Bolters and Heavy Graviton Cannons


  • ARMY #2: Battle of Macragge Tyranid List
    • Flying Hive Tyrant w/ 2 Twin-Linked Devourers
    • 5 Tyranid Warriors w/ Magnetized Weapon Options
    • 1 Tyranid Prime w/ Norn Crown, Magnetized Weapon Options
    • 60 Termagants
    • 2 Mawlocs
    • 1 Carnifex w/ Magnetized Weapon Options
    • 20 Gargoyles
    • 2 Lictors
    • 1 Deathleaper
    • 1 Venomthrope
    • 3 Tyrant Guards (expected magnetized options for either tyrant guard or hive guard)
    • 2 Hive Crones
    • 8 Genestealers


*Stiff Neck Studio, under the leadership of Capt. Wesley Cogdal, is once again donating an exceptional army for the NOCF charity raffles. This year, they are expanding our army range to include the first NOCF Fantasy army, lovingly entitled “Man Eaters of the Great Maw!” The NOCF proudly donated funds from last year’s Stiff Neck Studio army to The Fisher House Foundation, and we hope the Compassionate Force will come together in 2014 to double those funds for this charity.


  • ARMY #3: Fantasy Ogre Kingdom List


  • 1 Ogre Tyrant
  • 6 Ogre Bullz
  • 5 Ogre Iron Gutz
  • 4 Lead Belcher’s
  • 1 Stone-horn
  • 1 Scrap launcher


*Built by a combined force of hobbyists associated with the Penny Arcade forum, the Deathwatch Army has been donated to the NOCF with the request that it be raffled as a fundraiser for Child’s Play Charity. Forty pages of forum posts followed this army from musings on a “general 40K” thread to each model being painted by a different person over the course of a year, culminating in the most recent post which announced, “The army is in the care of the Nova Open Charitable Foundation. . . .” The handler, who wishes to remain anonymous, recognized that a lot of people had given of themselves to create this Deathwatch Army, and it had a lot of give back to the community. A staff member of the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention, Martin Bagley, has agreed to take on the task of repairing and restoring this army to its original grandeur over the next few weeks.


  • ARMY #4: Deathwatch Army List
    • Full List Can be Found HERE


NEW IN 2014:

NOCF sponsors have once again exceeded all expectations of generous giving. Each Sunday alternating sponsors will donate a $25 gift certificate for raffle; each Saturday, the NOCF will draw from the pool of raffle ticket holders and announce a winner. The more raffle tickets you purchase, and the earlier you acquire them, the better your odds of winning a gift certificate you can use toward the purchase of any item at our sponsors websites.


2014 Sponsors:

Remember to check the Foundation website ( ) every Sunday between now and August 17, 2014 to see which of our amazing sponsors is offering a gift certificate for the weekly Saturday drawings!


KR Multicase is once again donating customized KR transport cases to safely nestle each of our amazing charity armies for their travels.


TheWarStore contributed dozens of models to the two large Macragge armies and the Ogre Kingdom army this year.


Secret Weapon Miniatures stepped up again in 2014, providing all bases and Masterclass scenic products for the Macragge armies.


Powered Play Gaming joins the NOCF charity efforts in 2014 to offer products for the lighting of models and, more particularly, for the full-on 4’x6’ Macragge Project Terrain Table being created by Michael Frazier.


NOVA Open also donated the dozens of models necessary to complete the Macragge and Ogre Kingdom armies.


Special thanks to the 11th Company who will podcast the drawings internationally during the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention, August 31, 2014.

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) will host a Silent Auction at the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention each year.  For all NOCF on-site auctions and raffles, winners must be present to win. Please consider attending the NOVA Open and join us and bid on valuable prizes. The rules regarding the actual Silent Auction can be found below.  Proceeds benefit  The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Silent Auction Rules

The silent auction will close promptly at 2:00pm EST on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

  • To make a bid for a NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) Silent Auction item, simply mark your name, convention ID # and the amount you wish to bid on the corresponding sheet or next to the amount you wish to bid if it is preset.
  • The opening bid on each item must be at least the minimum price listed. Each subsequent raise must follow the increment listed. Any bids not adhering to this format will be declared invalid and voided. If a name is crossed out, that bid will be considered null.
  • There is no “upper limit” for your bids! If the bid sheet is full, please turn it around and continue on the back (or request a second sheet from an NOCF Silent Auction Volunteer) continuing to adhere to the increment set on the item.
  • Once the auction is declared closed, the last bid entered on the bid sheet that adheres to the designated increment shall constitute the winning bid and will be so marked. The Auction Committee will mediate any disputes among bidders and that determination shall be final.a
  • Winners Lists will be prepared after the closing of the Silent Auction. This process may take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Please be patient; expect lists by 4:00pm EST.
  • The list of winners will be posted in the NOCF area and invoices will be available at the “NOVA Open Charitable Foundation” desk. Staff will ask for your ID and item number; please have your NOVA Open badge on for verification. Once your payment has been processed, volunteer staff will retrieve your item.
  • Auction item purchases are final. No returns or exchanges will be issued, nor is it possible for expiration dates to be extended. All provisions listed in the certificates are subject to availability.
  • Auction item purchases are tax-deductible only if the winning bid exceeds the fair market value of the item (listed on the invoice). The tax-deductible amount is the winning bid minus the fair market value. Silent Auction cashiers can provide you with receipts upon request.
  • Auction item transactions are considered cash donations to the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation and not purchases for tangible or intangible items.
  • NOCF provides no guarantees, warranties or servicing of auction items and is not liable for any personal injury or damage to property that may result from the use of the item or service sold.
  • Items must be picked up at the event and taken away by purchaser on the spot. Any items left behind must be picked up by the purchaser at the location in where item is held. Delivery arrangements may be made by purchaser by providing a valid credit card and/or courier account payable to purchaser. The NOCF will not incur any shipping and delivery fees on behalf of purchaser.
  • We accept cash and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).

Happy Bidding!

On March 1-2, 2014, Brittany’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, Woodbridge, Virginia, hosted the Torrent of Fire 40K Invitational. Players from across the country descended upon the Washington DC area to participate. Many thanks to Torrent of Fire for donating $1,400 to the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation from the proceeds of that event.  Read More HERE.

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) rents the Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City during the NOVA Open Convention. The Suite provides a full service bar and serves as a lounge for NOVA Open attendees. In 2014, free presentations will also be scheduled. All proceed from drinks served in the lounge support the charitable mission of the NOCF. We’re looking for help in naming the charity lounge.  If you have any ideas, please send them to

Following the charity army raffle drawings on September 1, 2013, the NOVA Open accountant reviewed the financials and verified the amount of money raised for each of our three named charitable organizations.  Checks were mailed on behalf of The Compassionate Force.  Shortly thereafter, Letters of Appreciation were received from Doctors Without Borders for the donation of $6,525, from Fisher House Foundation for the donation of $2,726, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the donation of $1,434.

The NOVA Open Charity Foundation (NOCF) seeks artists to create outstanding miniature armies in support of charitable causes. If you would like to participate, please contact us: Please provide links to your most incredible artwork and the names of any competitions you may have done well in.

Sign up now!

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) was formed with the belief our shared international community of tabletop hobbyists were capable of joining together to accomplish acts of significance to the world. Three incredible works of art have sustained that faith.

The 2013 NOVA Open Charitable Foundation Army Raffle campaign ends in less than two weeks. To date, over 6,000 tickets have been sold with the help of generous supporters like Justin McCoy (Secret Weapon Miniatures), NATFKA (Faeit212), DakkaDakka, TabletopGamingNews, Bartertown, thePaintingCorps – and, of course, the SPONSORS and ARTISTS themselves.

At the end of July, the above community posted together and, within three days, nearly 2500 tickets were sold.  In this Final Online Push to sell raffle tickets, the NOCF is hoping all of you can break that record by twice.

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) is launching a FINAL ONLINE PUSH, calling the Worldwide Compassionate Force of tabletop wargamers together to support the Charity Army Raffles:

Redemption of the Fallen in support of Medecins sans Frontieres (aka Doctors Without Borders)

House of the Silent King in support of The Fisher House Foundation

Lightish Red Army in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Every army is complete and snug in their custom-fit KR Multicases. Each case has been augmented with custom artwork incorporating each force’s unique logo – these armies are one-of-a-kind every way you look at them!

In less than two weeks, the world can watch the drawings by logging onto the 11th Company Podcast’s U-Stream Sunday night, September 1, 2013, between 7:30 and 8:15pm EST.

You need not be present to win. The NOCF will ship each army to its new owner anywhere on the planet where delivery is possible!

Is “The Compassionate Force” truly a worldwide community?  If we weren’t certain before, we are now:  Raffle tickets have been sold in 14 countries! Is your country on the list?

Australia                                Canada                                 Denmark

Finland                                  Germany                               Italy

Malta                                     Netherlands                          New Zealand

Norway                                  Spain                                      Sweden

UK                                          USA

0.95 cents of every dollar will be contributed to the named charities.  We have sold over 5,000 tickets.  Can we do better?  With an estimated 9 million players worldwide, the answer is YES!

$1.00 = 1 Chance

Buy Raffle Tickets NOW:

Sales will end at 2:00pm EST on Sunday, September 1, 2013

Questions?  Want to get involved?  Interested in helping out with Charity Armies in the future?  Contact us: