April 25: Winner in TheWarStore.Com Drawing

Congratulations to Ryan Gossage of Lincoln City, Oregon > Winner of this week’s NOCF prize drawing a $25 TheWarStore.Com gift certificate!

And a sincere thank you to The War Store for supporting the NOCF!

Each week during the 2014 NOCF charity army raffle season, one person will win a $25.00 gift certificate from one of our great sponsors. To be eligible, you must have purchased tickets in at least one of the raffles. Sponsor prize will be listed on Sundays; drawings will take place Saturdays. Winners will be announced at novaopenfoundation.org and notified by email with instructions on how to redeem the gift certificate.

 

Man Eaters of the Great Maw: First Look!

“They” have said that a Fantasy Ogre Army would not raise as much for charity as other armies have. Who the heck are “they?!”  All it takes is one look at the first two pieces completed from “Man Eaters of the Great Maw” to know that “they” are wrong.  Wes Cogdal, of Stiff Neck Studios, is turning out a must-have army for WHFB players ~ in fact, it may be an army that any tabletop wargamer would like to have!

Sneak Peak Here!

Prize Week #3: TheWarStore.Com

Thanks to TheWarStore.Com for this week’s raffle prize.

Each week during the 2014 NOCF charity army raffle season, one person will win a $25.00 gift certificate from one of our great sponsors. To be eligible, you must have purchased tickets in at least one of the raffles. Sponsor prize will be listed on Sundays; drawings will take place Saturdays. Winner will be announced at novaopenfoundation.org and notified by email with instructions on how to redeem the gift certificate.

Choose from among the many hobby items available at  The WarStore:

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About The WarStore:

TheWarStore Philosophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written – first day of business, November 1st 1999

I have been in retailing all my life (Indeed the only reason I was taught math at all was so I could work a cash register), and learned at a very young age the key to retail success is always putting the customer first. If you are a TheWarStore customer I will do my best to make you happy. And that does not mean throwing around simple slogans, platitudes, or buzz words. In concrete terms my “Customer First” policies define what a TheWarStore shopping experience should be like:

– Low prices
– Fast Shipping
– Easy phone access and good email communication
– Fast resolution of order problems at no cost to you!
-Total confidentiality and security for credit card transactions and your personal information
– A site interested in your feedback and suggestions

Does this mean we never make a mistake? Not at all. But it does mean that everything around here happens under my watchful eye and I take full responsibility for it. We work hard every day to make your shopping experience worry and hassle free. And if we make a mistake we will fix it right away, and without cost to you. You have my word on that.
Thanks for shopping here!

Neal Catapano
Grand Pooh Bah
TheWarStore.com

April 19: Winner in KR Multicase Drawing

Congratulations to Eric Fontaine of Dixon, Missouri > Winner of this week’s NOCF prize drawing a $25 KRMulticase gift certificate!

And a sincere thank you to KR Mutlicase for supporting the NOCF!

Each week during the 2014 NOCF charity army raffle season, one person will win a $25.00 gift certificate from one of our great sponsors. To be eligible, you must have purchased tickets in at least one of the raffles. Sponsor prize will be listed on Sundays; drawings will take place Saturdays. Winners will be announced at novaopenfoundation.org and notified by email with instructions on how to redeem the gift certificate.

 

Ultramarine Team Begins

Encouraged by Dave Taylor to provide a starting point for the Ultramarine project, John Steining has posted a step-by-step tutorial documenting the process he uses for painting his UM army. The  team will begin work as a whole tweaking the process to perfect the plan for our charity UM army.  Swing by his 40K Hobby Blog and sneak a peak.  According to John, “This paint style works with a brush as well, it just needs light coats and a lot of blending.  For my ultras, the goal is to keep Kantor blue/black and straight Kantor blue showing as much as possible. Couple that with some extreme Calgar blue highlights and the scheme is basically 99%. The maccragge blue only exists to provide a richness of color for the mid tones.”

Prize Week #2: KR Multicase

Thank you KR Multicase for this week’s raffle prize.  Winner drawn and posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014!

Each week during the 2014 NOCF charity army raffle season, one person will win a $25.00 gift certificate from one of our great sponsors. To be eligible, you must have purchased tickets in at least one of the raffles. Sponsor prize will be listed on Sundays; drawings will take place Saturdays. Winner will be announced at novaopenfoundation.org and notified by email with instructions on how to redeem the gift certificate.

Choose from among the many hobby items available at  KR Multicase:

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About KR Multicase:

Who are KR?

KR Multicase is a company dedicated to miniature figures and innovative storage solutions. We carry out all design and testing in-house for our cases trays and accessories, and manufacture and sell only our own products. We have 2 factories, one in the UK and one in the USA which enables us to serve our worldwide customers at minimum cost. KR provides the most versatile, cost effective and highest capacity miniature wargaming transport and storage system on the market, and with our postage inclusive prices mean that the price you see on the website is you pay to get it to your door – no hidden extras in the checkout!

The KR Products

The KR range of trays, cases and wargaming accessories provide safe and durable storage and transport for all wargaming miniatures, from the small skirmish games needing a case for maybe 5 or 10 figures up to armies needing cases for hundreds of figures, vehicles or cavalry. The standard size KR multicase can carry 200 28mm figures and is easily the highest capacity case per £, $ or € spent on a wargaming case.

More than just a case

The KR system for storage and transportation is the only interchangeable case system for miniature wargaming. The concept of the economical card cases which are fully interchangeable with each other in a transport bag, backpack or wheeled case is unique and provides gamers with just the solution they need. You can save huge amounts of money by using this system as you only need 1 transport bag and can purchase the economical and safe card cases to interchange as needed.

Our background

Some time ago when my son started collecting wargaming miniatures we found that the hobby can become very expensive indeed! His main aim was, as with most gamers and collectors to save his pocket money and amass the largest most powerful army possible. One main obstacle stood in his way – carry cases and their cost. As with many of his gaming pals he carried his figures around in shoe boxes and plastic bags with kitchen roll and bits of bubble wrap to protect his models (we have all seen this so often), well aware that carry cases were expensive. Hence the need for a durable, yet economic solution.

After many trials and much testing the KR Multicase was born. The outer case is made from the best material, heavy duty solid card (not as some people suspect, cheap corrugated card) and as such is incredibly durable. The original KR Multicase has now grown into its own well supported range of trays and transport bags and wheeled cases. You can now choose from the original card cases, the Kaiser transport bags to carry them in, the handy backpack, or the aluminium cases in 8 sizes and 2 colours, along with the Aquilla range for small skirmish games.

The aluminium KR Multicase range retains all the features of the original card case, especially the stackability and the snap closing lid. In addition these cases are lockable and have a shoulder strap for easier carrying. All the aluminium cases come with a clear self-adhesive pocket for labelling your army. Our tray range covers miniature wargaming in all scales from 6mm-28mm, as well as railways too. The 7 formats of core trays covers all gaming systems, and the custom cut trays are manufactured for specific models.

Whether you are a new gamer wanting to fund an ever increasing army and still carry and store your current one safely, or the more mature one whose better half wants those window sills and dining tables back, the KR Multicase is the perfect solution. Try one today!

The standard size case can carry 200 28mm figures and is easily the most figures you can carry per £, $ or € spent on any wargaming case. Try a cost comparison for safe storage and transport of approximately 500 28 mm figures, and a dozen tanks. Safely protected for around £100? Easily achieved in 4 standard KR Multicases, or in one of the larger cases like the quad aluminium, the KaiserFour or the 800 case.

The ever increasing range of custom cut trays we make for a wide range of figures and models, from GW, Dropzone Commander, Warmachine and Hordes, Bloodbowl, Wings of Glory and Subbuteo to name but a few, have their own pages and pdf TrayGuides for specific armies. Check them out to create the prefect case for your army. We have also made custom interiors for specific requirements (vehicles, monsters and so on), when our customers have asked – please contact us if you have a special requirements.

April 12: Winner in SWM Drawing

Congratulations to Ryan Stoneburg of Beaverton, Oregon:  Winner in the first NOCF prize drawing of 2014, a $25 Secret Weapon Miniatures gift certificate!

And a sincere thank you to SWM for supporting the NOCF!

Each week during the 2014 NOCF charity army raffle season, one person will win a $25.00 gift certificate from one of our great sponsors. To be eligible, you must have purchased tickets in at least one of the raffles. Sponsor prize will be listed on Sundays; drawings will take place Saturdays. Winners will be announced at novaopenfoundation.org and notified by email with instructions on how to redeem the gift certificate.

 

Prize Week #1: Secret Weapon Miniatures (Drawing 4/12/14)

Thanks to Secret Weapon Miniatures for this week’s raffle prize. Winner drawn and posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014!

Each week during the 2014 NOCF charity army raffle season, one person will win a $25.00 gift certificate from one of our great sponsors. To be eligible, you must have purchased tickets in at least one of the raffles. Sponsor prize will be listed on Sundays; drawings will take place Saturdays. Winners will be announced at novaopenfoundation.org and notified by email with instructions on how to redeem the gift certificate.

Choose from among the many hobby items available at  SWM:

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 About SWM:

The Story So Far…

Secret Weapon Miniatures was launched in September of 2009 with four core product concepts:

More Realism
Truer Scale
Uncompromising Quality
Fair Pricing

Even with more than 400 individual products those core values remain at the heart of what we do.

In 2010 we added the Secret Weapon Weathering Pigments to the catalog to bring high quality, pure pigments to wargamers and scale model hobbyists at reasonable prices with in-store support for retailers. That line now includes 23 individually selected, quality tested art and cosmetic grade pigments free from additives or fillers that will interfere with weathering techniques.

In 2011, with the help of Les Bursley, the Secret Weapon Washes joined the catalog to give hobbyists an alternative to the cheap, thinned inks being sold as washes by providing true acrylic washes with a liquid pigment base that can be used to wash, glaze or paint a model. Today there are 30 colors available with in-store rack support for retailers.

In 2012 we expanded to offer the largest selection of basing themes on the market, and introduced unique themed hollow designs like our “Blasted Wetlands” line. This selection continues to grow, and takes advantage of advances in 3D printing and milling technology to give us a level of unmatched precise detail.

In 2013 we’re refocusing on our “From The Ground Up ™” vision and expanding our line of weathering products, bases, terrain, and accessories — with an emphasis on model finishing, and comprehensive gaming and display environments. We also successfully funded the first four themes of our Tablescapes Tiles ™ modular gaming boards on Kickstarter, complete with matching bases and terrain, to give you a fully themed army, literally from the ground up.

 

 

 

 

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First Raffle Tickets Sold

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!

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NOCF Raffles Go Live April 1!

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!

 

BACKGROUND:

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!

 

2014 CHARITY ARMY RAFFLES:

*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 ( www.novaopenfoundation.org ) 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.

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NOCF Raise the Bar Lounge & Presentations

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 novacharities@gmail.com.

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Charity Donations Received & Acknowledged!

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.

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Building an Artist Consortium

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: novacharities@gmail.com. Please provide links to your most incredible artwork and the names of any competitions you may have done well in.

Sign up now!

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More than $10,000 Raised by Raffles

More than $10,000 was raised through the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation Charitable Army Raffle. The winners were selected through an online randomizer system and announced at the closing awards ceremony of the 2013 NOVA Open Convention.

And the winners are….

The Lightish Red Army to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Jake Schneider Hobart Tasmania, Australia

House of the Silent King to benefit The Fisher House. Eric Fontaine Dixon, Missouri

Redemption of the Fallen to benefit Doctors Without Borders. Patrick Weber Central Point, Oregon

The highest bid for the Dark Angel Fortress was made by Frank Edwards of Westville, Indiana. The beautiful terrain just barely fit into the bed of Frank’s pickup truck to go home to Indiana.

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Final Online Push!

“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:  www.novaopenfoundation.org

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:  novacharities@gmail.com

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Charitable Army Raffles

Our biggest fundraising events will be charitable army raffles, which focus on engaging the tabletop miniature gaming communities. Raffle tickets are sold online HERE continuously until the drawings which will occur at the NOVA Open Convention on Sunday, September 1, 2013. This year, there are three painted armies being created for the following causes:

  • 40K Dark Angels: Redemption of the Fallen for Doctors Without Borders
  • 40K Necrons: Fancy Project Title for Fisher House
  • Warmachine/Hordes: Fancy Pink Project Title for Breast Cancer Research Foundation