This Tyranid (Scythes of Behemoth) army update is from Gabe Dobkin.
Gabe had this to say:
“Hello all! It is Gabe Dobkin (a.k.a. – Cobra Commander) writing to you from here in sunny Florida. I am happy to once again return as a contributing artist for another NOVA charity army. I have never painted any Tyranid models before, so this should be fun.
“I finally got around to cleaning, prepping, and assembling my trio of Lictors. I have affectionately nick-named them Flopsy, Mopsy, and Peter Cottontail (Death Leaper being Peter Cottontail of course!)  All in all, the Finecast kits were supplied in good shape. The tail bit on Death Leaper was the only badly cast and deformed bit amongst all three kits. I managed to coax it back into shape, pin it in place, and fill the gaps with Green Stuff. A little sanding and it appears to be good to go! Phase two will be priming these guys with black spray, but it has been a little too hot and humid for that lately. Here are a few pics. More to follow as time and weather permit!”


This Tyranid (Scythes of Behemoth) army update is from Sean Fulton. He is making great progress on Venomthrope, “I decided to play it a little safer and just model the actual tendril as opposed to the whole limb.  I think it came out looking ok. Most of the pieces are just dry fitted at this point.  I still need to bulk out the tendrils a bit and sand them smooth to get them more in line with the unmodified limb.”


This Ultramarine army (Blood & Honor: The Defense of Macragge) update is from John Stiening. He is producing the centerpiece Imperial Knight for the Macragge Project’s Ultramarine army, Blood & Honor: the Defense of Macragge.  Check out his work with Powered Play lighting in the early days of his work at 40K Hobby Blog.  Check out the TEST VIDEO and more photos below:


This Tyranid army (Scythes of Behemoth) updates if from artist Sean Fulton. He is planning to make Venomthrope the centerpiece of this grand Tyranid army. To that end, he consults with the Macragge artist consortium as he develops this concept art piece for this NOCF charity army raffle. See more below:

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Venomthrope 4

Venomthrope 2

Venomthrope 1





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.

These models will be raffled on site 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:

Contemptor Dreadnought
The Great Unclean One

The Deathwatch army is a great story of collaboration, as 28 miniature artists connected through the Penny Arcade forum to create this 2000 point army.  Read more background.  Andres Jiminez, Foundation intern, created the logo by marrying the Deathwatch logo to a video game counsel in order to demonstrate this army’s commitment to Child’s Play Charity.


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John Stiening jump started discussions about painting the Ultramarine army with this TUTORIAL.

Dave Taylor started the Tyranid artist discussions around this TUTORIAL.

Blood & HonorWork in Progress Photos and Links Provided Below for The Macragge Project Ultramarine Army
Blood & Honor: The Defense of Macragge

July 21, 2014:
Brian Ballard > Three Storm Talons get under way
Storm Talon Factory Webpic

July 20, 2014:
Marc Raley > Thunderfire Cannon > Marc has been working on a pair of Thunderfire Cannons for the NOCF Macragge project  – specifically, the Ultramarine army, “Blood & Honor: Defense of Macragge.”  He shares, “The guns are almost complete. Techmarines are base-coated. Here is a quick progress shot from the workbench. More photos to come soon!
Thunderfire Cannon First Look

July 20, 2014:
John Stiening > Repainting a Dave Taylor Masterpiece > Part I of this special edition add-on for Blood & Honor.  Click on the above link to read the full article.
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July 16, 2014:
Justin “misterjustin” McCoy > Helloooo, Marneus ~ and his Honour Guard, too!  We’re told these awesome models are shipping.  We move closer to bringing the entire army together for its first photoshoot!
Hello Marneus - Web Size Marneus & His Guard

July 16, 2014:
Martin Jones > Tactical Squad Complete!
Tactical Squad

July 15, 2014:
Dave Taylor > Surprise Add On . . . Land Raider Taking Home the Trophy!
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July 14, 2014:
Dave Taylor > Welcome the Centurion Devastator Squad!Taylor Centurion Squad

July 14, 2014:
Aaron Lovejoy > Tigurius, in all his glory, joins the Battle of Macragge!
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July 11, 2014:
Celso Mendez > Celso’s Tactical Squad is finished and in the mail!
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July 3, 2014:
Lester Bursley > Dropping in an Awesome Drop Pod!
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June 30, 2014:
Chris Dubuque > Jawaballs, Blood Angels > Getting Under Way

 June 29, 2014:
Neil Szabo:  almost perftec.blogspot > and they have arrived!

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 June 25, 2014:
Neil Szabo: Check out how awesome they look now that they are finished!neil2


June 21, 2014:
Dan Withers:
For Webpage


June 18, 2014:
Dave Taylor:
Dave talks about the progress he has made on his Centurions, Ultramarines, and Tyranids.
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June 5, 2014:
Celso Mendez: Celso is mostly done with his Tactical Squad, with only basing and details standing between him and completion! Follow finishing touches on Facebook. You can also check out his BLOGSPOT.
Mendez Tacticals


June 3, 2014:
Justin “misterjustin” McCoy > Secret Weapon Miniatures > Justin talks about his excitement on working with NOVA on Marneus Calgar & Honor Guard.
Marneus First Shots 2


May 27, 2014:
Neil Szabo: In the beginning . . .
“I started the process with John’s awesome Ultramarine’s Blue armour and air brushed that on. Then I began to fill in details like faces and eyes first. I like to start with the faces firs as that is where a person’s attention is naturally drawn to on a model anyway. Next I moved on the doing the leather gold and metal. The gold and leather turned out quite well and I’m rather pleased with how simple they were too. The remainder of the details like lenses, ropes and insignia were done next. In the future I’ll be working on the fatigues and cloaks, but first I want to paint up the lovely bases from Mr Justin so that I can decide what color tones to use on the scouts cloaks 😉 The last step will be to revisit the armour for final highlights and weathering.”

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May 20, 2014:
John Steining:  Imperial Knight Early Photos &Video of Lights in Action (scroll down for video) >
40K Hobby BlogImperial Video


May 17, 2014:
John Steining:  Imperial Knight List Test > 40K Hobby Blog
Testing lights on Imperial Knight


May 15, 2014:
Chris Dubuque:  Presenting the WIP Tour on YouTube > Blood & Honor Part I
Jawaballs talks about his excitement for being a part of the charity army build
From the Beginning Jawaballs


April 14, 2014:
John Steining:  Ultramarine Painting Tutorial > 40K Hobby BlogUltramarine Blue

Man Eaters of the Great Maw

Work in Progress Photos and Links Provided Below for The NOCF Warhammer Fantasy Army
Man Eaters of the Great Maw

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation extends its appreciation to Wes Cogdal of Stiff Neck Studio, who donated this beautiful Ogre army. Wes is a returning artist who is also  donating two Forge World models to be auctioned off at the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention (August 28-31, 2014).  Thank you, Wes!

The next update on this amazing army will include seeing it snugged down into its new custom KR Mutlicase!


July 1, 2014:
The Army hath arrived!
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May 24, 2014:  Completed Army Pictured below
The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation extends its appreciation to Wes Cogdal, Stiff Neck Studio, for donating the first Warhammer Fantasy army which is being raffled in support of The Fisher House Foundation.

The next update on this amazing army will include seeing it snugged down into its new custom KR Mutlicase!








“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!

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.”