The event was held at Northern Virginia Community College, which was a nice venue. Here is the show area. My lower back appreciated the chest-level tables!
The show is primarily for historical and military figures, dioramas, and busts. But they have a respectable showing of fantasy and sci-fi figures as well. We'll start there!
Here is a figure by a fellow WAMP Forum member, Stahler77.
Another one by Stahler77. I like the coloration on the rocks.
And another one by Stahler77. Stahler77 won a medal in the Fantasy Advanced Painter category.
This is a great vignette by another fellow WAMP Forum member, MamaGeek. It's too bad it came out blurry. It's entitled Visiting Grandpa. MamaGeek won the gold with this in the Fantasy Open category. Check out better photos here: http://www.wamp-forum.com/VB4/showthread.php?8125-MamaGeek-vs-Synthet&p=144392&viewfull=1#post144392
An Ork / Space Marine battle in the Fantasy Open category.
A Warmachine fight in the mud.
Creepy as hell, but the painting is phenomenal.
Check out the subsurface veining.
Figures by NCMSS master painter and new WAMP member, Rhodes Davis.
This is a tiny, tiny figure.
I wish I had it in focus, especially to see the plaid. This figure is about the height of a nickel on-end.
This is a limited figure by Studio McVey. Rhodes painted this wonderful version of it. I have a copy of the figure that I plan to paint in the future. I'll have Rhodes' version for reference and for ideas.
Again, the close-up misrepresents the scale of the figure. The satyr is about an inch high. The fairy in his palm is the size of a small fly.
This was one of my favorite pieces.
Another one of my favorite pieces.
These were in the Wargaming category.
Here is what my entry looked like from afar. I have my Lizardman Army spread out on the right. On the front and back mats to the left of the Lizardman Army, I show figures from skirmish games: Gremlins (Malifaux) in front; in back, Marcus & Beasts (Malifaux), Trollbloods (Hordes), and Goblin Pirates (Freebooter's Fate).
Now to the historical/military section. There is a lot of talent to draw inspiration from these guys, who have been in this hobby for literally decades. The scales are about 2 to 3 times larger than wargaming miniatures, so there's a lot more room for different painting techniques.
By Rhodes Davis. I watched him paint this at the NCMSS painting meetups.
A curious type of miniature I wasn't aware of. These are 2-and-a-half dimensional miniatures. They have a name, but I don't know what it is.
Another way to display the 2-and-a-half dimensional miniatures. There was another display that showed them in a shadowbox.
This diorama tells a great story. The figures show so much expression in this one.
The realism of this Sean Connery look-a-like blows my mind. Truly a combined masterpiece between the sculptor and the painter.
Made entirely from paper! The modeler, Tim Stormer, walked me through the model. The steering wheel actually moves the front wheels, and the trundle-seat folds down.
Except the wire in the wheels, which were scratch-built.
The vendor area.
The vendor for this model, and the ones that follow, commissions his painting from women in Russia, most of whom only have this outlet as an opportunity to make an income. These women are unsung masters in this field!