Home from ReaperCon 2015

I was finally able to make it to ReaperCon and I had a blast. So many awesome people, inspiring artists, fun games and beautiful miniatures.  I wish I had brought a camera but my luggage was already quite hefty so it didn’t make the cut. Please check out https://reapercon.com/mspopen/2015 for photos of all the entries and of course the awards each painter received. Congratulations to all the painters as everyone did a fantastic job and brought so many awesome minis.

 

I was most looking forward to the classes I had signed up for with great artists such as Jessica Rich, Justin McCoy, Bob Ridolfi, James Wappell, Derek Shubert, and Michael Proctor. I enjoyed all my classes and learned quite a bit from them.  I hope to soon be able to apply some new techniques on a few new pieces. All of the attendees I met were also awesome and I quite enjoyed meeting so many people from the Reaper forums and making new friends. I wish I had more time to do so much more while I was there but like all Conventions there is only so much one can do. The rest will have to be saved for another year.

 

I didn’t plan entries too much for this year as I was uncertain I would be able to enter as I had to leave super early Sunday and if pick up times would allow me to enter. Luckily Debbie assured me if I entered I could pick them up Saturday night. So I brought four pieces with me that I entered across three categories. I was very lucky to have each qualify for an award. In total I brought home one gold, two silvers and two manufacturer awards. Quite the honor and I was quite surprised.

 

My only Gold went to my personal favorite of my pieces “The Secret Garden” featuring Dark Sword’s Stephanie Law’s Erato and Kirin miniature sculpted by Patrick Keith. I decided to enter her into the open category as I wanted the base to be considered in the scoring. I spent quite a bit of time making her base and trellis. The miniature itself I added a few flowers to her hair and two more leaves. I was stunned when she earned me a Gold in the Open Category. Then I was speechless when I was bestowed the Dark Sword Best in Show Manufacturer award. There were so many beautiful Dark Sword entries at the show and I am honored that she was selected.  Here are some photos of the piece and closeups of Erato. (Please click for full size)

zerato

 

erato

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I entered two miniatures into the Painter’s Category and my “Waiting for Prince Charming” Reaper Miniature’s Sleeping beauty sculpted by Julie Guthrie earned a silver. This piece began as a practice piece for sheer cloth and I quite liked the outcome so gave her a display base with a few critters.

sleeping beauty (2) sleeping beauty sleeping beauty (4)

 

My second painters entry was a DGS Freeblade fire wizard. I painted him up for my husband to use as his Red Robe Wizard of High Sorcery for our Dragonlance campaign. Since Sleeping Beauty was selected to judge for the category he didn’t earn a medal. However he was selected as the DGS Freeblade Best of Show manufacturer award to my surprise. I quite enjoyed painting him up even though red is not usually a color I would choose for a competition figure, but since he will be used for gaming I needed him in red robes. Here are a few shots including a closeup of his face.

wizard (2)

wizard (3)

wizard

And lastly my final piece was Reaper Miniature’s Space Mouslings Diorama “Tenta Squeal, Tenta Squeek, Tenta Kill”. This was a fun little piece I put together right before the convention. I was quite happy that they brought me home my second silver.

mouslings (4) mouslings

 

Overall the show was a blast. I learned alot, enjoyed meeting so many inspiring painters of all levels, and was able to see amazing miniatures up close. I would recommend any miniature lover or painter to attend if possible. I hope I can make it back soon. Thank you to all the people who helped make ReaperCon happen and a special Thank you to all the artists teaching classes and judging. I imagine it would be quite demanding and challenging and everyone was great. To all the people who personally spent time chatting with me thank you as you all are what makes the miniature painting community so special. Hope to see some of you at Gen Con.

 

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~ by liviasminiatures on May 6, 2015.

5 Responses to “Home from ReaperCon 2015”

  1. I didn’t realize this was you!! 😀 I had such a great time hanging out with you, we’ll have to do that more next year!! Love the mouseling diorama.

    • Hopefully I’ll be able to go again next year. If so most definitely and more survival speed paints. I have a few more ideas for those. It was great meeting you and your husband.

  2. Amazing work there!! adore the girl in the garden diorama, truly beautiful!

  3. Congratulations! I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: it was so nice to meet you! Glad I can follow your blog now– your work is beautiful & I can’t wait to see what you do next 🙂

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