I painted this large scale figure from Reaper miniatures last year. Because she is supposed to be an animated ships figurehead, I went with a weather worn and paint cracking look for her. She is 11.5" tall with a 9.5" wingspan and was also an interesting experiment in crackling techniques.
I am very late in posting this, but better late than never. These are the more memorable conventions and modeling/painting contests that I attended in 2012.
On May 4th-5th, I attended the 2012 Gulf Coast Model and Figure Expo and ran a demo class on Saturday. The show started Friday with a bad movie night (think Mystery Science Theater 2k!) followed by a full Saturday of seminars, vendors and, of course, their painting contest. This convention was a lot of fun to attend and had a fairly large turnout for their show and painting contest.
Also in May, I attended Wonderfest and had a blast. If you don't know what Wonderfest is, it is, as they say, "THE annual expo for model and toy collectors of s-f, horror & comics subjects--especially plastic kits & garage kits". There is a ton of things to do from demos, lectures, vendors, The Amazing Model Contest, movies, after hours events, and much more. It's a must see show if you are into larger kits and builds.
I took six models and entered the Amazing Model Contest: