2013 Conventions & Modeling Contests

Since it is the start of a new year, I thought I’d mention some of the more memorable Conventions and Modeling Contests that I attended last year.

In September I attended JerseyFest.   This convention was AWESOME.  Lots of friendly folks, lots of great classes and seminars.  All of the artists attending shared tips and tricks and were all around friendly people.   I also did a demo on small scale miniature painting.

This is a show well worth attending!  Next year’s dates are set for August 1st through August 3rd.  If you want to know more about their show, or info for next years show, you can find out more here:


From the JerseyFest contest the result of my entries were:

JF Best Figure 2nd

Best Figure – 2nd Place for Hocus Pocus

JF Best Female FIgure

Best Female Figure for my Sophie Trophy.

Gold for my Sophie Trophy

Gold for my Bourbon Sophie

Gold for Melisandre


Silver for Hocus Pocus

Silver for my Daisy Fairy

Silver for Mordred


Bronze for my Dark Maiden

Bronze for my Predator Bust


In May, I attended Wonderfest.    This convention is always fun to attend and focuses primarily on garage kits, horror and larger scale model kits.

The wonderfest web site is here:


I received:

WF Best Steampunk

Best Steampunk, Steampunk Tinkerbell.  This specialty award was sponsored by Aperture 360s and was a wonderfully well done hand-made trophy.  It even has moving gears!

WF Silver


Silver in the Fantasy Category, Anastasia

Silver in the Horror Figures Category, Jahenna


WF Bronze

Bronze in the Fantasy Category, Cersei & Her Ladies

Bronze in the Fantasy Category, Hannah

Bronze in the Fantasy Category, Odila with Freehand Base

Bronze in the Fantasy Category, Odila with Ruins

Bronze in the Fantasy Category, Lady Geneve with Arch

Bronze in the Fantasy Category, Hocus Pocus

Bronze in the Fantasy Category, Melisandre

Bronze in the Fantasy Category,  Mardi Gras Sophie

Bronze in the Fantasy Category,Seraphine Le Roux

Bronze in the Fantasy Category,Titan Master

Merit in the Fantasy Category, Mordred

Merit in the Humor & Super Deformed, Order of the Stick Belkar Bitterleaf


I will be demoing various painting techniques at JerseyFest on Friday, September 13th and then demoing for the rest of the weekend out of the Morland Studios vendor booth.

I will also be judging the Morland Studios sponsored award, “Best Fictional Miniature” in the Modeling Contest. This award has a cash prize of $100.00 for first place, $50.00 for 2nd, and $50.00 for 3rd place. The size restriction is 15mm to 120mm and can be either a figure, bust or vehicle.

More info on JerseyFest can be found here:



Maya JF

2012 Conventions & Modeling Contests

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.

From the contest, the results of my entries were:

Best Fantasy Subject, Beauty & The Bot

Best Gaming Miniature

Silver, Zeus & Periphas

Silver, Spy vs Spy Frogs

Silver, My entire gaming entry display


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:

Gold in the Fantasy Category, Zeus & Periphas

Bronze in the Fantasy Category, Sophie Trophy 

Bronze in the Fantasy Category, Dark Maiden

Merit in the Humor Category, “My Hero”


In November I attended Gatorcon, which was well run and loads of fun.

 I ended up with 7 first places, 2 second places, 6 third places and Best Figure.

Some of the notable figures were:

Best Figure & 1st place in Fantasy under 74mm Category, Raccoon Thief

1st place in the Bust Category, Alien Bust

1st place in the Fantasy over 74mm Category, Dark Maiden

1st place in the Wargaming Non-Human Category, Phoenix

1st place in the Wargaming Human Category, Manhunter

1st place in the Vignette Category, Spy vs Spy Frogs

2nd place in the Wargaming Non-human Category, Dryad

2nd place in the Fantasy under 74mm Category, Melisandre

3rd place in the Wargaming Human Category, Anushka

3rd place in the Wargaming Non-Human Category, Gauntfield Scarecrow

3rd place in the Fantasy under 74mm Category, Tinkerbell

3rd place in the Historical over 74mm Category, Zeus & Periphas

3rd place in the Diorama Category, Basti Bath

3rd place in the Bust Category, Kiggins Bust