Hobby Classes

Miniature Monthly, CK Studios and Tectonic Craft Studios present HOBBY CLASSES AT KINGDOM-CON 2017

Last year was the first year for Hobby Classes at Kingdom-Con.  This year we have brought back some of the top Painters/Hobby people in North America to share their knowledge and love for this wonderful hobby of ours!  So if you are looking to advance your painting/hobby skills, this is the place for you.  From army painting to advanced display techniques, we cover pretty much everything.  We are doing smaller, more intimate class sizes this year.  Focusing more on one on one interaction with the students.  We want you to get as much out of the classes as possible.  We are all looking forward to seeing you at Kingdom-Con 2017!

Join us for the first annual Masters of the Universe painting competition! Show off your artistry in a friendly competition for prizes and to show off your artistry at Kingdom Con 2017.

Submit all entries at the Hobby Hangout booth in the main hall by registration.

Single Model Category:

  • This includes any Fantasy or Sci/Fi 28mm size figure.  
  • Any human sized figure under 54mm tall.
  • Entries can be on a display plinth or gaming base.

Squad Category:

  • This includes any Fantasy or Sci/Fi squad of at least 5 figures.
  • Entries can be on a display plinth or gaming base.

Vehicle/Monster Category:

  • This includes and Fantasy or Sci/Fi vehicle or Monster.
  • Entries can be on a display plinth, gaming base or no base at all if applicable.

Open Category:

  • This category includes everything else.
  • Entries can be on a display plinth or gaming base.

Trophies go to first place in each category and one to Best In Show.  Certificates for second and third place in each category.

Painting contest brought to you by:  Kingdom Con, CK Studios, Miniature Monthly, Tectonic Craft Studios and the Hobby Hangout.

Sign-Up for Hobby Classes using our Eventbrite Ticket System

The teachers are:

Aaron Lovejoy ~ Miniature Monthly

Elizabeth Beckley ~ Miniature Monthly

Caleb Wissenback ~ CK Studios

Dan Cotrupe ~ Tectonic Craft Studios

Friday Schedule:

8am to 9:45am

  1. Aaron Lovejoy:

Wet Blending 101:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

In this class you will learn my core techniques for wet blending. A technique I use for both army painting and display miniatures. We will go over 4 different techniques that when used in concert will give you fast beautiful results. A miniature and paints are provided.  Please bring your own brush. Raphael 8404 or Windsor Newton Series 7 size 1 is recommended.

  1. Dan Cotrupe:

Building Up Bases:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

In this class students will explore different avenues to bring their model’s bases to the next level. Combining custom commerical and blank bases with different basing materials, natural and manufactured, along with pigments, washes, paint, bitz, and more to build up bases into individual pieces of scenery in their own right. Students will be provided paints, basing materials, glue, tools, and bases. Students are welcome to bring a model or 3 of their own to work on.

10am to 11:45am

  1. Aaron Lovejoy:

NNM Master Class:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

In this class I will cover my general rules for painting NNM and how to break them. So If you want to paint really shiny NNM this is the class for you. A miniature and paints are provided.  Please bring your own brush. Raphael 8404 or Windsor Newton Series 7 size 1 is recommended.

  1. Elizabeth Beckley:

Beginners Layering Class:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Join professional painter Elizabeth Beckley as she teaches her signature painting technique, layering. Layering allows the painter to achieve smooth blends on miniatures without all the mess of some other techniques! Recommended for painters that would like to learn a new way to paint or are just starting out.

1pm to 2:45pm

  1. Dan Cotrupe:

Paint on wood: Painting MDF scenery

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

MDF terrain is here to stay. It is a very versatile, adaptable, and customizable terrain medium that is very exciting but can also be intimidating. Join me in a course where we will learn the ins and outs of painting laser cut mdf from priming (or not priming), the basics of painting, color by number approach, and even a few watercolor techniques for large area painting. Students will be provided pieces of laser cut mdf terrain to work on and be allowed to use several paints and brush types to achieve different effects.

2.Elizabeth Beckley:

NNM Master Class:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Elizabeth Beckley will be teaching the techniques of Non Metallic Metal, the ability to paint realistic metal surfaces without the use of metallic paint. We will talk about and practice painting the most common colors, silver and gold. This is a hands on class and miniatures are provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own brushes. This class is for intermediate painters, you have some experience and understanding of painting miniatures but you would like to learn a new technique.

3pm to 4:45pm

  1. Aaron Lovejoy

True Metallics Master Class:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

In this class I will cover my general rules for painting True Metallic Metals, and how to break them. So If you want to paint really shiny True Metallics, this is the class for you. A miniature and paints are provided.  Please bring your own brush. Raphael 8404 or Windsor Newton Series 7 size 1 is recommended.

  1. Caleb Wissenback:

Painting Black:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Join veteran Hobbiest and award winning painter Caleb Wissenback in this hands-on class as he teaches How to properly paint black.  Black is one of those tricky colors to get right.  Caleb will teach you how to do it right.  Miniatures, brushes and paints are provided but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes.

6pm to 7:45pm

  1. Elizabeth Beckley:

Chibi Madness:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Learn how to paint those super cute and slightly strange miniatures called chibis – best known from games like Super Dungeon Explore and Arcadia Quest. Join professional painter Elizabeth Beckley in a class focused on painting Chibi miniatures. The class will cover things like painting eyes, hair and color choice. Class size is small so that each student is given instruction and time to ask questions on the subject. Miniatures are provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own paint brushes. This class is good for beginners and advanced painters that would like to learn more about the techniques of painting chibis.

  1. Caleb Wissenback:

Airbrush 101 ~ Advanced Finishing Techniques:

Class size: 15 students

Class Type: Lecture

Join Award winning painter Caleb Wissenback for this intermediate level airbrushing class. Learn how to create depth and volume on your miniatures and vehicles with these advanced finishing techniques . Learn how to use Inks, oils, and acrylic paint to create shading, modulation , highlighting , and detailing .

8pm to 9:45pm

  1. Aaron Lovejoy:

Army Speed Painting:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Looking to speed up your army painting? Learn from industry expert Aaron Lovejoy. With over 15 years of army painting experience you will learn the tricks of painting your army fast and looking top notch. Class includes a free miniature. Bring a good brush (Raphael 8404 size 1 or Windsor Newton Series 7 size 1 are recommended). This is a hands on class so be prepared to paint.

  1. Elizabeth Beckley:

Painting Skintones:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Join professional miniature painter, Elizabeth Beckley as she provides hands-on painting demonstrations about painting skin tones on figures. The class will cover painting shadow and highlights as well as color choice on the miniature. Learn how to make skin come to life along with the technique to create smooth blends to achieve this effect. Class size is small to provide instruction and attention to every student attending. Miniatures are provided. Students should have some knowledge of painting miniatures. Students are encouraged to bring their own brushes. This class is open to all skill ranges that would like to learn some tips and tricks to making skin tones less of a hassle.

Saturday Schedule:

8am to 9:45am

1.Aaron Lovejoy:

Anatomy of a base:

Class size: 15 students

Class Type: Lecture

Ever wonder what goes into a top level competition piece.  Join Aaron Lovejoy as he gives a complete rundown of his “No Hope” entry for Crystal Brush 2016.   From the initial concepts and build to the final paint.  We cover everything that goes into an award winning diorama.

  1. Caleb Wissenback:

The Art of Freehand:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Join award winning painter and Hobbiest Caleb Wissenback for this Hands-on introduction to painting freehand designs on your models. From simple patterns on clothing or common heraldry on shields to delicate tattoos or elaborate banners; painting freehand designs is one of the most useful, impressive, and challenging skills for a painter to master – and we all have to start somewhere. This class is geared toward the intermediate painter looking to improve this challenging skill.

10am to 11:45am

1.Dan Cotrupe:

Intro to MDF:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

The world of tabletop terrain has been drastically changed by the advent of laser cut terrain. In this class, students will embark on a hands-on, guided journey through punching out, cleaning, and building their very own intro piece of mdf terrain. Students will be provided with one of several terrain kits to build (fantasy, steam punk, gothic, and hard science fiction) and all the tools, glue, and accoutrements necessary to build your new laser cut terrain kit.

  1. Elizabeth Beckley:

NNM Master Class:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Elizabeth Beckley will be teaching the techniques of Non Metallic Metal, the ability to paint realistic metal surfaces without the use of metallic paint. We will talk about and practice painting the most common colors, silver and gold. This is a hands on class and miniatures are provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own brushes. This class is for intermediate painters, you have some experience and understanding of painting miniatures but you would like to learn a new technique.

1pm to 2:45pm

  1. Elizabeth Beckley:

Beginners Layering Class:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Join professional painter Elizabeth Beckley as she teaches her signature painting technique, layering. Layering allows the painter to achieve smooth blends on miniatures without all the mess of some other techniques! Recommended for painters that would like to learn a new way to paint or are just starting out.

  1. Caleb Wissenback:

Blending 101:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Join veteran Hobbiest and award winning painter Caleb Wissenback in this hands-on class as he teaches the three different techniques for blending that he uses : Spit or reduction blending , Wet on Wet blending , and Glazing or French Blending . This class is aimed at the beginner it intermediate painter who wants to take that next step . Miniatures, brushes and paints are provided but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes.

3pm to 4:45pm

  1. Aaron Lovejoy

SciFi Basing Class:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Join Industry expert Aaron Lovejoy as he shows you how to create cool SciFi gaming bases for your armies.  We will go over all the materials and techniques you need to know to make amazing looking gaming bases.   This is a hands on class.  All materials are provided.

  1. Caleb Wissenback:

Advanced Airbrushing Class:

Class size: 15 students

Class Type: Lecture

Join Award winning painter Caleb Wissenback for this intermediate level airbrushing class. Learn how to create depth and volume on your miniatures and vehicles with these advanced finishing techniques . Learn how to use Inks, oils, and acrylic paint to create shading, modulation , highlighting , and detailing .

6pm to 7:45pm

  1. Elizabeth Beckley:

Painting Skintones Class:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Join professional miniature painter, Elizabeth Beckley as she provides hands-on painting demonstrations about painting skin tones on figures. The class will cover painting shadow and highlights as well as color choice on the miniature. Learn how to make skin come to life along with the technique to create smooth blends to achieve this effect. Class size is small to provide instruction and attention to every student attending. Miniatures are provided. Students should have some knowledge of painting miniatures. Students are encouraged to bring their own brushes. This class is open to all skill ranges that would like to learn some tips and tricks to making skin tones less of a hassle.

  1. Dan Cotrupe:

Advanced MDF scenery

This is a 4 hour class it will go until 9:45.

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

This class is a mixed media course to bring your mdf terrain beyond the bare wood and smoke finish or simple tabletop standard and into the mid to high range or tabletop terrain. No work exists in a vacuum and there is a lot of room for improvement on even complex lasercut designs. In this course we will discuss cutting, assembling, and converting basic mdf terrain as well as introducing additional design elements via putties/plasters, wire, and scrap mdf, foam/foamcore, and more finishing the piece with painting and weathering techniques to make your piece stand out on a tabletop. Students will be provided a Tectonic Craft Studios terrain kit to work on as well all construction and building tools and supplies.

8pm to 9:45pm

  1. Aaron Lovejoy:

Weathering 101:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Looking to add some life and realism to your models. This class will go over some different ways to add battle damage and weathering to your paint jobs. We will use acrylic paints, pigments and washes from Secret Weapon Miniatures to make quick and realistic effects. Bring some good brushes. A Raphael 8404 size 1 or Windsor Newton Series 7 size 1, a nylon flat head brush size 6. A miniature will be provided with the class but I encourage you to bring a vehicle to work on as well.

Sunday Schedule:

8am to 9:45am

  1. Caleb Wissenback:

Airbrushing 101:

Class size: 15 students

Class Type: Lecture

In this class you will learn everything you need to know to get the most out of your airbrush. We will cover cleaning, keeping your airbrush from clogging, properly thinning your paints and paint application. So if your new to airbrushing or are currently frustrated with your airbrush, this is the class for you. I will have you up and running in no time.

  1. Elizabeth Beckley:

Chibi Madness:

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Learn how to paint those super cute and slightly strange miniatures called chibis – best known from games like Super Dungeon Explore and Arcadia Quest. Join professional painter Elizabeth Beckley in a class focused on painting Chibi miniatures. The class will cover things like painting eyes, hair and color choice. Class size is small so that each student is given instruction and time to ask questions on the subject. Miniatures are provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own paint brushes. This class is good for beginners and advanced painters that would like to learn more about the techniques of painting chibis.

10am to 12:45pm

  1. Dan Cotrupe:

Filling the Table: Building the beginning of your tabletop needs.

3 hours,

Class size: 6 students

Class Type: Hands on

Tabletop gaming is a hobby that involves models, rules, friends, and of course- The Tabletop. Setting the scene for your game is an excellent chance for you to generate interesting tactical scenarios as well as develop rich narrative elements for your games. To do that however, you need to undertake a task often overlooked: Filling the table.

In this hobby instructional session we will go over various ways to build popular and necessary terrain elements such as walls, ruins, area terrain, obstacles, and buildings. We will be using a variety of hands-on techniques and materials both new and old to create a rich and diverse terrain set for at least a 4’x4’ table. Terrain built will be both new age Tectonic Craft Studios elements as well as traditional materials such as insulation foam, foamcore, hardboard, wire, hot glue, sand, flock, a grab back of woodland scenics elements, rocks, stones, mosses, and roofing sand.

Students will be provided with all necessary tools and building materials to create a 4’x4’ table of terrain for light skirmish or battle sized wargames.