TantrumCon brings you some amazing miniature painting experts to teach classes and lead our mini painting room AND we once again have the miniature painting contest! SIGN UP FOR THESE CLASSES NOW HERE
CONTEST DETAILS: The miniature painting contest has two categories: Adult and Kids (age 12 and under) with three winners in each category: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Awards given out at 3pm on Sunday (do not need to be present to win, but we prefer it).
Each attendee may paint one miniature for free! Just show your badge at the paint & take area, stopping in any time. Purchase more miniatures to paint at the Registration desk.
Friday: 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am through 7 pm
Sunday: 10 am through 1 pm
Starter Painting Class
New to miniature painting? Painted a few and get frustrated? Need some simple guidance and understanding? Painting for years and need help breaking through a barrier? This class may just be for you! We will discuss painting supplies, beginner methods, where to go cheap and where to place your money for better results, and, finally, basic strokes and practice painting on a mini!
Skin Painting Class
Have you always wanted to paint smooth skin? Great! In this skin class, we’ll mainly focus on blending and glazing to achieve smooth skin tones. Students should be familiar with glazing and/or layering in order to get the most out of this class, but I can walk you through those techniques. While the majority of the class will be spent on the face, I will cover placement of highlights and shadows on other skin surfaces and the differences between painting male and female figures. Please bring a brush with a nice tip. I find it easier to blend skin with a size 1 or 2 brush, as smaller brushes tend to dry out more quickly.
NMM (Non-metallic metal) Painting Class
This technique may seem hard, but it only requires a little patience and smooth blending. Never fear! In this class we’ll tackle a sword blade and see how to apply highlights and shadows to simulate the look of metal, without using metal flake paint. Please bring a brush with a nice tip, such as a natural hair sable. I find it easier to blend with a size 1 or 2 brush, as smaller brushes tend to dry out more quickly.
There are many ways to blend, and all of them are useful in different situations. In this class we’ll cover layering, glazing, wet-blending and feathering. Most painters find a style that works for them and makes the most sense. There is not one right way to blend. Hopefully this class will help you find the method that is easiest for you! Please bring a brush with a nice tip, such as a natural hair sable. I find it easier to blend with a size 1 or 2 brush, as smaller brushes tend to dry out more quickly.
TMM (True-metallic metal) Painting Class
Painting weapons and armor can be as simple or complex as we want. In this class we’ll use both metal flake paint as well as a gloss medium to shade and highlight a sword blade. We’ll shade with color as well, and if time permits, cover nicks and bloodstains. Please bring a brush with a nice tip, such as a natural hair sable. I find it easier to blend with a size 1 or 2 brush, as smaller brushes tend to dry out more quickly.
Friday: 10 AM Beginner (90 minutes)
Friday: 12 noon Blending (limit 10-12)
Friday: 3 pm Beginner
Friday: 5 pm Skin or Non Metallic Metal (limit 10-12)
Saturday: 10 am NMM (limit 10-12)
Saturday: 12 noon Beginner
Saturday: 2 pm Blending (limit 10-12)
Saturday: 4 pm TMM or Skin ( limit 10-12)
Saturday: 6 pm Beginner
Sunday: 10 am to 1 pm - Painting Help in the P&T Room
Sunday: 1:30 PM. Judging of the Contest
Instructor Terry Brown (aka Bonwirn on forums) started painting Napoleonic era lead soldiers and plastic models with Testor’s enamel paints in the early `80s. Focusing more on terrain and miniatures since 2010, this logical, left-brained engineer has worked through the barriers of right brained techniques of blending, highlights and shadows, and generally saying “this is good enough” for miniatures that have been a “work in progress” for several years. Terry has been running Paint & Takes are local game stores and smaller conventions since 2016 and enjoys the smiles on first time painters faces.
Instructor Erin Hartwell (aka Corporea, aka Dr Hobbit) uses her super power of timey wimey sneakiness to balance gynecology, art, writing and gaming, and still manages to send the cats off tackling the laser pointer before bedtime. This lawful good surrealist painter is most proud of her ability to catch babies without a mitt. She is as likely to say “how about those Mets?” as “red is a fussy color requiring patience and layers,” and then mention onions, parfaits and ogres; hoping that someone will understand her random humor. She recently discovered this incredible thing called streaming television, and wonders why no one put a safety warning on it. Her latest goal is to visit every continent at least once. Two more to go- can you guess which? She has been painting miniatures seriously for nine years, cheerfully and haphazardly for twenty-six, and attends Reapercon annually as an instructor and contest judge. She loves teaching, and would be happy to help you learn and grow as a painter.