Review: NOVA Open 2018 - Capital Palette

by Massive Voodoo

The Capital Palette

From the NOVA OPEN Homepage:

The NOVA Open invites hobbyists and artists to proudly display their work in its Capital Palette, a juried, open forum award miniature art competition. The Capital Palette began in 2013 and has grown to become a recognized force for promoting the excellent artistic endeavors of miniature gamers every.

A Crystal Brush qualifier, the NOVA Open and its remarkably talented judges encourage everyone to bring and display their best work - take a chance on bringing home a Capital Palette Monument, any of three medals or finalist awards!

A 3-judge panel will award gold, silver, and bronze accomplishment awards for 6 divisional categories based on the criteria listed in the primer. In an open forum competition, there can be multiple gold, silver, or bronze winners in a category (or no winners), and each exhibitor's work is individually evaluated and receives the level of award the judges feel that their work merits, without regard to the awards given to other pieces in the exhibition. Finalist awards are also awarded. Modelers can thus judge the progress of their work from show to show, without worrying about what other modelers may create.
Additionally, the panel will select one model in each category as the Best in Category winner, and one of the Best in Category finalists as the overall Best in Show winner. Convention attendees will select a Fan Favorite from among all submissions that have earned Final Round standing on the last day of the NOVA Open.

Small champs at the  Capital Palette Award Ceremony!

Impressive Knights!

Mechanics with problems.

Magic moments.

Brutal Giants.

Wonderful cars.

I am helping to judge
the Capital Palette now for the fourth year in a row and I can say it is an honor to work with the team of the NOVA Open on this. We are constantly improving this event and it is really a true joy to see the Capital area grow and numbers of entries increasing every year.

This year I was judging alongside head-judge Dave Taylor and with Matt DiPietro and it was - again - a really fruitful and good learning experience. Thanks to you, gentlemen for the great teamwork and smooth process.

The numbers of entries grow and the quality rises each year. It is beautiful to see this grow bigger and better each year. Many thanks to all the volunteers who help making this a smooth thing.

Up front magic CJ who takes all the photos of Capital Palette entries.
Sadly I am not able to show every entry in here, so I hope you enjoy the random selection.

A selfie from the year 2017 with wonderful Christine.

Thanks to the Bob's who handle the models and thanks to all additionalvolunteers.

A cult.

A happy Capital Palette winner ...

A serious Capital Palette winner.



Wow 2.0!

Hell yeah!

Pure yellow!

The biggest change this year
was the decision to have the Capital Palette split up to three different main categories:

    • Beginner
    • Journeyman
    • Master

Inspired by europen open format events we decided that this step is necessary and it was a full success as the numbers of entries rose about 20%.

Massive Voodoo's Most Creative Award by Melissa Powell

Overall Best of Show by Sam Lenz!

Has anyone seen my sheep?


Shiny Gladiators!

Colorful Peotry!

Judges at work!

First rule!

Massive Tanks!

The blue chips!

Orcs! Orcs! Orcs!

Behind bars!

Stompa! Stompa!

I see fire.


It has been  an amazing show this year!
Thanks to everyone who entered the Capital Palette in 2018.
Without your great figures and models created from the heart the cabinets would have been empty!
Thank you all and see you next year!

Keep on happy painting!
Yours Roman


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