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Class schedule is UP!

 

http://www.reapercon.com/classes

 

Click one of the days on the sidebar to get to the grid, there's a LOT of text at the top of that page...

 

(note to self, split page into 2 pages, a descriptive and a grid...)

 

Tickets will go on sale next Thursday, August 4th, at 12PM (Noon) Central daylight Time (5PM GMT).

 

Below we present the official descriptions of what will be available. 

 

Classes are presented in similar form at https://reapercon.com/classes

 

Artists are listed at https://reapercon.com/master#artists. You can click an artist to find all classes instructed by them. Some artists, such as Michael Proctor, Anne Foerster, etc. are not teaching set courses at set times, but will be available for questions and instruction throughout.

 

Bob Ridolfi:

 
Building a Scenic Base - Halloween: This fun, hands-on class will teach students how to use various craft materials and plasticard to create a characterful scenic graveyard base for a figure. These techniques are also useful for diorama creation. All materials provided.

 

 
Building a Scenic Base - Fantasy: This fun, hands-on class will teach students how to use various craft materials and plasticard to create a characterful scenic graveyard base for a figure. These techniques are also useful for diorama creation. All materials provided.

 

 
 
"You made that from WHAT?!!" – This demo/Q&A class is an overview of cheap and easy materials that can be used in diorama and vignette building. Examples of the materials will be shown and discussed. No prior experience required.
 
Michael Proctor
 
Kick elf Colors:Hands on color theory.  Can't figure out what colors to use on your mini or which colors play well together?  This is your class.  We will go over the color wheel and how to select colors that work well together and make an impact on your presentation.  We will also go over using colors for contrast and color shifting.  Then you will grab your brush and apply these new skills.  
 
Painting Shaded Metallics: Want to learn how to do more with metallic paints than just put them on and throw a wash over them? This class will teach you how to create truly eye-opening effects by incorporating complex shading and highlighting into your use of metallics. 

 

 

 
Advanced Basing: Learn to utilize a variety of natural and craft materials to make unique display bases for your figures! Materials provided. You can bring your own figure to create a base for, or just create something to use later! 

 

Jessica Rich:

 

Beginner Freehand: A hands on class that will teach you the fundamentals of freehand patterns and designs. Students should bring a size 0 brush with a sharp point. A handout will be included.

 

Portraiture: Ever wanted to paint an awesome banner for a character? I'll show you how! This extended, hands-on class will walk you through painting portraits and scenes on tiny things! Students should bring a brush with a sharp point that they are comfortable working with. A handout will be included.

 

Hot Chicks: I'll teach you tips and tricks for accentuating the female form in miniature. This class is hands on, and will contain anatomical language. Please bring a brush with a sharp point. A handout will be included.

 

 

Andy Pieper:

 

How not to Suck: Sculpting Edition:  This beginning sculpting class will cover the basics on how to get started sculpting miniatures, what pitfalls you will encounter, and tips/trick that will help you as you learn to sculpt. Students should bring a pen to take notes if they like; a handout will be provided.

 

Creating Armatures for Sculpting: This beginning to intermediate sculpting class will cover various materials and construction methods for making armatures.  Students will make one armature of their own.  If possible, students should bring a set of miniature pliers, though a few sets will be provided.

 

Painting Skin Effects: Tattoos, Spots, and Other Markings: This intermediate painting class will demonstrate and practice the painting of realistic skin markings using glazes. Students should bring their own detail brush.

 

 

Angela Imrie:

 

Blending Overview : This class will cover a wide variety of occasionally very different tools, techniques and shortcuts in a fun, fast working class. Students should bring their own brushes; all other supplies will be provided. This is a hands-on class, figure supplied, paper handout supplied.

 

Painting Crystals : This class will cover how to paint a colorful crystal base along with a few construction tips and theory, we’ll even go over these techniques to cover crystalline weapons and more. Students should bring their own brushes; all other supplies will be provided.  Example minis are welcome.  This is a hands-on class, small crystal base supplied, paper handout supplied.

 

Painting Fluid-Filled Objects :  This class will cover how to paint potions, bottles, and even that bubbly mug of beer!  Students should bring their own brushes; all other supplies will be provided.  Example minis are welcome.  This is a hands-on class, figure supplied, paper handout supplied.

 

Painting Translucent Fabrics  :  This class will cover how to get that sweaty T-shirt on your modern hero or the silks on a dancing girl. Students should bring their own brushes; all other supplies will be provided.  Example minis are welcome.  This is a hands-on class, figure supplied, paper handout supplied.

 

 

Aaron Lovejoy:

 

Airbrushing 101: Is your airbrush driving you crazy? This class will cover everything from proper cleaning, clog prevention, proper paint thinning to how to go about airbrushing small and large miniatures. This is a demonstration class so bring a pen and paper to take notes. Feel free to bring examples of your work for me to critique.

 

Wet Blending: This class will cover my "go to" techniques for getting paint on a miniature.  From the "Meet in the Middle" to the "Loaded Brush" technique you will learn how to paint fast and with high contrast.  This class is great for both display painters and army painters alike.  This is a hands on class so bring a good brush.  Everything else is provided for you.

 

Sci-Fi Basing: This class will cover the making of cool Sci-Fi bases for your miniatures.  All materials will be provided for you.  

 

Anatomy of a Base: This class will cover the ins and outs of making an award winning diorama, from the initial idea to the finished product. And yes we will cover "The Forgotten Realm" last year’s best-in-show-winning piece, as well as "No Hope," my bronze winning piece from Crystal Brush this year.  This is a demonstration class so bring a pen and paper to take notes as well as examples of your work for critique.

 

 

Jen Greenwald:

 

Painting Basics: This class will cover the basics of mini painting: prep, base coating, basic shading and highlighting, and finishing. Students should bring brushes. Handout provided.

 

Painting Black, White, and Red: This hands-on class will cover painting the difficult colors black, white, and red. Students should bring brushes. 

 

Freehand for the 2D Challenged: This class will cover tips and tricks for painting freehand for those who are new to it and/or do not have drawing skills. Students should bring brushes and paper.

 

Painting Modern Figures: This class will cover painting items found on minis representing modern characters: denim, modern weaponry, etc. Handout provided. Students should bring brushes. 

 

 

 

Tish Wolter:

 

Good Fast Painting with Tish Wolter: This class will cover beginning-to-end steps to achieving a well-painted miniature quickly and efficiently. This class is a demo. Handouts will be provided. No need to bring any supplies! 

 

 

Mini Painting for Kids with Tish Wolter: This class covers miniature painting basics for the younger set (8+). We will cover mini prep, choosing colors and basic painting techniques. Students should bring a brush (size 1 or 2 is fine to start with) and an example of their work if they have one. Handouts will be provided. 

 

 

Erin Hartwell:

 

Basic Color Theory: This beginner/intermediate level lecture-style class will cover color terminology, the color wheel, color interaction and tricks for using colors harmoniously.  All supplies are provided and students will receive a handout.

 

Flesh and Faces: This intermediate level class hands-on will cover how to highlight and shade the face as well as skin using primarily layering and glazing techniques.  Students should bring their own brushes.  All other supplies will be provided and students will receive a handout.

 

Painting Difficult Colors:  This intermediate level hands-on class will cover how to approach red, yellow, white and black.  Students should bring their own brushes.  All other supplies will be provided and students will receive a handout.

 

Marike Reimer:

 

Painting Non-Metallic Metals: This is a tricky technique using color placement to achieve a metallic sheen without metallic paints. In this demonstration class, I'll share my tricks to make this as fast & fun as possible. Students can work along if they wish; they will get the most out of this class if they are already familiar with blending.

 

Painting Freehand:   Want to wow the painting competition judges & impress your friends? Add freehand! Enameled patterns, curlicues, & sheer lace fabric techniques will be shown in this demonstration class. Students will want to bring something to take notes. 

 

Tips and Tricks:  In my many years of teaching, this is my favorite painting class, because I can tailor it to my students. Join me as I demonstrate my simple approaches to seemingly complex problems.

 

Katie Sommer: 

 

Painting Basics: This class will cover the basics of mini painting: prep, base coating, basic shading and highlighting, finishing, and basing. Students should bring brushes. Handout provided.

 

Painting Chibis!: This basic/intermediate hands-on class will instruct students on how to paint those gigantic chibi eyes and get smooth blends on those big faces. Learn about using dark lining to get a more cartoon-like effect. Students should bring their own brushes; a handout will be provided.

 

 

Ian Markon :

 

Blending -- Layering and Feathering:  This hands-on beginner/intermediate class will cover how to create smooth color transitions through the techniques known as layering and feathering as well as where to place the highlights and shadows created by this method.  Students should bring their favorite paintbrushes; all other supplies will be provided.  Class handout provided.

 

Adding Character Through Conversions:  This hands-on beginner/intermediate class will cover some basic methods for adding small, characterful greenstuff and "cut and paste" accessories to your miniatures to make your characters uniquely yours.  Students should bring their sculpting tools of choice (or at least a hobby knife); all other supplies will be provided.

 

Exotic Non-Metallic Metal:  This hands-on intermediate class will cover how to make any color appear metallic in order to add some exotic flair to your fantasy and sci-fi weapons and armor.  Students should bring their favorite paintbrushes; all other supplies will be provided.  Class handout provided.

 

 

Rex Grange:

 

Miniature Painting 101: Beginner hands on. This class will cover miniature prep, basic painting techniques, light and shadow. Students should bring their own brushes. Handouts will be provided.

 

The Monster Under Your Bed: Beginner hands on. This class will cover painting 54mm+ monsters, painting techniques, transitional skin tones. Students should bring their own brushes. Handouts will be provided. 

 

 

Glen Phillips:

 

Painting Flat Figures: This hands-on intermediate flat painting class will cover a potted history of flats and the tools, materials, cleanup, repair, priming, and painting. Specific coverage of light direction, highlighting, and shading to create a three dimensional effect will be the primary focus. Students should bring their own brushes; all other supplies, including an illustrated handout, will be provided.

 

The Basics of Plastic Model Kit Building: This lecture with visual aids will provide a foundation for building any plastic model kit. The class will review the contents of a commercial plastic model kit - parts, instruction sheets, and decals; how a kit is made and how it affects the parts; tools, materials, adhesives, parts clean-up, assembly, and basic painting. A hand out is provided. Un-built and built models will be on display for further discussion.

 

 

Jake Schneider:

 

Intro to Digital Sculpting: This basic class will demonstrate how to do some basic 3d modelling for prototyping purposes. It will discuss different technology (software and printing both) that are available. Students don’t need to bring anything, but they’re welcome to bring their laptops along if they want and try it out (using a free program called Wings3d). A handout of the instructor’s talking points will be included, so students can spend less time scribbling notes and more time listening and interacting.

 

 

Brien Piersol:

 

So You Want to Paint a Mini...: This absolute beginner painting class will cover the basics of miniature painting, figure preparation, a little color theory, and what you need in a starting painting kit. This class is for people who are just starting out in the hobby, and as such, all materials will be provided. 

 

 

Greg Zuniga:

 

Dirty and Distressed (Weathering) : After being on an adventure or in the field for a while, things get dirty! We will cover the techniques to make them look appropriate. This hands-on class will cover using  pigments, oil paints, and other effects to add dirt and decay. Handout provided; no prior experience necessary!

 

Painting Vehicles and Mecha: Bots, Tanks and CAVs oh my! This is a Demo class on how to use an airbrush to get your machines of war ready. The class will cover panels, color modulation, and pre-shadowing techniques.

No previous experience necessary, and handouts will be provided.

 

 

John Bonnot: 

 

How Not To Suck : This (absolutely painful) class will cover <enough material to make you realize that, no, you really don't want to do this hobby after all>. Students should bring <their own change of undershorts>; all other supplies will be provided. <DO NOT FEED INSTRUCTOR.> (But seriously: This beginner class will cover everything from miniature prep and materials through techniques such as layering. Students should bring note-taking devices!)

 

 

Brice Coconour:

 

Everything I wish I Knew When I Started Painting : I have had the privilege to watch and learn from some of the best painters. You will learn about wet pallets, paint dilution, brush techniques, basic blending, how to move the paint on the mini.  How to use the color wheel and light.  Learning by using reference materials and tell a story.  Bring your brushes so we can practice these techniques.   All other supplies will be provided.

 

Beginner Freehand : Most people are intimidated by freehand.  This class will give you the tools, ideas, hints, and helps so you can do great freehand designs on your models. Students should bring good brushes that will hold a point.  You will need a size 1 or 2 brush for the base coats and a size 0 and a size 00 or 000 brush for the freehand.  Bringing a hobby knife would be useful.  Plan on painting--you will learn by practicing! All other supplies will be provided.

 

Advanced Freehand : Take your freehand to a new level.  The class will cover layout hints, proper paint dilution, detailing, putting light, and dark colors in the correct places. Students should bring good brushes that will hold a point.  You will need a size 1 or 2 brush for the base coats and a size 0 and a size 00 or 000 brushes for the freehand.  Plan on painting--you will learn by practicing! All other supplies will be provided.

 

 

Caleb Wissenback:

 

Airbrush 101: You will learn the basics of choosing the right airbrush and components, prepping the airbrush , preparing your paints to airbrush , the basics of airbrushing application, clean up and maintenance of your airbrush.

This is a lecture and demonstration based class. 

 

Advanced Airbrush – Finishing Techniques: Once you know how to use an airbrush, what effects can you get when you push it? This class is all about using an airbrush for more controlled effects on vehicle models and figures. Learn techniques like Zenithal Highlighting, pre-shading, color modulation, and more. 

This is a lecture and demonstration based class.

 

Painting Faces: This basic hands-on class will cover the basics of painting faces, from choosing where to put your highlights to painting eyes. The Face is the focus point of your miniature, and this class will teach students how to bring the face to life with contrast, color, and temperature variations as well as color nuances. 

Students are encouraged of bring their favorite brushes and colors.

 

Army Speed Painting: This basic class will focus on using the airbrush to turn out nicely-painted models in record time. Learn the techniques  and tricks used by CK Studios to get your army on the tabletop quickly and making it stand out on the table . This class is a lecture and demonstration based class, so students should bring devices to take notes.

 

 

Justin McCoy:

 

Weathering Techniques: During this demo class instructor Justin McCoy from Secret Weapon will execute start-to-(almost)finish work on an armored vehicle. He'll demo pigments, hairspray chipping, salt chipping, sponges, pencils, enamels and/or oils—everything he uses during the process of roughing up a vehicle or wreck. Many techniques can also be of use on urban terrain pieces. Students will get the most out of this class if they are already familiar with using an airbrush, and should bring note-taking devices.

 

Light & Color: This class is focused around projector and lecture, with lots of classical and modern art (especially animated film) references. It covers the basics of color theory, model composition, painting blending, transitions, and zenithal lighting. The instructor will also leave time to give 1:1 feedback where requested, or take the class on a field trip to the competition room to talk about models there. Students should bring note-taking devices.

 

 

Matt DiPietro: 

 

Two-Brush Blending: Sit down for a focused 2-hour class with the premier instructor of the two-brush technique. This class is designed to teach you all you need to know to start blending using the two-brush method. Informative handouts and a practice model will be provided and are yours to keep. Bring your own blending brush (any large round will do but Rapael 8404 size 3 is ideal) as well as other brushes to apply paint.

 

Tabletop Painting – Sketch Style:  Witness a streamlined approach to creating visually striking miniatures specifically designed to be viewed on the tabletop. Join Matt DiPietro as he demonstrates how he gets his models on the table. 

During the class Matt will perform a sketch of the values on the model before adding colors with glazes. By separating highlighting and shadowing from coloring Matt is able to create striking figures that incorporate cast light, reflective surfaces, directional lights, and drop shadows all in less than 2 hours.

 

 

Joe Orteza:

 

Hands-On Sculpting: This is a "jump right in" style class for anyone interested in learning more about sculpting! Award-winning painter and sculptor Joe Orteza will touch on everything from basics to advanced topics while he demos and assists students in playing with putty! If you've been "putty curious" and are looking for a no-stress, fun way to jump in and give it a try, this class is for you. Students aged 13+ please—tools are pointy! 

 

 

James Wappel: 

 

Shaded Basecoats: Welcome to painting the Wappel way! In this basic, hands-on class students should expect to jump right into painting in a fun, organic way they never have before. Bring your own brushes and sense of adventure!

 

Basing the Wappel Way: This basic, hands-on class makes it simple to create eye-popping bases for your figures. Students should bring their own brushes (and maybe a figure that needs a base!) and be ready to paint along!

 

Using MSP Liners: This basic, hands-on class explores the many ways to utilize the MSP Liner colors. If you always wondered what these were for or how to use them, this is the class for you! Students should bring their own brushes; other materials will be supplied. 

 

Using MSP Clear Colors: This basic, hands-on class explores the many ways to utilize the MSP Clear colors. If you always wondered what was up with these ultra-bright colors, or how to use them, this is the class for you! Students should bring their own brushes; other materials will be supplied. 

 

 

Doug Cohen: 

 

Workshop - Sculpting a 54mm Figure : This full two-day, hands-on workshop will take students through the process of sculpting a 54mm figure with award-winning modeler Doug Cohen. Students should bring their own sculpting tools, and may also wish to bring magnification devices such as an optivisor. Other materials will be provided.

 

 

Jason Wiebe:

 

Simple Conversions: This basic/intermediate class can be demo or hands-on depending on what the students would like. It will cover some basic methods for swapping pieces between models or adding small, characterful greenstuff add-ons and accessories to your miniatures to make your characters uniquely yours. Students who wish to work along should bring knife, glue, and sculpting tool(s) if they have them. 

 

Convert-Your-Own Giant Skeleton!: This fun, dive-right-in hands-on class for all levels will cover using materials and putty to add details to the Bones giant skeleton figure. Personalize your own spooky creation, and learn about the many ways to convert this awesome large figure! 

 

 

Jason Wiebe, Bobby Jackson & Gene Van Horne: 

 

Royal Rumble Convert ‘n’ Take! : Join three fantastic sculptors in a room full of knives, glue, Bones, and no-holds-barred action! A fun conversions class for all levels. Ages 12 and up, please. 

 

 

Bobby Jackson & Gene Van Horne: 

 

Introduction to ZBrush: This demo/Q&A class will talk about starting in digital sculpting with the industry-standard program, ZBrush. Bobby and Gene will cover what kind of system you need, tablet options, and will demo and discuss some of the basics of getting started with 3D sculpting and working with ZBrush in particular. 

 

 

Julie Guthrie: 

 

Create-Your-Own Spooky Tree!: In this fun, hands-on class for all levels, students will learn how to use simple tools to create a spooky Halloween tree suitable for diorama use! All materials provided, though students may bring their own tools and glue if desired. 

 

Clothing the Figure: This intermediate class can be demo or hands-on as the students desire. Learn to add pieces of cloth or armor to a figure with putty. Students who wish to work along should bring their own tools; other supplies provided. 

 

Bob Ridolfi:

 

Create-Your-Own Graveyard Base: This fun, hands-on class will teach students how to use various craft materials and plasticard to create a characterful scenic graveyard base for a figure. These techniques are also useful for diorama creation. All materials provided.

 

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Bryan Stiltz: 

 

Bones Convert ‘n’ Take! : Join the one-and-only Reaper Bryan in a room full of knives, glue, Bones, and no-holds-barred action! A fun conversions class for all levels. Ages 12 and up, please. 

 

How to Run a Kickstarter: Join two brave men who have pulled off successful Kickstarter campaigns—AND SURVIVED! Reaper Bryan and Justin McCoy of Secret Weapon are here to talk about what they learned and to teach you how not to fail at Kickstarter!

 

 

Shannon Stiltz: 

 

Quick and Dirty Painting for Gaming: This class will cover tips and tricks for gamers who need to paint a lot, fast, to get it on the table! Whether you’re a game-master reaching for that holy grail of painted encounters every week, want to churn out two armies super-fast so both you and your friend can play, or just bought too many miniatures Kickstarters…this class can help. 

 

Mini-Painting for Kids: This very basic class is for kids aged 5 and up who’d like to practice their skills or learn new ones! Parents should furnish a brush—size one or two is fine to start with. Other supplies will be provided. 

 

Making Money with Mini-Painting: Ever wondered if you could make some cash off of your hobby? This lecture/Q&A class will cover everything from the pros and cons of painting armies vs doing higher-level work, to hosting photos, making eBay work for you, contracts for commission work, pricing scales for various levels of work, and managing your time. 

 

 

Sue Wachowski: 

 

Hair with Sue: A hands-on class that showcases an easy variation on the layer/feather/glaze method that will improve the look of your hair and fur. Bring at least one brush with a nice sharp point (Size 1, 0, or 00), and you may come with a current project or pictures for critique and help in class. Class miniatures and paints provided, includes a step-by-step handout. 

 

Layer, Feather, and Glaze: A hands-on class to improve the smoothness and details of transitions and shading. Cloaks, clothes, armor, skin, everything can be improved using this controlled technique. Bring at least one brush with a nice sharp point (Size 1, 0, or 00), and you may bring a current project or pictures for critique and help in class. Class miniatures and paints provided, also includes a step-by-step handout. 

 

Dragon & Large Figure Prep: This combo demo/hands-on class deals with both metal and resin minis.  You'll learn tips for smoothing mold lines, pinning and piecing together, bending, personalizing, using power tools, and fun products that can make your prep work easier on large models and dragons. Includes a handout.

 

 

Michelle Blastenbrei: 

Dirt and Scenes, Done Dirt Cheap: This Intermediate Hands-On class will cover using soiling and weathering techniques to set a scene and tell a story. Students should bring their own brushes. A class kit will also be provided.

 

Blood, Puss, Guts and Gore: This Intermediate Hands-On class will cover using specialized materials and techniques to create realistic and macabre effects on your models! Students should bring their own brushes. A class kit will also be provided. 

 

 

Derek Schubert: 

 

Fur, Feathers, and Scales: In this demo/hands-on class, you'll learn the techniques for painting textures and patterns on fur, feathers, and scales that replicate real critters but are also suitable for fantastical beasts! Bring your own brushes.

 

Painting Expressive Faces: In this demo class, you'll learn the concepts and techniques for conveying a deliberate and evocative expression on a figure's face, including tips on painting eyes. Bring a note-taking device and any magnification device you need to see very fine details. The class includes a hand-out.

 

Sculpting Faces: In this demo/hands-on class, you'll learn how to sculpt a face in epoxy putty, including proper proportions, stylistic choices, and conveying expression through the features. Bring your own tools if you want to sculpt along; putty will be provided. The class includes a hand-out.

 

Painting Lighting Effects: In this demo class, you'll learn the concepts and techniques for creating the illusion of light on a figure, including environmental lighting and "object-source lighting" (making something look like it glows). Bring a note-taking device. The class includes a hand-out.

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I. Want. To. Go. To. Reapercon!

 

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Maybe... juuuust maybe if I get it all done early.

You better go! 

 

On topic: I'm going to probably take 3-4 classes total this year, so it'll be hard to narrow it down with so many awesome classes being offered!

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Anyone remember what the price per class was last time?

variable - between $10 and $25. Pricing varied on number of students (classes with 6 students were more expensive than classes with 12) for the most part, with some additional expenses if additional, pricey materials were to be provided.

 

 

How's it work with mobile sign-up? Last year I missed several classes I want because the site was kinda clunky trying to sign up...

The class grid is rather bulky and doesn't always display well on phones. This is partially a feature of simply trying to have such a large table on a small screen. There is little I can do about that particular aspect.

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