Saturday, August 27, 2016

NOVA Terrain Volunteers

NOVA Open Terrain Volunteers:

As you all know, the NOVA Open is a small organization. Much of the money that we earn from admission fees goes into venue and storage costs. We certainly can’t afford to pay wages to the dozens upon dozens of people that contribute to a successful event every year. So, understand that I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I consider the volunteers to be the lifeblood of the NOVA Open. Your dedication and resolve are what carry us through to the main event.

I first heard about the NOVA back in 2010. I went to the event and took some pictures. The next year, my wife and I spend a lovely (a.k.a. humid as Hell) June evening hanging out in the Brandt’s garage, gluing sand onto some hills. Thus I became involved in terrain building for the NOVA. In the last five years, it’s been a joy and an honor to meet all the enthusiastic gamers that the NOVA attracts. Because of the terrain builds, the NOVA isn’t just a once a year event for me. It goes on all year long. And it’s you, the other volunteers, who make the long hours, forfeited Saturdays, and extensive homework projects all worth it.

Now that terrain building has closed on NOVA Open 2016, I wanted to just take a minute to send out a heartfelt thank you to everyone who volunteered this year. Your help was invaluable and greatly appreciated. We couldn’t put on this event without you. But I also enjoyed your company. I hope to see you all next year for more terrain day fun.

NOVA Open Minister of Terrain
Director for Creative Projects and Deliverables
Leader of Bob’s Builders

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ships 8/17/16

Hello All,

Here is the latest on the ships we are doing for the NOVA Open 2016. In total there will be 16 ships for the massive sea battle being put on.

The Chaos Fleet





Chaos Undivided

Chaos Undivided

The Order/Death/Destruction Fleet

The Black Razor

The Lion of Doncaster 

The Vinger

The Hood

The Lord Alfred

The Orca

A little weathering on the Orca
The Ironclads

The Paddle Boat (Still under construction- Primed black in the group shot above)

The original idea for the paddle boat came from this picture.

In other News...

I finished priming the Panzer 4 tanks for this years Airbrush competition.

The first batch

Now that's a lot of tanks!

Well that's it for now. Till next time


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Swag days! The Month of August

Hello All,

Today was the second Saturday of swag preparation for the 2016 NOVA Open. 

Last week we prepared the snack bags the have become a hallmark of team NOVA. Many of the members of the NOVA Open board of directors brought members of their families to help with the work.

Today We met at the NOVA's secret storage facility (Telegraph Self Storage on Telegraph road) to work off of what was started last week. The New bags are really nice. If you are one of the lucky people to get a swag bag this year, you are in for a treat. Nearly 20 people showed up and things went fast! 500 swag bags in under 2.5 hours!

The new bags are orange and black

Packing away the finished bags 

More bags getting stowed 

Taking a short break

We managed to get quite a lot done in a short period of time. Nice Job to all that attended.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Final Terrain Build for 2016- July 23rd

Crossing the finish line!

Hello All,

last Saturday was our final build for the 2016 season. If it isn't done by now it's not happening. (special projects are exempt) Saturday was many things. It was the largest turnout of the season as around 20 people showed up to help. It was the only time this year we worked out of or original build site. Lastly it was one of the hottest days of this year so far.  At it's highest point the temperature hit 105 degrees.

 Thank goodness for the sun shades

We had 3 of them bad boys

Getting setup

We did a quick and dirty inventory of what we has completed this year. over all the numbers looked good.

Water features and hills

AOS Rocky islands


This was the largest turnout for this year of airbrushes. At one point we had 5 of them going at once!

Houses suck!

Production line in action


We put the finishing touches on most of our ongoing projects including getting all the tectonic Craft studio pieces painted as well as several others.

Tectonic Terrain ready for action

The last of the infinity terrain 

Walls for Malifaux 

columns for the Malifaux special tables 

Water features for warmachine

Packing up

We worked most of the day by 6 PM we were down to around 6 people so we packed up and called it a day. 

In all we put in 9 hours on a really hot day, so when you see members of the staff at the NOVA Open remember that they put in a lot of time and energy to make sure you get the best event in these parts. Pat them on the back or give them a high five to let them know you appreciate it.

I am happy to say the build season is closed!

More finish line humor

BTW: Lunch was Tex/mex Mmmmmmmmm...