February 1, 2019: Year 10; Edition 3
Hello, All ~

We are all very excited to be planning this 10th Anniversary event for you. The NOVA Open staff is in high gear as we get ready for the registration launch in just 28 days on FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019. Here is a list of things our attendees should know:

  • READ THE NEWSLETTERS: Those who follow the newsletters receive the most up-to-date information we can provide. The Feb 15 newsletter will roll out information on events and the schedule, giving you two weeks to plan your trip to NOVA Open 2019.

  • MORE ON HYATT BLOCK SELLING OUT: The Hyatt Regency, our convention hotel, is sold out Thursday-Sunday. There are rooms available at the Hyatt from Saturday 8/24 - Thursday 8/29. The problem with that is you would have to check out and move to Renaissance Thursday 8/29 - Sunday, 9/1. BUT, a few events are being planned pre-con Sunday-Wednesday which might make moving worthwhile. More about that in FEB 15 newsletter.

  • BOOK ROOMS AT RENAISSANCE NOW: Rooms are still available in our Renaissance block, but moving quickly. It's a beautiful hotel just steps from the Hyatt. They are going fast.

  • SuperNOVA 2016-2017-2018? Did you get your email from Marti? Have you marked your calendar for SuperNOVA "First Fifty Presale" on February 15. You'll get one more notice in a splash email February 12 - watch for it so you'll have all the information you need for day-of. After that, it's all you. Good luck!

  • TERRAIN DAYS: The Terrain Team has been developing the schedule for 2019. These are great year-around events which bring the volunteers together for good, clean hobby fun - well, maybe not so clean while the airbrushes, sand, foam, glue and sanders are going! If you're not on the evite list, reach out to customerservice@novaopen.com today.

The work of the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation is also in full swing. Only one online raffle will be run this year - the Summer Raffles ending at NOVA Open on Sunday 9/1. The list of projects already under way is mind-blowing! Watch for updates.

Very best,
Mike Brandt, NOVA Open CEO
HOTEL BLOCKS FOR NOVA OPEN 2019
2019 Hyatt Regency Room Block Sold Out
THURSDAY - SUNDAY


It is always smart
to check the Hyatt block now and then
to see if anyone cancelled their reservation.


LOOK WHAT THE HYATT'S DOING FOR THE NOVA OPEN
  • Entire Hyatt Event Space Reserved for the NOVA Open
  • Room Rates at $98 (single occupancy)
  • More double rooms available in the NOVA Open Block
  • Cell Reception Available in All Areas of Hotel
  • 50% off In-Room Wi-Fi
  • Free In-Room Wi-Fi for Gold Passport Members - Sign Up Today
  • 50% off Valet Parking
  • 20% off Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the Hotel Restaurant, Cinnabar - Show Your Convention Badge!
  • $4 Hyatt-Selected Beer for NOVA Open Guests THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE EVENT

Questions? Contact us: customerservice@novaopen.com  
The Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA, 22202
Book at Renaissance Today
Going Fast!

NOVA Open Blocked 100 Doubles
We Can Add More at the NOVA Open rate

If they sell out before you book, notify us: customerservice@novaopen.com


LOOK WHAT RENAISSANCE IS DOING FOR THE NOVA OPEN

  • One half-block behind the Hyatt ~ you can't get closer to the convention
  • Renaissance is a 5-Star Property
  • Doubles and Kings Available
  • Book at $98 per night
  • 20% off bar and restaurant - must show badge
  • Free wi-fi for Marriott Rewards members - click to join now
  • Cell Reception Available in All Areas of Hotel
  • Complimentary Shuttles to DCA and Metro
  • Massive parking garage; 50% discount for self-parking

Questions? Sold Out? Contact us:  customerservice@novaopen.com  
  
The Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA, 22202
SEMINARS
NOVA OPEN 2019 SEMINAR SCHEDULE UNDER WAY
NOVA Open is honored to announce the return of many renowned artists and instructors to its 10 th Anniversary Seminar Schedule. We are also pleased to introduce artists and instructors who will be joining NOVA Open for the first time on this special year. The list is long and growing, classes are diverse, and the choices extensive. 

When www.novaopenstore.com goes live (on or about Feb 15), spend some study time reviewing the classes offered and course descriptions from:
 
Madeline Cockrell of Lightcraft Miniatures
Wes Cogdal and his crew from Stiff Neck Studio
Caleb Dillon and other artists from White Metal Games
Matt DiPietro of Contrast Miniatures
Alfonso Giraldes, best known as Banshee, from Banshee Miniature Art Academy
Kat Jackson & Caleb Wissenback of CK Studios
Joe Johnson, long-time member of the NOCF Artist Consortium
Joe Kopena, a NOVA Open Lead skilled in 3D Modeling & Printing
Roman Lappat of Massive Voodoo
Oscar Lars of Oscar Lars Tutorials
Sam Lenz of Samson Miniatures
Gutier Lusquinos Rodriguez, game designer of Infinity / Corvus Belli
Nick Nanavati, 40K Game Strategist
Duncan Rhodes of Warhammer TV
Erik Swinson of Swinson Studio
Austin Thompson from Death Ray Designs
Vincent Venturella from Warhammer Weekly
Ethan & Amanda Voce, the 40K Couple
Joe White of Smooth Blend Studio
 
We expect this list to grow; watch here in future NOVA Open newsletters for updates!
 
CHECK THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDARS:
  • Roman Lappat will be returning with his 3-Day JAR’s Beginner Workshop. Plan to attend/space will be limited: Sunday-Tuesday, August 25-27
  • NOVA Open is working on adding a couple of very special 2-Day Workshops ahead of the convention. Watch here for the news.
  • Games Workshop’s Community Team is, once again, planning a Big Reveal for the evening of Wednesday, August 28! 
INTERESTED IN TEACHING AT THE NOVA OPEN?
NOVA Open would like to build a course catalog which will allow instructors to provide their course titles and class descriptions. This will allow us to ensure NOVA Open attendees get the best variety of seminars to choose from, with new courses added each year.

If you are an instructor, or would like to try your hand at it, send your ideas to the email address below. We will get back to you!

NOVA Open CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
2019 NEWS
WHAT HAS NOCF GOT ON DECK?
The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation convened for its first meeting of 2019 last week. There are a lot of very exciting plans already under way for the Summer Raffles. Before we tell you too much about them, join us in thanking the volunteers who have stepped up to help organize the fundraiser:

THE 2019 NOCF ARTIST CONSORTIUM
The names of these amazing artists will be collected and shared in future newsletters.
For now, they are coordinating with Team Leads in planning 2019 offerings.

TEAM LEADS
40K: Alex Goode ( Chapter of Hope)
30K: Ryan Bridges
WM/H: James Craig
SPECIALISTS: Caleb Dillon ( White Metal Games)
(FoW, X-wing, Infinity, AoS, LotR, etc.)
MODELS: Sean Fulton

INDIVIDUAL OFFERS
Justin McCoy of Secret Weapon Miniatures
Tobb Silber of Warlord Crusades
Ryan Lawecki of RMC Gaming
Wes Cogdal of Stiff Neck Studio
Neil Szabo, found at Putty & Paint

NOCF VETTING COMMITTEE
Shane Rozzell
Sean Fulton
Michael Kleiman

There is a need for more artists with incredible talents.
Watch here for upcoming information on how to become involved.

SNEAK PEAK AT SUMMER RAFFLES
Duncan Rhodes Model
Space Marines
Orks
White Scars
Flames of War
Infinity: Operation Cold Front

More Reveals Next Time!

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NEWS ARTICLES
RMC GAMING & M3 GAMING STUDIO IN THE HALL!
NOVA Open welcomes Ryan Lawecki, of RMC Gaming, to the Vendor Hall for the first time this year. We asked him a few questions to give our readers a chance to learn a little about him and his company.

Q: What got you involved in 3d Printing?

A: I have only been playing Warhammer for about 5 years, started playing with a group of friends I’ve known since grade school. We liked running 2 or 3 tables and always had a lack of terrain, resorting to using rocks from outside, and a few foam terrain pieces. So, I started making terrain with foam and plaster. Once I hit the point where I wanted some more detailed pieces, I took the opportunity to buy my first 3d printer to help fill out our tables. Soon after that I was browsing the internet and saw a large-scale weapon I just had to have. Next thing I know, I have multiple people asking me for large items. I expanded by adding bigger printers. RMC Gaming was born! Today, I am running 10 printers and commission 5 different 3d artists to help with designs.

Q: How did you get involved with the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation?

A: I started advertising my products on some of the Warhammer pages. I ended up messaging Alex Goode, who informed me he was working on a project for NOCF and asked if I wanted to contribute anything under the name of his group, “Chapter of Hope.” I jumped on the opportunity as I'm a sucker for charities. After I printed out the bolt pistol and saw it painted up for the 2018 NOCF summer online raffles, I knew it was something I wanted to continue. (Teaser: This year’s donation is going to be BIG!) Last year was also the first time I attended the NOVA Open convention. I thank NOCF, NOVA Open, and Chapter of Hope for letting me be a part of all this.

Q: You’ll be vending in the hall with M3 Gaming Studios this year. Tell us about that.

A: After my first trip to NOVA Open last year and having the chance to enjoy such a fantastic convention atmosphere, I decided I wanted to become a vendor in addition to contributing to the NOCF 2019 Summer Raffles. While I was thinking about signing up for a table, I connected with Jean-Virgile Laprise of M3 Gaming Studios. We both have a mutual love for wargaming and terrain and have helped each other out in various ways over the last year or so. I asked him if he also wanted to head to the convention and share a spot with me and he was excited to do so. I know it’s going to be a lot of fun working side by side with them. I hope everyone stops by to say hi and check out the prop kits, terrain and paint pot holders -which seem to be a pretty big hit!

Thank you Ryan! Be sure to stop by the M3 Gaming Studios booth at NOVA Open 2019.
MINIATURE PAINTERS & A MILLENNIAL
HAVE THIS IN COMMON
BRUSH LICKING

Remember that one time when you woke up extra early to throw a few thin coats of paint on a model before heading into work for the day? And then you got to work and realized you had a big old stripe of blue paint running down your lip? Yeah . . . me neither! But how embarrassing would that be, right?

In this hobby, some - perhaps many - demonstrate an expressed urge to put the business ends of their paint brushes into their mouths. I admit, I sure am guilty of it, for better or worse. But we do it for good reason; sometimes it’s the only way to get a good sharp point in those bristles before dotting an eye or adding just enough moisture to glaze in those creamy transitions.

What could be considered evolutionarily-maladaptive hobby-traits (these paints are "non-toxic," right?), isn't really so strange after all. According to a recent study in Science Advances, the fine art of brush licking has been around a long time.

Embedded in the teeth of a 1000 year-old medieval-era woman from northern Germany, archaeologists discovered small amounts of lapis lazuli — a mineral used to create ultramarine, a vivid and deep blue pigment. Paints made with ultramarine were some of the most highly coveted and expensive of the time; it was, quite literally, worth more than its weight in gold. As such, it was used sparingly and often in the illumination of manuscripts and religions texts.

So, how did this wildly expensive paint end up trapped in the mouth of a millenia-old woman? The community where the remains were found was a religious community, and the woman the teeth belonged to was likely an artist charged with copying and illustrating highly elaborate texts for her convent or nearby monastery — highly specialized holy-work often attributed only to men.

Since licking a brush to create a fine point was a commonly taught practice by medieval art instructors, over time and many brush-licks, the fine blue pigment built up in the tartar of her teeth and become preserved for centuries.

Read more about the study here .
ANNOUNCEMENTS
SUPERNOVA INFORMATION
The SuperNOVA is the NOVA Open's answer to the Best Swag Bag Idea in tabletop wargaming. For past attendees, the SuperNOVA needs no introduction. If you've never seen or heard of a SuperNOVA, we think the most important piece of information we can give you is that these  150 bags sell out in seconds! One of the main reasons for its success is NOVA Open's partnership with  KR Multicase - since this "Swag Bag" is actually a CASE! 

The First Fifty SuperNOVA bags will be offered on February 15, 2019, to an exclusive list of past attendees. If you were a SuperNOVA at NOVA Open 2016, 2017, or 2018, you have received an email from Marti Seraphin confirming your email address for this Early Bird option. If you have not heard from her, and believe you were a SuperNOVA one or more of those years, contact customerservice@novaopen.com.

Click the updated image below to learn more about why you want to be hovering the keyboard at  8:00pm EST on Friday, March 1, 2019.
WANT YOUR FOOD TRUCK AT NOVA OPEN 2019?
Food Trucks are already reaching out to NOVA Open for spots at our 2019 convention. We want to know which trucks YOU (OUR ATTENDEES) want to see again.

Send your list of favorites to:
VENDORS at NOVA OPEN 2019
NOVA Open is excited to announce that the following vendors are locked in and will be there for you at NOVA Open 2019:
IMPORTANT ATTENDEE INFORMATION
Attending NOVA Open requires a Convention Access Pass (Wed-Sun) or Day Pass/es ($20 each). The Convention Access Pass "Early Bird" pricing is $50 through April 15; at that time, the cost will be $60. A pass is required before anyone can purchase a ticket into any planned tournament or event. 

Use of board games from the NOVA Open library and/or participation in side events scheduled in that hall are free to those with a Pass; however, Board Game tournaments which confer prizes will require a nominal fee. If Board Game activities are planned in the Foundation Lounge, two drink tokens will be exchanged for a required $10 registration fee, as the Lounge is a fundraising venue for NOCF.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ~ INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
NOVA Open extends its sincere appreciation to all those who volunteer in support of NOVA Open and the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation. These two organizations are looking for year-round volunteers with any interest in supporting their missions. 

INTERNSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT POSITIONS FOR COLLEGE AND WORK APPLICATIONS!

If you enjoy the NOVA Open and being a part of the charitable work of NOCF - and you have the time and energy to put into year-round volunteering - please send us an email telling us a little about yourself and your experience with NOVA Open: customerservice@novaopen.com 

This is also a great opportunity for high school and college students and graduates. NOVA Open has a long history of providing internships to enhance college and job applications. Internships in the convention and event planning arena are hard to come by, and those with non-profits are very difficult to attain. If you have a son or daughter, family member or friend, who may be in need of an internship, send them our way using the customer service email above.

Everything you need to know about volunteering at the NOVA Open can be found on our website by clicking the button below.
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS!
KR Multicase
Games Workshop
Fantasy Flight Games
Toledo Game Room
Steamforged Games
Corvus Belli
Atlantis Games and Comics
The Chance Cube
Secret Weapon Miniatures
Grex
Wyrd Miniatures
Powered Play Gaming
Crystal Brush
Firmer Terra
Stiff Neck Studios
Green Stuff World
The Army Painter
Privateer Press
Black Maria Designs
Mini Duels
Hampton Inn
Warlord Games
Forge World
Broken Egg Games
CMON
Florian Stitz
Victory Comics
Game Envy Creations
Anvil Eight Games
Printable Scenery
Tectonic Craft Studios
Tablewar
Crafted Storage
Andres Jimenez Design
Fallout Hobbies
Armor Class 10
TNT Laserworks
Epic Quest Master
Shadow's Edge Miniatures
Death Ray Designs
RMC Gaming
Breach Storm
Dad's Armies
Games and Gears
The Genesys Project
Historicon
The Magnet Baron
Redgrass Games
Slugfest Games
Best Coast Pairings
White Metal Games
Firelock Games
Creature Caster