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We all know that I love gaming. I'm sure you all here do, too (otherwise, this is really an odd website to have on your surfing list). I'm sure most of you, like me, also like helping others. The people that run the NOVA Open certainly love helping others. That's why they're always running their charity army auctions. They've currently got one up and going for a Space Marine army with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.
It's been a great day here at the CMON Expo. Lots of cool stuff going on. Lots to see. Lots to do.

What? You don't believe me? I thought we were better friends than that. But fine, if you want photographic evidence of the awesomeness, that's alright. I've got you covered.
As you know, I'm a fan of gaming. If that gaming also helps a charitable foundation, then that takes something already pretty cool and just turns the awesome up to 11. The NOVA Open Charitable Auction works to raise funds for charities by selling raffle tickets for armies for various games. They currently have two going on, which are their first of the year. They're two different Dark Age armies painted by the talented (and very cuddly) Dave Taylor.
While, for a lot of people, the convention may seem to end at Gen Con, that's really not the case. There's still shows after that. One of them is the NOVA Open, held in Arlington, VA. Many different gaming companies will be there holding events. CoolMiniOrNot is one of them. They've posted up their events schedule, so you can be prepared.
Every year, the NOVA Open holds their Charity Raffle. This year is certainly no different. You can now purchase tickets for your chance to one of these Warhammer 40k armies. This year's prizes are a Sons of Orar Space Marines force and an Alaitoc Eldar force. Over 20 miniature artists from around the world put time into the project. There's special detail from the top of these figures heads down to below their feet (Secrete Weapon Miniatures even made special bases for the figures). And to make sure the figures get to the table safe, KRMulticase is providing transport cases for them.
I know that gamers aren't generally known for their sports knowledge, but you'd have to be willfully ignorant not to know that it's Big Game time (because the NFL is about as litigious as GW, I'll skip out on using the actual term for what's going on today). That's right, here in the US, our American Football championship is happening tonight. Wings, beer, nachos, giant sandwiches, and pizza will be consumed in mammoth proportions.

But before you head to your party, check out some these bite-sized stories.

This time we've got: More unlocks for the Fightin' Fungi Kickstarter, a new release from Hitech Miniatures, New Knights Bundle from Kabuki Models, New Gaming Mats from Deep-Cut Studio, New Mine Tunnel Terrain from Heroic Maps, NOVA 40K Qualifier offered at TotalCon 29, New Previews Posted for Alternative Civil War, New 15mm Houses from Tabletop-Art, New Drunk Goblin Guard from Rebel Minis, and Ludus Magnus Studios announced their relaunch date for Nova Aetas.

NOVA Open is coming up this weekend. They've got lots of events as well as the Capital Palette painting contest, which is a qualifier for the Crystal Brush. Will you be there?

Nova Open

NOVA Open Website
Crystal Brush Announcement

From them to you:

Capital Palette 2014 is coming up this Labor Day Weekend, 28-31 August, at the NOVA Open gaming convention in Washington, D.C.

Capital Palette is a qualifier event for the Crystal Brush. The Best in Show winner receives a prize package which includes his or her choice of $100 in CMON store merchandise, or round-trip airfare to compete at the Crystal Brush Awards 2015 at the Adepticon gaming convention in Chicago, where you can compete for the Crystal Brush $10,000 top prize!
Nova Open will be one of the qualifiers for the Crystal Brush. Be sure to make your way to Washington, DC. this August for your chance to qualify.

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From the announcement:

NOVA Open has grown in just a few years to be the biggest wargaming convention in the Washington, D.C. area. We’re happy to announce that for 2014, their art competition, the Capital Palette, will continue as a Crystal Brush Qualifier. The Best in Show winner will receive a prize package which includes his or her choice of $100 in CMON store merchandise, or round-trip airfare to compete at the Crystal Brush Awards 2015 in Chicago!

NOVA Open will be held August 28-31, in Arlington, VA. Full details, including registration and hotel information, can be found at NOVA Open’s main site

NOVA Open Charitable Foundation combines gaming with charity, raising money for various causes by raffling off great items. Check 'em out.

From them to you:


The House of the Silent King necron army is complete and on the way here. Raffle tickets selling on the site.

KR's "custom cases" for all three armies have shipped; NOVA artists will be applying logos to cases upon arrival.

The Redemption of the Fallen dark angels army is well underway.

The Lightish Red Army (Warmachine Khadors) is neck and neck with Silent King - tickets purchased HERE.

Additional Info:
• Ticket sales will end at 2:00pm EST on September 1, 2013 ... whether onsite at the NOVA or online.
• 11th Company will be streaming video of drawing on September 1, 2013 - between 8 and 8:30 pm EST.

Crystal Brush has an announcement about their qualifying event at the NOVA Open.

From the article:

So, the fine folks out at the NOVA Open will be hosting a miniature artistry competition at which we have decided to invite one lucky winner – the Best in Show – out to the 2013 Crystal Brush Competition!

If you fancy yourself a miniature artiste and are out in the Arlington, Virginia on the weekend of August 30th to September 2nd… grab one or more of your best works and give it a shot!

KR Multicase is proud to be an official sponsor of the NOVA Open.

From the announcement:

We are very pleased to announce that KR is sponsoring the NOVA Open this year, the organisers wanted maximum protection for figures, and so KR with our soft foam for miniatures and hard cases for soft foam was a natural choice for them. And not only that, but we teamed up to help them offer exclusive VIP swag bags - a KR Backpack2 filled with their NOVA goodies - be quick though there are only 50 available !

See here for details of all the NOVA Open exclusive deals.

See here for all details of the bags and contents here.

You can see the full NOVA Open details here.

We will add more details of the KR prizes on offer for the competitions and raffle later – you can be sure though that they will be well worth entering the competition and/or buying the raffle tickets ;-)

KR – soft foam for figures, hard cases for soft foam !