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Miniatures

Guests sit around a table painting miniatures

Miniature Painting at Soonercon

Whether you’re a veteran painter or never picked up a brush, there’s something for everyone with miniature figure painting at Soonercon! Enjoy free painting events in the game room, enter the coveted miniature painting competition, or attend a workshop to level up your skills.

Click any of the categories below to learn more.

    Miniature Painting Workshops

    New to miniature painting? Or want to pick up some fresh tips and skills? Soonercon is offering miniature painting workshops taught by guest painters.

    Due to space limitations and materials, these workshops have an additional fee.

     

    Registration opens in the Spring!

    Miniature Painting Competition

    Prize Categories:

    • Small Miniature – 32mm base or smaller
    • Large Miniature – 40mm base or larger
    • Mecha/Vehicle – Any vehicle, mech, or mechanical construct.
    • Open – This category is to catch any model that doesn’t fit in the first three. This includes busts and dioramas.
    • Best in Show – This award is given to the contestant who exhibits unparalleled excellence in painting across all judging criteria, across all competitor categories in the competition. The winner of the Best in Show award is the recipient of the competition grand prize (one prize).

    Judging/Scoring Criteria:

    • Brush Control (accuracy of brush strokes and paint application)
    • Color Palette (appropriate use of colors for style of miniature you have entered)
    • Use of Advanced Techniques (blending, basing, conversion, etc.)

    Prizes

    Prizes to be announced. 

      Registration Requirements:

      Bring your contest entries to the Art Show and ask for the signup sheet.

      • All participants must have a Soonercon membership.
      • All participants will select a category for each piece when entering the competition.
      • Participants will be allowed to enter one piece per category (small, large, mecha, and open).
      • All participants must have their pieces registered and on display in the Art Show before Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m.
      • Judging will take place Saturday evening.
      • All participants must pick up their miniatures from the Art Show before 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

      Paint and Take

      Take a seat, grab a blank miniature figure and brush, and begin painting. You can take your mini home with you for free!

      In the Soonercon Game Room.

       

      Speed Paint Competition

      In our Speed Paint Competition, competitors each have 45 minutes to complete a figure provided. How detailed can you get? Winners can move on to further competition with prizes awarded in the final event Saturday. 

      In the Soonercon Game Room.

       

      Sophie Says

      With Sophie Says you have 45 minutes to paint a miniature, but you have to do it as “Sophie Says.” You may have to stand up or use only green or paint the figure of the person to your left. There’s no telling what Sophie might say!

      In the Soonercon Game Room. This event is free and you get to keep the miniature.

       

      Miniatures Painting Competition Hall of Fame

      Soonercon 31 Miniatures Painting Winners

      Best in Show

      Audra Lynn – Wrath of Aegir

      Small Figure

      (32mm base or smaller)

      1st – Aaron Wilkerson
      2nd – Grant Mantin
      3rd – Nathan Collette

      Large Figure

      (40mm base or larger)

      1st – Alex Manderfeld
      2nd – Shilo Russell
      3rd – Nathan Collette

      Mecha / Vehicle

      1st – Drew Richardson
      2nd – Audra Lynn
      3rd – Trevor Roach

      Open

      (This category is to catch any model that doesn’t fit in the first three. This includes busts and dioramas.)

      1st – Courtney Merz
      2nd – Grant Mantin
      3rd – Trevor Roach

      Best in show winner poses with winning miniature and trophy

      Audra Lynn, Soonercon 31 Miniatures Painting Best in Show Winner

      first place winner of small base miniatures poses with the winning miniature and trophy

      Aaron Wilkerson, Soonercon 31 Miniatures Painting Small Figure, 1st Place

      Soonercon 30 Miniatures Painting Winners

      Best in Show

      Courtney Merz, Eben

      Small Figure

      (32mm base or smaller)

      1st – Amber Hanneken, Wolfy McCree
      2nd – Audra Lynn, My Little Flaming Pony
      3rd – Trevor Roach, Undead Bannermen

      Large Figure

      (40mm base or larger)

      1st – Tony Boetjer, Midnight Stroll
      2nd – Trevor Roach, Lisbeth
      3rd – Aaron Wilkerson, Faceless

      Mecha / Vehicle

      1st – Trevor Roach, Justice
      2nd – Deven Devore, Broadside
      3rd – Audra Lynn, Rat Trap

      Open

      (This category is to catch any model that doesn’t fit in the first three. This includes busts and dioramas.)

      1st – Trevor Roach, Justice
      2nd – Deven Devore, Broadside
      3rd – Audra Lynn, Rat Trap

      Courtney Merz poses with her Eben Miniature she won the painting contest with. She's also holding the trophy.

      Courtney Merz, Soonercon 30 Miniatures Painting Best in Show Winner

      Tony Boetjer, miniaturer painting winner holding his trophy and the miniature he won with Midnight Stroll

      Tony Boetjer, Soonercon 30 Miniatures Painting Large Figure Winner

      Soonercon 28 Miniatures Painting Winners

      Best in Show

      • Alex Manderfeld

      Small Figure: (28mm or smaller)

      • Drew Richardson
      • Robert Henderson
      • Michelle Morson

      Large Figure: (30 mm or larger or large base)

      • Matthew Cavanaugh
      • Robert Henderson
      • Drew Richardson

      Mecha

      • Robert Henderson
      • Toby McIntire
      • Billy Caldwell
      Soonercon 28 miniature painting winner Alexandra Manderfeld poses with her ribbon.

      Alex Manderfeld, Soonercon 28 Miniatures Painting Best in Show Winner

      Collage of a miniature figure painted in detail, it's of a girl with burgers on a spatula

      Soonercon 27 Miniatures Painting Winners

      Best of Show

      Matthew Cavanaugh

      Category: Small (28mm or smaller)

      1st Alexandra Manderfeld and Colby Savell

      2nd Nick Johnson

      3rd Michelle Morson

      Category: Large (30 mm or larger or large base)

      1st Matthew Cavanaugh

      2nd Drew Richardson

      Check out the Soonercon 31 recap!