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2 days ago

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Anvil of War Gaming shows you around the event, talks to several great people, and recaps their experiences at AdeptiCon 2019.Joining members of our local gaming group, the Hammer House, we hit the road and travel to Schaumburg Illinois for Adepticon 2019! We show you inside the eve... ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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Now that you have journeyed to and from AdeptiCon why not take a bit of "you time" and give Geek Nation Tours’ new Youtube channel a look... It is basically a geek travel show but also features interviews with cool wargaming greats!!! For instance, here is their interview with Rick Priestly…

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Who won that scavenger hunt?

2 weeks ago

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AdeptiCon 2020 and the Crystal Brush

While we’re not generally in the habit of addressing specific rumors, we did want to let everyone know that there has not been any official determination concerning the return of the Crystal Brush miniatures painting competition to AdeptiCon in 2020. Both parties are actively looking at their options and what makes the most sense for all involved.

Over the next month, or so, we’ll have additional news. And once we know, you’ll know. Jennifer Haley and her team have run a great competition and we value our partnership with the Crystal Brush. We would very much like to congratulate this year’s finalists and winners:
crystalbrush.coolminiornot.com/cbgallery/index

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AdeptiCon 2020 and the Crystal Brush

While we’re not generally in the habit of addressing specific rumors, we did want to let everyone know that there has not been any official determination concerning the return of the Crystal Brush miniatures painting competition to AdeptiCon in 2020. Both parties are actively looking at their options and what makes the most sense for all involved.

Over the next month, or so, we’ll have additional news. And once we know, you’ll know. Jennifer Haley and her team have run a great competition and we value our partnership with the Crystal Brush. We would very much like to congratulate this year’s finalists and winners:
http://crystalbrush.coolminiornot.com/cbgallery/index

AdeptiCon Staff, April 2019

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I'll be sad to see Crystal brush go. The competition has honed my painting and raised it up for everyone to see. That's what a great competition does. So many competitions pass by without anyone seeing or noticing. Crystal brush changed that and I'd say it's changed miniature painting in the US too. Maybe you don't like everything about it, or have ideas about how you would have run things. I for one am glad for Crystal Brush and what it has meant for me. I would be saddened to see it fade away. It's hard to imagine a contest to take it's place that would do the same thing. CMON and the Crystal Brush team have donated a huge amount of money and effort over the years. They didn't make a contest just about their products, but about the art that makes it all special. Each year they donated a prize that would bring the best artists and challenge them to be even better. To show us what the art of miniatures means to them. I hope we find a way to continue the competition into the future. I hope that there are enough people with passion for the art to do that. Regardless my memories of Crystal Brush will be good even with all the personal ups and downs over the year. it's been a great ride.

I have mixed feelings but it would be nice to have a competition that isn’t dominated by these mind blowing pros, have two competitions, one for amatures (anyone who has ever won a crystal brush is bared) and the normal crystal brush. If you win the amature competition you are bared and next year you can only compete in the pro crystal brush. I think that would be great.

What a great competition. Thank you 2019 AdeptiCon for having the Crystal Brush competition. I hope it comes back for 2020! It is so great to see the tremendous artists' work and efforts.

In many competitions, it is a contest to better oneself and compete against your competition. But when money is added, it cheapens the whole idea. I mean this in the most constructive way possible Crystal Brush. Seriously, you guys have done a lot for the mini hobby. So has CMON. That site gave me friends I still have not met, and techniques shared that helped us all in painting. But when you enter something like Golden demon, it's not about money, it's about proving you did it. You made it. Just my two cents. I hope you guys figure things out because next year will be the first time I compete competitively in 8 years. ~Uberdark

I have a feeling people would still go to the convention if the crystal brush wasnt there. If the crystal brush would hold it's own convention I doubt many people would go. The same elite people would constantly win. Just like in recent years. Gotta network and know people to get anywhere in the hobby. It almost becomes a full time job and it becomes less of a hobby. But what do I know.

Crystal Brush is 3/4 of my reason for going to the con, but they've more or less already ruined it over the last three years with the changes, and now the reduction in categories to the point where the same half dozen people will always win. I was never going to be in the top three, but I was a consistent winner in individual categories several years in a row. There's now little chance at all for a casual hobbyist/painter to win with an off the shelf model against the multitude of custom sculpted pieces painted by full time professionals.

Is there anyone who actually would WANT Crystal Brush to leave Adepticon? I always have appreciated the contestants and their work.

I went three years ago and was very disappointed that the showcases were right in the doorway blocking the entrance, so every time you stopped to look or take a picture you had people behind complaining that you were holding up the line. It was as if it was an afterthought.

CMON has been nothing but apathetic with their handling of Crystal Brush. They should give the competition to someone who actually cares and still host it at Adepticon.

Well, for people looking for painting contests at Adepticon, creature Caster and Privateer press both have contests.

So wait... what is the rumor?

I just want the crystal brush to be moved out of the vendor hall so I can view the entries after my gaming is done.

Did I miss something... Did something happen

So why cant I see who actually won?

I would like it to be an actual painting competition.

That's aliens 3 right there and I'm happy that reference was made

That would suck if it left. It’s half the reason I attend Adepticon.

I recognize this, but can't place it. Aliens 3?

Thanks Adepticon for your input on this matter.

Ro Bailey

2 weeks ago

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AdeptiCon 2019: One for the Books

Another AdeptiCon has come and gone, now recorded for posterity in the Great Tome of Miniatures Gaming. And it was definitely one to remember. With over 5,700 attendees, AdeptiCon 2019 was, not surprisingly, the biggest AdeptiCon yet. Hundreds of events, tournaments, seminars, and competitions were held and thousands walked the biggest vendor hall we’ve ever had. All in all, this year could not have been more successful.

None of that success would be even remotely possible without you, the attendee. The ladies and gentlemen that made the trek to Schaumburg this year were a historically diverse collection of gamers, hobbyists, artists, enthusiasts, and spectators. And all were welcome. So thanks very much for making this year’s convention a success.

And a major shout out to the hundreds of volunteers who helped pull last weekend off. From the crew that set up last Wednesday to the crew that broke things down Sunday, to the individual event organizers and the folks who manned the registration desk, the AdeptiCon volunteer is the reason we can make a convention of this size and scope a reality. Your assistance in this great endeavor is appreciated and you deserve a huge thanks.

We would also like to thank all of the vendors and sponsors. This was our biggest marketplace to date and it felt that way. It was a robust collection of dealers and manufacturers, many with absolutely inspiring displays. Many also had great deals for the attendees this year. We can’t wait to see you back next year.

Looking forward, the dates for AdeptiCon 2020 are March 25th through the 29th. We look forward to seeing you then.

Sincerely,
The AdeptiCon Staff, April 2019
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AdeptiCon 2019: One for the Books

Another AdeptiCon has come and gone, now recorded for posterity in the Great Tome of Miniatures Gaming. And it was definitely one to remember. With over 5,700 attendees, AdeptiCon 2019 was, not surprisingly, the biggest AdeptiCon yet. Hundreds of events, tournaments, seminars, and competitions were held and thousands walked the biggest vendor hall we’ve ever had. All in all, this year could not have been more successful.

None of that success would be even remotely possible without you, the attendee. The ladies and gentlemen that made the trek to Schaumburg this year were a historically diverse collection of gamers, hobbyists, artists, enthusiasts, and spectators. And all were welcome. So thanks very much for making this year’s convention a success.

And a major shout out to the hundreds of volunteers who helped pull last weekend off. From the crew that set up last Wednesday to the crew that broke things down Sunday, to the individual event organizers and the folks who manned the registration desk, the AdeptiCon volunteer is the reason we can make a convention of this size and scope a reality. Your assistance in this great endeavor is appreciated and you deserve a huge thanks.

We would also like to thank all of the vendors and sponsors. This was our biggest marketplace to date and it felt that way. It was a robust collection of dealers and manufacturers, many with absolutely inspiring displays. Many also had great deals for the attendees this year. We can’t wait to see you back next year.

Looking forward, the dates for AdeptiCon 2020 are March 25th through the 29th. We look forward to seeing you then.

Sincerely,
The AdeptiCon Staff, April 2019

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Thank you guys so much! It was an epic experience! I hope to be back!

Adepticon was amazing 😉 every year gets better . Love you all

Thanks for being a great venue for indie games and designers to network, create and show off!

It's a great show. Glad to be a part of it, once again, this year.

Played in my first tourny ever at the 40k champs, could not have had a better experience!

This was my first Adepticon and it really refired my passion for the hobby. Also, as a GenCon regular, it was nice to not have the sheer crushing weight of humanity that I normally deal with at cons. I'm already planning for 2020 and cannot wait to be back.

We had a great time and enjoyed all the participants, volunteers, organizers and the other vendors. Special shout out to Teras Cassidy and the Geek Nations Tour group!

Thanks for organizing such an enormous event! This was my first Adepticon, but it certainly won't be my last. Excellent event full of excellent people. Here's to 2020! 🍻

Great year! We cannot wait until next year!

See you all again next year, from set up to break down!

Thanks for another great year!

Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers who work tirelessly to put on a great event for us year after year! It's barely been a week now and I'm already looking forward to returning in 2020!

Thank you volunteers! Same location next year?

Had a blast, both as vendor and teacher! Thx a lot Adepticon!

RESERVE ME A ROOM FOR NEXT YEAR NOW!!!!

This was first ever con let alone Adepticon, and I had a blast. Definitely got me fired up to build, paint, and play more AOS and 40k!!! Thanks for a great experience, see you in 2020!!! Kyle McCormick Charles Young Richard Coles

My only complaint was how swag bags were dealt with. You had a wait list to upgrade your badge, but then just had a free for all at the end for the left over bags. Not seeing the point of having a capped wait list there.

My first Adepticon experience and I had a blast. I'll definitely be partaking in some events next year.

One of my favorite years, for sure. 100% guarantee I will return next year. 👌💯🖤💀⚙️

We spotted some of my work^^^^^ thanks to John Ontto sporting / playing hard .

Awesome event , as usual awful parking. Hopefully next year we can park across the street like last year.

I know Saturday was packed. Had to take the Shuttle

What was up with that sad cmon booth?

I cannot believe it is over already 🙁

5600 is just folks with badges correct?

3 weeks ago

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Headed home from yet again an amazing AdeptiCon... Thank you to the AdeptiCon crew, con goers and the Geek Nation Tours participants ... ... See MoreSee Less

Headed home from yet again an amazing AdeptiCon... Thank you to the AdeptiCon crew, con goers and the Geek Nation Tours participants ...

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Geek Nation Tours is the best way to experience geeky goodness!

Serious question, who are you?

Now I have a feeling this guy knows how to get a cheap flight.

3 weeks ago

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Cheers for this year's Crystal Brush top 3 winners! Taking 1st place we have Francesco Farabi with Bellerofonte! For 2nd place, we have Ulrik the Slayer painted by Ruben Martinez Arribas. And for 3rd place, we have Darnassus Aspirant painted by Sergio Calvo! Congratulations to our top 3 winners and thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Crystal Brush!

Check out the Crystal Brush Article here: cmon.com/news/crystal-brush-winners-announced

View all the participants painted mini here: crystalbrush.coolminiornot.com/cbgallery

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Great pieces! They all caught my eye! Interestingly enough...on Friday they were all next to each other in the display...🤔 (I'm curious if there is pre-judging to determine the order/shelf level.)

Huge Congrats to everyone! These (and ALL the pieces were gorgeous) But personally this one was my favorite

Congrats ! All amazing entries!

Jessie Blount

3 weeks ago

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Jim Vesal, AdeptiCon 2019's, 40K Overall Warmaster Champion! Winning the Den Of Imagination sponsored Tyranid Army! Congratulations Jim! ... See MoreSee Less

Jim Vesal, AdeptiCon 2019s, 40K Overall Warmaster Champion! Winning the Den Of Imagination sponsored Tyranid Army! Congratulations Jim!

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Congrats! How do we view the painting standings?

Not only does he win at 40K, his vegan pizzas are amazeballs #virtuouspie

Congratations Jim!

Congratulations!!

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Congrats!

Well done!

3 weeks ago

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Alan Bajramovic, Mich Tucker, Daniel Hasselberg, Elliott Levy, the Victor's of the National 40K Team Tournament! Taking home the amazing armies sponsored by Castle Brush! Congratulations gentlemen! ... See MoreSee Less

Alan Bajramovic, Mich Tucker, Daniel Hasselberg, Elliott Levy, the Victors of the National 40K Team Tournament! Taking home the amazing armies sponsored by Castle Brush! Congratulations gentlemen!

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Congrats! Sweden represents! 💪

Congrats! Was an awesome display!

Go Daniel hasselback

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