HOBBY SEMINARS
Hobby Seminars

The AdeptiCon Hobby Seminars have become widely recognized as one of the most impressive collections of classes, seminars, and demonstrations offered anywhere. Boasting some of the most talented painters, sculptors, and designers from around the globe, AdeptiCon Hobby Seminars offer something for every skill level - from the novice just starting out in the hobby to the award-winning painter looking to improve their competitive skills. Topics range from terrain-building and army painting, to airbrushing and sculpting - the AdeptiCon Hobby Seminar slate is unrivaled in its variety - all made possible by a collection of dedicated artists and hobbyists offering to share their skills.

The Hobby Lounge

Whether you’re looking for a spot to put those last minute finishing touches on your army, a place to just bust out the old brushes and decompress for a while, or a place to catch up with one of your favorite painters or hobbyists, the AdeptiCon Hobby Lounge is the destination for you. The Lounge is the perfect area to give that Crystal Brush entry one last inspection, with a large collection of acrylic paints (generously provided by Reaper) and desktop lighting. The Hobby Lounge is a focal point for the Hobby Seminar instructors and most will be happy to answer questions and give constructive criticism. So make the Lounge a stop on your AdeptiCon tour...just make sure you pack your brushes!

HOBBY INSTRUCTORS

Sam Lenz

Sam Lenz

Hailing from the frozen north of Wisconsin and very much resembling that life, Sam has been creating artwork in the miniature realm for many years. You may know his work from various social media platforms as well as his Painting With A Pro series on the Tabletop Minions YouTube channel, he has also been hard at work traveling an teaching classes in the US and abroad. Being a lifelong fan of this artform Sam has accumulated many awards and much knowledge on the various topics. Join him and ride atop the chaos instead of being under it's current, every piece in an experiment and we are here to learn.

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Riccardo Agostini

Riccardo Agostini

Italian painter and member of the Pegaso Models and Kimera Models companies. Winner of many international awards and medals, like a first place in the squad category in the latest Crystal Brush or gold medal in the Scale Model Challenge in Europe.

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Lyn Stahl

Lyn Stahl

Lyn Stahl started Miniature Painting in 1997 and established the company Metalhead Minis in 2009. Since then, she has been painting for companies and clients all over the world, teaches classes at conventions and local stores all over the United States, and runs events and competitions at conventions such GenCon Indy and many others. Please visit the Metalhead Minis website for more information and social media/channel links.

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Clay Williams

Clay Williams

I have been painting every model I can get my hands on since I can remember. My first miniatures I painted were from Hero Quest and later I discovered Warhammer 40k 2nd Ed. in Seattle at the WOTC Arcade and have been hooked ever since. Fourth edition was really my prime for getting into playing, painting, and traveling to events. I focused most of my efforts on painting and was fortunate enough to win several best army and best painted awards in my travels. I opened my hobby shop/commission studio, Mastermind Models and Miniatures, almost 7 years ago. Ever since I have been teaching and competing as much as time allows me, I simply cannot get enough of sharing my knowledge with other hobbyists.

Alfonso Giraldes “Banshee”

Alfonso Giraldes “Banshee”

I started working professionally in 2003, Since then I have worked for Andrea Miniatures, Knightmodels, Nuts Planet, Pegaso Models, Kabuky Studio, Darkage, Rum & Bones, Coolminiornot, Big Child, Scale 75 and Forge World to name a few. Working as a box art painter, and as a sculptor, concept artist, designer and art director. I have been lucky enough to teach in 13 countries and 30 cities around the world, from Istanbul to Los Angeles, Vancouver, Berlin, London tor Rome. I am proud to have taught more than 500 students during 13 years teaching, many of them, now recognized professionals. It is a pleasure for me to be part of the teaching team of such an important event. I hope we have a great time and learn a lot!

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Christopher Suarez

Christopher Suarez

Chris is an under the radar painter, learning the ropes working with games workshop for a few years in the early 2000s. Hes been painting now over 20 years, has been teaching lessons at GenCon for 7 of the last 10 years, and is excited to bring his skills to his local area. He manages Paladin Miniatures Studio on Facebook where they post images of completed work and are available day to day for any questions on techniques.

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Ait-Mehdi Mohamed

Ait-Mehdi Mohamed

A native of Paris, Mohand began his painting and sculpting career with Rackham in 2007 and launched his own figure range for Eden the Game just a couple years later. Mohand's resume includes design, development, painting, and sculpting work for such companies as Drakerys, Gnomes and Associates, and the forthcoming Arena Bots. He is also the proud owner of seven coveted Golden Demons, won across Europe, from France to Spain to the UK. Mohand's painting emphasizes a strong aesthetic sense over more technical methodologies. He also likes to keep his teaching style simple and straight-forward.

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David Higgins

David Higgins

I am a stay at home hobbyist, father of 2 boys and loving husband. I have studied art most my life and have been painting miniatures for the better part of 25 years. Striving to better myself within the hobby I started MiniGrinder Studio 6 years ago. I consider myself a Jack-of-all-Trades within the hobby and gain the most joy from realizing an idea into something finished that I can hold in my hands. My passion has always been to immerse the lovers of tabletop games into their worlds. Towards that end I created, designed and sculpted Terrascapes, a robust 3D printable modular terrain system for hobbyists. My most recent awards in the Hobby were awarded to me at Reapercon2019. There I managed to claim the top prize trophies in both Large Creature and Display categories

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Ben Komets

Ben Komets

Ben Komets is a loaded with trophies from all over the world. He counts more than 30 Golden Demons, 3 Slayerwords and countless other Prizes from all kind of shows including Gold at the SMC,Monte San Savino, the World Expo and the Crystalbrush.

Ben was born and raised in the wonderful City of Berlin.

He is a full time miniature artist and is widely known for his instructional videos for Painting Buddha and his Patreon Channel where he creates easy to follow video on how to become a better painter.
Whether in workshops, personal classes or via online learning guides through his Patreon Channel, teaching and talking about miniatures has become a big part of Ben’s life.

Miniature painting changed his view on everyday life and today he sees the world in textures, colors, lights and shadows, with a never-ending fascination for details.

He is also thankful for all the fantastic people he has met and the true friends he has made around the world.

Erik Swinson

Erik Swinson

Erik Swinson is a professional freelance miniature painter with 10 years of experience. In this time Erik has won a numerous painting awards including P3 Grandmaster, NOVA Open Best in Show, and Gold at Monte San Savino. Finding less time for gaming, Erik mostly focuses on painting now, but still finds time to enjoy some of his favorite game, Kingdom Death. From gaming figures to larger scale and busts, Erik enjoys all aspects of miniature painting and loves to share the knowledge he has gained over the years.

Myles David

Myles David

Myles is a professional miniature painter, teacher and producer of digital courses for people around the world. He runs Lil'Legend Studio and is a proud member of the Age of Darkness Podcast.

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Joe Orteza

Joe Orteza

Joe started in the miniature hobby in 1998 with the Grand Tournaments and later with Golden Demons. Winning 14 Golden Demons and 2 Crystal brushes along the way. A graduate of the school of the art institute of Chicago, Joe is a freelance artist and former art teacher. He is best known for his over the top miniature works and his modeling classes.

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez

My name is Anthony, You might know me as Pirate monkey Painting! I've been painting for a little over 6 years! I started when my girlfriend asked me to paint up some minis for her families D&D campaign. I've been working and teaching for 2 years now and started my miniatures career after spending almost a year traveling and learning in Europe from the amazing artists there! I've got an incredible passion for minis, art and teaching. If you see me id love to chat painting minis and anything related!

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Genna Hibbs

Genna Hibbs

Hibbs Law is a boutique Intellectual Property law firm located in Woodstock, Illinois, and Genna and Emily, our principal and associate attorneys, have been gamers for most of their adult lives. We focus on various intellectual property topics as they relate to gaming, content creators, and general information. As gamers ourselves, we love to help fellow gamers, content creators, and independent hobbyists learn more about protecting and using their ideas.

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Wes Cogdal

Wes Cogdal

Wesley Cogdal is an active duty major in the United States Army and has been operating Stiff Neck Studio for over 15 years. He and his team of award winning artists formed Stiff Neck Studio have been providing the gaming community with high quality miniature painting services for over a decade. Everyday the studio artists breathe life into their client’s projects. They strive to bring the war-gaming community the best possible product that they can and with quick turnarounds. 

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Nick Nanavati

Nick Nanavati

I’m Nick Nanavati and I’m a professional 40k player and coach. ! I’ve been playing 40k for 15 years, and I’ve seen success on the competitive circuit for about a decade now. Some of my more noteworthy accomplishments are winning the ITC circuit in 2018, 4x winner of AdeptiCon. 3x winner of the NOVA invitational, 2x ETC winner, 1x LVO champ, and ATC winner. I’ve been coaching pro 40k for about two years now and in that time I’ve helped tons of clients reach high levels of success, including winning multiple GT’s and majors, and I'd love to help you too!

Yeji Kim

Yeji Kim

Yeji Kim is an award winning miniature painter with a specialty in the realm of Chibis and focuses on using bright, bold colors. She has been painting since 2011 and became a commissioned artist by name of Snickernack Studios in 2015. She is the co-founder of Models Workshop and a host of the popular painting podcast, Models Workshop After Hours. She is a passionate enabler for all things mini related and has been teaching miniature painting at the convention level since 2016.

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Caleb Wissenback

Caleb Wissenback

Caleb Wissenback is the Co-founder and Primary Instructor for CK Studios. He has been painting for over 9 years and won multiple awards including Golden Demons, Crystal Brushes, and Draconic Awards . Caleb also part times as a commission painter with award winning armies at major events across the US. Caleb brings this experience , knowledge , and his abilities to his classes with the goal of  increasing the students confidence and abilities.

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Anthony Wang

Anthony Wang

Anthony Wang is painter passionate about growing and helping others grow as painters. He has traveled the world and the US to paint to with the masters and has fostered deep relationships and insights in the art of miniature painting. As an instructor, Anthony focuses on helping student develop their own sense of style by expanding their toolkit and mindset in painting. Anthony loves to paint miniatures that speaks to the human experience, which allows him to bring out the emotions of a miniature, diorama, or bust through dramatic lighting, color choice, and dynamic contrast.

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Neil Duffey

Neil Duffey

I came back to the hobby in 2017 after attending Gen Con 50 and falling in love with miniatures all over again, after a 16 year hiatus. Since then, I've won a few awards and medals in competitions, I was invited back to Gen Con to teach and help out in the Miniature Hobby events, I stream 3 nights a week on Twitch where my focus is teaching and explaining my methods and answering any questions viewers may have, as well as jam all the best Death Metal to paint along to. In the start of 2019 I took my hobby and love for teaching full time, and now make my living as a full time commission painter, one on one teacher on line and I also traveling to conventions to teach and share my love of the hobby.

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Sean McAfee

Sean McAfee

Brushforhire lives in the mountains of PA, creating art, working with acrylics, adding color to canvas, miniatures, and altering found items from flea markets and thrift shops.

I always loved art, preferring to fill my schoolwork with drawings of monsters, rather than actual answers. I fell in love with miniature painting back in 1999. when I saw a painted dragon in the window a local miniature shop. I went in to inquire about the piece, and soon found myself using all the cash I had, to buy my first two miniatures, and four pots of GW paint. Shortly after I began painting professionally for the shop.

After a number of years, I took a break from taking commission work to focus on my daytime career. During that time I was able to refine my skills and branch out into other forms of art. I began to paint on canvas, and do mixed media projects. I strive to use the different techniques that I learn from new forms of art, to bring something unique to any project I work on.

After 18 years or painting by myself, I am looking to help increase the passion for the painting side of the miniature hobby.

I have a Bronze for my Single Figure, Allison the Twilight Knight, entry at Nova Open 2017. I also received a finalist pin for my group entry, a Trollbloods starter battleforce.

Seth Amsden

Seth Amsden

Seth Amsden is a long-time miniatures gamer and an artist who has been active in both the gaming and painting communities for more than a decade. 


Recently he has been inspired to take on a unique, surreal, and largely unexplored art form that he calls SurrealScaping. Through incorporate natural materials into vinyl figures, dioramas, and other bases to create miniature landscapes that imagine surreal, fantastical environments in which reverie takes form in reality.

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Matt DiPietro

Matt DiPietro

Matt DiPietro is a multi-faceted artist and teacher, specializing in fine-art inspired miniatures. He started his professional career as the Lead Studio Painter at Privateer Press before launching his own art studio, Contrast Miniatures. Today, he makes his living by creating miniature art for private collectors and by teaching the next generation of miniature artisans, both regionally (Pacific Northwest) and nationwide. When you hear Matt talk about miniatures, art, sculpture, and painting you feel the love he has for all aspects of our hobby. Matt strives daily to bridge the gap between the worlds of hobby miniatures and fine art through his teachings and artwork. To find out more about Matt, visit his website.

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Francesco Farabi

Francesco Farabi

Professional painter of miniatures, art director of Kimera Models, and member of the Pegaso Models group, in the last ten years Francesco has crossed the world of historical and fantasy figures. He has been taking classes in different places of the world, participating in the most notable international competitions, both as an exhibitor (winning numerous prestigious prizes, included a 3rd place overall in Crystal Brush 2017, alone and paired with some of the best sculptors in the world) and as a judge. He was, among other things, President of the jury for the Fantasy category at the World Expo in Stresa in 2014 and member of the jury in the 2018 edition of Crystal Brush. For the past 10 years he has been co-organizer of Monte San Savino Show, one of the most important competitions of the world of figures and a fundamental meeting point for this little art. Today he divides his time between painting, art direction, and teaching–an activity that, with all his other works, he has never stopped.

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Drew Drescher

Drew Drescher

Drew has been painting since the age of 11 when he discovered tabletop gaming on a family vacation. As a competitive painter, he has won numerous awards including 6 Golden Demons and 6 Crystal Brushes in addition to other various local and regional titles. Under his net alias Aegis_Arising, Drew runs a modest studio catering to private collectors and companies such as CMoN, Ninja Division, and Pandasaurus Games.

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Jeff Jenkins

Jeff Jenkins

Jeff began his journey in the world of miniature painting as a gamer who wandered into a Games Workshop store one fateful day and picked up a copy of the Rogue Trader Warhammer 40,000 rulebook. Since then, an increasing fascination with the world of miniature art took hold. Having started as a player, his focus on miniature art has always been deeply rooted in the lore of popular game systems such as Warhammer, 40K, D&D, Infinity, Lord of the Rings and many others and he's keenly interested in the process of painting pieces that look at home in a display case but can still be used on the tabletop. 

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Devonian Maher

Devonian Maher

Devon is a growing painter who has been painting since 2009 and in the past few years has become very serious in reaching greater heights in his painting career. In 2018 Devon took Gold and Best in Category for his bust in the Journeyman Division at NOVA Open. Devon has done many hobby content videos for a number of different channels, and regularly posts on Advanced Maneuvers.

Ken “Badger” Schlotfeldt

Ken “Badger” Schlotfeldt

Ken Schlotfeldt is the Prez and Head Janitor of Badger Air-Brush Co. Ken has been in the airbrush manufacturing industry since 1980. He has designed, assembled, tested, sold, packed, shipped, serviced, and (although not an artist) used airbrushes extensively during his industry tenure. Ken has presented over 200 clinics/seminars/workshops on airbrush(ing) for and at numerous institutions, trade organizations, and special interest groups.

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Elizabeth Beckley

Elizabeth Beckley

Elizabeth is a multi-award winning artist and professional studio painter for Kingdom Death, Panda Cult Games and more. She is part of the Miniature Monthly team and enjoys sharing the love of the hobby with others.

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Mamikon Khatchikian

Mamikon Khatchikian

I've been painting for 17 years, I've won several painting awards (5 Golden Demons etc). I have been teaching people how to paint for around 7 years now.

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Matt Cexwish

Matt Cexwish

For the past two decades, Matt has strived to turn the Miniature Hobby into a true Form of Art. Being a rather non-typical Architect, he is finding joy in building Miniature Dioramas amongst various models and props for Film Productions, texturizing characters in Computer Games, writing Poetry, creating Art, discovering music and being inspired by everyday, seemingly mundane details. Matt always tries to push the boundaries of what is thought to be possible, questioning the status quo wherever he goes and teaching students all around the globe with his “Joy Of Basing” Video Tutorial Series. He has won the German Slayer Sword with his mechanical Diorama "Return Of The Warlord" and numerous Golden Demon Awards throughout the years.

James Otero

James Otero

I got into painting warhammer when I was around 9 years old and have never looked back! 25 years later my passion for the industry, painting and miniatures in all aspects burns stronger than ever & I am constantly trying to better myself in painting & modelling. For me time is the most important commodity and you can’t replace it, so learning how best to spend it and being time economical without jeopardising painting quality is very important. With painting, modelling and converting I have always tried to better myself on every model I execute never settling for the lazy or easy option, a shortcut is only as good as the results it produces. I am trying to enter more competitions time depending with running Siege and my other business. I was fortunate enough to win a Bronze Golden Demon Duel in 2018, Salute Gold Squad in 2018 and Bronze in the staff category at IronSkull in 2020. I aim to enter more competitions in the future and hope to see you at a competition! Finally, for me quality, attention to detail and a striking model are paramount. Thanks for dropping by the Siege Studios site and for the interest in us!

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Ambrose Coddington

Ambrose Coddington

My focus is almost entirely terrain based. I've done work for Privateer Press, Wyrd Games and Firelock Games. I teach folks about basing composition and color theory on Twitch.

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Vincent Venturella

Vincent Venturella

Vincent Venturella has been painting display and competitive miniatures for six years and a hobbyist for more than twenty. Vince has won awards in shows such as Golden Demon, Gen-Con, Capital Palette, and Crystal Brush. Vince loves teaching and does so through his YouTube Channel and Hobby Cheating series.

Marc Raley

Marc Raley

Marc is a graphic designer from Baltimore, Maryland who has been involved in modeling and gaming for over 25 years. In recent years, Marc has come to specialize in highly weathered vehicle models. Also an active Horus Heresy player, he helps run the 30K events at AdeptiCon.

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James Wappel

James Wappel

I got started with miniature painting around 20 years ago, and lately I have been looking back at the various stages of that painting journey. Moving to miniature painting from "regular" 2D art was a real challenge, as I had no idea how to paint those tiny figures! Also, there were very few companies making those miniatures, and virtually no one was making the "extras" for basing and other special effects that are so common today.

After a few years, I started to incorporate techniques such as Non Metallic Metals, Object Source lighting, and so on. By 2007, we participated in our first Golden Demons, and taught classes at Adepticon. I have managed to win a number of awards over the years (12 Golden Demons, 14 Crystal Brushes, Best Painted Armies, Rogue Demons, Reapercon awards, etc), but contests are not really my focus. 

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Ellis Kaye

Ellis Kaye

El of Half God Studios - 11 times Golden Demon Winner, Salute Head Judge, Tournament Army painting winner and White Dwarf Featured artist teaches Faces and NMM! I’ve won 11 Golden Demons in a few years, head judged at Salute for three years, run the vidcast ‘The Sprue Review’, a commission page Half God Painting and While that’s all interesting I just love minis and teaching you!

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Benjamin Kantor

Benjamin Kantor

Benjamin Kantor uses his career experience as a professional film colorist and cinematographer to inform a specific approach to lighting and color choices for miniature painting.

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Mike Cousins

Mike Cousins

Mike "Epic Duck" Cousins has been teaching others to paint since 2007. He launched Epic Duck Studios in 2009 with the mission to help put an end to grey armies. Since then, he's become best known for his Comic Book-inspired approach to miniature painting. He lives in Welland, Ontario with his wife and two-year-old son.

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Aaron Lovejoy

Aaron Lovejoy

My name is Aaron Lovejoy and I have been painting for over 20 years now. For many years my focus was winning contests and I did just that. I won 9 Golden Demons and 6 Best in Shows from major events along with a ton of other awards. Now my focus is on teaching the new breed of painters to be the best that they can be. From airbrushing, army painting, display painting to color theory, I break each technique down into easy to understand lessons. I have also spent a great deal of time making full color PDF handouts for each of my classes. This way when you get home you have an awesome guide from the class you took! Join me for some AdeptiCon Hobby classes, you'll be glad you did!

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Kevin Fannin

Kevin Fannin

Kefa is all about pushing artistic boundaries and experimenting with new ideas. Taking the Bruce Lee approach of adapting things from every style that work and constantly seeking to improve.

Michelle Farnsworth

Michelle Farnsworth

How did this start for me? I needed a reason to get out… to interact with other humans. It started with an invite to play a game at a game store. I thought “Fun, Monopoly" but had no idea what was in store. The game I wound up playing that night was D&D. A year later (2008) I was convinced by friends to go to a 'little' convention in Indianapolis. Wandering around I saw a sign and nearly punched a friend. PAINTING? MINIATURES? CLASSES?! …and so my obsession began. Now I am a competition painter, freelance artist and instructor. My clients include companies like Reaper Miniatures and MegaCon Games (Mercs and Myth). Competition awards include a silver Crystal Brush and several gold awards from Reaper Miniatures. Prior to my miniature addiction, I have always been interested in an eclectic variety of creative pursuits, but always with my own quirky twist. I do what I can to carry that into my miniature works. See you in class!

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Chris Suhre

Chris Suhre

Chris Suhre is a Miniature painter best known for his dioramas and atmospheric pieces. He has competed and placed in competitions such as P3, MHE, and Crystal Brush. He often focuses his dioramas on telling a story that can be explored through out the piece, or sometimes throughout multiple pieces.

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