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HMGS, Inc. Presents
The Hobby University
at Historicon®

The HMGS, Inc. Hobby University, originally the Painting University, was created when a need was discovered within the Historical Miniatures Hobby for additional education on painting miniatures. The University debuted at Historicon 2005 and has grown to encompass not only painting, but also sculpting, terrain construction, 3D Modeling and many aspects of miniature modeling.

The University has grown every year since to the point where it is now the single largest event at the HMGS conventions. 

Our talented and dedicated staff members are dedicated to teaching "non-denominational" painting techniques. Our teachers are skilled in a wide variety of styles so you are sure to find something you like. We offer classes for every level of hobbiest from youth to adult beginner to experienced painters looking to add to their skill set.

We would not be able to offer these classes without the support of our sponsors, Brigade Games, Battlefront Miniatures, Defiance GamesEureka Miniatures, Hasslefree Miniatures, Iron Wind Metals, Reaper Miniatures, Warlord Games, and Wyrd Miniatures

In addition to classes the Hobby University staff is pleased to present the following activities:

Paint 'N' Take:
We be out in full force with a selection of miniatures from our sponsors to choose from as well as Reaper Master Series Paints. Participants receive one (1) free miniature. Our Painting staff will be on hand for tutorials, just ask. Additionally, feel free to bring miniatures painted at home for gentle critique and helpful hints for improving your skills. As always, this event is free for Historicon attendees; it will be walkup and available throughout the convention!

Iron Paintbrush:
The concept is simple. Teams race to win The Iron Paintbrush. They are given a limited selection of supplies; figures, bits, paint, basing materials, etc. – and they must compete to create the most eye-catching mini-diorama within ONE hour. It’s like speed painting on steroids! Judges look for flair, best use of supplies, and overall esthetics of piece and painting technique. Do you have what it takes to be THE Iron Paintbrush! Can you take the Pressure!

1st Prize: Trophy,  Assorted Hobby supplies & 
Free admission to HISTORICON 2017 to defend your title as "The Iron Paintbrush"
2nd Prize: Trophy, Assorted Hobby supplies.
3rd Prize: Trophy, Assorted Hobby supplies.

Day/Time/Duration: Sat. 8:00 PM, 2 hrs. (audience can come/go as you wish, or stay for the whole show…er, contest!)
Location: Hobby University

Teams need to pre-registered at the Hobby University™ area prior to the Contest
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