Thanks to Battlefront for its great post and newsletter article on the Panzer-Lehr charity army raffle! Thousands visited the site and hundreds of tickets were sold in support of not only Wounded Warrior Project, but the other charities, as well!
Gary Kreiger, NATFKA/Faeit 212, posted about the work Doctors Without Borders is doing in the African ebola crisis. It's a very thoughtful commentary on their great work and how the Compassionate Force can help by supporting the NOCF Macragge charity armies.
Many thanks to Gary for connecting our charity army raffles to the generosity of tabletop wargamers worldwide.
The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation, with the help of its amazing sponsors, gives away another weekly prize today ~ our second to an Aussie this year. Did you know one of the Macragge Consortium artists will be shipping his Ultramarines from New Zealand? Is there a connection? In 2013, we shipped the WM/H Khador army to Tasmania - the last big chunk o' land between Down Under and Antarctica!
Congratulations to Benjamin Ryan from Camden, New South Wales (somewhere a bit south of Syndney) on winning $25 to shop at Secret Weapon Miniatures. Think about buying the new NOCF Macragge OMEGA bases!
An update is from artist Marc Raley. Marc has been working on a pair of Thunderfire Cannons for the NOCF Macragge project - specifically, the Ultramarine army, "Blood & Honor: Defense of Macragge." He shares, "The guns are almost complete. Techmarines are base-coated. Here is a quick progress shot from the workbench. More photos to come soon!" Follow these cannons to completion at Marc Raley Miniatures.
Repainting of a Dave Taylor Masterpiece: Updating this quintessential piece - a Land Raider with Trophy - from Dave's Ultramarines force, will blend current styles of Dave Taylor and John Stiening. In this combined effort, John’s task is color modulation, grime streaking, and dust. The model will update to the "Blue Recipe" used in the NOVACF force, and then be handed off to Dave so he can finish with his detail magic.
When Dave completes the piece, it will be donated to the "Blood & Honor: Defense of Macragge" Ultramarine army. Available to anyone on the planet with an address, it isbeing raffled on line HERE.
Army Details HERE
Work in Progress Pictures HERE
Brian Ballard, artist on Macragge's Blood & Honor as well as Scythes of Behemoth, has finished his Genestealers, Mawloc and Carnifex! Kudos to Brian for Genestealers on Abbey Road! Check out these other great shots:
Florian Stitz is a renowned concept artist in the world of tabletop wargaming. He has donated 25 prints to the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation for its 2014 Silent Auction. You can check out partial snapshots of his donations HERE.
The auction will take place at the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention in Washington, D.C., August 28-31, 2014. Plan to attend and join in a bidding war to try and win any one or more of these signed and framed art prints!
Our sponsors donate $25 gift certificates for weekly drawings that have been going on since April 12, 2014. To date, 15 raffle participants have won and - proving the Compassionate Force has a world-wide reach:
Ryan Stoneburg of Oregon, USA
Eric Fontaine of Missouri, USA
Ryan Gossage of Oregon, USA
Chris Gorham of Nedlands, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ian Schneider of North Carolina, USA
Gareth Newton-Wiliams of London, UK
Jacques Baron of Cernay, FRANCE
Juan Jose Mejias of Barcelona, SPAUN
Solomon Montoya of New Mexico, USA
Andrew Eriksen of Alberta, CANADA
Mathieu Pillard of Paris, FRANCE
Tom Kale of Dursley, UK
Jacek Machnowski of California, USA
Murat Kilicoglu of Istanbul, TURKEY
Patrick McNeill of Virginia, USA
There are five (5) drawings left between now and the Charity Army Drawings on 8/31/14. Take a chance on winning an incredible army - which will support charitable causes - which will give you a chance to win in the weekly drawings by our great sponsors:
Sean Fulton paints for the Macragge Project Tyranid army, Scythes of the Behemoth - he shares an "up front and personal" with one of Venomthrope's tentacles:
He also shared a few interesting thoughts:
"Been a busy week with FPM [Figure Painter Magazine], but I managed to get an article out on the Venomthrope for this issue's release. I have been able to put together the bulk of the scheme for the limbs which will be part of another article promoting NOCF via the Venomthrope paint job. I still need to do the final layer or two of highlighting (particularly on the arm/hand itself), but I am quite close to finishing up this limb."
Justin McCoy has recreated Marneus Calgar and his Honor Guard for the NOCF Macragge Project Ultramarine army, Blood & Honor: The Defense of Macragge. We've been told they're about to ship - exciting news as the first pictures of this army together cannot be too far away!
Alex Landing (Blood & Honor artist) has announced that he is custom-crafting templates for every NOCF army! His company, Ironheart Artisans, will have these ready to ship to the winners. Perhaps we'll even have a sneak peak before the drawings.
The first two years Dave Taylor worked on charity army projects, he added something unexpected to each army towards the end - waiting to surprise the community with a Taylor Special. For the NOCF Battle of Macragge Project this year, it's no different. Are you ready for this? In Dave's own words:
"Many years ago, I built a Land Raider for my Ultramarines, and mounted a Tyranid Carnifex carcass on top, kind of like a trophy from the Tyranid Invasion - the very same invasion we are "replicating" with our two Macragge armies this year. I've spoken with John Stiening (fellow Blood & Honor artist), and he is willing to help me update the paint job on the Land Raider to match his brilliant style of painting - after which I'll finish off the little details on it. This tank was part of the Ultramarine army that inspired John to build and paint his own Ultramarine army, which became the paint scheme template for this charity army we are working on. Being able to donate this Land Raider, painted by John and I, will be a nice little "full-circle" narrative, too."
Dave actually asked if the NOCF would mind. Anyone? We said "Absolutely" and cannot wait to show off the transformation when John and Dave are finished. Thanks to both of these amazing artists for this bonus piece!
Dave Taylor has been the lead artist for the Macragge Project this year, bringing together all of the amazing artists to create and paint the models for Blood & Honor: The Defense of Macragge (UM) and Scythes of Behemoth (NIDs). The project could not have happened without him, so he deserves a great deal of thanks for making this happen.
And now, drumroll . . . we get our first peak at his contribution to Blood & Honor. Introducing the Centurion Devastator Squad:
Double drumroll . . Aaron Lovejoy brought Tigurius to life for the Macragge battlefield:
We are the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation. Our charitable efforts support: Child’s Play Charity Wounded Warrior Project The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) Fisher House Foundation We raise money for these charities through the generosity of Worldwide Tabletop Wargamers ~ what we like to call the Compassionate Force. The funds are raised through online raffles of donated and specially created charity army raffles. Every charity army gets it's own custom KRMulticase, guaranteeing safe arrival - since you need not be present to win! If you have a mailing address, we will ship your army to you. $.95 cents of every $1 raffle ticket purchased will go to the corresponding charity. Last year, with three armies, the Compassionate Force raised over $10,000. Can you help match this year's goals? Check out our five armies HERE. Sneak peak pictures below. Take a chance on winning and support these great charities at the same time. We need your support! Drawings will take place, podcast live, at the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Raffle tickets for the armies can be bought HERE.
THREE ARMIES ALREADY COMPLETED:
(1) The Penny Arcade Deathwatch Army supports Child’s Play Charity; it was created by a group of 40K players gathered from the Penny Arcade Forum. 2000 points! Child’s Play Charity's mission is to help children in hospitals by providing them with age appropriate toys and games. More Photos at WIP.
(3) The WW2 Panzer Lehr Western Front Army, Flames of War, supports Wounded Warrior Project; it was created by Steve McCuen who became involved through Eric Fontaine’s grass roots Facebook Campaign. Wounded Warrior Project's mission is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in history. More Photos at WIP.
THE MACRAGGE PROJECT: Two Armies to Recreate the Iconic Battle of Macragge!