MFCA is unique, in that local law firms contribute stipends in order to bring over a good number of European artists. For example, I had the pleasure to spend much time chatting with the very gentlemanly Ben Komets. But I forgot to have my picture taken with him, darn it!
But I'll start out my gallery of favorites with a few of his pieces. Naturally, one of my favorites are Rackham figures...
A rare Rackham bust. The toad has a lot of subtle coloring. It was pretty spectacular.
On to other artists. This sculpt was a limited production run, based off "Jack" by Brom. I considered buying a copy, but I decided I couldn't come up with anything more interesting than what the top-tier artists were doing with it, and I would just enjoy their renditions. Case in point!
|I love the coloring on this.|
|Very convincing weight and movement.|
The next two were at the show last year, but it was nice to see them again.
A new one to expand on the theme of the Mad Hatter. This one earned a gold.
Here's the sculpt that Jeremie Bonamant Taboul painted for Crystal Brush.
Generally, I'm tired of seeing Space Marines, but this one is exceptional, because the freehand is just insane.
|Some incredible freehand on his shoulder. This tattoo was miniscule.|
This won Best in Show in Fantasy.
|The road sign is hilarious.|
Here are some gaming figures by John Meeks, a fella from New Jersey who I hope to see enter his work at the Capital Palette competition for the NOVA Open. I really like his use of color. Very chromatic, without going overboard. I never noticed the gypsy style of the character on the right, until I saw his rendition.
John and I were the only folks showing gaming figures, so it was nice to have some company!
Of course, my interests are predominantly in the Fantasy category, but I really enjoyed the Historical category, too, which is really the dominant part of the MFCA show. Here are some of my faves.
|This is on the cover of Scale Model Handbook #1.|
And finally, here is what my humble display looked like, in the midst of all this finery.
A quick little story. I noticed a group of folks at my display, and one of them was handling my figures, picking them up and turning them around and what-not -- a big no-no for a show like this! I approached them and requested that the gentleman not handle the miniatures. He looked at me like I was out-of-line, so I explained that the figures were mine. He then informed me that his group were the show judges, and they were in the process of judging my figures!
In spite of that embarrassing misstep, I am proud to say that I earned a Silver. The judges pick what they consider to be the strongest piece from each artists' display. For mine they picked Sapo, the frog-guy bust on the right.
Wendy, one of the judges I know, informed me later that it was a toss-up between Sapo and the Rat Fiend on the left. That was satisfying to hear, because I'm pretty pleased with that figure, and this is the first competition I've entered him in. Same for Sapo. I couldn't enter them in the Crystal Brush, because they've appeared in on-line challenges. But earning a Silver at MFCA is as much the honor it would have been to earn a Silver at Crystal Brush -- really, more, given the level and volume of competition at MFCA.