On September 14, my family attended the National Capital Model Soldier Society annual show at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus. This year, both of my kids painted minis to enter in the Youth category, and I brought along four that I painted this year.
As always, I very much enjoyed seeing all the incredible artwork. Here’s just a sampling:
The display area was well-lit, and there were many painters there happy to talk about their work. My kids really liked a multi-level scale-model battleship that could be taken apart, deck by deck, and had moving parts and lights.
Here are Rebecca and John’s entries, respectively: The Fighting Solder, and Aslan the Lion
John won a Certificate of Merit, and Rebecca won a Platinum Medal. They were so excited, and I am so proud of them!
My miniatures won a few medals, too. St. Patrick won Best Medieval, Historical Gold, and Irish Soldier Society Medal. Inharmonious won Open Silver. Lanura Windsong and Titanium won Fantasy Gold (together as a display).
It was a long drive, though, and a long day. There are no classes, the vending area is much more focused on Historical collectors than gaming hobbyists like me, there was no children’s paint-and-take this year, and I much prefer product prizes over medals. I think I’ll probably skip the NCMSS show next year, and maybe go every other year or something.