Miniature Hobby Events


MHE, or miniature hobby events, refer to miniature and terrain painting and sculpting workshops and demonstrations. Whether you've never painted before, or whether you're an advanced competition level painter, the MHE program has workshops for you.

In past years, the program has contained over 100 MHE events. If you have questions about running events in the MHE program, you can email the Gen Con events department.

You can find the current complete list of active MHE events here.

Paint & Take

Come pick out a mini, sit down, and start painting. Experienced mini painters will be onsite to give you help and advice, should you need it. There is also a special family table so you and your family can sit down and paint together. This event is particularly welcoming to novice painters.

This event is free to all Gen Con attendees, and no tickets are required.

Speed Painting

Ready for a little friendly competition? Sign up for a speed painting event. Running multiple times daily, featuring a variety of miniature companies, you'll have 45 minutes to paint a miniature, and then be judged by professional painters. Winners receive prizes, and some will have a chance to go to the final rounds on Sunday to win big!

This event is open to both novice and experienced painters. Everyone walks away a winner with their painted miniature!

Aces of Painting Contest

Come and cheer or heckle the Aces of Painting as they speed paint for the Gen Con charity.

These professional painters will have 1 hour to finish a miniature, which will be auctioned for Gen Con's charity. You can watch the event for free on on Friday at 7pm in the second floor Serpentine lobby, and you can bid on the

Painting Competition

Both Gen Con and specific companies offer prizes for painted and sculpted miniatures. The Best in Show prize provided by Gen Con is $1,000 in cash! As well as The Langer Battleax (sponsored by Metalhead Minis and Kilted Viking Studios) and a gift bag with prizes from the painting competition sponsors. You can review all the rules and prizes here:

Gen Con Painting Competition Rules

And you'll want to fill out the entry form ideally before you get onsite:

Gen Con 2023 Miniature Painting Competition Entry Form

The Entry fee is $4, payable in generic tickets onsite, or you can purchase a ticket to this event.

Don't forget to stop by the Painting Competition Awards Ceremony on Saturday at 7pm to see the winners!