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2012 Miniature Figure Show by Military Miniature Society of Illinois Oct. 13

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  • Napoleon figure in miniature showing the fine detail and relative size.

    Napoleon figure in miniature showing the fine detail and relative size.
    Shep Paine

Tom Surlak

The Military Miniature Society of Illinois will celebrate an extraordinary 38 years of capturing history in miniature when it presents the 38th Annual Chicago Show on Saturday, October 13, 2012. The public is invited to view hundreds of miniature figures, vignettes, and dioramas, some of which are for sale, and to talk to the artists who created them. Many of these artists are from the Chicago area, but some of them travel from around the world for this one of a kind event.

The show and judged exhibition will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg, at 50 N. Martingale Drive, Schaumburg, IL. The show is open to the public from 9:00AM to 5:00PM on Saturday. Adult admission in $7 per person, with free admission for children under 12.

The Chicago Show is one of the top-level exhibitions of painted miniature figures in the world, and it draws painters and model makers from Europe, Canada, and Mexico, as well as from all across the United States. What you will see at the Chicago Show are not "toy soldiers" but many stunning examples of the broad and diverse art form of realistic sculpted and painted miniature figures. These miniatures range in size from under one inch to over 12 inches high. The figures represent all historical periods from ancient to modern times, as well as science fiction and fantasy subjects. Knights in armor, the Civil War, WWII, the Napoleonic era, as well as the Renaissance and Victorian periods and Tolkien's "Middle Earth" all have been represented in previous shows. The competition is at several levels from hobbyist amateur through professional artist. The figures may be painted from commercially available kits, conversions, or original sculptures.

The show also features an auction of finely painted miniatures at 2:00PM on Saturday, seminars on topics relevant to the art of creating military miniatures and on historical subjects, and a vendor area with specialty vendors from around the country offering miniature figure kits and painting supplies.

Come to the Chicago Show. You are sure to be impressed, delighted, and entertained. Further information can be found at