ATXminis is an Austin, Texas-based commission painting studio that specializes in war games, board games and miniatures. They will get your forces to the table in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Secret or loud and proud painter/gamer?
Somewhat secret, as I worked in the athletic shoe industry as a national sales rep for my former career. It wasn’t until I made the leap to a full-time painter that I revealed to many of acquaintances where my true passions lie.
What age did you get into painting and what started it off?
When I was in primary school– my dad came home with a Perry Miniatures’ kit for the battle of Rorke’s Drift, after I saw the movie, Zulu, for the first time. I painted a company of British infantrymen and it was all downhill from there– I couldn’t get enough!
What was the first model you ever painted?
British infantrymen from the Anglo-Zulu war, and a heavy machine gun squad from Warlord games– 101st Airborne, circa 1944.
What is your favourite brush/paint brand?
I mostly go back and forth between Reaper’s synthetic brushes for base coating and Winsor Newton, Series 7’s for detailing and highlighting. For paints– anything in a dropper. I’ve been to the Reaper factory in Denton a number of times and have a soft spot for the Master Series Paints– but I also go back and forth between Army Painter and Vallejo, depending on the colour.
What are you working on right now?
A large, army sized commission for Star Wars Legion, another for the board game Scythe and a few display models from Warhammer 40,000. I’ve also been painting hundreds and hundreds of Twilight Imperium ships– it’s quickly becoming what I’m most known for on the interwebs!
What model would you love to paint that you haven’t done yet? What models do you really enjoy painting?
I would absolutely love to recreate Stalingrad in a diorama but haven’t had the time yet. Most recently, I’ve been having a blast painting custom, X-Wing miniatures as trophies for a tournament (they’re themed after the FarCry Blood Dragon title colours: stunning neon pinks, blues, purples on a black base coat) and I’m really proud of a Deathwatch commission I just finished for 40K.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’m a big fan of Bohun and Sam Lenz in the mini painting scene – but I tend to take my colour and design ideas from video games like Homeworld, Starcraft and Sins of a Solar Empire or films such as Blade Runner, Dune, Gladiator and Brazil.
What other creative outlets do you use (music, canvas, art, etc)?
Not creative, per se– but my other hobby/time-waster is that I’m an avid outdoors-man– after college, I made the rounds on the Ironman circuit as a dirt poor, professional triathlete– then, after a few injuries, I made the leap to long course mountain bike racing. That turned into a marketing job for a global athletic brand, and now I run and ride in my free time to keep sane and fit.
What is your favourite convention or event? What event would you like to go to?
Milleniumcon in Austin, TX– small and growing. An awesome community of wargamers and veterans that are super welcoming and friendly!