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Get to know a War Painter – Castle Brush

Secret or loud and proud painter/gamer?
We are a team of 5 individuals (Marta, Natalia, Robert, Robert (Rob to distinguish them later) & Simon [your speaker]), so it really depends on the person. Most of us like to publish their work from time to time, and often participate in painting competitions in our area, so loud and proud more or less.

Get to know a War Painter Castle Brush

What age did you get into painting and what started it off?
Rob started when he was 12-13 years old, inspired by Lord of the Rings movies (at that time a miniature game was released).
Marta started when she was 21 – she was taunted by her ex-boyfriend that she won’t be able to paint a miniature because she doesn’t have the stomach for it – and she proved him wrong with a set of 5 Chaos Cultists.
Natalia & Robert started at their previous work – both of them were students and they were part-time working in another miniature studio.
I started around the same age as Rob, and slowly from a hobbyist became a professional painter.

40k painted inquisitor warband

What was the first model you ever painted?
Marta painted a set of Chaos Cultists (WH40k)
Natalia – Zombie Dragon (WFB) (quite a beast for a start, don’t you think?)
Robert painted several Chaos Bikers
Rob’s first mini was an Esterling Banner Bearer
Mine was a WWII Airfix Bofors Gun & Tractor.
Marta, Rob & I still have our first miniatures at home!

Painted 40k Crimson Fists

What is your favourite brush/paint brand?
We all have a thing for W&N Miniature Series 7, but some of us also like Army Painter’s Psycho/Insane brushes, Games & Gears Advance Series 000 or Red Grass Games brushes. Still, Winsor & Newton are our favourites.
As for the paints, there are two main factors which decide about if we like the paint (or brand) or not – does it cover well (one, consistent layer is the target), and how much does it precipitate when it sits on the shelf (how fast & how much will the medium divide with the pigments, and thus we will have to spend more time to get it back in “shape”). We use a lot of Citadel paints, some Army Painter, Vallejo, and Scale 75 brand.

painted aos Daughters of Khaine army

What are you working on right now?
We are preparing a large Squat/Imperial Guard army for the LGT along with several smaller commissions, featuring Fallout: Wasteland Warfare miniatures, a squad of Ultramarines for a collector, some unreleased box art miniatures and there is a large Salamanders army on their way! So quite a lot, but we always have room for more.

Dragonborn boxart

What model would you love to paint that you haven’t done yet? What
models do you really enjoy painting?

Robert would love to paint some Predators from Alien vs Predator miniature game – he’s a fan of this franchise for a long time. While he awaits this glorious day he would get one, he enjoys painting Imperial Guardsmen (or traitor Imperial Guardsmen). Rob wants to paint this new Bloodborne: Board Game miniatures from CMON – he really enjoyed the video game, but it will take a while until they will be available. In the meantime, he loves to “drown” in large squads of almost identical Space Marines (seems like a nightmare to me 😀 ) . Marta always enjoyed painting Orks (no matter what game, greenskins are her thing), but she recently fell in love for Nurglings and other jolly Nurgle-themed miniatures. Natalia is having wet dreams about some high quality Dragon Age or Mass Effect busts for her to paint – maybe someone will contact us and sculpt one of the ladies for her! She loves to paint small, private projects of one or two miniatures in a specific style. I would love to get my hands on this newly revealed 1980’s Conan Cinematic Tribute Set from Conan: Savage Legends Kickstarter, sculpted by Joaquin Palacios. Other than that, I enjoy painting knights, gals, lizardmen & dragons (fantasy settings are my thing, I was a D&D DM for a long time).

painted 40k ultramarine marneus retinue

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Apart from getting inspiraton from other painters, I guess that’s pretty standard – other products of culture (films, books, photos, music – art in general); we also look for inspiration in nature around us (ranging from leaf textures through Amazon frogs to skin diseases).

painted sci-fi robots 40k

What other creative outlets do you use (music, canvas, art, etc)?
Rob & Natalia are musically gifted – he’s a drummer, she’s a pianist. She also try her skills in classic painting on canvas or paper, using acrylic paints, oil paints & water-colours (she’s humble but talented). Other than that, we usually express ourselves through miniature painting.

painted warhammer 40k Abaddon

What is your favourite convention or event? What event would you like to go to?
Hard to pick a favourite, they are all great. We especially like Internationale-Spieltage (Spiel in Essen), we are also fans of Adepticon Nova Open, but it will be hard to get there because of the plane ticket prices from Poland. But we definitely would like to go someday.

paining level exposition-comparison

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