Secret or loud and proud painter/gamer?
Loud and proud I would say, I really love painting and model-making and I am a regular player of Frostgrave and Darklight: Memento Mori in particular.
What age did you get into painting and what started it off?
Around age 11-13 with Heroquest, like a lot of people. I did the most appalling job of painting the minis (still have them), but I really enjoyed doing it and painted a friend’s set later down the line when I’d got better. Then it was Space Crusade and that tipped me into 40k.
What was the first model you ever painted?
Would have been a Heroquest mini, and I have a feeling it was a skeleton as they would have felt the easier starting point.
What is your favourite brush/paint brand?
I was very lucky to have been recently gifted a set of Artis Opus Series S, and they are fantastic, so much control. I also really like the Pro Arte miniature brushes, only a few people I know have heard of them, but the smallest ones are brilliant for eyes and they have a chunky handle, so they’re very comfy to hold.
What are you working on right now?
At the time of writing I am most of the way through a commission of 15 tabletop standard Heresy-era Death Guard which I should finish today I think. I also have a couple of Reaper D&D characters on the go, am most of the way through a Raptors marine army which I’ll resume Friday (only 16 minis to go!) and tomorrow I’ll be in my workshop so I’ve decided to start building my Frostgrave terrain set. I have several other projects queued up too!
What model would you love to paint that you haven’t done yet?
I am really looking forward to painting the Dwarf Pirate set by Dead Earth Games, and they have another set coming out on KS shortly too, including pirate skeletons – really looking forward to those!
What models do you really enjoy painting?
All of them! For different reasons – I like aiming for nice crisp edge highlights and a consistent look on things like space marines, so I’ve been loving painting the Raptors chapter, but I equally love painting fantasy monsters and characters with lots of detail and expression, so I get that variety with my Frostgrave collection.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I enjoy using Pinterest to get ideas, I look at the natural world for interesting patterns and colour combinations and I take inspiration from architecture for my terrain projects, for example I went to Bruges in October and took a lot of pictures for reference.
What other creative outlets do you use (music, canvas, art, etc)?
I play guitar and sing, up til recently I was a regular performer at open mics, but I fell out of the habit, but would be great to get back into it. I also draw and paint and I’m a qualified cabinet maker.
What is your favourite convention or event? What event would you like to
Actually I have yet to attend any games events, but I will be going to the Roll Dice event in Bristol in a few weeks, and probably the Bristol Gaming Con as well. I am very keen to get to Salute and/or UKGE next year.