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What games/systems are you most interested in/do you collect?
Fantasy things are really where my interests are in terms of books, movies, and therefore games, anything Tokienesque and high fantasy. I really like Age of Sigmar because with it Games Workshop broke away from the traditional high fantasy tropes and really seemed interested in opening up the world in terms of what was possible. The different factions, realms and their related magics really allow anything you can imagine to exist in one of those worlds.
I’ve dabbled in 40k as well, but none of the armies really grabbed me. I’ve said I might dive into it when Sisters of Battle get rereleased in the summer, but it’ll really depend on the models and how much variety there is…. And room for conversions and tweaking, of course.
Any specific armies?
I’m really bad at actually finishing armies to a playable level, I see some models I like or have a cool idea and try and put that together… Then when it comes to actually completing an army I can play with I get distracted with another project.
In terms of what I could actually field legally in points terms, I’ve got Moonclan, Nighthaunt, Fyreslayers (well, mixed Order technically, it’s an army of dwarves that were turned to stone and reanimated by a Jade wizard), Seraphon… Then I have a smaller collection of Nurgle Daemons and some Necron bits.
What aspect of the hobby are you most interested in?
I mostly enjoy coming up with new army themes or ideas and running with them until they run out of steam or I come up with a new idea. Coming up with conversion ideas – especially those that actually work out – is fun, but can get expensive. One of my favourite parts of coming up with a new army idea is coming up with a suitable basing theme for it too. I really love basing materials, I have shelves and shelves full of different flocks, stones, twigs, all sorts of decorations… If I see some basing materials I don’t own I generally have to add them to the collection, just in case!
I do like playing games, but overall I am pretty bad at it – both finding time to play games, and actually playing when I get there. I think I’ve only ever won a handful of games. I’m not very tactical most of the time, I just like charging in and rolling some dice. That doesn’t work out too well.
What compelled you first start or restart the hobby?
A couple of years ago I got promoted and ended up doing a lot less creative work, and attending a lot more meetings. My wife thought I could do with a creative outlet so bought me a starter kit for Christmas 2016, and it’s just snowballed since then.
Do you have any future plans for your hobby?
I’m working on a big undead project at the moment, it’s an Egyptian / Tomb Kings inspired army with lots of parts scrounged up off eBay, wrappings made from green stuff, and then base models from the skeleton range with a few Thousand Suns models around for effect as a lot of the iconography is lifted straight from Ancient Egypt.
It’s really the army I wanted to do when I started when I looked into it and saw Tomb Kings I got really excited but my dreams were shattered when I saw they had been discontinued. I decided it was time to put that right, and think my hobby skills are up to where they need to be to do the project justice, I just finished a Necromancer conversion based on Ahriman which came out way better than I expected.
What sort of materials do you use to create your hobby? How long does it take you to complete a project?
For modelling I use anything I can get my hands on, I have air drying and oven drying modelling clay which comes in handy. Green stuff is obviously a major player too! I’ve also got a load of big blocks of blue foam which are useful for cutting off chunks to make the basis of rocks, structures, buildings etc. One of my favourite modelling materials though is Polyfilla, the stuff stinks but it’s absolutely brilliant for building up bases or adding texture to rocks.
When it comes to painting, until recently I used Winsor and Newton series 7 brushes but have gone off those due to some rogue bristles in the newer brushes in favour of Rosemary & Co brushes, they have a lot of both natural hair and mixed brushes and I’ve not had any issues with them so far.
I mostly have Vallejo paints, but I’ve got a lot of the Games Workshop range too. The Vallejo metallics are some of my favourites. I also like the Vallejo weathering powders.
My time to complete projects varies wildly, mostly I’ll get really into something and just focus on that for a couple of days and finish something, other times they’ll drag on for weeks or months until I finally get to finishing them. I mostly work on things in little bursts, so really hard to put a number on it.
What inspires you to keep going? Do you admire any other hobbyists?
I don’t really need inspiring to keep going, I find the hobby fun and relaxing so it’s good to be able to drop in whenever I want. I pushed myself hard last year and got burnt out, so decided to change how I do things now and just do what I feel like whenever I feel like.
I admire anyone who posts their work online for others to see. Any skill level, new hobbyist or old hand… If you put your work out there for others to see then I admire you.
What do you find most frustrating about the hobby?
Other than finding time to get things done, which I think everyone has…. My biggest frustration is finding all the bits I want, I’d love it if GW made it possible to just buy bits of kits, an odd head here, maybe someone else’s weapon or mount…. It’d make conversions so much easier. It’s sometimes possible to find things on eBay, but that’s really hit or miss.
Do you have any tips for any aspiring hobbyists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’?
Don’t overdo it. Just take it easy and do whatever you enjoy. Don’t pressure yourself into finishing a project if you’re not enjoying it, you’ll just burn out on it and won’t do it justice anyway. Switch it up between projects, dump stuff altogether. If you’re enjoying it; it’s worth doing.
Also, don’t let people tell you that you’re doing your hobby “wrong” – paint stuff whatever colour you want, use whatever models you want to make conversions, if you think it looks cool then it is.
What is your fondest hobby memory?
I have lots, but I think my best memory recently was receiving feedback from an ‘Eavy Metal painter on my work, hearing his opinions and thoughts on some of my work really opened my mind to different things and some of the hints and tips I got even in a short amount of time have really improved my work since then.
Other than that, in terms of my own achievements… I think my Moonclan army came out exactly how I had in mind and looks really cool all together, I’m very proud of it.
Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
I think everyone should just live by the Bill and Ted quote… “Be excellent to each other”
Many thanks to Ritual Miniatures for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.
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