This week’s Fangirl Feature is from Stormgate Creations
What games/systems are you most interested in/do you collect?
Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar. Games with a narrative stand out the most to me, so I’m a big fan of dungeon crawlers like Silver Tower. Frostgrave is another of my recent favourites but it was unfortunately short-lived in my gaming group.
Any specific armies?
I have sizeable Stormcast Eternals and Deathrattle armies for Age of Sigmar. As far as 40k goes, I’m a true son of the Emperor so usually have a Space Marine army of some description on the go. Oh, and I have a collective of Freeblade Imperial Knights all painted and named around an elemental theme (Thunderclad, Fireclad, Tidalclad and Ionclad).
What aspect of the hobby are you most interested in?
Reading/writing novels and painting tend to get most of my hobby time. Adulting has a habit of getting in the way of organising time for games. When a game does happen, we try to make the most of it and do something at Warhammer World.
I’ve started to get more involved in the creative side of the industry and worked as proofreader/editor on a number of tabletop games projects for Awaken Realms. It’s always a blast getting immersed in the stories and helping make these games as good as they can be. When I’m not writing original fiction, I’ll write the odd bit of 40k or Age of Sigmar fanfic.
What compelled you first start or restart the hobby?
My family conspired against me. It could have been the copy of Hero Quest that Santa brought one Christmas, or perhaps the Chaos Terminator with assault cannon that my brother brought back for me from his first trip to the local Games Workshop when we were kids. The Warhammer/40k setting has always been my anchor to the hobby.
Like a lot of people, I took the hobby break after discovering things like nightclubs. Then found the hobby again after deciding I’m far too tired for all that carry-on. It was seeing some artwork for the Horus Heresy novels that pulled me back into hobbying. That led to getting the 6th edition starter set for 40k, which inevitably led to paints and models taking over a room of the house.
Do you have any future plans for your hobby?
I’ve recently started a Dark Angels project using only Primaris Space Marines. Hobby tends to be based around specific projects nowadays. I’ll usually come up with a concept, build, paint and play around it for a while before selling it on to fund the next one. Each project gives me a chance to try something different. My last Salamanders project gave me plenty of practice with blending and non-metallic metals. The Dark Angels are teaching me crisper edge highlights and more accurate recess shading.
What sort of materials do you use to create your hobby? How long does it take you to complete a project?
Conversions are a touch out of my comfort zone, as are these new fangled airbrushes, so I take the hairy stick approach to painting. Projects last as long as they last – usually until something new and shiny catches my eye. In terms of single models, a basic troop (e.g. Space Marine Intercessor) might take me about 4 hours while something like a character would be closer to 10-15 hours. Something big like an Imperial Knight tends to sit on my painting desk for about 6 weeks.
What inspires you to keep going? Do you admire any other hobbyists?
The Twitter community is a source of endless inspiration and they’re an encouraging bunch. My feed is almost entirely populated by gamers so there’s always a wealth of painted models to scroll through and story discussions on Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve met up with plenty of these folks and done battle with them. Actually playing a game and using my painted armies tends to put the wind in my sails, and I’ll usually come home with dozens of new hobby ideas.
Some of my inspirations in the community are @Vidpui who is a fantastic painter and liberal with advice. There’s also the hobby machine that is @SexingtonChaz – his hobby streak posts are a good reminder that regular effort gives results. Finally, there’s Annie from @BadSquiddoGames who is doing incredible things with realistic female miniatures and generally being a hobby inspiration.
What do you find most frustrating about the hobby?
There’s never enough time for it!
Do you have any tips for any aspiring hobbyists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’?
Make mistakes, finish what you’re painting, and use what you’ve learned on the next one. Most of us sucked when we started out. You don’t need to have a Golden Demon for your army to look great on the table.
What is your fondest hobby memory?
Winning a Most Sporting Player award and Best Army nomination at Warhammer World events are right up there. I think the best would be the first meetup I had with a group from Twitter in which, after weeks of frantic painting, I joined them with my first fully painted army. Granted, most of my army got vapourised by super-heavy tanks but they died in the Emperor’s name.
Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
It’s a hobby. Try not to take it too seriously!
Many thanks to Ritual Miniatures for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.
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