Fangirl Feature – The Flesh Tearer

This week’s Fangirl Feature is from The Flesh Tearer

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What games/systems are you most interested in/do you collect?

I’m primarily in to Warhammer 40K and the 30k Horus Heresy setting. That said I also collect Adeptus Titanicus, Warhammer Underworlds. I do like the look of AoS, but haven’t taken the plunge properly…. yet!

Any specific armies?

I have a decent sized Flesh Tearers army for 40k, I haven’t totalled it recently but I think its around 3k.

I also have a fledgling Emperor’s Spears army, following on from Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s most awesome book, Spear of the Emperor! 

My Horus Heresy army is a World Eaters force of around 2500points of angry marines in tanks. I love the colour scheme on offer and the character of the army – charge without concern for anything but visceral combat!

Thanks to my friend, Matt Swift, I now have plans for an Iron Warriors Zone Mortalis force set in the Horus Heresy era.

For Adeptus Titanicus I have a Legio Mortis force made up of two Warlords, a Reaver and four Warhounds (two are on sprue, they count though, right?).

What aspect of the hobby are you most interested in?

Painting! I love painting. And building. Painting and building. I would like to get more games in, but there isn’t a club nearby. I get a game maybe once a month, but always keep an eye out for a local gamer.

After that, it’s weathering specifically. I tend to go overboard, but I like it!

What compelled you first start or restart the hobby?

My first foray was in 2nd edition 40k at school. A mate brought in his Space Wolves force and the models and rules were mind blowing. I hadn’t seen anything like it! I had a hiatus of around 16 years, and came back to it with fresh eyes and a ravenous interest in painting.

Do you have any future plans for your hobby?

My immediate plans involve finishing the second half of my World Eaters for 30k. I’ve got a meet up in Warhammer World on May 10th for 40k with the Flesh Tearers group and the World Eaters are for the Saturday, I’d like to get them finished for that!

After that, I’ve planned out a Zone Mortalis force of Iron Warriors! Thanks Matt! Totally blaming him. Beyond that, I have tentative plans on a larger Iron Warriors army that will involve the Iron Circle and Perturabo. More troops too of course.

What sort of materials do you use to create your hobby? How long does it take you to complete a project?

I use reference material from the Star Wars universe, such as vehicles schematic or the Star Wars encyclopedia. Great for interior ideas of Warhammer tanks/aircraft, even armour schemes or finishes.

Cork, I quite like cork. The thick kind you get from coaster packs in The Range or notice boards, which are thin but totally usable for layering ground effects.

What inspires you to keep going? Do you admire any other hobbyists?

Reading, hobby pages/groups and chat groups. They’re full of inspiring work and people. Whether it’s the creative narrative aspect or the artistic side, they’re full of genuinely decent hobbyists who want to share their love for their story.

Anyone on my twitter list is someone I admire. The fact that they pick up the brush or clippers, it doesn’t matter. Hobby content is what I am online for and I enjoy seeing.

What do you find most frustrating about the hobby?

Gatekeepers! I dislike them. Or someone who cuts to ‘that wouldn’t rust like that’. Why? What planet do you think someone has put their army on where the rain isn’t clear or has an interesting colour? Forget realism, forget what is canon, and just enjoy their art.

Do you have any tips for any aspiring hobbyists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? 

My tips: don’t hold back – hobby bravely! Ask for constructive feedback – we don’t learn without at least some feedback. Research – try different techniques and tools, see what sits with you and what speaks to you when you use it.

What is your fondest hobby memory?

My fondest memory recently was someone saying they were inspired by my Emperor’s Spears scheme and even credited me when someone else asked them how they did it! I mean, wow, to touch someone else’s hobby like that? That’s inspiring in itself, spurred me to do better on my next model.

Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Read, watch tutorials, read some more and spread the hobby love.


Many thanks to The Flesh Tearer for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.

You can find The Flesh Tearer on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

And if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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