This week’s Fangirl Feature is from Ti’Dinzeo
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What games/systems are you most interested in/do you collect?
Mostly Warhammer 40,000, but when it comes to models, any game or system will do, I just have to like the look of the model and want to paint it. In general I’m more interested in Science Fiction settings than fantasy ones, so I’ll tend to look at them more, although I do keep an eye on at least the Age of Sigmar models from GW.
Any specific armies?
Right now I’m working, very slowly, on a Space Wolves army, I’ve got the first Intercessor squad on my desk in the process of painting. I also have a load of Kill Teams waiting for me to get around to painting and assembling them.
What aspect of the hobby are you most interested in?
Probably the social side is what I’m most interested in, meeting and getting to know new people as that’s something I’ve found difficult in the past. Other than that, I’m not all that interested in the competitive, tournament side of the hobby, but I want to at least try everything else. What I have the most time invested in over the years has to either be painting, although my skills don’t really show that, I know, or reading the novels from Black Library.
What compelled you first start or restart the hobby?
What got me first started, 20+ years ago, is a friend at the time got the Warhammer Fantasy Battles boxed seton, I think fourth edition and I had the High Elves. He fairly soon dropped off it, but I kept it on. At high school I found a club playing the games and through that I was introduced to the wider hobby, first with White Dwarf, then Necromunda before hitting on Warhammer 40,000. Once I left school, I didn’t have anyone to play with and didn’t even know anyone interested in it so I kept dipping into and out of the panting side of the hobby.
For the past few years I’ve been quite depressed and at the end of 2018 I realised that I hadn’t really had much of a creative outlet for a while. So again, I turned to mini painting. But this time I was determined to try and improve and learn new skills so I started using YouTube and then Twitch to find other who were painting and teaching online which is how I’ve ended up here trying to figure out how to be part of the wargaming community.
Do you have any future plans for your hobby?
For a start I’d like to get a full army painted, that’s the idea behind the Space Wolves. With the Kill Teams I mentioned earlier, I’m hoping to be able to essentially carry an entire game around with me, with ideally a bunch of different choices for forces although that is a longer term goal. I’m hoping to do the same with my Blackstone Fortress boxed game. Other than that, I’ve got a lot of models, both from GW and from other companies to paint and assemble and I’m finding new ones I want all the time.
Additionally, I’m trying to get myself set up to restart streaming including some painting streams this time as well as video games. That’s almost ready in fact, I just have to get a few technical kinks ironed out.
What sort of materials do you use to create your hobby? How long does it take you to complete a project?
I’m still at a fairly basic stage at the moment so I don’t really do much in the way of conversion. I’ll sometimes use a little green stuff to fill in gaps, and would love to get into sculpting at some point in the future, but right now I’m concentrating on my painting, trying out and dating techniques so that they work for me. The two tools I’ve found most useful though are a wet palette, I use one from Redgrass games, and my airbrush, a H&S Infinity CR plus. I’m still learning how to use them, but they’ve already helped improve my painting.
The other thing that’s helped me is social media, connecting me to other hobbyists all over the world.
As for how long it takes me to complete a project, I’m really quite slow for the most part. It will probably take me most of the month to finish my Intercessor squad for example. Partly because I can get distracted pretty easily and partly because I can obsess over something not quite being right for a long time, often well past when I should have stopped.
What inspires you to keep going? Do you admire any other hobbyists?
What inspires me is all of the other hobbyist out there. I love seeing other people’s work on Twitter, Instagram, Discord and YouTube. I know I’m going to miss a whole bunch out but right now the ones who come to mind are @NikkiKolls and her husband @AVScott on Twitch, @Maharunn on Twitch, and everyone who’s a part of their communities, along with @StormgradGames, @Scarlettkingdom, @VoiceofKosh and all of the rest of the warmongers on Twitter who help not just with the painting side of things but also the community side of it. I’m sure there’s a whole lot more, but I’ll have to leave it at that for now.
What do you find most frustrating about the hobby?
For the longest time, trying to find people to play or even talk with, although that was partially because of my own social anxiety and not using the tools I had at my disposal, like social media platforms. Right now though, probably figuring out how to do things to improve my painting. I know I want to figure out blending for example and I know the theory, but I don’t seem to be able to get the knack for some reason and a lot of the tutorials I’ve found seem to be showing me to do what I’m already doing. Maybe I’m doing it right and I just need more practice, only time will tell. And also finding people to talk to and play with as well, but I’m working on that one.
Do you have any tips for any aspiring hobbyists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’?
That’s a good tip actually, I really should try it myself.
There’s a few, nothing anyone’s not probably said hundreds of times before though. Thin your paints/multiple thin coats is a good one, I know it’s a bit of a meme almost, but it does help. Using a Wet Palette was a fairly recent revelation for me. I hadn’t even heard of one until the end of 2018 so that tip should probably be out there a bit more, along with links to how to make a homemade one. One that I’ve learned is good in hindsight is not to go overboard with buying models. If you buy a bit at a time and build and paint as you go, you don’t end up with a whole stick of boxes of models still on their spruces at the end of a long queue. Having too much choice is much worse than not having enough. Next, I’d say use the internet, especially YouTube and Twitch to learn from people already doing it. Books are great to learn from, I have a few myself, but when you’re watching what someone is doing you can often make more sense just by mimicking their movements. Or at least just get a lot closer. Because books and blogs and such usually just show you the before and after which is great for showing you where to apply the paint, but less so on how to do it.
Finally, I’d say get on Twitch, into Discord’s and onto Twitter and Instagram to become part of the community. We do have an occasional ass, but for the most part people are very friendly and helpful. They want to talk to you and help you if you need it.
What is your fondest hobby memory?
It has to be the 1st and 2nd of March this year. There was a meet up at Warhammer world. My first time there, although I’d wanted to go since it opened however many years go that was, and my first time actually meeting these people who I’d only spoken to online for a few months at most. The place was amazing (seriously, everyone should visit the exhibition and Bugmans at least once) and the people even more so. Beyond a little anxiety when I first arrived and hadn’t met anyone yet, I was really comfortable and everyone was friendly and welcoming. So the whole weekend was one long great memory.
Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Two things probably. 1, The only way to hobby wrong is to be telling someone else they’re doing it wrong. And 2, This hobby is for anyone who wants to be a part of it, young, old, whatever your race, gender or any other way you want to label yourself. Yes, the cost of miniatures is a big stepping stone, but there are ways around that. Come and be part of the community.
Many thanks to Ti’Dinzeo for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.
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