Fangirl Feature – Gonders

This week’s Fangirl Feature is from Gonders

Hobby showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images.

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

I’ve played pretty much everything GW over the years. I started early 90s so you tend try various different games over that amount of time I suppose. I’ve just come away from a long stint playing Warmachine, so a lot of the GW stuff to me is very familiar, yet very fresh in it’s approach. I’m working my way back into 40k, only a couple of games in, but I’ve been playing Adeptus Titanicus, which is right up my street.

Any specific armies?

I’m building up Thousand Sons for 40k, currently at 1000 points. I’m got Legio Metalica for Adeptus Titanicus. I normally favour dark gritty armies. I like playing the human factions struggling against insurmountable odds, or factions with good engineering! Dwarves, The Empire, Imperial guard, Imperial fists, Iron warriors, Iron hands. All my taste. Thousand Sons are a bit of an anomaly to me really. 

What aspect of the hobby are you most interested in?

I’m really torn on this. I place value on the hobby not including a back lit street(my wife will read this and ask why I’m always looking at my phone), so painting is a great escape. I’m never stressed about it and I find it quitevrelaxing at the end if the day. However, playing games is where you meet great people and the social interaction is brilliant. I made my best friends hammering bolter shots at ’em!

What compelled you first start or restart the hobby?

A friend brought a budget homebrew version of bloodbowl into school in roughly ’93. The models were almost certainly second hand warhammer minis with the weapons hacked off. The pitch was sellotaped together paper. I still remember crowding round that table. My first purchase was Skaven clan rats, the box of 10 from a shop called Arcade Games in Southport (now long gone). Never looked back! 

Do you have any future plans for your hobby?

Short term, I want a second Legio for Titanicus. Traitors to allow me to demo more games. I also want to tackle the larger Tzeentch models. I’m sort of going to have to get to Magnus the Red aren’t I. 
Long term, I have a case of Ultramarines in the loft for when my little boy gets older. He’s currently 1 year old, so time is on his side…

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

I like singing the virtues of the Airbrush. It’s a great tool, that takes a lot of patience to learn, but gets some interesting results. People think it’s cheating, but those people have more time than me to paint each day I guess. 

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

Honestly, loads of things. It’s so ingrained in who I am, i wouldn’t really know how to just quit! Finding the Twitter community has ramped up my painting time to arguably to much though. I keep doing ‘tweet a day’ progress shots, and it’s impacting my non hobby time a bit to much if I’m honest. How can I inspire myself to stop, may have been a better question! 

What do you find most frustrating about the hobby?

My friends joke I complain so often I need an old man’s rocking chair to shake my angry fist at the world from, I always find something. In truth I’m probably as opinionated as most nerds, but I keep my complaining away from such public forums. 

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

I have two. Firstly, only compare your work, to your older work, and chart progression that way. If I compare myself to a painter on the internet, that person may have my experience or time to spend than me, so it’s not a fair comparison. Sure, use them as inspiration, but not competition. 
Secondly, know what you want out of it and manage your expectations. If you want to get the army on the table, or the Golden Deamon in the cabinet, know your goals. 

What is your fondest hobby memory?

I won my first painting competition in Southport GW with a Tau ethereal when they’d just been realised. That model went in the cabinet for all to see. That was a great confidence builder. 

Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

If you’re new to this, you’ve found one of the great hidden gems of a hobby, throw yourself in. You’ll find lovely people to help you along the way. If you’re old hat, just keep making the hobby great and pass on your experience. Welcome in the next generation.
Also, don’t let anyone tell you being a nerd or a geek is a bad thing. It’s the polar opposite. 


Many thanks to Gonders for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.

You can find Gonders on Twitter

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