Welcome to Wargamer Secret Origins. We’re going to discover the origins of our hobby’s greatest heroes and villains. Which is which? That’s for you to decide …
What age did you get into painting and what started it off?
I started painting at 12, back in 1986. It all started with Prince August, an Irish company that sold moulds and equipment so you could cast your own miniatures. I really enjoyed cracking open a mould to see if the miniature had cast okay. What was the first model you ever bought/painted?
My first ever mini was a Prince August armoured skeleton warrior I cast myself. It was enamels back then, I had yet to discover acrylic model paints. I still have the wee fella. What is your favourite aspect of painting?
These days I work more and more with washes and glazes. It’s a looser way to work, which suits me, and gives great results. I have a particular fondness for painting faces. Once the face is finished, the mini comes to life. Like MAGIC. What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on a Khorne fleet for Man O War, a rather ancient but excellent Games Workshop game. When you are not conquering the tabletop, what do you do?
I’m a graphic/media designer and illustrator. Which of your armies is your favourite?
Oh now. I have a lot of favourites. I do have a special love for bad guys, the undead in particular. The Fimir, chaos armies and Genestealer cults are also dear to my heart. Secret painter or loud and proud?
Sing it from the mountains baby. Any hobby tips or cheats to share?
I would say accumulate an armoury of techniques and don’t discount anything. Look at tutorials all the time. Sometimes a wash and drybrush is the way to go. I paint for tabletop, so anything that lets me get things done faster while maintaining quality is always welcome. Glazes, recess washes, concentrating on points of interest, stippling, drybrushing, weathering, judicious use of layering and blending, good basing, all these things get that mini done and on the table. Why do you do What you do?
I just love those toy soldiers. Also, I’ve made some very good friends along the way. How do you Work?
I have a job, family and all the usual demands on me, so I have a Citadel painting tray I can leave work on in my mancave. I can’t over-stress how useful this thing is. When I have an hour or two I just grab it, head to the couch and pick up where I left off. Easy access to your project is pretty important. If you have to dig out paints, models etc chances are you won’t. I can just take my current mini project wherever I fancy at the drop of a hat. Anything else you’d like to add?
Paint those minis. Game. Have a laugh. Repeat.