About Me

Mid 30's, tattooed and pierced, werewolf afficionado, cider swilling creature of the night, avid collector of toy soldiers and paint, sometime painter, and less regularly, gamer.

I grew up, OK, that's a lie, I...  aged with a huge love of fantasy as a child, and devoured books like nobodies business.  I had thouroughly enjoyed reading The Hobbit, and in the run up to Christmas saw the TV advert for a certain Heroquest.  It was the one thing I begged for that year, and that was pretty much what cemented me into this lifelong hobby.


Heroquest was followed by Space Crusade, Advanced Heroquest, Space Marine, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, then Blood Bowl and Necromunda.  Many games were played on the kitchen table or hall floor between my brother, his friend and I, generally the skirmish games, as many, many models were bought, and few were assembled.  Even way back then, I was an army butterfly, always distracted by new shiny models, and rarely getting enough of any one force to run a full army.  As I always ended up playing the Dungeon Master in our gaming, I was always drawn to the forces of Evil, and big monsters, Chaos being a perfect fit, both in terms of aesthetics, and to descibe my approach to army building.  And so it went on for years, amassing a load of models that I like, hardly building, or god forbid painting any, and playing less and less games.


I must confess that my original forays into painting were less than productive.  The first hurdling block was not being allowed anywhere near spray primer, I am sure there were reasons...  Heroquest models were primed with Tippex and painted with acrylics purloined from a Simpsons paint by numbers kit.  The results were... admirable I guess, and I still have a few of those models around to remind me how far I have come.  My other main issue was frustration that I couldn't apply what I envisioned in my mind via the brush, and I focussed on each miniature as an individual, rather than looking at a unit or army as a whole.  It did not motivate me to push on, and for years all I carried on doing was buying more models, occasionally priming them, and that was kind of it.  Less games were played as my brother and his mate moved on to new interests, yet the collection continued to grow.


Fast forward a few years, and after learning to drive, I started visiting the closest Games Workshop store at the time (technically, after numerous moves, it is still the closest store to where I now live) and yes, I continued to buy even more models.  Thankfully, I built a few more as well, and even played a few games.  I even placed 3rd in one of the Conflict Events GW ran at the time, with a World Eaters army, that looking back, wasn't absolutely crap, though I was proud of it at the time.  I played in store campaigns and a few tournaments, but was never really the competative type.  I found that I enjoyed converting and kit-bashing models, and the huge collection I had gathered over the years facilitated that.

Around about this time, just about hitting my 20's, when dial-up was still a thing, I was introduced to Wargames Foundry miniatures, and immediately fell in love with the Copplestone Barbarians and Ancient Germans and all the Street Violence range.  I bought loads of Vikings and started building up a Warmaster Ancients army, but it never really got any further than painting 4 or 5 models...


Fast forward a few more years, internet access giving unfettered acess to a variety of games beyond what was available in Games Workshop, and I happened upon the Wolfen line for Rackham's Confrontation game.  So I bought them.   All of them.   Or, at least, all of the ones I could lay my hands on in Static Games in Glasgow, a veritable treasure trove of miniatures, that was in the old Argyll Arcade in Glasgow.  Finding that place was like a dream come true.  I also bought into Void, Celtos and various other games.  Somewhere down the line, looking for a new game to play, as 40k wasn't really happening at G3, I was pointed towards WARMACHINE.  The Escalation book had just been released, and it was one of those games I had looked at more than once, but never taken the plunge.  Carelessly flipping over a blister, I saw the model for Iron Lich Asphyxious, and knew I had a new army.


I bought a bunch of Cryx stuff there and then, more the following week, and, I built it.  All of it.  And painted it.  Not quite all of it, but a load of Warjacks and Infantry and Solos.  Then I learned how to play.  I played 2 games, then went to Fanboy3 in Manchester for a tournament and walked away with Best in Faction for Cryx, and, most surprisingly, 1st place.  I continued to play, switching to Mercenaries when they started to become a playable army (long before they were a Faction) and Khador.  Played in lots of tournaments in Glasgow, Edinburgh, few more in Manchester and that went on, along with still buying GW stuff, up until kids happened.  I never stopped collecting, but I did stop painting and gaming.  For a while anyway.


I had amassed a considerable collection of Games Workshop's Lord of the Rings range, and I happened upon the One Ring website. and that kinda spurred me into painting again.  I got through a huge amount of stuff, although it was pretty basic, and dark, compared to my work now, but it showed me that I could get through stuff if I put my mind to it.  This carried on for a while, second child arrived, and I had moved onto Mantic stuff.  I did a lot of models from the Kings of War range, and around that time, someone (Forest) jokingly said I was a one man painting studio.


And that was how I jokingly fell into comission painting.  It was never a serious endeavour, being that I am far too lazy and lack the dedication to commit to it full time.  I'm also. in my opinion, generally a tabletop, or slightly above that level, so, it's not like I was doing anything most people couldn't acheive themselves.  I did a few jobs here and there, mostly for local guys, and some bigger, industry jobs, plus a few things for a BBC documentary.


That carried on for a while, doing bits and bobs, but never having the time to do anything for myself, between a real job and kids, a third one appeared, and stuff, so I kinda just dropped out of doing it.  I do the occasional freelance industry work, or smaller projects, but I don't generally advertise for business.  I might consider it if it is a cool project, or something I really want to work on, or the MOT is due or whatever.


So now, I mainly just paint for myself.  Figured it was time to start chipping away at the backlog, and I should probably get around to selling or trading some of it too.  I already had this website, and it looked terrible, and I never got around to updating it, so I figured I might as well make use of it, and use it as an online gallery of my painted work, and a sounding off point for new projects, and hopefully, a place to get rid of some of the models I will never get around to painting.


Cheers,


John