Many, many years ago during high school, a friend of mine was into a hobby that I had heard him speak of here and there. In between playing D&D, he had told me about this game where you paint small miniatures and use them in battle against your opponent. It interested me a little, and definitely sounded like fun, but I didn’t really pay it much attention at the time
Fast forward to ’94, I bumped into him in the CBD of Melbourne and he took me into Mind Games on Swanston St., a store that sold these miniatures. I was instantly hooked. This hobby looked fantastic; you assemble and paint the models, use them in a game that has rules on moving, shooting and close combat, all the while moving toward and end goal. It could be claiming an objective, or moving into the opponents deployment zone. What I loved the most was the painting aspect. Even if two models, or a whole regiment were the exact same miniature, variation to the painting could differentiate the models, with as much detail as you wanted. I decided that if you were going to spend the money, you may as well paint each model to the best of your abilities. The problem was I had no painting abilities. I had painted the odd model airplane, after it was assembled, but I realised that I could lend my hand to these finely sculpted miniatures and really go to town.
My first attempt at painting something was a classic Snowspeeder from Star Wars; The Empire Strikes back. I painted this model in the hopes that I could enter it into a small, local painting competition. I had no idea about techniques involved, so my friend Steven passed on to me a little booklet about how to paint Citadel miniatures.
This is my Holy Grail of painting. I thought it has been lost in the warp, but on a recent trip back to see my family in Australia, I found it and was so excited to read through it and see not only how the miniatures and paint schemes had changed, but just what I remember drilling into my mind when painting and using colour.
The techniques demonstrated by a painter named Mike McVey, showed some amazing results. The booklet gave me a brief description on drybrushing, using washes, inks and understanding shades, highlights of certain colours in the Citadel paint range.
There were also invaluable tips that have become second nature now from an all-knowing character in the booklet named, what else, but Golden Demon.
The thing was, that I had to teach myself, and understand each technique from base coating, to shading/highlighting and even using inks and washes to achieve different results. To be honest at first I utilised A LOT of drybrushing in conjunction with lots of washes/ glazes and was reasonably happy, but I knew there was a higher level that I could reach.I entered the snowspeeder and was really happy to win a prize, if I remember correctly, I was one of only two or three entries.I took the plunge and decided to purchase my first G.W. models from Games Workshop in Melbourne, Australia (where I am from); a box of the very famous Space Wolves: Grey Hunters. I had no idea about legions, Space Marines or Chapters, Chaos, Imperial Guard or what the heck a Tyranid or an Ork was, but I liked the look of these models, so I went off home to paint them. I soon realised that I couldn’t get the models to look the was they did in the Citadel painting guide, or on the cover of the box that they came in. With a passion to paint to the same standard that the ‘Eavy Metal team display, I have brought my skills to a high level and have won many accolades, really showing off what I am capable of.Over the years I have bought many many models to paint. Some didn’t get finished, most did, and have tried to start many a new army. I love painting Fantasy models, but every time I plan out an army list for a potential army, I feel overwhelmed with the amount of models required. With 40k, there’s no need to field large regiments to play a game.Painting is my main passion, it truly is an addiction, but a great one. My very first 40k army, (which I began collecting back in the 2nd edition days of 40k), is The Aurora Chapter. I was truly inspired for painting this army when I got my hands on the Ultramarines Codex. The green stood out to me and in looking through the Codex, I found the way that the chapters mark out their squads really interesting; the way they are signified, veterans and even the way their Imperial Eagles were painted, all spoke volumes to me.If you have ever read an Ultramarine Codex, you will come to know that they have an affinity for staying true to their squad doctrines. What a great metaphor for what I want to achieve with my hobbying. I rarely use a model unpainted. I feel that it shows my dedication to gaming and ensures I use painted models.Fast forward to 2013 after lots of deliberating on doing commission work, I have decided to launch this blog, so please read on, and enjoy. I have spent many, many years enjoying my painting and gaming and now it time to start doing it for those who love my work. Feel free to give me constructive criticism; I welcome it.If there is anything that you see that you really like, or if there is a commission you need, just head over to the “COMMISSIONS ” tab at the top of my blog.WELCOME TO THE SEISMIC MINIATURE PAINTING STUDIO!