Well hello there. My name is Stewart Faulkner and I run Warpaint Figures.
I think one of the hardest things about starting this website was exactly how to approach wargames figure painting. I am 42 now and have been around for a while. I have been roleplaying since 14 and wargaming from about the tender age of 17. I am a regular member of Penarth & District Wargames Society as well as organising their websites and online presence for the Crusade show.
In The Beginning
In fact it was roleplaying that got me started. I loved ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ and have always had a vivid imagination. So after dabbling with AD&D I was thrilled when ICE brought our Middle Earth Roleplaying game. The whole fantasy element appealed to me. So it was logical that I slipped seamlessly into the world of Citadel’s Warhammer Fantasy Battle’ (Feel free to boo and hiss if you don’t like GW. They split opinion like that).
The Bug Bites
From that, there was no turning back. I bought my first figures from a little shop in Friar St., Worcester known locally as ‘Trev’s’. An old fashioned tiny place, Trev, was great as he used to either buy things singly or split the blister packs. I remember going in and selecting Gandalf on Shadowfax along with Sauron on his throne and a Nazgul. These were the old edition figures from the 1980’s mind you.
I read White Dwarf carefully every month with painting articles by the legendary John Blanche and painting with smelly enamels! My first attempts were to paint Shadowfax completely silver and Gandalf a rather washed out grey with some vague shading (I know he should have been white then). But I love them and I was hook on the painting side of the hobby then. Back then (Boy I do sound old now. It’s just a small step now to “In my day…”) there was no real internet presence and you had to rabidly search for resources and save up money to buy them
The turning point for me was getting “The Scale Modeller’s Handbook” by David Day from the library. I was blown away. Step by step instructions and pictures on everything from painting faces to full blown dioramas. If you do nothing else I recommend you find a copy of this book to read.
My painting improved so much and I learnt to be patient. In fact I actually started to love painting and took great pride in being the best painter in my club at the time. Of course, the problem with that was it took an awful long time to get an army on the table. A problem I still suffer with somewhat today although less so now. I have learned to adapt.
So What Is Warpaint Figures About?
Well I have had a break due to work for the last 12-18 months or so in painting. But now I have the bug back. Warpaint Figures is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I know what it felt like when starting to paint:
• Where do you start?
• How do you plan painting a figure or army?
• The fear of being mocked if the painting isn’t Golden Demon standard?
• Being able to watch someone do it step by step on easy as well as hard projects
• Finding someone you can talk to or find help and advice from
• What do I need to start painting?
• How much will it cost me?
Well these questions still are relevant for any one starting out figure painting. But I feel with some rare exceptions no one actually writes for you the reader, the seeker of information. Most blogs are there to serve the owner or to showcase his painting services. I want to change that.
What I Want To Commit To You
I am still learning and I want you to learn with me, together, at your own pace. Let’s do things you want to.
• I want you to feel as though your troubles and painting pains are important for you.
• I want to guide you through answers you can do
• I want to find you easy shortcuts for techniques
• I want you to feel comfortable painting your figures to the standard you want, whether that is for games, painting competitions or displays
• I want you to ask questions and know they will be answered
• I want you to join in with the projects and conversations
That is a tall order but I think we can do it together. I have a lot of ideas about how I can give something back to the hobby that’s given to me. I will be laying those out over the coming weeks and months.
Where I post pictures in the gallery or elsewhere it will be because I am proud of them whatever and I want to give inspiration where I can. I am not the world’s best painter but I am good enough for me at the moment. I want to be better and I want you to be better.
In the meantime if you have any ideas you want me to look at or problems you would like tutorials on then drop me a line in the comments box below or contact me privately here if you want to.
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