Once upon a time in the early to mid 90’s a much younger version of myself discovered Games Workshop, and its fantastic worlds of Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K and Necromunda amongst others. Many a weekend would I spend trying my hand at painting miniatures, or battling at the local store. However it wasn’t long before I fell into the common trap of having more unpainted models than finished pieces, and it all became a bit too daunting. I also was never happy with half the stuff I painted. It wasn’t long before the whole lot was put to one side, and eventually stowed away in the loft. I never had a big collection, but there were models I wanted to finish that just never got to be.
Cut to present day, and my parents visiting a much older, late thirty-something me. They’ve come bearing gifts, including a couple of small figurine boxes, and a familiar carry case with a “space marine” sticker emblazoned across the side. Oh boy.
It didn’t take long for me to get completely sidetracked and start going through all the figures and pieces, each bringing back little memories, much to the amusement of my wife. But by the end of the weekend, and after wishing my folks a safe trip home, I felt the itching need to paint something. What had they done?!
A few trips to GW stores later and I realise just how much the games have changed (unsurprisingly a lot over the last 20-odd years). But hell has it got expensive too. Thankfully for any original pieces I owned that had missing or broken components, eBay has proven to be a lifesaver for replacements and certainly is far more affordable.
I amassed a new starter paint set, some brushes, a makeshift wet palette and sat down with the intent of doing my younger self proud and finishing what I started. I also took the time to check out various miniature painters on YouTube and pick up some valuable tips.
It’s slow progress folks.
My goodness, had I forgotten how time-consuming this can be! Base coating, dry brushing, shading, highlighting, blending… The hours just vanish. However, I have successfully finished a small regiment of Chaos Dwarf Warriors (pictured above), and am now in the process of working up some Deathwatch inspired Space Marines. I also have a 90’s Cawdor gang from Necromunda to start on.
Don’t even get me started on the new Contrast Paint range GW have released. The hype around them is ridiculous. I look forward to seeing more examples of work with them from the community.