This week’s Fangirl Feature is from Le Verménarque
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What games/systems are you most interested in/do you collect?
I played a bunch of games throughout my hobbyist career (historical, WHFB, WH40K…). My favourite game of all time is Confrontation which was edited by Rackham (French company that collapsed some 10 years ago). I own a large part of the range and started to paint some warbands to get friends to play it with me. The game I play the most is Mordheim, I have a group of friends who play and I organize a campaign every year. Among more “current” games, I started to collect Necromunda when Games Workshop released the new edition. I am crazy about the setting, lore and look of the minis, but I have to confess I only test played the game twice.
Any specific armies?
My “main” armies are my Skaven Warband for Mordheim (I run more or less the same list, with the same minis, since I started playing around ten years ago), I have quite a large (though mostly unpainted) Waaagh for 40k and a bunch of Confrontation warbands. Back in the days when I played 40k, I had an Eldar army.
What aspect of the hobby are you most interested in?
I really enjoy playing with my friends (I am no tournament player), but I seldom have time to host games nowadays. I love the lore and the background and it is very important to me that a mini or an army should “tell a story”. I love narrative gaming and try to make my minis as expressive as I can. I think if I had to choose what I enjoy the most; it’s kitbashing and converting minis, that way I feel you get very “personal” and full of characters minis. I really enjoy painting, helps me relax and focus but it is also frustrating for me since I am both slow and not as good as I wish I could be.
What compelled you first start or restart the hobby?
My first step into the hobby I owe to my father. He used to play and collect historical ranges with his brother and we hosted family games with my cousin during the summer. I had a break growing up and went back into it thanks to my wife. She helped me realize that I needed this hobby more than I knew. I think creative activities are very important to me and this hobby is the best way for me to express myself.
Do you have any future plans for your hobby?
I have tons of more or less unfinished projects. I am currently working on the Blackstone Fortress minis and really enjoying it. I used them to try a lot of new techniques and I learned a lot. They are beautiful minis and I hope to do them justice. Next is to complete my Escher gang for Necromunda. They are called the “Faceless Mothers” and are a kind of “cult”. I wrote their lore and heavily converted the Escher minis. It is still an early WIP since the building/kitbashing is not done and none of them are painted, but this will be one of my most ambitious projects to date.
What sort of materials do you use to create your hobby? How long does it take you to complete a project?
Honestly, I use whatever I can lay my hands on. I tend to keep anything that I think “may be of use someday”, from pieces of plastic to rocks found on the beach. When it comes to tools I assembled a large range of tweezers, hobby knives and sculpting tools throughout the years. I am quite the brush snob, using only natural hair and a large range of shapes and sizes. For paint, I tend to stick to the GW range, even though I have some Prince August paints. I also use varnish and medium, which I usually get from “art” stores (cheaper and large than what GW is offering). In my opinion, anything can serve our hobby and that is one thing I like about it. I like the “craftmanshift” side of it and the tools are a crucial part of it. I can’t paint with a brush I do not like, everything feels off. Same goes with converting or sculpting greenstuff. I need my tools, the one I learned to move with, the ones I adapted to.
What inspires you to keep going? Do you admire any other hobbyists?
I admire a LOT of the work I see on twitter and different blogs. I started sharing my work and discussing the hobby on the internet quite late (2017 I guess). I was very afraid at first, I feared there would be a lot of negativity but I could not have been more wrong. The community I found, especially on Twitter, is what pushed me to reach a new step in my hobbyist “career”. I paint more, talk to a bunch of crazy people about the hobby we love. It is great to share this with people all around the world. It is the community that keeps me going and try to do my best. Who do I admire? Well, I should not name names because the list would always be too long or too short. I’ll give a special mention to the “convertordie” blog because I think seeing his work really helped me see what could be done and inspired me a lot.
What do you find most frustrating about the hobby?
Apart from me, you mean? Lack of time. It is a very time-consuming hobby and real life is often jealous of free time. I try to get as much hobby time as I can, but it is a constant struggle against the outside world and myself, to be honest. I like to meet friends for a drink, to watch movies and I have to work so hobby time often suffers from these. It is fine really, I do not plan on locking me in and paint all day without doing anything else. First of all, it would dry out my inspiration (I feel that “art” to use a big word, or creative activities, in general, need to feed on life experiences), but still, it is frustrating. You also have to bear in mind that I am a slow painter, hence the fact that in the end, my frustration about lack of time is really a frustration about my own skills and lack of discipline.
Do you have any tips for any aspiring hobbyists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’?
Practise daily ;)… Keep up the good work and never do what you are told regarding aesthetics. Try new things, listen to the voices in your head. This is your hobby, these are your minis, make them look the way you want to.
What is your fondest hobby memory?
I guess it was back when I was a kid and my father would bring out toy soldiers from the attic. I could stare at them for hours. Pure joy.
Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Keep positive about your work and the work of others, keep the hobby open and friendly and enjoy what you do.
Many thanks to Le Verménarque for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.
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