This week’s Fangirl Feature is from Pandaemonium Miniatures
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What games/systems are you most interested in/do you collect?
Any specific armies?
For Frostgrave I have an Elementalist warband, and I am gradually building and painting a Soothsayer’s warband. In my Darklight: Memento Mori campaign I am playing as an Outcast (half-demon specializing in ranged combat)
What aspect of the hobby are you most interested in?
It’s painting and modelling first, gaming close second. I really enjoy building and painting my minis and making them characterful, and I also really enjoy making atmospheric scenery to play across – I think it really enhances the game.
What compelled you first start or restart the hobby?
I was a WH40k player from around age 13, which was initially prompted by playing Hero Quest and Space Crusade. I stopped about 12 years ago and my focus shifted more to boardgames, particularly with miniatures, like Zombicide. Then I looked around for a skirmish system so I could get back into wargaming on a more manageable scale, and Frostgrave really fitted the bill – I’ve been playing and collecting since January 2019
Do you have any future plans for your hobby?
I want to add a couple more pieces of scenery to my Frostgrave setup, notably a well or fountain, a graveyard and a large single-floor building to house the statues of the living museum scenario. I also want to finish my Soothsayer’s warband and finally finish work on the last few of my Darklight: Memento Mori miniatures
What sort of materials do you use to create your hobby? How long does it take you to complete a project?
For painting miniatures, I mainly use Citadel and Vallejo paints, for scratch-built scenery my main material is foam-core. Timescale varies a lot, but for an average scenery project we’d be looking at a couple of days
What inspires you to keep going? Do you admire any other hobbyists?
Really enjoy the interaction with other hobbyists on Twitter, Instagram and Discord and sharing ideas. Long list of people whose work I admire – hard to know where to start.
What do you find most frustrating about the hobby?
It’s a minor frustration, but space restriction is an issue in my flat so I have to plan my larger projects carefully
Do you have any tips for any aspiring hobbyists – beyond the usual ‘practice daily’?
Just try stuff out and don’t be worried about not getting it right the first time. Nowadays there is a wealth of tutorials and guides online (never had any of that when I started out!) but don’t feel like there’s any one right way of achieving a result
What is your fondest hobby memory?
Hard to pin down one, but I do remember the satisfaction when I first played with a fully painted army over fully painted terrain that I had built myself. Commissions-wise, I was particularly proud of the Raptors Space Marine army – about 70 models, and I was very happy that I got a consistent standard across all the squads and that the characters came out so well.
Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
I strongly urge people to check out the fine array of independent miniatures and scenery companies out there. I particularly recommend Bad Squiddo Games, Fenris Games, Bear’s Head Miniatures, Dead Earth Games, The Immersive World Crafter, Gatehouse Gaming, Kyamsil Designs and North Star Military Figures.
I’ll next be open for commissions in September – I have a few projects I’m working on in the meantime
Many thanks toe Pandaemonium Miniatures for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.
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