This week’s Fangirl Feature is from Guy Mulloy
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What games/systems are you most interested in/do you collect?
I have mainly played Warhammer 40k since 4th Edition, however as I’m now concentrating on doing single characters, I’m branching out and getting miniatures from other companies and systems, favourites being Raging Heros and Kingdom Death.
Any specific armies?
My go to is Orks/Orcs. Specifically the Deathskulls in 40k. I like to convert and kit bash, Orks are great for it. If I have to chose another it would be Blood Angels.
What aspect of the hobby are you most interested in?
Have to say I like the building and converting models more than anything. Nothing like getting a new release and seeing how I can make it Orky.
What compelled you first start or restart the hobby?
The first miniatures I ever had were 4 old school plastic Terminators I got from a model shop on holiday for a £1 each. I didn’t know what they were until I was 14, when a friend introduced me to it and I started collecting Tyranids as my first army.
I only restarted the hobby late last year after a 2 year hobby break after leaving GW. Doing the hobby for work kinda burned me out. So after I managed to get a job with a little throw away cash I got back into it full swing.
Do you have any future plans for your hobby?
I have little projects on the side along with my main one being the Squighound Titan. My next big one will be an Ork Warlord Titan, which I have already started drawing plans for.
What sort of materials do you use to create your hobby? How long does it take you to complete a project?
I have used all sorts of materials from GW plastic to metal rods and casting my own parts out of resin.
Depending on my mood about a project it can vary. The Typhus model took 12 hrs to complete, however the Squighound has been a 6 year project.
What inspires you to keep going? Do you admire any other hobbyists?
Besides my fiancee poking me to finish models, I would have to say it depends on the model. I will look at a model and see what my brain comes up with on how to convert it, then I get stuck in. I follow a few amazing hobbiests, and quite a few I admire, however I would have to say Fauxhammer, We Paint Minis, Yabon, and Stormgrad Games to name a few.
What do you find most frustrating about the hobby?
I would have to say the most frustrating thing is some of the toxcity you see in the hobby. You don’t see much of it, but it is there. This hobby is about sharing and helping each other no matter the skill set or what they like to create and seeing someones face light up from their first game or being proud in what they have built and painted is an amazing thing to witness. I love getting people involved in the hobby no matter who they are or what they like, however it’s the minority who are the loudest and give the rest if us a bad rap, meaning potential artists and creative people are scared away.
Sorry went on bit of a rant.
Do you have any tips for any aspiring hobbyists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’?
Don’t dispair when you see someone’s work and you think yours looks bad against it. We have all been there. It’s what keeps us driving to improve, even the experts are still learning new things and ways to improve. Also don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s the best way to develop your own style and create something awesome. I have ruined many a model doing so.
What is your fondest hobby memory?
My fondest memory has to be when I was working for GW and we had a store birthday. To celebrate we auction off the staff skills, so one person could win a model expertly painted, or an army painted to table top standard. My skill was conversions and kit bashing. I discussed with the winner for a few hours and had decided to something Orky with the Lord of the Rings Mumak and an Imperial Knight. I built him a Knight riding the Mumak. The knight holding the reigns in its left hand with a shield. The cannon was elongated and a wraith lord sword attached for a lance and an Ork Warlord where the head should be. It was a sight to behold.
Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It means you want to learn. I am always happy to help.
Many thanks to Guy for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.
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