Hobby Focus is The Painted Dragon’s regular slot that will throw some light on people and companies from within the wargaming and miniature painting hobby world.
In this week’s Hobby Focus, we take a look at a great painter and hobbyist Amy Snuggs and ask her a few questions about herself and the hobby in general.
Who is Amy Snuggs?
Hello, I’m Amy and I’m a Warhammer hobbyist from the UK. I have been in the hobby now for nearly four years, and it quickly became my absolute passion. I love miniature painting and the worlds of Warhammer, I have painted miniatures from nearly every system Games Workshop make, although my main and favourite system is Warhammer Age of Sigmar! Age of Sigmar was what got me into this wonderful hobby more seriously and was what made me fall in love with miniature painting. However, I originally got into the hobby through The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game, which I would call my first love within this hobby. I tried out painting some of my partner’s Goblins from the Escape from Goblin Town box set back in the summer of 2014, shortly after this I dabbled a little into 40k painting some Blood Angels, Space Wolves, and Skitarii. The summer of 2015 was when I properly started painting a full army and getting more involved with the hobby as I started my Seraphon army. Since then I’ve painted a massive amount of different things including; Seraphon, Ogors, Fyreslayers, Stormcast Eternals, Ironjawz, Sylvaneth, Nurgle Rotbringers and more for Age of Sigmar and Adeptus Mechanicus for 40k, more Hobbit miniatures, Blood Bowl and Shadespire! You could say I really love miniature painting!
- Can you remember the very first miniature you painted and what was it?
It was a Goblin Town Goblin from The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game! I remember layering was so confusing to understand, and it was a bit of a frustrating experience painting their skin. Pallid Wych Flesh became a bit of a loathed paint for a while after, however now I love using it!
- If you had to choose a favourite miniature or kit of all time, which would it be?
This is a very difficult question! There are so many amazing miniatures by GW and they keep getting better and better. I have quite a few favourite miniatures, however, if I had to pick I think I would go for Archaon the Everchosen. This model is amazing in every way and was an absolute joy to paint. It’s also a model I would love to paint again, and I think that’s a true testament to what a favourite miniature should be!
- If money was no object, what would be your ultimate dream army?
I’m not sure, to be honest, I think it would probably be an entire army of everything you could paint for that army. I think it’s probably more about time being no object too, as I’ve developed my skills and wanting to paint to a higher standard it, in turn, takes longer to paint things and so that image of a massive fully painted army is a little more difficult to achieve. I can’t really think of a specific example really!
- On being a female in the hobby, how has your experience been overall?
To be honest, I have no real answer to this question and that’s probably a testament to my experience, in that in the last 4 years I’ve never had any issue or even had to think about it.
- Is there one hobby product you use often that you couldn’t do without?
I think now it would be the Citadel Painting Handle, that thing is an absolute god-send! I never really used anything to hold my miniatures to paint before, apart from if I had a sub-assembly attached to a piece of cork, for example, I mainly just held the bases. I find the handle much more comfortable to paint with and means you don’t touch the model, I would highly recommend it to anyone!
- Are you a gamer or just a painter?
Both, however I’m primarily a painter. I just love painting, and often if I have time for hobby I’d rather spend it painting than gaming. Despite the fact, I love to paint armies I haven’t really used them a lot in games. However I have been to quite a few tournaments and campaign weekends, and I do play occasionally at my local Games Workshop.
- What armies or ranges do you collect and which is your favourite?
I collect miniatures from Games Workshop including Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40k, The Hobbit SBG, Blood Bowl and Shadespire.I think my favourite has to be Age of Sigmar because it holds a special place in my heart as being the game that properly got me into the hobby, made me fall in love with painting and is my preferred system for gaming and story. I have loads of different armies for all the systems, it might be easier to list what I don’t have! Just put it this way, I love painting Warhammer!
- Who are your painting inspirations?
I’m constantly inspired by the painting community on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, it’s great to have that outlet to see everyone’s hobby. I have a lot of favourite miniature painters including, but not limited to, Richard Grey, Andy Wardle, David Soper, Darren Latham, Paul Norton, all the Eavy Metal team and especially my partner, Tim Davis who is an excellent painter and taught me all I know!
- Name one thing you dislike about the hobby?
It may be hard to believe, but honestly, there is nothing I dislike about the hobby!
- The most important question of all… Do you lick your brush?
Haha now that is the question! I do occasionally, especially if the paint isn’t being as smooth flowing as I want it to be.
Whats next in regards to the hobby?
My plans for the future in the hobby is to improve my painting, I want to try different schemes, I’m quite experienced in painting in a more gritty, dirty style and recently I’ve started experimenting and practising my skills in painting to a cleaner Games Workshop/’Eavy Metal style. I’m currently painting up the Chosen Axes Fyreslayer Warband for Shadespire, and I’m also working on the Glottkin for my Nurgle Rotbringers army. I’d like to finish that by adding the last few Rotbringers units I’ve not done yet, including Gutrot Spume, the Maggoth Lords and the new Pusgoyle Blightlords. I’ve also recently started work on an Astral Templars Stormcast Eternals Liberator unit, which I’d like to slowly expand out into a full army over the course of this year!
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