Hobby Focus – Rabid Dog Studios

Rabid Dog Studios

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 our first Hobby Focus, we take a look at Rabid Dog Studios and ask them a few questions.

Who is Rabid Dog Studios?

I’m Michael Azzopardi, also known as Rabid Dog Studios. Based in Hampshire, UK and am a commission painter of miniature scale models, predominantly Games Workshop. I’ve been painting for 9 months after an extended 15 years hiatus away from the hobby. I first played and painted Warhammer models back in the 80’s when I was a kid, but then after joining the army I, unfortunately, fell out of the hobby. I came back to it in May 2017 after a chance visit to my local Games Workshop store. Needless to say the last 9 months have been a bit of a whirlwind and I’ve even surprised myself with how quickly things have gone from an absolute newbie (second time around at least) to commissioned painter getting paid to paint other people’s models. It’s been a little bit crazy! I’m lucky that I get to paint every day. I’m an early bird so I get up at 5 am every day and do a good 2-3 hours painting at the beginning of the day even before breakfast. It’s a great way to start the day! I’ve met some incredible people in the last 9 months through painting & playing and am incredibly lucky to be part of this fantastic hobby at such an exciting time!

Question time?
  1. Can you remember the very first miniature you painted and what was it?
    The very first minis would have been Warhammer Fantasy Battle Orks (Orcs) before 40k came out. First 40k minis were first edition Space Wolves. Including Leman Russ and his two Fenrisian Wolves, Freki & Geri who I would have owned from around 1987.
  2. If you had to choose a favourite miniature or kit of all time, which would it be?
    Wowzer! Tough one! I would have to say the Snotling Pump Wagon from 1987. I absolutely loved this model! I just wish I still had it!
  3. If money was no object, what would be your ultimate dream army?
    An army of Knights! One for each house. Or maybe three for each house!
  4. In regards to your commission work, which commission are you most proud of and why?
    I’d have to say a squad of Blood Angels Sanguinary Guard that I painted for a great patron of mine. It was the first time I had painted scroll work and I have to say that I was incredibly happy with how it came out.
  5. Is there one hobby product you use often that you couldn’t do without?
    Wet Palette. Without a doubt. That and Classic FM on the radio!
  6. Are you a gamer or just a painter?
    I’m an absolutely terrible player! I never win because I’m just having too much fun to worry about tactics, strategy or anything sensible like that! I have played Space Wolves since Rogue Trader and love the fact that these guys just want to get into melee as quick as possible. That’s kind of the way that I like to play. Let’s just get to the enemy and try to rip their heads off with our bare hands as quick as possible. Tactics? Strategy? What are those?
  7. What armies or ranges do you collect and which is your favourite?
    Space Wolves are my first love and have been since first edition 40k. I do love a bit of Nurgle though and have a small Death Guard Army. I do have a special place in my heart for Orks too, but please keep this a secret, my Sons of Russ get very jealous! Particularly with Xenos!
  8. Who are your painting inspirations?
    There really are so many amazingly good painters out there at the moment and the standard of painting is just incredible out there, but the painters who really inspire me are the ones who are genuinely nice people too – Richard France, Will Brightly, Anthony Morgan, Paul Norton, Max Faliej, Martin Peterson, Ólafur Símon Ólafsson, Cato Kim to name but a few.
  9. Have you ever won any painting awards and do you plan on entering any in the future?
    I’m entering the Age of Sigmar Golden Demon in March with my Chaos Sorcerer Lord. And then the Classics in May with my Big Mek. These will be my first Golden Demon that I would have entered as a competitor. I won Armies on Parade at my local Games Workshop store last November which I’m incredibly proud of; I just need to do it again this year! The standard was incredibly high and I honestly didn’t think that I had it! I was pleasantly surprised.
  10. The most important question of all… Do you lick your brush?
    Always! Even when I’m not painting!
Whats next for Rabid Dog Studios?

I asked Michael what was next for him and Rabid Dog Studios, and he tells me that the mighty Golden Demon is well and truly in his sights for March and May of this year. We wish Michael luck and will be following closely as he leads up to the competition.

Now onto the good stuff…

Rabid Dog Studios Showcase

Find more about Rabid Dog Studios by visiting their website.

For commission enquiries please contact them via email info@rabiddogstudios.co.uk

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