MyJourney is a series about the people in the board gaming world. In this series, I invite people passionate about tabletop gaming, from gamers, reviewers, publishers, to distributors, and artists to share their experiences with board gaming.
In this week’s MyJourney entry, I reached out to Sergio – a board gamer, and an (amateur) miniature painter.
Sergio, tell us about yourself - where you grew up, what you do and what you are passionate about.
I grew up and live in Barcelona. I am 34 years old and an IT Engineer. I have a lot of hobbies like painting, board games, heavy metal, videogames, fitness and beer above all!! ha-ha! I have lived with my girlfriend for the last two years, and she has been a great support to me for my hobbies. I get together with my friends to play RPGs or board games and we enjoy that! I am a very simple person who enjoys free time with my friends.
Heavy metal, board games and fitness! That is quite a fascinating combination of interests you have. How did you get interested in board games and in painting miniatures? Tell me about your favorite piece?
I remember in the 90's, when I used to visit my uncle. He collected Warhammer and had other board games like Battlemaster, Heroquest and Magic. I loved the miniatures and how he painted them. My love for painting miniatures started then. I must admit that I left the painting hobby for a few years but I have resumed it in the last couple of years. Furthermore, I have always liked board games, from NAC strategic board games or Stratego to Zombicide, War of the ring, and Carcassone.
My favorite piece is Magnus the Red. It has a sentimental value for me because in April I had a very bad week, and it was my girlfriend's birthday. To my surprise, she gave me a gift, and it was the Magnus the Red miniature! I was overcome with emotion by her gesture. This miniature has been and always will be my favorite piece.
You have a very thoughtful girlfriend. You are a lucky guy! It must have been fascinating as a child to see those games. Is that what inspired you to start this hobby?
I began painting miniatures for my RPG sessions, and I saw that people liked it. One day my girlfriend suggested that I dedicate more time to this hobby and make an Instagram account to showcase it. I did that and here I am... so I think that my inspiration was improve the gaming experience in role-playing games, but it was my girlfriend who pushed me to share it on social media.
Its always great to see passion from hobby translate into a successful social media presence. Tell us a little bit about your process. How do you pick the piece? How do you plan your work?
When choosing the miniature, there are usually two options:
1. I choose it because I like it and I want to paint it.
2. I choose it because I need it for some board game or RPG
It is typically the first choice, but often ends up being both. As for the process, I begin by imagining the main colors and from there, I think about the range of colors I need for lights and shadows.
The standard process would be: Do a prime layer with an airbrush (airbrush was the best purchase of my life!) and normally I apply the base colors with brush. With the base colors applied, next step is to apply the shades. With the shades, you can do the shadows easier and when it is dry, normally I go back to the base color for highlights. The next layers are with lighter colors and finally I decorate the base with sand and herbs.
Any suggestions for people looking to get into painting miniatures?
I recommend investigation, watching videos and if it's possible, see someone painting in person. You can learn a lot by just watching someone do this. Of course, It is important that you enjoy it, since this hobby requires patience. And practice, practice, practice.
That’s great advice for any new hobby. One can see that you surely spent a lot of hours practicing. Outside of RPGs, what would you say are your favorite games?
That's a difficult question. Without thinking about role-playing games (Especially Pathfinder, it's my favorite) I think that my favorite board game is "War of the Ring". It has a lot of good things that I love! 2 player duels, strategy, a lot of miniatures and the Lord of the Rings theme. It's great! I love the board games that require many hours to play them.
I especially remember one game that I won by the military way with the Free People. It was epic! I fought at Minas Tirith and Rohan with all my forces and while the Shadow Armies stayed focused on this, I managed to conquer Moria and Dol Guldur! It was so great! I love that game, but unfortunately, a lot of time has passed since I last played it.
Hopefully you get to play it again soon. You sure seem to be very busy. Are you planning any new projects next?
Well, now I'm painting a lot of Warhammer 40k miniatures, but in the future I will painting different types of miniatures for role-playing/board games or for decorating my home! I would like to someday paint "war of the ring" but for now, I prefer painting single miniatures, I enjoy it more than painting an army! ha-ha!
Presently, I am hoping to collaborate with some shops. Hopefully in the future it materializes into a fruitful venture.
Your miniature painting skills are pretty awesome Sergio. I am sure you will find someone to collaborate with soon. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me, I definitely learnt a lot from you ! I look forward to seeing more stunning miniature paintings from you.
Be sure to check out Sergio’s Instagram page.