Hi there and welcome to my miniature painting blog. I’m onlyonepinman, well, I’m not really. I’m Paul, but everyone calls me Pinman and I go by onlyonepinman on most of the forums I’m a member of, so it seemed fitting to use that moniker here.
I’ve been collecting and painting miniatures since about 1991, when I was bought Space Crusade for Christmas. The pictures of the painted miniatures on the side of the box was pretty much what got me hooked, although I already had a more than passing interest in airfix models that I used to build and paint with my dad.
Since then I’ve collected and painted more than I’ve gamed, and I certainly haven’t gamed much this side of 21 years of age (a time fast becoming distant memory). I had an extended haitus from the hobby around 2000 when I was forced to leave home, get a job, pay my own bills. In short, I joined the real world and was pretty skint for a few years. However I restarted my hobby back in 2009, shortly after I got married. My wife and I were passing through the Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester (UK) and we happened to walk past Games Workshop. Well, it was something I hadn’t paid much attention to for a number of years but I decided to take a look inside, just to see where I was up to, oh foolish me. Predictably I walked away with a box of miniatures (the then metal Fellowship of the Ring) and a starter paint set. Having not held a brush for 7 years, I would say that perhaps that box set was a tad ambitions as I proceeded to completed fuxor them. But I stuck at it and over time my muscle memory returned and I have found my painting has improved significantly. Also, being older and more patient I actually find I’m learning new skills and techniques much easier than I did in my younger days. So now, 3 and half years after my return to the hobby I am starting this blog to try and share some of my painting knowledge and experience with the wider wargaming and miniature painting community.
My aim is to provide simple, easy to follow painting guides for specific subject matter. Am I a professional painter? No, I doubt I ever will be – I’m just an ordinary guy who wants to paint decent looking armies and I want to share my knowledge so that you can to.
Please feel free to read and comment on any article or email contact me if you would like to see a tutorial on a particular subject. If I know how to do it, I will post it. If I don’t and I have time (and inclination) I will learn and then post it.
Well, happy reading and, more importantly, happy painting.