My name is Stuart Thomas and I paint little miniature figures.
Okay. In the beginning, there was the word and the w...
I began painting miniatures in the long, distant days of the late nineteen eighties when I spotted a copy of White Dwarf in my local newsagents. It was issue 93 and featured John Sibbick's cover to Warhammer 40,000.
Said magazine opened my eyes to the world beyond Matchbox tank and aeroplane kits and
I immediately bought a box of the plastic Skeleton Horde with what amounted to a whole week's worth of newspaper round money.
It's terrible how easily addiction can take hold.
After more boxes of Space Marines, blisters of countless miniatures and lots of painting I entered the
1990 Golden Demon awards with Motorsquat, a conversion of 3 Squats made to look like Motorhead playing on stage.
I got nowhere.
I tried again in 1991 with a couple of single figures and a converted flying Rhino which utilised a lot
of a Harrier Jump Jet kit. I like to think that the race memory of that entry is what lead to the
'flying brick' style of Space Marine vehicles used to this day. ;-)
This time I made it to the finals!
In 1992 I finally cracked it with a Marauder Chaos Centaur that won me 1st place Mounted Miniature.
Undoubtably the proudest moment of my life to that point (and still in my top ten.)
My win brought me to the attention of the Design Studio and I was offered a job as a member of the 'Eavy Metal team.
I served my time at the studio from 1992-2000 where I was lucky enough to work (and drink) with some truly wonderful people,
from my companions in the team to the legends of the industry that were the greater design studio at the time.
Many and varied are the stories I could tell from then but that must wait for another time (also, I need to check with the lawyers first...)
Having left the studio I did various jobs for ten years or so until, goaded by my better half, I returned to miniature painting in 2012,
under the Sublime Brushwork banner.
I am now working, on a freelance basis, for a number of private collectors and, every now and then, get to paint something for myself.