What am I up to when I’m not at my day job or taking photographs? A lot of oddball stuff to be honest. Recently, thanks to a lack of opportunities to work with models, I have been falling back into painting miniatures. I’ve been doing it (poorly) since I was a pre-teen. It can be a relaxing pastime, but it has also fed other interests.
I went to college with the idea of becoming a history teacher. I love history and it just made sense to share that passion with others. Those efforts didn’t work out for me. Let’s just say that the system was “unfavorable” and I moved on to other things. I still love history and share what I know when applicable, but I have lost the desire to teach in the classroom, especially in today’s over-politicized environment.
My passion for table top gaming has fed my thirst for history. For many years, I was painting 15mm scale soldiers and meeting a lot of wonderful, like-minded people playing Flames of War. For me, the biggest draw was identifying a unique combat unit that fought during World War II and studying it as much as I could. I would then paint up models to represent them on the tabletop. I was never a great player, but I learned a lot of details that are rarely mentioned in the usual text books.
More recently, I have returned to my role-playing roots. I was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons at a very young age. The so-called “Satanic Panic” was in full effect and it was years before I would feel free to mention I played. Fortunately, my mother’s wisdom taught me that anything can be evil if you allow to be. Dungeons and Dragons is no more satanic than Monopoly and, if I had to guess, far more tables have been flipped in rage for the latter.
Part of my love for D&D is painting miniatures that we often use on the tabletop to help us visualize what is happening. As I paint, I tend to turn on movies or historical documentaries. It is a great way to combine my various passions and relax.
What About You?
What are your passions? Do you love history, role-playing games, or painting miniatures, too? I’d love to chat sometime. On the other hand, if you’re just hear to see photography, what are you doing hiding behind technology? Come on over to the humble, home studio and let’s get you a new headshot!