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Hobby News that is almost Mainstream

January 27th, 2011
RPG Dice

Peter Jackson, yes the bloke who made the Lord of the Rings movies collects miniatures. This isn’t news, he got the Perry Brothers to sculpt an entire unit of ANZACs in some weird scale. That’s right he paid to have each model hand sculpted, none were cast, he just displays the masters. It’s nice to have that kinda of money I guess.

However there is a downside to being perhaps the most famous and well off miniature soldier enthusiast. Apparently one of the many smaller one or two man miniature companies was having some difficulty and his solution to his problem, was to use Peter Jackson’s credit card, which he had on file from past purchases, to buy a few things he needed. Apparently almost $200,000 dollars worth of things he needed. He’s been convicted of fraud or something similar and is awaiting sentencing. It is unlikely Peter Jackson will see much of his money returned.

Test Models Inspect Entrenchments, maybe Peter Jackson will like my WW1 Vandoo?

Hollywood Gamers

Another big Hollywood star who has a huge miniature collection is Robin Williams. I know people who’ve been contracted to paint for him. Some of the Industrial Light and Magic guys also are into miniatures not surprisingly, pretty nice to play on terrain made for a major motion picture. Maybe Pete will hire me, I can’t sculpt, but I can paint and scratch build stuff. Peter Jackson was such a fan of the Perry Brothers he got them small parts in the Lord of the Rings as Rohirrim.

I originally found this story on the Lead Adventure Forum, a favourite of mine as I’ve aged and matured.

Now in 2021 the Hollywood celebrity most associated with the hobby seems to be Henry Cavill. He apparently plays Custodes an army that didn’t even exist when I originally posted this. He paints all his models himself, which is how it should be done, this is another thing I’ve railed against the rise of mercenary painters and painting services.

My Hobbies were Sacrificed

Pretty much all my hobbies were sacrificed as I attempted and ultimately succeeded in passing all three CFA® exams. It took many years for me to get my models and paints out of storage. I don’t paint as much as I used to, but I hope to paint more in 2022 as it is a Covid friendly hobby.

Tabletop gaming is less Covid compatible than miniature painting. None-the-less I did get in my first game of Warhammer 40,000 in seven years. I haven’t had much time for forums. People have migrated to social media such as Twitter and especially Instagram for the miniature painting community. In 2022 I will try to make more time for hobbies so if you have some miniature painting hobby news to share you can leave it below.

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