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I'm pleased to announce the latest world-class painter recruited to help TMP with the Simian Empire army - Cathy Hamaker of The Painter's Den.

She will be taking care of our Simian Messengers - the speedy Spider Monkeys used to relay orders across the battlefields of the Empire.

I invited Cathy to say a few words about herself:

Hello from the Workbench! My name is Cathy Hamaker, and I run a one-man (or technically, one-woman) painting service called The Painter's Den.

Dwarf Shaman from Brigade Models' Celtos line, as painted by Cathy

I look forward to this Workbench project, as I really love the creative sculpting and army choices we're seeing for Hundred Kingdoms. How could you not want to paint a whole army of monkeys?

Cathy's workbench

To give an idea of my painting style...

  • I'm a big fan of black primer, even when using bright colors. I'd rather go back and drybrush white over the primer coat than have to paint every armpit and underside - seems when I prime white I always miss spots the first time around!
  • I'm a slave to inks, particularly Winsor and Newton Nut Brown - it's like a miracle fluid. I usually do base colors, then ink, then go back and carefully drybrush on all the fine details.
A unit of GW's Knights of the White Wolf, with a handpainted banner - painted by Cathy
  • My preferred paints are currently Vallejo, though I still have a lot of Armory and Polly S Fantasy colors in my lineup.
  • I also tend to use a lot of tube acrylics from Liquitex, as their thick texture lends itself to blending and shading right on the figure.
Sandy Garrity's Hannibal the Hamster Gladiator from Reaper, as painted by Cathy

I can't wait to get my Simians and get started!

Dwarven Hammerers as painted by Cathy - mostly from Black Tree, but there might be an odd GW figure in the front line