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In Honor of Hobby Fathers, Happy Fathers Day

On this Fathers Day, I want to thank all the hobby fathers who may have brought you into the hobby, much as mine did. Also a shoutout to all the fathers out there passing on the love of building and painting miniatures to the next generation.

To Our Hobby Fathers

My very first experience with miniatures was receiving a Snap-Fit, translucent green race car for my fifth birthday. I have no clue what car it was, or where it may be now. But it started my path down the hobby.

My Hobby Father

I think I got a few other kits over the following years, but the one that I remember the most fondly is the F-14 Tomcat. It wasn’t the plane that was so memorable, but the time I spent with my dad as he taught me how to paint it.

F15 Tomcat painted with my dad

But the thing was, my dad wasn’t a hobbyist himself, at least in scale models. I’m not even sure where he learned the techniques to help me paint the Tomcat.

What he did do, though, was encourage and inspire me to try new things. When my brother and I wanted to build a model railroad table, he showed us how to frame it and use his tools. If we screwed up the paint job on one of the hot rod kits we got, he would give us suggestions on how to fix it.

So while my father wasn’t the reason I got into wargaming, he was instrumental in where I am today in the hobby.

The Next Generation

Now I’m looking at being able to lead the next generation of hobbyists to learn and improve. While my sons are not yet old enough, I try and do my part to encourage them with art. My oldest and I have even painted canvases together on the back patio.

Painting with my son

It is tough as an experienced painter to watch him mix all the colors together, slop the brush around, and ram the bristles into the water cup. But it is also fun to see him experiment without constraint.

As he gets older and can focus, it will be fun to teach him our hobby and the game. But it will also be interesting to see where his focus may lead him, which may, in turn, teach me new things.

Thank You

So I wrap up this semi-rambling post reminiscing about my childhood and dreaming of my son’s future, to say thank you to all the hobby fathers out there. This generous and welcoming hobby is full of amazing people, in part because of the fathers who encouraged us along the way.

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  • Sean Baird

    I still remember the two of you working on that F-14 on the dining room table together!

  • Hope you had a great day of it and all.
    Some of my favourite minis were painted for me by my Dad.

    • We had a great day here, though never got around to painting with the boys today. It would be great to see them Rory!

      • Will have to get my old space wolves out of the attic so.

  • Great post, and happy father’s day. Encouraging children, in anything, is exactly what great parenting is.

    • Thanks! We have no clue what our boys will end up doing, but it is fun to help them explore and encourage all the little things. It can be hard to remember that so many things are new to them.

  • Sean Baird

    I figured it was about time!

  • Amen! I look forward to the day my son is a little older and I can share a little of the hobby with him. He already enjoys painting with his hands, so let’s hope that enjoyment stays with him as he holds a paintbrush 😀

    • getting a set of cheap canvases, brushes, and paints from a craft store was one of the best things I did to get my oldest interested in painting. It is messy though, so being outside has really helped