Insider 6-28-2011

Hi! My name is Meg Maples, and I’m the new staff painter at Privateer Press. I started painting in 2004 when I was introduced to the world of role playing games in my undergrad. I had never been a part of the gaming world before and didn’t even know of its existence before then. I had always enjoyed building model cars and rockets as a kid and had hoped for a doll house. Smaller scale toys had always fascinated me, and when I was introduced to gaming, I gravitated toward painting.

I started by painting my gaming group’s character figures, and when I moved to DM-ing, I started painting the monsters for my games as well. One day, I happened across some really well-painted minis online and decided that I wanted to learn to paint display and competition miniatures.

I started posting my work on forums to get other peoples’ advice and started applying what I learned online. Soon I was working at conventions and meeting other painters who helped me improve my painting and develop my own painting style. I’ve been lucky enough to learn from some of the best in the community.

In 2007 I started freelancing part time, and one of the first minis I ever sold was the Ordic Pistoleer from Privateer’s Iron Kingdoms line. That same year I entered my very first competition and took first place in the Sci-Fi category. Since then, I’ve won several awards, including a Best of Show in 2010.

I’m looking forward to painting for Privateer and having what I think is the best job on earth—painting toy soldiers every day!