In the Spotlight Derek Turner

When I first met Derek, he was hard at work with painting some minis he had just picked up. I have always been drawn to the forces of chaos when it comes to Warhammer, so it makes a lot of sense why I was immediately drawn over to what Derek was doing. He was sitting there, painting away with so much focus it was like the outside world didn’t exist right then. I understand what it’s like to be so enamored by something that you lose yourself in it.

Derek has such a drive for his miniatures that I knew I had to photograph some of them and feature them on my site. I always love to see when he posts his newest miniatures that he had just finished painting, so I knew others would enjoy it as well.

There is a subtlety to Derek’s painting that I really enjoy. He has some minis that are extremely detailed and some that have just the right amount of detail work. And I think finding that balance is key.

I have painted very few miniatures in all of my years, but I do know that it takes time and dedication to get to the point that Derek has obtained. And he may be humble about it, but he is truly a master of his art. It takes a lot of focus to sit down and paint a miniature. You not only have to wait for the paint to dry, but you have to plan ahead so you don’t mess something up.

“My interest sparked in the hobby when I was young. My brother used to frequent the local comic shop to play Magic: the Gathering and Heroclix. He came home one day with a third edition Space Marine codex, and after looking through it, I thought the space marines were the coolest sci-fi force ever imagined. Fast forward a few years, and I bought my first box of Chaos space marines, they were three snap-fit models, and it grew from there. I’ve been building, painting and playing for over five years.”
-Derek Turner

In the Spotlight Derek Turner
Derek peering at one of his minis.

Anytime a new miniature for Warhammer or Warhammer 40k comes out, I have to ask myself: “Is Derek going to paint that?” If it’s part of the Chaos faction, I would say there is a huge chance that he will. If I had unlimited funds, Derek would definitely be painting the miniatures I collect to use for roleplaying games!

Want more from Derek? Check out his Instagram!


Question: What inspires you to paint a miniature with so much detail?

“A lot of times I reflect on details and techniques that I don’t usually go to. A lot of models I paint are just tests for new techniques or colors. Inspiration can come from anywhere though, sometimes the bug bites and it’s all I want to do or think about.”

Question: How long did it take you to develop the techniques you use when painting?

“I’ve been striving to improve for years now and I’ll probably never hit the end of the road. If I feel the urge to paint factions for a game I’ll usually grab a test model to get it out of my system.”

Question: If you could only paint one faction from a game, which would it be?

“I’ll always feel at home painting Chaos from Warhammer/Warhammer 40k.”

Question: Where do you see your creations in the years to come?

“In the years to come, I’m goping to field a fully converted and painted army, if my attention span permits so.”

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