About TPS

Hi! I’m Frank. This is where you can learn everything about Tiny Plastic Spacemen that you might want to know!

I’m the owner/operator of Tiny Plastic Spacemen. (yes, you might notice that posts sometimes mention ‘we’ or ‘us’ – but it’s actually just ‘me’!)

My Gaming Background

Several years ago, in early 2012, I got back into tabletop wargaming after a break of 15+ years. Before this time, up to about 1997, I’d played Heavy Gear and Battletech before that, in high school (big stompy robots, yeah!). Once I got into the Warhammer 40,000 setting properly (starting with old-style Dark Eldar just before 6th edition was announced) I quickly tried Chaos Space Marines (thanks to the Dark Vengeance box set), Chaos Daemons, Eldar, Tyranids and other armies. Even the Horus Heresy ruleset! So you can understand why I found it difficult to learn tactics and rules with a ton of armies and units… So I had to sell down my armies of Eldar, Tyranids, Daemons and Dark Eldar to reduce the size of my immense painting backlog and regain some space and sanity!

Currently the armies I’m concentrating on are Orks for 40K (simpler rules!) and Alpha Legion for the Horus Heresy rules (complicated rules!). For 2020 I’m hoping to build my Chaos Space Marines army back up with the new (for 2019) Chaos models. I also have collected a sizeable amount of Death Korps of Krieg (DKK) to use as Renegades & Heretics (ha-HA!) for both 40K and 30K settings. 

Before getting into wargaming, I’d played Dungeons & Dragons from from about the mid-80s, with a few breaks here and there. I still meet regularly with a group to play RPGs and boardgames, and have another group of wargaming mates (some of whom are in the RPG group), plus a couple of secondary groups in the South of England and around Nottingham.

My Painting Background

Of course, to get my models painted, at first I did my best with poor quality brushes, enamel paints and various other struggles. 

Now, I’m fully into painting again and with several armies, lots of fantasy models, amazing new boardgames and 3D printed models on Kickstarter, it’s a fine time to be a gamer! 

The BEST thing about being a gamer now is that I can finally afford a wide range of paints, proper high-quality brushes and all those tools I really wanted back in the day! I’ve come a long way since having only handful enamel colors and cheap plastic brushes…

How Tiny Plastic Spacemen got started

My initial group of friends I started wargaming with took the name ‘Hammertime’ as a bit of a joke, and there was even a Hammertime 40K page for a little while. There was even a Hammertime YouTube channel with a few battle reports on it! 

Once I decided to try commission painting for real, though, I figured it was time to start properly with a real site, a cool name and a dedicated YouTube channel. Since we played with tiny plastic spacemen…that became the name of the site! And what better place to learn about Tiny Plastic Spacemen than this site – and this page! 

What this site is for

This site is just to show off various models I get around to painting and where I can show my attempts at various techniques and models I never would have attempted so long ago.

One of the great things about online services now is that it’s easy to set up a good video tutorial and review channel, which I’ve done on the Tiny Plastic Spacemen YouTube channel. I try to upload reviews and unboxings of new model stuff, and there’s a growing video library of model tips, too! 

I also have a model painting service that anyone can take advantage of – even if your models aren’t technically spacemen 🙂 I’ve had loads of fun painting all kinds of models, creatures, weapons and more – and I look forward to working on more models in the future! 

If you’re on the social media, the Facebook page is another place to follow us for frequent updates, so please LIKE the page so you can get news from Tiny Plastic Spacemen! You can also get lots of picture updates on new projects and more on Instagram. There’s a little bit of overlap between the accounts but there’s always something new and you won’t be bored if you follow one or both accounts 🙂 

Please follow the blog (this site), the Facebook page, the YouTube channel and the Instagram account! You’re always welcome to post comments, questions, critiques and more! I read every comment and try to reply to everybody 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed this info about Tiny Plastic Spacemen and join us on this fascinating journey!

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