My real Name is Paul Ward, I’ll be 50 in 2011, (I share my birthday with Nelson), I'm married with one daughter and three cats. I live in Woking in the south of England, the town where the Martians landed in War of the Worlds.
I work as a Teaching Assistant in a local School, a job I really enjoy as I get lots of time off and don’t have to work weekends. It’s also a fairly worthwhile thing to do, teaching the young. I get all the fun of being a teacher and none of the boring planning and marking stuff.
Previously I’ve had many jobs. I’ve been the manager of both a bookshop and a comic shop, I’ve worked as an illustrator and designer for many years and owned my own games shop. I’ve worked in factories and on building sites and for the software industry as a game designer.
My interests include games (obviously), not just wargaming but RPGs boardgames and video games too. I read a lot, mostly history for the factual stuff, I like first hand accounts especially; and a mixture of genres for fiction. I used to collect comics but nowadays I can’t be bothered. I occasionally buy a couple that look interesting but my collection has shrunk to include mainly the ones I read in the 60s and 70s when I was starting to read them and everything was new and exciting.
There are a few later gems and quite a lot of European stuff left in too.
I like films and have a fairly large collection of dvds. Currently my tastes run towards Asian films and away from Hollywood fare. I have a large backlog of foreign films to track down, the joy of being a collector.
I used to have 800+ videos but they’ve all gone, upgraded to dvds, some things still aren’t available though, which is a pity. If you're interested you can view my film collection here:
I bought my first miniature in 1978, the Deathdealer figure by Ral Partha, and my lead addiction started from then. Previously I had owned many plastic Cowboys, Indians and US Cavalry made by Timpo and Britains and their like. I also had a well used set of 1/32 Airfix WWII figures. I'm currently rebuilding all these old collections in lead. Updates on my progress will appear on this site regularly of course.
Below are some links to some stuff you might like
A few samples of my artwork: