My name is Rubén Torregrosa (aka “HeresyBrush”) and I currently live in Finland, where I am developing my research career. Besides science, another of my passions is History; and part of this passion turned out into this lovely hobby, painting historical miniatures.
I do not remember how old I was the first time I took a brush. But I do remember how my father wanted to paint some 20mm plastic soldiers when I was a kid, and my brothers and I didn’t let him do it unless we had our own set of tiny soldiers and paints. However, by then I did not really understood much about history and painting…therefore, imagine which kind of things I dared to do: pink Romans, red WWII German tanks, and so forth… BUT, I had a lot of fun! During my childhood a friend of mine showed me fantasy Warhammer universe, and during the following years I collected several armies to play this wargame. However, little by little my interest in fantasy and sci-fi miniatures decreased, meanwhile the interest in history increased proportionally. Compared with fantasy miniatures, historical models are inspired in historical facts. They tell a true story. By that time, I already loved history and I used to devoured book after book. But then, I combined both hobbies: military history and painting. It was (is) always very exciting to start a new project and do a little bit of research to understand which colors should I use to paint the uniform of a given miniature or how the unit should look like if the soldiers fought in this part of the planet. This boosted my interest in military history; and as a result, my hobby became my personal time machine. During this period I discovered Flames of War, a 15mm wargame based on the WWII, and my hobby radically changed. Due to the huge amount of vehicles that this game requires, I started to paint more and more vehicles. And I found a new an amazing world: the weathering effects. Before this point I only used one type of paints (acrylic paints) to paint my tiny miniatures. But then I started to try new paints (oils, enamels and pigments), discover new techniques and do thousands of experiments. I really love(d) this!
I created this blog in September 2008. Initially, I used it as a “painting journal” to remember what I was working on and which paints or techniques I used for this or that. However, little by little I started to focus more on painting guides and tutorials. I tried to share what I learnt on my painting table. Even do we can find information about almost everything on the internet, by that time there was an important gap in regards to painting historical miniatures. Perhaps some people did not want to share their tricks or people just did not care much (after all most of the historical wargamers prefer playing rather than painting). Therefore, I wanted to change a little bit this; and this is my contribution to the wargaming community.
I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed it.
Besides HeresyBrush, some friends and I run another half-brother blog: ModelBrush, www.modelbrush.com. Do not miss it!