John W. Oliver is a writer of fantasy and horror fiction. His work can be found both online and in print. He's a San Diego import who has yet to adapt to the idea of shorts and sandals. When not writing, he enjoys a good game among friends and staring at a good map.
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- January 29, 2014/span> Breaking Out the Paints
Once upon a time, on a desk long discarded, I started painting miniatures. They were Ral Partha figures, cast in lead. I painted them with Testor oil-based paints, the same paints I used on my model cars and trucks. I had no idea about primer or technique. No idea about lead exposure. I was a teen-ager and slapping paint on my figure of my thief made me happy. I didn't need to know anything more.
Once I got to college, one off figures wasn't enough. Games Workshop caught my interest with Warhammer and Warhammer 40k. Playing was fun, but painting was better. I learned the importance of primer. The importance of a good brush. The techniques of pinning, cutting and sculpting. After college, I started ordering parts straight from GW as I converted my own figures. Miniatures transformed from lead to pewter. Less toxic I started with Chaos Space Marines, but I fell in love with the armor and troopers of the Imperial Guard. I painted Valhallans my own color scheme and called them Utgard. Read more …
- Released: June 2012 Dark Discoveries #20
"The Blemish" appears in the magazine Dark Discoveries #20, a magazine of dark fantrasy. This issue explores Weird Fiction & Film.
- Released: December 1, 2009 Brave Blue Mice
My short story,"Nonreturnable Merchandise", appears in Brave Blue Mice , an online magazine of speculative fiction.
- Released: May 8, 2009 Robots
My short story,"How Coyote Made Robot", appears in Robots Beyond, a cross-genre anthology of robot tales.