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    Hickory Hills, Illinois (Chicago Burbs)
    Retired IT Manager, consultant, developer
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    Ken Boyle
    I started painting plastic "toy" soldiers almost as soon as I was old enough to hold a brush. As for painting "real" Military Miniatures, I bought my first figure on my honeymoon in 68, a Monogram Merite Hussar. Several years later, a Squadron Shop opened up nearby (They actually used to do more than mail order, back then). I was their first customer, the night before they actually opened (I was a little anxious, I guess). Anyway I started painting the new Squadron/Rubin releases as examples for the shop and received figures and supplies in return. At the same time I was doing painted figure commissions for the locally well known Hobby Chest hobby shop and a local Wooden Ship kit and collectable shop. I also discovered the MMSI and have been a member ever since. Then, believe it or not, I got invited to "work", as a volunteer, every Friday evening for Valiant Miniatures. At the time, Art Neckerman ran the business and Shep Paine was the creative force. Working with Shep was quite a learning experience and I never quite realized how lucky I was. Valiant still sells a couple of the figures I sculpted, even today.

    Moving on, I worked the first Chicago show at the front desk back in 1975 and have tried, over the years, to attend whenever possible. (I have a few silver's and certificates from back then.) In the late 70's I started the short lived Imperial Miniatures with a friend. I did the sculpting and packaging and he did the business side. Unfortunately, my friend passed away, and I closed the business and drifted away for a while. Now, as a retired "senior", I am slowly working my way through my large gray army, which I still add to now and then.

    The biggest regret I have is that of the 500 or more figures I painted back in the day, I only own about a dozen today. The rest were sold to collectors so I could afford to stay in the hobby while raising a family and working full time. Today, I paint and sculpt, primarily for my own and my family's enjoyment, and my display case has grown to 50-60 figures or so. It's a good time...
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