Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I am writing a BOOK!

That's right, fellow blog fans! I've decided to write a book about painting wargaming collections. It will be going to Kickstarter this Friday, March 16, at 3pm EDT (which is 7pm GMT, 12pm PST, and 6am on the next day for those of you on the east coast of Australia).

What is going to be in the ARMIES & LEGIONS & HORDES book? 

I'm glad you asked. I'm going to be writing down a lot of my thoughts and philosophies on the army building and painting process in the hope that it will be helpful for everyone who has occasionally struggled with finishing an army project. I'm going to take an in-depth look at Inspiration, Goals, Expectations, Planning, and Motivations - with the goal of helping the reader to be able to map out a path to success for their own projects. This book will also be "game system agnostic", the principles described can be applied to any wargaming project, regardless of genre or period.

I'm also going to be putting together some photo-heavy features of armies and projects I have completed over the years along with a few completely new projects. The list looks something like this:

• Sci-fi Mass Battle – 40K Genswick 33rd Rifles
• Sci-fi Skirmish – Dark Age collection and terrain
• Sci-fi Big Project – 40K Warlord Titan
• Fantasy Mass Battle – Warhammer Nuln Empire army
• Fantasy Skirmish – Fabled Realms collection and terrain
• Historical Mass Battle – Napoleonic British collection
• Historical Skirmish – WW2 American collection and terrain
• Post-apocalyptic Skirmish – This Is Not A Test collection and terrain

What is the Kickstarter for?

I would really love to see this as a printed book. I'm running this campaign to help fund the creation of a 120+ page hardback book, so that's really the focus. I want to keep the campaign very simple and focused on "The Book". There are six reward levels - one is the obligatory $5 pledge for thanks, and the other five are for a PDF version of the book or a printed version of the book, or some combination thereof.

Stretch Goals are focused on adding some of the other armies that I have created over the years.

What prompted you to write this book?

As a part of the services I offer through Dave Taylor Miniatures, I was laying out a rulebook for a friend (Disposable Heroes II for Sinister Laboratories). I had also taken the photos and was editing the book as I went. The key thing I remember was thinking "I'm really enjoying this. Seeing all the elements come together. This is something I really like doing."

So, with the skills to take photos and design and layout books, I just needed a subject to write about. They say "write about what you know" and with over 10,000 miniatures painted since 1991, the topic seemed pretty obvious. This book isn't a "How to paint..." book. There are plenty of those on the market from great painters. This is a new kind of book that focuses not on the techniques, but the psychology and planning behind big projects.

What's next?

I'm sure I've forgotten something, so when I think of it I'll post again, but really all I'd like to do know is ask you to pledge your support when the campaign goes live, and share the hell out of it with all of your wargaming friends. If we can make this a great success, I'm going to be able to explore lots of other cool ideas with other talented folks and bring their dreams to life too!

Check the campaign for ARMIES & LEGIONS & HORDES out on Kickstarter from Friday, March 16th!


  1. Long time no post Dave, so this is what you've been up to ;) Excellent, I wish you every success and will check it out Friday

    1. Yeah, I've felt really bad about my lack of blogging. I can identify when and why it started to tail off, but hopefully this can help me get back to it.

    2. I hope you do as well. I miss my Dave Taylor Miniatures blog reading with my morning coffee.

    3. Hey, who let that John Stiening guy in here? ; )

    4. I know right? Standards just aren't what they used to be. :)

  2. Can’t wait for this to go live!

  3. Looks like a tome I will have to own. I hope you get it into print!

  4. First of all, great to hear from you again! I was starting to worry about one of my favourite blogs for a bit, there ;)

    This sounds like a very interesting project -- personally, I'd be in it for the army features, above all else. Any chances of featuring your Custodes army or your AdMech in any way, though? The former, in particular, was a bit of an eye-opener for me, and arguably serves as the perfect study on coming up with fluffy armies when no official models exist -- just saying... ;)

    In any case, best of luck with the project, and don't be a stranger now! :)


    1. Thanks, mate. I appreciate it. Should the campaign go well, I'm hoping to include both the Mechanicus and Custodes : )

    2. Talk about some extra incentive for chipping in! ;)

  5. Good luck, Dave! Having done just what you described (graphic design, layouts, editing, etc) most recently with The War of Three Kings, I know how much goes into a project like this - it really is a labor of love and occasionally does require telling yourself, "YES, I AM enjoying this - I really am...". Count me for sort some of pledge!

    1. Thanks, Clarence. I know what you mean : )

  6. Absolutely brilliant news Dave! Congrats :) Looking forward to the KS

  7. You've got my money, Dave. Great news.