Painter and twitch streamer DDay Gaming will be hosting a special event this coming weekend. Hailing from down under in Melbourne, Dean is an avid painter who focuses on creating a fun and relaxed environment while he paints miniatures and broadcasts them live across the internet. After jumping back into the hobby mid-way through last year, he decided to make a concerted effort to improve his painting skills. You can see just how far he’s come in the images featured throughout this article.
Starting with the most recent Age of Sigmar starter box from Games Workshop, he set out to find some advice and tutorials across the web. While poking around the hobby world, he discovered a great community of painters who stream painting and other hobby crafts online using Twitch. After a short time he decided to join them and participate in this new found community. Since then he has started to stream using the service on a daily basis and continues to not only push his own skills further, but also pass on his own knowledge to viewers tuning in.
Ever modest, he credits all of his knowledge and skill to watching other streamers and simply experimenting with lots of different techniques. A big fan of fantasy themed miniatures, you’ll find him mostly painting models for Age of Sigmar, Bloodbowl & Warhammer 40k, plus the odd Reaper Miniature – and really anything else he can get his hands on. More than just a painter of fine toy soldiers, he also pushes himself creatively in other areas, dabbling in everything from traditional painting and sketching to woodwork. Talented and entertaining, his streams are definitely worth checking out if you’re at all interested in miniature painting.
With over four-hundred users now following his broadcasts, he’s definitely gained quite a respectable audience and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Seeking to give something back to the hobby and take advantage of his captive audience, he has decided to run a charity giveaway/raffle where viewers will be able to donate funds to his chosen charity Extra Life.
Extra Life is a charity which supports the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and regularly partners with gamers and streamers to help raise money for this noble cause.
Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for local CMN Hospitals.
A non-profit organisation, CMN Hospitals raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues. Founded in 1983 the organisation claims to have raised more than four billion dollars which is distributed directly to a network of 170 hospitals.
Viewers who participate in the live charity event will also be entered into the draw to win some pretty great prizes! Examples include paint sets, paint brushes, terrain pieces, video game CD keys and store vouchers. The prize pool was donated in part by local retailers; War & Peace Games, Brunel Hobbies, Eureka Minis and The Combat Company.
The event will start at 8am AEST on Saturday 04/03/2017 and run for twenty-four hours! So jump online and support a great painter, pick up some solid tips and tricks, donate to a worthy cause and possibly even take home some sweet swag at the end of it all.