We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyn Stahl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lyn, when you are approached by someone at a networking event, what makes you want to connect with someone? What makes you want to avoid them?
For me, usually a common interest or goal helps ‘break the ice’ when it comes to connecting and networking. If I see that someone has a good personality, that makes me want to connect with them also. Things that make me want to avoid them? rudeness, disorganization, and dishonesty.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It all started in 1997, when I was introduced to miniatures thanks to a friend named Mark. Mark used to play D&D in high school and noticed that I had an interest in fantasy characters and stories. Upon this discovery, he figured he would show me his collection of Dungeons and Dragons books and miniatures. Mark was kind enough to show me how to paint the miniatures, and right away I was hooked. From then on, miniature painting became part of my life. There were a few times in life that miniature painting became a therapeutic saving grace when life threw me challenges. One of those times, I decided that I wanted to share the hobby with others and be one of the leaders of growing the hobby community. One of the ways that I accomplish this, is by teaching classes at conventions and local game stores as well as sharing ideas and teachings via online (I.E.- social media, magazine articles, and YouTube channel) and in person when I am at conventions and gaming events. Metalhead Minis Commissioned Miniature Painting and Consignment was established in July of 2009. Over the years, what started out as one person just painting miniatures has become a full-fledged company that provides services such as miniature painting to other companies and clients all over the world! Services include: Commissioned miniature painting for table top gaming (single characters, NPC’s, armies, and terrain), collector display, and dioramas at a reasonable price. Quotes are given on a case by case basis depending on size, amount of detail, preparation and assembly, quality of paint job, type of basing, etc. Consignment sales of Miniatures, table top war gaming supplies, other gaming related supplies, and collectibles. Metalhead Minis Hobby Classes at conventions and local game stores. Private lessons.Services include: -Commissioned miniature painting for table top gaming (single characters, NPC’s, armies, and terrain), collector display, and dioramas at a reasonable price. Quotes are given on a case by case basis depending on size, amount of detail, preparation and assembly, quality of paint job, type of basing, etc. -Consignment sales of Miniatures, table top war gaming supplies, other gaming related supplies, and collectibles. -Metalhead Minis Hobby Classes at conventions and local game stores. -Private lessons.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many great places to see in DFW. I absolutely love the old parts of towns such as Old Town Grapevine, Lewisville, and Denton. In Lewisville, there is a coffee shop called The Perc Coffee House. It is not just a coffee shop, but it is also an antique shop that has live events. Love that place! Other great places to visit – Warhammer Citadel (Grapevine), Reaper Miniatures (Denton), art museums, Dallas Zoo. Great places to eat – Starwood Cafe, Hard Eight BBQ. Other cool places to shop – The Galleria Mall and Southlake Town Square.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to Mark F. who opened the door to my career which years later led to the start of Metalhead Minis.
Photos of Frankenstein and Girl with the Pearl Earring were taken by Mengu Gungor.