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Painting, Fezing and Fun


Tim Luckman - Arc40k Hall of Fame


Every year we recognise those people who’s contribution to Arc40k is significant… in our eyes they are game changers who have made the event greater. These giants of the Arc40k hobby are inducted into our Hall of Fame.

One of our greats is a fella named Tim Luckman. As always Tim has always been happy to share and chat about his involvement and experiences at Arc40k.


He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 for his efforts to push the bounds of Hobby through his painting and modelling. He’s been in the top echelon of our painting awards for many years. Aspiring to and working to push his hobby and share his best.


Most recently he received his 20 Year Veteran Award. That means Tim has played 120 games of Warhammer 40,000 in the Arc40k arena. It also means 20 different army projects - Tim like many other Arc participants choose to build, paint and present a new army, every single year!


But that’s far from the beginning and the end. That’s because Tim has achieved the Best Sport Award in 2004, and finished in the top 10 overall on a number of occasions. He’s been social, competitive and painted a few good armies. His Player’s Choice award in 2005 is yet another of the boxes Tim has ticked along his Arc journey towards a legendary record of achievement.


So if you understand what we’ve outlined then Tim is the sort of Guy that has explored the breadth and pushed the boundaries of the Arc40k hobby.


So, when we asked him a few questions about his Arc40k journey - a long and esteemed path of participation and glory - he was happy to share his thoughts about his Arc experiences.


How long have you been involved in the Warhammer Hobby?ui

I started with Warhammer Fantasy in about 1983/4 and moved into 40k in 1985.


What was your first experience of Arc40k?

My first arc was the Arcanacon III in 2000. The second that was run by Mark Morrison. There were only a few of us at that event. But I remember Mark’s missions, the stories he would tell through the missions, that’s what got me hooked

What is your most satisfying achievement at Arc40k?


I really hunted Best Painted and Players Choice initially. I was lucky enough to win both at Arc40k VIII in 2005 with my Imperial Fists Army.


But being inducted into the hall of fame in 2014 was so unexpected it blew me away.



What was the next challenge you set yourself?

I’m a very average player, so I’m never gonna win the whole thing!


So, my next challenge is theme. Telling a really great story. That’s what I’m hunting now.


What do you like most about attending an Arc40k event weekend?

Catching up with great folks that I pretty much see only at the weekend each year and hanging out and having a great time. That and seeing some of the best painting and modelling projects, such great inspiration.


What’s your favourite aspect about attending Arc40k?

Tim’s 2022 Arc40k Army… Gork & Mork!

Building, converting and painting is what drives me in attending Arc40k.


My greatest challenge is playing 6 games over the weekend. I don’t quite have the mental bandwidth that I used to and the game has a lot of moving parts these days.


That’s why in 2022 I took just the 2 Stompas…..all straight forward.



Which area of your personal Hobby have you pushed yourself to develop because of Arc40K?

Arc40k really drove me to develop my painting and push myself out of my comfort zone, resulting in the Player’s Choice winning Imperial Fists. Now it’s more conversion effort and pushing myself into more freehand work.


Building and Converting, Painting, Displaying, Playing - what’s your favorite aspect/s that attending Arc40k challenges you to do?

My favourite aspects of Arc are the building, conversion and painting. Displaying is something I’m wanting to work more on, some of the Display boards at Arc40k are amazing. It’s a great challenge to work out the best way to display my army at the event. It’s great fun as well.


Which area of your personal Hobby have you pushed yourself to develop because of Arc40K?

Conversion, specifically sculpting. Im also at a very basic level when it comes to 3d printing parts for conversions. These are things I really want to get better at. I guess it’s about making my models a little more individual and one of a kind.


What’s the future look like for your ongoing interaction with Arc40k?

I’ll keep coming, whether it’s playing or volunteering to help out the TO team….if they will have me of course. I can’t see myself giving it up.


Can you describe what Arc40k means to you?

Great memories, great folks, great fun. A tiring, somewhat stressful but awesome weekend. All while playing with toy soldiers.


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We’d like to thank Tim for sharing his thoughts and experiences of being part of the rich history of the Arc40k event. His record of 20 years attending and competing at the top of the Painting and Players Choice competitions is testament to the sort of Hobby passion and dedication that continues to add to his already Legendary status at Arc40k. Putting as much in as he’s taken out Tim has also quietly helped out behind the scenes wearing a Fez and holding signs as part of Mark Morrison‘s War All The Time crew.


His Imperial Fists were Champions of their time and in 2022 the twin Stompas were a shining example of crazy good fun, and we can’t wait to see what he manages to bring to the next event.




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