My name is Albert Moreto Font, and I was born in Barcelona in 1987. I started painting miniatures back in 1997 at the tender age of 10. The discovery of Games Workshop’s fantasy worlds and the 5th edition of WFB had an enormous impact on me, becoming these the gateway to a whole new dimension with endless possibilities.
After enjoying the hobby in isolation, if fervently, for most of my childhood and early teens, in 2003 I co-founded the Spanish Team together with some of the nowadays most acclaimed painters in the world, meeting other committed painters for the first time and forming great friendships that last to the day. Later on, the rise of the Internet was also crucial to my evolution as a painter and my broadening of views, hitherto limited to the rather rudimentary White Dwarf articles.
Between 2001 and 2008 I went on to win several Golden Demons in Spain and the UK. In 2006, aged 18, I won the Best of Show at the UK Golden Demon, lifting the highly coveted Slayer Sword aloft and fulfilling a lifetime’s dreamーand gashing my finger on the way too! I have also been awarded Silver Medals at the World Model Expo (Fantasy Masters Open category, 2008) and the Monte San Savino Show (Fantasy Masters Painting category, 2016).
In 2007 I started developing an interest in East Asia, and I set myself the goal of becoming proficient in the Japanese language. For six years I travelled around Asia, from the eerie DMZ separating the Koreas to a picturesque floating village in Indonesia, and I devoted most of my time to the zealous study of Japanese (with subsequent forays into Korean), ultimately majoring with honours at university, and eventually settling in Tokyo (a paradise for modellers!). During these nomadic years I inevitably had to put miniatures asideーnot without twinges of conscience. I did, nonetheless, never fully divorce from miniatures, for I kept following the evolution of the hobby from the dimness of the shadows. It always was more of a temporary hiatus anyway.
Whilst language acquisition isーmuch like miniature sculpting and paintingーa continuous process of challenge setting, incessant learning and self-improvement, having achieved the fluency I once sought, I now feel entitled to declare myself free and return mightily to my clay shapers and W&N brushes!