Ańa

About Ana (Ańa)

Ańa
Ańa

Nickname

Ana (or more accurately: Ańa)

Painting since

Late 2004

About myself

Hello, I am Ańa – Anna Machowska.
I’ve been painting miniatures since late 2004.

Before I started painting miniatures I used to paint on clothes, which was a kind of related to my education and proved useful many a time.

I was educated as a stylist and fashion designer, and as a student I was lucky to work as a stylist, and after graduation – as a designer. After so many years of dreaming about this work (because I was sure who I wanted to be even since I was a kid) I accidentally happened to get into miniature painting and… my world turned by 180 degrees 🙂 I quit the rat race and moved to the “meditative job” (as my friends tend to call it).

The first model I painted was Sparr, the Alcoholic Goblin. I painted the model for Mad McGobbo’s Painting Contest and won silver – to Mahon’s and my own surprise! The next year I prepared the Five Seconds To Heart Attack diorama for the Total Testosterone contest and won silver in fantasy category and the Best Diorama of the show. Even after all the years the model remains one of my favorite models, and is one of the few which remained in my display cabinet. The model also won me gold in fantasy category and Grand Prix at Bazyliszek – the prize called Van Gork’s Sunflowers is still one of the nicest decorations on my wall.

When in 2007 the Femme Fatale II contest was organized, I was finishing my entry until the latest moments before the deadline. But I managed to do it just in time and even won the first place in Simply Scandalous category and the Best of Show prize! This was also the year of the first Polish edition of Golden Demon. I prepared a large project which took me a lot of time. I have never painted so many freehand decorations before. But my work was appreciated and won me my first gold at Golden Demon competition! I also entered the painting contest at Bazyliszek, winning 4 prizes plus the Grand Prix again.

In late 2007 I participated in the Newbold Challenge with my Garrity Gals, which were even purchased by the contest organizer – Ian Newbold.

In 2008 I traveled to France for my first foreign Golden Demon with a diorama, which won a honorable mention and was even published in a White Dwarf magazine. Seeing so many awesome works was a truly inspiring experience! Later in the same year we had the second edition of Golden Demon in Poland. This time I decided to enter with more works, which resulted with 6 Golden Demons for me.

In 2009 I went to Germany to participate in their Golden Demon. I had very nice holidays and returned home with one Golden Demon (gold in fantasy single model) and one honorable mention / finalist. Later I won two gold awards in the Chick Challenge, and two awards in Slayer of Daemon – Polish painting contest, which was a replacement for the Golden Demon.

Still the most of my works were never entered in any competitions, which doesn’t mean I am not proud of them. I will be happy if you check them out in my gallery. Without any further comments you can see my whole portfolio there.

Selected awards and achievements

  • Mad McGobbo’s painting competition (2005) – Silver
  • Total Testosterone II (2006) – Best Diorama
  • Total Testosterone II (2006) – fantasy category: Silver
  • Total Testosterone II (2006) – alternative category: Gold
  • Bazyliszek (2006) – Grand Prix, a.k.a. Van Gork’s Sunflowers
  • Bazyliszek (2006) – large sci-fi model: Gold
  • Bazyliszek (2006) – single fantasy model: Gold
  • Femme Fatale II (2007) – Best of Show
  • Femme Fatale II (2007) – simply scandalous category: Gold
  • Golden Demon Poland (2007) – Warhammer monster category: Gold
  • Bazyliszek (2007) – Grand Prix, a.k.a. Van Gork’s Sunflowers
  • Bazyliszek (2007) – large sci-fi model: Gold
  • Bazyliszek (2007) – fantasy unit: Silver
  • Bazyliszek (2007) – single sci-fi model: Silver
  • Bazyliszek (2007) – large fantasy model: Bronze
  • Newbold’s World Garrity Gals Painting Competition (2007) – Best of Show
  • Golden Demon France (2008) – Warhammer unit: Honorable Mention / Finalist
  • Golden Demon Poland (2008) – Warhammer 40.000 vehicle: Gold
  • Golden Demon Poland (2008) – Warhammer 40.000 single model: Bronze
  • Golden Demon Poland (2008) – Warhammer 40.000 squad: Bronze
  • Golden Demon Poland (2008) – Warhammer monster: Bronze
  • Golden Demon Poland (2008) – Diorama: Bronze
  • Golden Demon Germany (2009) – Warhammer single model: Gold
  • Golden Demon Germany (2009) – Warhammer monster: Honorable Mention / Finalist
  • Slayer of Daemon (2009) – large model: Gold
  • Slayer of Daemon (2009) – single sci-fi model: Bronze
  • Chick Challenge (2009) – sci-fi / steampunk – International Jury choice: Gold
  • Chick Challenge (2009) – sci-fi / steampunk – Popular Jury choice: Gold
  • Grey Seer (2011) – large model: Gold
  • Grey Seer (2011) – open: Gold
  • Grey Seer (2011) – single sci-fi model: Silver
  • Grey Seer (2011) – diorama / unit: Silver
  • Grey Seer (2011) – Grand Prix
  • Hussar (2011) – diorama: Silver
  • Hussar (2011) – single fantasy model: Silver
  • Hussar (2011) – single sci-fi model: Honorable Mention / Finalist
  • CMON & THQ Space Marine painting competition – Gold
  • 3rd place at Newbold’s 2nd Creative Event of 2011
  • 2nd place at WAMP Dark Sword Miniatures contest (2012)
  • 4th place at WAMP Dark Sword Miniatures contest (2012)
  • Best of the Show at WAMP Privateer Press contest (2012)
  • 1st place in Single Figure category at WAMP Dark Sword Miniatures contest (2012)
  • Hussar (2012) – single fantasy model: Silver
  • Hussar (2012) – diorama: Honorable Mention / Finalist
  • Hussar (2012) – large model: Honorable Mention / Finalist
  • Hussar (2012) – single sci-fi model: Honorable Mention / Finalist
  • Hussar (2014) – large fantasy model: Gold
  • 6th Painting And Sculpting Figure Show, Toruń (2017) – Fantasy figure smaller than 54mm: winner
  • 6th Painting And Sculpting Figure Show, Toruń (2017) – Fantasy figure larger than 54mm: winner
  • 6th Painting And Sculpting Figure Show, Toruń (2017) – Fantasy bust: winner
  • 6th Painting And Sculpting Figure Show, Toruń (2017) – Open army: winner
  • #2 in Top 10 paintjobs of 2010 at CoolMiniOrNot
  • #2 in Top 10 fantasy paintjobs of 2010 at CoolMiniOrNot
  • #7 in Top 10 paintjobs of 2011 at CoolMiniOrNot
  • #2 and #10 in Top 10 fantasy paintjobs of 2011 at CoolMiniOrNot
  • #9 in Top 10 steampunk paintjobs of 2012 at CoolMiniOrNot
  • #9 in Top 10 fantasy paintjobs of all time at CoolMiniOrNot
  • Being one of the top 10 painters at CoolMiniOrNot
  • Judge at Chick Challenge (2008)
  • Judge at Husssar 2016 (2016)
  • Author of official paintjobs for Hasslefree Miniatures
  • Author of official paintjobs for Euphoria Miniatures
  • Author of official paintjobs for Newbold World
  • Author of official paintjobs for Kabuki Models
  • Author of many tutorials for Game Forces magazine

Availability for commissions

My current availability for commissions is very limited, and I am only interested in commissions involving:

  • highest quality projects (level 4)
  • preferably single miniatures or large models, but small units are also acceptable

Featured works

These are a few selected works that I consider noteworthy:

Examples of levels

Level 4

Level 3

My works

Visit my gallery to see my works.

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