Art & Culture

Henry Cavill Entertains Himself By Painting Warhammer Figurines

Laura Lee
Feb 15, 2020

There are always going to be those boring days when you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, and everyone has their own ways of coping with them. Some people prefer to socialize by any means they can, whether through 5-way Skype calls or obsessively watching people’s Instagram stories (mushroom omelet for breakfast again, Karen?). Then there are those who embrace a more reclusive way of passing the time. Actor and self-proclaimed geek Henry Cavill definitely seems to fall in the latter category. Just recently, he posted a picture of himself painting tiny Warhammer figurines in his UK home.

Cavill has previously expressed his love for all things fantasy-related. The 36-year-old actor from the Channel Islands stars in the popular Netflix fantasy drama, the Witcher. He plays the lead role of Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster hunter who tries to find his place in a world of humans and beasts. But even before he landed the coveted role, Cavill’s geek credentials were impeccable. Apparently, he even missed the first Superman casting call because he was too busy playing Warcraft.

Henry Cavill speaking at Comic Con

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The actor took to Instagram to update his 11.4 million followers on how he’s been spending his time at home. Sharing a photo of himself painting a tiny gold Warhammer figurine, he also wrote a short caption beneath the post.

“Considering we are, both, going through the Easter period, and going through The Lockdown, I figured it a good time to put a silver lining onto the cloud that is some of the darker moments during this time. So I’ve decided to polish some old skills and try my hand at some new ones! It is a time of rebirth after all. So, as you can see here, the obvious might look a little bit like a tiny helmet…which it is. One of my almost life long hobbies, that I’ve been following but not actively doing, is this. A company called Games Workshop…or plastic crack as ‘we’ call it. Genuinely can’t get enough of the lore they have built over the decades. They have been some of my most enthused reads! If you were in denial about me being a geek before, you can’t hide from it now. Also, in the background of this photo, there may just be some completely new skills I’m working on…..or there may not be, so all of your eye squinting and attempts at digital unfocusing will be in vain….orrrr maybe they won’t.”

“I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of the NHS (National Health Service, here in the UK) and healthcare workers worldwide, for your unceasing efforts to protect us. I imagine it might be feeling a little rough right now, but you Ladies and Gents are absolutely smashing it! Keep it up! You got this. ‘Hold on a second,’ I hear you utter…..’if he has both hands in the photo…how is he taking the photo??’ New skills, my friends….new skills,” he added.

For those who aren’t familiar with the game, Warhammer 40,000 is a miniature wargame produced by Games Workshop. Wargames are games that simulate warfare in a realistic manner, as opposed to games like chess. “Miniature” games use small figurines to represent each opposing army of military forces. Warhammer is the most popular miniature wargame in the world, and it is also the most popular miniature wargame in Britain, Cavill’s home country.