About Me

My wife and I in Upstate New York.
My name is TJ Haller and I started painting miniatures in January of 2012. Less than eight months after completing my first model, I won a local painting competition with the first vehicle I completed, a Warhammer 40,000 tank. Since then, I have expanded to all manner of wargaming miniatures and scale models, primarily focusing on science fiction and early AFVs. As a member of the IPMS NoVA chapter, I have placed in official sanction IPMS events.

I live in Purcellville, VA in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I have been a union steamfitter in Local 602 for 15 years and currently work in a data center in Ashburn, VA. I am married to a wonderful woman with whom I have two daughters, ages 7 and 9. We also share our home with our two cats: Winston and Achilles (Ace for short):

When not building and painting models, I enjoy a variety of activities. Among them is the hobby of amateur astronomy, reading, video games (PC and Xbox One), computer building, cooking, target shooting, the X-Wing Miniatures game, the Tanks! skirmish game, Flames of War, and Euro-style board games. I also enjoy music listening to and collecting music; I have over 500 CDs and 250 vinyl records. I've also been known to play bass guitar occasionally and I spent my late teens/early twenties playing in a handful of bands. My favorite television programs are Mystery Science Theater 3000, Futurama, The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation and Game of Thrones.

I always am looking for exciting projects to tackle to expand my knowledge of scale model painting.