Commissions ……. and Cancer

Two C words …..

It is with some regret that I have to announce that after I finish the current few commissions I won’t be taking on any more for the foreseeable future. I will be maintaining the blog and still modelling but due to a bunch of reasons, some me and some out of my control, I am unable to concentrate enough to finish commission work in the timely and professional manner they deserve.

Why? Well for many years I have had a series of health issues including the ups and downs of dealing with depression. Last year I got a very serious infection and this took most of the year to control and get on top of. As I’ve dealt with my own issues commissions have been delayed, far more than they should have and this is unacceptable going forward, mentally for me but more importantly for my long suffering customers, many of whom are friends. More relevant and serious than my minor problems however is the recent diagnosis of my 12 year old daughter Leia with Cancer. She has been ill for some time and it has taken the better part of 5 months to get the health department here in NZ to take it seriously enough and get specialists involved, fortunately (hopefully not too late) things have moved very fast ever since.

I don’t wax on about personal life much (if at all) here on the blog or in any public forum but I feel Leia deserves to know how much we love and support her – she’s been a real trooper and dealt with the situation and possible outcomes in a much better way than I have or would. So my decision, a difficult one in some ways would you believe, is to be there to give her (and with the rest of the tribe) the extra time and support she deserves ….. Lele this is for you babe πŸ™‚

Q – Brent

Off to Starship Childrens Hospital …. look out staff !!!!



30 comments on “Commissions ……. and Cancer

  1. Best wishes to Leia, and to you and the rest of family, in dealing with this blow. My thoughts are with you. Let us know how it goes, and hopefully you get some time to keep modelling (as unimportant as that sounds in comparison – you will still need, perhaps more than ever, your own time).

    • Really appreciate that matey.

      Yeah it was why I had to drop new commission work going fwd (at least for now), I certainly hope to keep up the personal modelling though – for sanities sake!

  2. You and your family have my very best wishes through this troubling time in your lives and you have my thoughts and prayers with you.


  3. My Prayers and good wishes to you and your Family during these trying times. Will be keenly watching your Blog for as long as it will be active.

    Herman Moore Cape Town South Africa IPMS Cape Town

  4. Being the father of a terminally ill child, I can understand and appreciate your situation. I too let go my hobby-based business (What The?! Miniatures) when I found out about my son’s condition.

    I wish you and yours nothing but the best and with a smile like your daughter’s, she’s going to kick Cancer right in the throat and be right as rain in no time.

    Keep on keeping on and fight for those little ones, dad.


  5. What the hell. I don’t visit for a few days and the place has really gone to the dogs!!

    Of course none of this matters. There are more important things.

    All the bestest to Leia and your family and yourself.

    von Peter himself

    • Hey Pete, thanks matey.

      Yeah all was a bit quick for us too really. She’s doing well although starting to get a little tired and has two ops where she has to go under anesthetic today …


  6. Brent, words are not adequate. I am so truly sorry to hear this. Must be extremely frightening for Leia, and unbearable for you and her mum, and all your family, My thoughts are with you and yours. I’m sure Leia will find the strength and best possible medical care to fight this off.

    Shouldn’t worry about the painting and modelling, and least of all commissions. You’ll get back to it when the time is right. The musician has to play, the poet has to write, the artist has to create. It’s part of who you are and what you do, so you’ll pick it up again one day. (For the record, I’d have waited another year for the vehicles you did for me, and still have been well pleased. Quality is worth waiting for).
    All the best.

    • Hey Richard, sorry for the delay, Leias had a rough week and is now in ICU. I’ve been staying with her all week, her mum has tonights shift and then I’m going back in with her.

      Really appreciate your kind words mate – thanks heaps, Brent

  7. Brent ,I stumbled upon your blog via Von Peter himself’s blog. I am humbled by what I see and read . As a family you are strong together and most of all your lovely daughter is the bravest. From a stranger who lives the other side of the world ,who is also a parent I cannot dare imagine what you all are fighting here. Be strong and in wargaming terms roll 2 x sixes ,every day together .

    Peter ( Cork,Ireland)

    • Really appreciate the thoughts Peter, Leia has had a couple of really tough months but has fought really hard and is finally stabilising. We are even cautiously hoping to be able to return home for a few days for her birthday in July ….
      thanks heaps

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