Wayward Brush Studio – D9K Sponsor Spotlight

Kavilan Naidoo

We are really happy that Kav agreed to support our event as a sponsor this year. Here follows a short interview to introduce him and his commission painting business, Wayward Brush

Please tell us briefly about your background.

I was first introduced to miniatures when I was 10.  My uncle had the 4th edition Warhammer Fantasy Rulebook and I swear opening it changed the course of my life forever. I couldn’t really afford miniatures at the time but I would get White Dwarf Magazine from CNA whenever I could. I was 15 when I got my first minis with the Battle for Skull Pass set.
A few years after that I saw Darren Latham’s Sanguinor for the first time in White Dwarf. I think it was the first time I’d seen NMM and from that moment I decided I wanted to be able to paint like that some day.

What does your company specialize in?

Painting minis for miniature makers and collectors. I also make painting guides for figures from various wargames.

What is the origin story of your company?
I studied 3D design and animation when I was younger and went into freelancing. At the time most of the work available was in Architectural Visualization which quickly became unfulfilling and began to erode my interest in the field. I started to take an interest in miniature painting again and, after a few conversations with friends and family, I decided to try and shoot for my childhood dream of becoming a professional mini painter.

In the beginning I was mainly painting small Warhammer commissions but then things really took off as the Infinity community began to grow around 2015. This eventually led me to more opportunities and working with international clients. 

Do you play any games? Which are your favourites and why?

Infinity has been my main system for years because of the setting and amazing miniatures— seriously where else can I play an army of AI-generated Greek Superheroes?
Outside of that I’ve started taking an interest in some indie rulesets such as Frostgrave/Stargrave and One Page Rules because of their simplicity. Looking to the future I’m really excited for Broken Anvil’s new game Rivenstone.

If you weren’t working at your company, what would you be doing?

That’s a little scary to think about since miniature painting is literally all I’m good at. I think if I were to make a career shift I would like to go back into digital art, either 2D or 3D.

What would you like to achieve with your company?

Well the immediate goal is always just making enough cash money to survive. Beyond that I’d like to do more overseas work. Which achievement of your company are you proudest of to date?

My style finally being good enough to have international companies and creators approach me for work.

What technologies are you currently most excited about, and most worried about? And why?

3D printing is a big one. I’ve recently been working with prints a lot and there’s still so much that feels so esoteric about the process which can affect the final quality of printed minis. I’m looking forward to seeing how printers evolve as more time goes by and tech improves.

Why did you agree to work with the District 9000 event?

The Infinity Community gave me a lot of support when I started taking mini-painting seriously. Plus everyone in this community are genuinely some of the kindest and most generous people I’ve ever met  so I want to give something back.

What advice would you give to the 21-year-old version of yourself?

You fool, don’t completely abandon your 3D skills! 3D printing miniatures is going to be huge and accessible in 10 years— you could be making your own miniatures!

Are you planning on joining any conventions or events where people can come and meet you?

No plans at the moment.

Where can we see your work and products?

You can see my work here:

And if you’d like some miniature painting guides you can take a look at my Patreon page:


How should people get in touch with you?

For work related inquiries you can shoot me an email at waywardbrushstudio(at)gmail.com

Anything most people don’t know about you?

Lots, I’m a man of mystery you see.

Any final thoughts?

Looking forward to seeing everyone at D9K this year! Go Aleph!

Amazing work, Kav. Really appreciate your support!

Good luck with all your future plans!