Not sure how/why I overlooked this thread. I guess better late that never.
I first joined the forum not quite a year ago. According to my profile, date of registration was 7/4/2016. Must have been a slow day waiting for holiday festivities.
My real world name is David. I'll let you work out my last name. It seems that I wasn't in a creative mood when I registered. The 'h' must remain a mystery.
The first time I put brush to paint was 1988 when I took a painting class at a local convention. Our group has started picking up figures, mostly Ral Partha Battletech and Grenadier Fantasy, but hadn't yet started to paint. I wasn't even planning on taking the class. That was the beginning. For the next two years I pretty much fumbled along; I knew how to base coat and dry brush and that was about it. Access to a community back then wasn't nearly as easy as it is today, so skills never really progressed.
And then real life butted in. School, career, family. Fast forward 25 years.
I picked up the hobby again in late 2010 when I bought a Reaper LtPK. This changed everything, but I didn't really have a lot of time to dedicate to the hobby, and I was a slow painter. For the next 3-4 years, I was lucky to finish 5 models a year and I was buying way more models that I could paint. It wasn't until ~2015 that I decided to put real focus on improving my skills. I picked up the rest of the LtPKs, but 2015-2016 was slow progress. The primary reason I joined the forum because I decided to attend ReaperCon16. I used all 8 of my allotted class slots last year. Combine that with the tips I've picked up here, things have been coming together nicely. I try to paint at least an hour every day, and most days I successful.