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I finally finished Jannus! For those who want it, my WIP is here. I decided to take the very first miniature I ever painted back in 1996 and paint a new version of him with using some of the things I've learned over time, even though I took about a 6 year hiatus from painting in the last 20 years. My goal is to show that yes, practice does improve skill. Also that if you keep painting, you can accomplish some fun and exciting things! This will be a present for our DM for years of herding us gamer-cats despite our varied schedules! This was one of reaper's earlier miniatures, sculpted by Sandra Garrity. Gotta love the tiny eyes! Here are the original and the new version side by side:
Right. This project has been ticking in the back of my mind for awhile. The story starts about 20 years ago, when I painted my very first miniature for our D&D game, our NPC cleric from the Temple of Elemental Evil module. I love that module, and I loved our cleric more, since he managed to save/raise our butts more times than I can count. Jannus came from farmer stock, and took a tough love approach to healing, all stemming back to the dreaded 1 rolled on a healing check, subsequently involving salt in a wound. Good times. It became a standing joke for years to come. I love the way our epic failures are remembered far better than the successes! Here's my first attempt at painting him: The mini is a Garrity, Elquin the Daring. I was so proud of him!! I got paint in all the right places. His base is red since he was always wading through our spilled blood to save us. I'm using this WIP as a way to explain some of the changes that have occurred over time in miniatures painting, as well as to illustrate some of the things I've learned over the years. I like having my very first mini as a reference, because it shows we really do learn and grow and improve over time, and we should embrace that and feel good about it! Keep your old minis. Don't always just repaint them. you'll be amazed at how much things change even from one year to the next. Things I didn't know to do when I first stared painting: 1. prep the mini. 2. prime the mini 3. thin paint 4. color choices I'll get into all of those, but the first thing I did with my brand spanking new copy of Jannus was to clean all the mold lines, sand the metal smooth, wash it in dish soap and prime it. Then I put a base coat down. Right away, I've decided to go with a different color scheme. Clerics of St Cuthbert tend to be depicted in white and red, so I'm changing the plan rather than using the old color scheme. This still keeps with the theme, and I think will fit the character better anyway. Plus, I always need to practice red and white. Hard colors are good for me. Like spinach. The base coat colors are creamy ivory, mahogany brown, blonde hair and golden skin.