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So I was feeling a bit nostalgic, alongside of the affection I already hold for old school miniatures, so I've decided to begin "repainting" some old figures I'd done way back when, I'm going to say in 1983 or before/after. I graduated high school in 1986 and after that totally forgot about miniatures until maybe around 2004.
Anyhow, I've repainted Frito the Thief, a Grenadier model I had when I was young. With the new version, I did have to resculpt the nose because it was flattened by time. My other issue was whether I wanted to keep the same color scheme or do something different. Ultimately I stayed very similiarly with the clothing color scheme, but ended up changing the skin tone and hair color. I kept an orange turban, but ended up muting the color a tad. So here's the modern version:
and now the original version, painted sometime in the eighties:
and then a few side by side comparisons:
So what do you think, any progress over the last thirty- odd years? I've got a bunch of these that I think I'm going to do as time permits. They really are some very fun miniatures to paint. The proportions aren't perfect, but they really do have lots of personality!
As my first finished bust this one was an adventure, some mistakes were made but lots was learned. It was commissioned by a friend as a gift for his fiancee now wife who is also a really good friend. He did not have many requirements, just a similar color scheme to Ben Komets's version. The only variation I wanted to do was the shield design but my friend was ok with changing it. I still almost went with that design but found my way to the one that I ended up using and I am so happy with it.
Any feedback is most welcome!
WIP thread here: Shieldmaiden Bust
By Jeswise Gamgee
This is my first post.
I'm relatively new at this, I've painted fewer than 10 minis, but I really like it.
I have Multiple Sclerosis so my hands shale and my vision gets... weird... sometimes, so I tend to take an incredibly long time.
Here's a recap of the last 17 hours:
My friend I am doing this for is playing a character with only 1 axe, so I removed the second one with wire cutters and used modeling putty to fix where I marred the coat. Still a bit rough.
I might put a dagger in his hand or something. Not sure.
I found that I need to do their faces first because if I mess up a face on an already painted body it is hard to strip and start over.
I noticed that what I thought was hair was actually little robe-orniments so I painted them copper.
All his leather belts and buckles were really hard on my hands!
I didnt want him to look too much like Thor, so I decided he's a warm-colors kind of guy.
I need to learn how to make the metal look reflective like some of you do!
The horn on his back is 'Horn of Gondor' colors.
Good ol 'pencil for scale' picture for a friend.
He probably will take me another 6 hours or so to finish, but I had to quit to sleep for now.
Taking time to look or comment means a lot to me, you guys are great.
Hope I can finish him tomorrow!
Why do 2 pictures keep randomly loading below this point? I keep deleting but they just come back. Halp!
(Duplicate pics removed by OneBoot :) )
This is the very first fig that I ever bought, 8 or 9 years ago. It was for my first D&D session with some close friends, and I fell in love with the game on the spot. This character has gone through a lot: demonic armor possession, lost both of his eyes, had a hole punched through his chest, died 3 times, came back as a zombie, body taken over by a lich, and currently resurrected in the body of a half-ogre. I have a new fig for the character and his new body, but this one will always have a special place in my heart. I finally got around to painting him over the weekend. His eyes are a little googly, and the attempt at highlighting didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but I'm glad he turned out OK. Tips on highlighting would be most appreciated, as that's what I was trying out on this one. Thanks as always!
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