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I started painting minis probably around age 13 (2002?). I used enamel paints with mineral spirits thinners, didn't believe in priming, and my brushes were awful. I also indiscriminantly mixed glossy paint and matte paint. I inhaled nasty fumes. It took 30 mins to shake a bottle of paint and a wrench to open it. I was a noob.
These guys are on my windowsill behind me while I paint now. The lady with the dragon staff is the 6th I painted. The dwarf is the 40th. The others are in order between 6 and 40... except for the matron. She's one of the first I painted when I switched to acrylics in ~2010, but before I found the forums.
Why do I share this? Because we all start out somewhere. I think it is useful to look back at the old stuff. I had a ton of fun with these, even if they make me cringe now.
Not doing a nice photoshoot this time. Might be too painful to look at - also takes a lot of setup!
I love a necromancer who actually looks like an old, old, old men who is determined to keep beeing old, but alive, for centuries thanks to his magic.
To me that miniature was all about trying to keep the detail on the face, not loose it's wrinkles, and maybe I neglected a bit the rest. Now I see it in photo, the clothes could be better (particularly the blacks), and the metals...
It really should be shelves and trays and boxes and cases and drawers and cupboards...
As I try to get my painting room organized I keep being frustrated by where to put all these assortments of random partially painted, primed, and unprimed but assembled loose figures that I have in every conceivable container. So I decided I should really try to finish some up. They will be a good change of pace or when I'm tired of whatever I'm working on, or good motivation when I'm having trouble getting going (that's why I grabbed some today).
Now some of these are big enough groupings that they will get their own threads, like all the Clan War stuff, the entire VOID Syntha army, the Chronopia stuff, etc but the misc bits and bobs will end up here.
Starting out we have:
I "think" the ballistae and catapult (onager?) were from megaminis. The multi-barrel cannon I picked up at the game store back close to 2 decades ago and have no idea who made it.
I haven't done anything to the cannon yet except dust it a bit. The catapult was started, I just finished the wood to match. One ballista had the wood done, I did the other two to match. The "paint" used is the old Reaper Pro Paint Wood Shade Ink. Painting it over straight white primer gives that result. That's how I did wood back in the day..... Not sure what I'd use to highlight it....
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