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Hello. I have been lurking for a little bit and wanted to post some of my first work. These aren't technically my first minis ever, but I don't count the ones from more than 20 years ago where my skill amounted to priming in black and then drybrushing everything else. These are all metal, the first two are from the old LTPK #1. I like the whitish tips to the red boils on the rat, makes them look kind of like zits ready to pop. This is a bad pic of the back of his shield. The sculpt is flat but I decided to do freehand individual slats. As he was the second mini I painted I was quite proud of that. This is an old Grenadier necromancer and is not as good. I was not using enough colors, I thought I was being clever by putting a little green on the shruken heads to indicate mould. Don't even want to comment on this one. Another Grenadier necromancer I think, horrible paint job. And there's chipped paint on his finger. , I like this Ral Partha hippogriff. Looking back he could use some more colors. I like the variation that is there in the middle feathers and though it is a bad picture, I love the eye! I like her. My friend did her makeup but the rest was me. The mistake I made was after giving her dress a wash I forgot to make my first highlight shade the same as the basecoat shade and went straight to a lighter green. This makes the highlighting way too severe. This is Tsuko frm LTPK #2. I was not happy with the way his flesh turned out. On the other hand I am happy with the colors in his pants. I built the base myself using wooden stir sticks from Second Cup and a little wash to make it look like stained hardwood from a dojo. Next time I will attempt a plasticard method I saw on the Painting Clinic. This is another Grenadier wizard. I love the hood hanging all the way down his back. There is slightly more variation in color than shows up in this photo. This was my first serious attempt at some sort of base. It is a thin layer of cork board, sand and gravel glued on top, painted and then autumn colored flocking on that. I am quite happy for that being my first base. So Thank you for viewing my first 8 minis. I am still under 20 total painted figures. I got a whole bunch of Bones given to me by my friend who backed the first kickstarter. Some of those I have painted but will put those in a separate thread since they're Bones and not metal. I also backed the second Bones project with that same friend, so there will be a boatload of minis arriving that will occupy me probably for the rest of eternity. Let me know what you think, C&C welcome and encouraged! I am still new at this so it can only help me get better. Also, sorry for the short focal legth on the pictures, my camera doesn't let me control the aperture.