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1 hour ago, fredou said:

Hello,
For me it's began with this one.
In summer of 2018, i bought this toy (5cm high) for my son in a garage sale.

I re-painted it, fix it on a WH base and add some sand from my garden.

since then he take dust in the bottom of a box ...

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Another great first attempt, why are everyone first minis so good!

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14 hours ago, fredou said:

Hello,
For me it's began with this one.
In summer of 2018, i bought this toy (5cm high) for my son in a garage sale.

I re-painted it, fix it on a WH base and add some sand from my garden.

since then he take dust in the bottom of a box ...

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Can I just say that's an awesome repaint!

 

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I've always been a horse girl, so my brother used these to introduce me to Warhammer when I was 10 or so ::):

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3 hours ago, Lihmeth said:

I've always been a horse girl, so my brother used these to introduce me to Warhammer when I was 10 or so ::):

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Classic!

 

Those really take me back, by best friend used to collect Bretonnians.  Good memories. 

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This guy isn't my first mini but he was my first after a more than 20 year hiatus.  My expertise from before amounted to "paint it black and drybrush all the colours on".  I thought that was great shading and an amazing step up from painting everything flat.  Anyway, I followed the original metal Learn to Paint Kit #1 instructions and thought he turned out fairly well.  The succubus is my latest mini.  I was impressed with the colour work on her wings and it is also the first mini I painted makeup on.  I was pretty impressed with the makeup as a first attempt.  I have to work on getting a smoother finish on my paints.  It might have something to do with a great number of my paints being more than 10 years old.  Dropper bottles are great and all but they're not "suspended animation" lol.

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8 minutes ago, stormbreach said:

 My expertise from before amounted to "paint it black and drybrush all the colours on". 

 

That approach served me well for many years :lol:

 

As for your paints I have seen a few videos on youtube recently, aimed at rejuvinating old paints, it might be worth doing a quick search.

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I started painting last may. Really just wanted a mini of my DND character even though we weren't using a battle mat at the time. IMG_20190701_102215685_HDR.thumb.jpg.9c0c7398f366a00140bc77930e4a4f21.jpg

Had a lot of fun painting her so when my DM said he wanted to start using one offered to buy a few monsters. The succubus on the left was my second the right was one I painted earlier this year.IMG_20200501_103643155-1.thumb.jpg.54c6318a9b6c352b142f9d49075e0496.jpgAnd now almost 500 minis in I am hopelessly addicted. Here's a collage of some recent favorites694163528_top5.thumb.jpg.08ff3869881a968e1fb278d7bddc543e.jpg

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3 hours ago, Bustawolf said:

I started painting last may. Really just wanted a mini of my DND character even though we weren't using a battle mat at the time. IMG_20190701_102215685_HDR.thumb.jpg.9c0c7398f366a00140bc77930e4a4f21.jpg

Had a lot of fun painting her so when my DM said he wanted to start using one offered to buy a few monsters. The succubus on the left was my second the right was one I painted earlier this year.IMG_20200501_103643155-1.thumb.jpg.54c6318a9b6c352b142f9d49075e0496.jpgAnd now almost 500 minis in I am hopelessly addicted. Here's a collage of some recent favorites694163528_top5.thumb.jpg.08ff3869881a968e1fb278d7bddc543e.jpg

 

That is some serious improvement for someone just painting over a year!   And 500 mini's in! already?!  I dont think I'd come close to that even if I counted every miniature I'd painted in my lifetime.  That is some serious commitment! 

 

My mind is blown!

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25 minutes ago, Dan S said:

 

That is some serious improvement for someone just painting over a year!   And 500 mini's in! already?!  I dont think I'd come close to that even if I counted every miniature I'd painted in my lifetime.  That is some serious commitment! 

 

My mind is blown!

Thanks! I was out of work on medical leave for around 5 months last year and I painted at least a mini a day and up to 7. My output has slowed significantly since starting back but I still try to paint everyday.

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5 hours ago, Bustawolf said:

Thanks! I was out of work on medical leave for around 5 months last year and I painted at least a mini a day and up to 7. My output has slowed significantly since starting back but I still try to paint everyday.

 

See, this kind of thing kills my confidence.  I have been painting for more than a year and I'm nowhere near that level.  I think I started at a higher level than some beginners and progressed quickly but now I feel like I've stagnated and should be further along than I am.  Some people are inspired by better work than theirs, I just get a massive inferiority complex.  Great work @Bustawolf!!  Welcome to the hobby!

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34 minutes ago, stormbreach said:

 

See, this kind of thing kills my confidence.  I have been painting for more than a year and I'm nowhere near that level.  I think I started at a higher level than some beginners and progressed quickly but now I feel like I've stagnated and should be further along than I am.  Some people are inspired by better work than theirs, I just get a massive inferiority complex.  Great work @Bustawolf!!  Welcome to the hobby!

Thanks! I definitely know the feeling.

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Wish granted. Asgard miniatures barbarian with horribly miscast hands, painted in 1984. Combination Testors and Poly-S.

 

Edit: On second thought, it might be all Testors.

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2 hours ago, stormbreach said:

 

See, this kind of thing kills my confidence.  I have been painting for more than a year and I'm nowhere near that level.  I think I started at a higher level than some beginners and progressed quickly but now I feel like I've stagnated and should be further along than I am.  Some people are inspired by better work than theirs, I just get a massive inferiority complex.  Great work @Bustawolf!!  Welcome to the hobby!

 

Paint to have fun!

You'll improve in time.

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Unfortunately I have a tendency to repaint my earlier minis on occasion. As a result my a lot of my earlier minis from when I really got into mini painting have been improved, but I have a couple that have escaped the brush for the time being.

Though technically a model this was my first foray into painting small plastic things. I actually used an airbrush for the camouflage, but the rest was with a brush.

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This flames of war panther was one of my first actual minis. Not entirely sure when I painted this.

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About 2016 is when I really got into mini painting ,specifically spaceships, And a litttle after that I started on fantasy miniatures.

Here is one of my repaints which is almost done.

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7 hours ago, stormbreach said:

 

See, this kind of thing kills my confidence.  I have been painting for more than a year and I'm nowhere near that level.  I think I started at a higher level than some beginners and progressed quickly but now I feel like I've stagnated and should be further along than I am.  Some people are inspired by better work than theirs, I just get a massive inferiority complex.  Great work @Bustawolf

Speaking for myself the biggest drive to improve my painting is usually when I start working on a big miniature. Maybe it will work for you.
My first big miniature. Which is probably one of my favorites.

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My latest big miniature, which is also my second one.::P:

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This little guy was my first miniature. This picture is not mine; I still have the mini, but I've stripped and repainted him easily half a dozen times since 1978, and if I recall correctly, his first paint job was with Testors Enamels before I learned about acrylics. The picture is of someone else's Grenadier Halfling Torchbearer that I found on Google.

FullSizeRender_2.jpg.24b4f4b9e88a909800cd1a3ddc5f1d1a.jpg In '78, I knew that there were miniatures, but I lived out in the sticks and had no idea where to get them. In the Basic D&D set I bought in Laredo, Texas, though, there was a blow in card for TSR Hobbies, and I sent off for their catalog, and received a terrible photocopied thing whose pictures left a lot to be desired. I ordered a couple of the official AD&D boxed sets from Grenadier Miniatures via the Dungeon Hobby Shop out of Lake Geneva.

Back then, when you ordered a thing, it took WEEKS to travel. I believe it was a month before the package arrived, and then I agonized for a weekend before I finally put brush to paint. This little guy was the first one in a long, LONG line of miniatures.

I did get better.
 

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