Tuesday, 13 May 2014
My painting journey so far
It recently occurred to me that I have passed my first year of blogging without actually doing anything to mark the occasion. I was sitting around looking at everything I have painted, and decided that perhaps I should do a showcase of some of my single figures throughout the years to show the progress that I have made, and hopefully, inspire someone.
As you can see I have always been a fan of Ulthwé, but not so much a fan of highlighting. I guess as long as I had colour on the model I would be fine, but looking back at it, it definitely looks flat.
I wouldn't pick up the hobby until a few years later as I moved to an area outside of a GW store, but that soon changed.
As usual, it was a horrible cast with mismouldings and weak joints everywhere, but I endeavoured nonetheless. It's not an outstanding paint job, but I had started to use shades to give some depth to the model. However, the less said about that sword the better. I wanted a sword crackling with energy, but got a psychedelic zebra instead.
Necrons are great for anyone to paint, lots of drybrushing, then add some green and you are done. It was one of the things that helped me churn out the models like a production line. It's one of the best ways to improve painting skills, to just keep painting often and I think it was at this point that I started to make great leaps and gave me the confidence to start tackling the Eldar once more.
Fast forward by a 18 months, and I am now sitting here happy with the Captain, maybe in 12 months I will look at him and see how I could have done better, but on the other hand I couldn't have got to that level without the other models, looking at them, seeing a spot that I could work at improving and then trying it out.
So hopefully, this has shown how my skills have developed over time, and hopefully again, someone could see this and think "if he can do it, then why not me", all it takes is the effort to paint each model to your best ability and the strength to be able to try something new each time.