2831First off, I’m not really sure if I painted the original in 1996, but it was around that time and 1996 to 2016 is a nice (2 decade) round number.
Here is my then vs now….
I’ve seen a few images lately of people sharing their first ever painted minis, I never took photos of my first Mini, and If I had, it would have been on film, not digital. I thought I had taken pictures of the one above (right) before I started this process, but unfortunately, I didn’t do that either, so I’m comparing to one of the others from that squad.
I bought a new display cabinet recently and stuck a load of my old minis in it. Some of them were incomplete so last week I decided to the unpainted arms of one and paint them up to match the model. But unfortunately, the old Deadly Nightshade colour they were does not match the closet equivalent I could find. So, I repainted the whole body of the original model wth Incubi Darkness over the top of all of the original (thick) coats.
Once this was done, I thought “ah fuck it” and re-did the rest of the model. and this has been pretty much my entire last week.
Here’s my Old Vs New;
|Check out that flash!, you wanna trim that? Be my guest.|
I guess one of my favourite differences is that I can now paint correctly. (Shades/Washes do so much for you) As you can see from the above my 13 year old self had one shading technique. Dry-Brushing (or Over-Brushing). I dry brushed everything, the gold. the skulls the bones. This was due to both my limited understanding of different (any other) techniques and I never really owned any washes. Only the odd area was edge highlighted, and certainly not with straight lines. I suppose the only benefit to the original was that I bothered to do a lightning pattern on the power fist.
It’s actually a little difficult for me to even look at the old one, I’m certainly no expert now. But the difference does make me wonder where I could have been if I had actually kept painting for the last 16 years instead of taking such a huge break.