From left to right, models I painted in 2000-2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013.
I’ve been painting models for nearly fifteen years now and when I first started out, I never expected to be painting to the standard I am now. Sadly I can’t find any of my earliest models. Most have been trashed or repainted, so you’ll just have to take my word that they’re worse than what’s pictured.
I find it no small coincidence that around ‘06-‘07 when I started to focus less on gaming and take painting more seriously, you can see a massive improvement.
The more I pushed myself to try increasingly harder, intricate pieces, the better I got. You can’t improve if you simply keep repeating what you’ve already done. And I never could have reached the point I’m at now without seeking plenty of advice and constructive criticism on message boards and from painters I’d met at tournaments and conventions.
Practice and persistence is key. We all have to start somewhere.
I never considered myself a good painter and I never thought I would be. But with plenty of practice and persistence, I got better. I’ve gone above and beyond what my younger self thought he’d ever achieve. And it’s exciting to think of how much more I will improve in the years to come.
So yeah, not the best pictures of my older models (I have some prints somewhere of my LATD army from 2003 and Space Marines from 1999 I ought to dig up) But I think it’s an interesting comparison nonetheless.