Daily Archives: August 2, 2016

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: My First Painting Efforts to Now

Chris Palmer

  Over on the Reaper Forums, a member started a thread asking folks to post photos of their first figure they ever painted, and their most recent that they’re proud of.  I thought that might be a good incentive for me to look back on how far I’ve come over the years.
    I began painting in the late 70’s with 15mm Heritage ACW figures.  Sadly, I sold off that collection in the mid 80’s, so I have no examples of my first figures.  However, shortly after starting with the Heritage 15mm figures, I started purchasing some of their 25mm Fantasy stuff, which corresponded with me getting into a D&D group in High School.   I do have a few of these still in my collections.  While the thief is a pretty straight forward  paint job, the knight must have been one of my first uses of a black wash.

Heritage Thief

Heritage Thief

     While, my painting had greatly improved over the intervening decades, I also thought it would be fun to look how far I’ve come in the three years since I started this blog.  Here are two from the first full month of painting the Bones 1 Kickstarter.

And here we are today.  There’s not a lot of noticeable difference over the past three years.  A bit more attention to highlighting I think. And for humans, I think my faces have improved.

   I’ve been painting now for over 40 years, and still find there’s room to grow and improve.  But that’s part of the fun!

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