It’s been a long time since I spent more than a fleeting moment trying to stick some paint on a small piece of plastic!
When I was a child I spent (what seemed like) hours painting my Airfix models, but to be honest, they were rubbish, and usually ended up at the bottom of the garden being shot at!
I had another dabble about 20 years ago, a few of us were playing a dungeon crawler created by a friend of mine; the results were a little better… but not much! And a few years ago I tried again – I purchased a citadel starter set, their accompanying book… and there they sat until a year ago!
My purchases at last years Games Expo included various games that used miniatures; Mansions of Madness, Aliens Vs Predator, and D&D: The Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game. Seeing all the fabulously painted miniatures at the Expo, inspired me to once again, give painting a go.
So, here I am a year later, and I’m quite happy with how I’ve progressed – But, lets get one thing clear straight away, I’m not a quick painter! I’m also not claiming to be an expert on the subject, far from it – I’m learning all the time. What I do want to do is share my experiences of starting out, and open a discussion on how to improve.
In the next part I’ll give my thoughts on the equipment you need, including a look at the paint, brushes, and other paraphernalia I use. For now, here are a few pictures of the miniatures I’ve painted over the last year, please feel free to comment below…