Eric here. I wanted to share some of my miniatures work throughout my lifetime, to show where I started and how I ended up where I am today.
I have been painting miniatures nearly my entire life. I remember getting banned from doing artistic book reports, because I would make these elaborate shoe box vignettes showing a scene from the book. Maybe it was a sign….
The below image shows work ranging from (near) when I first started painting at 14 until today.
It’s always neat to me to see where I started and what I was going for. I’ll do my best to annotate the images below.
I was clearly trying to stick closely to the paint scheme I saw in the books or White Dwarf, I even tried the split field heraldry on the shoulder. You can see I was just starting to experiment with washes on the legs.
Blending colors has always been something I’ve really enjoyed doing and you can start to see that happening in his horns. I remember feeling super proud of the checkers that I hand painted on his shoulder pads (black and white checkers being the hallmark of the Goff Tribe) I’ve also had a deep abiding love for Orange which is where the outlining comes from.
Did I mention I love orange? You can see I started branching out on my color blending, I remember being particularly proud of the headdress because I got the blend going without any banding. I was also starting to experiment with flame patterns (see the robe) I feel like given the style of miniature painting in the late 90’s (bright saturated colors) this model felt sinister for the time, if not so much today.
Bloat Thrall: Age 32
College was where I got serious about treating art as more than just a hobby. I started to do fine art work and eventually got hired as a professional video game artist. After a number of years I transitioned to being a project manager, and literally the week I made the switch I found that yearning to do something creative for myself. Hence my return to miniatures painting. This Bloat Thrall was part of a larger Cryx army I was painting at the time.
I really enjoyed giving the metal an old worn feel and since I’d had some formal art training, I started to use my knowledge of clamping the color pallet, spattering to make the creature feel dirty etc.
Gal Vorbak Trooper: Age: 38
I’ve posted images of this mini before but I think it shows best my growth as a painter. I still love orange, but I’m using it much more sparingly. I will gradient my miniatures from head to toe to make the upper body more of the focal point, I use color (purples in this case) instead of black in the shadows to keep the miniature feeling vibrant instead of muddy, and I am using a lot of bounce light to make those flames feel like an integral part of the piece.
This is part of the 2nd Word Bearer’s army I’ve painted in my lifetime. I have really been enthralled by the Horus Heresy Story-line and particularly how the Word Bearers were the originators of the madness to come. I’m purposefully keeping them much darker and more menacing than the ones i painted in my teens and twenties.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane. I wanted to share this with you because I want to show that no matter where you start or where you are at this moment, if you keep working, you will improve, you will learn and I hope you will enjoy each paint job more. I’m always looking forward to the next miniature and where it will take me.