Well, I've finally committed to Imperial Guard, which means I've committed myself to a future that will be cramped, blind and looney from rank upon rank of tiny little models with actual human faces.
Human faces, the hardest thing in the world to paint since everyone knows when they don't look quite right. Screw up an alien and it might look like you meant it to look like that. Space marines? Heck, you might paint 3 faces in 2000 points!
Good grief, what have I done to myself? Oh yeah, I love painting, even though I am horrible at it.
Yes, if you continue reading you will embark on a journey with someone who has played this game for over a decade, but is a horrible painter anyway. Good luck to us all.
Once upon a long time ago I bought a pile of Tallarn models. They've been sitting around for a long, long time, waiting for their turn at my table. After 10 years (on, off, on, off and on again) I finally finished 4000 points or so of black power armored Space Marines of varying and often dubious quality. Here is a prime example:
It is time for the next level. I'm going to get better at painting, even if it kills me. For that I need to practice which is one thing a pile of IG are good for.
Hopefully this thread will be a log of one gamer's journey from dreadful painter to a level of at least passable mediocrity.
So fill up your glass and settle in for a long trip. Hopefully this will be an inspirational thread for those of you who still "spray and play" their armies so you can see that anyone can have a decent army if they actually commited to trying. Barring that, at least you can feel smug about my pathetic attempt to paint better! I'm trying, but my expectation is not to go from Spray and Play to artist in one go.
As always, constructive comments and outrageous flattery are appreciated.