Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Then, and then, and then and almost now...

Ok, so this version of the Then and Now is even more interesting than the last one, since I kept running across all these old versions of the Jade Dancing girl.

I had gotten a bunch of these about 12 years ago to use as Blood Bowl cheerleaders.  None of them were ever used for that purpose in the end.  Every so often, another would be painted.

The earliest version that I could find went back to the very beginning.  This one was painted in the August or September of 2002.  The "Now" is more like 2009 or early 2010.

As I mentioned, I just kept running into these things!  The green one was painted in the first few months of 2003.  I didn't locate the other images until after I had made these pictures, so sorry about that!

A few years later, after much more exposure to Cool Mini and other related websites, I started to do more elaborate stuff... like basing!  Gee, go figure. :-)  

While I don't remember too much about these old minis, I do remember that rug taking a long time!
In fact, the whole mini took ages compared to what it would be today.

The next figure was done in late 2006, I believe, and was part of my experiments with various dried foliage.  That stuff was used extensively on the dioramas I was making at the time, so I tried to incorporate them into the regular figures as well.

I guess I was also learning how to make freehand be a little more subtle.  It would be neat to see the old green dancing girl next to this newer version.  If I still have any of these around, I will obviously have to try it again!

Finally, we have the most recent version I could find.  It does not have any fancy freehand, but I noticed that it had some verdigris on it.  There are also more subtle lights and darks, and more flow.  In general, more toned down.

One thing that caught my attention was how the bases of that 2002 attempt was so similar to this effort... with big differences!  Many years ago, we didn't even know you were supposed to paint the rocks and gravel.  Heck, even static grass was this brand new magical thing.

So, like I said, if I can track down one more of these, I will see if it looks any different.  I already know it will take much less time :-)  However, since I have discovered the wonders of the razor saw since all of these versions were painted, she will be on a much more elaborate base.  Or even a plinth.

Scary to look back on something from 4 years ago at most, and see it as ancient history.


  1. Really interesting to see your skill develop. Great skin on the last lass.
    Thanks for sharing,

    1. Thanks! These early images are so crazy :-)

  2. This post really gives us all hope James... Seeing the original miniature where you are now(ish) is fantastic and makes me want to do someothing similar with a miniature to see how we progess.

    Might go and choose a model to build and paint every year or so.

    1. It would make a heck of a time lapse, wouldn't it?

  3. Agree with RTGamer, very inspiring stuff - thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks! I was hoping this would get people feeling better about their painting progress!!