Really? Holy shit I knew you were amazing but that just takes it to another level! How do you manage to maintain a consistent tone across multiple miniatures then? Just very good at mixing and correcting as you go?
No pictures tonight more of just some small thoughts on the nature of progressing as a painter. Fair warning now... this may get a bit waffley.
At the moment I'm working on the last two units of 2 separate forces, I've never finished an army through to completion before and by that I mean a very definite finishing point. I've been involved in the hobby for over 15 years, how bad is that! (I'm 25 btw so that may lessen the horror of it) and it's only about 3 and a half years ago that really started to sit down and go "enough fucking about I want to finish a force" that then turned into "I want to finish all the little bits of plastic I own", one problem, I kept on buying things! I'm not the worst best painter, I've never been a "artistic" person in the painting sense of the word, I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler. Mini's wise I'm average at best, I like converting but I loath painting. I also really like the older darker lore and this is what generally drives me to buy minis. My relationship to the hobby has become one of a "I'm going to prove I can do this even though it kills my creativity in other areas", I find instead of working on writing original content that could help my career (I work in the film industry) I end up working on minis, on one side this is good as it gives me a consistent source of escape and sanity and on the other it prevents me from developing that "professional" creative side of me as I am too busy trying to finish painting up little toy soldiers, that "mountain" that has always been a part of my life. My goal is to be done with everything I currently own by the time I am 30, now 5 years seems like a long time but I know what I am like and I want to give myself a long amount of time so I can actually get it done without rushing it.
Anyway what caused this train of thought was working on those Crimson Fury tonight, I had some of the minis I painted 3 years ago sitting in front of me to get a reference as to what I should be going for and I noticed some massive mistakes that I wouldn't make today even when speed painting, things like basecoat showing through in really odd parts or missed touch ups etc The idea of going through and fixing them all makes me want to scream so I might leave them as a constant reminder of where I have come from in 3 years. I have the advantage that I'm really the only one who sees my minis up close, I never game and have no friends that play and very few people know about it. I try to avoid people finding out at all costs for various reasons. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I have realised how far I have come in 3 years, minis that 3 years ago I was incredibly proud off today I wouldn't let get varnished but at the same time I have so so so far to go. As I said I am average at best when it comes to painting, maybe a little better at converting. These last two units of the Crimson Fury and the Penal Legion are a bit of a struggle as both forces have been WIP for a few years so I am matching work from a while ago, it's also the fact that I am over painting them but I need to push on through. Once those VV are finished I have a Captain, the Sanguinor and a LRC to finish painting and some touch ups to do on a Rhino, a Razorback and a Dread as well as weathering on about 15 marines. Penal Legionwise it's 2 Sentinels and 3 Arty. After that it is 50 odd Minotaurs which again is going to be a struggle to get through however I know I just need to put my head down and power on through. I think once I have finished these VV I will stop and paint 5-10 Minos to just try and get a headstart on them. I want them done before the end of the year. That means a minimum of 5 per month which is very easy however ideally I want it done in 6 months as I have a few other projects I want finished before the end of the year as well. While the finishing of these two forces may be something of a milestone it is by no means a time to slacken off the pace, infact I need to notch it up slightly.
Anyway hope that's not too wanky for you.