Drazhar is done! It took quite a while but honestly, it was a pretty enjoyable road to go down and the results hopefully speak for themselves. Here’s a look at Drazhar and I’ll share some parting thoughts on him afterwards.
Here are my closing thoughts on this project:
- Drazhar really is the best thing I’ve ever painted which is always a nice feeling.
- I just realized I forgot to put any grass tufts on the base like I had planned. Since the base is quite busy, maybe that isn’t the worst thing in the world. I think I’ll leave it as it is.
- Accidentally breaking off the tassels on the bottom of his swords was a happy modeling accident. I like how he looks now better than if they remained intact.
- A little over a year ago, I wanted to enter in the Golden Demon pretty badly and honestly, I can’t believe how much better of a painter I am now than I was at the time. I’m much better positioned to enter a competition in the future (assuming it comes back to Chicago!).
- I encourage everyone who wants to get better at painting to pick a mini they really fancy and take their time on it. Paint it as best you can, using the best techniques you know. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results. If you practice painting in this way, you will improve over time too.
- After wanting to paint something Dark Eldar for a while now, I finally did it. I’m kind of impressed because almost every newish model I like in Warhammer is due to nostalgia for an older faction I used to collect and paint but Dark Eldar is not a faction I liked back when I played and painted 40k in high school. Full credit to GW for making them a lot cooler than they used to be.
- I hope you enjoy seeing the final results and I appreciate everyone’s patience and interest as I kept showing week-by-week progress on Draz.
If that wasn’t enough of a victory lap, I thought I’d take a look at the last three Warhammer 40k minis I painted and see what kind of growth patterns emerge. Here they are:
These are in chronological order so the left side is what I painted the longest ago and obviously the right is most recent. While I’m proud of things on each one of these minis, if you look closely you’ll see some areas of growth. The level of contrast gets higher and higher as you go left to right. The way I painted the metallic parts has improved over the course of these minis too. While the skulls on bases is getting a bit tired, these three make for a nice triad of display pieces. I really need to get myself a little case to show them off when I move to a new place this summer along with a couple other pieces I’ve shown off before.
As regular readers would have probably guessed, with Drazhar wrapped up, I’ve thrown myself into painting Fallout minis. I have already gotten some stuff done but I’ll hang onto that for next week’s update. I’m having delivery troubles with UPS now (I can’t catch a break) so something I was excited to get and start painting hasn’t been delivered but hopefully for next week, I’ll have a fun variety of things to show off regardless. I’m already enjoying switching back to painting for gaming and with any luck, I’ll crank out plenty of stuff I need to play more Fallout in the coming days.