Okay, I have noticed that Thursdays are a time to look back and reflect on photos from the past. Now, I could leave you with photos of the foolish days of my youth when I had horrible hair styles but I figured those photos should be hidden from sight. Also, my wife has hidden them from me and I am sure she has nefarious plans for them if I get out of line.
Instead of photos of me, I thought I would reserve Thursday posts to a different sort of throw back. I am going to share photos of my miniature over the years. And to kick it off, I am going to show you some miniatures that I did in late 1998/early 1999. These are one of my earliest organic pieces.
To give you a bit of background, I started sculpting while I was working at RAFM Miniatures. My first miniatures were hardline and I focused primarily on mechs for the Dreampod 9 range that RAFM produced with DP9. When I had the opportunity to do some organic miniatures, I jumped on the chance. First, I started by converting some of their existing models and then I sculpted my first complete miniature for them. I will post my first organic miniature next week in the TBT post.
After I finished my first organic miniature, I wanted to start on more so I managed to kick out a few of these Orc Marines. I remember being so excited about the finished product and thinking to myself that these miniatures were amazing. Looking back at them today, all I could think was, "Wow, look at that leather...and spikes...and...well...spikes." I also started critiquing my poor anatomy, posing ideas and a range of other flaws that I saw.
But it is a really good illustration that every sculptor starts somewhere. No one picks up a sculpting tool for the first time and creates an amazing miniature. It takes lots of practice and it is a constant learning process and I can still see room for improvement in my work today.
So without further introduction, here are the ORC MARINES!