|One of these is better than the other one...|
In 1997 the internet was in it's infancy still. My knowledge of painting techniques came from my friends and White Dwarf magazine. Nowadays we have access to the cumulative knowledge of many other painters. I really think this wealth of information has pushed the quality and standards of painting to new levels. For me, it has allowed me to progress as a painter much more quickly than I would have been able to otherwise. On the other hand, I definitely waste a lot more time looking for painting information as opposed to simply painting models.
I played my Bretonnian army based on the starter set for two years or so. The Knights of the Realm were very powerful with their special wedge rank rules. I won a lot of games by camping out behind my archers and then breaking my opponents with my lances. I think they may have been a little overpowered in our "meta" where we didn't bother with magic or psychology (hey, I was 12!) and couldn't afford enough metal miniatures for most elite units.
For this new model, it was a bit of a return to 28mm for me (as well as a trip down nostalgia lane!). I haven't painted any 28mm models since the Sorcerer of Tzeentch last April. With 15mm models I have learned that high contrast is key for tiny models. Painting this model, I think my contrast may be too high between the dark and light areas as the model ends up looking a bit dark overall.
I am planning to paint more random 28mm models in the future. It is fun to play around with models where the results and uniformity don't really matter at all. Hopefully I can find some more of my old models in my storage bins so I can make "Then and Now" a somewhat regular feature. One of my hobby regrets is selling off some of these older models for next to nothing. A few years ago I sold my old Bretonnians and Dwarves (a small force) and some Space Marines for very little money. The models were old and beaten up but it would be fun to repaint some of them and it might be nice to have a (poorly) painted army to bring out every once in a while.
Oh well, enough of this ramble. I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my hobby past. I'd love to know what you think of the two models and to hear your stories about how you got into the hobby and how your skills and passions have changed over the years. Thanks for visiting!