Painting Progress, 6 Years and Counting

Painting Progress, 6 Years and Counting

I’ve been thinking of doing this post for quite some time and now I finally started writing it.

I believe that if you want to grow as a painter, person or as anything, it’s important to be able to look back and take a good look at where you were when you started the journey.

I started painting miniatures around 1994 (I think) but I hardly remember anything from back then and I don’t have any photos from it.

So instead I’m going to look back at a part of my painting journey, starting at 2010 up to now.

I’m not entirely sure when I started painting more for the sake of painting instead of just get stuff done for the table. I think it’s was around 2014 but as I said I’m not entirely sure.

But that doesn’t really matter right now.


I’ve picked one photo for each year to focus on. The first thing that struck me was how awful my photo skills were back then.

2010, Typhus, 40k

Painting Progress Typhus

2011, Hans the Hunter, Secrets of the Third Reich

Painting Progress Hans

2012, Fantasy Wizard

Painting Progress Wizard

2013, Plague Toads, 40k

Painting Progress Toads

2014, Fulgrim, 30k

Painting Progress Fulgrim

2015, Blabla, blacksmith miniatures

Painting Progress Blabla

2016, Red Riding Hood, Nuts!

Painting Progress Red Riding Hood


A bigger difference than I thought before writing this post which is nice to see. I find it quite hard to see the progress myself.

  • That is INCREDIBLE progress! Thanks so much for sharing it with us Nils. It’s always a pleasure to see what you are working on and coming up with next!

  • Orks were my first 40K army 10 years ago. I still have models that are painted from back then. I haven’t redone them because it’s fun to see how far I’ve come.

    The photography makes a HUGE difference, as you well know. Some of your older models probably looked better than the photograph indicated. Bad photos can make great models look terrible.

  • Absolutely, I didn’t have a real camera or the knowledge on how to take photos back then.

  • Thank you very much good Sir!