Hello There! I am Asterus and this is going to be my painting blog, a place where I can record my progress and hopefully get a some outside input on improving myself as a painter and hobbyist. WHO AM I? I started with miniatures painting and wargaming many years ago with 40k. Being the most popular system in my area I played that for quite some time, and accumulated a large army of Space marines and Imperial Guard. I may post some pics of them at a later date, but most of them are packed away, and I'm not particularly proud of many of them due to my novice painting skills and the fact that I wasn't really stretching myself creatively, just painting to have something on the table. After a few years I picked up a few LoTR models, which I overall just don't like and got into Warhammer Fantasy which I really did. My first fantasy army was an empire Knightly order, so I'm pretty set on OOP models. Again they are mostly packed away and I'm not too proud of them, because... well, fuck painting white. They are definitely getting redone once I decide on a better scheme. Finally, I started collecting Lizardmen right around the time the 8th ed rule book came out. Like (I assume) most people on here I have had a life long love of dinosaurs, I wasn't altogether interested in creating an army as much as I had simply fallen in love with the stegadon and really wanted one. But wanting to be able to play with it too, I picked up a quick 500pt army: one stegadon and a box of skinks. note: buy better lights Its one of my favorite pieces, both because I love how it came out but also because it was one of the first models I really got creative with (the howdah is actually recent work, which I'll go into more detail of later). Unfortunately, right as I hit my stride I fell out of the hobby, I went to college and simply didn't have the time or the money to continue anymore. Fast forward to about a year ago, and suddenly I did have time and money! I remembered all the unpainted skinks and poorly done guardsmen I had lying around and decided to get to work finishing and redoing them. Its been a bit slow going, and I've basically had to rebuild my kit from scratch, but that's fine by me I'm enjoying it much more than I ever did before. To be continued!