This was the first mini I painted (well, finished at least), the infamous Martina the swashbuckler. Painted during February, I think. And I had to get LJ-less Marie to do the eyes. This is before I knew you were supposed to thin your paints, plus I messed up on her face several times (tip: don't do detail work when you're really not sober) and had to paint over it, which is why her nose is so huge and her face looks spackled on.
After learning from the Reaper boards and various websites about some of the finer points of mini-painting, I decided to give Martina another go. I'm really pleased with how she turned out, though I'm sure in a few months I'll try again. I did all the work on this one myself, eyes included. Thinning the paints makes all the difference -- you can see much more of the detail on the mini, especially in her face. She's still nothing compared to most of the work I saw on Sunday, but I think she's a pretty significant improvement for only a little over four months.
I think you can get a better view of what she actually looks like from this picture:
And here are a couple of my other early minis -- flawed, to be sure, but not bad for a beginner, I think:
Comments and painting tips appreciated!