While visiting my brother, he rounded up all his old painted minis and let me borrow the box of them to share on the blog.
Fighter w. Crossbow (826 – Julie Guthrie’s Fantasy Personalities)
Grenadier – Julie Guthrie’s Fantasy Personalities.
Just the one this week. I think this was a single fantasy Grenadier model, so I snapped the pic of him by his lonesome. I kind of wish I had taken a pic of him beside another mini, just for scale. I think some of the Grenadier models were slightly smaller scale than Ral Partha at times. Otherwise I would say this is a pretty good Grenadier model, and in my experience that was not often the case. Game wise, don’t have much history for this one. Likely used by the Game Master for all sorts of roles, guard, fighter, knight, henchman, etc.
Tangent – Keep On, Keeping On
As of writing right now, things haven’t been so great on the painting front. I got the base colors done for the Van Saar mini I’m working on, and it seemed to take a lot out of me. One of my friends also talked me into playing Conan Exiles with him around the same time. Then there were guests, hot weather, and the usual chaotic family life.
Some of that just seems like excuses in my head though. After the weather cooled off (which is back to hot now) and the guests left, and I got my painting area set back up, and finished off the base colors on the mini….it should have a been a home run and a prompt start on painting several minis at once. Well, it didn’t.
It took me several nights to add just a few highlights, sometimes doing only 1 color a night. Then I got the mini to a point where I could add him to a base. But “Ohhhhhh nooooo, the bases haven’t been painted yet!”. So add several nights of basically only applying one layer at a time to the base, and neglecting the actual mini.
I certainly could do more, but this seems like a bit of burn out. I am trying to push myself to keep at it, even if it is just plopping some paint on bases. My thought is, just keep at it, and things will get better. I really need to reach that “Aha! I can see the finish line!” stage, and that might take a bit longer, but at least tackling a bit at a time, will get me there.
Oh yea, this isn’t a “Poor Faust! You can do it Faust!” sort of post. I’m sure most of us have been there, and just want others to know they are not alone. I will no doubt get past it, possibly by the time this is posted.
Things that help
Routine. I’m a creature of habit. If I can get myself on a consistent routine, without deviation, I can pretty much repeat over and over. Probably why I got the nickname “robot” when I used to run all the time. Running everyday, rain or shine. With the chaos of kids, I’ve found setting routines like that is about impossible. The best I’ve managed, is getting some paint time in whenever the toddler sleeps.
Setting Goals. I have a goal to get some minis painted for use with some games I want to play. That’s a pretty good driver for me. Also painting challenges are a really useful tool for getting things done.
Setting mini-goals. I haven’t been too successful at this, but it helps if you break big projects into smaller parts and tackle them that way. Again, back when I was running, I would often push myself by lying to myself “If I just make it to the top of this hill, then I can quit”. Of course, once I got there, it was easier to run downhill, so I would continue on to the next hill. I knew that I wasn’t really going to quit, but somehow that spurred me on. Not sure if I could ever translate that same technique over to painting, but I’ll let you know if I do.
Music. Having some background noise helps me get ‘in the zone’ and focus. Keeping me on track with painting. Music is actually a really big inspiration to me.
Prep. This probably should have been #1. Remove any and all obstacles that might give me an excuse not to paint. Again, back to my running days, I would always have my stuff ready. Wake up in the morning, brush my teeth, throw on the clothes, and bam, hit the street. Don’t even need to think about it. With painting, that means having minis prepped for painting, having my workspace setup with paints and brushes right where they should be, and everything ready to go. Throw some water in the rinse glass, and get on it.
Let me know your experience with the ‘hobby blues’ and how you manage to get past them.