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.
From Left to Right: Haussen 03-024, Ranger 10-300e, Thugge Cultist 03-023
Pretty useful minis this time around. The Ranger can be used for a fighter or anyone specializing with a bow. The other two with their large cloaks made for great thief/assassin minis in our games. I especially liked the White/Black skull inspired one. Looking closely at his sword, looks like he isn’t playing fair (poison!). Which will be the basis of this week’s tangent.
Back in my brother’s early Dungeons & Dragons campaign, he ran us up against a local Thieve’s guild. I think I had burned out of always running games (being the older brother), and let him run us through some games. I’d have to say he surpassed me in that regard, having a much better knack for storytelling than I did. Back to the Thieve’s guild, most likely inspired by gritty superhero comics like Frank Miller’s Daredevil, and possibly Gygax’s Gord the Rogue books (which I hadn’t read), my brother set about creating a Thieve’s Guild in his world. They harassed us a bit, but my character got ahold of an object that ended up way more powerful than he should have had (yay, D&D Adventure modules!), and ended up crushing them. We ran across a lot of these thief/assassin type minis along the way, and we knew we were in for a fight when we encountered them.
Tangent – Cheating
Sometimes I get these great ideas for a tangent in mind, and then it comes time to write them and either A) I forgot what it was or B) It’s not as great as I thought it would be. Sure glad I’m not a writer for a living!
Ok, so I’m painting away the other night. Thinking about painting, blogs, etc. The night before everything was going swimmingly, and my brush work could not have been sharper. This night however, nearly everything I put down was crap. I should have called it, but wanting to make progress, I trudged on. On occasion I made a mistake here and there and immediately thought “How obvious is this mistake going to be? Do I really need to cover it up? Will it show up in blog photos (most likely not, if I’m smart!)? How will it look in person? Am I CHEATING by not fixing this errant wisp of the brush?”.
Which got me to thinking “What exactly is Cheating in this hobby?”.
I’m not painting to enter into any competitions, so I don’t have any rules to adhere to. Thus cheating is mainly, my personal integrity. As a blogger, I put my work out there for other people to see. So in essence, I could be cheating my audience, by not putting my best work out there. Then again, it’s not too likely that my miniatures are going to be perfect every single time, and I’m sure anyone who has looked at some pics on my blog, knows my minis are from perfect anyways.
Then there is the blogging community itself. Again, largely my personal integrity is at stake, but also my reputation as a fellow ‘artist’ (that still seems a lofty classification for myself, but what ever). If someone “cheated” and shared the results with the blogging community, I guess the penalty would mainly be discrediting oneself and losing followers.
Okay, so what would cheating look like in the blogging community? Is taking a few shortcuts here and there, cheating? Showing off hastily or poorly painted miniatures? That would most likely depend on the skill level of the painter, as I’ve seen minis that were poorly painted, but were great attempts by the individual. Whereas if some other notable mini painters started sharing poorly painted minis, I’d really begin to wonder. How about stealing paint jobs or conversion ideas? That to me, is probably the closest thing to cheating that I can imagine in this hobby. I’ve jokingly said I’m going to steal some of Wudugast’s conversions ideas in the past. And if I find the time, I just might. However…if I shared my work, I would want to give credit to the person who inspired me. Also, knowing myself, I would probably start with that idea and tinker from there, ending up with something slightly to very different. It would go against my principles to outright copy someone else’s conversion idea and a paint job.
Yet, I mentioned this same thing when working on my Goliath gang. GW posts how-to painting guides. I followed that with my Goliaths, and ended up with some minis looking pretty similar to what they had made. Though I started to diverge as I became more comfortable with the minis and the paints. Which is not too different than learning how to draw, and tracing images out of a book.
Ok, this is getting long in the tooth. So I bolded the main question in the text above, and now will throw this out to the masses to ponder and answer.
On a personal note, it’s been a busy time, cold bug is still lingering, but a bit of progress is being made paint wise. I might try to get something done for Azazel’s September challenge, but I also just want to have something to show off on the site. Will see what wins in the end.
Be Good to Yourselves!