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Right now I've got an IG army that's coming along nicely. I have 100 guard models painted, plus 2 leman russes and 1 chimera. In addition I have 1 armored fist box and an emperors talon box set to paint up. After that comes one last IG battleforce box, couple of basilisks and hell hounds, demolisher, and maybe some catachens and voyestrians down the line along with some of those new plastic stormies. Possibly of adding in some Inquistion along the way.
Here's the problem, I'm getting burned out on this. It's awesome to have a fully painted guard army, but I've found myself lacking the willpower to keep painting more of the same. Gaming wise, my heavy infantry guard army is very predictable, so I need to get more diversity to make it more fun. That means I have to drudge through more painting. You see where there's a negative feedback cycle starting?
It's not that I don't want to paint them, it's that I wanting my painting to be fun, not work. It was fun for the first part, and as I said, I think I'm just burned out.
My solution is to buy some Nids and work on them concurrently. When I fist started painting my guard, I had this experience before, so I painted the nids I got with my warhammer boxed set, and that recharged me for more painting. Paintings the extra models didn't really seem to delay painting my guard either as the extra motivation to paint afterwards cut down the time it took to pain my guard substantially. I'd like to collect the army anyways, so it seems like a good idea. Work on a small box of 'Nids, big box of guard, back and forth, then by the time I'm done with my Guard, my Nids will be mostly done too.
Comments from you guys? Anybody with experience like this in the past, burned out on painting one type of army, working on two at the same time, etc?
DONT DO IT!!! fight through mate, iv got to paint 5 marines and 1 dread then iv done my marine army but iv started to buy eldar stuff and iv not done the marines, just hold on and you can do it!! i need to get these marines done but i cant do it!! gaahhhh!
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I'd say that isn't a bad idea... except for you'll have two half-finished armies.
I've done this, and am currently working on Orcs and Empire at the same time. Good for when I get sick of one or the other, but neither or getting done swiftly.
You may just take a week or two and not paint at all, then see how you feel.
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Maybe I didn't say it properly. I can already field 1500 pts, easily, of painted guard. (Mind you, this is mostly infantry, my army has close to 100 guys.) I have a full army already. It's not that I've bought a lot of stuff sitting on my desk and want to buy more, with the exception of the emperor's Talon which was too good a deal to pass up for me. I spent about 6 months gradually building up my army, I don't buy in bulk. (Again, excluding the damn Talon.)
I have plenty of guys painted and don't really need to paint anymore. I just want to be inspired to do so. Unlike a lot of 40k gamers, I don't have a huge issue with painting my guys, in fact I have a policy that I won't field it till I paint it. I've stuck to this 90% of the time. (Just ask Teklore.)
My philosophy on painting is that is should be a cathartic exercise. Either to calm me, help me work towards a near future, tangible, but still challenging goal, or just for whatever, paint should be fun, NOT work. I'm burned out on my current army, and feel like I should have a second to give some spice to painting.
That being said, BrotherAzriel makes a good point, you have to man up to your painting sometimes.
More advice still welcome.
I know where you're coming from. Anything enjoyable that ends up as a task will make you lose interest. I'd say go ahead and start a new army. That said- I wouldn't start Tyranids. It's another horde army that will ask you to paint big numbers again. Maybe a completely different army? A WHM army? A FoW army?
I work on two armies at once- usually a 40k army and in the background a WHM army. The 40k army is all about getting things done and painting whole units at a time. The other army is Ogres and I only paint one or two (or none) at a time but take ages on each one. It's an entirely different type of painting and is often a nice break from the manufacturing plant type of painting I do for commissions and army painting. If you want to stick to 40k, maybe try Eldar. They have several different unit types that can all be painted in different colours, reducing boredom.
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This is a precarious balance that I too am working on maintaining.
For a while, I had the opposite problem that you have. I "army hopped" way too soon, and as a result wound up with a couple thousand points (and I don't wanna know how much money) spread out in a mess of metal and plastic from 3+ 40k races cluttering my desk, with nothing fully painted or fieldable.
I had to prioritize, and forced myself to stick to one army (Necrons) until I built 1,000 points. I then bought/collected 2,000 points in marines that I am now going to build and paint.
Course, I got a Monolith for Xmas, and after a few games am motivated to add to the shiny metal men. I find myself torn: Keep with the marines or go back to the crons?
I think, ultimately, that I will stick with the marines (straightening out my color scheme will help), but I will also work on the crons too, perhaps alternating, with the marines the primary building/painting focus.
The moral is, having more than one army going is not a bad idea, and if you are as committed as I am to the hobby AND the gaming aspects (and it sounds like you are) you are right to seek inspiration elsewhere. It may be that you just need a break from the IG. No one will tell you you are from henceforth forbidden to ever build/paint any IG again, and it sounds like you have a beautiful army to play with.
This takes some of the pressure off. You have had up until now all the discipline I lacked when I started. I say, cut loose! Start browsing galleries of painted minis, talk to your gaming mates, maybe even borrow someone's army for a game or two to try out something new.
Also consider that there's no rule requiring you to buy big. Start with something simple, say, a box of Ork Boyz, a Tau Stealth Team, or something, and make a Kill Team crew for a few pick-up games here and there.
If you don't like the stuff you built and painted, well, that's what EBay is for
its a good idea I did it and although i regret it a little because I now have two half finished armies I would do the same again given the choice because it can just become too much
However beware you are walking incredibly close to damnation I know a guy who went down the path of the wander like us he now has about 200 points worth of guys userly half painted from a few different armies I will try to list them and to the best of my knowledge in the order in which he bought them
orc and goblins
the new empire
dark elves strangely he has almost 1000pts worth
the new orcs and goblins
and now considering the new orks