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painting and motivation and very big issue for me...
i cant seem to sit down and paint with out quiting shortly after sitting down.
ive been playing for about 6 years (1 almost fully painted army but all the others were sold before fully painted) now and can paint to a good standard but i have trouble keeping myself painting.
any tips you guys use to help you paint your armies (lots of minatures in general)?
reducing time while keeping standard good?
keeping yourself motivated to paint that next unit?
any help would be greatly appreciated thanks guys!
Well, most of my painting is paid work and I need a new PC before university starts so that's my motivation at the moment. I treat it like a second job.
For my own stuff I've usually got streams of ideas falling into my head that I want to see on a figure. Those pirate ogres I did are a good example- so many cool piratey possibilities came up that I wanted to see them made- I've got 6 more currently being painted and I still haven't built a scraplauncher/land-yacht/life-boat/chariot/thing.
When I painted my last 2 wargaming armies (I swing from mostly playing to mostly painting and back) I'd paint a basic unit to an ok standard and then 'reward' them with an improvement of their paint job when they did well in battle. Extra highlights, new bases, standards, movement trays, champions- All have to be earn't in battle by my armies.
I also find visiting or playing in tournaments and clubs motivates me- I don't like playing with an average lookign army so I'll work to improve it. These places and events also provide more ideas, inspiration and other painters to talk to.
Finally- when I choose an army, I choose for the figures. Theme, background, fighting style- it's all secondary when you actually have to churn out 100-200 neatly painted warriors.
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My motivation comes from that fluffy happy feeling you get once your army is painted and you can see the overall effect of it together. However I do go through periods of days sometimes where I will not pick up a brush, I find that if I am not in the mood to paint then there is no point forcing the issue, my motiviation always comes back after a while and then I paint like a demon again
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One thing I've learned is that painting to music sometimes helps.
Slap on an album, and paint until that album finishes. Take a short 5/10 minute break to refil water, get a drink, etc, then slap on a new album and get painting again. That way your giving yourself a time frame and regular breaks
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I go through phases myself.
I find I can only paint in an undisturbed enviorment, but I like to do it while something's going on in the background ie: a movie, or a real good cd. Something for my brain to latch onto while painting mini's or terrain, because it can become fairly mindless work after awhile.
I like to use white dwarf issues for thematic motivation, especially older issues. And I've found recently that some of the books from BlackLibrary give me a better sense of atmosphere.
You also need to get away from the whole hobby from time to time. Dive into a good videogame for a month, or devote your time to home repairs or something (anime is good too). That way you don't get sick of the hobby, like I did with Magic: The Gathering.
Basically, I'd say it's best to diversify your interests, and never be anchored to one hobby.
And when you come back from some time away (anything from a week to months) you feel a renewed sense of vigor for the whole hobby in general.
And most importantly, have friends who enjoy the hobby as much as you do, without them this hobby wouldn't even be worthwhile.
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i ahd this when i painted my wood elves after that i couldnt look at a mini and have found that. It seemed to occur from the fact that the wood elves were the best paint job id ever done.
the only round it ive found is to take a break from painting and all GW related stuff for a few months then go back to it and do an army that your really want to do and can pour everything into
WELL SAID, NO MORE SQUATS THEY ARE DEAD GET OVER ITOriginally Posted by artificer
i go through periods of extreme activity to periods when i dont paint at all- you cant force yourself, at the end of the day its meant to be enjoyable! but like many here i find music can help, and also reading army books/codexes, white dwarf etc, or coming on here can be inspirational.
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I know how you feel i go through periods of wanting to paint and then i get a bit bored and stop , i usually put on a dvd as background noise. I admit i am by no means a good painter although as steve anastasoff (ye olde dwarfer) use to say my look great, from 5 or 6 feet away, if i'm not wearing my glasses and if i turn the lights down low enough. Anyway back on topic i found the best way to keep at painting is to convert your minitures the longing to see how a miniutre i created looks like painted gives me the motivation i need to keep on painting.
If a model takes 10 coats or something usally I just do about 20 models for acoat and then rest and keep working like that. My friend has the same problem, he sits down hen sees what I'm doing and decides he wants to help build my models instead of painting his army which he's had for over 6 months. Alll he's done is a black undercoat and finished about 3, These are Ulthwe Guardians to not a high standard so I don't see whay he just wpn't finish them.