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So I have a lot of models on my table at the moment and quite frankly....I lack all motivation to paint them. I want to, and I sit down and try to do it, but my attention is not kept long. I can only think of one reason for this (excluding ADD cause my girlfriend already suggestted that lol) and that is I am not playing the game as much as I used to.
I think for me my motivation to paint came from playing the game. Being around other people and seeing what they had painted, and getting first hand feed back on what i had done myself. Without all that interaction I feel as though a peice of my puzzle is missing. It really does sadden me *sigh* because I do have a love for the game and modeling/painting.
Well I will stop there so as not to sound like i am keeping an online diary. I really just wanted to know where you guys, and girls, draw your motivation from.....and maybe throw in some inspiring words lol
Kendo's DA's, Eldar, and stuff WIP
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Sometimes you've just got to look around for some sort of inspiration. My Baneblade sat around waiting for paint for months before I remembered a cool WWII camouflage scheme from an old tank model I built years ago, and realised it fit the Baneblade perfectly! Two long evenings of airbrushing and weathering later and it's done.
Sometimes you just need a break, too... If the motivation isn't there, beating your head against that particular wall isn't likely to give you anything but headaches. Take some time off, walk away for a little while (maybe spend some time simply checking out the local wargaming action) - it may be just what you need.
Well I'm going to a tournament at the start of March and that prospect has me working like a dog to get a painted army together! Proper deadlining helps I find; set a date and stick by it although it helps if the date means somthing rather than being arbitrary.
Up, up and away!
I find the ideas of having weekly deadlines and not fielding unpainted models helps to a degree. I also have some personal motivation methods that I use:
1. Having models in various degrees of paint coverage. Some people may not agree with this though. Basically I have some models in my base Ultramarine colour, some in primer black color and others in various degrees of completion. This way, depending on my mood, I could do touch-ups on tabletop ready models, or do base colours or even just paint some black.
2. I set up a painting schedule. For about 3-4 nights a week, I set it as painting night and spend about 2-3 hours painting. Coupled with point number 1 above, I am never rushed into doing something as there's always something to paint.
3. Oddly enough your environment plays a factor. I play some music while I paint so it drowns out distractions when I paint. Having a comfortable area to paint (not necessarily neat, mine is messy as hell) also helps in motivating you to paint. I'm sure no one does stretching poses while painting hehe
4. Last but not least, it's good to be proud of your painting. When you take pride in something, no matter how crappy it is, you will feel great satisfaction in accomplishing it. Whether it be work or hobby, ask someone to explain something they are proud of and you'll get a 2 hour lecture free of charge. Once you are proud of your models on the tabletop, you'll definitely feel it was worth your time.
To me it is really only about the painting. I have only played the game a few times (and have really enjoyed it) but I find the painting to be the most relaxing part about it.
At any rate if you have too many models and the overwhelming mound of figures is keeping you from painting them - I suggest hiding the majority of them and only painting a small chunk at a time.
Depending on what you want to achieve with your painting here are a few thoughts on how to make it more manageable:
1)First and foremost sit down and strategize your color scheme. Plan everything out in advance so you don't have as many unexpected things come up while painting. Think about ways to cut corners without sacrificing too much detail. The more you plan the easier the painting will be.
2)Paint in an assembly line style - meaning line up a about 5-10 figures and paint the same color on each figure until they are finished. It can be boring but really does get things done faster.
3)On the topic of cutting corners - I usually paint on the largest block of color first using a sizeable brush (maybe even a good tank sized brush). The key is to keep the paint thin so it doesn't block out details. Remember neatness only matters in the end. If you planned your colors well a bit of spillover will be nothing once you get a little further in your painting.
4)Usually I will paint the figures separate from the base - but I will build as much as I can of both the base and the figure to the point of it being easy to access all areas of the figure. What I mean is - for a space marine I will assemble as much of him as possible to get to the areas and then glue him together when I am finished. I pre-fit him on the base - then separate to paint each indivually.
I am sure there are many more things I can add - but I will stop boring you... :z:z:z
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My main motivation is that my painting will somehow land me a lingerie model girlfriend.
But failing that I like having a reason to keep my armies out of their cases.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
I have the same problem, my regular games and motivation to paint left when my flatmate did. I just keep thinking how sad it is that my models are half done.
Im just trying to push through so I can post them here and get feedback.