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I don't know if it's the blues after graduating from college or what, but I can't find the motivation to finish any of my stuff lately. I'll go running, workout, play some paintball, but I can't find the motivation to sit down and finish either of my armies. I really want to, but I just feel so drained.
Anyone else ever get like this? I know that my armies will be rocking awesome when they're done, but I can't seem to pick up a brush at the moment. I come on here and see everyone else working away hard and I think "What's wrong with me!??"
yeah im the same at the moment. I had a painting comp last weekend and came first in my category but didnt get best of comp which the only thing i was aiming for...ive just lost my buzz now and am struggling to find inspiration. if your anything like me, have a small break for a week or two, and then jump in head first and youll have your buzz back again.
hope it helps
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Try something different like terrain or objective markers. Or pick up a couple of random other models that you think would just be cool to paint, nevermind if they do or do not have a place in your army. I've been painting outside of my normal comfort zone for a 2 months or so and it's been a really refreshing change of pace.
I know exactly how you feel. I regularly go through patches where I can't bring myself to do anything, and spend ages on here looking at how well everyone else is progressing while mine are sat in their boxes. Much like you, I also have two armies, neither of which are finished, however I hope one day to get them done!
Feel free to check out my WIP (in the sig) and cheer yourself up with how little I have done!
Man, you're not alone! I have too many projects and I think this is the main problem. When you have a 3k Ravenwing army revving its engines at you from a carry case and asking when the paint job is coming (a bit like Dark Eldar players looking for their new codex!), about 3k of Tau waiting to be completed before the undercoat even hits them, a shedload of bikes and Landspeeders waiting to be turned into a White Scars army, 2k+ of CSM at the 'some undercoated, some not' stage......aarrggh, just mentioning this (and there's waaay more) is getting me down.
I've a tournament to go to in 26 days; I have 3 Objective markers to paint and some Kroot Hounds to base - oh, and a Missile Pod to u/coat and paint! - and do you think I can get the enthusiasm to do even that little lot? Correct. No. So how the heck am I going to get the hordes completed!
One of the tricks which GW Belfast used to encourage its customer base to "Get a 2k Army Painted" was to give us a time limit of 2 months, with the carrot at the end being free entry into a mini tournament for entrants only. That was how I got the impetus to paint up my Grey Knights. I also made a deal with myself that I would find the quickest and easiest way to paint my models in order to achieve the look I wanted. This was far easier than I anticipated, and so it meant that the bulk of the army - the PAGKs and the TAGKs - were finished in record time, allowing me a chance to paint the more characterful models at a more leisurely pace.
So give yourself a target: starting a blog can help too, as the other members here can act as mentors, pushing you on to completion.
Didn't mean to rabbit on as much as this. Sorry.
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No, I'm in a kind of opposite situation right now. I'm feeling burnt out from engineering exams, and I'm longing to spend an entire day doing nothing but listening to metal and painting warhammer. I'll be able to do in in a couple of days' time, my last exam is tomorrow.
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Here is the biggest problem with painting... Unless they are all unique figures, it is pretty repetitive.
Even if you have 2 armies, or even three, cycling between them is still pretty repetitive. You need to find something completely different to do between the projects. Something you enjoy that will eventually draw your mind away from previous projects.
Once you mind is no longer hovering over the thought of "How am I going to get the shades right on my imperial army?" or "Man I still need to finish all those highlights on those Ultramarines?" You will eventually come back to those afore-mentioned armies, and find new enthusiasm to finish them.
Don't work on your projects every chance you get. Work on them while you are watching a good tv series that may be a re-run, but that you still enjoy. And by all means, take a day off or three.
I don't know if I burnt out or not - but back in January I was getting really frustrated with the tediousness of my project that I was working on and found it much easier to watch tv and play XBOX... Next think I knew 4 months have gone by!
I did start painting again last week for several hours and I plan on making it a regular thing again as I have many things that I want to work on! LOL
I hope to get painting agian tonight and am planning on making this a regular thing! It has been far too long!
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yeah, i know the feeling. I think one of my biggest motivators is looking at some awesome painted models in White Dwarf or online or even at some of the stuff I painted that I like. It kinda gets me thinking "man, this is cool, I gotta do some more and it'll look even cooler". Try to remember the feeling after you're finally done, how much satisfaction it brings. Look at your models you're proud of.
And take a break, too. Nothing wrong with losing enthusiasm, it happens with everything, but usually it comes back after a while, when you start to miss it. Sometimes the hardest thing is to get started. Those tedious parts are also depressing, when you have to highlight edges on 10 guys...you just gotta force yourself to get pass that stage, or maybe do some details so that the only thing left are those tedious parts. Then you can think "man, lets do this last part and it's over".
I dunno, just some thoughts, but you're definitely not alone. Good luck!
Some good advice here.
Remember- there's nothing wrong with taking a break. Best way to ruin a hobby is to make it a chore. I'd recommend maybe not painting for a while and not forcing yourself to either. Play some games instead. Maybe go check out a tournament- even just as a spectator. Read some fluff novels. All these things can provide little nuggets of motivation.
Don't be put off by seeing everyone else being productive. Remember that the non-productive people just aren't posting and some of us have lives that we must attend to outside of toy-soldiers (sadly).
Final message- don't feel bad about it.
p.s. Good to see Slorak back around- I was wondering where you'd gone, chap.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!