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well my dad did model railroading. so that got me in the hobby in general, but what drives me to paint is the fact of showing off what i do, and to hear that it looks freaking sweet. knowing that it finished and i can move on to something new. just to get away from everything and everyone. it helps me think, it makes feel that for once in my life. im doing something for me and to heck with everyone else, but most of all. its a labor of love to me. just building the stuff make feel good and painting the stuff the way i want it to be makes me feel better. you know like im in charge or something. till the wife yells lol.
i did have a rut not to long ago though. i was working 6 days a week for the last 3 months and i just built $250 worth of orks. i started with what do i want to them look like after paint. instead of paint a uniform army like my other armies. i went with the everyone will be different in some way or form. then i hit the rut. all the green flesh. cutting and painting the wounds. the guns, and there clothing. that is the point i said to myself, well you really bit off more then you can chew this time. then i remembered dude these guys will look really sweet and it will be all new compared to my other armies.
so i paced myself. it took a lot longer then normal. they are now at play status but they are still not complete. i got them to the finer details. like i think ill paint this guy blue jeans to off set the ones wearing black. i think ill paint this helmet olive green instead of rust, and all that bs. for me it never really stops. i always go back a think what would make this one look even better. in the end its worth the time.
Last edited by jammer397; July 1st, 2009 at 08:01. Reason: typos
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I don’t know what it is for me. I just sometimes think hey lets get some painting done this can be a general thought or see a model and think lets paint it, or a lot of time see half painted models on my desk and think time to finish. It’s just how the feeling takes me... which isn't as much as I would like really. Then there’s always I have to paint them i.e. for tournament etc.
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Generally, I get inspired by things not being finished. I like looking at a job well done, so that makes me paint.
I'm a bit burnt out myself at the moment though, I just can't be arsed to finish my stormlord even though I've almost nothing left to do.
I find that being confortable is good. Also listen to music that you like or watch something on TV, DVD etc while you paint. You could try to paint something different like a character you like from an army you don't play. It may also be possible that if you have been painting away at the things for a while now you may have gotten better at painting and you instinctively want something harder. You could try to use new painting methods to make it more fun.
Also I think that painting an HQ unit then a standard Troop unit and then a vehicle, monster is a good way to make sure it remains fun. Doing it like that means that characters are a reward and painting large numbers of less detailed models is easier and a break from the harder models.
I have a really hard time getting motivated to paint. Every model is a real struggle for me and I see it as more of a chore that has to be done in order to get those models on the tournament table. For this reason, my regular army still isn't fully painted even a year after i stuck it together. I've never had a fully painted army.
I wouldn't say I'm a bad painter, nor that I'm impatient and I love having finished painted models. It's just that I find the actual painting so so boring.
I feel your pain. It's easy to feel bludgeoned to death by a particularly large project which you've committed yourself to finishing. It helps, and might even be vital, to find something to break up the monotony.
Where are you in your project? Are you finished? If not, what have you done and what do you have left?
If you've finished, now is the time to explore something different, and I mean COMPLETELY different. Look at a color wheel, find the exact OPPOSITE color from the Salamanders' shade of green, and get ready to paint something in THAT color.
Like what? Well, I assume you've been gaming, or otherwise out in the world of 40k. What looks good to you? Finding something you're going to ENJOY is key here. Find something that makes you say, "Ooooh! I like THAT model! Bet it'd be fun to do THAT!" and go for it.
Now, if you haven't finished your Salamanders yet, that's tough, but I'm guessing you don't have much left, which is good. I find putting out finished models often serves as inspiration for me to finish. For some people, seeing the pile of unfinished stuff getting smaller helps. Maybe you can get a foam tray (if you don't have one yet) and pluck out holes for everything. Use the empty space as a motivator. I also like trying out a new painting technique with each new army. Yes, I get bogged down when the technique doesn't work out as well as I'd like (frikkin' marines!), but I'm never bored.
It also helps if you have a unique model left to paint, like a commander, or maybe a vehicle. Anything, really, so long as it's DIFFERENT.
If you can't do that, then buy yourself a squad (or even just a blister) of something from another army completely (see above).
For me, my Necrons are (mostly) finished, which gives me something to take to the local store and play with, so that takes pressure off me. Right now, I have a marines army, the beginnings of an ork army, and some Warmachine(Cygnar) stuff to do. That's a lot, and NONE of it will be finished quickly, but I'm never bored. I can just switch from one to the other. Yes, that's a little ADD-inspired extreme perhaps, but this is supposed to be FUN, and you're supposed to have FUN when doing it, so logic and "deadlines" should really go out the window, especially if they wring the joy out of it for you.
Remember, it's a hobby. A game. Little pewter and plastic people which should RELIEVE stress when you paint them, not cause it.
Canew gives good advice.
I've actually invested in two completely new armies ('Guard and WHFB Empire) just to break up the monotony of painting endless amounts of Necron Warriors. Hopefully I'll be able to just alternate between the three whenever one gets boring.