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I was just at another forum and I read a thread that asked the question: "What discourages you?" So, I thought I'd see what you all have to tackle this or what reasons you all come up with. And, in the same line of thought, "What inspires you?"
Personally, I've never had the problem with lack of desire when it comes to painting. I love to paint and every time I like to think I improve just a little. So, from this angle I have no problems; not even when I look at the multitude of miniatures lying about (or buy) because I enjoy painting, be it an army or just a solo miniature.
What inspires me? Other people. I love looking at other people's work and then telling myself, that is the level I want to be at. There is where I aim for, no matter how long, I will get there. There is also other things, like history for example, which inspires me. Look at my marine army and you can see where the inspiration came from, I think doing things like this can help you with your army. How? Well, it gives you a theme and you're likely to be creative in their looks (modelling and painting), so you're more likely to enjoy and look forward to picking up that paint brush.
What about you?
What discourages me is really the ADD part of my mind, where I can't concentrate at all. I always end up getting up and finding something else to do, and NEVER finish a model in a day.
What inspired me is others work. It gives me something to shoot for, a goal so to say. I always enjoy looking at the work on LO, be it amazing or horrible,and offer my adivce where I can. It's the normal painters that work up to the 'Eavy Metal and GD standard that inspire me.
when it comes to painting itself the only thing that discourages me comes from my perfectionist side where i know that i'm going to look back at my models now and they wont be up to my own standards in 2 years so i'll probably throw them out the window or something and buy them again. >.> i know im a freak, hell when i made one minor mistake with the vulture i bought i was about to throw it out and buy brand new one, yes im crazy.
I get discouraged by anything to do with painting. I am not even competent when it comes painting, and I even get discouraged by seeing painted models on the net or in Codicies and Army books.
So far I haven't found anything that can inspire me to pick up a brush, because I know I always end up getting frustrated.
(If I was too cheerful for anyone, please let me know)
This was a tough one to ask Kuffy...
Discourages, I never heard the word before but I get the meaning still. I'd say RL is doing that for me.
When I've finished something I'm extremely proud of and I have no one to show it to without getting various comments about the miniature hobby as a whole. It always makes me question myself and what I'm doing with my life.
Then I come here and "meet" you guys and I get inspired again. There is of course much more that inspires me but due to the nature of many of my models, I'll not mention any names
What encourages me, apart from other people's ideas, is largely things I see. My chapter has a strong historial slant, but is also influenced by early science fiction, and books, pictures and games that share that look: some of Warmachine, the computer game of Alice in Wonderland, films like the City of Lost Children and so on.
What puts me off is my own inability to make the models as good as I'd like, which can be depressing, and sometimes the detail and size of the models themselves. I recently made a building out of GW's manufactorium, looked at it and thought: "Where do I begin?"
i get discouraged by the golden demon quality stuff. it makes me say, 'i will never b able to paint like that.'
on the other hand, it makes me say, 'i need to practice to become that good.'
it's a dual edged sword. another thing is i have only ever totally finished painting 1 model. ONE. i usually only paint the torsos and lags, and say, damn the arms, i give up.
When I was painting my Chaos Marines the most discouraging thing was having to paint a fair few rank-and-file Marines. My army is pretty heavy on infantry for Chaos Marines (39 Marines in 1,500 points) and having to paint lots of them was one reason it took me nearly a year to finish.
The most encouraging thing though was whenever I finished some models and put them on the shelf I'd given over to my army. To see the force building up slowly but surely was a good feeling and that definitely spurred me to get it finished.
I've experienced discouragement and inspiration more recently though. Today, infact. Earlier today the upper and lower hull sections of the tank I'm building were ready to be put together. When I tried, they didn't fit. There was a huge gap. This was very off-putting, but I managed to fix it and reduce the gap so that it's only noticable if you actually look for it now.
I got my inspiration back when the gun mechanism was added onto the upper hull, basically completing the tank. Seeing it put together has really made me want to get on with the weathering stage.
- Watch this space.
I don't really get discouraged when it comes to painting.. i do however get a bit discouraged when it comes to painting up or finishing my current army. I most of the time find another army that is equally interestling.
I can relate to the discouragement through Golden demon quality stuff. It's not that I'll be up to that standard anytime soon. Especially as I don't really want my "neccessary" models painted up as soon as possible to use in a game. I don't want to waste 3 weeks to paint a single marine. Unless of course, I already have 40 ready for use and don't have any wild plans for new stuff. But that's practically never the case...
As for inspiration and wanting to get even better, though I'm quite satisfied with how my stuff looks. Every new army I start is an improvement to the previous. I don't tend to set my own standards that high, like for example the GD quality. If my models don't suffer from thick paint, a smooth paintjob and a bit of detailing I'm pretty much set at the moment. But back to inspiration... I think other painters, be it good or bad painters, online or in a store... it's all inspiring. Learning new techniques is a big thing I guess... it inspires you to try it yourself and in the end your model does look even better. Maybe even better then your own set standard when you started the model. Though, a lack of needing new "techniques" makes it quite dull sometimes.. but at least never discourages me.
Nothing really discourages me, since i paint only now that i stopped playing.
What inspires me; creativity itself. I love to try making new painting techniques and experimenting on my models. The fact that i can do this really makes me want to paint and keeps things more exiting. Also, showing models on LO that i painted really inspires me to keep painting, its motivation.
That is not dead which may eternal lie,
for in strange aeons even death may die.