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I need some serious help getting my projects done.
Right now I have two major projects that I have committed to. Links to both are in my sig. First is my Imperial Guard and their allies. Thereís a literal commitment here in that Iím part of the Tale oí Painters 2nd Company. The second is of course, Fluffy, my Warhound Titan. Both are pretty serious commitments. The guard I could finish up a unit or two and call it good. But, having committed to TOPx2 I hate the idea of ditching out, even though my effort lately has been half arsed in my opinion.
Fluffy needs to be finished because, well, itís a freaking Titan!!
I have a couple of problems I know you have all faced before.
1) Work has seriously kicked me in the jimmies. And not in a polite way. My days off now have a healthy dose of studying and stress involved.
2) I kinda went off and picked up the Dark Elf spearhead. I am seriously itchiní to get these guys painted. I already have the hydra assembled (no small feat, lemmie tell you.)
What to do?
To part question for you then: A) What should I do? How do you stay motivated?
Do what Cyric does. Buy thousands upon thousands of points of models and torture yourself by painting them one at a time. But really, I have a similar problem with staying motivated, and it's hard to come up with answers that make sense. Try playing some games with them, or even better, play some games with some not-painted models and see how much you hate it. Failing that, there's always the "take a break" method, but who wants to do that?
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
Don't think of it as an army. Think of it as a squad. One single squad. Even half a squad. Focus JUST on what you're doing. The rest of the army doesn't exist. If you have it all on the sprue still, put it back in the box and HIDE the rest of it. If you've already assembled them, then get an army case or a shoe box or something and HIDE the rest of it. Most important of all, do NOT let the rest of the army sit out in front of you while you work your way through a half dozen models. You'll finish a painting session and look up at the rest and go, "Ugh! I'm NEVER gonna finish this!" Trust me. That's how I painted my necron battleforce. I made it, but I'll NEVER do that again!
Now, PAINTED models SHOULD sit out and "watch" you. That will have the opposite effect.
I'll echo that last statement..
Focus is the key.
Pick a unit and work through it, put the rest away, out of sight, dont even have the boxes visible, put them in the closet.
out of sight, out of mind.
Have the finished models out, so they can see their brethren being completed!
(but not so close so that they get splattered with paint)
that way you see how much you've progressed instead of how much is left..
I will third that! Paint two or three models at a time, get them done, then paint a few more. I find that changing up what models I'm painting helps too. Don't try to paint more than 10 or so of the same type of model in a row - variety helps keep everything fresh.
Personally I try to only play with painted models, and one or two squads unpainted. Then after staring at them and seeing how ugly they look comparatively, I go home and start up on them. Playing games and fielding them is what makes me paint them. But I guess that's unique to everyone.
And I have to agree, painting all 40 of your troops will kill you. Switch it up. If you're on a crappy large unit, try steam lining it by painting one colour at a time on 5-10 of the models. Seeing the whole squad take shape really motivates me.
Ahh, such simple ideas are often the best ones. Thank you all. Of course that means I'll have to completely clean my painting room as there are models EVERYWHERE. My wife will be thrilled.
So here are my options. Do I:
A) Finish my tale o' painters guard & allies (with 8 months left)
B) Bail out on the TOP guard and jump into my new Dark Elves (sooo cooool...)
C) Try to fit the elves in between my monthly guard projects (so long as I don't burn out)
D) Forget all that little stuff and finnish Fluffy the Warhound (Oooooo, Titanic goodness!)
I would say you should try to stick to the ToP schedule with your guard, but make sure that every month you're painting something different. Don't try to paint guardsmen for three months in a row because it won't work.
If that doesn't work after a month or two, I would say back off on the guard a little bit and start mixing in some elves. Get a unit or two of them done and then alternate between a unit of guard and a unit of elves.
Variety is key!
Iíve completed two horde armies (Tyranids x 2 ) and starting my third army now.
If I have learnt anything is always, always start with your troops. And donít stop
till you have finished all them. Yeah itís nice to paint a tank or an I.C but they should be left to the end. I have two reason for why I do this.
First reason is because no matter what army you have you will always have more troops than anything else, so get them out of the way and your 60% done and now 5ed edition makes having more about troops better than anything else.
Two I find that my painting styles changes slightly as I learn new tricks. Better to have your tanks and I.Cís the best painted units rather than your 6pt guardsmen.
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