No Short Cuts!
Your own standard.
We each have to decide for ourselves what standard we both want to achieve, and match that with our ability to paint. No point aiming for something we can't achieve. That'll make us give up on our hobby entirely. And no point for settling for something less. That'll make us hate taking the models out of the box to play with them.
Once upon a time there was a boy who made airfix models. He loved it, but was always looking for something to do with them when they were finished. He spend=t his childhood making and painting Spitfires, Hurricanes, Me109's and Me110's. If his family hadn't moved house so often, which seemed to be the reason so many of these aircraft disappeared in transit, he'd have been able to refight the Battle of Britain in 1:1. And then one day this boy discovered Fighting Fantasy. Which led to miniatures. Which led to Games Workshop. Which led to the World Wargames Championships. Which basically led him into the world of wargaming.
So the boy did what many teenage geeks did in the 80's. That's right. He got into RPG's. And that meant using some miniatures. And because you only need a few of them to play, this was a wonderful discovery. In the months and years that followed, the boy developed his own painting style. It was his standard and he was very happy with it. Incidentally, he only recently learned it was called wet blending. To the boy, it was just about applying some shading without gawking great big black lines between parts of the miniature as it was back n the day.
Afterwards, he got back into wargaming with the encouragement of his wife. Not only is she lovely like this, but she was also fed up of the fact that he never had anything to help him relax. So all things Games Workshop returned. By now the boy had clearly become a man, and he was working. It was rewarding work, work that people told him was helping others. But the pay was pants. Brown, saggy pants with a cream frill. And as GW set themselves on a path of constant new releases, new rules editions and 'You-Can't-Use-That-Old-Model-Here!' Syndrome, the lack of funds began to show. His collection of second hand models (most that sat for days in dettol in the shed waiting for their previous owners' paint jobs to peel off) was small and unable to fit the requirements of most codexes.
And the day came when he'd had enough. So Confrontation began. All the cash he could save went on them. He collected bits of everything his FLGS could get in stock. And then they became unavailable, because Rackham went out of business. So now he had a load of minis from many factions, but not lots of each. he was delighted to have them, bu didn't know what to do, because once again, there weren't exactly many viable skirmish groups...
The boy still gazed longingly at historical miniatures. But the fact they were metal were making them as hard to purchase as everything else. Of course, when Perry Miniatures started to release plastics, well, the world changed.
But things got better after a few years. Not in terms of time, but in funds. The three jobs became two, and the main one of those really began to take off. Yay!
But then the realisation dawned. For you see, by now he had bits of many periods. Not enough to game with, but the start of numerous projects. And as to painted armies ready to game? Well, only a handful of figures for small scale skirmish games were ready. So much needed organising and dedicating time to get them to a point where they could be used in actual games.
This, you'll understand became oppressive. So he tried a couple of shortcuts with his painting.
And they didn't work. Sure, some would be happy with the result. But he wasn't. Not because he thought he was better than others. He's clearly not. No, he wasn't happy because he knew he could do better. And he wasn't going to accept second best for the good models he's shelled out his hard earned cash on.
So, where do I go from here?
Firstly, pick and mix isn't getting me anywhere. Its time to settle on one project at a time. I ned to see things come together, not bits of everything.
Secondly, sod the timescales. No, I'm not going to get gaming on my beloved games anywhere nearly as soon as I thought I might. But then again, it's not that different to the last 35 years, is it? I'm going to enjoy the painting journey and know that I'll be happy with the finished result. No chance of winning any painting awards, but that's fine. I'm not interested in them. I'm more interested in having some nicely painted miniatures I'm happy with on some decent terrain. The end is worth the journey to get there. However long it takes.
Thirdly, I'm going to spend less time looking on t'interweb and dreaming up the next project. I want to focus on what I'm doing rather than lamenting what I can't get. Of course, that's going to be hard, considering all the lovely stuff GW is releasing at a rate of knots these days...
Fourthly, I'll keep blogging about it as I can. I confess I had considered taking down the blog, for I haven't been able to update it as often as I'd like. With all the comments wiped away by the closure of G+ it feels an empty shell. But I'm determined to carry on sharing what I'm up to. My sincere thanks to hose of you who still pop by to see if anything's happening.
Right, if you'll excuse me, I need to get some work done on my Stormcast Eternals. These are the first project i want to get properly finished. Well, have 2K worth of models painted for them at least...! And after then...? Who knows? I'll let you know when I've decided myself!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by!