I've been working on quite a few different projects here and there and I thought I'd put them up here as I go along to get input and ideas from the community, to keep me motivated.
It's been a while since my last blog
and the army that was the subject of that blog set me back as a painter and wargamer for a long time! Not only did doing so much in a short period of time give me back and neck problems, but it sucked a lot of the joy in painting and playing out of me.
I started the Skaven project with the aim of taking it to Skulls FB that year and competing for best painted. I achieved that, and won the painting, but it made me feel like I should better that achievement.
So I started a bunch of projects always trying to improve on what I did before with the Skaven. But I never seemed to get much better with it, so I lost patience and gave up, and eventually got to the point where I didn't even start painting things because I knew I'd get frustrated and give up.
Along with other outside factors it made me very tired of wargaming altogether. But I kept on getting ideas, and I pulled out the Skaven occasionally, and every time I played them I remembered how much I liked them, how proud I was of them, and how much I enjoyed playing with a fully painted army on nice terrain against a good opponent. It was something of a revelation I has as I was playing against Karl Ivankovich's beautiful High Elves actually!
And then I came across a quote that resonated with me: "The perfect is the enemy of the good."
In other words, only accepting perfection and being too hard on yourself can stop you doing anything at all, even if it is something which is still very worthy.
So with that in mind I've decided not too push myself too hard with painting. I still want to improve (and I will with more practice) but I'm not going to let it get to the point that it stops me painting guys and playing games with painted armies--which is ultimately why I'm in this hobby. I would rather be playing with a well painted army than not playing games with a brilliantly painted army I will never finish painting!
So it's not about laziness or resting on my laurels, it's about getting paint brush to model and model to table, and not making it too much more complicated than that. Trophies and prizes are nice, but playing and enjoying it every week is better.
So this is what I've got in the works:
Bolt Action - USA - FINISHED FOR NOW
This is the army I got going with, having a league at Outpost really helped push it along. I not only painted the army but a bunch of terrain too. Historical models are a new experience. A lot more models to choose from, but a far more limited palette to choose from. Having never used military colours before it was something different.
Mostly done now, just a few small units left.
And my French at 800 points:
Starks for Lion Rampant:
SAGA - Normans & Scots - FINISHED FOR NOW
The first historical game I played, and one I only play sporadically, but a hugely fun game.
40k - Marines - Aurora Chapter
- finished for now
40k - 2nd ed Tyranids
Warmachine - Cryx
- finished for now
Dwarfs - for fun and Song of Blades & Heroes
A few dwarfs, and maybe some other fantasy models here and there that grab my attention.
Scattered here and there throughout the blog
French and Indian Wars - for Song of Drums & Tomahawks
The first project I intend to finish for 2015, a skirmish game set mid-18th century in north east America. Provincial Pennsylvanians are my first project.
Infinity - Nomads
Bushido - Tengu Descension
I'm keeping a running count, and as of 20/11/2016, i've painted 172
models in 2016
-- added 9 dryads and carnifex
I was curious to see what painted playable forces I have, and this is it:
40k - Space Marines, Chaos Daemons, 2nd ed Tyranids
WHFB/KoW - Skaven, Ogres
SAGA/Lion Rampant - Normans, Scots, Starks
Bolt Action - USA, France
Malifaux - Arcanists (Marcus & Rasputina), Outcasts (Tara)
Warmachine/Hordes - Cryx, T&C Trollbloods
Bushido - Tengu
Song of Drums & Tomahawks - Pennsylvanians
Song of Blades & Glory - Dwarfs
Infinity - Nomads
Marvel Miniatures Game - Avengers
Age of Sigmar - Aelves