Mine is doing just fine I could happily paint all day - damn the day job! Having had a long break from hobby I have come back and I actually really enjoy it , more so than gaming I guess . The community of shared interest enabled by blogs and forums seems to put like minded people in touch which can be very inspirational . I enjoy the challenge of creating new units something with a bit of unique value. Variety does help as i am sure you will have seen from me of late there has been more than usual Napoleonic fare - I have to thank Curt from Analogue Hobbies for this his Winter Painting Challenge has been fun, and I look forward to catching up with some of the guys at Salute.
A few people have asked me about how to keep focus when doing larger units so here you are :-
Do all the prep and undercoat on them all , and then some major block work. I will then split in to sections , suchs as the officers , the grendiers and lights , then the others to finish them off, this breaks it into manageable chunks.
I paint listening to music , or radio - i love BBC iplayer and after a while just end up tuning out of concentrating on progress and before i know it another chunk is done.
Plan how I am going to paint the unit. Write down all the individual processes or colours that need to be done and then start ticking them off as they go. I find this sometimes help to structure the way I paint the figure , and can mean less rework - rework and touching up is all wasted time and effort which you can mostly get rid of with planning and it also speeds up the overall process.
Reward yourself by having something you really want to paint up next, a special , or command stand.
Don't stress too much if you don't make the progress you want - enjoy the journey - it is supposed to be FUN!
So how about you? Any stratgies for getting through "the block" you would like to share?
Oh and here is the picture. I completed the 2nd Vistula Infantry (Elite Miniatures) for John D back in Janaury (thanks for the photo) , and he's got them based and flagged - and very nicely done that is too.
Proper old school gloss boys.. go on you know you want too..
Photo courtesy of JohnDAnd my inane ramblings are coming up on it's first birthday - I will have to work out a giveaway for those of you mad enough to stick with me.