I’ve been trying to make enough room to set up a permanent painting area.
One of the things that constantly stalls my painting efforts is the fact that I’ve got to clear a space to do any. It may be a bit feeble, but that’s the way it is. The more I have to do to get the space ready before I even start, the less likely I’ll actually get a brush in my hand. By the time I get to even thinking about painting it’s always dark, so I need a space with a daylight lamp as well as paints, models and tools which makes it even more of a faff to move about. A permanent set up is the only real answer. I have enough room, and setting up a proper space is possible if I clear some of the detritus out of the way (and keep it out).
Couple this need for space with me actually following some of my own advice for once (from my column in Ravage magazine) and sorting through which games to keep and which to abandon, and you get the beginnings of some real chaos. Even so, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I’ve actually made a fair amount of progress today, and will try to keep the momentum now I’ve got some. What’s also important is that I’ve got some enthusiasm to get painting, and that’s what’s driving this current spate of clearing. I’m also working on so many new games that I want to play that I just haven’t got anything like enough time to play everything that’s good. This means that games like Hordes and Bushido are going to disappear from my shelves even though there is nothing wrong with them as games. It’s hard though. I really like some of those models and those armies, and am very tempted to keep them, but that’s why I’m in the situation I am so I must be strong. It’s like the children’s book Kangaroo & Kangaroo. For those that are unfamiliar with it (probably everyone) it was about two Kangaroos who had a huge house filled with all manner of weird stuff. It was in rhyme, and the only line that stuck in my head was the apposite one:
Just in case, and just in case,
And so they filled up every space.
So I’m trying to unfill every space.
There will need to be a bunch of ebaying at some stage for those things which cannot be repurposed to God of Battles or Eternal Battles forces. I even found some of the unreleased 2nd edition Squats and was pondering whether they could be made into a Lost Patrol force. On balance, probably not, but you never know.