2011 is the year I started painting miniatures again after a break of umpteen years. There are many reasons why I haven’t been painting, but none of them are very interesting so I’ll ignore them and just look forward instead.
The object is to (re)learn how to paint, and to paint not only well, but quickly enough to complete armies. Ambitious? Certainly. Impossible? I don’t think so.
I am, however, something of a perfectionist and so this really will be a big challenge for me. I always want to paint each model as well as I possibly can, but this is totally impractical if I am to get an army done. Hopefully it will be entertaining for you guys too. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even pick up some useful tips along the way 🙂
- Try to remember that different models need different standards of painting. Rank and file should be painted well, but cannot all be painted as well as the characters in a force. I need to find a level of painting for the rank and file that is both reasonably quick and of a good enough quality to salve my perfectionism.
- Don’t paint till you’re bored. Stop when you are still enthused so that you want to go back to it next time. Perhaps “little and often” is a way forward.
- Give yourself fun tasks as rewards for the boring stuff. Cleaning models is essential, and I hate it. By rewarding myself with fun tasks every time I do a dull one I hope to incentivise myself into not getting stuck.