Good morning, fellow miniature geeks! This morning I thought I’d ramble a little about painting motivation. See, I love painting – I really do – but there’s times when I just can’t muster up the focus to apply paint to … the… umpteenth Kossite… on my table… Le sigh 😉
I know, I know, hard to believe , but there really are evenings when I sit down at my desk and just get sucked into the Social Media vortex or wrapped in an episode of Doctor Who or Downton Abbey or Firefly or who knows what, and in the end, midnight rolls around, I have to crash, and I’ve achieved bupkiss.
So, how to we help make sure there’s some productivity in our evenings, that time when we’re supposed to be free of work-centric deadlines and productivity metrics? Here’s a couple of thoughts, in no particular order. Fair warning, there’s a bunch of crossover.
1. Community events.
This is a pretty wide open genre, but let’s face it – it’s more fun to paint with buddies. Have a pal over for a painting night. Have a whole bunch of pals over for a painting night (though forewarn your spouse). Talk to your store staff, see if it’s possible to have a painting evening in the store. Talk to your local painting masters, see if they’re interested in hosting a class.
This also ties into things like Privateer’s assorted leagues, where participants are rewarded with league points for painting models during the course of the league. It’s most evident with the escalating Journeyman leagues, which are expressly designed to help someone start a new faction and learn the game via a slow grow league, but depending on the flexibility of your Press Ganger, could just as easily be sued to help you grow an arm of your collection that you haven’t touched before. In my own case, the Drop Bears are exclusively led by Lord Commander Coleman Stryker. I *own* a Nemo, I *own* a Caine, but I’ve never put any real effort into getting their respective troops painted. A Journeyman could correct that, and at the same time, provide some friendly competition with my local pals.
Another example of this stems from the early days of Lost Hemisphere, when we ran the WarmaHordes Challenges. These were essentially escalating homespun leagues back in the Mk I days,where a bunch of my locals agreed to let me badger them mercilessly to get stuff painted and battle reports written for bloggeration. As the challenges proceeded there were many moments when my
victims participants regretted signing on in the first place, but when the dust settled and all was said and done, each had taken a large chunk of out of their piles of unpainted silver, and could proudly field fully painted armies up to (what translates to) 75pts or more. When they realized how that felt, very few were outright unwilling to sign up for another round.
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