In 2009 I painted 57 miniatures, several of which were the beginning of my "speed painting" style. I don't know if you consider 57 a big number of a small number, but I decided that in 2010 I'd try to roughly double it to 100, with the 56 Numidian Light Infantry I had ordered as part of Wargames Factory's sale forming the bulk of it.
Well, with that last bunch of Numidian swordsmen I crossed the One Hundred Miniatures Painted mark, and it is only early May. So by my calculations I'm about four times as fast a painter as I was in 2009. Now there were lots of reasons why I was less productive in 2009. For one thing, I created a ton of wargaming terrain, and in 2010 have done very little in the way of terrain.
So where to from here? Well, there's a few things on my mind.
- Finish the second set of Numidian light infantry. There's four left (a command trio and a javelin thrower) which are currently primed on the hobby table. I'd like to have them done by Thursday, but it doesn't seem likely. That's the second pending milestone, by the way.
- There's 57 Shock Troopers hopefully on their way from Wargames Factory right now.
- I could take a break from miniatures and work on terrain for a while, including my modular dungeon and a few sci-fi pieces that just need paint.
- Just do something totally different, like painting up Chainmail warbands using my "slow painting" technique or start something totally different.
I do have to be a little realistic about a few things. I'll be vacationing in May and June. I could also be traveling to interview for a new job in June. And of course, there's the slim chance I could a) be offered the new job and b) decide I want it, which just throws everything out the window. I've been clearing the hurdles from nine candidates to five to three. It's easy to get all caught up in the possibility that I could be moving, but as I told my wife--two people are going to be told "no."