Distractions--we all have them, especially in a hobby that requires so much focus like painting miniatures. I'm only into the first week of 2011 and am already wrestling with them. What is causing my current dilemma?
- A moderately successful RPG campaign that I'm running. It's hard to paint miniatures for a game you're not playing when you could be building encounters for a game you are. Add to that the fact that putting together D&D4E encounters is about as hard as solving the Junior Jumble in the newspaper.
- A bad first miniature. I'll admit, the first AWI figure didn't turn out well. The primer didn't hold and the paint job was rushed and I was oft-distracted. When the first one looks bad, it is hard to be excited about the next 47.
- Not really having a goal. I have a goal insofar as I want to paint four units of AWI British, but it is only in the hope that the local historical wargaming group will organize a get-together in which I could participate. That's ambiguous enough to make it seem suspiciously like vaporware.
- Learning a new scale. Despite the miniature being theoretically the same scale as, say, Games Workshop or Foundry or Wargames Factory, they are in fact much closer to 1/72. It is a lot more fine detail work and just seems, to me at least, to require a whole different style of painting. That may be more in my head than anything else.
I once again wish that I had my old wargaming club, where I could know that the Spring would bring a new Warhammer campaign and I could consider building or adding to a new army for it. I've considered trying to organize my own in my new city through Meetup or something similar, but we will have to see.