Help me paint more!

As you may or may not know I am one of the regular hosts of  Elite Cadre, the Hordes & Warmachine podcast that doesn’t take itself too seiously! (TM). We record every other Monday night and I normally use this as an opportunity to get a good 2 or 3 hours of painting done. Earlier this week however, when we recorded, I was somewhat lacking for motivation. I must have picked up a good three or four miniatures, all part painted,  but I was completely void of any desire to put some paint down.

I’m not sure if this is because they are part painted and as such are less inspiring than the blank canvas aspect of an untouched mini. Alternatively it could be because I haven’t painted for a while, about two weeks! I would say “I can’t figure out why this is” or make excuses like “I’ve been really busy lately and am a bit tired” both of these would be valid things to say but aren’t wholly true. While yes I have been busy I have been choosing to unwind by sitting in front of the TV, quite often falling asleep on the sofa waking up at 3:00 am then getting in bed and waking up at 7:00 am for work, which I can attest is not a good sleep pattern! Skype is a great asset when painting, being able to chat to like minded people is an awesome way to spur you on to do more. But seemingly this isn’t always enough of a motivator to get me off my ass and in front of my desk.

Another thing that I looked at was the monthly challenge that Lost Hemisphere runs, affectionately called Paint the Target, this month the challenge is to paint a model with an elemental attack, with added bonus points for painting a model with a cold attack, magic spell, damage type or immunity. As you may have seen from my last post I have a Celestial Fulcrum built and ready to be painted. Not only does this model have an elemental attack (3 in fact; Fire, Cold & Electrical) it also has an immunity to all three of those attack types! There may be a plan formulating…

My question is this though, how do you get your painting motivation? Additionally what can you recommend to drag me out of my current “funk”?

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Thanks for reading.

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    • docbungle
    • December 5th, 2012

    Paint something else even if that means leaving something undone. Preferably different faction/game
    I have always found that gets the juices flowing again

  1. usually motivated by tournament dates. or cool looking minis. or generally working away bored in a hotel room (see my blog)

    your idea of working by group seems cool tho. elemental attacks etc.

  2. I generally get most motivated when painting the interesting bits so sometimes I do them first even though I know I will probably need to go back over them when I make mistakes on the duller stuff. I figure that I am painting for fun and if it was work I would do things in the proper order but if I want to paint a cool robe first then why the hell not.

    • CheezyPeaz
    • December 5th, 2012

    Set about 20mins time to do it every day.

    Read this article. Habits are powerful.

    http://artofmanliness.com/2012/11/20/power-of-habits/

  3. Paint and chat on Skype 🙂

  4. Communal painting goes a long way. Also, I watch reruns of Dr Who – episodes I’m well familiar with – to keep myself entertained while I slog through units.

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