I’m running about a week behind on my painting plan, chiefly due to miscellaneous lacks of sleep and sporadic insufficient willpower to power through some tedious bits a few times in the late evening. I maybe shouldn’t have stuck to my usual playing schedule either; a couple of those Sundays I went to the shop might have been better spent putting brush to model.
Also, I’m doing this weird combination of “too much effort” (such as delicately 2BB Doom Reaver pecs) combined with crap work (shading on some of the same Reaver’s arms/biceps is double crap). I’m not sure why I’m so inconsistent right now. I mean by the time it’s all said and done I’m going to have a mix of Reavers painted 11.5 years ago (at that time, my lack of knowledge about painting or what constituted a good brush was sad) combined with Reavers painted this week. I can go for display quality some other day, right? I mean heck, Fenris is 8 years old and covered with a visible coat (in some recesses) of too much brush-on varnish.
This isn’t going to win any painting awards anyway. Just keep it clean and it’ll be fine, right?
Is it more fun for you to paint quickly or to challenge yourself?
I paint best (“best” being defined as “the sweet spot between quality of the finished model and time required to paint it”) when I don’t have enough time to think about it and second-guess myself.
I dislike deadlines to a very real degree, and next L&L I need to decide on my army 6 months in advance instead of 6 weeks, but pre-con crunch time seems like the only time of the year when I make an appreciable dent in my backlog.
Also it has been a really long time since I painted Doom Reavers and I forgot about all the different little annoying spots on the models.
Waiting for list inspiration to strike before the trip is the biggest problem that I inflict upon myself, frankly. I should just pick something months and months in advance and stick to it no matter what. But on the other hand: it’s a vacation. I want to take whatever I feel like so I can have fun.
Actually all my troubles would be solved if I didn’t have to worry about carry on bag size... I could just take both 1520 XL’s full of Khador and not have to decide!
(No I would never actually do that. That is overkill even for me, the guy with 386 points of Armored Corps alone.)