Hail, and well met.
I’m going to open with a confession. I nearly threw my Knight Venatrix out the window this week. I went back and forth trying to achieve a smooth blend on the wings, which I could envisage with ease, but just kept ‘overworking’. I often experience this in a miniature paint job – halfway through I’ll find myself loathing it, but then push through and come to be content with it.
With this mini it was the opposite. For every 2 steps forward I took a giant leap back. But I endured and she’s finally (mostly) finished.
I made some rookie mistakes, the biggest of which was tackling a complex character conversion after months without putting brush to mini. What I should have done was whet my beak on some rank and file troops before going off on some idealistic notion of a narrative character.
I’m chuffed to have it pretty much over the finish line, though I keep reminding myself of the mantra ‘finished, not perfect’ to allay all the niggling frustration at the imperfections I can’t help noticing. That said, she will suffice, and after finishing her base and scrollwork, it’ll be time to move to the next unit!
Next up will be one of the following beak-bearers…some Palladors, a pack of Gryph-Hounds or some converted Demigryph Knights.
From a painting perspective I’m leaning towards the Palladors as they’ll provide continuity in painting the Stormcast armour and so forth, but after nearly two weeks staring at the Venatrix, I might pair them up with some gryph-hounds to broaden my palette. That said, I really fancy getting some of my ‘freeguild’ force ready, so I might indulge myself. To make matters worse, Ross’s recent posts have filled me with a desire to visit the 40k setting, and given a bunch of eye-candy blogs to lure me…Hobby indecisiveness – activate!
As I mentioned in previous posts, my main Achilles’ heel in hobbying is that I lack focus, often times going off on a tangent to some new (or previously frustrated) project. I’m always fascinated by how others overcome this, and the blog posts by my fellow Aaronoriumites have been inspirational, but I also encountered this little gem while surfing hobby-themed Facebook groups and blogs…
I stumbled across this awesome ‘Hobby Bingo’ card (credit to Robhawkinshobby for the original) at the start of the year. I’ve a copy up on my wall, and this little project has scored my first box (top left!). I’m hoping to fill the card before my final post of 2018, but that might just be me, once again , biting off more than I can chew…if anyone else has any useful tips or tricks on how to maintain hobby momentum please feel free to comment below – every source of inspiration helps.
For now, I’m simply going to step back and enjoy the calm little moment before the next hobby project claims me, and revel in the fact that I, the most procrastinating of hobbyists, have actually managed to get my Skirmish warband ready for the table!
Until next time, Hobby well!