Hi all, ready for today's random musing? I'm betting you won't read all the way through cos today I'm talking about distractions.
I'm sure most hobbyists have fallen foul of this at some point during their time in the hobby, after all one of our most used phrases is that 'no army is ever truly finished', in fact the constant stream of cool new models virtually guarantees that for most of us.
So why is it a topic worthy of discussion then? Quite simply I find myself in a position where I've got so many projects on the go I'm not sure which to concentrate on first, and figured it might be helpful to put a few ideas down a to how to go about progressing my collection properly.
First up then needs to be a list of my current projects:
Iron fists - space marines - 1 HQ and 1 FA complete. Models for 2 Troops and 1 Heavy Support.
Bloodstone Knights - blood angels space marines - 1 Death Company and death Company dreadnought complete. Models for 5 sanguinary guard, 8 death company, 5 sternguard, 10 tactical, 4 scout bikers 2 land speeders and land raider redeemer.
Cobra guard - space marines
Kabal of the burning eye - dark eldar
Death spectres - orlock necromunda gang
Gore brides - escher necromunda gang
Pogonophiles - van Saar necromunda gang.
Added to that I've also got some scenery for necromunda and 40k that I'm working on.
Now I'm the sort of person that gets distracted easily, and I've begun many different collections over the years, though recently I've tried to narrow things down a bit, since I really want to start necrons and eldar at some point.
So how is it best to deal with distractions? Some of the most difficult issues I've had recently concern flyers and updating my cobra guard to 6th edition. The solution of course is to give yourself the best possible starting point, by which I mean giving yourself 1HQ and 2 Troops for each army, getting them painted and ready to play, and then concentrating on just 1 squad/model from each force at a time. My bloodstone knights are the ideal example of this, since I have begun painting several of the choices from the force organisation chart, which remain incomplete, and even complete would not enable me to field a viable army (I have started painting 2 troops units, but neither can hold objectives). The next part of this project therefore is to make them a viable 'on the table' force, and with that in mind I've got a tactical squad assembled and ready for painting, and I'll be painting up my already converted Librarian to get them battle ready as soon as possible.
My iron fists I'm progressing with in a more studied fashion, and whilst I've already constructed and finished a storm talon for them, the HQ is already nearing completion and my next purchases will provide the basic Troops choices.
In conclusion then, distraction is an integral part of our hobby, and almost without exception even with the best of intentions hobbyists tend to get distracted and tempted by the latest and greatest miniatures and armies.
Distraction needn't be a bad thing however, as it can help retain your interest in painting through use of different colour schemes and styles, and use of a different force and play style on the tabletop. Where distraction is a negative in our hobby is when it leads to stagnating projects that aren't table viable meaning its difficult to maintain interest and enthusiasm in completing things.
Just a final point then, if you struggle to complete paint schemes why not set yourself a rule, don't play with a mini that's not finished. It doesn't have to be a golden daemon winner but if you make sure your models are painted before they reach the table you'll enjoy the game a whole lot more.