I have, like many a hobbyist, acquired lots of models over the years. Inspiration takes me off to eBay with a head full of dreams of new projects, but unfortunately my crafting speed simply cannot keep up. Even with a 15 month old son to run around after, I had an hour or two every night to commit to model-making and painting but, alas, it still wasn’t making a dent In the pile.
With a family to feed and a pile of hobby rubble to sort out, something needed to change. I could have made the same resolution that all have tried at some point, to simply stop buying things until I had painted everything that I currently owned, but this hasn’t worked in the past so why would it work now?
I realised that part of the problem is that with the time taken to buy, build and paint any given project, I am already inspired by the next novel, TV show, etc, and I lose interest in continuing it. This leaves me with part-built or painted models all over the place gathering dust.
Last October I decided to come up with a plan. One that, I’m happy add, has been working quite nicely ever since. I wrote a list of all the armies I had partly finished or just started and numbered them. I then made sure to build and prep the models I already owned, so that they were ready at hand to jump straight into painting. Finally I rolled a dice to see which army to start with and grabbed a couple of minis to paint. Each time I’m finished with those, I clean up the desk and roll again.
A very simple idea I’m sure you’ll agree, but the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating…
Not a bad tally for seven months of painting even if I do say so myself!