Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Joy of Painting

One of my favorite bloggers, Roman from Massive Voodoo, always talks about the joy of painting.  His posts are filled with his excitement and love of painting toy soldiers and I'm always inspired by his ramblings about color, music, and the hobby.

Lately it has been very quiet around here.  Much of that has to do with real life stuff.  I'm getting married in a year, my fiancee and I are trying to buy a condo, I was supposed to run the Boston Marathon but deferred my entry literally the night before and then continued to train for another race three weeks later, blah blah blah...

If I had wanted to though, I could have found time to paint.  Mostly I just didn't want to paint because I had lost the joy of it.  I was burned out from army painting for Templecon and I was too focused on finishing my Trolls so I could start working on my Khador.  Somewhere along the way I had lost the point and was more interested in having painted models than in painting models.

So, I'm going to try to rediscover the joy of painting.  No more painting things because I have to (for a while anyway), just painting things because I want to.

I've already put the Champions away (no more speed painting) and started working on one of my favorite models, the Journeyman Warcaster.  I've painted this model before as part of a mini exchange.  I was very happy with how the first one came out but I'm already more excited about this version.  He'll meet the same fate as the previous one and be gifted away.

Here's a quick WIP shot to show you where I'm going with him.  This came off my shiny new phone which gives me hope for being able to take quick photos without setting up my lights and tripod.

After this fellow I'm not sure where I'll head.  I have a few interesting models on my shelf but nothing that is really calling to me.  I have been toying with a few ideas in my head but I'll hold onto them for now so I don't make any promises I can't keep.

Friday, May 4, 2012

March and April Summary

Painting for Points
When we last checked in I had just come back from Templecon and was all ready to rock.  Two months later and I've painted just two models, Skaldi Bone Hammer and pDoomshaper.  A pretty dismal two months painting wise, taking me up to 24 points in 2012.

New Model Fund
One good thing about not doing anything hobby related in recent months has been that I haven't spent any money.  I don't think it makes much sense to track spending when I'm totally uninvolved like this so I'm just going to reset everything and call it an even $50 for May.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Skaldi Bone Hammer and pDoomshaper

A few more models knocked off my ever shrinking list of unpainted Troolbloods.  Skaldi (the fellow on the left with the keg and cigar) was a joy to paint.  He has an excellent mix of details - the cigar, keg, and skull on his belt - and open spaces that make a model engaging and fun to finish.


There are only five Champions left to be painted on my shelf for this army!