Hobby Motivation

I have been largely demotivated with hobby lately – to the point where I’ve not updated the blog in over a month, let alone picked up a brush and put any colours onto any models.

True, I have been reading a metric tonne of books, but overall action on the miniatures hobby has been lacking.

I saw a post on Twitter where someone shared their ‘pile of shame‘ of 956 miniatures and I am relieved to say that I am nowhere near that ball-park figure… I don’t think. But their confession inspired me too pull out all my unfinished miniatures and see if any of them inspire me to pick up the paint brushes again. It’s February already and my current tally of finished models is the grand total of: 2

The Shame!

And, considering that we are all suckers for a list!

There are a lot of Space Marines on this list. I think because there’s a fair amount of Older-Style Space Marines there I feel a bit more ‘meh’ towards them. I would love to finish them all off and then be able to let them lie. There’s a real big boom at the moment when it comes to Space Marines. They’re everywhere! Maybe that’s part of what is leaving me feeling uninspired with them? I don’t really know.

I’m leaning more towards random models lately – I do have a Badgers and Burrows Hare that I am somewhat excited about; I have painted a couple of their models before and really enjoyed them. So sorting out a fun, brightly coloured paint scheme for this one might be a step in the right direction. A part of the appeal for one-off models is there’s no pressure to get them to fit in with other models as part of a larger army.

I think this statement also goes for the Inquisitorial Retinue that I kitbashed a good while ago now to go with Lord Commander Eloths. So, they might be an interesting lot to look at too.

My current tally here is 75; not including the models still in boxes waiting to be put together. Maybe I should just try picking up a model or two a week and seeing how I get along with them. Obviously, depending on how large the model is!

Either way, I have a lot of models here to keep me going for a while and I’ll try my best to have a good push with some of them and see what I can come up with in terms of motivation – while trying to avoid painting everything red!

12 responses to “Hobby Motivation”

  1. I think maybe your book reviews have made up for not getting much painted though, so it’s not as if you’re not busy with anything. 🙂 If it’s any consolation, the four WW2 vehicles I’ve just painted have come out not too great (I’m being generous to them with that statement) but I don’t really want to re-paint them so will just have to live with them as they are (can’t even varnish or photograph them with the way the weather is either)!

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  2. Motivation isn’t easy these days I find but my advice if I can offer any is not to beat yourself up but just paint whatever you fancy, it is a hobby and not a job after all. Besides you have been reading a lot too and if that’s what takes your fancy right now then so be it. Far be it for me to stir up domestic rivalry but you might find motivation in getting your brushes out and putting the Lord commander to shame! 😉

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  3. […] Hobby Motivation @ The Tragic life and thoughts of a Fangirl – Hmm, this feels close to home, and is something I feel that I have struggled with for a long time. I think that I’m getting better now, and my current problem seems to be one of time, rather than motivation, but I suppose you could argue that if I were that motivated I would find the time… Yeah, well, Space Marines aside, this is quite a varied pile of miniatures that the author will be painting, and it will be cool to watch them all finished up and making their way onto the blog! […]


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