This last weekend was meant to be a big painting weekend, but I got an attack of the downs, so thought I'd share a few of the techniques I use / used to try and get over them. Perhaps this might help other people suffering a lack of motivation for whatever reason.
The first thing I tried was the ridiculously quick win. I'd already prepped and based up this Gray Maiden figure by Reaper I'd picked up from Bad Squiddo Games. She's going to be part of my Chaos Warrior unit. So, a quick trip outside to do some undercoating meant that a miniature was ready for painting for very little effort. And she looks darned awesome, so there's that little happy success feel.
I then got onto something a little more involved - prepping up Bad Squiddo's take on a Chaos Warrior. (She's currently out of stock while they redo her in metal, but expect to see her here when she's back.)
This is a little more involved, and the right arm was being a pain, so I left it until I had more cope - and the second layer of basing paste was also left while the first one dried. One figure significantly more advanced, definite feeling of progress!
I thought I'd get a little progress done on the Chaos Spawn. Has anyone else used this kit? It feels like there's quite a gap where they join at the bottom of the ribs. I'll be breaking out the liquid green stuff for sure!
At this point, I got as far as picking the heads I'm going to use for the spawn (so many pieces! so many options) before reaching Sunday bedtime, and deciding to tap out. They'll need cleaning up and gluing on over the next few days.
Looking forward, the deadline for the Oldhammer Forum Chaos Villager challenge is looming, so a quick divert from the Tale of Gamers challenge to get a certain evil blacksmith painted up will be a Thing.
The other thing to do when you're short on cope for actual painting is to read up on inspiration. You've got to be in the right mindset - I can sometimes find it intensely frustrating if my mind is active / over-active while I can't bring myself to the actual painting. In those cases, things like tidying or other "making things more ordered" tasks help more.
You can get inspiration from all over - this is JRN's "Post Centaur Painting", but the new White Dwarf is also excellent material. Blogs like Massive Voodoo or Iron Sleet can also refresh the creative batteries.
I did find doing a little simple assembly and miniature prep in front of the recorded episodes of GBBO we were watching quite productive. I may repeat that experiment and see if it leads to more stuff getting done...