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Hey guys, I have been looking for inspiration to start painting again. Sadly, I have probably only painted 3 FWs since April. I really want to get back into the hobby but I cant bring myself to sit down and paint some guys. I have been playing 40k for about 2 years and I really do enjoy it. Usually when I have this problem I just play a game and the drive to paint comes right back. Unfortunately this isnt working right now. I have 2 FWs left as well as about 500 points of WoC that I have absolutely no interest in painting because I found out that unless I play with the army, I dont care to paint it and I dont play warhammer fantasy. SOOOOO, after this background, What do I do? You 40k Fanatics out there........ I NEED SOME INSPIRATION!
Happy 4th of July Yanks :drinks:


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Basically, sounds like you don't like what you're painting- How have the Fire Warriors been doing on the battlefield?

As for motivation, take a look at some of the FW painted by members on the very site. Try playing some stirring music while you paint, or put on a good ol' war movie; That should get the painting juices going...
 

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One way to get painting done that you don't actually want to do is to break it down into very, very small chunks - chunks so small that you can't help but easily complete them.

Example - do the shoulder of one Fire Warrior your base colour tomorrow. Then his other shoulder the next day, then maybe his arm the next and so on. It might take a couple weeks, but those guys will end up painted and it'll take you absolutely no time. :)
 

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Assuming you can take pics, why not try a project log?

I have quite a bit going on with work and kids, and procrastination tends to hit me more than most, but i find doing a log and setting some goals helps to get going and keep you focused.
 

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How about you give me your address and I come over and stand next to you with a large club or baseball bat while you sit at the table in front of your models? I can motivate you without saying a word and you will be done in no time. Hell, you'll probably thank me! :p

On a serious note. I find that doing a google image search on a particular model or troop type I am working on, and having a hard time finishing up or even starting on, I can find some good painted models to gain inspiration from and get my creative juices flowing. That and some of them are sooo badly painted or modeled they make me feel so much better about my marginal skills it makes me want to bust out a squad or two.

A second way I have used to good effect is a self reward system. I buy a model or kit that I have wanted for some time and then let it sit, unopened on my desk. I set a goal of a specific squad or set of models that must be completed before I can open up the new kit to sink my teeth into. I have finished quite a bit this way, and built a decent army at the same time. It works.

There is still the baseball bat method too. :biggrin: Just sayin'...
 

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and procrastination tends to hit me more than most
Same here. I have two nids right now halfway painted. Haven't really gotten around to finishing them. When I last painted them you may ask? about 5 days ago.
Now what I usually do to get back to painting is to watch t.v. and paint. Doesn't get the painting juices going, it just gives me something to watch while the paint is drying. As for inspiration, just play music. It helps
 

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...small chunks - chunks so small that you can't help but easily complete them.... do the shoulder of one Fire Warrior your base colour tomorrow. Then his other shoulder the next day, then maybe his arm the next and so on.....
I agree that small chunks gets you there; however, I do not break up my time quite so much.

If I am feeling unmotivated I will decide to paint for 30 minutes then stop and make coffee whether or not I am in the middle of something. I often find that once I have made the coffee I return to my desk and finish off what I was doing then do some more.

...doing a log and setting some goals helps to get going and keep you focused.
I second that; having people tell me they want to see the next stage of a model makes the less interesting painting seem more worthwhile.

...a self reward system. I buy a model or kit that I have wanted for some time and then let it sit, unopened on my desk.
I have tried this; however I have not had much success as it makes me feel that there is something else (i.e. the new kit) that I could be doing instead, so it depends on your personality.

Something that has worked for me in the past is switching projects. When I lose motivation with painting I start something completely different, for example the conversion that has been lurking in the back of my head for weeks then, when the conversion is hits a bump I have the painting to do whilst mulling over options. I have not measured exactly, but I probably spend more time on the two projects together than I would on each individually so net gain. It also works for me if i keep two painting projects on large trays to I can swap which one is on my desk.

Ultimately, I find that I lose motivation when it starts to feel like a long grind or a chore, so avoid techniques that make me guilty about not painting; otherwise I find myself cleaning the bathroom to avoid painting.
 

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Hey guys, I have been looking for inspiration to start painting again. Sadly, I have probably only painted 3 FWs since April. I really want to get back into the hobby but I cant bring myself to sit down and paint some guys. I have been playing 40k for about 2 years and I really do enjoy it. Usually when I have this problem I just play a game and the drive to paint comes right back. Unfortunately this isnt working right now. I have 2 FWs left as well as about 500 points of WoC that I have absolutely no interest in painting because I found out that unless I play with the army, I dont care to paint it and I dont play warhammer fantasy. SOOOOO, after this background, What do I do? You 40k Fanatics out there........ I NEED SOME INSPIRATION!
Happy 4th of July Yanks :drinks:


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Thanks,
You just reminded me that have three rhinos that i don't want to paint primed and ready to go. I completely forgot about those. What i do when i don't want to paint something is paint something else. When you have everything else finished except for that one thing you don't want to do it motivates you. Instead of "man i hate painting this stupid rhino." You start thinking along the lines of "Man, When i'm done painting this stupid rhino my army will be painted and i'll have an excuse to buy another kit to expand." I hope you find something that motivates you. Good luck

Happy 4th of july as well!!!

woog out!
 

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Well, I can say I have the same issues on many an occassion and at times will go through weeks to months w/o painting cause I just don't want to or don't have the heart.
Persoanlly for me I have found a few modivators.
-gaming, usually wanna paint after a game.
-Apocalypse games, my group plays that if you have a fully painted army you get another assist.
-this is prolly just me but Jack Daniels makes me wanna paint, not that well but still wanna paint.
-Also I have down time at work so I paint there for something to do in the down time.
-Lastly, reading anf running a project log.

Hope it help mates!

P.S. I hated painting Fire Warriors, think its artly why I left Tau.
 
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