When I first started writing this blog I didn’t realize how much time it would take to maintain this on a regular basis. My absence was not for lack of content or ideas. I have tons of ideas–it was the process of deciding what to put on a page and what I wanted to write about that slowed me down.
In a nutshell, since my last post, as a PG I ran several events at our local game store. All of them appeared to be successful with a few hiccups that I hope to address in the future. It’s a developing process, and because it involves so many people, I learned that you won’t be able to make everyone happy, perfectly: probably like all the people in day-to-day life of a job or other activity.
One huge achievement I reached this year for the hobby was painting an entire Circle army for my friend Shane (see his blog). It was a lot of models, many of which had to be assembled, but I did it and I was happy with the results. Overall, it took me about 5 months to complete and a complete devotion to a routine that included a workflow that I had to develop in order to make sure progress was made every other day, if not every single day. As compensation for this effort, Shane gave me his retribution faction models, which I have decided to keep and play with for our next Journeyman League.
As a final note, because I decided to take this project on as a personal challenge and learning experience (who doesn’t improve their painting technique while painting more models of a different faction), I was incredibly happy to have this opportunity.
If I had to come up with three way things I learned doing this project, it would be this: 1) contrast is more than increasing brightness and making things dark, it is also color; 2) an airbrush is your best friend for everything from base coating to varnishing, and 3) every fully painted model starts with a single brushstroke. “When you feel unmotivated, remember that a single brushstroke is better than none.” This last phrase is amazing as it keeps me going through the tough assignments in my day job.