Predictably, I have another update on the Dark Eldar project and also predictably, he isn’t done yet! I do hope it isn’t too boring seeing the same model slowly come together over the span of a month. I know even I get a little sick of looking at the same thing over time. I double-checked and I am actually close to the month mark on this project which is just about how long the last 40k display piece took so I’m pretty much right on schedule! I made some real progress this week but still feel like I’m a week or possibly more away from finishing. I do think this will be the last week that I feel that way thankfully. Let’s take a look at where Draz stands now.
As you can see I finally worked on those nasty looking swords he carries. While one is not quite done and needs some touch ups, you can certainly see where I’m going with them. I think the swords really add to the cyberpunk feel this Dark Eldar is starting to take on. I’m extremely pleased with that look/aesthetic as who doesn’t love Blade Runner or the Deus Ex video games or the newish Cyberpunk game (okay, I haven’t played it yet but I will eventually!). I think overall, the swords have great lighting effects on them and I’m proud of that part as well. Thankfully, the gems on the swords came together pretty well too. Games Workshop loves to put gems on Eldar (Space Elves basically) and High Elves and so it is a skill you want to have if you’re going to paint them and I’m glad that the ones I’ve painted have been easy to complete. I used to not feel confident painting gems but it seems like I’m comfortable with them now thankfully.
Unfortunately, the swords came together pretty easily compared to the back piece which was time consuming. I especially like the hair thing hanging off it. Those blues really look great and smooth! That is good news is that I’ll have a chance to practice that coloring a bit more in the near future as well.
Truthfully, while I’d like to say that I can get this done this week, I think it may take just a bit longer than that and I’ve done a great job of being patient with this guy so I don’t want to change that now. If Draz is not done by Friday, I will probably hold off updating about him until he is done because he will likely be 95% done at that point. I think I have an idea for something I can write up instead so you can still look forward to your usual weekly update here.
One thing that has been on my mind is that for whatever reason, I’ve had trouble keeping up with everyone else’s content for about a week or so. I think part of it is that I’ve had a few evening engagements the last two weeks and I’ve also been tired and not sleeping well at times and that has caused me to fall behind. At the same time, it did get me thinking, can you follow too many other painters? I’ve always had the attitude that the more, the merrier and I follow people that I share an interest with (such as painting or playing the same game system) and others that I don’t and I find great value in both. I really enjoy interacting with others and getting a wide variety of perspectives on what I post and I know many of you in this blogging community are the same way.
However, I try to control how much time I spend following others’ work and commenting. I generally spend no more than 30 minutes on a weekday at this task (because quite frankly, I’m doing it after my workday which is spent on a computer the whole time so I’m a little tired of screens at that point) and I’ll spend up to an hour a day on the weekends doing it. I do this to ensure that I spend at least double or triple that time painting and actually making progress on whatever my current goals are. I would encourage everyone to do something similar as you can spend too much time thinking about painting and not enough time doing if you know what I mean.
Regardless of that, I’ll be curious to see if I continue to have trouble keeping up in the coming weeks or not. It hasn’t happened before and I hope that it isn’t a recurring problem. My policy is that I try to comment on anyone who comments on my work and I will do the same with likes. Part of that is based on reciprocity and part of that is also based on protecting my own time too. To be clear, I don’t mind people who just want to like what I post. That is totally fine and I appreciate their support. I just prioritize responding to those who take the extra time to leave a comment. I hope that I’ll be able to keep up with doing that as I like the level of support and the amount of feedback I can give and receive currently, but I could also see a world where I might not be able to add many more hobbyists to that group just because of a lack of time. Only time will tell and I’d love to hear what others think on this topic if you feel so inclined!